Friday, November 30, 2007

Get Ready Brethren!


Well, there goes my trip to DC next year.

I was toying with the idea of going to Washington D.C. next February to participate in the Masonic Week activities that happen there every year. But after reading about the impending release of the new Dan Brown book, The Solomon Key, I know I'll never get a hotel!

According to the article, Robert Langdon the hero of The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons will once again save the day.

If all goes to form, Brown will have Langdon provide the correct (not the ones we received from 300 years of instruction and tradition) interpretation of the symbolism hidden in the various Masonic buildings, temples, streets and door knockers in the city. Then he and his hot-chick-co-conspirator will evade the DC Police, FBI and maybe even the CIA to eventually save the day. There's no clue whether we are the good guys, bad guys or unwitting stooges.

Don't get me wrong. I've got nothing against Dan Brown. He tells good stories that have you leaving indentations on the cover of the book. But let's face it. He gets stuff wrong!

We all know the problems and inaccuracies he had with theology and history in his previous two outings. There's not much hope that will have changed. His research seems shoddy. The same article mentions that Brown had only a brief encounter with the members of Grand Lodge of D.C. That seems to imply (at least to me) that he may not be that interested in facts or other mundane things. Let's at least hope he stays away from the Baigent and Leigh books this time!

My advice to the brethren of Bangkok is to make sure you and your fellows are educated on actual Masonry. There is no doubt this book will receive huge publicity. It will spark interest and will likely be a world-wide best seller. Many curious men will begin asking questions about our Craft. We'd better understand what we want to tell them!

Jim


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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Phuket S&C Club

Brethren all,

For those brethren who will be in Phuket this weekend, you are cordially invited to the next Phuket Square & Compasses lunch on Saturday, 17th November at 13:00.

As usual, there will be a delicious set menu including a round of Guinness (courtesy of the Junior Warden) all for the low, low price of THB 395.

Please RSVP if you would like to attend.

Best regards,

Jim


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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Steward's Catechism


Brethren all,

This is extremely top secret! A brother in Bangkok has uncovered the lost Masonic texts of the Bar Steward. Herewith for the first time (today) is published ...

THE STEWARD'S CATECHISM

Q1. How were you first prepared to be made a Steward?

A My coat sleeves, shirtsleeves and vest sleeves were rolled up and a corkscrew placed in my hand.

Q2. What is a corkscrew?

A An instrument fashioned like a winding staircase which our ancient Brethren ascended to receive their beer.

Q3. Where did they receive it?

A In a convivial room above the Chamber.

Q4. How did they receive it?

A In half Tankards and Tankards.

Q5 Why in this peculiar manner?

A. In half Tankards well knowing that they could be replenished and in Tankards from the great reliance they placed in the strength of the brew in those days.

Q6. Name the two advertisements that hung at the door or entrance to the Chamber?

A That on the left was Bass and that on the right Guinness.

Q7. What are their separate and joint significations?

A The former denotes number 1, the latter XXX and when taken together – instability.

Q8. What is beer?

A A peculiar product of chemistry veiled in mystery and illustrated by labels.

Q9. How is it illustrated?

A By a sprig of hops close to a barrel of water.

Forwarded to me by a brother who got it from a brother who got it...

Jim...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Morakot Lodge Installation



Brethren all,

Mark your calendars. Its time for the annual installation of Morakot Lodge No. 945, IC this Saturday, 3rd November in Bangkok.

The cost of the banquet will be THB 1,850 inclusive of cocktails, wines, spirits and all other drinks. Ladies are welcome to join the banquet.

Tyling is at 16:30. They're expecting a crowd, so make sure you RSVP to the Junior Warden as quickly as possible.


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Friday, October 5, 2007

Five Worst Things You Can Do in a Meeting

Ah...the sanctity of open lodge. Sealed off from the burdens of the outside world. Enveloped in the warm, harmony of the assembled brethren...and then somebody's phone rings.

This list of the worst things you can do in a meeting popped into my Inbox this morning from the Tech Republic website. Though not Masonic in nature, they are very good ideas for conduct within the lodge.

Some of the lodges issue a fine of THB 500 (approximately US$15) for a ringing cell phone during lodge. That's good, but this article focuses on more ideas to limit interruptions in order to maintain focus on the candidate and harmony within the lodge.

