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Emessay Notes June 2001

2001 Bicentenntial Biennial Sesson

Charleston, South Carolina, will be the site of the unique 2001 Bicentennial Biennial Session of the Scottish Rite Supreme Council, 33°, Southern Jurisdiction. This Session celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Mother Supreme Council, which was founded in Charleston in 1801. From September 30 through October 3, more than 4,000 Scottish Rite Masons and their ladies from 35 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Japan and the NATO Scottish Rite Military Bodies will gather at the Charleston Convention Center and at historic Scottish Rite sites throughout the city of Charleston. (Source: Scottish Rite, S.J., Press Release)

DeMolay Project

DeMolay International is pleased to announce they have received a donation of $10,000 from prominent Alumnus, "Dad" Hank Stickney, to kick-off fund raising efforts to complete the Dad Land Office restoration project. Dad Stickney is a Senior DeMolay, Past Master Councilor and Chevalier of Thomas Jones Chapter in Cleveland, Ohio who later went on to serve as the Grand Master of DeMolay International in 1986-87. Dad Stickney's lead gift was presented to DeMolay International in the hopes of inspiring other Senior DeMolays and "Friends of DeMolay" to step forward and help DeMolay raise the funds necessary to complete the project by June of this year. Fund raising efforts are off to a great start with nearly 50% of the $60,000 required to complete the project pledged to date. Dad Stickney has enjoyed a successful career in the Air Force, retiring at the rank of Colonel and then entering private business. Dad Stickney attributes his successful ownership of 5 minor league baseball teams and a home health care enterprise to the leadership skills taught to him in DeMolay. He is quoted as saying "The restoration of Dad Land's office will provide the DeMolays of today and future generations with the same sense of pride and loyalty shared by over 1 million DeMolay alumni."

For further information or to make a pledge please contact Robert Baker, Director of Development 10200 N. Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO 64153, 1-800-DEMOLAY or [email protected]

Did You Know?

Charles H. Ebbets was born Oct. 29, 1859, in New York and died April 18, 1925. He was owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers and President of the National League from 1893 to 1925. He was a member of Greenwood Lodge #569, New York. He built Ebbets Field which was torn down after the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. (Source: Bro. Norman Lincoln, Philatelic Freemason, May-June 2001)

Checklist of Masonic Actors

William "Bud" Abbott (1895-1974) Daylight Lodge #525, MI
Roy Acuff (1903-1992) East Nashville #560, TN
Richard Arlen (1899-1976) Utopia #537, CA
Eddie Arnold (1918- ) East Nashville #560, TN
Max Asher (1879- ? ) Mount Olive #586, CA (Keystone Kop)
Gene Autry (1907-1998) Catoosa #185, OK
Eddie Baker (1897-1968) Cahuenga #513, CA (Keystone Kop)
"Count" Basie (1904-1989) Wisdom #182, IL
Wallace Beery (1885-1949) Blaney #271, IL
Irving Berlin (1888-1989) Munn #190, NY
Billie Bevan (1887-1957) 233 Club, CA
Mel Blanc (1908-1989 Mid Day #188, OR (Bugs Bunny)
Joe E. Brown (1892-1973) Rubicon #237, OH
Cantiflas (1911-1993) Mexican Lodge
Eddie Cantor (1892-1964) Munn #190, NY
Glen Cavender (1887-1962) Mount Olive #586, CA (Keystone Kop)
George M. Cohan (1878-1942) Pacific #223, CA
Nat "King" Cole (1916-1965) Thomas Waller #49, CA
Chester Conklin (1888-1971) University #394, CA (Keystone Kop)
Harry Corbett (1918-1989) Chevin #6848, UK
Donald Crisp (1880-1974) Harry S. Orme #458, CA
Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959) Prince of Orange #16, NY
Richard Dix (1894-1949) Orme #458, CA
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. (1883-1939) Beverly Hills #528, CA
W. C. Fields (1879-1946) E. C. Mitchell #605, PA
Clark Gable (1901-1960) Beverly Hills #528, CA
John Gilbert (1895-1935) Lodge Unknown
David W. Griffith (1874-1948) St. Cecile #568, NY
Oliver Hardy (1892-1957) Solomon #20, FL
William S. Hart (1862-1946) Lodge Unknown
DeWolf Hopper (1858-1935) Pacific #233, CA
Harry Houdini (1874-1926) St. Cecile #568, NY
Burl Ives (1909-1995) Magnolia #242, CA
Al Jolson (1885-1950) St. Cecile #568, NY
Buck Jones (1888-1950) Harry S. Orme #458, CA
Fred Kelsey (1884-1961) Mount Olive #586, CA
Harold Lloyd (1893-1971) Alexander Hamilton #535, CA
Hank Mann (1877-1971) Mount Olive #586, CA
Tom Mix (1880-1940) Utopia #537, CA
Audie Murphy (1924-1971) North Hollywood #542, CA
Richard Pryor (1940- ) Henry Brown #22,IL
Chips Rafferty (1907-1971) Literature #500, NSW Australia
Roy Rene (1892-1954) Thespian #256, NSW Australia
Michael Richards (1949- ) Riviera #780, CA (Seinfeld)
Paul Robeson (1898-1976) "at sight"
Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933) John L. Spinks #507, MS
Roy Rogers (1912-1998) Hollywood #355, CA
Will Rogers (1879-1935) Claremore #55, OK
Peter Sellers (1925-1980) Chelsea #3098, E.C. Great Britain
"Red" Skelton (1910-1997) Vincennes #1, IN
Leo Slezak (1873-1940) Lodge Unknown
John Wayne (1907-1979) Marion McDaniel #56, AZ
Ed Wynn (1886-1966) Philadelphia #9, PA

(Bro. Norman Lincoln has provided a checklist, which could be used, for developing a collection of Masonic actors on stamps. MSA did not include Stamp information but printed the list of Actors who are or were Freemasons because of many requests for such a listing)

(Source: Philatelic Freemason, May-June 2001)

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