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

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Lowcountry Trestleboard
29 November 2017


Brethren

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 to the brothers who sent me
word of upcoming events, and thanks 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.
"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 Annual Instructional Meeting for the First and Second Districts will be held in the
Masonic Center, 1285 Orange Grove Road, Charleston, on 25 January 2018. Collation will be
served at 6:15 PM sharp. This is a Mandatory Meeting for all Officers of all Lodges. The
Masters Work Shop for all NEWLY elected Masters will be held on 27 January 2018 at the
Scottish Rite Center, in Columbia. Registration will begin at 8 AM and the meeting will be
open at 9 AM. All NEWLY elected Masters please dress properly either a Suit and Tie or
Sport Coast and tie for the Masters Work Shop. Any questions please contact your DDGM.

Harmony Lodge #61 (St. George) is selling tickets for a Boston Butt and BBQ
Fundraiser.
Boston Butts: $25 donation;
One pound of Pork BBQ: $8.
Pickup from Lodge 02Dec2017 5:00 to 6:30 PM.

Sick & Distressed:

RWB Mason(Mickey) Hardin Dorsey Past Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of
North Carolina and a Past Grand Lecturer of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina passed
away at the Veterans Victory House in Walterboro on November 25,2017. He was a member
of what Tom Brokaw called the Greatest Generation. He was born in 1925 and served in the
U.S. Army in World War II in the European Theatre of Operations. He was a part of General
Patton's 3rd Army, which relieved the 101st Airborne at Bastogne Belgium, during the coldest
winter in Europe in 50 years, effectively ending the German last ditch breakout which became
known as the "Battle of the Bulge".
Talking to Mickey after a Knight Masons meeting years ago, I learned that after Bastogne,
Mickey's unit went through Germany liberating POW camps in an effort to liberate all the
American POWs in German hands before they fell under Russian control, because it was
believed that if American POWs fell into Russian hands they might disappear, never to be heard
from again. One such POW camp was in Meiningen Germany, which after the German
surrender and the division of the country ended up in Russian-controlled East Germany. Mickey
clearly remembered the town and the liberation of the POW camp/hospital there. One of the
POWs in that camp was my father.
Our brother Mickey Dorsey has received many honors and deservedly so, both for his service
during the War for which he had a chest full of ribbons and medals, most notably the French
Legion d'Honneur, and for his service to Masonry. He was dearly loved by all who knew him.
Arrangements are yet to be announced.

Br Charles T Wright Jr. passed away Tuesday Nov 28. Hammerton Masonic Lodge will open
the Lodge on Saturday Dec 2 at 1:00. There will be a Masonic service at Carolina Memorial
Chapel at 2:00PM.

Please keep in your prayers Charles Hiers, John Fisher, Bob Knight, Ralph & Mary Lou
Bokern, Sybill (Mrs Phillip) Russell, Archie and Wilma Davis, Ken Russ, G Ray Marsh,
Teddy Driggers, Frank Shealy, Micah Auld, Barry Klein, Steve Oberg, Derald
McMillan, Al Moesner, Guy Hancock, Mrs Ron Travers, Willis and Mrs Godwin,
and Andy & Jacque Albright,

These brothers 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.
Also please include in your prayers the victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria as
well as the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

4 Things to do this month (please!):

1) Go to Your Lodge’s next Stated Meeting - SERIOUSLY! Please do it.
2) Attend the next Masters & Wardens meeting.
3) Visit another lodge this month (times & places are all in the Trestleboard).
4) Pray for those in distress.
If everyone who actually reads this would actually do this we’d have attendance back
like it was 5-7 years ago, and we would all be enjoying it! Guys, we are ALL paying good
money to be Masons, why are we not all reaping the benefits of that membership? Show up!
Try it, you’ll like it!

Quote of the Week:
As we are in the season of electing Lodge officers, these seem appropriate:

"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making
a present or a compliment to please an individual -- or at least that he ought not so to do;
but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is
accountable to God and his country."
- Samuel Adams
And:
"All persons possessing any portion of power ought to be strongly and awfully impressed
with an idea that they act in trust and that they are to account for their conduct in that trust
to the one great Master, Author, and Founder of society. – Edmund Burke

“Look well to your ballot, and vote for the good of Masonry” Here's this week's scoop






























Friday 01Dec2017

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

- Carolina Lodge #375 (5929 Murray Drive Hanahan) will hold their Ladies Night
Banquet at 6:00PM. The keynote speaker will be me, but come anyway, the food &
fellowship will be good.

