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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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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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The Masonic Gentleman – Dress for Success

The December Trestle Board printed an article I wrote for the website called “The Ties that Bind.”  It was a guide to help Brethren who needed it with various topics concerning wearing ties.  Fashion and proper etiquette, like dancing or the art of sword fighting isn’t just innately skilled within in you, it is learned and observed. […]

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The Ties that Bind.

  Brothers, you all heard that the Worshipful Master Elect Don Harper has proclaimed all Brethren holding an office this coming year will adhere to a dress code. As we must all be required to be in at least a shirt and tie I thought I would share some of my formal and business dress […]

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Das Vergissmeinnicht

Das Vergissmeinnicht THE STORY BEHIND THIS BELOVED EMBLEM OF THE CRAFT IN GERMANY This being Memorial Day I was thinking about our last great war, World War II and our Brothers who fought.  I was also mulling  about the atmosphere that existed for Freemasons in Europe during those years leading up to the conflict.  Here […]

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Aphorisms on Freemasonry

Selected aphorisms from The Book of the Lodge by George Oliver (1782-1867)

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Baal’s Bridge Square

The Warrant no.13 was issued to ‘Antient Union Lodge’ in Limerick, on the 22nd November 1732. However, this date only coincides with a time when records began for Antient Union Lodge 13. Lodge 13 have in their archives a old brass square that was found under the foundations of Baals Bridge. This Square dated 1507 […]

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Our Illustrious History 1821 – Tomorrow

Detroit Lodge No. 2 F.&A.M. or “The Deuce” as it is referred to has a rich history in the city of Detroit as well as Michigan dating back to when this state was still a territory.  To tell the story of Detroit No. 2 is to tell the story of Freemasonry in Michigan. Masonry in […]

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