Etiwan Masonic Lodge No. 95  - 438 Whilden St., Mount Pleasant, SC. 29464

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Lowcountry Trestleboard
01 July 2020


Brethren

Happy Hump Daaay! Don't forget to wear your masks in public places starting today, if you're not already. It's a considerate thing to do for others.
Another weekly heads-up from the Semi-official Charleston Masonic Town Crier on what's coming up in The Lowcountry that I know about. Thank you for the help and encouraging words I've received from so many of you on this project over the years, as well as everyone’s patience with my typos and downright stupidity.
"Everyone is entirely free to reject and dissent from whatsoever herein may seem to him to be untrue or unsound." - Albert Pike, Preface to Morals and Dogma(Original Edition)

When in doubt -
"The Lodges remain closed until the Grand Master issues an order that they may be re-opened. His decision will consider the government regulations. His order to re-open will be emailed when the decision is made."
Fraternally,
Gerald “Jerry “L Carver, PGM
Grand Secretary

Beginning today, Charleston and several other cities around the state will require face coverings to be worn in most public spaces. This is the latest step to confront the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the state. Some cities will be giving out fines to people failing to wear a face covering.
Yesterday the state reported a record-breaking 1,741 new coronavirus cases. Charleston County leads the state again with 375 new cases, more than 200 ahead of second place Horry County.

Conversation heard in N Charleston:
"Who was that masked man?
"Beats me."
"Who does?"
"Masked man."
"Masked man beat you?
"Yep."
"Wonder who he was."
"Beats me...etc"
With Independence Day coming up this weekend, I've been thinking about something I noticed long ago. Have you ever noticed that some of the most patriotic Americans are naturalized Americans? I worked for 20 years alongside a lady who, along with her family, immigrated here from their birthplace in Poland. They grew up under an opressive regime where the sort of personal freedoms Americans enjoy were unheard of. On the day she became a naturalized American citizen, she was just so overwhelmed with gratitude. I can't describe it, but I'll never forget it.
You might reasonably ask why this is true. Why are native-born Americans just not as patriotic as most naturalized citizens? Because native-born Americans grew up with all the rights and priviledges we enjoy, so they take them for granted. They can't imagine not having them. Just like people born in the '70s & '80s can't imagine black & white TV with only 3 chanels, or not having a personal computer, the internet, or a cell phone.
Naturalized Americans grew up somewhere else. Places where there are one lane roads with two directions of traffic. Places where a "big refrigerator" is not quite 5 feet tall, and stoves only have burners the size of the small ones here. Or places where they don't even have electricity. Or places where you can be killed for being a Protestant, or a Jew, or a Catholic, or a homosexual, or for having been raped, or just for speaking your mind. People who grew up in those places know from personal experience what a priviledge it is to live in America with the standard of living and personal freedoms we take for granted. Enough of a priviledge to leave their homes, their relavives, their friends and their culture thousands of miles behind, never to return. For three centuries people have been coming here to work to build a brtter life for themselves and their families.
One of the benefits of serving in the military is being exposed to other places and other cultures. The "Old Countries" our ancestors left behind to come here. If you pay attention, you see first-hand that most poor people in America live as well or better than most middle-class people almost anywhere else. America isn't perfect, it has flaws, but it's a better place to live than anyplace else on the planet. That may be why most military veterans (and most naturalized Americans) can't muster up much patience or sympathy for American protesters.They're protesting about conditions that people living in the places the protesters' ancestors came from would sell their souls to live under here. So this weekend, while you're enjoying your hot dogs, apple pie and beer, don't forget to pause and thank God you live here. And thank the brave men, many of them Masons who pledged their lives, their fourtunes and their sacred honor on 4 July1776 to form this country of ours. To be born an American is one of the greatest gifts the Great Architect bestows.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."
I Thessalonians 5:11

As things loosen up, don't immediately drop your guard. That happened Memorial Day weekend and see what that got us all. Just because we can see the clearing doesn't mean we're out of the woods! BE PATIENT! Be considerate of other people's health as well as yours and your family's. Keep washing your hands, eating your veggies, and taking your vitamins. Be smart and above all be patient and prudent, and we'll get through this together. See you soon at Lodge! - Tom


Grand Lodge will be closed Friday 3July for Independance Day, and is still asking the Brethren to call, email or mail them instead of coming to the Grand Lodge Office for safety purposes during the Coronavirus restrictions. In the event the Grand Lodge Office is closed, MWB Jerry will be working from his home office.

