1 Corinthians 4:16 “Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me”.
August 2023 – Newsletter
From the East: Rodger Ellingwood
I read recently that a Lodge Secretary would always tell the incoming Master that leadership and the harmony of the Lodge were their first priorities. (Tony Harvey, in his book The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Lodges). This thought on harmony reminded me of the following fable.
The Bundle of Sticks (A Fables of Aesop)
A certain Father had a family of Sons, who were forever quarreling among themselves. No words he could say did the least good, so he cast about in his mind for some very striking example that should make them see that discord would lead them to misfortune.
One day when the quarreling had been much more violent than usual and each of the Sons was moping in a surly manner, he asked one of them to bring him a bundle of sticks. Then, handing the bundle to each of his Sons in turn he told them to try to break it. But although each one tried his best; none was able to do so.
The Father then untied the bundle and gave the sticks to his sons to break one by one. This they did very easily.
"My Sons," said the Father, "do you not see how certain it is that if you agree with each other and help each other, it will be impossible for your enemies to injure you? But if you are divided among yourselves, you will be no stronger than a single stick in that bundle."
In unity is strength.
Let us especially strive to maintain harmony in our families, Lodge, Masonic affiliations, and other relationships. What are the seven habits of highly successful Lodges? Per Tony Harvey’s book they are:
- Great ritual and Ceremonial
- Good Management
- Active Support for Newer Members
- Engagement of all Members
- Distinctive Features that Evolve
- Leadership, Energy, and Enthusiasm
W.B. Rodger Ellingwood
- Buffalo Lodge 202 AFM First Saturday of the month breakfast, 0700-1000 $7 all you can eat
- Rock Hill 111 Second Saturday of the month breakfast - (suspended during the summer)
- Philanthropic 32 Third Saturday Starting July 15th Breakfast ( 0730 -10:30 ) $7 all you can eat.
- Corinthian 416 Fourth Saturday of the month breakfast – 730 – 10:00 - $7 all you can eat. Children 12 and under $5, Children 3 and under eat free.
- Sandy River 207 - BBQ Chicken Plates Sat 7/29/2023 10am -until sold out or 1 p.m.
- Scottish Rite Valley Rock Hill- American Flag Sell $25, contact member of Rock Hill Valley of Scottish Rite,
- Scottish Rite Foundation of South Carolina - Cruise for two lasting up two eight days and seven nights anywhere Royal Caribbean Cruise Line sails. (You have up to two years after the drawing to select your choice.) Tickets are $20 or 6 for $100. Drawing on Saturday, September 30, 2023 proceeds benefit Scottish Rite Foundation of SC Inc.
- Chester Shrine Club - First Saturday of the month, Steak Night starts at 5:30 pm. Dine-in or Carry-out, so come on out and enjoy dinner with us. Eat a good dinner while helping the Shriners children's hospital.
- PUBLIX PARTNERS - Don’t forget to support the Rite Care Centers in SC by signing up with Publix. To sign up, log in to your Publix account, click on my Publix partner, and select Rite Care Childhood Language Program. Each time you shop, enter your telephone number and a portion of qualifying purchases will be donated to the Rite Care Centers. (you can use the link below to sign up)
- RWB Boyd "Ebbie" Hodges, J : These blocks came from the old Grand Lodge Building which was built in the 1960’s. The Grand Lodge is offering these blocks while they last for $50.00 each. All funds go to the building fund. If interested for your lodge or personal use contact me. If you need to pay for yours or arrange pickup you may call me at (843) 250-0377. Thanks for assisting the Grand Lodge Building Fund by purchasing these pieces of our history. YOU MAY RESERVE YOURS BY PAYING VIA VENMO. USE THE LINK BELOW.
- Hawaii Disaster Relief - We have all seen on television and the internet the incredible destruction and tragedy that the fires have caused our Brethren, their families, and the people of the Hawaiian Island of Maui. The loss of life and property is beyond our grasp. Please keep our Hawaii Brethren, their families, and the people of Maui in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with the loss of loved ones and the total loss of their property and homes. The Masonic Service Association of North America has issued the following Relief Appeal from the Grand Master of Hawaii. Our Grand Lodge is donating a relief contribution through our Grand Lodge AFM Charities and Disaster Relief Corporation to the Grand Lodge of Hawaii through MSA. After praying about it, if you and/or your Lodge wish to donate to assist the Brethren, their families, and the people of Maui, please make your checks payable to the Grand Lodge AFM Charities and Disaster Relief Inc. and mail those checks to Grand Lodge AFM Charities and Disaster Relief, PO Box 2185, Lexington, SC 29071-2185. The Grand Lodge AFM Charities and Disaster Relief Corporation is a section 501 (c ) Corporation, and all contributions are tax-deductible under that section of the IRS code
Do you have your dues paid for 2023?? If not, you are getting late. Please remit $72.00 to our secretary at Corinthian Lodge, PO Box 36335, Rock Hill, SC 29732. We do not want anyone to go NPD.
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