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

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Lowcountry Trestleboard
14 April 2021


Brethren:
Another weekly heads-up from the Semi-official Charleston Masonic Town Crier on what's coming up in The SC Lowcountry that I know about. Thank you for the help and encouraging words I've received from so many of you 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

The Latest Good News Is:
Anyone 16 and older in SC now qualify for a COVID vaccine shot as of March 31
More places to get the vaccine are popping up every week including the new VA Clinic on Rivers Ave for us vets, as well as several doctors offices, and various "Doc In a Box" locations, so it's getting easier to get an appointment sooner.
I got vaccinated in January, and got the follow up in February. I had no side effects at all, and Covid now rolls off me like water off a duck! MAKE COVID FEAR YOU!
To see where you can now get an appointment to get the coronavirus vaccine here's the link: https://scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-vaccine To make an appointment here is the link: scdhec.gov/vaxlocator

HEADS UP!:
According to USA Today "The CDC and FDA recommend pause in use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after 6 reported cases of 'rare and severe' form of blood clot." https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/04/13/covid-updates-jj-vaccine-pause-blood-clots/7196436002/?utm_source=usatoday-News%20Alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news_alerts&utm_term=news_alert
However, I got the Pfizer and my wife got the Moderna vaccine, both with no ill effects.

Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23, 2021


GRAND LODGE 2021 ANNUAL COMMUNICATIONN

The 283rd -284Th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina will be held on Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23, 2021 at the North Charleston Convention Center Complex in Exhibit Halls A-B & C, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418. The Headquarters Hotel is the North Charleston Marriott located at 4770 Goer Drive, North Charleston, SC 29406.
The Grand Lodge will be opened in Ample Form Thursday at 9:00AM
by MWB W Cal Discher MWGM
Every Brother wishing to attend the 2021 Annual Communication must have pre-registered
Brethren eligible to vote should have received a Red Name Badge and Past Masters not eligible to vote should have received a White Name Badge. The Badges will be attached to the lanyard which must be worn to be admitted into the Annual Communication Sessions. The name badges have been mailed directly to each brother along with two Covid-19 Screening Questionnaire Forms. Each Covid-19 form must be filled out each day of the Annual Communication and given to the Assistant Grand Lodge Tilers prior to admission. Temperatures will be taken by the Assistant Grand Lodge Tilers and recorded on the Covid-19 Questionnaire prior to admittance. Social Distance Seating will be maintained, and Face Masks must be worn.

RE-OPENING UPDATES


*Currently in effect by the latest Grand Master's Order 26March2021:
Phase Two-A: Re-Opening of Subordinate Masonic Lodges And Appendant Masonic Organizations in the Grand Jurisdiction of South Carolina.
Please be aware that, IAW current Grand Master's Guidelines, blue lodges in SC cannot open the lodge (except for funerals) if less than seven (7) lodge members are present. I also caution you all that in this Juris Diction, Zoom, Facetime, or any other electronic remote meetings to conduct lodge/appendant body business are strictly forbidden. Don't put your membership and your charter in jeopardy!

That said, if you are healthy and able, please make every effort to attend your monthly Blue Lodge meeting! If not, your Lodge may not be there when you decide to start back going. No matter how many members a Lodge has on it's rolls, if it is not well-attended it cannot fulfill it's purpose and will not survive!

The next time you are frustrated with the Covid Restrictions, consider this:
I got an email from WB John Bird of Waterways Lodge, London, England - their next meeting is 01July2021.They will not have had a meeting for 16 months! Think kindly of our British brothers on Independence Day.

In Charleston, The Lodges of the 1st and 2nd Masonic District, the York Rite and the Scottish Rite have all been back to meeting, all IAW current protocols. Also all 5th District Lodges have now reopened IAW current protocols, as have some/all in the 4th & 30th districts. I understand several other lodges in the Lowcountry and the rest of the state are also back to holding their meetings, all under current protocols We can do this!

I am also informed that Azalea Chapter OES (3rd Thursday) is back to meeting @ 8:00PM during Phase 1-B protocols. (Thank you Sarah Jane) They will next be meeting on 15April.

