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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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On Adoniram

It is interesting that Adoniram is such an important figure in the higher degrees, yet is never mentioned in the Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, or Master Mason rituals.

In the Bible he is named as the overseer of the levy in the forests of Lebanon:

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He sent them to Lebanon in shifts of 10,000 men per month. They worked in Lebanon for one month, and then spent two months at home. Adoniram was supervisor of the work crews.

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In the York Rite’s Royal Master degree, he has a conversation with his companion and mentor, Hiram Abiff, in which he is informed that in the event of Hiram’s death, the secret word can be found in the temple’s vault:

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Adoniram then said, “Suppose one of you three, even you yourself should be removed by death prior to that event, how then shall I receive it?” After commenting on the subject of death, Hiram Abiff with a significant gesture replied, “If I die, it will be buried there.”

Hiram Abiff informs Adoniram that his search is not yet complete, instructs him that in due time he will receive his reward, and returns him to the clay grounds to continue his labors. Not long after, Hiram Abiff is murdered.

In the Scottish Rite’s 5th degree, Perfect Master, Adoniram conducts Hiram Abiff’s funeral ceremony and recites some commemorative poetry:

Our ancient Brethren whelm’d in grief,
Lamented their departed chief!
Let us, his pupils long revere
A name to memory so dear – as Hiram Abif.

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In mystic rites our Lodge displays
its sorrows and its fadeless praise:
Long may the sweet acacia bloom,
And garlands fresh adorn the tomb – of Hiram Abif.

In the 8th degree, Intendant of the Building, he is appointed Superintendent of the Work, to help carry out the completion of the temple along with four other young and eager Intendants of the Building, to whom Hiram Abiff communicated the arts and sciences that he learned in Egypt and the East.

Adoniram is then made chief architect and successor to Hiram Abiff in the 12th degree, Master Architect, owing to his having gained superior knowledge and skill:

Also to assure uniformity in the work and to reward the superior skill of Adoniram, the son of Abada, Solomon appointed him to be Chief Architect of the Temple, with the title of Master Architect. Adoniram was invested with that office as sole successor and representative of the deceased Master Hiram. This, of course, created him a Grand Master, the equal, as such, of Solomon and Hiram, King of Tyre.

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It should be noted, however, that even though Adoniram was now on equal ground with King Solomon and Hiram, King of Tyre, he did not yet receive the Master’s Word for it was agreed upon between them and Hiram Abiff that the word would never be given unless the three of them were present and the temple was completed.

In the 13th degree, Royal Arch of Solomon, Adoniram along with two Intendants of the Building not only discover Enoch’s crypt, but also the treasure he had left there:

Adoniram then descended. and passing through three more openings, reached the ninth apartment. As he reached it, his companions dislodged some rubbish above, which, falling upon him, bruised him and extinguished his torch; and he then discovered, in the center of the apartment, a luminous triangular pedestal of white alabaster, hollow, and lighted by an undying fire within;

13 and upon which sat a cube of agate, into one face of which was sunk a plate of gold, thickly encrusted with precious gems that glittered in the light; and enameled on the plate the Ineffable Name of Deity; as the same had been placed there by Enoch, the patriarch.

Adoniram is taught the meaning and pronunciation of the Ineffable Word and is made a “perfect mason”, a term which reappears in the installation ceremony of certain lodges, and refers to the time when he was presented by King Solomon to the Queen of Sheba:

Adoniram thereupon approached the illustrious monarch and his distinguished guest, and would have prostrated himself at his royal master’s feet, but King Solomon prevented him by taking hold of him, saying, “Rise, perfect mason.”

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Thus, Adoniram teaches us to remain content and that in due time we shall receive our reward; to encourage the timid, to repress the forward, and to reward the worthy; that the ablest, wisest, and best of every nation should be its leaders; and that we should seek knowledge from pure motives with zeal and devotedness. He is, in essence, the pattern and exemplar of all Installed Masters.

 


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1st Quarter Update

January

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

jan 7

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

jan 23 (13)

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

jan 23 (15)

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

jan 27

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

jan 30 (10)

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.

feb 5

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

feb 10

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

feb 16 (2)

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

feb 18

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

feb 20

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.

Mar 3

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.

mar 10

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.

Oct 6

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.

Oct 17

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

Oct 24

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.

Nov 14

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.

Nov 20

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.

Dec 10

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.

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On September 12th, Lodge Han Yang held their installation. Bro. Kevin was installed as Right Worshipful Master.

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Also on September 12th, Elect Lady of the East Chapter participated in a Community Fun Fair at USAG Yongsan.

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And on September 19th, MacArthur Lodge held their Annual Family Picnic.

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Bi-Annual Update

January

The Scottish Rite held their Annual Installation.

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Elect Lady of the East Chapter participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Walk on Yongsan Garrison.

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Lodge Harry S. Truman held a Master Mason Degree and their annual Rabbie Burns Night.

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MacArthur Lodge held an Entered Apprentice Degree.

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February

Lodge Han Yang held their annual Valentine’s Date Night.

