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Emessay Notes May 2004

Operation Phone Home

Operation Phone Home is a campaign designed with the goal of providing prepaid international phone calling cards to as many military men and women serving overseas as can be reached. It will be an ongoing effort as long as American Military Personnel serve overseas, particularly in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans.

Anyone wishing to participate in this program may send a donation marked Operation Phone Home to the Masonic Service Associationat the address below. All of the monies received will go to this program and an accounting will be made by MSA at the end of each calendar year.

Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry?

The first two editions of this very popular book by Arturo de Hoyos and S. Brent Morris were published by the Masonic Information Center.

Now in its third edition, Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry? is available in the commercial market, updated and with many additional pages.

(ISBN I-59077-030-7, Price $14.95 (US) available in most bookstores.)

Good News From Iraq

Fort Lewis' 14th Engineer Battalion celebrated a major step in the rebuilding of Iraq's infrastructure as they held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate their renovation of the town's 34-room secondary school in late August, 2003.

The school, in the small town of Siniyah, just west of the city of Bayji, is now named the "D. Cederman Siniyah Secondary School," after Capt. Dan Cederman, the officer in charge of the project and son of Lou and Nancy Cederman of Akron, Ohio.

(Lou Cederman is a member of Akron Lodge #527)

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark

Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) was President Jefferson's private secretary. In 1800, Jefferson named Lewis to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase. Lewis set out in the summer of 1804 from St. Louis, accompanied by his associate, Captain William Clark. They reached the mouth of the Columbia on November 15, 1805, going by way of the Missouri River to its source, crossing the Great Divide, then descending Kooskoosky and Columbia Rivers. The distance traveled was more than 4000 miles. They wintered on the Columbia, then retraced their steps and reached St. Louis in Sept. 1806. Congress made grants of land to all the men on the expedition. Lewis was made governor of the Louisiana Territory, which at that time, included all the land of the purchase except the present state of Louisiana. Bro. Lewis petitioned Door to Virtue Lodge No. 44, Albemarle County, Virginia on Dec. 31, 1796. He was initiated Jan. 28, 1797 and the following evening he was passed and raised. He also received the Royal Arch Degree in Staunton Lodge No. 13. Later he was installed as Master in the new St. Louis Lodge No. 111, constituted by Judge Otho Shrader of St. Genevieve, MO on Nov. 18, 1808.

William Clark (1770-1838) was the brother of George Rogers Clark of Revolutionary fame. He became acquainted with Indian warfare early in life when his family moved to the site of the present city of Louisville and his brother built a fort there. William migrated to St. Louis and in Mar. 1804 President Jefferson appointed him a lieutenant of artillery with orders to join Capt. Meriwether Lewis' expedition. His intimate knowledge of Indian habits and character had much to do with the success of the expedition.

Later Pres. Monroe made him superintendent of Indian affairs at St. Louis. Bro. Clark was also a member of St. Louis Lodge No. 111, under Pennsylvania charter, receiving his degrees in Sept. 1809. He is buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis. A large monument with the Square and Compasses is over his grave.

(Source: Article by Bro. Stan Longenecker in March/April 2004 Philatelic Freemason)

Did You Know? Points of the Compass

North, South, East, West, Northeast, all have symbolic meanings in a lodge. North is "a place of darkness" for an astronomical reason explained in the lecture, also a symbol of ignorance. East, where the sun "rises to open and adorn the day" is a symbol of light, and therefore of knowledge. South, where the sun is at meridian, is symbolic of rest and refreshment. West, where the sun sets, is symbolic of co-control with the Master of the lodge and the station of that officer who "pays the craft their wages." Northeast, descriptive of the place where cornerstones are laid, is symbolic of beginning, the place midway between the darkness (and therefore ignorance) of the North and the light (and therefore knowledge) of the East.

(Source: MSA Digest-Masonic Vocabulary)

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