Don't forget:

"If your Lodge receives a request for a Masonic Funeral for a Brother, you will need to call the Grand Secretary for special instructions, which our Grand Master has approved, during these times when Lodges cannot open due to Government restrictions and the Grand Master's suspension of all Masonic Meetings. If you need to contact the Grand Secretary when the Grand Lodge Office is closed, please call 864-993-7806".

Sick & Distressed:

" A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven." WB Mel Acevido, long-serving Secretary of Franklin #96 passed away on Monday. Viewing will be Monday from 5:00 to 7:00PM at Carolina Memorial, 7113 Rivers Ave., N Charleston. Masks are mandatory at the viewing and the family will be strictly following social distancing guidelines. The funeral home will only allow 25-30 guests in the visitation room at a time, once that many people are in the doors will be closed until someone leaves the room
His funeral will be held 11:00AM Tuesday 7July at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 510 St James Ave, Goose Creek, followed by a Graveside Services including Military Honors and a Masonic Memorial Service at Carolina Memorial, 7113 River Ave.
Masks are mandatory at the church and highly recommended at the gravesite.
A celebration of WB Mel's life will take place at the Filipino Community Center, located at 8747 Salamander Rd, North Charleston, SC 29406 beginning at 2:00PM Tuesday, 7 July. Masks are mandatory at the FCC and they will be conducting a temperature screening as well prior to entry.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Filipino Community Center in honor of WB Mel.

WB Rodney Perkins's daughter picked up her heavenly wings and entered her heavenly home on June 19, 2020. Brother Perkins is a member of Summerville Lodge #234. All services for his daughter are private for the family.

Please keep in your prayers Dale Schuman, Tommy Blackwood, John Konstanesky, Al Couch, Joanne (Mrs Lloyd) Christopher, Robert Nesbit, "Lanky"Lancaster, Derald McMillan, WB Bob Knight, Dennis Drayton, Joe Terry, Lydia Reichner, Sue (Mrs Ron) Mitchum, Mark Swafford, John Johnson, Jacque (Mrs Andy)Albright, Bill Allen, Tommie F Brant, "Dick" Wesner, Br & Mrs Matthew Simpson, Bob Pinkston, Jerry Espiritu, Randy Potts & his Family, Jayson Rose, Ray Hall, Mrs. Jerri Nix, Horace Williams, Roy Triplett, Ola Mae Wilcox, Mike Taylor, Dale Usery, John Ditmore, Ron Traver, Charlie Edgeworth, Herb Goldberg, Billie (Mrs David) DeChant, Sybill (Mrs Phillip) Russell, Mary Anne (Mrs G Ray) Marsh, Frank Shealy, Billie Jean (Mrs Bobby) Faulkner, Ben Kirbin, Gene Nabors, Myrtle Johnson, Matthew Hogan, "Dick" Wooden, Micah Roane Auld, Carey & Carolyn Baxley, Jim Spence, Ricky Chubb, and Del Morga & his family.
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These brothers (and their ladies) have all been workers in the quarries of Masonry and deserve to be lifted up in prayer to the Grand Architect of the Universe by each of us."The prayers of good men availeth much." These are who I am aware of at this time, if there are others the brethren need to be made aware of please email me and I will pass the word.

Things to do each month (please!):
Pray for those in distress, now more than ever.

BTW: It's not true that "You don't know what you have until it's gone" - you always know, you just take it for granted.
"They paved Paradise to put up a parking lot" - Carole King

Masonic Trivia

The largest Master's chair is in Ophir Lodge #33 Murphys, CA. It is 15 feet long and can seat the Master, living Past Masters, and visiting dignitaries.

Quote of the Week

It is unnecessary to recapitulate the duties which, as a Mason, you are bound to discharge, or to enlarge on the necessity of a strict adherence to them, as your own experience must have established their value. Our laws and regulations you are strenuously to support and be always ready to assist in seeing them duly executed. - Ahiman Rezon


FYI: When June got pre-empted I moved everything that was supposed to happen to July. If the prohibitions continue into some or all of July, I will continue rolling things back as I've been doing up to now.The Stated Meetings don't change, but please don't hang your hopes on the called meetings untill things settle down.I haven't gotten any input from the lodges for a while (for obvious reasons), so we'll know more when we know more. Patience is a virtue. The last time this happened in the SC Lowcountry was 112 years ago - RWB Herb Goldburg assures me they didn't have email newsletters then.

