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Emessay Notes November 2009

Green Envelope Appeal

                 Is service to our country or to the brave young men and women who have answered freedom’s call and willingly put on the trappings of the military services to serve both in peace time and in times of conflict ever over? I think not!

                 They, the active military and those veterans who by force of injury, disease and age are no longer capable of caring for themselves, continue to need our active support and assistance.

                 For three decades, I administered and provided care to our active forces on three different continents. And now, through the aegis of the Masonic Service Association, I, once again, can be of direct assistance and service to my fellow countrymen.
                 Since the formation of the MSA Hospital Visitation Program following WW II, Masons have been at the forefront in caring for those who served. MSA, through their Hospital Visitation Program, supported by all Grand Lodges has been a leader in providing that essential human touch to tens of thousands of veterans, some whose only non-medical contact is a Brother Mason on Sunday morning.

        While it is not possible for every Mason to directly participate in the Hospital Visitation Program, every Mason, nay, every person can be of service and assistance through prayer and fond remembrance for the patriotism displayed by our Veterans.

With these thoughts in mind, be generous in the giving of your time and prayers. As importantly, be generous with your dollars to this noble and personally rewarding enterprise – the MASONIC SERVICE ASSOCIATON – HOSPITAL VISITATON PROGRAM.

Paul D. Gleason
Deputy Grand Master of Masons of DC
Brigadier General, USAF MC (ret)




Tall Cedars Of Lebanon

The Tall Cedars of Lebanon, a fraternity of Master Masons, are dedicated to finding a cure for neuromuscular diseases. Beginning in 1951, the Tall Cedars of Lebanon are the oldest continuing financial supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Through volunteerism they have donated in excess of $18,000.000.00 towards defeating these diseases that attack young and old alike.

Tall Cedars of Lebanon placards have been designed and are available for displaying on vehicles traveling the highways. The placards encourage all who see them to contact the Supreme Forest so they may enhance their understanding of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon in particular and of Freemasonry in general.

Information about the Tall Cedars of Lebanon can be found at their web site:, by phone (717) 232-5991, or by contacting the:

                                       Supreme Forest Office
                                       Tall Cedars of Lebanon of North America
                                       2609 N. Front Street
                                       Harrisburg, PA 17110-1112

(Source: Tall Cedars News Release)

Tim Horton

Tim Horton, the namesake of a fast-growing chain of restaurants in the United States and Canada, was not only a member of the National Hockey Association’s Hall of Fame, but he was a Master Mason. He became a Master Mason in 1962 in Kroy Lodge #676 in Thornhill, Ontario.

During his 23-year NHL career, Horton was on four Stanley Cup winning teams with the Toronto Maple Leafs and he was named a first or second-team all-star six times. Like many NHL players in the 1950’s and 1960’s, he needed to work in the off-season for financial reasons. He opened Tim Horton’s Donut Shop in Hamilton, Ontario, which subsequently has grown over the years to become a chain with more than 2,500 stores.

Brother Horton’s story and tragic death is related in a new book, Forged on Ice, by Robert A. Goodman, a Pennsylvania Mason, who lists, among other items, all the Masons who are in the NHL Hall of Fame.

As Horton’s NHL career was winding down in 1974, he was playing for the Buffalo Sabres. He had been injured when a puck hit him in the jaw. Determined to play at the next game, he took pain killers and played in the game on Feb. 19, 1974, and was named one of the three stars of the game. Forged on Ice then relates what happened:

“After the game, he met up with his business partner at the Tim Horton’s donut office. They spent the night and early morning discussing business plans and dreams. By four in the morning, Tim got into his car and raced away. It was the last time anyone saw him alive. Shortly thereafter, his car was found at the side of the road, and the strongest man to ever play in the NHL and six-time all-star with four Stanley Cups was dead.” Brother Horton was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.

Incidentally, Lord Stanley, for whom the Stanley Cup – the oldest and perhaps most prestigious team trophy in North American sports competition – was named, was a Mason too. Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, the 16th Earl of Derby, was a member of Royal Alpha Lodge #16 in London, England.

(Source: Sept/Oct 2009 issue of the Beacon, written by George Braatz, PGM/PGS)


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