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1st Quarter Update


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.


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.


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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1st Quarter Update


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.

jan 30 (3)


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.

feb 27 (5)



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.

mar 23

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

mar 26

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Bi-Annual Update


The Scottish Rite held their Annual Installation.


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


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


MacArthur Lodge held an Entered Apprentice Degree.



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.



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


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


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.


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


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


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

Chapter Pic with Border

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


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



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


The Scottish Rite held their Spring Conferral.


MacArthur Lodge held their Annual Masonic Awareness Night.

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


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.


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.


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.



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


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Burns Voyage

On January 25th, Lodge Harry S. Truman celebrated Robert Burns‘ Birthday in the Keystone Lounge in true Scottish Fashion with haggis and poetry.

It was a great time had by all.


The next day, Lodge Han Yang had a going away party for Bro. JM.

Bon voyage brother. You will be missed.


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105th Anniversary & Burns Dinner

Last week Lodge Han Yang celebrated their 105th Anniversary with a Robert Burns Dinner.

Being over a hundred years old, Lodge Han Yang has a very rich history:

In the early years of the 20th century the non-official foreign population of Korea was, for the most part, limited to three general groups: the merchants, the miners, and the missionaries. Among this foreign population were a number of members of the Masonic Order. It is not definitely known who were the originators of the movement to establish an independent Masonic Lodge in Korea, but we do know that several meetings were held in Seoul during late 1907 and early 1908 at which steps were taken to prepare a petition to the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

Arms of the Grand Lodge of Scotland A.F. & A.M.

Arms of the Grand Lodge of Scotland A.F. & A.M.

The Grand Lodge considered the petition with favour and on November 5, 1908, issued a Charter for the new Lodge. The name, which had been recommended for the new Lodge, was Han Yang, one of the ancient Korean names for the capital city now known as Seoul. The Grand Lodge assigned the number 1048 to the new Lodge.

912170_10151356649386741_380551160_nAlthough intermittently forced into darkness by the great challenges of the Japanese occupation, World War II and the Korean Conflict, more than a century later the Lodge continues to uphold the great guiding principles of the Craft: brotherly love, relief and truth.

Being a Robert Burns Dinner there was poetry, toasts and of course, haggis.

What a fantastic evening of fellowship, harmony and brotherly love!

1472729_10151864425319737_2014186026_nTo learn more about the history of Lodge Han Yang, click the link below. To learn more about Robert Burns, click here.

LaVergne, D. (2007). One Hundred Years of Freemasonry in Korea – A Brief History of Lodge Han Yang No. 1048 in Seoul. Seoul, Korea.

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Robert Burns

On January 25th, Lodge Harry S. Truman held a dinner in honor of Robert Burns’ Birthday, otherwise known as a “Burns Supper” or “Burns Night”.


Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest.


In celebration of his birthday, we had several readings of Bro. Robert Burns’ Masonic poetry, including “Address to a Haggis” read by RWM Rich.

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Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm :
Weel are ye wordy o’a grace
As lang’s my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o’need,
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.


His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An’ cut you up wi’ ready sleight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin’, rich!

Then, horn for horn, they stretch an’ strive:
Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive,
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
Bethankit! hums.

Is there that owre his French ragout
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad make her spew
Wi’ perfect sconner,
Looks down wi’ sneering, scornfu’ view
On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckless as wither’d rash,
His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash;
His nieve a nit;
Thro’ bloody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!

But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread.
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll mak it whissle;
An’ legs an’ arms, an’ heads will sned,
Like taps o’ thrissle.

Ye Pow’rs, wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o’ fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer
Gie her a haggis!

Bro Eric recited a poem entitled “The Master’s Apron”.


Ther’s mony a badge that’s unco braw;
Wi’ ribbon, lace and tape on;
Let kings an’ princes wear them a’
Gie me the Master’s apron!

The honest craftsman’s apron,
The jolly Freemason’s apron,
Be he at hame, or roam afar,
Before his touch fa’s bolt and bar,
The gates of fortune fly ajar,
`Gin he but wears the apron!

Robert Burns’s masonic apron, given to him by the composer Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe, in 1791. Burns became a freemason in Lodge Tarbolton and was their deputy master for four years.

For wealth and honor, pride and power
Are crumbling stanes to base on;
Eternity suld rule the hour,
And ilka worthy Mason!
Each Free Accepted Mason,
Each Ancient Crafted Mason.

Then, brithers, let a halesome sang
Arise your friendly ranks alang!
Guidwives and bairnies blithely sing
To the ancient badge wi’ the apron string
That is worn by the Master Mason!

Robert Burns’ masonic apron that he received when he joined the St Ebbe’s Lodge Royal Arch Chapter in 1787.

Bro. Steve recited a song called “Ye Sons of Old Killie”, sung by Robert Burns at Lodge Kilmarnock-Kilwinning St. John #22, in 1786 to RWM William Parker.