Here's This Week's Scoop:
Effective May 29, 2020
To our Brethren in South Carolina, this updated information is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in our Grand Jurisdiction. Until further notice, IT IS MY CONTINUED ORDER THAT ALL MASONIC LODGE MEETINGS IN SOUTH CAROLINA remain suspended throughout the entire month of June. This ORDER will remain in effect until it is canceled or updated

Stay tuned and be flexible.
Rather than listing all cancellations indevidually and flooding your inbox, I will only show Trestleboard entries outside the quarantine time window. If the window gets extended I will move additional events/meetings affected.
Everybody wash your hands, take your vitamins and be safe and healthy. Masons and Masonry survived the Black Death, sundry wars & other catastrophies, the Spanish Flu, World War I, The Great Depression World War II, etc, etc. We'll get through this too.
Tom (Editor)

AUGUST (all contingent on corona virus restrictions)

Satursday 01Aug2020

- Summerville Eastern Star (111 N Main St, Summerville) Saturday our Eastern Star Chapter’s First Saturday Breakfast begins at 7:00 am and runs until 10:00 am. Breakfast is an Eastern Star fundraiser so please be generous with your donations. Everyone who eats is expected to give at least $7.00 for one of the best buffets in town. This includes the drink. Come hungry, leave happy.

1st)Monday 03Aug2020

- Solomon Lodge #1 (1285 Orange Grove Rd) will hold their monthly Stated Communication
Suit and tie preferred.
Collation at 6:30 PM, Meeting at 7:30.

- Ornan Lodge #38 (50 Ornan Street Bamberg)
Ornan Lodge #38 will have an EA Degree
Collation at 7:00pm , Degree to follow

- Harmony Lodge #61 (5355 E Jim Bilton Blvd, St. George) will hold their monthly Stated Communication
Collation at 7:30 PM, Meeting at 8:00.

- James Island Lodge No. 396 (1613 Ft Johnson Rd, James Island) will hold their monthly Stated Meeting at 7:30 PM.

- Goose Creek Lodge #401 (145 St James Ave, Goose Creek) will hold their monthly Stated Meeting
Collation at 6:45PM, Meeting at 7:30PM.

(1st)Tuesday 04Aug2020

- Summerville Lodge #234 (111 N Main St, Summerville)
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 we will confer a FC Degree,
Proficiency 6:30 pm, Collation 7:00 pm and Degree at 8:00 pm.

- Denmark Lodge #246 (308 S Palmetto Ave [Carolina Hwy/Hwy 321] Denmark, SC) will hold their monthly Stated Communication
Collation at 6:30 PM, Meeting at 7:30.

Inglesby Lodge #267 (44 Taylor St. Greeleyville, SC ) will hold their monthly Stated Communication
Collation at 6:30 PM, Meeting at 8:00. inglesby267@gmail.com

- Hammerton Lodge #332 (1085 E Montague, North Charleston) will hold their monthly Stated Communication
Collation at 6:30 PM, Meeting at 7:30.

- Old Fort Lodge #420 (10935 Dorchester Rd, Summerville) will hold their monthly Stated Communication
Collation at 6:45 PM, Meeting at 7:30.

- Charleston Chapter #56 OES (3567 Dorchester Rd East, North Charleston) will have their Regular Business Meeting
Dinner at 6:30 and meeting at 7:30pm.

- Orangeburg York Rite (1201 Five Chop Rd, Orangeburg, SC.) will hold their monthly Stated Meeting
Collation at 6:30, meeting at 7:30


(1st)Wednesday 05Aug2020

– Landmark Lodge #76 will be holding their Regular Stated Communication.
Coat, tie and white gloves required
6:30 PM at the Charleston Club

- The Low Country Past Masters Unit (1285 Orange Grove Rd) will be having their monthly meeting.
If your Lodge needs assistance putting on a degree, or the entire degree the PMU would be glad to help. Contact WB Tommy Moran (843-754-0538) and get the help you need.
Membership in the Past Masters Unit is open to ALL Blue Lodge PAST MASTERS.
Meeting starts at 7:00PM

- Lawrence Howell Court Order of Amaranth ((1285 Orange Grove Rd)) will be holding their regular monthly meeting at 7:30PM.

