Masonic Service Association Partners with Amity

For many Masons, finding a lodge in another jurisdiction, either state, province, or country, has been a struggle. The Amity mobile app, by Copiri (, was created so any sojourning brother can register and find lodges throughout the world. While still in its infancy, the Amity mobile app is being recognized as a welcome companion to the “List of Lodges - Masonic” published by Pantograph Printing and Stationary Company of Bloomington, Illinois. The “List of Lodges - Masonic” is usually kept at every lodge secretary’s desk for use to validate the recognition dilema faced when a brother who cannot be vouched for attempts to visit a Masonic lodge.

The Amity mobile app is free to install from either the Apple Store for iPhone, or Google Play Store for the Android platform. It allows a search for lodges by city in nearly every country. Once the lodge is found, the user can check if the lodge has been registered with Amity, or the Master or secretary, and if notes have been entered about the lodge. As the developers say, their purpose is to help brothers connect with each other.

The hope is that brothers who want to travel and find lodges outside of their usual borders will download the mobile app. They would then be able to find a lodge, and be able to show their Grand Lodge is recognized by the Grand Lodge they visit. A guest would even be able to “sign in” to the secretary, much as they would with a guest book.

Over 33,000 Masonic lodges and over 250 Grand Lodges around the world are listed. Registered users are spread across 47 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and in 27 countries.

The Masonic Service Association’s Short Talk Bulletin will also have a presence on Amity’s mobile app. The MSA logo will lead to a location where a Short Talk Bulletin is displayed. A past Short Talk Bulletin will be available on every registered user’s phone to read, and the issue will rotate monthly, free of charge. A year’s subscription to the Short Talk Bulletin will be available for the mobile app. The subscription will also show the past twelve Short Talk Bulletins, again, rotating through the year.

MSA’s Short Talk Bulletin is recognized as the widest distributed Masonic publication in the world. It is printed and sent to member Grand Lodges and their lodges, as well as every Grand Lodge officer and Past Grand Master. The wide ranging topics are meant to be read at a lodge meeting for just a few minutes, thus, the “Short Talk.” Now, with the Amity mobile app, a Bulletin will be available at every meeting.

The goal of this partnership is to expand the reach of each organization through the use of the other’s existing processes. By implementing such a partnership carefully, both the MSA and Amity can impact global Freemasonry in a positive way.

Your Grand Lodge is always the final authority on questions of inter-jurisdictional recognition. When in doubt, consult your Grand Secretary for a final opinion.

And, as our friends at Amity say, "travel... safely."

50 Years Ago This Short Talk Bulletin Was As Relevant As It Is Today!

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1919 Photo of MSA's Origin

Thanks to MW Frank Little and Mount Pinson Lodge No. 495 of Pinson, Alabama for the photo of the participants at the first meeting of the Masonic Service Association. The meeting was held on November 11-13, 1919 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The photo was found by a man who was cleaning out a house after his grandfather died. He knew his grandfather was a Mason and gave it to Brother Wayne Wise. Brother Frank Little knew MSA would want a copy.

Now, it is framed and hanging at the MSA office. Do you know who is in the photo?

Click here for a larger picture

Order Yours Today! Volume IV of the Short Talk Bulletins

Volume IV of the Masonic Service Association's Short Talk Bulletins has arrived at the Burtonsville headquarters!

The Widest Distributed Masonic Publication in the World
• Re-Edited, Re-Typecast, and Indexed
• Nearly 700 Pages
• ”Volume IV” 1968-1982

Available in a Master Mason Edition or
a Grand Master Edition which has:
• Bonded Leather Binding
• Gilt Edges
• Satin Book marks
• Autographed

Sorry, Volume I is no longer available. If you've ordered Volume I, why not add to your collection before more volumes are sold out?

Click here to order.

Regius & Friends – Oldest Masonic Document, Plus Companion Manuscripts, Now Available

Regius packageThe Regius Poem, believed to be the oldest surviving Masonic document, is considered to be one of the "Old Charges" – that is, a description of the requirements to be a Freemason.

 There are other ancient manuscripts and documents, which also fall into the category of "Old Charges."

The archives of the Masonic Service Association contain descriptions, insights and commentary about at least four of these historic documents.  They are:

  • The Regius Poem (Halliwell Manuscript), circa 1390
  • The William T. Boyden Manuscript, circa 1700
  • The Shadwell-Cameron Manuscript, circa 1700
  • The Thomas Carmick Manuscript, circa 1727

For those who want to learn more about some of the earliest historical documents about Freemasonry, MSA has assembled of packet from its archived material.

