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Saturday, September 09, 2006


The Freemasons of Lodge Vitruvian No. 767 are coming to a bookstore near you.

Eric Schmitz, PM, Senior Deacon and Past Master of Monroe Lodge No. 22 in Bloomington, has authored The Quest For The Holy Grail, an "interactive exploration kit" about the Grail legends. This unique presentation contains a 176-page book about the bloodline of Jesus, 22 full-color cards of the people involved, a full-color map and genealogical chart, and a grail medallion, all packaged in a keepsake box. (Fair Winds Press, $26.95)

Christopher Hodapp, PM is following up last year's Freemasons For Dummies this December with Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C. (Ulysses Press, $14.95)

Wbros. Hodapp, Schmitz, Nathan Brindle and Jeffrey Naylor, along with other brethren collectively writing as the "Knights of the North", authored Laudable Pursuit: A 21st Century Response To The Questions Of Dwight Smith, an essay that was first presented at the Lodge Vitruvian festive board in March 2005. It will be published in an upcoming issue of the Philalethes Society magazine.

In addition, Past Grand Master of Indiana Roger S. VanGorden will be contributing the Through Masonic Windows column on the back page of the Philalethes Magazine, beginning in September 2006.

Brother Kenneth W. Davis is our resident professor. His latest book is the McGraw Hill 36-Hour Course In Business Writing and Communication (2005, McGraw Hill, $19.95)

In the best spirit of competition, honorary Vitruvian member Dr. S. Brent Morris has taken on Vitruvian's "dummy" and written the Complete Idiot's Guide To Freemasonry (Alpha, $18.95). Brent is managing editor of the Scottish Rite Journal of the Supreme Council, 33°, Southern Jurisdiction, and has spoken twice at Vitruvian. He is also the co-author of Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry?

Honorary member Wbro. Stephen Dafoe of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is a noted author of many books on the Knights Templar, including recently released The Knights Templar Revealed (Constable & Robinson, $7.95), along with being the editor of Templar History Magazine. In the Masonic world, he is the editor of the respected Masonic Magazine, and his new book, Climbing The Winding Staircase is due out in 2007.

Finally, several Vitruvians have contributed many of the twenty-six essays of the online www.MasonicDictionary.com, a field guide for progressive Freemasonry.

Freemasonry is the world's largest, oldest and most respected gentlemen's fraternal organization, with more than two million members in the United States. Lodge Vitruvian No. 767 is Indiana's first "European Concept" lodge, featuring limited membership, brief meetings, fine feasts, and the celebration of Masonic learning. Visit us on the web at http://www.vitruvian.org

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