- The Columbia Scottish Rite Bodies (7230 Garners Ferry Rd) will conduct their Monthly Business Meeting.
The Steering Committee will meet at 6:00 PM in the Library. The KSA will meet at 6:15PM
Dinner at 6:45PM, Business Meeting to follow.

(1st)Thursday 06Aug2020

- Harmony Lodge #17 (30 Burr Street Barnwell) will hold their monthly Stated Communication.
Collation at 7:00, Meeting at 8:00PM

- Etiwan Lodge #95 (438 Whilden St,Mount Pleasant, SC) will hold their monthly Stated Communication.
No Collation, Meeting at 7:30PM.

– Franklin Lodge #96 (145 St James Ave, Goose Creek) will hold their monthly Stated Communication.
Collation at 6:30 PM, Meeting at 7:30PM.

Harpers Lodge #225 (11 W. Main St, Andrews, SC) will hold their monthly Stated Communication.
Collation at 7:00PM meeting to follow

- Bethlehem Lodge # 338 (13819 Round O Rd, Round O) will be holding their monthly Stated Communication.
Collation at 6:30 PM and meeting at 7:30 PM

- Dorchester Lodge #369 (3567 Dorchester Rd East, North Charleston) will hold their monthly Stated Meeting.
No Collation Meeting at 7:30 PM

(1st) Friday 07Aug2020

- St. James Lodge #275 (227 Scotia St, McClellanville) will be holding their monthly Stated Communication.
Collation at 6:30 PM and meeting at 7:30 PM

- Loyalty Chapter #136 OES (3567 Dorchester Rd East, North Charleston) will be holding their Regular Business Meeting.
Collation at 6:30 PM and meeting at 7:30 PM

(2nd) Monday 10Aug2020

- Orange - CharlesTowne Lodge #14 (1285 Orange Grove Rd) will hold their monthly Stated Communication.
No collation.Meeting at 7:00pm.

St. Peters Lodge #54 (232 E Boyce Street, Manning, SC) will hold their monthly Stated Communication.
Meal at 730pm, Meeting at 8pm
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- Mt Hope Lodge #128 (110 Brick Church Cl - St Stephens) will hold their monthly Stated Meeting.
Collation at 7:30 PM, meeting at 8:00PM.

- Jacksonboro Lodge #206 (6085 Hwy 165, Ravenel) will have their monthly Stated Communication.
Collation at 6:30 PM, Meeting at 7:30PM

- Fellowship Lodge #400 (3567 Dorchester Rd East, North Charleston) will hold their monthly Stated Meeting
Collation at 6:30 PM, Meeting at 7:30PM

James Island Lodge #396 (1613 Ft Johnson Rd, James Island)
- Entered Apprentice Degree - James Island Lodge No. 396 will hold a Special Communication on Monday April 13, 2020 at 7:30 PM to Initiate two Candidates into the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Craft is fraternally invited
Collation and fellowship is at 6:30 PM.Degree following

(2nd )Tuesday 11Aug2020

- Pythagoran Lodge #21 (3567 Dorchester Rd East, North Charleston) will hold their monthly Stated Meeting
Collation at 6:30 PM, Meeting at 7:30PM

- Ornan Lodge #38 (50 Ornan Street Bamberg) will hold their monthly Stated Communication
Collation at 6:45, Meeting at 7:30PM.

- Unity Lodge #55 (35 Trevor Dr, Walterboro) will have their monthly Stated Communication.
Dinner at 6:30 and meeting at 7:30pm

- Hope Lodge #126 (13088 West Main Street Williston) will hold their monthly Stated Communication
Collation at 7:30, Meeting at 8:00PM.

- Summerville Lodge #234 (111 N Main St, Summerville) will hold their monthly Stated Communication
Collation at 7:00, Meeting at 8:00PM.

- Fidelity Lodge #304 (2827 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island) will hold their monthly Stated Communication
Collation at 6:30, Meeting at 7:30PM.