The Packet includes 2 Digests, 2 historical Short Talk Bulletins, and 2 copies of other saved documents from MSA's archives, all of which try to explain and translate what our Masonic forefathers considered important.

These items, if obtained individually from MSA, would cost $21.  Together in the special offer, they are available for $15, including shipping and handling.

Those interested can send a $15 check for each packet to the MSA Office, using the order code #SPRP.  Or, they can be obtained at MSA's website – -- using a credit card.

Supplies are limited.


MSA Publications Now at the Online Store

The contents of the MSA Publications Catalog are now online and ordering takes only a couple of steps. There is a minimum online order of $12, not including shipping.

MSA's Online Store may be used for ordering these items using a credit card.

All items in the Catalog can still be ordered by downloading the caalog and using the order form and including a check.

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.




Puerto Rico Hurricane Disaster Appeal

The devastation that two hurricanes caused in Puerto Rico, particularly Hurricane Maria, is by now well known. With 95% of the island without electricity or communication, and 50% without drinking water, it will take months to recover, but they are in need of help now.

Grand Master Raúl Rodríguez Quiles has contacted the Masonic Service Association of North America asking for help for the brethren of his jurisdiction by issuing a Disaster Relief Appeal.

As Masons across the country have contributed so much to MSA for Texas and Florida, we must again ask the greater Masonic community to try their best to do more. Every dollar sent to MSA will go the affected jurisdiction. Nothing will be deducted for administration, bookkeeping, thank you letters, or PayPal expenses. As with the two previous ongoing appeals, this third appeal for the Grand Lodge of Puerto Rico will help them aid and assist their distressed brothers, families, and lodges.

When you are asked, why? You can proudly answer, "Because that's what Masons do!"

Donations can be made online at Puerto Rico Hurricane Disaster Appeal

Florida Hurricane Disaster Appeal

Hurricane Irma hit Florida with the “longest-lasting powerful hurricane or typhoon ever recorded, worldwide,” according to National Public Radio. More than 60% of the state was without power. Widespread flooding, depleted grocery shelves, and damage from high winds has made life miserable for many.

The Grand Lodge of Florida has requested this Disaster Appeal to care for the many brethren who live in Florida, and have been impacted by the storm. While the damage is still being assessed, the certainty of many months of recovery is expected.

Donations can be made online at Florida Disaster Appeal. When remitting by check, please mark clearly that you wish the funds to go to the Florida Disaster Appeal.

Please forward any donations you feel appropriate to help our devastated Brothers and their families to MSA. Please make checks payable to MSA Disaster Relief Fund and send to 3905 National Drive, STE 280, Burtonsville, MD 20866.

All donations received by MSA and designated for Florida will be collected and forwarded to that jurisdiction. Thank you for your concern.

MSA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Any donations received by MSA and designated for Texas will be collected and forwarded to that jurisdiction. Thank you for your concern.

We were asked if any of your donation to a disaster appeal is deducted by MSA for administrative expense, say 10%, and the answer is "No." All expenses, charges by PayPal, bookkeeping, or cost of thank you letters, everything, is absorbed by MSA in its operating budget. The entire gross donation will be sent to the affected jurisdiction. That's the way it's always been, and that's the way it will continue.

Please forward any donations you feel appropriate to help our devastated Brothers and their families in these stricken jurisdictions to MSA.

The Green Envelope Appeal raises funds for the Hospital Visitation Program - donate now!

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Masonic Mentoring BrochureNEW!  Masonic Mentoring Guidelines In Clear, Helpful Language

A great, new brochure has been published by the Masonic Service Association that, in simple, understandable words, establishes a sound mentoring program for any Lodge.

Masonic Mentoring explains:

  • Who should be a mentor,
  • What a mentor does,
  • What new members expect, and
  • Tips for being successful.

It is perfect to assist any Lodge candidate-counseling program, or any new member orientation effort.  It is good for members of a candidate committee, or for any individual who may be working with a new member.

Thanks to Bert Bouma, of Montana, author, and to the Grand Lodge of Montana, for permission to republish this material.

You may order Masonic Mentoring now at our Online Store.


Audio Online LibraryAudio Online Library Goes to Maine District Education Officers

Congratulations to the Grand Lodge of Maine, which has obtained subscriptions to the Masonic Service Association's "Short Talk Bulletin Online Audio Library" for its District Education Officers, to share this resource with members in their districts. MSA has been working with Brother Michael Smith, of Maine, and Anaba Publishing to provide subscribers with the monthly Short Talk Bulletin as a spoken audio file, in addition to access to a growing collection of historical Short Talks in audio version. 

For details, go directly to  (The letter in the middle is the lower case letter l ("L".)

Audio Subscription for Short Talk Bulletin Now Available

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.


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