Summons October 2004

The Worshipful Master’s Tracing Board

Regular meeting: October 20th at 7:30 p.m. (Third Wednesday of the Month).

6:30 p.m. Potluck Supper

Brethren Please; make an effort to attend to the summons.

Standing Agenda

Reading and confirming minutes, Reports of Committees, Reading correspondence, Passing Accounts, Receiving petitions, General business, Balloting and Work of the evening.

If anyone knows of any brothers who are sick or in distress please notify the Master; Mayo Cookson, Jr. (207) 437-2655 or

Secretary; Karl D. Julian (207) 568-3119

Work followed by business of the evening

Fellowcraft degree for Bro’s John T. Billings and Robert S. Gerry. Followed by the business of the evening. By-Laws, Finance and Building Committee updates. Set-up Dates for, Annual Inspection, MM rehearsals and work. We will see if more changes are needed to the draft By-Laws, vote on accepting them, and if approved they will be forwarded to the Grand Lodge for the Grand Master’s approval after which they will take effect.

Coming events

14 October 2004 6:30pm: Siloam Lodge, M.M. School of Instruction.

20 October 2004 6:30pm: Unity Lodge, Stated; Work in the Fellow Craft Degree

27 October 2004 6:30pm: Unity Lodge, 12th District Annual Meeting; Semi Public. Supper free of charge hosted by the OES Ladies.

28 October 2004 6:30pm: Central Lodge, Non Ritual School of Instruction.

17 November 2004 6:30pm: Unity Lodge, Stated

Note; The 12th Masonic District Traveling Gavel. Check the 12th District Web-site Calendar for its location. It takes at least 5 five Brothers to take possession of it, a number of Lodges are after it so it may take more then five of our members.


From Your Secretary: Please help me keep the records straight by informing me of any change of address, change of status, etc. It also helps if you send your dues and assessments payments in early so that I do not have the extra burden of chasing delinquent members. At present there are 7 members with-out their current dues card. Brother if you do not have a 2004 dues card you are delinquent.. I am basically a lazy person and I do not want to be required sent out a lot of correspondence to members regarding past due payments. Please have the courtesy to answer any correspondence that I send so there is no duplication of effort. Thank you to the Brethren who enclosed a donation along with their dues. If you need an application to give to someone you feel might like to join the craft, please obtain one from the Secretary or any of the Officers.

I have enclosed with this Summons, Your Dues and Assessments Notice, and a Draft of the proposed by-laws.

Masonic Thoughts

And the Lord said to the Rabbi, "Come and I will show you hell." They entered a room where a group of people sat around a huge pot of stew. Everyone was famished and desperate. Each held a spoon that reached the pot but had a handle so long that it could not be used to reach their mouths. The suffering was terrible. "Come, now I will show you Heaven," the Lord said. They entered another room, identical to the first — the pot of stew, the group of people, the same long spoons. But there everyone was happy and nourished. "I don’t understand," said the Rabbi. "Why are they happy here when they were miserable in the other room, and everything was the same?" The Lord smiled. "Ah, but don’t you see?" He asked. " Here they have learned to feed each other."

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other.

Masonic Bits and Pieces

Freemasonry: An Approach to Life, What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry teaches moral lessons and self-knowledge through participation in a progression of allegorical two part plays, which are learnt by heart and performed within each lodge.

Freemasonry offers its members and approach to life which seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but importantly Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.


From the old records:

On Oct. 13, 1853, "Received and put on Ūle notice in writing from Bro. James Hall declaring his intention to prefer charges against this Lodge for unmasonic conduct. Motioned by ... that a committee be appointed to ascertain the nature of said charges." As James Hall owned the hall it may be he was unhappy about the proposal to changes meeting places but that is only a guess. He had been attending frequently up to Aug 15th. On Oct. 27th the Committee recommended "that Bro. Hall be requested to come personally before the Lodge & give verbal declaration of the charges referred to in his notice."

No futher action on the subject appears so Bro. Hall probably dropped the complaint.



Attest: Karl D. Julian, Secretary Mayo Cookson Jr., Master

Karl D.Julian Mayo Cookson


Masonic District # 12

Website: www.12thdistrictme.org

Monthly Stated Meeting for each Lodge

Note; in your Calendars

First Tuesday: Star in the West Lodge # 85; Unity, Maine. Dark July & August.

First Wednesday: Central Lodge # 45; China, Maine. Dark July & August.

First Thursday: Siloam Lodge # 92; Fairfield, Maine. Dark July & August.

Second Monday: Waterville Lodge # 33; Waterville, Maine. Dark July & August.

Second Tuesday: Neguemkeag-Vassalboro Lodge # 54; Vassalboro, Maine. Dark July & August.

Third Tuesday: Messalonskee Lodge # 113; Oakland, Maine. Dark July & August.

Third Wednesday: Unity # 58; Thorndike, Maine. Dark July & August.

Third Thursday: Sebasticook Lodge #146; Clinton, Maine. Dark July & August.