Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bangalore Masons Make Good Impression

Brethren all,

I just noticed an interesting article in the Bangalore Mirror.  The author, Sudha Pillai got the chance to visit Sattvic Lodge in Bangalore ahead of their consecration.  Her impressions of Freemasonry and the gallant brethren of the lodge as a complete and total outsider are well worth reading.


Sure, she gets some things wrong and makes a complete mess of her history, but my cockles were warmed when she describe how well the brethren of the lodge treated her during her visit on what must have been a very chaotic day.  

So, we offer a tip of the apron to our new best friend Ms. Sudha Pillai.  Well done!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Letter from Brazil

OK, its more like an 'email from Brazil' but that just doesn't have the same romantic flair.

Anyway, our brethren from the completely opposite hemisphere have asked me to advertise their site.  And so I did.


Dear W. Brother,
I present the website of our Masonic Lodge of Research:
http://lojadepesquisasgodf.webs.com/
Our Current Master is Brother William Almeida:http://www.freemasons-freemasonry.com/carvalhofr.html
Please spread our website.

We put ourselves at your disposal.
 
Fraternally

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Thai Regalia Manufacturer

Brethren all,

I'm very happy to report that Thailand now has its own Masonic Supply Manufacturer.  From their website:

East Regalia is a leading manufacturer and supplier of Masonic Regalia to Masonic Craft Lodge (Blue Lodge), Mark Lodge, Royal Arch, Royal Ark Mariner, Scottish Rite and other Masonic Orders, Lodges and Councils. We are experienced in supplying many different Constitutions including Scottish Constitution, Irish Constitution, English Constitution, Dutch Constitution, GLNF and others.

East Regalia  make a wide variety of Masonic products and are delighted to deal in custom orders.  Make sure you drop by their site or send them an email today.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cornerstone Society Conference

Brethren all,

Looks like our friends at the Cornerstone Society in the UK are gearing up for their first meeting in a few years.  From my inbox today:


The Cornerstone Society is back

As you know we haven't had a conference for a while but the Cornerstone Society is back with what should be a fascinating and informative conference for this year.

See details below or visit our website 
[click here] to see more details and apply. 
Unfolding the Mysteries

The Cornerstone Society is pleased to announce its 2010 conference to be held at

Tapton Hall
Sheffield

on 13th November 2010 at 2.00pm (1.30pm for registration)

Speakers are:


Kai Hughes
Initiation! What's the point?

Peter Granville Davis
The Successful Lodge

Derek Bain
Masonic Ritual and personal change

plus our ever popular Ritual Workshop


How to apply

To apply you can either complete the application form on our website (see above or write sending a cheque with a stamped self addressed envelope to:

The Secretary
The Cornerstone Society
29 Beaconfield Avenue
Epping
CM16 5AX

Tickets are

£ 19.50 for the conference

or

£ 44.50 for the conference and dinner.

Cheques should be made payable to
"The Cornerstone Society"

[APPLICATION FORM]  


 

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Star in the East Installation

 Brethren all,


I've just been informed that R.L. Star in the East, No. 1700 (GLNF) will hold their installation on Friday, 17th September.  A fraternal Agape will follow at a cost of THB 800 per person.  


If you are a Master Mason in good standing, please feel free to contact the Secretary for more information.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Khon Kaen Square & Compass Club

Brethren all,

We finally have critical mass in the great northeast!  We have several Masons interested in starting a Square & Compass Club in Khon Kaen.  If you are a Mason and are interested in joining, please send an email to me.




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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Dinner Cruise

Brethren All,

The Siam Military Lodge #30 has organized a Dinner Cruise.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the After the Wave foundation.

Check in is at Counter No. 2 at River City Pier at 1900 on Oct. 2,2010.

For tickets please contact:

Frank Latney:086-8815487

Chris Banks:087-1102751

Rashid Hibler :0800623716


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Thursday, July 8, 2010

New Irish Provincial Grand Lodge

Brethren all,

I just received notice that the Grand Lodge of Ireland will establish a Provincial Grand Lodge for South East Asia this month. The Provincial Grand Lodge for South East Asia will be formally consecrated on the 23rd of July in Kuala Lumpur.

This marks years of work on behalf of the region's Irish Masons led by the Right Worshipful Bro.: Lau Kee Siong and many other brethren.

The provincial grand lodge will support seven Craft Lodges and three Chapters including our own Morakot Lodge and Songkhla Lodge.

If you wish to attend what should be a very festive meeting, the please contact the secretary for reservations. All attendees must have a reservation.




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Friday, June 18, 2010

Lodge St John Social Evenings

Brethren all,

The energetic brethren of Lodge St John recently renewed their commitment to Masonic Education.  They began holding social evenings for Entered Apprentices and Fellowcrafts.  The most recent event was held 15th June at a nice restaurant in the Sukhumvit area.


The informal event included a discussion for Masons only followed by a discussion open to all visitors.  LSJ anticipate holding this event monthly.  If you are in the area and would like to participate, please contact the LSJ webmaster.


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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Lodge St John Website Relaunch

Brethren all,

Thailand's oldest and largest lodge, Lodge St John, No. 1072 (SC) has relaunched their website.  The front page is beautiful and not very subtly advertises the big shindig they're putting on to celebrate their 100th anniversary in February 2011.

Get your seats reserved.  I'll see you all there.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Black History Month Celebrated

Brethren all,

As a follow-up on an event we advertised earlier this month, we were delighted to receive some photos from the Black History Month Celebration sponsored by Siam Military Lodge and others. 

