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2nd Quarter Update

April

There was a Memorial Ceremony for Bro. Robert E. Ring, Past Master of MacArthur Lodge. His son and current Master of MacArthur, Ken gave the eulogy.

It was Bro. Augusto’s final meeting at Lodge Han Yang. He affiliated with the lodge a few years ago, and has now returned to the Grand Lodge of Cuba.

The District 10 Scottish Rite held their Palm Sunday observance.

Pusan Lodge held a Master Mason Degree for Bro. Joe.

Under the direction of a local charity group, Pusan Lodge also visited several retired and elderly citizens’ houses to provide required maintenance services for them.

Lodge Han Yang held an Entered Apprentice Degree for Bros. Remi, Georges, and Jacob.

Truman Lodge did a Mark Master Mason Degree for Bros. Nate and Jason.

The District 10 Shriners hosted one of their annual events on post.

The Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Washington held their annual Far East District Session in Okinawa, where District 10 was in full attendance.

May

Truman Lodge held a Fellow Craft degree for Bro. Gary.

Truman also held their annual Cinco de Mayo event.

Louis R. Solomon #112 and Lion of Judah #94 held a joint Master Mason degree.

The Seoul Bodies Scottish Rite held their spring reunion and conferral.

Lion of Judah hosted a Mother’s Day Brunch.

Truman Lodge held a Fellow Craft Degree for Bro. Jameson.

Lion of Judah also supported the Army Field Support Battalion’s Family Day.

Han Yang held their annual Mother’s Day BBQ

Han Yang held a Master Mason degree for Bro. Hoon, and also welcomed Bro. Simon Emilenelech, PM of Lodge Solomons Pillars #59, Eilet, Israel.

Pusan Lodge said farewell to Bro. Sam, and welcomed the Stark Brothers. Bro. Charles also returned to the lodge after 15 years.

June

Truman Lodge held a Master Mason Degree for Bros. Gary and Jameson.

Rose of Sharon Chapter held an acknowledgement and exaltation for Comps. Jason, Ben, and Ken.

Visiting Comp. Rob from the English Constitution also attended the meeting. Unfortunately he could not attend the Mark Affiliation and Excellent Master portions, since English Chapters do not work those degrees. But after taking a heling obligation not to reveal the passing of the veils, he was able to attend the Royal Arch degree.

Lodge Han Yang made their annual visit to Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery.

Seoul Shrine Club presented a scholarship check to SAHS graduate Juliann Patarini, winner of their essay competition.

The Widow’s Sons had a mini reunion at the lodge building in Pyeongtaek.

Guiding Light #95 held a Master Mason Degree for Bro. Doug and company.

The Seoul Bodies Scottish Rite held an education meeting.

Truman Lodge had a going away party for Bros. Harold and Ben.

Lion of Judah hosted a Father’s Day brunch.

Pusan Korea Lodge held an Entered Apprentice Degree.

And I also had a chance to present the traveling gavel to the Master of the lodge.

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1st Quarter Update

January

To kick off the new year, Bro. Stoney, Past Master of Lodge Harry S. Truman was in town visiting and presided over a meeting.

Bro. Kevin, Past Master of Lodge Han Yang, was on his way out of country and attended his final meeting.

Lodge Han Yang also visited Bro. Bob, who was in hospital.

The Prince Hall Masonic Bodies on Yongsan Garrison participated in the Martin Luther King March and Remembrance Ceremony.

Truman Lodge held a Fellow Craft Degree for Bro. Jason.

Rose of Sharon Chapter held a Royal Arch Degree for Comp. Chris.

Truman Lodge held their annual Rabbie Burns Dinner.

Han Yang held a Master Mason Degree for Bros. Mike and Jay, while the Master of II Corinthians Lodge visited along with others.

February

II Corinthians Lodge held a Fellow Craft Degree which was attended by their DDGM and also brethren from Lodge Han Yang, who were reciprocating the recent inter-visitation.

MacArthur Lodge held their installation of officers. Bro. Ken was installed as Worshipful Master.

J.C. LOGAN Consistory No. 114 received a thank-you gift from the young men of Seoul American High School’s Mentorship Program, for the donation presented to them at the Martin Luther King Ceremony.

I was visiting my parents in Nova Scotia during February so I had a chance to visit some bodies.

I attended a Mark Master Mason Degree held by The Hiram Chapter No. 3 on the Registry of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia.