Check it out.


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More Fun at DGLME

Brethren all,

If you're planning to head down to Singapore for the Annual Communication of the (Scottish) District Grand Lodge of the Middle East (DGLME), then make sure to get there a little early so you can take in the Installation Meeting of Lodge St Andrew, No. 1437 (SC). This will be held on Friday, 26th October 2007 at Freemasons Hall in Singapore.

Please contact Bro. Secretary if you are planning to attend.


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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Lodge St John Ladies Evening -- 1959


Brethren all,

I was just trolling around on the web when I came across something interesting. It's a letter from a British Embassy wife, who along with her husband were guests of R. W. M. Bill Jervis at the 1959 Lodge St John Ladies Evening.

Anyone who has endured one of these will immediately recognize the first few paragraphs: enduring hot, stuffy ballrooms; standing for toasts; devouring tons of food; standing for more toasts; and finally the elegant witty reply on behalf of the ladies assembled. The one major difference is the dancing after the dinner.

It's beautifully described in detail. It just makes you want to swat the mosquitoes while you're reading it.

The second part of the letter describes a Thai wedding in the same beautiful detail.

Please give it a look.

Best regards,

Jim...


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Friday, September 28, 2007

Bangkok Royal Arch Meeting Change


Brethren and Companions,

Just received notice from that the next meeting of the Bangkok Royal Arch Chapter (SC) will be 15 October instead of their regular date.

Please contact the Scribe for further details.

Best regards,

Jim...


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Monday, September 24, 2007

Bro. Pierre Segui, R.I.P.


Sad news from Lodge St John:

Dear RWM & Brethren All,

Sadly I have to inform you that Bro. Pierre Segui was called to the Grand Lodge Above, yesterday. He was initiated into LSJ on 29th September 1994; passed 22nd February 1995 and raised 28th June 1995.

Bro. Segui was 81 years of age and he has lived in Asia for over 50 years. He was well known for his French Restaurant, Le Metropolitan, in fact some members will remember that LSJ held a Kipling Night there one year.

Please contact Bro. Secretary for further information.


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Friday, September 21, 2007

2007 Pattaya Charity Dinner

This just in from Lodge Pattaya West Winds:

Dear Brethren All, Guests and Friends

The Right Worshipful Master of Lodge Pattaya West Winds No. 1803 S.C. cordially invites all Freemasons and their Ladies, Masonic guests and Non-Masonic guests to attend the annual Charity Clubs 2007 Grand Prize Draw & Auction

The dinner will be held at the Pinnacle Grand in Na Jomtien on Saturday 15th December from 7.00 pm – midnight. Ticket price is THB 1,300.

This year’s dinner will be hosted in the grounds of the Pinnacle Grand on the lush grass just yards from the beach.

With a cooling sea breeze, you will be able to enjoy the delicious Thai and International Buffet. To complement your meal you have Free Flow Red and White Wine, Singha Beer and Soft Drinks.

Dress Code; Smart

Email to purchase buffet and draw tickets.

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Phuket S&C Club



This just in from Light of Siam Lodge:

Brethren and Gentleman,

The next Square and Compasses lunch will take place a week on Saturday at The Green Man. i.e. Saturday 22nd September at 13:00 hrs.

Menu (Sub-Continental):

  • Indian Tomato and Yellow Lentil Soup
  • Chicken Curry with condiments
  • Desserts from the Green Man Menu (Additional Charge)
  • 1 Round of John Smiths (courtesy of the largesse of the Junior Warden).

Thai Baht 395.

Should any of you have unusual dietary requirements please liaise with TGM.

RSVP to save your place!


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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

LSJ Informal Gathering


Brethren all,

The 3rd Thursday of September is upon us and I want to invite all LSJ brethren and friends to the September Informal Gathering at the Londoner from 6:30 p.m. until whenever.

No RSVP required – just show up.

Last time we had a number LSJ brethren, brethren from other lodges as well as non-masons others interested in learning more about Freemasonry. It was a really good time.

As before, we have no budget so everyone will pay for their own food and drinks.

Hope to see you all there!


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Friday, September 14, 2007

Lodge Songkhla Installation


Brethren all,

If Bangkok is becoming too harried and hurried for you, maybe its time to wander down south. You can visit the good brethren of Lodge Songkhla No. 936 (IC) on the occassion of their installation. Festivities will be held on 13th October 2007 in Hat Yai.

Please contact the Lodge Secretary if you would like to attend.


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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Lodge Star in the East Meeting


Brethren all,

The world's only English speaking French lodge, R.L. Star in the East, No. 1600 (GNLF) will meet on Friday, September 21st at the Lodge St John Masonic Hall in Bangkok. In addition to an initation, the lodge will host the Grand Inspector for Southeast Asia who will deliver a lecture.

Please contact the Lodge Secretary to secure your place for what will surely be a memorable evening.


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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Bro. Alec Forbes, R.I.P.

Brethren all,

Some sad news from America. Bro. Alec Forbes formerly of Lodge St John was called to the Grand Lodge Above on 3rd August at his home in Virginia.

Bro. Forbes was born on 30th November 1940 and initiated into Freemasonry on 15th January 1975 and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on 28th January 1976 in Lodge St John.

Anyone who wishes to send condolences to his daughter, please contact me and I'll give you her email address.


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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Freemasonry in the News

ABC News (US) recently did a segment on Freemasonry. The reporter is borderline paranoid, but the report also includes some great quotes from Stephen Bullock and Margaret Jacob. All this seems to be done in preparation for Dan Brown's upcoming book on the Craft.


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Monday, August 27, 2007

Bro. George Rollerson, R.I.P.

Message from Lodge Pattaya West Winds:

Dear Brethren All,

It is with a sad heart, that we have to inform you, that Bro. George Rollerson was called to The Grand Lodge Above on 26th August 2007 at the Chonburi Hospital.

Further details on the funeral arrangements will be advised later.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Hello!

Hello there. Well, lodges typically take a break over the summer...and I guess I did too. Nevertheless, the break's over and its time to get back to work!

Lodge Pattaya West Winds, No. 1803 SC will hold a special meeting on 9 September. The Mark Degree will be conducted during this meeting. The Scottish Constitution is the only one I know of that allows the Mark Degree to be conferred either in a Mark Degree Lodge or in Blue Lodge. Should be fascinating to watch and a great excuse to drop down to Pattaya for the weekend.

The website has a new update. Bro. Michael Doyle of Lodge St John has graciously provided an essay on foreign investment in Thailand. This provides his viewpoint on the recent changes to Thai law and their impact on foreign investors. Check it out.


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Monday, July 9, 2007

Pattaya Fellowship Meeting

Brethren all,

The lads in Pattaya will hold an informal fellowship meeting on Saturday, 14 July. Brethren of Lodge Pattaya West Winds are encouraged to invite prospective candidates along with their spouses. The evening will provide an ideal opportunity for the brethren to meet these potential candidates in a relaxed social atmosphere.

Please contact Bro. Secretary at Sec_LPWW@thaifreemason.com.


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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

2008 Scottish Installations (a.k.a. "Haggis-fest")

OK brethren,

Looks like DGLME have set the dates and locations for the 2008 Scottish Installations. I have long labeled this exciting weekend as "Haggis-fest" due to the copious amounts of haggis (and of course Scotch) consumed.

Like last year, the four Scottish lodges will divide their installations over two days in two locations.

Feb 15th - Lodge St John and Lodge Ratanakosin will hold their installations and then a joint harmony at the Lodge St John Masonic Hall in Bangkok.

Feb 16th - Lodge Lane Xang will travel west and hold their installation and a combined harmony with Lodge Pattaya West Winds at the Royal Cliff Grand Resort in Pattaya.

Make sure to mark your calendars and dust off your dinner jacket. This is usually a great time.


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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Celebrating Universal Brotherhood

An article caught my eye from the Pune (India) Newsline

Pune, June 25: FREEMASONS in the city celebrated universal brotherhood day on Sunday.

The brotherhood believes in secularism and their motto is to study the mysteries of science and nature. There are as many as 10 million Freemasons around the globe. In Pune there are nine lodges with two temples and a membership of around 250.

The first Freemason Lodge in India was formed in Kolkata in 1735. It spread to Mumbai and then to other parts of India. Currently there are 352 lodges under the Grand Lodge of India. Notable Indian Freemasons include Swami Vivekananda, Motilal Nehru, JRD Tata, Rajendra Prasad and S Radhakrishnan.

See the full article at here.

The article goes on to describe the Craft in India and its long history there. To its credit, the Grand Lodge of India are very active in their communities sponsoring hospitals and even ambulances. Please visit their site when you get a chance.


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Tracing Board and Mark Lodge Updates

Brethren all,

Things have been very busy lately, so here's a combination update for you.

Tracing Board

Just to let you know, we've uploaded a few articles to a new on-line version of The Tracing Board. Stop by and take a look. Let me know if you have any problems accessing it.

Phuket Mark Lodge

Brethren in Phuket have been quiet but apparently very busy getting the kingdom's first mark lodge up and running. They've launched a new site which features various levels of entry (depending on your affiliation with the Craft).

Master Masons interested in becoming a founding member of the new Mark Lodge should contact the lodge.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Informal Gathering

Brethren all,

I would like to invite you all to an informal gathering of Masonic brethren and guests to be held at 7 p.m. at the Londoner (located at the beginning of Sukhumvit Soi 33) on Thursday, June 21st at 7 p.m.

Members from all lodges and constitutions are invited.

Sit down and stay a while or just drop by for a quick drink – totally up to you.
There is no ceremony, no agenda, no dress code – it is just a night to have fun.

If you are planning to come please let me know (if you can ), but just showing up is fine as well.

Note that we have no budget for this so everything will be on a “buy your own” basis.

Hope to see you all there!

Michael Doyle
WJW
LSJ No. 1072 S.C.


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Saturday, June 2, 2007

June Events


Brethren all,

I'm on the verge of being late with this, but luckily I realized I had to flip my calendar today. So herewith is your update for June.

June is a busy month for French Lodges. My calendar has Tantawan, Hoa Sen and Foederis Arca meeting in Bangkok this weekend. Star in the East will meet on 15th June in Bangkok. Tantawan will also host the Festival of St. John (the Evangelist) on 23rd June.

The Irish will hold two meetings this month. Morakot will meet in Bangkok on 6th June. Songkhla will meet down south on the 30th.

The English also meet twice this month. Chula first in Bangkok on the 16th and Light of Siam in Phuket on the 30th.

That leaves the Scottish to finish out the month with two meetings. Lane Xang will meet on the 20th and St. John on the 27th. Both meetings to be held in the Lodge St John Masonic Temple in Bangkok.

As always, check with the lodge secretary for details on visiting.

Enjoy your month!
Jim

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Mystery of the Traveling Gavel

Brethren all,
 
Looks like our brethren in Texas have been having vicarious adventures through a piece of wood.  Read the story below and if you know the whereabouts of the mysterious traveling gavel of Ennis Lodge, then email Cecil Curry and let him know.

Since this media reaches the far flung recesses of Masonry, perhaps it can assist in tracking down a Traveling Gavel that began it's journey at Ennis Lodge # 369 in Ennis, TX.
 
In 1993, our Lodge presented the gavel to Concord Lodge (if memory serves me) in Virginia. The gavel was accompanied by a notebook with the history(however brief , at the time) and a log for tracking it's journey .
The original intent ,was for the gavel to work it's way from the East Coast to Texas and then maybe westward and finally winding back up in Ennis for display, story-telling and bragging rights! Alas, as often happens, plans changed!  After touring Virginia and Maryland our little gavel "Jumped" the Pond and landed in Scotland. At that time we lost track of it for a couple of years. When we next heard from her (the gavel) she was enjoying the hospitality of Mary St. Coltness Lodge. From there she made the jaunt to Merry Old England where we again lost touch with her. This was around 2003. The last clue we have, was that she was to be presented a Brother who is/was a commercial airline pilot who was to take her to Australia.
 
If anyone has any information as to her present day whereabouts, I would greatly appreciate an e-mail or snail mail or fax. If the notebook is still with her it would make for nice short program for our Lodge. Any help will be greatly appreciated! 
 
Thanks!
 
S&F cecil

Best regards,
 
Jim...
 

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Horseshoes and Handgrenades

Brethren all,
 
Here's an interesting blog I've been following for awhile.  Its the story of one man and his journey to Masonry.  Take a look.
 
Best regards,
 
Jim...
 

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

On The Level: Interesting Lunch

Brethren all,

Came across this interesting blog while trolling through the murky depths of the internet. Quite interesting as it involves one of our own.

On The Level: Interesting Lunch

Monday, May 7, 2007

Special Event in Phuket

The folks at the Green Man pub in Phuket must be advertising for lodge vacations or something! This time, Eastern Gate Lodge, No. 2970 (EC) will be holding their regular meeting at Light of Siam Lodge in Phuket on 17th May at 5:00 pm.

Brethren wishing to attend this special occassion will need to email the Lodge Secretary for details.


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Friday, April 27, 2007

May Updates

Brethren all,

I'm behind, so here's a quick update on Lodge meetings in May. All meetings are held in their usual place and time, so please contact the Lodge Secretary if you're unsure...or new...or visiting from out of town. All dates below are in May.

4th Tantawan (GLNF)
5th Hoa Sen (GLNF)
9th Bangkok Royal Arch Chapter (SC)
12th Loge Erasmsus (NC)
Les 7 Niveaux (GLNF)
Lodge Pattaya West Winds (SC)
16th Lodge Ratanakosin (SC)
18th Star in the East (GLNF)
30th Lodge St. John (SC) -- Kipling Night!

Once again, check the Thai Freemason for more information and lodge contact details.


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Friday, April 6, 2007

Great article

Brethren all,

This just in from W. Bro. Morgan from Pattaya. The Pattaya Mail wrote a great article on the recent installations for Lodge Lane Xang and Lodge Pattaya West Winds. The article was written by a non-Mason who sounds like he's ready for a petition!


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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Lodge Lane Xang Regular Meeting


Dear Brethren All,
The next Regular Meeting of Lodge Lane Xang No 1632 SC. which will be held on Wednesday, 18th April 2007 at the Masonic Hall in Bangkok. Tyling at 6.30 p.m.

Please contact W. Bro. Secretary for further details.


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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Light of Siam Stated Meeting

Dear Sir and Brother,

You are hereby invited to attend the next Regular Meeting {Installation}of Light of Siam Lodge Nº 9791 (Phuket ) Thailand, on Saturday 28th April, 2007 A.D. For more information, please contact the Secretary


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Great email from an old friend

Brethren all,

W. Bro. Alec Forbes left the following comment on the web site's feedback page:

As an old Mason and PM of LSJ 1072, I am delighted to see the progress made in the craft in my beloved Thailand. I have visited many Lodges since leaving the fair shores of Siam, but my mother lodge is always LSJ, at the time, the only lodge in the country. Go well my brothers, fraternally Alec Forbes, PM


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Monday, April 2, 2007

Bro. Joseph Yee Eu, RIP

Brethren all,

It gives us no joy to report the death of a Malaysian Mason known to many in Thailand.

Subject: LODGE OF SORROW FOR BRO. JOSEPH WILLIAM YEE EU.

Dear Bro. Secretaries,

Attached herewith is an invitation for all brethren of your respective lodges, to the Lodge of Sorrow for Bro. Joseph William Yee Eu on 4th of April 2007.

It will be held at 6pm at Dewan Freemason, Taman Kanagapuram, Petaling Jaya. Lodge Kilwinning will tyle at 5pm. Dinner will not be served but snacks and tea will be served.

LADIES ARE INVITED FOR THIS FUNCTION.

Thanking you.

Bro. Vijayan Balachandran
Secretary, Lodge Kilwinning in the East No. 1606 S.C.


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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

LPWW March Meeting

This just in from our friends in the east (Thailand, that is).

Dear Sir and Brother,

Find attached herewith the Invitation and Summons, circulated by email for the Regular Meeting to be held on Saturday, 14th April 2007 in Pattaya.

To Lodge Members: Just a reminder, that if you are not attending the Masonic meeting and Harmony, can you please inform the Bro. Secretary and apologize accordingly. If no notification is forthcoming dinner will be ordered for you.

To all Masonic visitors.
If you intend to visit LPWW on Saturday, 14th April 2007 and attend the Meeting and Harmony, can inform
Bro. Secretary accordingly.
At the Harmony, our RWM will continue with his RWM's Charity Appeal for 2007, which is for the Jester's Care for Kids Charity, Pattaya.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Phuket S&C Club

This just in:

Brethren and Gentleman,

The next Square and Compasses lunch will take place Saturday 24th March at 13:00 hrs.

