Focus June 2012
2.5 Million Reached By MIC Pamphlets
Since 1993, the Masonic Information Center (MIC), the information arm of the Masonic Service Association, has been educating Masonic members and the public with accurate explanations of what Freemasonry is.
A recent tally shows that 6 major pamphlets published over the years by the MIC have been distributed to more than 2.5 million individuals. The publications, and their printing quantity over the years, are:
All of the pamphlets are still in print and available in quantity from MSA.
'What's A Mason' Used Extensively By One Brother
One good brother from a western state has been passing out the "What's a Mason," booklet for several years. He keeps them in his pocket and gives them out to many people he meets.
He says he goes through about 250 copies a month, and purchases them from the Masonic Service Association in batches of 1,000 at a time. "Just last month, this pamphlet produced ﬁve new petitions for my Lodge," he said.
Mark Twain Award Update
As of June 1, a total of 65 Lodges have registered to be part of the 2012 Mark Twain Awareness Program. Many participants from 2011 have already registered again this year. The registration cut-off date has been extended for about another month. Any interested Lodge should register soon at the www.msana. com website. The deadline for submitting entries is December 1, 2012.
In the six years of the Mark Twain Awards, 107 Lodges across the continent have won the prestigious trophy. In the 2011 competition, 18 Lodges were in the winning category, out of 37 Lodges that submitted entries.
Webpage, Facebook Activity Has Increased
The Masonic Service Association's webpage -- www.msana.com -- is regularly being updated with new information. Check it out. Also, if you are on Facebook, please seek out the Masonic Service Association's Facebook page and become friends. Regular updates on activities of MSA and MIC are provided.
3rd Degree Receives Attention From Airline Magazine
An article in the April issue of Southwest Airline's Spirit magazine explained the origin of various phrases. The explanation of the "Third Degree" was traced to Freemasonry. Here is what the article said:
Father Time and the Virgin Stands Tall in California
In the tourist community of Mendocino, California, a traditional Masonic emblem soars above the community for all to see.
According to Wikipedia, the free, online encyclopedia, the Masonic Hall in Mendocino was built in 1866 of local redwood by Eric Albertson and John Gschwend.
Mendocino, located north of San Francisco, about halfway to Eureka, draws thousands of tourists. It is near the Redwood National Park and features beautiful views of the Paciﬁc coastline, hotels and bed and breakfasts, and a downtown area ﬁlled with shops, art galleries, restaurants and museums.
The Masonic Hall is probably the highest structure in town, and everyone's attention is drawn to the unusual emblem on top.
The Masonic Hall is often used as a backdrop for movies and TV series, such as Murder She Wrote (1984-1996) with Angela Lansbury and two episodes of The Fugitive (2001) with Tim Daly, Wikipedia says.
Mendocino Lodge holds its meetings on the second level of the Masonic Hall, while the ﬁrst ﬂoor serves as the local branch of a bank. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Public awareness of Freemasonry has been one of the goals of the Masonic Information Center since its creation in 1993. These pictures continue a new feature of pictorial examples of Freemasonry on display in communities across North America.
If you have a pictorial example of such a public display, send a picture and information to the Masonic Service Association for consideration for a future issue.
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