The Masonic Service Association has established a Disaster Relief Fund for South Carolina, following a weeklong drenching of rain, causing rivers to overflow, dams to burst, roadways to flood , and home and businesses to be inundated with water, resulting in major damage or destruction.
Officials said billions of dollars of destruction has occurred to roadways and bridges, in addition to building damage, in this historic flooding.
In the Columbia area, one Lodge building has been virtually destroyed. It is a Lodge whose membership is heavily composed of active military personnel. Other Lodges, plus homes of Masonic members, have been seriously damaged, and the toll to life and property is still growing and being assessed.
Please forward to the MSA such donations which you feel are appropriate to help our devastated Brothers, their families and others in this stricken jurisdiction. Read how you can donate online or by check.
A new style of subscription for the Short Talk Bulletin, is now available for those who may be visually impaired or just prefer an audio version.
By subscribing to the Short Talk Bulletin Online Audio Library, every month you will receive the current Short Talk Bulletin as a spoken audio file.
The Masonic Service Association is working with Brother Michael Smith, of Freeport, ME, and Anaba Publishing, who recently published an audio book of MSA Short Talks from many years ago.
The subscription fee for the special audio Short Talk is $20 per year. For more information, go to the Online Audio Library for information on how to subscribe.
The subscription also provides notification of the growing collection of historical Short Talks, as audio versions are produced.
Because of the popularity of this ageless publication, MSA has reprinted “Trestleboard Tidbits,” by Alphonse Cerza. The most recent previous printing was 2008.
Originally published in 1982, this 67-page MSA Digest contains a host of interesting tidbits on Freemasonry, complied by author, under such headings as, Capsules of Masonic History, The Nature of Freemasonry, Masonic Symbolism, Masonic Law, and even Masonic Humor.
Trestleboard Tidbits can be purchased for $4.00 in the MSA’s Online Store.
The first out-of-print publications have been added to the Masonic Service Association’s new webpage Library section, called "Vintage MSA Publications."
This newly designed webpage has been in the creation process for about two years, and we hope all the visitors to this site enjoy the new features.
The appearance has been heightened by four rotating pictures at the top, highlighting some of MSA’s services.
The homepage menus are designed for easier progress to the portions of the page you are seeking. Improvements to the Online Store, and easier options to renew subscriptions or make donations, are available.
We’ve created an online MSA Library, where past stories that have appeared on the page may be researched. We also added a new section, “Vintage MSA Publications,” where soon you will be able to read historic, although still pertinent, publications of MSA that are no longer available elsewhere.
All of the information about MSA’s services is still available for reading, but hopefully presented in a more user-friendly arrangement. We would appreciate any comments.
The Masonic Service Association, for the first time, designed a table-top d isplay for the Annual Conference of Grand Masters of North America, which took place recently in Vancouver, British Columbia.
There was a good response to the display, which showed MSA's Hospital Visitation, Disaster Relief, and Educational and Informational Services. Numerous Masonic leaders from a round the world stopped at the display to pick up samples of materials, ask questions about programs, and just discuss Freemasonry in general.
Writing a speech can be a challenging assignment. A Masonic speech may be even more difficult. Let us help you be a successful Masonic speaker.
The Masonic Speakers Kit includes 8 useful MSA publications, now packaged together to provide savings for users.
The titles are:
A new video, "Are Ye Able?" has been produced, which provides a contemporary view of MSA's Hospital Visitation Program.
The goal of the video is to inform the Masonic world, as well as non-Masonic audiences, about the tremendous work of Masonic volunteers as they provide assistance for our Military Veterans at more than 150 VA Medical Centers and other Veterans' homes around the country. It is also intended to serve as a method to recruit new volunteers.
Copies of the video on a DVD are available at no charge by contacting the MSA office for use in Masonic districts or regions, where it can be shown multiple times to a variety of groups. The actual filming of the video was done at the VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, and many of the spokespersons are Georgia Masons. But the content is generic and appropriate for any state or Grand Lodge.
MSA is also proud of the assistance received from the Grand Lodge of Minnesota and is thankful for a grant from Minnesota Masonic Charities that made the production possible.
The newly updated MSA Publications Catalog is now ready for viewing on this site. The Catalog is available only on our webpage. Click here to download the Catalog in PDF format. Please print a copy for yourself to keep on hand. NOTE: This replaces all previous editions of the Catalog, and orders placed should be at the current pricing.
The redesigned Catalog shows updated prices on publications, which is required due to the increasing costs of printed materials. We have adjusted our shipping charges and now any order totaling $5.00 or less will ship for free.
Everything that MSA offers in its Catalog is not at the Online Store, but the most popular publications and those which we periodically offer at a special discounted price can be found there. MSA's Online Store may be used for ordering those items using a credit card. All other items in the Catalog can be ordered using the order form and including a check with the order.
The list of Short Talk Bulletins--from 1923 to the present--which in the past was printed in the Catalog, is now available as a separate document by clicking here.