Monthly Archives: March 2014

Mac Installation

On Saturday March 22, 2014 MacArthur Lodge had their annual installation of Office Bearers.

In the morning, Pusan Lodge held breakfast and a meeting at the Navy Club on Yongsan Garrison.

In the afternoon the installation was held at Commiskey’s. Bro George was installed as WM and it was the biggest turnout they’ve ever had.

There was even a lot of participation from the Prince Hall Masons and Eastern Star. It was good to be able to have the opportunity to sit with them at the installation which was also open to the general public.

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II Corinithians Lodge and Elect Lady of the East Chapter, PHA Washington State and Jurisdiction.

In the evening, there was a banquet at the Hartell House. Italian buffet was served.

I thoroughly enjoyed the open bar.

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Afterwards we went out on the town and even met a long lost brother from Truman Lodge.

It was a pretty long day, but an eventful one full of memories that will last for years to come.

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Order of the Eastern Star

Last weekend I attended a meeting of the Order of the Eastern Star in Yongsan. I visited Elect Lady of the East Chapter #54, Prince Hall Affiliated Washington and Jurisdiciton.

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The Order of the Eastern Star is a Freemasonry-related fraternal organization open to both men and women. It was established in 1850 by Boston, Massachusetts lawyer and educator Rob Morris, a former Freemason official. The order is based on teachings from the Bible, but is open to people of all religious beliefs. It has approximately 10,000 chapters in twenty countries and approximately 500,000 members under its General Grand Chapter.

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Members of the Order are aged 18 and older; men must be Master Masons and women must have specific relationships with Masons. Originally, a woman would have to be the daughter, widow, wife, sister, or mother of a Master Mason, but the Order now allows other relatives as well as allowing Job’s Daughters and Rainbow Girls.

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The emblem of the Order is a five-pointed star with the white ray of the star pointing downwards. In the Chapter room, the downward-pointing white ray points to the West.

The character-building lessons taught in the Order are stories inspired by Biblical figures; a daughter, a widow, a wife, a sister and a mother, the whole of which represent each point of the star:

Adah, The Daughter:  Jephthah’s daughter was perfectly willing that her life should be sacrificed and thus fulfill her father’s obligation unto Jehovah.
Ruth, The Widow: This story is the classic example of true and tried friendship between two women. It is the passionate love of a girl for her mother-in-law
Esther, The Wife: One of the Jewish exiles, who rises from the most humble walks of life to become a queen, and thereby ultimately rescuing her people from wholesale destruction.
Martha, The Sister: The patron saint of all good housewives, careful mothers, and skilful and efficient nurses of the present generation.
Electa, The Mother: She professed her faith to the whole world, although she knew what reproaches, persecutions even unto death, that she must undergo for the stand that she took.

I was happy to attend the meeting and look forward to future visits.

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Order of the Eastern Star. Wikipedia.

Peace Chapter #116. (2002). The Heroines – Order of the Eastern Star. Bowie, MD.

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St Paddy’s Branding

Over the weekend the Widow’s Sons had a “branding ceremony”, in which they branded their cuts vests with the initials “WS”.

Lodge Han Yang also had their annual St. Paddy’s Day Fundraiser, in which we raised over a million won for the Give Out Love Orphanage.

Well done brethren.

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SR Installation, Poker and Party

On March 8, The Seoul Bodies Scottish Rite had their installation and a Knight’s Command of the Court of Honor ceremony.

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Congratulations to all. To learn more about the Scottish Rite, click here.

There was also a Poker Tournament later in the day to fundraise for the Scottish Rite.

Finally, we got up to seoul for Bro. Cagri’s wedding reception. There was a lot of attendance from Lodge Han Yang.

Congrats Bro. Cagri, all the best.

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When One Door Closes

The lodges here in Korea are pretty transient. It seems like whenever we get a new brother we lose another one. But that’s okay. You tend to meet a lot more people that way I suppose. Recently we lost one brother, Victor who has moved back to Spain.

But at the same time we voted in 3 new members for inititaion! Also Bro. Joshua got his 2nd degree. Always work on the trestleboard to be done!

All that work made me hungry. So we went to LA Burger for our General Committee meeting over the weekend. They have really big burgers. My hunger did not go unsatisfied, that’s for sure.

 

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