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Emessay Notes October 2005

Aappeal for Hurrican Relief

Louisiana – Mississippi – Alabama

Hurricane Katrina has devastated several states. The full extent of the damage is still not known but the need is urgent. Because it is impossible to know the full extent of the damage, at the present time, the responses to the appeal will be divided equally between the Grand Lodges of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. (There is a separate appeal out for Florida as well.)

Specific gifts will go to the Grand Lodge that is designated. Undesignated gifts will be divided with one third going to Louisiana, one third to Mississippi and one third to Alabama.

All contributions, in whatever amount from Grand Lodges, Lodges, Individuals, or Appendant Masonic Bodies will be acknowledged by MSA with most grateful thanks.

When making contributions, checks should be sent to the MSA Disaster Relief Fund at the address below.

Because of the terrible devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina followed by Hurricane Rita, MSA is repeating the appeal letter again this month. We are very proud to report to our readers that the Masonic community has responded to the appeal with $500,000.00 already sent to the Grand Lodges of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana with more coming in each day. Thank you for your generosity.

Please remember the need is great!

Did You Know? What is – Point within a circle?

Symbol concealing geometrical truths. Some believe it symbolic of method of making a square by use of compasses; ritualistically, a symbol of a Mason and his character.

(Source: MSA Digest – Masonic Dictionary)

The American Dream

Carl H. Lindner, Jr., may be the embodiment of the Masonic dream—a good man made better by the teachings of Freemasonry, who incorporated those teachings into his daily life, used them as the rule and guide of his business dealings, and realized the success of hard work and a faith-based, principled life. Ohio Masons are very proud of Brother Lindner, as a business leader, philanthropist, principle owner of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team and Freemason. He is also the embodiment of the American Dream.

He has given freely of his time to the community, and provided extensive services on major boards and committees for the College of Business Administration of the University of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Fine Arts Institute, the Cincinnati Symphony, Citizens for a Better Cincinnati and Drake Planetarium. In addition, he served on the Founding Board of Directors of the Kennedy Center and has been a devoted supporter of Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.

Brother Lindner has been recognized by the Jewish community, having received the Jewish institute of Religious Faith Award, the International Peace Award and the Man of the Year Award by United Jewish Appeal. He is said to be the largest non-Jewish contributor to Jewish causes in the United States.

At an early age, with encouragement and guidance from his father, Brother Lindner, and his two brothers, were introduced to Freemasonry. All three brothers are currently 60-year plus members of Melrose Lodge #671 in Norwood (Ohio) and 33° Scottish Rite Masons.

(Source: Beacon – Grand Lodge of Ohio – Aug/Sept 2005)

The Masonic Ring

MSA received the following e-mail which we are very pleased to share with our readers:

My name is Bro. Howie Damron and I am a performer, singer, and songwriter who has been performing all over the country for many years, touring out of Nashville, Tenn. I have written and recorded a song called “The Masonic Ring” which has been endorsed by the Ohio Grand Lodge to Masons everywhere. I have been performing it at Masonic functions throughout America. Recently, I was asked to sing it at the Northeast Conference of Grand Masters in Dayton, Ohio where the song received a standing ovation. It is activating a new pride among Brothers and it is increasing new membership in Lodges all over.

Please visit to hear and read about the mission of the song.

(Source: Bro. Howie Damron – Musical Soldier for Freemasonry)

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