This past Saturday we visited Harry S. Truman Lodge #1727 for a 3rd degree Past Master’s Lodge and a Table Lodge that followed.
The day started fairly early. We eventually got to the lodge building after having a taxi driver drive us around in circles.
The 3rd degree was for one of their brothers and they were also doing courtesy work for Tommy, who had been waiting patiently to finally get raised.
Brian, the other brother, had already proved himself on the 2nd so he was fairly more relaxed.
Once everyone arrived, the PMs started preparations to open the lodge.
Being a Past Master’s lodge, only people who’ve sat in the East were allowed to bear offices and give lectures, so the rest of us relaxed and enjoyed the proceedings on the sidelines.
I’ve been to that lodge room several times, for our own lodge and for Royal Arch, but this was my first actual visit to H.S.T. so I was presented in the West and was welcomed with a lodge pin.
One of our RWM’s goals for this year was to connect more with the other lodges in Korea. So we opted for a traveling gavel and brought it to the PM’s lodge.
The gavel was presented to the RWM of H.S.T. and was well received. Hopefully it doesn’t stay in one place for too long!
After the presentation, Bro Tommy proved himself on the 2nd or fellow craft degree. Immediately we went to refreshment in order to prepare for the 3rd degree.
After a few drinks and smokes, everyone piled back into the lodge room to start the degree.
We did a 3rd degree in H.S.T.’s lodge room back in January and I just have to say, when everything is put together the aesthetics are nothing short of mesmerizing.
The PMs put on a great degree and the lectures were also well delivered.
Now that the PM’s lodge was finished, we could move on to the Table Lodge.
One of the interesting things about a Table Lodge, is that you need to remember to keep your glass on a piece of tape which stretches the entire length of the table. If you move your glass off the tape, it means you want to address the Master.
After getting enough practice in, It was finally time to eat.
At long last, the labors being done nothing now remained but to stuff our faces, self-inebriate and feel fairly satisfied.
After dinner, RWM Pete gave a great lecture about the 3rd degree tracing board.
After a great lecture, it was harmony time. So naturally out came the scotch.
And the cigars..
It was decided to vote on which lodge would be the next host and receive the traveling gavel. So there were 4 glasses for 4 lodges and whatever lodge received the most money in their glass would be the next host. Congratulations Pusan Lodge!
We were also selling raffle tickets for our summer charity and managed to squeeze some Bros for money.
We even managed to get in a few rounds of some favorite games of ours.
We also had a friendly game of poker, mixed in with some high-low.
This was certainly a night to remember, and I’m sure everyone will be talking about it for weeks to come.
Big shout out to the photographer of the day, Bro Danilo. I always enjoy his photos.