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Ye sons of Auld Killie, assembled by Willie,
To follow the noble vocation;
Your thrifty old mother has scarce such another
To sit in that honoured station.
I’ve little to say, but only to pray,
As praying’s the ton of your fashion;
A prayer from the muse you well may excuse,
`Tis seldom her favorite passion.


Burns Monument in Kay Park, Kilmarnock.

Ye powers who preside o’er the wind and the tide,
Who marked each element’s border,
Who formed this frame with beneficent aim
Whose sovereign statute is order,
Within this dear mansion may wayward contention,
Or withered Envy ne’er enter,
May secrecy round be the mystical bound
And brotherly love be the center.


Myself and Bro. Kevin (The New Scottish Brethren) did a tag-team recitation of  “Presentation of the Pillars”.


Long may this Lodge in prosperity shine
And its members still vie with each other
In spreading the light of our order divine
And relieving the wants of a brother.

May envy and malice ne’er enter that door
That is aye closely tyled to the cowan
But peace, love and harmony aye be in store
More abundant the older you’re growing.


May our Master who presides like the Masters of old
In wisdom excel and astonish
May he never be heard erring brothers to scold
But with brotherly love aye admonish.

May our Warden in the West, like the sun’s setting rays
Illumine the golden horizon
May his strength never fail with the burden of days
But increase every moment that flies on.

And to our Warden in the South, like the beauty of day
May he gladden the worn, tired and weary
Inspire with his smiles as they rest by the way
The toilers, and make them feel cheery.


And to you whom our Master is honoured to rule and instruct
Be ye always sober and steady
Expert in the use of each working tool
And aye hae them handy and ready.

Thus will the Temple we seek to upraise
Be completed when all do their duty
And our voices unite in a chorus of praise
To Wisdom, to Strength and to Beauty


One recitation that really surprised me was “A Masonic Song”, read by one of the wives. This is one of the examples of Robert Burns’ boldness.

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It happened on a winter night,
And early in the season.
Some body said my bonny lad
Was gone to be a Mason.

I cryed and wailed, but nought availed,
He put a forward face on.
And did avow that he was now
A Free Accepted Mason.

Still doubting if the fact was true,
He gave me demonstration;
For out he drew before my view
The Jewels of a Mason.


The Jewels all, baith great and small,
I viewed with admiration;
When he set his swage and drew his gauge,
I wondered at my Mason.

So pleased was I to see him ply
The tools of his vocation,
I beg’d for once he would dispense
And make a Maid a Mason.

Then round and round in mystic ground
He took the middle station,
And with halting pace he reached the place
Where I was made a Mason.


His compass stride he laid it wide,
I thought I guessed the reason.
But his mallet shaft it put me daft;
I longed to be a Mason.

Good plummets strong he downward hung
A noble jolly brace on;
And off a slant his broacher sent
And drove it like a Mason.

Then more and more the light did pour
With bright Illumination,
But when the grip he did me slip
I gloried in my Mason.


But the tempered steel began to fail,
Too soft for the occasion.
It melted lean he drove so keen,
My gallant noble Mason.

What farther passed is here locked fast,
I’m under obligation.
But fill to him, up to the brim,
Can make a Maid a Mason.


At the close of the evening, Bro. Stoney read “Adieu, A Heart Warm, Fond Adieu”.


Adieu, a heart warm, fond adieu,
Dear brothers of the mystic tie!
Ye favored, ye enlightened few,
Companions of my social joy!
Tho’ I to foreign lands must hie,
Pursuing fortune’s slidd’ry ba’,
With melting heart and brimful eye,
I’ll mind you still, though far awa’.

Oft have I met your social band,
An’ spent the cheerful, festive night;
Oft, honored with supreme command,
Presided o’er the sons of light;
And by that Hieroglyphic bright,
Which none but Craftsmen ever saw,
Strong memory on my heart shall write
Those happy scenes, when far awa’.


May freedom, harmony and love
Unite you in the grand design,
Beneath th’ omniscient Eye above,
The glorious Architect divine;
That you may keep the unerring line,
Still rising by the plummet‘s law,
Till order bright completely shine,
Shall be my prayer when far awa’.

And you farewell, whose merits claim
Justly that highest badge to wear,
Heaven bless your honored, noble name,
To Masonry and Scotia dear!
A last request, permit me here;
When yearly ye assemble a’,
One round, — I ask it with a tear
To him, the Bard, that’s far awa’.


It was a fun night of poetry and fellowship. Can’t wait until next year.


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Wikipedia. Robert Burns.

BBC News. (2009). In Pictures: Burns Collection. United Kingdom.

Simkins, Stuart. (2009). Early Technology touchs Masonic heights at Bonhams, London. Camacari, Bahia, Brazil.

Cunningham, Allan. (1855). The Complete Works of Robert Burns. BOSTON: PHILLIPS, SAMPSON, AND COMPANY.

Heritage Services, Burns Monument Center. (2012-2013). Category Archives: Robert Burns. East Ayrshire, Scotland.

BBC Documentary. (2011). Robert Burns – The Peoples Poet. United Kingdom.

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