We Can’t Forget Fifty Years Ago: July 20, 1969

Congratulations to Brother Buzz Aldrin on the fiftieth anniversary of his historic moon landing. Many of us remember the grainy video images first broadcast from the moon, soon followed by the publication of the amazing photographs reflecting Brother Aldrin’s description of the “magnificent desolation.”

Brother Aldrin also established Tranqulility Lodge No. 2000 while under deputation of the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas. Its purpose is for “promoting, encouraging, conducting and fostering the principles of Freemasonry, and to assist in promoting the health, welfare, education and patriotism of children worldwide.” Membership in Tranquility Lodge No. 2000 is open to all Master Masons of the Grand Lodge of Texas, or members of those Grand Lodges that are in amity with the Grand Lodge of Texas.

We Can’t Forget Seventy-five Years Ago: June 6, 1944

If ever there ever was a culmination of effort for good to prevail over evil, June 6, 1944, was it. The invasion by Allied forces to free Europe from the tyranny of Nazism began that day and continued until final victory in April of the next year. Millions of servicemen and women set examples for us to do whatever is necessary to preserve freedom.

Twenty years after that date, CBS news correspondent Walter Cronkite, a Senior DeMolay, brought President Dwight D. Eisenhower back to the Normandy beaches to recall that day. On the fiftieth anniversary, June 6, 1994, President Bill Clinton, another Senior DeMolay, met with leaders of the World War II Allies to mark the date: D-Day .

Now, on the seventy-fifth anniversary, June 6, 2019, there will be celebrations throughout Europe and especially Normandy for a ”momentous occasion to celebrate peace, liberty, and reconciliation.”

It is estimated that of the more than 16 million American World War II servicemen and women, fewer than half a million are still living. While the number of those who served continues its inevitable decline, it is well worth it for those of us who cannot remember that day to remember its everlasting significance in our lives.

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There has been so much interest in the April issue of the Short Talk Bulletin, MSA wants to make it available for everyone, not just lodges and Grand Lodge officers. The pdf is available by clicking here.




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The Final Volume is Finally Here!

Volume VI of the Bound Edition of the Short Talk Bulletins has arrived in our Burtonsville, Maryland headquarters. They are available for immediate shipment. If you haven’t ordered yours yet, you should do so now.

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Volumes II through VI are available in Master Mason or Grand Master format. Volume I had been sold-out but was reprinted in the Spring of 2018. It is only available in the Master Mason format.

Volume VI is the last volume of the series which covers 1923 – 2017. As he has done for the previous five volumes, renowned Masonic Scholar Brother S. Brent Morris has updated, corrected, and otherwise improved the bulletins. Volume VI also has an index covering all the volumes. This will be an indispensable addition for any researcher.

One Hundred and One Questions About Freemasonry

Ths digest contains many answers to questions that will provoke interesting discussions in Lodge.

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Patriot Pack Now Available

The “Patriot Pack,” an assemblage of well researched Masonic papers about the Founding Fathers of the United States and Freemasonry’s impact on the organization and principals on which the country was based is now available at our online store. These booklets are an important inspection of that premise.

These digests are a must read for any student of American history. Brothers Ronald E. Heaton, William Mosely Brown, and W. Eugene Rice have referenced original lodge records and research by noted Masonic historians including James Royal Case, Past Grand Historian of the Grand Lodge of Connecticut.

The booklets "Masonic Membership of the General Officers of the Continental Army," Masonic Membership of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence," Masonic Membership of the Signers of the Constitution," and "Membership of the Founding Fathers" includes those who were Masons, those suspected to be Masons, and even those for whom there has been no record of ever having been a Mason.

"We The People… The Constitution and Freemasonry" suggests that the spirit of Freemasonry had much to do with this treasured document. A comparison of the principals found in the Constitution is discussed.

"Freemasonry and Democracy: Its Evolution in North America" explores the role that Freemasonry played in the development of democracy in the United States and Canada. The Forward, written by Richard E. Fletcher, Past Grand Master of Vermont and past Executive Secretary of MSA, says, “Allen E. Roberts and Wallace McLeod, two of Freemasonry’s most prolific and outstanding writers, have contributed their talents to tell this story.”

These six booklets are available for a limited time, and the time to get them is now. "Masonic Membership of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence" is out of print but has been restored from our archives. These booklets can create an interesting lodge discussion or be the basis for further research about Freemasonry’s influence on the beginnings of the United States of America.


Orders for the Reprint of Volume I of the Bound Edition of Short Talk Bulletins are Available Now!

A limited reprinting of Volume I of the Short Talk Bulletins Bound Edition, 1923-1937 can be ordered here. The reprinting is available in only the Master Mason edition.

This reprinting of Volume I has been re-edited by esteemed Masonic Scholar, Brother S. Brent Morris. and includes newly discovered information about the Masonic authors of the first decade of Short Talk Bulletins. The new reprinting also matches the same distinctive blue cover found on previous volumes.