(1st ) Saturday 02Dec2017

– CCMA Work Day at the CCMA Center (1285 Orange Grove Road).
08:00 AM until …

– Summerville Lodge (111 North Main Street Summerville) Our Eastern Star chapter
is having their Monthly Breakfast from 7-10 AM. Come hungry, leave happy. All you
care to eat of a full buffet meal. Come support our sister organization in this effort.
Remember, this is a fundraiser so don’t be afraid to tip.

- Hammerton Lodge #332 (1085 East Montague Avenue North Charleston) will open
the Lodge on Saturday at 1:00PM to perform a Masonic Memorial Service for
Br Charles T Wright Jr. at Carolina Memorial Chapel (7113 Rivers Ave N Chstn)
at 2:00PM.

- Solomon Lodge #1 (1285 Orange Grove Road) will open the Lodge at 4:30 PM for the
purpose of installing the 2018 slate of officers. A Past Master Degree will be performed on
Worshipful Master-Elect Br Tommy Moran. After the installations are complete the Annual
Ladies Night Banquet will be held in the dining hall.

Sunday 03Dec2017

- Please join the Knights of St. Andrews at this year's Christmas Parade on December 3, 2017.
We must be in place for the parade at 1:00 pm. The parade is open to any Master Mason. The
dress is a dark suit, hats for Worshipful Masters and Past Masters, Blue Lodge Aprons and
Jewels.Please join the Knights of St. Andrew
This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of our community. The Knights of St. Andrew will
have a float available for those who cannot march the distance of the parade route. Please see
any member of the Knights of St. Andrew for questions you may have. 1st)Monday 04Dec2017

- Solomon Lodge #1 (1285 Orange Grove Road) will
hold their Annual Stated Meeting.
Collation 6:00PM, Meeting 7:00












- Harmony Lodge #61 (5355 East Jim Bilton Boulevard St. George)
will hold their regular Stated Meeting.
Collation 7:30PM, Meeting 8:00

- James Island Lodge #396 (1613 Fort Johnson Road James Island)
will hold their regular Stated Meeting.
No collation served. Meeting @ 7:30PM

- Goose Creek Lodge #401 (145 St. James Avenue Goose Creek) will hold their Annual
Stated Meeting, and their Annual Election and Installation of Officers.
Collation 6:30PM, Meeting at 7:30PM

(1st)Tuesday 05Dec2017

- Mariner Lodge #2 will be presenting a large "Landsdowne Portrait" of WB George
Washington to Springfield Elementary School (2130 Pinehurst Avenue, Charleston)
during their monthly PTA Meeting. The PTA meeting will start promptly at 6:00PM

- Summerville Lodge #234 (111 North Main Street Summerville) will hold
an EA Degree. The Past Masters of our Lodge will be conferring this degree.
WB Robert Foulds will be in the East so come enjoy fellowship and the initiation
of new brothers into Masonry.
Collation 7:00PM Meeting 8:00

- Denmark Lodge #246 (308 Carolina Highway Denmark SC) will be
hold their monthly Stated Communication
Collation at 7:15, Meeting at 8:00PM

- Hammerton Lodge #332 (1085 East Montague Avenue North Charleston) will
hold their monthly Stated Communication
Collation at 6:45 PM, Meeting at 7:30.

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

(1st)Wednesday 06Dec2017

- Ornan Lodge #38 (50 Ornan Street Bamberg)
will have confer a MM Degree
Eat at 6:45pm , Degree to follow

– Landmark Lodge #76 will hold their monthly Stated Communication. For location
info contact: WB John Robinson (john.robinson@charlestonlawoffice.com).
Coat, tie and white gloves are required. Meeting at 6:00PM

- The Low Country Past Masters Unit will hold their monthly meeting in the
CCMA Center (1285 Orange Grove Road).
The Past Masters Unit is open to all Blue Lodge Past Masters and exists to assist the
Lodges in the Low Country as needed to put on their degrees. If your Lodge has a need
for assistance on a degree, or to put on the entire degree, contact the Past Masters Unit
(or me) for the assistance you need

- The Columbia Scottish Rite Bodies (7230 Garners Ferry Rd) will conduct their
Monthly Business Meeting.
Dinner at 6:30PM, Business Meeting to follow.

