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The Challenges of Past Masters

The Detroit No. 2 Past Masters Dinner was another big highlight in this Masonic year.  All the food, drink and cheer one could want, no doubt the Polish Village Café  has certainly become a favorite.    Fittingly in time for our annual Past Masters Dinner, we have some appropriate sentiments from renown Masonic author Stewart M. […]

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Donate to Masonic Charity with Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile is a great new way to donate to Masonic charities right here in Michigan!  This is new program is the latest endeavor for the mega giant Amazon.com.    AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Michigan Masonic charities such as the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Detroit Masonic Temple […]

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The Tiler

Many new Brethren ask what the functionality of the Tiler is in a Masonic Lodge.  Why is there (often) a veteran of the Lodge standing guard at the door armed with a medieval weapon?  The sword is certainly symbolic as well as functional in steadfastly guarding the craft at work. His Jewel is the Sword, […]

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Working Tools of the Craft

As we enter the new year the Lodge is preparing the Officer Line for our ancient and traditional degree work.  The opening and closing of the Lodge is a paramount tenet in the Craft.  It in of itself is the working tool for all the work which follows, for without the tool of the opening […]

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Degree Postponed

Brethren, the Entered Apprentice degree scheduled for tonight is postponed.  The weather has been deemed too hazardous for safe travel. The degree will instead take place on Tue, February 11th at the regularly scheduled time of 7pm.  We are sorry if this inconveniences anyone.  Stay warm and drive safe!

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A Look at Prince Hall Freemasonry

A Look From Within: A Look at Prince Hall Freemasonry by Reverend Jan L. Beaderstadt, E.P., P.C., P.M. This paper was presented to the Michigan Lodge of Research and Information No. 1 on Saturday September 16, 5995 A.L. and was published from Point-to-Pointe, the official publication of the Grand Lodge of Michigan. It was a […]

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Grand Lodge Town Hall Meeting

The Most Worshipful Grand Master of the State of Michigan Dean Barr held a Grand Lodge town hall style meeting for the regional districts. The turnout of this event was impressive as Masons from the area as well as some who have traveled were in attendance. The Grand Master as well as a couple guest […]

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“Whence Came You?”

Daily this question is asked by Masons without the slightest thought as to its real meaning. It is fitting that the answer we make to it in the lodge is well nigh unintelligible, for it is about as intelligible as any ever given it or as probably ever will be given it. Who can answer […]

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Downtown Renaissance to Benefit Temple Ave?

An Illitch news media release announces the proposal for a massive building project amounting to more than $600 million in downtown Detroit.  While no location for this complex has been settled upon, the area would likely include a new multi-purpose sports area to house the Red Wings as well as prop up commercial and residential […]

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Modes of Recognition

Brethren, I hope this finds you all still enjoying this beautiful if not muggy and record breaking hot summer.  It won’t be long now until the cooler weather is returning and with it our Lodge activities for autumn.  Last month I presented an article about the Signs of Recognition which dealt with the subject of […]

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Signs of Recognition

I hope you are all enjoying this hot summer, Brothers.  Cool off for a second and sit down to read a little bit about our signs of recognition.  Now, again this discussion is about the Masonic signs of recognition, which is not to be confused with our modes of recognition, which I will discuss next […]

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The Holy Saints John

DEDICATION OF LODGES Lodges were anciently dedicated to King Solomon because he is said to have been our first most excellent Grand Master, but in this country Masons dedicate their Lodges to Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist who are said to have been two eminent patrons of Masonry. There is represented […]

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The Masonic Gentleman – Dress for Success Pt. II

In the previous article in the Masonic Gentleman series, W.B. Bill Betz profiled an extensive list of tips for dressing for success.  In this article I am going to elaborate on some of the topics he brought up and expound upon others that I will introduce for the first time.  This continuation article while mostly […]

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