Carolina Chapter OES is also opened but is operating under 1-B until further notice from Nancy Jones WGM of SC. Same as the Lodges no food, etc.

AND
Rainbow Assemblies are also permitted to open IAW Phase 1-B protocols as of 15March. For more info get with the chapter advisors.
Here is the link to the SCIORG (Rainbow) Scholarship Fundraiser that our Grand Worthy Associate Advisor Sabrina McCracken of Goose Creek Assembly #39 has created. Please vote for your favorite animal. All votes go directly to scholarships given to the Rainbow girls of South Carolina.
https://sc-rainbow.square.site/?fbclid=IwAR34rFonERzdt83okGqQFiZbUYoyzIZP89QJlb8_VkvayxNnTkjBY8I4_eY

Charleston York Rite

"The Charleston York Rite next Regular Meeting will be 20April2021. Plan on arriving NLT 7:15 to assure time to get your temp check, Covid form, etc.
Companions and Sir Knights: The Charleston York Rite will hold its regular monthly meeting on April 20,2021 @ 7:30pm at the CCMA on Orange Grove Road in Charleston. The Commandery will preside and the Eminent Commander Sir Knight Bobby Pennington, III (now somewhere over 40 years old) has called a practice for the Commandery Officers on April 18,2021 at 2pm at the CCMA. At the meeting on April 20 we will continue to observe social distancing, masks, questionnaires and temperature checks. Cheer up brothers as we say in the Royal Arch Masons degree " Our journey is almost at an end!" At our regular meeting we will read our business and can now accept and vote on petitions. Bring in those petitions and I understand the Secretary recorder will accept dues payments as well. Wear your commandery uniforms if you have one but its not necessary. Come out and enjoy the brotherly love and friendship and, better yet, bring a fellow companion or sir knight who needs a ride, His wife, as will yours, will appreciate it for sure. Don't forget to wish our Eminent Commander SK Bobby Pennington, III a happy birthday and point out to his father Bobby Jr that he is getting old!!!! Again please check your dues card and make sure you have paid 2021 dues and, as always inform the secretary recorder of any email or snail address changes. Sincerely and Fraternally, Herman Resch, Secretary/recorder
Our Grand Chapter, Grand Council and Grand Commandery Annual meetings scheduled for March 12Th and 13Th 2021 HAVE BEEN POSTPONED due to Covid-19.
We have rescheduled to June 26, 2021 at the Columbia Scottish Rite. Details and the agenda will be coming soon.

York Rite College Companion Knights:
Unless otherwise directed, we will have our 7:30 PM, Tuesday, 25 May, 2021 meeting and elect, appoint and install our 2021-2022 York Rite College Officers. Our Distinguished Brother Secretary Lloyd Christopher will be accepting members' 2022 membership dues. Please bring a check for one years dues (still $25.00). Make the check out to Charles Towne York Rite College #113.

JW Frampton Jr Council #85 Knight Masons:
All officers remain in their current (2020) office. The current plan is to try to have a meeting under Covid protocols on Saturday 19June2021 at 13:00 hrs/1:00PM at the CCMA (1285 Orange Grove Rd, Charleston). Stay tuned for further updates.

The Charleston Scottish Rite has returned to regular meetings under Covid protocols (no food or beverages at the meetings, safe distancing, screening procedures etc). The next Scheduled meeting is Wednesday 21April.The meeting will start at 6:30 PM (See April Meeting Schedule further down)

Planning is underway for a Red Cross Blood Drive to be held in August at the CCMA. More details as they become available.

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

Don't forget to still wear your masks in public places (and Lodge meetings). I don't like them either, but it's the considerate thing to do for others. Latest research seems to indicate that masks protect the wearer more than originally thought. and if for no other reason, nobody wants to get gob-smacked with a $100-$500 fine. Besides, they are the latest fashion accessory/way to promo your causes - sort of like a bumper sticker for your face! Seriously, several of our SC brethren have had, are currently being treated for, or have died from Ovid 19, Do your part and wear a mask when out in public and attending lodge. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Grand Lodge is open on regular business days, but they are asking the Brethren to call, email or mail them if possible instead of coming to the Grand Lodge Office during the Corona virus restrictions.