(1st)Thursday 07Dec2017

- Harmony Lodge #17 (30 Burr Street Barnwell) will hold
their Regular Stated Communication.
Collation at 7:15, Meeting at 8:00PM

- Harmony Lodge #61 (5355 East Jim Bilton Boulevard St. George) will hold
their Ladies Night Banquet at 7:00PM.

- Etiwan Lodge #95 (438 Whilden Street Mount Pleasant, SC) will hold
their monthly Stated Communication.
Collation at 6:30 PM, Meeting at 7:30PM.

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

- Bethlehem Lodge # 338 (13819 Round O Road Round O) will hold their
Regular Stated Communication.
Collation at 6:30 PM, Meeting at 7:30PM.

- Dorchester Lodge #369 (3567 Dorchester Road East North Charleston) will hold
their monthly Stated Communication.
Collation at 6:30 PM, Meeting at 7:30PM.

2nd Saturday 09Dec2017

- The Charleston Scottish Rite Bodies (1051 Sam Rittenburg Blvd) will have their
monthly Breakfast Fundraiser from 7:00AM to 10:00AM.
$6.00/person. Come hungry, leave happy!

St. Andrews Lodge No. 367 Annual Banquet will be held on Saturday,
December 9th, 2017, at the Comfort Suites, 2080 Savannah Hwy.
The Worshipful Master’s Reception will begin at 6:00PM, after which we will
hold the Annual Banquet with our Program. Our wives, families and friends are
cordially invited to attend. The menu will be holiday style food and we are planning a
program that will be interesting to all!

(2nd )Monday 11Dec2017

- Orange - CharlesTowne Lodge #14 (1285 Orange Grove Road) will have their
Annual Stated Communication and Installation of Officers at 7:00PM. No meal served.

- Mt Hope Lodge #128 (110 Brick Church Cl - St Stephens) will hold their
Regular Stated Meeting.
Collation at 7:00 PM, meeting at 8:00PM.

- Jacksonboro Lodge #206 (6085 Hwy 165 Ravenel) will have a
regular Stated Communication.
Collation at 6:30PM and meeting at 7:30pm.

- Summerville Lodge #234 (111 North Main Street Summerville) will hold a
Master Mason Degree. This will be our last MM Degree of the year as well as
WB Scott Salisbury’s last one for awhile. Come support these brothers as they
continue their Masonic journeys.
Proficiency at 6:30PM Collation 7:00PM Meeting 8:00

- Fellowship Lodge #400 (3567 Dorchester Road East North Charleston) will
have their regular Stated Communication
Dinner at 6:30 and meeting at 7:30pm.



(2nd )Tuesday 12Dec2017

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

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

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

- Hope Lodge #126 (13088 West Main Street Williston) will hold their
Regular Stated Communication
Collation at 7:15, Meeting at 8:00PM.

- Summerville Lodge #234 (111 North Main Street Summerville) will hold
their monthly Stated Communication
Collation 7:00PM Meeting 8:00

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

- Carolina Lodge #375 (5929 Murray Drive Hanahan) will hold
their monthly Stated Communication.
Collation at 6:30PM, Meeting at 7:30

- Orangeburg York Rite (Shibboleth Lodge #28 AFM - 1201 Five Chop Rd
Orangeburg, SC 29115 Google Map) will be having their monthly Stated Meeting.
Collation starts at 7:00 and meeting at 7:30 PM. Chapter presiding this month.
We do not go dark in summer. We rotate which body does the opening. Chapter,
Council, Commandery is the annual sequence.
The meeting is usually over by 9:00PM. Come Fellowship with us.


(2nd)Wednesday, 13Dec2017






- The Charleston Scottish Rite Bodies (1051 Sam Rittenburg Blvd) will conduct
their monthly business meeting. Dinner at 6:30PM, and the Business Meeting to
follow. 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.