- Carolina Lodge #375 (5929 Murray Drive) will have their monthly Stated Communication.
Dinner at 6:30 and meeting at 7:30pm

- Orangeburg York Rite (1201 Five Chop Rd, Orangeburg, SC.) will hold their monthly Stated Meeting
Collation at 6:4, meeting at 7:30

(2nd )Wednesday 12Aug2020

- The Masters & Wardens Club of the 1st and 2nd Masonic Districts will meet
sponsored by SOMEONE. Hopefully by then we will know who.
NOTICE! ALL 3° Master Masons are invited and encouraged to attend!!!!
All are reminded that the meeting must end by 9pm by the club’s by-laws.

(2nd )Thursday 11June2020

- Mariner Lodge #2 (1285 Orange Grove Rd) will hold their monthly Stated Communication.
Dress: Polo shirts & dress slacks (business casual). Socks & dress shoes please!
No Collation, Meeting begins at 7:30

- Harmony Lodge #22 (2710 Depot Rd Beaufort, SC) will hold their monthly Stated Communication.
Meeting begins at 7:30.

- Kingstree Lodge #46 (313 East Main Street, Kingstree, SC) will hold their monthly Stated Communication.
Meal at 7:00pm, Meeting at 8pm

- Blackville Lodge #63 (10920 Solomon Blatt Avenue Blackville) will hold their monthly Stated Communication
Collation at 7:15, Meeting at 8:00PM.

- Vance Lodge # 230 (1316 Camden Rd, Hwy 310, Vance) will have their monthly Stated Communication.
Collation at 6:30 pm, meeting begins at 7:30

- Berkeley Lodge #269 (101 California Ave, Moncks Corner) will hold their monthly Stated Communication.
Collation at 7:00 PM, Meeting at 8:00.

- Ridgeville Lodge #361 (119 Academy St, Ridgeville) will hold their monthly Stated Communication.
Collation at 6:45 PM, Meeting at 7:30.

- MacArthur Lodge #427 (145 St James Ave, Goose Creek) will hold their monthly Stated Communication.
Collation at 6:45 PM, Meeting at 7:30.

(3rd) Tuesday18Aug2020

- Charleston York Rite Bodies (1285 Orange Grove Rd) will hold their monthly Stated Meeting at 7:00PM.
Collation will be at 6:30pm We will receive any petitions and dues at this meeting. Please come out and bring a companion with you".
There are still a number of members who have yet to pay their 2019/2020 dues. Please check those cards and get your dues in asap. Obviously, we need the money,but mostly we need each and every member. Just like the blue lodge you will be dropped from all York Rite bodies including the Knights Masons, AMD, York Rite College, et cetera if you are NPD in the York Rite.

- Egeria Lodge #71 (150 Judge St, Harleyville) Egeria 71 will hold their monthly Stated Communication.
Collation at 7:00, meeting at 8:00

- Round Lodge #270 (10761 Cottageville Hwy, Cottageville) will hold their monthly Stated Communication.
Collation at 7:00, meeting at 8:00

- Hilda Lodge #426 (51 Railroad Avenue, Hilda SC) will hold their regular Stated Communication
Collation at 7:15, Meeting at 8:00PM

(3rd) Thursday 20Aug2020

- Solomon Lodge #1 (1285 Orange Grove Rd)
Solomon Lodge #1 will hold a Master Mason Degree.
Suit and tie preferred.
Collation at 6:30 PM, Meeting at 7:30.

- Union-Kilwinning Lodge #4 (945 Wapoo Rd, Charleston) will have their regular Stated Communication.
In keeping with the lodge's Scottish roots Kilts are encouraged (if you dare!)
Collation at 6:30 PM, Meeting at 7:30PM

- Charity Lodge #62 (6328 Old Hwy 6 Elloree, SC) will be holding a regular Stated Meeting,
Collation at 7:00pm, meeting at 7:30pm.

Indiantown Lodge #165
(102 W George St. Hemingway, SC) will hold their monthly Stated Meeting
Meeting @730pm

- Hudson Lodge #373 (14385 Sniders Hwy Islandton, SC) will have their regular Stated Communication.
Collation at 7:00 PM, Meeting at 8:00PM

- Fort Moultrie Lodge #428 (338 Whilden St, Mount Pleasant) will have their regular Stated Communication.
Collation at 6:30 PM, Meeting at 7:30PM .