I also had a chance to visit King Solomon Lodge No. 54 on the Registry of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia (G.L.N.S.), established in 1784.

I also attended a meeting at Valley Lodge No. 90, G.L.N.S. during an official D.D.G.M. visit.

The class from the Scottish Rite’s last conferral received their diplomas.

Prince Hall Washington’s Holy Royal Arch held a Red and White Ball for Valentine’s Day.

After what seemed like an eternity, Bro. Nate finally affiliated with Truman Lodge.

Lion of Judah Lodge No. 94 of District 10 PHA Washington presented New Korea Club owner Mrs. Kim with a new BBQ grill, to be used for club and lodge fundraisers.

The District 10 Shriners held a Desert Conference at Camp Henry.

March

II Corinthians held a Master Mason Degree for Bros. Maurice and Christopher.

Comp. Rob affiliated with Rose of Sharon Chapter.

Elect Lady of the East Chapter held a bake sale for charity.

The Widow’s Sons went on a ride up to Seoul.

The Scottish Rite held their installation of Officers. Bro. Carlos was installed as Venerable Master.

Truman Lodge held a Master Mason’s Degree for Bro. Jason.

Lodge Han Yang held a Fellow Craft Degree for Bros. Hoon, UG, and Bert.

Lodge Pusan held a Master Mason Degree for Bro. Sam.

Lion of Judah Lodge held a Master Mason Degree as well.

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4th Quarter Update

October

Rose of Sharon Chapter held their first meeting of the year, at which I humbly presided as the newly installed First Principal.

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II Corinthians Lodge and Elect Lady of the East Chapter had a farewell dinner for Bro. Scott.

Truman Lodge also held their first meeting of the year, at which Bro. Chris presided as the newly installed Right Worshipful Master. It was a packed house.

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Bro. Jean Mel received his Master of the Royal Secret Diploma

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Masonic Lodges from District 10 PHA Washington sponsored the Samsung Gumi Orphanage with a dance and lunch, while also donating $300.00.

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At his first meeting as Master of Han Yang, Bro. Kevin hosted a couple of visiting brethren from the Grand Lodge of Michigan.

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MacArthur Lodge hosted a couple of visiting brethren from the Philippines.

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Bro. Ralph, our Substitute District Grand Master for Korea was awarded USO Overseas Volunteer of the Year.

Truman Lodge did a Master Mason degree for Bros. Harold and Chris.

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District 10 Masonic Lodges of PHA Washington presented Daegu High School with cheques totaling in the amount of $750.00 for the Stop Bullying Program 2016.

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Pusan Lodge held an Entered Apprentice degree for Bro. Sam.

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Lodge Han Yang did their annual Halloween Fundraiser and raised 136,000 won for the orphanage.

The Widow’s Sons held their Annual Task Force Smith Ride.

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November

Rose of Sharon Chapter hosted a visitor from the Grand Chapter of New York

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II Corinthians Lodge presented Seoul American Middle School with a cheque for their bullying program.

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The Seoul Valley had their Fall Reunion and conferred degrees upon 8 new Masters of the Royal Secret.

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After visiting for a few months, Bro. Mark finally affiliated with Truman Lodge.

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Lodge Han Yang held an Entered Apprentice Degree for Bros. Hoon and Eze.

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Pusan Lodge held a Fellow Craft Degree for Bro. Sam

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The District 10 Knights Templar held a Knight’s Night Out at Camp Carroll.

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Which they followed up with a Family Observance and Sunday Brunch.

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December

Truman Lodge held an Entered Apprentice Degree for Bro. Jason.

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Truman Lodge also held a Mark Master Mason Degree for Bro. Chris.

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District 10 PHA Washington held their quarterly session and elections.

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Truman Lodge delivered Christmas gifts to the local orphanage.

Bro. Young Joon received his Master of the Royal Secret Diploma while the Seoul Valley held their elections.

J.C. Logan Consistory (NJ PHA) held their elections as well.

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That very same evening the PHA Shrine held their Potentate’s Ball.

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MacArthur Lodge hosted a brother from New Brunswick and held their elections as well. Bro. Ken was elected Master.

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Elect Lady of the East Chapter held their elections too. Sis. Crystal and Bro. Derek were both elected as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron.

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Truman Lodge held another Entered Apprentice Degree for Bros. Daniel and Jameson.

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Han Yang held their annual Christmas Party.

And Elect Lady together with II Corinthians wrapped Christmas gifts at the PX on Yongsan Garrison.

