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Emessay Notes September 2015 

A Voice Of Hope Out Of Iran

The Masonic Service Association often receives email contacts from around the world.

In July, an email came from a man in Iran, wanting to know how he could become a Freemason.  The reply sent from MSA explained that he must petition a local Lodge, which must accept him.  Then, the reply continued that MSA information shows there are no Lodges in Iran.  “There may be laws against Freemasonry in your country.”

The man’s response was of understanding, but still a desire to enjoy the freedom to become a Mason that is available in the United States.

He wrote back: “Thank you so much for responding to my request.  I hope I find a way to become a Freemason.  I know my country’s government is against Freemasonry and many other people all around the world, but I believe God loves Freemasonry and become of this, Freemasonry is still alive and active.”

How would you like to live on a street named for you?

Joseph R. Conway, Past Grand Master of Kentucky, retired last year after many terms as the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky.  He also served for many years as Chairman of the Board of the Masonic Home in Kentucky.

Brother Conway now lives in an apartment at the Masonic Home on Joe Conway Circle – the street named as a tribute to his outstanding service to the Grand Lodge and the Masonic Home.

New Book Published About Famous 18TH Century Freemason

Andrew Michael Ramsay (1668-1743), better known as Chevalier Ramsay in Scotland and England, probably became a Mason in England between 1728-1730.

A new book about him is written by Andrew Mansfield, a lecturer in history at Goldsmiths, University of London (U.K.) While the book does not examine Ramsay’s activities as a Freemason, it does assess his Jacobitism and views on the role of government and monarchy in Britain and France.

The title is Andrew Mansfield, Ideas of Monarchical Reform: Jacobitism, Fenelon and the political works of the Chevalier Ramsay. Studies in Early Modern European History.  For more information go to:

According to 10,000 Famous Freemasons, “In 1737 as chancellor, or orator of the Paris Grand Lodge, (Chevalier Ramsay) delivered his celebrated oration in which he attributed the origin of Freemasonry to the crusaders rather than to operative Masons.  He addressed it to the Pope and the King – the Pope, incidentally, ordered it burned.  He is sometimes credited with the development of several Masonic degrees and rites.”

 New York Mason Elected President Of Major Veterans Organization 

John Rowan has been elected to his sixth consecutive two-year term as President of the Vietnam Veterans of America.  The election took place in Springfield, Illinois, in July.

Brother Rowan is the Treasurer General of the Grand Post of the Masonic War Veterans of the State of New York, a unit of the Grand Lodge of New York.

Another 90-Year-Old Master Identified

Port Jervis Lodge #328 in Port Jervis, New York, recently elected and installed a Worshipful Master over the age of 90, Lodge Secretary Bob Rodriquez has reported.

Ed Worzel, who turned 94 in August, 2015, is now serving in his first term as Master of the Lodge.

Military Vets In Baseball Hall Of Fame Honored With A Ship Named After Them

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has announced that the next Freedom-variant combat ship will be named the USS Cooperstown (LCS 23), the first such ship to bear the Cooperstown name.

It was named to honor the veterans who are members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, located in Cooperstown, N.Y.  All 68 of the veterans now in the Hall served in conflicts ranging from the Civil War through the Korean War.

The ship, described as a “fast, agile surface combatant,” will be 388 feet long and can travel at speeds in excess of 40 knots.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame, on request, provided the following names of its Military Veterans:

The Civil War World War II Korean War
Morgan Bulkeley - US Army Luke Appling - Army Ernie Banks - Army
  Al Barlick - Coast Guard Whitey Ford- Army
World War I Yogi Berra - Navy Whitney Herzog - Army
Grover Alexander- Army Willard Brown - Army Eddie Mathews - Navy
Oscar Charleston- Army Nestor Chylak - Army Willie Mays - Army
Ty Cobb - Army Mickey Cochrane - Navy Ted Williams - Marines
Eddie Collins - Marines Leon Day - Army  
Red Faber - Navy Bill Dickey -Navy  
Warren Giles - Army Joe DiMaggio - Army  
Burleigh Grimes - Navy Larry Doby - Navy  
Harry Heilmann - Navy Bobby Doerr - Army  
Waite Hoyt - Army Bob Feller- Navy  
George Kelly - Army Charlies Gehringer - Navy  
Larry MacPhail - Army Joe Gordon - Army  
Rabbit Maranville - Navy Hank Greenberg - Army  
Rube Marquard - Navy Billy Herman - Navy  
Christy Mathewson - Army Monte Irvin - Army  
Herb Peacock - Navy Ralph Kiner - Navy  
Sam Rice - Army Bob Lemon - Navy  
Branch Rickey - Army Ted Lyons - Marines  
Eppa Rixey - Army Larry MacPhail - Army  
Bullet Rogan - Army Lee MacPhail - Navy  
Louis Santop - Navy Johnny Mize - Navy  
Joe Sewall - Army Stan Musial - Navy  
George Sisler - Army Pee Wee Reese - Navy  
Tris Speaker - Navy Phil Rizzuto - Navy  
Casey Stengel - Navy Robin Roberts - Army  
Jud Wilson - Army Jackie Robinson - Army  
  Red Ruffing - Army  
  Red Schoendienst - Army  
  Hoyt Wilhelm - Army  
  Enos Slaughter - Army  
  Duke Snider - Navy  
  Warren Spahn - Army  
  Bill Veeck - Marines  
  Ted Williams - Marines  
  Early Wynn - Army  

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