Sickness & Distress

RW Roger Viduya has surgery coming up.

Br Ed Cate passed away Tuesday evening. Br Ed was a lifetime member of MacArthur Lodge #427. Brother Ed Villanueva asks not to call their residence, that he will be our point of contact as per funeral arrangement and whatever support needed.

Please keep in your devotions:

Roger Viduya, Andy Delost, B.K. Williams, Richard Tarpley, Jerry Carver, Steve Hames, Alba & Jim Schaefer, Brenda (Mrs Martin "Poncho") Villa, Jerry Factura, Mitchell Bryan, Richard Hunt, Ray Minnis, Michelle (Mrs Joe) Guinta, John Hogg, Tom Dale, Donnie Hollingsworth, Steven Boyette, James Palmer, Larry & Ofelia Acala, Tom McCauley, Cora (Mrs Orlando) Maningding, Shiela (Mrs Dick) Hughes, Ron Elvis, Dale Schuman, Charlie Smith, Guy Palmer, Dennis Drayton, Joe Terry, Lydia (Phil's mom) Reichner, Sue (Mrs Ron) Mitchum, Mark Swafford, John Johnson, Jacque (Mrs Andy) Albright, "Dick" Wesner, Bob Pinkston, Jerry Espiritu, Randy Potts & his Family, Jayson Rose, Ray Hall, Robert & Jerri Nix, Horace Williams, Roy Triplett, Ola Mae (Mrs Earl) Wilcox, Mike Taylor, Dale Usery, John Ditmore, Ron Traver, Charlie Edgeworth, Herb Goldberg, Billie (Mrs David) DeChant, Mary Anne (Mrs G Ray) Marsh, Frank Shealy, Billie Jean (Mrs Bobby) Faulkner, Ben Kirbin, Gene Nabors, Myrtle Johnson, Matthew Hogan, Eloise (Mrs Richard)Wooden, Ronald "Jake" Jacoby, Micah Roane Auld, Carey Baxley, Jim Spence, Ricky Chubb, and Del Morga.
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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.

Br Lewis Bowen has 2 cemetery plots in the Masonic section of LIVE OAK MEMORIAL GARDENS .that he would like to sell. He is offering them at a price 50% below that currently being asked for similar plots by the cemetery. (Please bear in mind that sooner or later we all will be in need of one).
If interested contact him @ 843-766-1565

"Being a good person does not depend on your religion, your status in life, your race, your skin color, your political views, or your culture. It depends on how well you treat others."

Three Things to do this month for the good of Masonry:
1) If you are healthy and able, please make every effort to attend your monthly Blue Lodge meeting! They need you there!
2) If you are healthy and able, please visit another Blue Lodge's meeting! Dates & times are listed below. We haven't been able to visit for a year, let's go visiting!
3) Pray for those listed in Sickness & Distress. Prayer works, for you AND the one you pray for.

Masonic Trivia

In 1872 the Commissioner of Patents held that the Masonic emblem could not be used in a trademark or trade name for commercial purposes.

Quote of the Week

"A true friend is one soul in two bodies." - Aristotle

Here's This Week's Schedule of Events

April Happenings (to the best of my knowledge)
Regular Stated Meetings (Don't expect Collations this month unless otherwise noted):

(2nd )Wednesday 14April2021

- The Masters & Wardens Club of the 1st and 2nd Masonic Districts . Still On Hold For The Time Being- Stay Tuned

(3rd) Thursday 15April 2021

- Charity Lodge #62 (6328 Old Hwy 6 Elloree, SC) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30pm.

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

- Hudson Lodge #373 (14385 Sniders Hwy Islandton, SC) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 8:00PM

- Fort Moultrie Lodge #428 (338 Whilden St, Mount Pleasant) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30PM .

- Azelea Chapter #192 OES (3567 Thrchester Rd East, North Charleston) Monthly Business Meeting
Meeting begins at 7:30PM

(3rd) Tuesday 20April 2021

- Charleston York Rite Bodies (1285 Orange Grove Rd) monthly Stated Meeting at 7:30PM.
Word to the wise: The Blue Lodge is the foundation upon which all of Masonry rests. If you go NPD in the Blue Lodge, you are automatically NPD in the York & Scottish Rite. Much like the blue lodge, if you go NPD in the York Rite, you will be dropped from all York Rite bodies including the Knights Masons, AMD, York Rite College, et cetera .
Without the foundation the building falls.

- Egeria Lodge #71 (150 Judge St, Harleyville) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 8:00

- Round Lodge #270 (10761 Cottageville Hwy, Cottageville) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 8:00

- Hilda Lodge #426 (51 Railroad Avenue, Hilda SC) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 8:00PM

Wednesday 21April 2021 (THIS MONTH ONLY)

- The Charleston Scottish Rite Bodies (1051 Sam Rittenburg Blvd)
The Charleston Scottish Rite has returned to regular meetings under Phase I protocols (no food or beverages at the meetings, safe distancing, screening procedures etc). The next Scheduled meeting is Wednesday 21April.The meeting will start at 6:30 PM
Due to the COVID 19 Virus and CDC guidelines the following are required for each member attending the monthly meetings of our Scottish Rite. We ask all Brethren to abide by the following RULES:
Every Member will wear a face mask and latex gloves. Please bring these with you. (We will have a limited number on hand.)
Please bring a ball point pen to use when completing the health questionnaire required for entry. Forms will be provided at a table prior to your entering the building. We will be meeting in the dining room
We are also required to take your temperature and if your temperature is above 100.3° you will not be permitted to enter the building.
THERE WILL BE NO HAND SHAKING BY ANY MEMBERS; ALSO, NO FOOD OR LIQUIDS SUCH AS WATER, SODA, OR COFFEE ARE ALLOWED. EAT BEFORE OR AFTER THE MEETING AS FOOD AND LIQUIDS OF ANY TYPE ARE NOT PERMITTED.
Hand Sanitizers will be located at the entry and exits of the dining room.
The Front Office, Auditorium, Museum, Library, Robing Room, Props Room, and the Kitchen WILL NOT BE ACCESSIBLE. DO NOT ENTER THESE AREAS as they will have to be completely sanitized if they are contaminated, causing us further expense.
If you feel that your health may be in question, please do not attend.

Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23, 2021


GRAND LODGE 2021 ANNUAL COMMUNICATIONN

The 283rd -284Th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina will be held on Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23, 2021 at the North Charleston Convention Center Complex in Exhibit Halls A-B & C, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418. The Headquarters Hotel is the North Charleston Marriott located at 4770 Goer Drive, North Charleston, SC 29406.
The Grand Lodge will be opened in Ample Form Thursday at 9:00AM
by MWB W Cal Discher MWGM

Every Brother wishing to attend the 2021 Annual Communication must have pre-registered .
Brethren eligible to vote should have received a Red Name Badge. Past Masters not eligible to vote should have received a White Name Badge. The Badges will be attached to the lanyard which must be worn to be admitted into the Annual Communication Sessions. The Covid-19 form must be filled out each day of the Annual Communication and given to the Assistant Grand Lodge Tilers prior to admission. Temperatures will be taken by the Assistant Grand Lodge Tilers and recorded on the Covid-19 Questionnaire prior to admittance. Social Distance Seating will be maintained, and Face Masks must be worn.

(4th) Tuesday 27April2021

- Allendale Lodge No. 109 (500 Barnwell Hwy, Allendale) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30PM.

- St. Andrews Lodge #367 (945 Thppoo Rd, Charleston) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 8:00

May Happenings (to the best of my knowledge)

1st)Monday 03May 2021

- Solomon Lodge #1 (1285 Orange Grove Rd) monthly Stated Meeting.
Suit and tie preferred.
Gavel falls at 7:30.