Crusty Ol’ Past Masters

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A certain Past Master had strolled over to the local pub to mentor a newly initiated brother. Being overly prompt as usual, he sat down at the bar and ordered a scotch to sip on while he waited for the apprentice. He actually didn’t really know the fellow all that well, but since no one else was willing to sign his petition it was left up to the Past Masters of the lodge as usual to do it, and to be perfectly honest he had grown quite tired of it.

He slowly took out one of his Havanas and cut the tip off, hoping the apprentice wouldn’t show. He had rather stayed at home in his den with a good text to study. Let the younger brothers take care of the lodge, he’d already had his turn. Becoming part of Grand Lodge certainly wasn’t something he was interested in. He joined the craft to improve himself in philosophy and esotericism, not become some big shot.

He reached into his pocket, grabbed his Zippo, and just as he was lighting up he noticed a long lost brother in the corner of his eye, sitting at the end of the bar. He wondered if he should go over and say hello. He hadn’t seen the fellow Past Master for a quite some time, and although he remembered him being extremely knowledgeable in the mysteries of the craft, he also distinctly remembered him being rather unapproachable. Not that it mattered anyway, for he had already been spotted and was being beckoned over.

The Past Masters greeted each other in the usual manner, sat down, clunk their glasses together, and shot the usual shit, inquiring into present affairs and reminiscing on days long past. Surprisingly, it was good to see each other again, and it seemed as though the two had much reverence for one another. Of course, the topic of Masonry eventually came up.

“So how’s your masonic journey coming along, Bert?”

The smile from Bert’s face gently faded. There was silence for a brief moment, as he stared into his 8 ball glass. “I’m finding it difficult to be involved with Freemasonry these days, Jim.”

This hadn’t surprised Jim in the slightest. He had heard the rumours. “Aw, I knew you weren’t happy with it. I’m feeling the same to be honest. Benign and without substance.”

More silence, as Bert finally took hold of his drink. He carefully swirled the scotch, intensely watching it, as if he were an alchemist on the verge of discovering the Philosopher’s Stone. “It could be something, if it had substance within its many members.”

Jim was somewhat intrigued by this. “Yeah, my thoughts exactly. Grand Lodge is a melting pot of petty politics and jealousy. Its whole district too.”

“Seems to have been infecting Freemasonry for a long time. Money and a committee of enquiry can get you anything these days,” Bert chuckled, as he finally took a sip. “Wrong members asking the wrong questions, and why? Because the lodge is dying for lack of funds. What else is to be expected?”

Jim knew all too well what Bert was referring to. “You’re spot on. Bums on seats, drop in quality of members. Seems like money is more important than quality.”

“Seems like..” Bert puffed on his cigar. “MacBride was spot on after all in his speculative Masonry.” He winked at Jim. “You and I are a part of those few PMs who know things and know what’s being discussed in ritual, yet we are the type that lodges filled with charlatans want to hush and force out once they get their hands on the reins.”

Jim realized this was turning into a bitch session, but he was so frustrated with the state of the craft himself, that he gladly welcomed it. “Absolutely. Like I say, Grand Lodge is a melting pot of Masonic hatred. Anyone who is actually a good Freemason and tries to understand the ritual is condemned.”

Jim wasn’t sure if Bert was really paying attention to him or not. He seemed more fixated on his scotch, continuously swirling it for a rather unnecessary amount of time. Finally a smirk popped up in the corner of his mouth while he closed his eyes and slowly shook his head. No sooner had he tapped his glass on the bar, than the remainder of the highland malt flowed down the hatch.

Having nothing to focus on anymore, Bert’s gaze finally met Jim’s. “Let them suffer the consequences that come from abuse of sacred things and their ignorance.” There was a strong sense of contempt in his voice. “Knowledge and practice of the spiritual mysteries requires that we, who know better, must withdraw to keep it sacred. Otherwise, we’ll also suffer heavily by continuing to be involved in those abuses.” He signaled the barkeep for a top up.

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Bert took his revitalized 8 ball in one hand, his stoked cigar in the other, leaned back in his bar chair and sighed. “Eventually, some will come to seek and find us out to rediscover what everything is supposed to be and why.” He winked at Jim once again. “Where was I first prepared to be made a Mason? In my heart, where it counts. Not in a Lodge surrounded by naive fools. Same as you. I’m still a Mason, but I’m offended to be called such by the sham of the human organizations that are becoming irregular and wrong. And hanging in there to ‘change them from the inside’ won’t work, it just corrupts us too. That be my thoughts on it,” he chuckled, as he puffed away on his stogie.