- Azelea Chapter #192 OES (3567 Dorchester Rd East, North Charleston) will have their Regular Business Meeting

(4th) Tuesday 25Aug2020

- Allendale Lodge No. 109 (500 Barnwell Hwy, Allendale) will hold their regular Stated Communication
Collation at 6:45, Meeting at 7:30PM.

- St. Andrews Lodge #367 (945 Wappoo Rd, Charleston) will hold their Monthly Stated Communication. Collation at 7:00 PM, Meeting at 8:00 Shrine – Mason Night at the Dorchester Shrine Club, 2150 Beech Hill Road, Summerville Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 7 PM.

(4th) Wednesday 26Aug2020

- The Charleston Scottish Rite Bodies (1051 Sam Rittenburg Blvd) will conduct their Business Meeting. Dinner at 6:30PM, with the Business Meeting to follow at 7:30pm.
Knights Commander Court of Honour (KCCH) meet at 6:00PM outside the General Secretary's office.
Knights of St. Andrew will hold their monthly meeting at 6:00pm in the auditorium. Membership in the Knights of St. Andrew is open to all 32° Masons
Looking Ahead

Fri & Sat September 4th and 5th
- Summerville Lodge #234 ( 111 N Main St Summerville)
Smoke at the Lodge 2020 - 17th Annual Bar-B-Q Competition
Featuring the Carolina Coast Band Friday @ 7:00-10:00PM Friday
Friday Evening - "No Pork Night Event" - Tasting Samples Available
Saturday 11:00AM - 5:00PM - BBQ Dinner Sales $7/Plate - POSTPONED UNTIL

That's all I know about for now

The deadline for submissions to run in next week's Trestleboard is 10:00AM on Wednesday If you wait until you get next week’s newsletter to remember to send me something happening that weekend or the following Monday or Tuesday, I’m not sending a special for you unless I hosed something up – you snooze, you lose.

PLEASE check and make sure my email address (thlwm2010@gmail.com) is in your email address book – this newsletter is so big and goes to so many people (over 750 directly from me, and well over 1000 with forwards!) that some spam filters mis-identify it as spam. Email addresses that consistently bounce back MailChimp will automatically delete after a few bounces.

WB Andy Albright has published his first book titled "Are You Hiram?". A book for all Masons who seek to understand the very foundations of their Craft. The book is not a "how to be" a Mason, but what does it take to be Mason. Explore some of the deeper philosophies contained in those images found in the Blue Lodge and gain a richer understanding of who you are and who you can be. No secrets of Freemasonry are contained in this book so that non-Masons might find the tools they need to improve themselves and, perhaps, find it in their hearts to join the Ancient Order. Some of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to support the four major charities of United States Freemasons: the Masonic Services Association, Scottish Rite Children's Learning Center, York Rite Eye Foundation, and Shriner's Children's Hospitals. All donations will be made to the national level of each charity. Are you prepared to discover if you are Hiram? You can purchase the book from Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084P3S7ZQ, or an ebook for Kindle. If you'd like to purchase a copy directly from WB Andy, you can email your request to raa29420@gmail.com.

If you haven't heard, both the Scottish Rite Building and the CCMA Building, in an effort to defray some of the costs of maintaining and insuring those buildings, are available to be used for business meetings, civic club meetings, wedding receptions etc. Our useage rates are competitive with the rates charged by similar venues, we're easy to get to, and we have plenty of parking. If you or someone you know is having a special event of some kind, and need a place to have it, deal with your brothers - call 843-819-5002 for the Scottish Rite or 843-708-5365 for the CCMA, or just send me an email - thlwm2010@gmail.

Brethren,
As soon as you receive a Petition from a Man for the Degrees in Masonry, it is essential that you enter his information int the Grand Lodge Membership Management System "Grandview". immediately The system will compare the First Name, Middle Name, Last Name, and Date of Birth of the candidate's information with the thousands of records in the system and if the information matches another man in the system, the system will automatically place the entry into a pending mode. If you make an entry and receive a Pending Mode notice, please contact the Grand Lodge Office immediately. The Pending Mode means that a record already exists for that man. This is especially important if a man fails to indicate on his petition about having previously petitioned another Lodge. Today, it came to my attention that a Secretary entered a Candidate's information after he was made an Entered Apprentice and the system kicked his record out as Pending. After investigating, it was found that the Candidate had petitioned another Lodge a couple of years earlier and had not indicated on his petition that he had previously petitioned another Lodge. Please take the important precautionary step of entering every Candidate's petition information into the System upon receipt..
Fraternally, Jerry Carver, PGM, Grand Secretary

This newsletter is produced by a Mason with the help of other Masons to promote Masonic cooperation and visitation for the benefit of Masons and Masonry in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. While publication of this newsletter has the approval of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina, it is not to be construed that anything found in this newsletter is coming from or overseen by the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina ( ) or any other Masonic body unless specifically stated to be so. Ultimate responsibility for content/opinions expressed lies with the editor alone.