The Short Talk Bulletin has been described as the “Widest Distributed Masonic Publication in the World.” The monthly Bulletin is mailed to every Masonic lodge and Grand Lodge officer in the United States and Canada whose Grand Lodge is a member of the Masonic Service Association of North America. MSA also mails the Bulletin to lodges of the United Grand Lodge of Germany and the York Grand Lodge of Mexico.

Each year since 2013, MSA has published a new volume, usually spanning fifteen years beginning with the initial Volume I. Volume V, released in 2017, covered 1983-2002. Sales of the republication of Volume I will be limited to those who have already ordered at least two prior volumes, or who place orders for two volumes or more in addition to Volume I. Pricing for Volume I is $75 plus $8 shipping and handling. The other volumes have been reduced to this price for a limited time.

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For those who don't want to order the Volume I Reprint of the Short Talk Bulletins online, an order form can be downloaded and printed out.

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 (amity.copiri.com), 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."

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.

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Disaster Appeal For Nebraska

Nebraska Grand Master Robert W. Moninger has asked the Masonic Service Association to issue a Disaster Relief Appeal. Nebraska has experienced historic flooding in the eastern part of the state and devastating blizzards in central and western Nebraska with major loss of farm and ranching assets and income.

Rivers swollen by rain and dam breaches have left many bridges and roads impassable and triggered the evacuation of thousands of residents. The Nebraska Masonic family have been affected by these catastrophic events and will need assistance to get back on their feet. Please give what you can toward this Disaster Relief Appeal.

MSA deducts no part of your contribution for administrative expenses including charges by PayPal, bookkeeping, and cost of acknowledgment letters. Your entire gross donation is sent to the affected jurisdiction.

Please forward any donations you feel appropriate to MSA. Checks should be payable to MSA Disaster Relief Fund and sent to 3905 National Drive, STE 280, Burtonsville, MD 20866. When remitting by check, please mark that your donation is intended for the Grand Lodge of Nebraska.

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

The backbone of the Masonic Service Association is our Hospital Visitation Program. We have Representatives supervising Volunteers at more than 155 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMC) and State Veterans Homes and they need your help.

These Volunteers are helping us “pay back” the Veterans who served our country and now need our help during their stay at these facilities. For some, this is the only social contact they have. A warm handshake and a friendly pat on the back is the least thanks we can give from a grateful nation.

We can always use more help and more volunteers but this letter is really to ask you to help by giving what you can in support of our Hospital Visitation Program. We need funds to pay for comfort items, for refreshments, and even for the memorials to those Veterans who are no longer with us.

You can help. You can do your share so that the MSA Volunteers can continue their work in helping our Veterans. These Volunteers do good deeds in the name of Freemasonry showing the world that Masons remember how to say “Thanks.” We hope you remember MSA with a donation to the Green Envelope Appeal.

I am so very proud of these Representatives and Volunteers across our country. I see first-hand how much they care for each and every Veteran, but they need your support to continue this good work.

Please support them with a contribution to our Green Envelope Appeal. I hope you will answer our call to help us help our Veterans.

---Simon R. LaPlace, PGM, MSA Executive Secretary

Disaster Appeal For Florida has Concluded

Most Worshipful John E. Karroum, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Florida has asked the Masonic Service Association of North America to conclude our Disaster Relief Appeal.

The Appeal raised needed funds to allow the Brothers, families, and communities of the panhandle of Florida to begin the recovery process from the devastating effect of Hurricane Michael.

There is still much work to occur but the immediate concerns have been met. Grand Master Karroum thanks all who donated and helped.

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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.

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Audio Short Talk Bulletin Now Available at NO COST!

Audio Online Library

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.

The Short Talk Bulletin Online Audio Library is now available as a downloadable podcast.

Previously, Brother Michael A. Smith, a member of the Grand Lodge of Maine, has been recording Short Talk Bulletins and charged a fee. Now he is making them available at no cost. His only request is for a few Brothers to make a donation.

By the end of January twenty-nine Short Talk Bulletins had been made available. These make great presentations at a lodge meeting and often spur discussions. Many of the Bulletins are recorded by the original author.

It’s one thing to read a Short Talk Bulletin, but it’s another to hear it read with the original speech patterns of the original presenter. MW Casey Hood is a prime example. As good as his writing is, it’s even better when heard with his Kentucky accent.

One can feel the emotion of Elizabeth Meldrum, Miss Job’s Daughter of Virginia, 2016–2017. Laugh, cry and contemplate the feeling in her voice as she describes her family’s connection to Freemasonry and what it means to her.

Soon, hopefully, lodges will be contributing a small amount to keep these talks being produced. They are the perfect supplement to the monthly Short Talk Bulletin put out by MSA. Maybe your lodge can find a small amount to contribute, or maybe you can do it for them.

Please go to Short Talk Bulletin Podcast for a complete listing of available Bulletins, and an easy way to donate to them.

For a featured sample, listen to the Short Talk Bulletin August 2018,"Can You See Me Now?" by MW Casey Hood, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee.


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