Lodge Han Yang also held an Entered Apprentice Degree for Bros. Pierre, Sung Hoon, and Tom.

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March

Lodge Han Yang held their annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser for the Give Out Love Orphanage.

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Lodge Han Yang also held an Entered Apprentice Degree for Bros. Jared and John.

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Elect Lady of the East Chapter held a bake sale and raffle outside the Yongsan Post Exchange.

MacArthur Lodge held their Annual Installation with Bro. George being installed as Worshipful Master.

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II Corinthians Lodge held a Zumba Fitness and Dance Night for the local kids on Yongsan Garrison.

April

Lodge Harry S. Truman held a Master Mason degree for Bro. Jean Mel.

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The Order of the Easter Star PHA Washington and Jurisdiction held their Far East District Session.

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The Widow’s Sons had a meet up at the lodge in Pyeongtaek.

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Lodge Han Yang and Lodge Harry S. Truman held a joint Fellow Craft Degree.

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May

Lodge Han Yang held it’s annual Mother’s Day Picnic.

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The Scottish Rite held their Spring Conferral.

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MacArthur Lodge held their Annual Masonic Awareness Night.

Lodge Harry S. Truman held a Master Mason Degree for Bros. Cory, Dominic and Craig.

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Lodge Han Yang observed Memorial Day and visited the foreigner’s cemetery in Seoul to honor deceased brethren.

Lodge Han Yang also held a Master Mason Degree for Bros. Jared, Tom, and Pierre.

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The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Southern Jurisdiction medal and certificate was presented to Cadet Jason Hyde during the Pass-In-Review ceremony at the Seoul American High School parade field. Jason is a 2nd year cadet, who is a dedicated member of the color guard, drill team and exhibition drill team as well as being an excellent student.

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Lodge Pusan held a Master Mason Degree for Bro. Nathan. Right Worshipful Masters from both Lodge Han Yang and Lodge Harry S. Truman were in attendance.

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June

Rose of Sharon Chapter held an Excellent Master and Royal Arch Degree.

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Installations 2014 – 2015

Last week, a deputation from the District Grand Lodge of the Far East led by Right Worshipful District Grand Master Bro. Martin came from Hong Kong to Korea to perform the installation ceremonies of the various Scottish Lodges on the peninsula.

On Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 Pusan Lodge No. 1675 on the Rolls of the Grand Lodge of Scotland had their annual installation of office bearers, with Bro. Charlie installed as Right Worshipful Master.

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On Thursday, September 11th, 2014 Rose of Sharon Chapter No. 878 on the Rolls of the Supreme Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland held an Acknowledgment (Excellent Master Degree) and an Exaltation (Royal Arch Degree) for Comps. Derek, Chris and Scott. I also took the solemn obligation of an affiliate member. On Friday, September 12th, 2014 they held their installation of office bearers with Comp. Carl installed as Most Excellent First Principal.

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20140912_165404And on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 Lodge Han Yang No. 1048 on the Rolls of the Grand Lodge of Scotland held their installation of office bearers with myself installed as Right Worshipful Master.

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Autumn Installation

This year, the installations were moved to September so we had an early visit from the Delegation of the District of the Far East.

On Thursday September 12th, Bro Pete was installed as Right Worshipful Master of Lodge Pusan #1675 S.C.

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On Friday September 13th, Bro Chris was installed as the Right Worshipful Master of Lodge Harry S. Truman #1727 S.C.

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On Saturday September 14th, Bro Derek was installed as the Right Worshipful Master of Lodge Han Yang #1048 S.C.

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Congratulations to all the newly installed Masters and their Officer Bearers. Good luck in the ensuing year.

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Mac Installation

On March 30 MacArthur Lodge No.183 under the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines had their installation ceremony in Seoul. Bro Sonny was installed as Master.

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MW Bro. S.T. Gabionza Jr, Centennial Grand Master, The MW Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines and his delegation attended the Ceremony.

We had a chance to visit Bro Paul in the hospital who was recovering from hernia surgery.

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There were Scottish brethren from both Lodge Han Yang and Lodge Harry S. Truman present.

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It was a great ceremony and also an honor to meet the Grand Master Mason of the Philippines. Looking forward to next year’s installation. Congratulations to Bro Sonny and all the incumbent office bearers for the ensuing year!

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Installation Time of Year

Around this time of the year, a delegation from the District Grand Lodge of the Far East (Scottish Constitution) led by the District Grand Master comes to Korea to perform the installation ceremony of the 3 Scottish lodges on the peninsula.

Lodge Pusan #1675 had their installation on a Wednesday and my friend Doc Marty was installed as master. After the installation they enjoyed a nice banquet.

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On Thursday, the delegation flew back to Seoul and enjoyed some leisure time with the Brethren of Han Yang.

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On Friday, we at Lodge Han Yang #1048 held our installation and had a great turnout even though it was a cold winter’s day.

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Bro Dennis was installed as Master, Bro Derek as Senior Warden and myself as Junior Warden.

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Later that evening, we had a great time at the banquet.

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