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Emessay Notes May 2015 

‘Rock And Roll Musick’  

No, that is not a misspelling, but a former nickname for a Past Grand Master. Delbert R. Musick completed his term as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee in March, but many years before, he acquired a nickname from a very famous singer.

Brother Musick went to basic training for the U.S. Army at Fort Hood, Texas.  Among the recruits was a fellow Tennessean named Elvis Presley.  While the two never established a close friendship, their first meeting was memorable.

When Elvis first heard Brother Musick’s name, he said, “So, your name is Music?”  Afterward, Elvis started calling him Rock and Roll, a nickname that stuck with him for many years.

A Highlight Of The Day About Masonry

Today in Masonic History is a new site on the web that provides daily information about historical events and people associated with the Masonic Fraternity.

You also can follow them on Facebook (masonrytoday), Twitter (@masonrytoday) and Google + to get the daily post. In addition, you can read a more complete account of the event or the person on the website at

Also on the website, you can review old posts and search the database. All articles and daily posts on the site are available for use at no charge for Lodge education, trestleboard, or other Masonic-related needs. Simply follow the instructions provided under “Resources” on the website.

Today in Masonic History is operated by Brother Eric Steele from the Grand Lodge of Vermont.  Brother Steele is a Past Master of Washington Lodge No. 3, a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, and a member of the York Rite bodies of Vermont.

Freemasonry in D.C. Helps with schools

Members of Masonic Lodges and Eastern Star Chapters in the District of Columbia are helping one school improve communication and provide lunch tables for students.

DC Public Schools hosts an annual “beautification day,” when they invite parents, friends and community organizations to spruce up and prepare the schools for incoming students.

In 2014, William R. Singleton Lodge #7 partnered with School Without Walls at Francis Stevens.  The Lodge asked, “How can we best help?” The answer was that the school wanted to have bulletin boards in the hallways to showcase student work and to make the school more inviting.  Also, there was a need for picnic tables, on which students could eat lunch and do work.

School Without Walls provides students in Washington, DC, with a rigorous college preparatory, humanities program that incorporates global and local resources in experiential and interdisciplinary methods of teaching and learning. It ensures that each student acquires proper social and life skills to be responsible global citizens. Today, SWW encourages students to "use the city as a classroom" and it draws students from all parts of the city.

Singleton Lodge agreed to fund 10 picnic tables.  For the bulletin boards, the Lodge reached out to the Masonic & Eastern Star Home (MESH) Charities of D.C.  Jesse Villarreal, Past Grand Master and MESH chairman, worked with Carroll Collins, head of the MESH grants committee, and by the end of the week, 20 new bulletin boards arrived.

On August 24, 2014, parents, teachers, and volunteers showed up at the school and put in six hours of work, used 10 drill bits and thousands of screws, and ate 309 pizzas (supplied by the Lodge).  When they concluded, the school was all set for the start of the new academic year.

One teacher had already begun decorating her board with the message, “Watch Us Soar!”  The Mason Lodge and Eastern Star Chapter members assisted with the soaring.

(The Scottish Rite Journal, March/April, 2015)

Club For 90-Year-Old Masters Initiates New Member 

Since the December issue of Emessay Notes, we have been looking for Masons, who would be members of the “90-year-old Worshipful Master’s Club.” Previously, three such members were introduced.

Now, we recognize Frank Engel, Jr., who served as Master of Ashlar Lodge #332 in Wallingford, CT, in 2013 at the age of 95.

In an email, Brother Engel tells the rest of his own story: 
I was raised in George W. Guthrie Lodge #691 in Pittsburgh, PA on October 23, 1947, and served four years going in the officers’ line before having to drop out. I later served as Master of Belmont-Beaver Lodge in Belmont, MA in 1986 and again in 1989.

While I was never installed as Worshipful Master of a Pennsylvania Masonic Lodge, I have actually raised more Master Masons in Pennsylvania than in any other jurisdiction. In the years following the war, our lodge was holding two or three extra meetings each month, with three to five candidates receiving their degrees, so there were many opportunities to do the work in any station when one knew the Ritual. 

I also performed as Worshipful Master on the Westinghouse Atomic Power Division Masonic Degree team conferring third degrees on fellow employees in various lodges.

So congratulations to a long-time ritualist, who served as Master while in his mid-90s.

Words To Live By

“Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none.”
Brother Benjamin Franklin


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