Jim couldn’t help but agree with Bert’s words. They both knew Masonry wasn’t original in many ways, from their copycat Noachite rituals to the likeness of the Druids and the constant references they made to the Knights Templar. After all, they were brothers of several other fraternities, including the Rosicrucians, Golden Dawn and the O.T.O. as well. Of course, Masonry was an amazing organization, but Jim and Bert both believed that brothers were told only half truths in the blue lodge. To them, being a part of those other orders helped them to understand why they did certain things in masonic ritual.

“It’s a habit,” Jim replied. “I wouldn’t say I enjoy it. We run a small study circle where we research forgotten orders and rituals. I get more from that than I do from Freemasonry.”

Bert nodded. “I did the same with my study of other Scottish rituals and comparisons. Found I didn’t want to go to lodge because I could predict everything,” he chuckled again. “Then again, study and practice of Kabbalah has a side effect of being able to instantly recognize and predict systems.”

Jim simply dismissed this notion. He really felt that despite being so wise, Bert could really be a pompous ass at times. He continued to try and make his point, “The thing that gets me, is that Freemasonry teaches us to look within. To assess our own faults and failings. ‘The internal not the external,’ that point within a circle – that’s us!”

Bert found it interesting that Jim had also woken up and was dissatisfied with the state of things within the craft. He could sense that his fellow Past Master was trying to figure out what to do. “Yep, yet you see everyone focused and discussing the crap on the outside, or dressed in their finery at their dumbass banquets, while faking the words of charity and remembering the poor,” he kept chuckling. “The outer actions defy and make liars of what takes place within the lodge.”

Indeed, the Past Masters felt that Masonry had become nothing more than a service club, whose mysticism had been removed, partly due to its many interactions with either the law or its members facing death. They knew the history of the Vatican, Hitler, and other instances which aimed to kill members; and that other groups had sprung up in Masonry’s shadows, being more discreet – ignorant masons all the while flaunting their jackets, para, and light on their bumpers. Personally, Jim and Bert loved all fraternal organizations. As Masons, they knew the importance of realizing that they did not birth this train of thought, but rather that they simply glorified and advertised it best.

Jim was beside himself. Even after all that nagging, whining, moaning, bitching, and complaining, he didn’t really feel much better. Such was life he guessed, as he chuckled. “You know Bert, I think we’ve gone far beyond the stereotypical realm of ‘Grumpy Past Masterdom.'”

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“Actually, I prefer the term, ‘Crusty Ol’ Past Master.'” Bert winked again. “I say do the same as done in every age when the mysteries were profaned, get mad. It seems to work best until honest seekers come after it again. I’ll probably be happy if I decide to leave the lodge.”

This disheartened Jim. He felt that Masonry needed someone as knowledgeable as Bert. “You know Bert, to employ and instruct the brethren in Freemasonry is the job of a master. It doesn’t say to ‘rage quit.'”

“Use it how you wish Jim, but how can one not rage against the dying of the light?” Bert winked once again. “I suppose we can disagree on this.”

Of course there was no problem with the crusty ol’ Past Masters’ disagreement. After all, that’s how they learned new things. Disagree, reconsider, contemplate, reconsider, so on, and so forth. They knew that at the end of the day, even if they disagreed, they’d still be able to shake hands and call each other brother, and both go home understanding more than they started with.

“I gotta go. Good seeing you again. You gonna stay a bit?”

“Yeah, I’m mentoring an EA. Should be here soon.”

“Ha, good luck with that.”

“I hear ya bro, I’m just not sure if I want to waste my time sharing sacred things to kindergarten kiddies anymore.”

They chuckled. With that, the Past Masters clunk their glasses together one last time, finished their scotches, and shook hands.

The departing Past Master nodded with a smirk on his face and turned to go. He paused and looked back. “I want you to know that you’re my brother, with or without some piece of cloth or number.” He sauntered out, unknowingly passing the newly initiated brother who had just arrived.

Now this baby faced apprentice was kinda stumpy and nothing save a bag of bones; he looked like he still belonged in junior high. Just barely old enough to be a mason.

The remaining Past Master motioned him over, ordered a couple more scotches, and slid one over to the apprentice while also offering him a cigar. “So Ben, how’s the studying going?”

