Saturday, January 16, 2010


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,



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,



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"