- Harmony Lodge #61 (5355 E Jim Bilton Blvd, St. George) monthly Stated Meeting.
Gavel falls at 8:00.

- James Island Lodge #396 (1613 Ft Johnson Rd, James Island) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30 PM. Visitors are welcome.
No Colllation

- Goose Creek Lodge #401 (145 St James Ave, Goose Creek) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30PM.

(1st)Tuesday 04May 2021

- Denmark Lodge #246 (308 S Palmetto Ave [Carolina Hwy/Hwy 321] Denmark, SC) Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30.

Inglesby Lodge #267 (44 Taylor St. Greeleyville, SC ) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 8:00.
inglesby267@gmail.com

- Hammerton Lodge #332 (1085 E Montague, North Charleston) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30.

- Old Fort Lodge #420 (10935 Dorchester Rd, Summerville) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30.

- Charleston Chapter #56 OES (3567 Dorchester Rd East, North Charleston) Regular Business Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30pm.

- Orangeburg York Rite (1201 Five Chop Rd, Orangeburg, SC.) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30

(1st)Wednesday 05May 2021

– Landmark Lodge #76 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) 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) monthly Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30PM.

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

(1st)Thursday 06May 2021

- Harmony Lodge #17 (30 Burr Street Barnwell) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 8:00PM

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

– Franklin Lodge #96 (145 St James Ave, Goose Creek) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30PM.

- Harpers Lodge #225 (11 W. Main St, Andrews, SC) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls 8:00PM

- Bethlehem Lodge # 338 (13819 Round O Rd, Round O) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30 PM

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

(1st) Friday 07May 2021

- St. James Lodge #275 (227 Scotia St, McClellanville) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30 PM

- Loyalty Chapter #136 OES (3567 Dorchester Rd East, North Charleston) Regular Business Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30 PM

(2nd )Saturday 08May 2021

Filipino Travelers Regular Monthly Meeting will be at FCC building at 2:00 pm
Any ideas, concerns, suggestions, all are welcome.Most especially for the good of our organization. Please everyone wear a mask and observe social distancing for the safety of our family and friends.

(2ND) Monday 10May 2021

- Orange - CharlesTowne Lodge #14 (1285 Orange Grove Rd) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:00pm
No collation..

- St. Peters Lodge #54 (232 E Boyce Street, Manning, SC) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 8pm
stpeterslodgeafm.org

- Mt Hope Lodge #128 (110 Brick Church Cl - St Stephens) monthly Stated Meeting.
Gavel falls at 8:00PM.

- Jacksonboro Lodge #206 (6085 Hwy 165, Ravenel) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30PM

- Fellowship Lodge #400 (3567 N Drchester Rd East, North Charleston) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30PM

(2nd )Tuesday 11May 2021

- Pythagoran Lodge #21 (3567 Dorchester Rd East, North Charleston) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30PM

- Ornan Lodge #38 (50 Ornan Street Bamberg) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30PM.

- Unity Lodge #55 (35 Trevor Dr, Walterboro) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30pm

- Hope Lodge #126 (13088 West Main Street Williston) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 8:00PM.

- Summerville Lodge #234 (111 N Main St, Summerville) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 8:00PM.

- Fidelity Lodge #304 (2827 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30PM.

- Carolina Lodge #375 (5929 Murray Drive) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30pm

- Orangeburg York Rite (1201 Five Chop Rd, NDangeburg, SC.) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30

(2ND )Wednesday 12May 2021

- The Masters & Wardens Club of the 1st and 2nd Masonic Districts monthly meeting sponsored by TBA. Still On Hold For The Time Being- Stay Tuned
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 13May 2021

- Mariner Lodge #2 (1285 Orange Grove Rd) monthly Stated Meeting..
Dress: Coat & tie, slacks, socks & dress shoes (like you should be wearing to church)
Please arrive NLT 7:15 - Gavel falls at 7:30PM

- Harmony Lodge #22 (2710 Depot Rd Beaufort, SC) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30.

- Kingstree Lodge #46 (313 East Main Street, Kingstree, SC) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 8pm

- Blackville Lodge #63 (10920 Solomon Blatt Avenue Blackville) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 8:00PM.