“Well,” Ben cleared his throat, “I kinda feel overwhelmed. There’s the ritual and its symbolism of course, but I’ve also been trying to figure out why the masons put certain things in there.” He sounded like such a pipsqueak when he spoke with his mouse like voice. But despite that, the Past Master couldn’t help but notice the light in his eyes.

“Well Ben, I suppose I could point you in the right direction. You could try checking out texts like the Zohar, Hermetica, Book of the Dead, and Nag Hammadi to start with.”

“Oh, sure – I’ve already been looking into those.”

“I see. Well, if there’s anything you’d like to know specifically you can always ask me. For instance, why we knock on doors, why we invoke deity, why we face East.. you know, stuff like that.”

“Thanks, but I’m good,” Ben bluntly replied. “You know sir..” He paused. He was a little apprehensive. “Our ancient Masters, the Egyptian Hierophants, displayed their symbols and let them speak for themselves, leaving the initiates to study out their meanings. This they did upon the principle, that what is learned easily is not valued; and that little care is taken to remember an explanation which one can at any time have repeated to him.”

The little smart ass. The Past Master smiled. “Well then, I’d love to hear what you’ve learned so far. And please Ben, call me brother.”

Ben was a little embarrassed. “Sorry. Of course I’d love to share with you, but first..” He looked down at his drink. “If you really want to help, I sure could use some advice with a personal problem that I’ve been having in my life, brother..”

The Past Master was speechless. Suddenly, a flood of memories had rushed through his mind of when he was but an apprentice. He had almost forgotten that mentorship meant much more than teaching ritual, history, science, and the like. He was touched that Ben would come to him for advice.

They conversed on this and many other subjects, losing track of time and ending up much closer to each other than they had originally expected. At the end of the evening, the crusty ol’ Past Master had forgotten all about his anger, and felt revitalized in his duty to the craft. To think he had almost considered leaving, when there was so much labor to be done. He thanked Ben for his time.

“No Brother Pike, thank you. I’m really glad you’re my mentor,” replied Ben, as they shook hands and parted ways.

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3rd Quarter Update

July

Lodge Harry S. Truman held their annual Independence Day BBQ.

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Truman Lodge also presented plaques to The Duke of Tailors, Pak’s Mall, and The Clash for their constant support over the years.

Lodge Han Yang had a going away party for Bro. Lex.

Bro. Kevin met up with some of the Widow’s Sons in Ottawa.

Truman Lodge also held a Fellow Craft degree for Bros. Chris, Harold, and Jon.

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The Korean brethren of Lodge Han Yang got together for a family dinner.

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August

Lodge Harry S. Truman held a Master Mason degree for Bros. Ian and Jon.

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Lodges Han Yang and Truman held a joint Mark Master Mason degree.

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Rose of Sharon Chapter held an Acknowledgement and an Exaltation.

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Truman Lodge also held an Entered Apprentice degree for Bro. John.

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The Widow’s Sons rode over to the Harley Davidson shop and grabbed a bite to eat afterwards.

MacArthur Lodge held a going away party for Bro. Danny.

Truman lodge also held another initiation for Bros. David, John, and Gary.

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September

Lodge Pusan held their installation. Bro. Johan was installed as Right Worshipful Master.

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Rose of Sharon Chapter held their installation as well. I was installed as 1st Principal, Most Excellent Zerubbabel.

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Truman Lodge held their installation and for the second time, Bro. Chris was installed as Right Worshipful Master.

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Of course, Lodge Han Yang held their installation last. Bro. Kevin was installed as Right Worshipful Master.

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It’s also interesting to note that as a gift, Lodge Han Yang made a donation to the Korean Red Cross in the name of Bro. Martin, the Right Worshipful District Grand Master of the Far East.korrc

MacArthur Lodge held their Annual BBQ and Picnic.

Lodge Han Yang also held a Fellow Craft degree for Bro. Jay, while Bro. Greg visited from the Grand Lodge of Queensland.

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2nd Quarter Update

April

Elect Lady of the East Chapter sold funnel cakes at the CYSS Month of the Military Child Community Fun Fair on USAG Yongsan.

The Scottish Rite held their Spring Reunion and Conferral. Six new Masters of the Royal Secret received the degrees.

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Pusan Lodge held an Entered Apprentice degree for Bros. Hans and Simon.

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The Widow’s Sons went on a ride and hung out at the Caffe Bene in Songtan.