"It's amazing how much good you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit." - MWB Harry S. Truman - US President, PGM of Missouri.

Respectfully and Fraternally

Tom Lewis, Jr PM 32° KT KY KRC
WM Mariner Lodge #2
EC SC Commandry #1
EC JW Frampton Jr Council #85 Knight Masons

Grand Master's Order May 29, 2020
29 May 2020


Brethren

The following is the content of the latest Grand Master's order regarding Masonic activities in SC. "Take due notice thereof and govern yourselves accordingly":



May 29, 2020

To our Brethren in South Carolina, this updated information is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in our Grand Jurisdiction. Until further notice, IT IS MY CONTINUED ORDER THAT ALL MASONIC LODGE MEETINGS IN SOUTH CAROLINA remain suspended throughout the entire month of June. This ORDER will remain in effect until it is canceled or updated.

I have consulted numerous Past Grand Masters, Grand Lodge Officers, Lodge Officers, and Appendant Body Officers and members. The overwhelming majority of the Craft has said: “Grand Master, we all want to go back to our meetings but, for our safety, I think it is still too early.” I thank each one of you for your wise counsel. More than ever it is imperative that our Masonic families remain united. United we stand, divided we fall.

I want to personally extend a “Thank You” to every Masonic organization in South Carolina that continues unwavering compliance to the Grand Master’s Decision and Order in this Grand Jurisdiction. I have spoken with every Grand Master in the Southeastern Region. Each has serious challenges, under different rules in each state, but one thing is certain, we all have the interest and wellbeing of the Craft at the heart with every decision.

I am convinced that we have not reached the COVID-19 bell curve or apex of cases or deaths in South Carolina. I hope and pray that the summer heat will cause the virus count to drop off at an accelerated rate. By my estimate, the cases of infection from Memorial Day weekend exposure will not be realized until at least the June 12-19th .

As a reminder, no Lodge Hall is to be used during this time period. I have stopped several Lodge functions that Lodge members organized either through ZOOM Media, phone, or other venues. Brethren, as a reminder, it is a grave Masonic Offense, to conduct any irregular meeting or business during this time.

I am asking the Worshipful Masters and Wardens to consider a plan for a reopening of your lodge in the near future. We are working on guidelines to help, but each Lodge has a different floor plan. What would you need to have in place for your Brethren to meet and observe social distancing? What supplies do you need to decontaminate your Lodge after each meeting? Please start getting some thoughts together for your plan.

If circumstances change, we will communicate through Grandview postings, the official Grand Lodge Facebook page, and the Grand Lodge website. Your Grand Lodge Officers are working hard to secure a future date for our annual communication, and we thank you for your continued patience.

Subordinate Lodges will NOT be penalized for their inability to meet until Grand Lodge has given clearance and all established government mandates in your area are discontinued. We will issue an update by July 1, 2020, or shortly after concerning the status.

We recommend all Brethren follow health and safety guidelines or mandates issued by federal, state, and local governments in your particular area. All Brethren with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or who have been exposed to someone with a confirmed diagnosis PLEASE SELF-QUARANTINE.

Please stay in touch with local elderly Brethren, any Brother living alone, or any Brother with chronic health issues. Please realize that we do not need a large group of men together to help those in need. Individually we can wear our rings, shirts, and hats while assisting those in need in society.

Lady Laura and I are praying for the health and safety of each of you, our state, nation, and world. Please do all that you can to prevent any further transmission of this virus. Please practice all safety precautions so we can soon live in the social setting we miss so much right now. Pray for our country and all of our leaders. Do good unto all and demonstrate the tenets we are taught within our sacred walls with those outside so they will see, know, and desire to be amongst us.

May God continue to Bless our Craft, the state of South Carolina, and the United States of America.

Respectfully and Fraternally,

Walter C. Disher II – Grand Master

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