- Vance Lodge # 230 (1316 Camden Rd, Hwy 310, Vance) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30

- Berkeley Lodge #269 (101 California Ave, Moncks Corner) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 8:00.

- Ridgeville Lodge #361 (119 Academy St, Ridgeville) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30.

- MacArthur Lodge #427 (145 St James Ave, Goose Creek) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30.
MacArthur #427 will be accepting visitors. All dues paying members will have priority seating due to limited space.

(4th) Wednesday 26May 2021

- The Charleston Scottish Rite Bodies (1051 Sam Rittenburg Blvd)
The Charleston Scottish Rite has returned to regular meetings under Phase I protocols (no food or beverages at the meetings, safe distancing, screening procedures etc). The next Scheduled meeting is Wednesday 21April.The meeting will start at 6:30 PM
Due to the COVID 19 Virus and CDC guidelines the following are required for each member attending the monthly meetings of our Scottish Rite. We ask all Brethren to abide by the following RULES:
Every Member will wear a face mask and latex gloves. Please bring these with you. (We will have a limited number on hand.)
Please bring a ball point pen to use when completing the health questionnaire required for entry. Forms will be provided at a table prior to your entering the building. We will be meeting in the dining room
We are also required to take your temperature and if your temperature is above 100.3° you will not be permitted to enter the building.
THERE WILL BE NO HAND SHAKING BY ANY MEMBERS; ALSO, NO FOOD OR LIQUIDS SUCH AS WATER, SODA, OR COFFEE ARE ALLOWED. EAT BEFORE OR AFTER THE MEETING AS FOOD AND LIQUIDS OF ANY TYPE ARE NOT PERMITTED.
Hand Sanitizers will be located at the entry and exits of the dining room.
The Front Office, Auditorium, Museum, Library, Robing Room, Props Room, and the Kitchen WILL NOT BE ACCESSIBLE. DO NOT ENTER THESE AREAS as they will have to be completely sanitized if they are contaminated, causing us further expense.
If you feel that your health may be in question, please do not attend.


That's all I know about for now

The deadline for submissions to run in next week's Trestleboard is 9:00AM 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 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.

This from The Scottish Rite Valley of Nashville TN:
On May 8, 2021 the Nashville Scottish Rite will host a very brief gathering at the Grand Lodge Building and Past Grand Master & Sovereign Grand Inspector General for Tennessee, Illustrious Brother Joe C. Harrison will communicate the lessons of the Scottish Rite to non-members making them 32nd Degree Masons. We will begin at 9:30 AM and be out by 12:00 Noon. A similar event will be held at the Memphis Scottish Rite on Saturday April 17th from 10:00AM to 1:00PM

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.

Both the Scottish Rite Building and the CCMA Building (as well as several Shrine buildings), 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 in the past years, our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Walter C. Disher, II, has given permission for the Grand Assembly of South Carolina, International Order of Rainbow for Girls to solicit South Carolina Lodges and Brethren to purchase ads in the South Carolina Grand Assembly program book. Grand Master Disher has also approved the letter and forms from Mrs. Dedra Amyx Hart, Supreme Inspector of the South Carolina Grand Grand Assembly, to be sent to the Lodges through the Grandview System providing postage savings for the South Carolina Rainbow Girl Assemblies

Sincerely and fraternally
Jerry Carver, PGM, Grand Secretary


Brother Secretaries::

If you receive an Application for Affiliation from a Mason who is a member of a Lodge in another Grand Jurisdiction, it is very important that you clear that Brother's name through the Grand Secretary's Office before the Application is read in the Lodge. One of our Lodges received Applications for Affiliation from expelled Masons from another Grand Jurisdiction who did not indicate that they were expelled on the Application.

Fraternally,

Jerry Carver, PGM, Grand Secretary

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 Most Worshipful Grand Master and the MW 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 PEC 32° KT KY KRC
WM Mariner Lodge #2
EC JW Frampton Jr Council #85 Knight Masons

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