Saturday, August 6, 2016

Lodge St John Social Evening

Lodge St John will hold another Social Evening on Tuesday, August 16th from 8 pm at Bistro 33 on Sukhumvit Soi 33.

From the flyer:
A relaxed environment for Brethren to meet and enjoy a casual drink.  For interested Gentlemen it is the perfect opportunity for you to meet some members of our Lodge in a casual environment and to ask any questions you may have about Freemasonry.This social evening is open to all* gentlemen interested in learning more about Freemasonry and members from any Lodge in Amity with the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
If you're a non-Mason, you'll need to meet with the Lodge St John Secretary before the event.  

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Monday, August 1, 2016


Hamish Fletcher of the NZ Herald provides an interesting story.

If I get this right, a brother in New Zealand quietly set up a trust fund administered by another Mason.  The taxes were paid directly from the fund and his wife received quarterly distributions while the husband was alive.

Upon his death in 2001, he instructed the fund valued at over NZ$200,000 be turned over to the "Freemasons NZ" (presumably the Grand Lodge of New Zealand).  His wife obviously objected and demanded the funds be turned over to her.  She has just won the case and will receive the benefits.

 This should not be an issue for Masons.  The very core of our philosophy is the care of widows and orphans.  People make donations to lodges all the time.  They set up trusts, insurance policies, and many other things to provide a benefit after they die in appreciation for the fellowship and learning that occurred in life.  If the brother in question had wanted to benefit the Craft, he should have let his wife in on the secret. That's what American financial adviser, Dave Ramsay would call "financial infidelity."

I don't know why this brother behaved the way that he did.  I don't understand why he felt the need to hide this rather significant donation from his wife.  I guess the lesson here is that before our life partners become widows, we need to be open and honest about money.  If we want to leave a gift to the lodge, make sure our life partners are on board and that they will execute the instructions after we pass to the Grand Lodge Above.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Lost Lodge of Levuka

Interesting article from the Fiji Times on a Masonic lodge in there that was burned down by the locals in 2000.

This appears to have been an isolated and very unfortunate event.  Fijian Masonry is alive and well.  A brief history of Lodge Fiji may be found here.

The Thai Freemason is the independent voice of Freemasonry in Thailand.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

LSJ Charity BBQ

This just in...OK...just in last week.

Great news… 

Lodge St John’s much anticipated Master’s Charity Barbecue 2016 is full- steam ahead on 28 May from 18.00 to 21.00.

Following on the great success we have enjoyed in the past, we will be enjoying the beautiful venue, fantastic food and warm hospitality along with the LSJBBQ tradition of fine fellowship being central to the evening’s fun.

Starting at 18.00 and going to 21.00, the price is the same as last year, only 1,499 Baht for food and drink, 899 for food and soft drinks and 399 for the littles ones over six.

At this time, we would like all our brothers in and around the Greater Bangkok Area to know our date (28 Mayand, if they can, please make plans to attend along with family and friends.

This year, charity funds we raise will go to support both the Karen Foundation and Sister Louise and her efforts with the Good Shepherd Sisters.

Come along and enjoy a great menu, open bar and lots of time to enjoy with friends and family. 

Clown Eckie will be along to entertain all of us with his great sense of humor and multi-generational gags, stunts and tricks.

I hope that this email find everyone in fine form, looking forward to the tranquil days of summer, with a blow-out barbecue and fellowship day planned for Saturday, 28May.

Please contact the LSJ Secretary for more details.

The Thai Freemason is the independent voice of Freemasonry in Thailand.