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Lodge Han Yang held a Fellow Craft degree for Bros. Valiant, Greg, Marc, and Mike.

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May

Lodge Harry S. Truman held a Cinco de Mayo event at the lodge building in Noyang-ri.

Lodge Han Yang held their annual Mother’s Day BBQ at MP Hill on Yongsan USAG.

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Lodge Harry S. Truman sold chili dogs at the One Heart Festival in Pyeongtaek.

The Widow’s Sons traveled to Japan and did a ride in Tokyo over the famous Shibuya Crossing

The Hon. George Stillwell presented some awards to the cadets at Seoul American High School.

Presenting the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Award to Cadet 1SG Maria Snodgrass, 25 May 2016 at Seoul American High School.

Presenting the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Award to Cadet 1SG Maria Snodgrass, 25 May 2016 at Seoul American High School.

Presenting the National Sojourners Award to Cadet Major Molly Rogelstad, 25 May 2016 at Seoul American High School.

Presenting the National Sojourners Award to Cadet Major Molly Rogelstad, 25 May 2016 at Seoul American High School.

Lodge Han Yang held a Master Mason Degree for Bros. Marc, Valiant, and Greg. Bro. Keith Innes also returned to visit the lodge; he is currently active in Australia.

Pusan Lodge held a Fellow Craft Degree for Bros. Hans and Simon.

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Lodge Han Yang had their annual Memorial Day Visit to the Foreign Cemetery in Seoul.

June

Elect Lady of the East Chapter had a farewell gathering for Sis. Von.

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The Scottish Rite met and Bros. Kevin, Carlos, and Eel Hee received their Master of the Royal Secret certificates.

Lodge Harry S. Truman held an Entered Apprentice Degree for Bro. Jon.

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Lodge Han Yang had a visiting EA from Warren Lodge #147, Grand Lodge of NY, F&AM, and also a visitor from Lodge Zur Kette no 430 in Munich under the United Grand Lodge of Germany. There was also a farewell for Almoner Bro. Kurt.

June 22

Lodge Harry S. Truman also held a Fellow Craft Degree and farewell for Bro. Ricardo.

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Elect Lady of the East Chapter also had a farewell for their Worthy Matron, Sis. Dakia.

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II Corinthians Lodge held their District Session and St. John’s Day Observance.

Pusan Lodge held a Master Mason Degree for Bros. Hans and Simon.

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II Corinthians Lodge also held a Family Day Barbecue.

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1st Quarter Update

January

Lodge Harry S. Truman held a Fellow Craft degree for Bro. Ian.

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MacArthur Lodge held their annual installation of office bearers. Bro. Ben was installed as Worshipful Master.

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Pusan Lodge held an Entered Apprentice degree for Bro. Jacob.

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Lodge Han Yang held a Master Mason degree for Bros. Roy, Eel-Hee, and Sunghoon.

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Lodge Harry S. Truman also held a Master Mason degree which was followed by a Burns Supper.

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The Widow’s Sons participated in the Yongsan Road Dragon’s Annual Polar Bear Run.

The Seoul Shrine Club met on Yongsan Garrison and elected their new officers for the year.

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February

The Right Worshipful Master of Lodge Han Yang, along with a small deputation, visited II Corinthians Lodge #96, Prince Hall Affiliated, Washington and Jurisdiction.

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Lodge Han Yang also had an Entered Apprentice Degree for Bros. Marc, Mike, and Greg.

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Bro. Keith returned his Fellow Craft proficiency at MacArthur’s regular stated meeting.

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Truman Lodge held an Entered Apprentice Degree for Bro. Harold.

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Lodge Han Yang got together at Little Cuba to enjoy some cigars and rum.

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Lodge Han Yang also said farewell to Bro. Lex, who had supported the lodge for several years.

Along with the District Grand Master of the Far East and Bros. Derek and Julien, I attended the 2016 International Scottish Masonic Conference in Penang, Malaysia. The District Grand Lodge of the Middle East held their Centenary Re-dedication, and I had the pleasure of meeting Bro. Charles, the Grand Master Mason of Scotland.

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March

As a way to inform traveling brethren of our presence, Lodge Harry S. Truman erected a banner outside the main gate of Osan Air Base, at the entrance to the Shinjang Shopping Mall.

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The Right Worshipful Master of Han Yang played a very gracious host to Brethren visiting from the Grand Lodge of Japan.

