From The East


The project Dan Cristoffel and I have picked is to establish an education delving into the esoterica of Masonry in order to understand Masonry better. We will meet monthly. If you are interested in participating please let me know.

If you want to learn more about Masonry no matter how long you have been a Mason there is also the Candidate Learning Center. It is an online education tool that helps candidates earn their degrees through:

1. Inspiring videos showing brothers living the craft and sharing how their lives are enriched by Masonry,
2. Challenging games teach important facts about the history of Masonry,
3. Historic articles, photos, and other archives give context to the lessons, and
4. Journaling exercises to help you think deeply about each lesson.

With the Candidate Learning Center, candidates achieve a thoughtful, deep understanding of degree lessons, and how to apply them. It’s a convenient way to study – and coach.

Getting Started is Easy! There are courses for all three degrees. Each course is free.

If you want more information please see me.

Sincerely and fraternally,
Joe Lucchesi

From The West


A little Masonic Trivia for you for the month of May (reprinted from:

May 1: On this date in 1865, William McKinley
(U.S. President 1898-1901) received his 1st degree in Hiram Lodge #21, Winchester, Virginia.
May 3: On this date in 1886, Rudyard Kipling received is 2nd degree.
May 4: On this date in 1821, the Grand Lodge of Missouri was formed
May 4: On this date in 1821, the Grand Lodge of Illinois was founded.
May 5: On this date in 1851, Andrew Johnson (U.S. President 1865-1869) received his 1st degree in Greenville Lodge #119, Tennessee
May 8: On this date in 1843, a national Masonic Congress was begun in Baltimore, sometimes referred to as the Baltimore Convention, to attempt to establish a uniform ritual for United States Grand Lodges.
May 11: On this date in 1865, the Grand Lodge of West Virginia was formed
May 12: On this date in 1932, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, in Alexandria, Virginia, was dedicated in a very large ceremony, attended by thousands, including the President of the United States
May 12: On this date in 1931, Senator Barry Goldwater (candidate for U.S. President in 1964) received his 1st degree in Arizona Lodge #2, Phoenix AZ.
May 12: On this date in 1999, the Grand Lodge of D.C., under the leadership of Grand Master Dan L Frederick, voted to recognize the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of D.C.
May 16: On this date in 1866, the Grand Lodge of West Virginia was founded.
May 17: On this date in 1921, High Twelve International was organized.
May 18: On this date in 1959, Harry S. Truman (U.S. President 1945-1953) received his 50 year masonic award.
May 24: On this date in 1901, Sir Winston Churchill received his 1st degree in Studholme Lodge #1591, London.
May 27: On this date in 1957, Carl H. Claudy, Masonic author and playwright, D.C. Grand Master in 1943, Executive Secretary of MSA, died
May 31: On this date in 1801, the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States, “mother council of the world,” was established, in Charleston, South Carolina.

What does the month of May bring to you?

Fraternally yours,
David M Patterson, PM
Senior Warden,
Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168

From The South

Greetings from the South,

Have a great month!

Shan Zhou