Sunday, December 1, 2013

French Masonry in Thailand...an update

Well apparently much has changed in the French Masonic community while I was sleeping (blogwise that is).

The National Grand Lodge of France (GLNF) is no longer represented in Thailand.  All of the former GLNF lodges have left that Grand Lodge.  R:.L:. Foederis Arca joined the Grand Lodge of China in 2012.  The remaining lodges have joined an interesting new concept, the Grand Lodge of the French Masonic Alliance (GL-AMF).

According to their website and that pre-eminent source of information, Wikipedia, the GL-AMF is a confederation of Grand Lodges in France including the regular, but unrecognized Grand Lodge of France.

There are of course two problems with this equation.  Firstly, the GL-AMF is unrecognized.  So the former GLNF lodges that were once recognized are no longer.  In Thailand, this is a big deal.  Members frequently visit lodges in Bangkok from other constitutions and are often plural members.  Tearing them away from the other brethren in such a small Masonic community has a devastating impact.

The second problem is that since the GL-AMF includes lodges and Grand Lodges that were never previously recognized by mainstream Masonry and may or may not be regular.  This significantly reduces the probability that these formerly recognized lodges will ever receive recognition ever again.

I sincerely hope that the former GLNF lodges will soon find a way to become recognized and rejoin the mainstream Masonic family once again.  I hope to one day join my French brethren once again in Masonic discussions.  I dream of one day witnessing a Scottish Rite 30th degree done properly by overly-dramatic Frenchmen.  That will be a joy.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Recruiting Agency...this ain't

The best part of being the tyrannical webmaster for Thailand's first and only independent voice of Freemasonry is helping new friends become brothers.  It is absolutely the most satisfying aspect of this otherwise thankless existence.

The absolute worst part is dealing with the conspiracy nuts and vile hatred that leaving your email unsecured out in the interwebz ultimately brings.  But that's why God created filters.

Another strange (but not the nice kind of strange) part is dealing with brothers from distant lands hoping to secure a job or investor in Thailand.  I know things are tough out there...trust me.  And some of the stories I receive just want to make you cry.  But I absolutely refuse to start a job search board or hook up investors with my connections in the kingdom.

So to sum up, if you want to visit a lodge or information about Freemasonry in Thailand, I'm your man.  If you want a job; contacts for potential investors; tour guide; shopping consultant; or realtor, then get thee to another web site.

So mote it be.

The Thai Freemason is the independent voice of Freemasonry in Thailand.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mark Master Masons Lunch in Bangkok

This arrived in my Inbox:
Master Masons and Mark Master Masons are cordially invited on Saturday 16th March to a lunch time get-together with the WM and other brethren of the Premier Siam Lodge of Mark Master Masons, No 1893, EC. 
Premier Siam is an unattached Lodge reporting directly to Mark Masons Hall in London, consecrated 28th January 2008, with the Grand Master, Prince Michael of Kent, in attendance.  We meet 3 times a year on the 3rd Saturday in July and the 2nd Saturday's in September and November in Phuket,  a wonderful venue for both our meetings and Festive Board. So impressive in fact that brethren travel from Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines and further afield to be with us. 
In view of the rather long eight month summer break between our November and July meetings, the WM has decided to hold an informal get-together in Bangkok on Saturday 16th March 2013,12 noon at the British Club, Soi 18 Silom Road, Bangkok.  All Bangkok Master Masons and Mark Master Masons are especially welcome.  The first beer is on the WM! Please come along and say hello, lunch will be downstairs either in the Churchill Bar or restaurant, depending upon numbers. 
If you are a Master Mason or Mark Master Mason and would like to attend, please send an email to the organizer.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Freemasonry in Laos

As I was stumbling around the internet and updating links on the TFM web site for the first time in years, I came across the very new and spiffy Lodge Lane Xang web page.  Lodge Lane Xang of course was previously consecrated in Laos but went into darkness along with the rest of that country in 1976.  However, the charter was saved and a living member helped bring that lodge back to life in Bangkok.

The web site hosts a fascinating history of the lodge.  Take a few minutes and check it out.  And if you are in Bangkok, then you owe it to yourself to visit the good brethren of LLX.  They're a nice bunch.

Update:  Many apologies for the first version of this post which substituted Cambodia for Laos.  I do actually know the difference!  I would like to blame the beer, but unfortunately I was stone cold sober when I wrote this.

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Frequent Flyer

Interesting article I just discovered from Freemasonry Today.  Bro.John Bailey from the UK set out on a world wide tour of English lodges including our own Chula Lodge in Bangkok.  Apparently the boys at Chula do a very thorough investigation!  It's a good read that highlights the infinite differences in "universal masonry".

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Koh Samui?

We spoke about this a few years ago.  The last I remember, there were a couple of brethren in Koh Samui trying to start up a Square & Compass club as a precursor to a lodge.  But after that, everything went hazy and I never heard anything else.

If those brothers (or any others) are out that way and interested in starting a S&C in Koh Samui, please contact me.  I may have some other brothers interested in joining.

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