- Allendale Lodge #109 (500 Barnwell Highway Allendale)

Regular December Communication has been moved to Wednesday, December 13th

Collation at 6:45, Meeting at 7:30PM


(2nd)Thursday 14Dec2017
- Mariner Lodge #2 (1285 Orange Grove Road) will hold their
Annual Stated Communication. Dress code: Coat & Tie
Light Collation at 6:15PM, Meeting begins at 7:00.

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

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

- Etiwan Lodge #95 (438 Whilden Street Mount Pleasant, SC) will be
conferring a Master Mason Degree on Thursday, November 9th.
Collation at 6:45 work begins at 7:30.

- Mt Hope Lodge #128 (110 Brick Church Cl - St Stephens) will hold a
Master Mason Degree for 4 brothers.
Degree at 7:30PM.

- Vance Lodge # 230 (1316 Camden Rd, Hwy 310, Vance) will have
their Regular Communication.
Collation at 7:00 pm, meeting begins at 8:00

- Smoak's Lodge #231 (90 New St, Smoaks SC) will have their
Regular Stated Communication .
Meeting at 8:00PM

- Berkeley Lodge #269 (101 California Avenue Moncks Corner) will
hold their monthly Stated Communication.
Collation at 7:30 PM, Meeting at 8:00.,

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

- Dorchester Lodge #369 (3567 Dorchester Road East North Charleston) will
hold a Master Mason Degree.
Collation at 6:30 PM, Meeting at 7:30PM.

- MacArthur Lodge #427 (145 St. James Avenue Goose Creek) will open a Lodge
of Master Masons for the dispatch of business at 6:30PM (vs 7:30) on December 14th,
2017 for the Installation of Officers and the Lodge Banquet

Saturday 16Dec2017

- Mariner Lodge #2 (1285 Orange Grove Road) will hold their
Open Installation (no PM Degree) and Annual Ladies Night Banquet.
Installation 5:30PM, Dinner 6:30PM

- Berkeley Lodge #269 (101 California Avenue Moncks Corner) will hold
their Ladies Night Banquet.
Menu – Pork Loin, Mash Potatoes, Mix Vegetables, Salad, Dessert

(3rd) Tuesday 19Dec2017

- Charleston York Rite Bodies (1285 Orange Grove Road) will be holding their
Monthly Stated Communication. The Chapter will preside. If you have a
Red Jacket this would be a good time to break it out and wear it, but it certainly
isn't necessary. We will be having our Annual Installation, Ladies Night Banquet and
Christmas Day Observance.
The evening's festivities will start at 7:00PM












- Egeria Lodge #71 (150 Judge Street Harleyville) will hold their
monthly Stated Communication.
Dinner at 7:30 PM, meeting at 8:00. - Round Lodge #270 (10761 Cottageville Highway, Cottageville) will hold
their monthly Stated Communication.
Collation at 7:00, meeting at 8:00

- Carolina Lodge #375 (5929 Murray Drive Hanahan) will have a Special Communication
for the purpose of an Open Officer Installation. Br Rick Lentz will be installed as the new
Worshipful Master and will receive his Past Master Degree.
Dinner will be served at 6:30pm and the Lodge will open at 7:30pm.

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


(3rd)Thursday, 21Dec2017

- Union-Kilwinning Lodge #4 (945 Wappoo Road Charleston) will have their regular
Stated Communication.
Collation at 7:00 PM, Meeting at 7:30PM

- 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 Street Mount Pleasant) will have their
regular Stated Communication.
Collation at 6:45 PM, Meeting at 7:30PM

Wednesday 27Dec2017

- Annual Festival of St John the Evangelist - All newly elected and installed 2018 Masonic
Lodge Officers assume the duties & obligations of their new office at High Twelve.

Looking Way Ahead....
Thursday 25 January 2018

- The Annual Instructional Meeting for the First and Second Districts will be held in the
Masonic Center, 1285 Orange Grove Road, Charleston, on 25 January 2018. Collation will
be served at 6:15 PM sharp. This is a Mandatory Meeting for all Officers of all Lodges.

Saturday 27 January 2018

- The Masters Work Shop for all NEWLY elected Masters will be held on 27 January 2018 at
the Scottish Rite Center, in Columbia. Registration will begin at 8 AM and the meeting will
be open at 9 AM. All NEWLY elected Masters please dress properly either a Suit and Tie or
Sport Coast and tie for the Masters Work Shop. Any questions please contact your DDGM.


That's all I know about for now, stay tuned for further developments…


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The 1st & 2nd District Masters and Wardens website is at
http://www.lowcountrymastersandwardensclub.org/ This new version (January 8, 2017)
has added features including a SEARCH function to find names, events, and the like.
Constructive comments are always welcome. If you desire to add an item or event
contact WB Ned Balzano, PM at the CONTACT tab. To get an Official Visitation
Form -> http://www.lowcountrymastersandwardensclub.org/lodge-visitation.html

And while we're talking about Masters & Wardens, it would be nice if the Masters
of the lodges would look at the Trestleboard and try not to schedule your degree on the
same night that another Masonic function is already scheduled. It may not be
unmasonic but it's pretty snotty to schedule a called meeting (degree night) on the same
night that there is a meeting of an affiliated or appendent body such as Masters &
Wardens or Scottish Rite that have been meeting that night since forever. We've got to
start helping each other instead of stabbing each other - we're Masonic Lodges, not
street gangs.

The Masonic Light is now available online in a downloadable format for
anyone to read and keep up with what is going on in our Grand Jurisdiction.
Look under the resources tab to find the page or just click here.
( http://www.scgrandlodgeafm.org/masonic-light.html )
The Grand Lodge also has a Lodge Locator on the website that tells you where any
Lodge in South Carolina is located and when they hold their Stated Meetings.
Everything but what’s for dinner. Here's the link: http://www.scgrandlodgeafm.org
For Candidates background check, Click here for infocheck USA.

DeMolay is back on the Move Forward in South Carolina with their new
Personal Rep Br Damon Lam!! Should your Lodge be interested in starting a
Chapter or have a young man or group of young men between the ages of 12 and 21
please Contact WB Joe Thompson at 803-673-0484 thompson.josephc@gmail.com ,
http://www.palmettodemolay.org or Damon Lam at Damonlam1@gmail.com or
(843)597-7113. The DeMolays of today will be the Masons of tomorrow. I've been a
DeMolay for 53 years, and Summerville Lodge recently raised 3 DeMolays to the
Sublime Degree, and another is going through at MacArthur.

A new unit is forming for Omar Temple AAONMS, the Omar Pirates:
"We now be recruitin’ members for a small parade unit focused on havin’ fun and
raisin’ doubloons for our Shriners Hospitals ~ the ocean’s the limit. Blimey! Send me
a email at stevebleedsgreen@yahoo.com or call me at (843)217 3583 for more details
if ye are interested. Ya’ar !! We be based out of Dorchester Shrine Club."

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 (

Charleston Christmas Parade - Masonic March
Sunday, December 3, 2017


Please join the Knights of St. Andrews at this year's Christmas Parade!
MEET AT SCOTTISH RITE AT 1230 or meet downtown at the corner of Lockwood Dr.
and Broad St. by 2:45PM at the LATEST . The parade is open to any Master Mason and is
Free to participate. $20 for a Coin - Custom minted, double sided and full color coin as a
memento of your participation – PROCEEDS GO TO RITE CARE.
Starting Point: Lockwood Dr. by Sgt. Jasper Apartments Attire: Suits preferred, Blazer and
Slacks MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE. Blue Lodge Aprons and Jewels (bring your own, there won't be any at the Scottish Rite). No hats of any kind.

This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of our community. The Knights of St. Andrew will
have a float available for those who cannot march the distance of the parade route. Please see
any member of the Knights of St. Andrew for questions you may have.
Respectfully and Fraternally

Tom Lewis, Jr PM 32° KT KY KRC
PM Mariner Lodge #2 Charleston, SC
Member MacArthur Lodge #427
Life Member Jackson Lodge #45, Jackson TN
Senior DeMolay (Really Senior)
DeMolay Legion of Honor Recipient

Fraternitas humana sub paternitus Dei


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