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Institutions do not survive through the ages by accident; they live only through the possession and operation of everlasting principles. When an organization runs back beyond historic records, and relies upon tradition for the story of its origin, its career during a known period either justifies or falsifies the tradition.

An ancestry of virtue and good works is a liberal education. The power of the accumulated wisdom of the past is a resistless impelling force upon the present. The architects, the decorators, the draftsmen, the woodcarvers, the workers in precious metals and the Masons who were building the famous Temple of King Solomon came from every nation in the then-known world. Their union of mutual help, protection, society and improvement was the marvel of an age when all navies were pirates and all nations enemies.

Masonry, marching under the leadership of God and the banner that bears the motto, "Love thy neighbor as thyself," with the peasant and the prince, the mechanic and the merchant, the learned and the unlearned following in equal rank and common step, knows neither race nor nationality, neither caste nor condition, as it proudly and beneficially moves down the centuries.

Chauncey M. Depew (1834-1928)
Financier, U. S. Senator

Received 9/14/07

I don't know if I missed it before or this is a new feature, but keep up the good work. I meant to stop up for coffee when I was in AL visiting my brother Dick, but somehow the time got away from me, hopefully next year.

I don't know if you have considered it, but you could notify us be e-mail when the Trestle Board is made up and not mail us one, that would save on postage for the lodge and I'M sure most of the members now have e-mail. I would sure welcome this as the mail is so slow here that I just got the September one yesterday and some times it is so late all the events are over by the time I get it.

Also would you get a name in ST. Louis Park, that I can contact and get My grandson a petition. He said he was interested when we were in MN, but I did not get that done either.

My e-mail address is davidochs@sbcglobal.net

Thanks for the help
Dave Ochs PM

Aristotle said that there are three kinds of friendship.
  • We have friends who make us laugh, whose company we enjoy.
  • We have friends who are useful to us, who lend things to us, who do things for us that we cannot do well for ourselves.
  • Finally, we have "friends in the good." This friendship occurs when we are united with others in a common undertaking, which lifts us to another level, giving us a desire to strive for something beyond our own lives. This is the highest form of friendship, and we seek it, says Aristotle, because we quite simply become better people for having "friends in the good."

  • Masonry, as I see it, is a "friendship in the good." And, that friendship in the good simply cannot be experienced in isolation--it can be experienced only by interacting with others-- your friends in the good.

    Today, I will support Freemasonry by attending a Symbolic Lodge and will endeavor to be an active, enthusiastic, and supportive member of the worlds largest and oldest "Brotherhood of Man."

    The Ring

    There was once a little boy playing in the dirt, when he found a piece of glass. He showed it to his sister who saw it was a ring with a piece of glass for a jewel. She offered him a piece of candy in exchange for the ring and he accepted. Later a grown man saw the ring on her finger and asked her where she got it. After her story the man offered her $100 for the ring and she accepted immediately. The man took it to a jeweler who saw it was a flawless diamond set in a very old, gold setting, and offered $5,000 for it and bought it from the man. One day, one of the royal ministers went to the jewelry shop and noticed the ring. The minister offered $250,000 for the ring, but the jeweler held out. The minister finally bought the ring for $500,000. The next day at court the King finished with all the business of running his empire, and he asked if there were any last petitions. The minister asked to show the King something. He stretched his hand out to the King and the Monarch’s face dropped. He asked the minister, “Do you know what this is?” The minister answered, “Yes, it is the lost ring of your great, great Grandfather’s—the founder of this noble dynasty.” The King said, “My father told me whoever possesses this ring would be the rightful successor to the throne. Seeing as you are not of my blood, you shall marry my daughter and inherit the throne and my kingdom.”

    To me, the ring in this story represents the craft of Freemasonry. Only through knowledge and wisdom can I understand and appreciate the true worth of the craft. What is going to be the value of Masonry to me and my brothers; the equivalent of a piece of candy or a kingdom?
    -Ray Hayward
    Braden Lodge #168

    Not One Person
    by Dan Weatherington P.M.

    Not one person ever joined Masonry because George Washington was a Mason.
    Not one person ever joined Masonry because Harry Truman was a Mason.
    Not one person ever joined because of any of our great Masonic heroes.
    Joining doesn't make you any of those people.
    Not one person ever joined in order to give a million dollars a day to charity, or homes, or crippled children.
    You don't have to be a member to give money.
    Not one person ever joined because our ritual is outstanding, or our minutes are accurate, or a hundred other things we worry about.
    They don't know about our ritual.
    They joined because someone they knew and admired was a Mason.
    It could have been a father, a friend, a man down the street, or someone a thousand miles away.
    Who, it didn't matter.
    They admired him and wanted to do the things he did, and they did it by the millions.
    Want to help our growth?
    Be the kind of man someone admires.
    Someone will notice !