Tidings from the East
April was another busy month at Unity Lodge #18. During the month there were two degree practices held, two Fellowcraft Degrees and an Entered Apprentice Degree conferred. I wish to thank all those who took part in these degrees.
The month of May is also looking to be a promising month for us. We have our Open House scheduled for Saturday, 2 May and our Stated Business Meeting on Wednesday, 6 May, already listed on the calendar.
This brings to mind an article that I read in the Missouri Freemason, entitled “The Murmuring of Innumerable Bees” written by Dr. E. Otha Wingo, PDDGL 38, FMLR. Space doesn’t permit me to provide the entire article here, but I provide a few excerpts from the article in lieu thereof. Dr. Wingo says, “The Beehive is an emblem of industry and recommends the practice of that virtue to all created beings, from the highest seraph in heaven to the lowest reptile in the dust. It teaches us that we came into this world rational and intelligent beings, so we should ever be industrious ones, never sitting down content while our fellow creatures around us are in want, when it is in our power to relieve them.” The beehive in Masonic symbolism is described as “monitorial”, “used for observing, checking, or keeping a continuous record of a process or quantity” (Oxford English Dictionary). This emblem is “exoteric and accessible to all” according to Arthur E. Waite (New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry)…”
“The bees are described as the most industrious of creatures, “assiduously plying their tasks by settled order”. (foedere pacto exercentur)…
“Masonic symbolism is clearly reflected in the tradition of calling the State of Utah by the nickname, “The Beehive State,” because of the long association between the Mormons and Freemasonry. The family of Joseph Smith and many of the founders of the Mormon Church were active Masons and brought Freemasonry with them to the territory which is now Utah. When they first settled in the area, they attempted to name it “Deseret,” a reference to the honeybee in the Book of Mormon. The beehive was chosen as the emblem for the provisional State of Deseret in 1848 and was maintained on the official seal and state flag of the State of Utah when Utah became a state 1896. The State’s nickname represents the qualities of industry, perseverance, thrift, stability and self-reliance of its people. Brigham Young’s house is Salt Lake City was called Beehive House and is now a museum. The Grand Lodge of Utah F&AM was founded in 1872 and has 29 Lodges.”…
“…Freemasons are admonished to practice assiduity (being marked by careful unremitting attention or persistent application, Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary), in contrast to laziness, which is like “a drone in the hive of nature, “living on the labors of others. The virtue of industry is more than “keeping busy” or even “working very hard”. It involves working together in helping “our fellow creatures” who are “in want” and “fulfilling the duties of reciprocal love and friendship” and adding to “the common stock of knowledge and understanding “
In closing, let me remind us, that our Masonic youth organizations deserve our support, whether serving as advisors or just attending their activities. Under the direction of dedicated adult leaders they help mold children and youths into productive adults. Our Junior Warden will be passing around a signup sheet for those who will commit to visit either a DeMolay or Job’s Daughter’s or both organization’s meeting during the months ahead, this year. Please signup to show your support for these youth organizations. They are a part of the Masonic Family and need your support.
F. L. “Jim” Lee, Jr.
Worshipful Master, Unity Lodge No. 18
From the Secretary's Desk
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David W. Barron, PGM – Secretary