Menü

Frankfuter Bohnensuppe mit Gurkesalat

Die Schweinshax'n mit Sauerkraut und Kartoffelsalat

Thai Baht 395.

Should any of you have unusual dietary requirements please liaise with Chef John Hogg at TGM. Please reply to: Secretary to ensure your place.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Light of Siam Ladies Night

This just in from Light of Siam (Phuket) :

Please don’t forget our Ladies Night. Saturday 31st March. It’s not too late to make your reservation and come along. A unique opportunity to enjoy the elegance and culinary delights of The MERIDIEN HOTEL at Nai Harn for the bargain price of THB 2,000 including a welcome drink and ½ a bottle of wine per head. An occasion that promises to be most enjoyable and an evening to enjoy the company of your Brethren and friends and accompanied by our ladies, who will have a chance to display their finest.

Please contact the secretary for details.

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Upcoming Meetings

Brethren all,

I've recently received a flurry of invitations for upcoming meetings. I'm sharing these with you.

Star in the East, No. 1600 (GLNF). The world's newest and only English speaking French lodge will hold their first meeting on 16 March. A fraternal Agape will be held afterward. Cost is THB 500. Contact the secretary for details.

Chula Lodge, No. 9745 (EC) will hold their installation on Saturday, 17 March. Festive Board will be held afterwards. Cost is THB 1850. Contact the secretary for details.

Light of Siam Lodge, No. 9791 (EC) will hold their March S&C meeting on Saturday, 24 March in Phuket. More details later.


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Friday, March 9, 2007

Masonic Scams

Brethren all,

I was a bit surprised this morning to find both GLoS and UGLE reporting internet Masonic scams. This seems to be similar to the old "Nigerian" scam where instead of helping somebody spirit millions of dollars out of Nigeria, you're the sudden and unexpected recipient of a reward.

From the examples on the UGLE site, it seems to be targeted to non-Masons. The wording alone is enough to alarm any Mason, but the profane might be taken in.

"Take due notice and guard yourself accordingly.'

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Bangkok Royal Arch Regular Convocation

Brethren all,

Bangkok Royal Arch Chapter No. 357 SC will hold its regular convocation on Wednesday, 14th March 2007. The companions intend to exhault a brother to the degree of Royal Arch Mason.

Interested companions should contact Bro. Secretary for details.



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Thursday, February 22, 2007

More Info on Chris Swain

Brethren all,

Kings Lynn Today offered this obituary of Bro. Swain.

Bro. Swain's updated funeral arrangements are given below:

1. Wednesday 21 February at 6.30pm
A Thai Buddhist ceremony at Wat Ta Tong, Sukhumvit Road, near Ekamai BTS station.

2. Thursday 23 February
Masonic Funeral Rites at 7pm followed by the cremation at 8pm at Wat Ta Tong, Sukhumvit Road, near Ekamai BTS station.

3. Friday 23 February at 4pm
Memorial service at Christ Church, Convent Road.

4. Friday 23 February at 6-8pm.
Wake, Venue to be confirmed.

5. Saturday 24 February at 9.45am.
Loge Erasmus No. 297 NC, Lodge of Mourning followed by a Formal Lunch.


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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

From Lodge Pattaya West Winds:

"Find attached herewith the Summons, circulated by email for the Regular Meeting to be held on Saturday, 10th March 2007, in South Pattaya.

To all Masonic visitors. If you intend to visit LPWW on Saturday, 10th March 2007 and attend the Meeting and Harmony, can inform Bro. Secretary.

At the Harmony, our RWM will announce his RWM's Charity Appeal for 2007, which will be for the Jester's Care for Kids Charity, Pattaya as a Platinum Sponsor"


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Monday, February 19, 2007

Wy Bro. Chris Swain, R.I.P.



Brethren all, this email from Loge Erasmus:


"It is with profound regret that I have to announce the ascent into the Grand Lodge Above of Worthy Br.:. Chris Swain, at 6.34p.m. this evening, 17 February 2007.

You may already be aware that Br.: Chris had a heart condition that required occasional surgery. Earlier today he presented for a scheduled surgical procedure. Unfortunately, during that procedure, his heart stopped for several minutes, and whilst he responded to resuscitation, he later died in the Intensive Care Unit in Bangkok.

A number of Brethren are now in discussion with those nearest and dearest to Br.: Chris over the funeral arrangements. I have agreed to act as the co-ordinator, and will on Sunday provide Brethren with further details of the arrangements."

A few photos of Bro. Swain are available on the Thai Freemason web site.



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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Research Lodge of Japan

Brethren all,

Received a note from the brethren up north. The Research Lodge of Japan (GL of Japan) will hold their next Quarterly Meeting on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 1 o'clock. All Masons who are members in good standing of Lodges in fraternal communication with the Grand Lodge of Japan are welcome, urged to attend, and invited also to consider membership in the Research Lodge.

In addition to a small amount of necessary business, one or more papers will be read and discussed. The recently elected Officers for the Masonic year 2007 will be installed.

Please email for details.

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Dear Sir & Brother,

Lodge St John No. 1072 S.C. will hold their Regular Meeting on Wednesday, February 28th at the Lodge St John Masonic Hall. Tyling 18:30 hrs.

Please contact the Secretary for additional information.

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Friday, February 9, 2007

Phuket S&C Club

Brethren and Gentleman,

The next Square and Compasses lunch will take place a week on Saturday 17th February at 13:00 hrs.

The Menu

Tomato soup

Oven baked salmon

Rice pudding

Thai Baht 395

Contact Bro. Skeggs for more information.


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Friday, February 2, 2007

Masonic Persecution in Europe

Oh great. This comes from another blog and reminds us of the great anti-Masonic conspiracies in pre-World War II Europe.

Jim...

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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Light of Siam Ladies Night

From the brethren in Phuket:

Know ye that that our next Ladies Festival will take place on Saturday 31st March 6007 A.L. - 2007 A.D.

We request the pleasure of your company on this auspicious occasion.

The Menu:

Tuna Carpaccio

Carpaccio of “Akami Tuna “with citrus fruits and vegetable crudités

Pumpkin Cream Soup

With Smoked Salmon and Avocado

Seabass Steak

Pan-fried seabass fillets with artichoke cream, thyme flavored mussel

Or

Beef Tenderloin

Australian beef tenderloin with black olive tapenade,

Italian style ratatouille and rocket leaves

Royal Chocolate Cake

With coffee vanilla sauce

Freshly brewed coffee or tea

Petit fours

The cost at Thai Baht 2000 includes an aperitif and ½ a bottle of wine per head. A full pay bar is available. There will be musical accompaniment by way of a Preacher Pianist who can sing.

If you'd like to attend, please email Bro. Revett.

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Friday, January 19, 2007

LPWW Regular and Installation Meetings

Lodge Secretary invites all Freemasons to the annual installation and regular meeting of Lodge Pattaya West Winds (SC) on 27th January. Please contact Bro Secretary for details.


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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Welcome Siam Military Lodge

Brethren all,

I'd like to welcome the Siam Military Lodge #30 (MWPHGL of Delaware) to the Thai Freemason web site. Siam Military is the kingdom's only Prince Hall Grand Lodge.

We've added them to the site and we'll post their events here on the blog. In the meantime if you need some information, please contact their lodge secretary.


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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Phuket S&C Club

It's that time again. The Phuket Square and Compass Club will hold their monthly meeting on Saturday, 20th January. The menu looks delicious as always and includes something that sounds like "Angry Curry." That's got to be good.

Contact the lodge secretary for details.

Jim...



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Friday, January 5, 2007

Update on Star in the East

OK, if you haven't registered to attend the upcoming, soon to be legendary consecration for Star in the East (GLNF) then you MAY be too late. Hurry up and send your registration to site1600@mac.com as soon as possible.

If you're not registered, YOU CAN NOT ATTEND!

Hopefully that got through.

Jim...




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Monday, January 1, 2007

Bangkok Bombings


Possibly eight bombs were detonated in public places prior to the New Years Celebrations in Bangkok. At least 2 killed and as many as 30 injured. No party has yet claimed responsiblity.

Bombs exploded at Khao San Road, the Central World shopping center, and Pratunam Pier. Khao San road is a backpacker hang out with a large concentration of foreigners. Central World is where the city's largest celebration is normally held. All official celebrations were cancelled.

Another bomb was found and desposed of at Lumpini Night Bazaar.

Latest information available at the Bangkok Post, the Nation and here. Image courtesy of Nation Multimedia.


Jim...




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