Lodge Han Yang also did an Entered Apprentice Degree for Bros. Bertie and Valiant. Brethren especially enjoyed meeting visiting Bro. Darran from Danycoed Lodge #8127 EC, Caerphilly, Wales UK, who gave a very spirited and well done charge for the degree.

The Seoul Shrine Club made a contribution to the 2016 Seoul American High School Girls Athletic Sport Banquet.

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The Scottish Rite held their annual installation of officers.

Truman Lodge got a piano! The secretary is learning the songs to be used during ceremonies.

Truman Lodge also held a St. Paddy’s Day Party and Past Master’s Dinner.

Lodge Han Yang elected Bro. Sangmin as the new Worshipful Junior Warden.

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And finally, Pusan Lodge held a regular business meeting as well as a 1st degree practice which was supported by visiting brethren.

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4th Quarter Update

On October 6th, MacArthur Lodge held a Master Mason Degree for Bros. Pavao and Formosa.

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On October 10th, Elect Lady of the East Chapter helped with Yongsan Garrison’s Fall Festival Fun Run.

On October 17th, the Widow’s Sons held their 6th annual Task Force Smith Memorial Ride.

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On October 24th, Lodge Pusan held an Entered Apprentice Degree in the Korean language for Bro. Cho.

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On October 28th, Lodge Han Yang held a Fellow Craft Degree for Bros. Tom, Eel-Hee, and Roy.

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On October 31st, Lodge Pusan hosted a dinner for the Brothers of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Group.

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Also on October 31st, Lodge Han Yang did their annual Halloween Fundraiser for the Raphayel House, a home for severely mentally and physically handicapped children in Seoul.

On November 3rd, MacArthur Lodge and the Scottish Rite had a going away dinner for Bros. Jim, Dexter, and the Hon. Carl.

On November 14th, the Scottish Rite held their Fall Conferral for Bro. Han.

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On November 20th, I attended the installation of Keystone Chapter No. 354 on the Roll of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland, at the Scottish Rite Temple in Manila, Philippines.

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On November 21st, Lodge Harry S. Truman held their annual Thanksgiving Pig Roast.

Meanwhile at my mother lodge, a presentation of a cheque for the sum of 1200.00 dollars was made to the Kingston Elementary School for their Robotics program. Markland Lodge #99 AF&AM along with the Grand Lodge of Masons in Nova Scotia supported the program.

The presentation took place on Monday November 23 at a regular lodge meeting in the Masonic Hall in Kingston. The cheque was presented by Rob Butler The Junior Warden who was in charge of the fund raising drive and Richard Haynes the Worshipful Master in front of several masons of Kings, Annapolis and Digby county’s.

The Teacher and students accepting the cheque were Mr Nick Baskwill and Bradon Bushell, Cameron Fowler, and Evan Brake.

Nov 23

On December 3rd, I attended the installation of Lodge Star in the East No. 640 on the Roll of the Grand Lodge of Scotland in Yokohama, Japan.

Dec 3

On December 5th, the Illustrious Joe received his 33rd Degree from a team of 33rd Degree brothers who came from Tokyo. Dinner was held afterwards at the Hartell House.

On December 10th, Elect Lady of the East Chapter held a going away party for Sis. Felicia, PM.

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On December 12th, Lodge Han Yang visited the Hoesim Children’s Welfare Comprehensive Town Orphanage and distributed Christmas gifts to the children there.

On December 19th, Lodge Han Yang held their annual Christmas party at Little Cuba in Sinchon.

On December 20th, Lodge Harry S. Truman visited the Song Yook Orphanage in Songtan and distributed Christmas gifts to the children there.

 

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September Update

On September 3rd, Lodge Harry S. Truman held an Entered Apprentice degree for Bros. Damone and Chris.

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On September 5th, Rose of Sharon Chapter held an Advancement, Acknowledgement, and Exhalation. We gained nine new companions and essentially doubled our membership. This is a big feat, especially considering the chapter was on its last legs for the past few years.

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On September 9th, Lodge Han Yang presented a plaque to Bro. Augusto for his continued support and allowing us to use his restaurant, Little Cuba for private events. He was also made an honorary member of Han Yang.

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On September 10th, Lodge Pusan had their installation of officer bearers. Bro. Ashley was installed as Right Worshipful Master.

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On September 11th, Rose of Sharon Chapter held their installation. Comp. Rich was installed as 1st Principal.

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Also on September 11th, Lodge Harry S. Truman held their installation. I was installed as Right Worshipful Master.