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Square Comedian

Brethren all,

Although I don't get BBC Wales on the TV in my secret, underground, far-western hideout, this looks interesting!

Portrait of a Freemason: Comedian, Lloyd Davies


"I went along to watch some football the other day, I asked a guy on the side-line 'Who's playing?' he said 'the knights templar and the freemasons' so I asked what the score was and he said 'nobody knows 'cos it's secret'... "

Stand-up comedian Lloyd Davies, from Neath, talks about why and how he became a freemason. BBC Wales' Week In Week Out programme has been given exclusive access to film masons - to get inside the world of the 20,000 freemasons in Wales, and to try to unravel the fact from the fiction.  The programme will be shown on BBC1 Wales on 2 March at 22.35 GMT.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Prince Hall Recognition

Brethren all,

The good brethren at Siam Military Lodge have pointed out that my page on Prince Hall Masonry is now out of date.  Way back in 2006, the "mainstream" and Prince Hall Grand Lodges in Delaware recognized each other.  Hopefully that will pave the way for recognition by the Grand Lodges represented in Thailand. 

Full story is available here.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Celebrating Black History Month

Brethren all,

The brothers of Siam Military Lodge (MW Prince Hall GL of DE) are partnering with the U.S. Embassy, the American Chamber of Commerce and the Conrad Hotel to hold the annual Black History Month Dinner on 25th February.  The event features the jazz stylings of Denise Mininfield and remarks by the U.S. Ambassador, Eric John and Lee Jourdan, General Manager—Commercial and Business Development Asia South for Chevron.

Proceeds from the event will go to support Thai Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund and Camillian Social Center (Rayong, Thailand).  So spread the word and get out to support this worthwhile endeavor.

Details are below.

Title: Black History Month Dinner 2010
 
Theme: Celebrating Black Economic Empowerment in Thailand
 
Date: Thursday 25, February

Tickets available with the American Chamber of Commerce at
: http://www.amchamthailand.com/ACCT/asp/eventdetail.asp?EventID=3602&SponsorID=0
 
Time: 7pm
 
Location: Conrad Hotel (Bangkok, Thailand)
 
Ticket: 2,000 Baht per person
 
Dress: Business attire
 


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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Eavesdroppers

I couldn't help myself.  I just received this from the good brethren of R. Lodge Star in the East (GLNF).  They periodically review the meaning of words found in Masonry.  Its always interesting, but this one was particularly good.


EAVESDROPPER: This term is associated with Cowans in the familiar part, Cowans and Eavesdroppers, but the two words have nothing in common, except that both were objectionable to the Fraternity. In "Commentaries on the Laws of England, IV:13" - defined it as follows: "Eavesdropppers or such as listen under walls, or windows, or the eaves of a house, to harken after discourse, and thereupon to frame slanderous or mischievous tales, are a common nuisance, and presentable at the court leet; or are indictible at the sessions and punishable by fine or finding sureties for their good behariour." 

Eavesdroppers were despised by the Freemasons, for the obvious reason that the secrets were menaced and likely to get in the hands of Cowans and others not entitled thereto. 

In the lectures used at the revival of Masonry in 171, the following punishement was inflicted on a Cowan: "To be placed under the eaves of the house in rainy weather, till the water runs in at his shoulders and out at his shoes." The French rather extend this punishment. "On le met sous une gouttière, une pompe, ou une fontaine, jusqu'à ce qu'il sit mouillé depuis la tête jusqu'aux pieds."


Very best regards,

Jim.:

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Support Your Tigers!

Brethren all,

The brethren of Siam Military Lodge have just informed me of an exciting event coming up.  Apparently there is a new professional basketball league in the region.  The ASEAN Basketball League  consists of six teams from around...well...the ASEAN region. 

On 17th January, our very own Thailand Tigers will take on the first place Philippine Patriots.  Its our homecoming game, so wear the team colors (yellow and navy blue) if you can. 

The game will be played at the Nimibutr National Stadium (next to MBK.  Use the National Stadium stop on the Skytrain) on Sunday 17th January at 4:00 pm.  Admission is free.

Also the good brethren of Siam Military Lodge will be selling concessions at the game to raise money for the Camillian Centre in Rayong.  Since 1995, the Camillan Centre has provided shelter and care to homeless, indigent, and rejected people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), particularly women and children. 

I hope you'll spread the word and attend this fun event!

Best regards,

Jim.:

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Bro. Krisda Arunvongse, R.I.P.

Brethren all,


I have some very sad news.  Our dear Brother Krisda passed to the Grand Lodge Above. 

From the Bangkok Post:
Krisda was honoured as a national artist in the visual arts in the field of contemporary architecture in 2007.
He served as Bangkok governor from 1992 to 1996 but is best remembered for his work in architecture.
His work included the new Suan Amphon building, the Central department stores at Chidlom and Silom, and the Thai Airways International head office on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.

Krisda was born in Bangkok on Jan 9, 1932. He graduated with a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was awarded a scholarship from the French government to study architecture at Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

He was a lecturer with the faculty of architecture at Chulalongkorn University for more than 30 years.
Additionally, Bro. Krisda was the architect for the Lodge St John Masonic Hall, a member of several lodges and appendant bodies and a member of the District Grand Lodge of the Middle East (Scottish Constitution). 

Personally speaking, Bro. Krisda was a warm and loving person who always had time to help a younger brother.  Every time I saw him, he always greeted me like a long lost friend.  His Christmas cards featuring a picture of him on his motorcycle or in his airplane always brightened my family's holiday.  He will be missed.

"virtus junxit mors non separabit"


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