So, Today In Lodge

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Blake Bowden, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    When I came to Lodge tonight, I noticed a man who I've never seen before. As Senior Deacon, I went to examine this gentleman. I asked if anyone could vouch for him, he politely said "No", I then asked if I could see his current dues card. He was more than happy to show his Texas one, but he also had one from the Grand Lodge of Scotland (obviously with his accent he was). It was a neat looking document, and he proceeded to inform me that it allows him to attend Lodge in most countries. We briefly talked about the various differences and similarities but the main thing he had issue with was lack of alcohol..lol. He's visited Lodges all over, and was puzzled why the Americans do not have a bar. I guess it's common to have a drink before or after Lodge. Anywho it was a pleasure to meet him. Those Brothers in San Antonio might know him:

    Tom Ratcliffe
    Member of Charles W. Anderson Masonic Lodge #1413, San Antonio

    If you're out there, it was nice to meet you.
     
  2. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    i agree. we should be allowed a beverage before/after lodge and during dinners, etc.
     
  3. mm/mmm

    mm/mmm Registered User

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    Its strange to me not having a drink in the south after lodge. Her in Aus we serve grog
    at our festive board after lodge. If a brother doe's not partake then he is not forced to do so.
    There are a few dry lodge's about but 99% of lodges here we have quite one after the formal part is over. There's allways a whisky bottle on the PM's tables i can tell you !!!!
    Is this normal in the states to not serve beer/wine ect at lodge meetings ???
     
  4. RJS

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    As far as I know it is.
     
  5. JEbeling

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    Well Texas Masonry was directed in its early days by hard shell Baptist.. ! any doubt why the Grand Lodge building is in Waco..? also the Idea of holding meeting on Sunday.. ! in a lot of grand lodges there are always things to do at lodge on Sunday afternoon.. !

    Think we have excepted it and don't think it will ever change now.. !
     
  6. ravickery03

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    I thought that Grand Lodge was in Waco because at the time it was the easiest city for all of Texas to access? Am I wrong on this?
     
  7. Texas_Justice85

    Texas_Justice85 Registered User

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    but still, everything within a 10 mile radius from Baylor is dry.
     
  8. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    here's one reason:

     
  9. TCShelton

    TCShelton Founding Member Premium Member

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    Hmm, I would definitely like a shot or two before meetings...:p
     
  10. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    fixt, for stated meetings, at least.
     
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  11. Traveling Man

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    Here's a tidbit.

    While visiting a Lodge in New Zealand I had noticed that over 100 members froze waiting for me (the guest) to approach the refreshment table... I found this strange and asked one of the brethren if everything was alright? He said, "everything was fine and that it was customary for the guest to serve themselves first". I then approached the table with the soft drinks and heard cheers and laughter, and much to my amazement, the sight of money changing hands. I later found out that they were betting on me and which table I would approach. After visiting many foreign Lodges I do find that the prohibition of alcohol rather puritan except for say one sentence; The Dram Shoppe act. ;)
     
  12. Scotty32

    Scotty32 Registered User

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    Having foreign brethren visit your lodge is always interesting. Good for examining him, Blake. I went to a lodge not too long ago that didn't examine me. I went inside, said hi, put on a apron and sat down in the lodge room. No questions asked except to name my lodge while "visiting Brethren" were asked to stand.
     
  13. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    meant to quote him as saying "during"

    edited it.
     
  14. TexMass

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    It was only recently that the GL of MA said that no alcohol can be served before a meeting. As far as alcohol at lodge, it is always left up to the Master at the time. Since we had a few "rufians" in our lodge who liked to 'stir' things at times. I proclaimed no alcohol in my year. I had a few complain but most were very supportive. I did not need any 'loose lips' to flare tempers, they can do that on their own time.
     
  15. TexMass

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    I have visited lodes in three different states. Each time I was able to contact someone by email, then by phone. When I arrived, I showed my dues card and was still examined. To hear you were not is kind of surprising. :eek: Someone's not guarding the West Gate.
     
  16. Robert Marshall

    Robert Marshall Secretary, Waco 92 Premium Member

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    Waco Masonic Lodge No. 92 has in its possession a book reporting the happenings of our lodge in the first 150 years of existence. In it, an account is given regarding the relocation of the Grand Lodge from Houston to Waco as being directly influenced by the fundraising and encouragement of Waco 92. At a later time, if anyone is interested, I'll post the story directly from our book.
     
  17. RedZilla

    RedZilla Registered User

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    I'm interested :)
     
  18. Jamesb

    Jamesb Registered User

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    Me too
     
  19. Robert Marshall

    Robert Marshall Secretary, Waco 92 Premium Member

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    Right on. I didn't realize there would actually be reasonable interest in this. I'll post what the book tells later this evening!
     
  20. Dave in Waco

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    That's one of the things I like about Waco 92, the lodge history and the members know it. I remember my first visit, Bro. Tim gave me a quick tour and went into some of the history of the lodge including pointing out the 3rd WM for Waco 92, who my lodge is name for.

    I was actually out there last Thursday for your stated Bro. Robert. I thought that was a great presentation by Bro. Kim's wife of those certificate from her grandfather's DeMoley. I was mainly there to support my lodge brother who was performing the DeMoley Light Ceremony, but I always enjoy visiting you guys.
     

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