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

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Lowcountry Trestleboard
28 October 2020


Happy Hump Daaay! On this day in 1736 (284 years ago!) the first ever regular Masonic Meeting held in the Carolinas was held at John Shepherd's Tavern on Broad St in Charles Town SC by Solomon Lodge #1.

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 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)

Currently in effect:
Phase One: Re-Opening of Subordinate Masonic Lodges And Appendant Masonic Organizations in the Grand Jurisdiction of South Carolina.
All heads and secretaries of the Masonic bodies in South Carolina should have received the document describing the required procedures that must be complied with in order for the lodges/bodies to begin having Stated (business) Meetings again. As a reminder, during Phase One, collations, degrees and visitation by non-members at meetings is prohibited. For more info contact your DDGM, Worshipful Master, or Secretary who have the complete requirements.
Remember, this is just the first step toward getting back to normal, not forever. If we follow the required procedures under Phase 1, Phase 2 should be a little easier. Please be patient and follow the requirements. Let's do it right the 1st time.

RE-OPENING UPDATES

Charles Town York Rite College #113 has cancelled their November and January neetings. All officers will remain in their current office

Slowly but surely we are getting back to meeting. In Charleston, Solomon Lodge #1 , Mariner #2, MacArthur #427, Orange-Charlestowne #14, Pythagorean #21, Fidelity #304 and Fellowship #400 are all back to meeting, all IAW Phase I protocols. In the 5th District, Ornan #38 of Bamberg and Hope #126 of Williston both opened last Tuesday, October 13th IAW Phase I protocols.
I understand several other lodges in the Lowcountry and the rest of the state are also back to holding their meetings, all under Phase I protocols We can do this!

The Charleston Scottish Rite will be returning to regular meetings Tonight (28October) under Phase I protocols (no food or beverages at the meetings, safe distancing, screening procedures etc). Specific details:
The Charleston Scottish Rite meeting will start at 6:30 PM with the approval of Illustrious Brother Michael Smith PGM, Deputy Grand Commander and S.G.I.G in South Carolina.
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.

Charleston York Rite
After much deliberation the Grand High Priest and the Most Illustrious Grand Master of SC have decided to delay York Rite Opening until November for those Chapters and Councils who want to reopen.
Until we hear from the Grand Master of the Grand Encampment all Commanderies are to have NO in-person meetings at this time. (Please bear in mind: While the Chapter, Council & Commandery meet together in much of the Southeast, that is not necessarily true for the rest of the US/World.)

The Phase 1 Protocols Work
Approximately three weeks ago a Charleston lodge had their regular Stated Meeting. The Phase 1 protocols currently in place were strictly observed. The following weekend one of the attendees wasn't feeling well, so out of an abundance of caution he took a Covid test. His results came back positive for the Covid 19 virus.
He immediately notified the Master of the lodge and the Grand Master. The Grand Master ordered the lodge building to be closed until it could be disinfected. The Master personally contacted each brother and advised each one that everyone at lodge that night had potentially been exposed to the Covid 19 virus. Several brothers immediately got themselves tested. Others chose to consult with their doctors first. The Master had the Lodge building professionally disinfected. The Master stayed in touch with each of the brothers in case any became symptomatic. All those tested came back negative, and none of the brothers together that night have shown any symptoms of the virus as a result of attending the meeting. The brother who unknowingly brought the virus to lodge had some very rough days, but is now fully recovered and has tested Covid Negative..
Lessons learned:
The infected brother was very probably contagious, but in an early enough stage that the masks and social distancing protected the rest of the brothers. Had he been further enough along that his virus load might have overwhelmed the masks and social distancing, he would have gotten stopped at the door of the building by the temperature check (if he hadn't felt bad enough to stay home in the first place).
Is the system foolproof? No. Do the protocols give us 100% protection. No, nothing does short of staying in a bunker with a .03 micron HEPA filter. But the "Charleston Lab Rats" inadventently proved the effectiveness of the protocols.The system worked the way it was intended to.The protocols we are ordered to observe work. But they can only work if we all consistently and strictly observe them.
"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."
I Thessalonians 5:11

Don't forget to 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 they protect the wearer more than originally thought) and if for no other reason, nobody wants to get gob-smacked with a $100-$500 fine. Several of our SC brethren have had, are currently being treated for, or have died from Covid 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.

In case you missed it:
No Raffles can be conducted after July 1, 2020 due to the repeal of the SC statute allowing non-profits to conduct raffles. Raffles can only resume when and if the South Carolina Legislature approves the pending Raffle Legislation. As reflected in the notice, the South Carolina Legislature is scheduled to reconvene on September 15, 2020.

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:

It is my sad duty to report SK Richard L Harding Past Right Emminent Grand Commander of SC Knights Templar has passed away. There will be a private funeral service on Friday
Please keep the family in your prayers.
Please keep in your devotions:


Ray Minnis, Thomas Bingham, Tom Dale, Donnie Hollingsworth, Steven Boyette, James Palmer, Alba (Mrs Jim) Schaefer, Larry Acala, Manning Alcantara,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, Jerri (Mrs Robert) 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, "Dick" & Eloise Wooden, Micah Roane Auld, Carey & Carolyn 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 Magnolia Cemetery.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

Masonic Trivia

In the spring of 1966, Br Dallas Coleman of Denison Lodge #373 of Kansas was digging a pond when he came across an overturned gravestone marked with the Square and Compasses. Research lead to a determination that it belonged to Br Henry Craig (1832-1862) of Valley Falls Lodge #21. The brethren of the lodge reset and cleaned the monument and erected a fence around it to keep livestock away and continue to maintain it.

Quote of the Week

"Leadership, in any case, is always accompanied by the responsibility to act on behalf of one’s peers and to act in the best interest for all."
~ Ill & MWB Michael D. Smith PGM



FYI: I'm just listing what meetings are when in a generic form for now. When we can start visiting again I'll add dates & put them in date order again.
PLEASE REMEMBER as of 1Sept2020:
The Master of each Lodge decides whether or not the Lodge will meet. Members will be notified by the WM. If you feel sick of have a fever STAY HOME!
MEETINGS ARE FOR LODGE MEMBERS and DDGMs ONLY: Visitation by brothers of other lodges is prohibited for the time being.

Usual Monthly Scheduled Meetings:

1st)Monday

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

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

(1st)Tuesday

- 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

– 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. *Prohibited for the time being.*
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

- 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

- 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) Monday

- 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 Dorchester Rd East, North Charleston) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30PM

(2nd )Tuesday

- 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, Orangeburg, SC.) monthly Stated Meeting
Gavel falls at 7:30

(2nd )Wednesday

- The Masters & Wardens Club of the 1st and 2nd Masonic Districts monthly meeting 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

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

- 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.

(3rd) Tuesday

- Charleston York Rite Bodies (1285 Orange Grove Rd) monthly Stated Meeting at 7:00PM.
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.
Word to the wise: 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) 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

(3rd) Thursday

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

- 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 Dorchester Rd East, North Charleston) Monthly Business Meeting
Meeting begins at 7:30PM

(4th) Tuesday

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

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

(4th) Wednesday

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


That's all I know about for now

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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.

When things open back up, 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 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 32° KT KY KRC
WM Mariner Lodge #2
EC SC Commandry #1
EC JW Frampton Jr Council #85 Knight Masons

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