|Holmes Lodge Room|
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Kamel is a Past Master of William Parkman Lodge and Converse Lodge. He has been awarded the prestigious Henry Price and Joseph Warren medals for distinguished service to Freemasonry in Massachusetts. In the AASR, he is an Assistant Master of Ceremonies with the Massachusetts Consistory of the Valley of Boston.
Thursday, November 18, 2021
His accomplishments and honors, both in and outside of the fraternity, are many. (Michael's lengthy list of achievements can be seen in his obituary HERE.) Over the years, I know of countless Masons all across the country who have said that Mike Smith exemplified the very best that Freemasonry teaches and that he lived his life by the precepts of our fraternity. His death is a tragic loss to us all. Please keep Michael's wife Lynn, his sons, Worshipful Brothers Duane and Chris, and the rest of his family in your prayers.
His column is broken, and his brethren mourn.
Requiescat in Pace.
The Visitation and Funeral Service for Most Worshipful Brother Michael D. Smith, Sr. PGM will be held on Friday, November 19, 2021, at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel located at 2075 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29307.
Visitation will be from 12:00 pm until 1:45 pm. The Funeral Service will begin at 2:00 pm in the Chapel. Interment will follow in the adjacent Greenlawn Memorial Gardens with Masonic Rites conducted by the Officers and Brethren of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina and Landrum Lodge No. 278 AFM.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Scottish Rite Foundation of SC, P. O. Box 30006, Charleston, SC 29417 " In Memory of Most Worshipful Michael D. Smith, Sr. PGM". The Grand Master has asked that all Lodge Charters be draped for a 30 day period in memory of Most Worshipful Brother Mike.
Jerry Carver, PGM, Grand Secretary
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Main Keynote Presentations:
Christoph Bosbach: Freemasonry needs future – future needs freemasonry?
Karl-Heinz Land: Stagnation as an accelerator – Covid-19 as a necessary creative destruction?
Ranko Vujacic: Freemasonry and the 21st century
A. Kabèlè Camara: Freemasonry – an alternative to understand the world
Arthur Bill Beardmore: To Do or not to Be – Adapting to Life in a Changing Society
Iskren Yotov: The perspectives of Freemasonry in Eastern Europe
Radu Balanescu: The importance of maintaining and respecting the old landmarks of freemasonry in the context of a dynamic development of technology and the increasing needs of communication
Antje Hansen: Reflections by a free woman on the tradition and future of Freemasonry
Translations will be done in the main needed languages.
Deadlock & Stagnancy as Catalyst & Accelerator --> Covid 19 as necessary & creative Disruption
Digitalization in Freemasonry --> Future of a virtual Freemasonry?
Adapting to Life in a Changing Society
The global Future: Do we need new Ethics?
Opening up to Society --> Where is the line?
The Conference will conclude on Saturday night. On Sunday, November 21st, the official installation of the Grand Master and officers will take place.For more information, see the event website in both German and English at: https://www.freimaurer.org/wcrmgl
Germany's Masonic governing structure is unique in the fraternity. More than 16,500 German Freemasons are organized into five different grand lodges that cooperate under the banner of the United Grand Lodges of Germany. In total, there are currently around 500 craft lodges in Germany that are chartered by these five grand lodges.
Sunday, November 14, 2021
|Tompkins lodge hall when originally built in 1901. |
The corner turrets were later removed.
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Monday, November 08, 2021
According to a story today on the Alaska Highway News website, 43-year-old Benjamin Orion Carlson Kohlman claimed to hear voices in his head last spring telling him to burn down the Masonic halls because the Masons and the Illuminati were engaging in mind control of other people. Kohlman, who suffers from drug addiction and emotional issues, believed the buildings were used by “dark souls and evil.”
Kohlman claimed to police that he had set the fires to call attention to the Masons and Illuminati in order to "stop their mind control." He also claimed that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service had implanted a tracking device in his head.
Background on this story: