Volume V Pre-Orders Available Until October 1, Time is Running Out!

 

MSA is now taking pre-orders for Volume V of its famed Short Talk Bulletins series. This volume will cover the years 1983-1997. Special pre-order pricing will only be available until October 1, 2017.

With the exception of Volume I, which has sold out, each volume in the series can now be ordered online at msana.com. Shipping is included in the United States. Out of country pricing is available at the MSA office, 301-476-7330. Anticipated shipping for Volume V is late fall of 2017.

The special pre-order pricing of $68 for the Master Mason edition, and $123 for the Grand Master Edition, offers significant savings. A lodge can also order the Master Mason edition, when paid by lodge check only, for only $58.

This treasure of Masonic knowledge, that no Masonic library should be without, is edited by noted Masonic scholar Dr. S. Brent Morris. The nearly 700 pages in Volume V are edited and re-typeset from the original Short Talk Bulletins. Subjects include "Ideas and Leadership," "Forever Conceal and Never Reveal," and "The Boston Tea Party." The 180 topics included in Volume V cover Freemasonry in the Lodge, Literature, Philosophy, Individual Masons, Historical Freemasonry, and many others.

The Short Talk Bulletin has been printed continuously each month since January 1923. They are acknowledged as the widest distributed Masonic publication in the world, sent to every MSA member lodge and Grand Lodge officer free of charge. Subscriptions are available for $12 per year at msana.com.

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

Click here to read it.

1919 Photo of MSA's Origin

Thanks to 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 – shopping.msana.com -- 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.

 

 

 

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 this stricken jurisdiction to MSA.

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

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2016 Green Envelope Appeal Features Ex-POW Thomas Moe

Brother Thomas E. Moe, who spent five years in a brutal prisoner-of-war camp in Vietnam, is the featured writer of this year's Green Envelope Appeal, which helps fund the Masonic Service Association's Hospital Visitation Program.

This year's appeal has been mailed to many friends and associates of the MSA across the continent.

"Brother Moe returned from his torturous experiences in Vietnam to become a respected professor at the University of Notre Dame, researcher at the Kroc Peace Institute, and the Director of Veterans Services for the State of Ohio," said George O. Braatz, PGM, Executive Secretary of MSA.

In his letter, Brother Moe says that, as a combat-wounded veteran, he appreciates the care needed for our Veterans, and how important are the visits they receive in VA Hospitals from volunteers, such as those MSA hospital visitors.

View the biographical information on Brother Moe and his full Green Envelope Appeal Letter. (PDF)

You may also choose to donate online.

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

 

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 https://gumroad.com/l/STBOAL#  (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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