Greetings from the West
Hope you had a wonderful start to your year. Plan now to attend the business meeting this month to hear the Junior Warden’s report on Grand Lodge. I hope to see everyone out for the President’s Day Ice Cream Social on February 17. Fourteen of our 44 presidents were Masons.
Our youth meetings this month are DeMolay, February 2 and Job’s Daughters, February 8 and 22. The educational feature this month is the reading of the Grand Lodge Code, while this can seem tedious, it is an important reminder of our laws.
Did you know the following about our
Abraham Lincoln was not a Freemason. He did apply for membership in Tyrian Lodge, Springfield, Ill., shortly after his nomination for the presidency in 1860 but withdrew the application because he felt that his applying for membership at that time might be construed as a political ruse to obtain votes. He advised the lodge that he would resubmit his application again when he returned from the presidency.
Lincoln never returned. On the death of the president, Tyrian Lodge adopted, on April 17, 1865, a resolution to say "that the decision of President Lincoln to postpone his application for the honours of Freemasonry, lest his motives be misconstrued, is the highest degree honorable to his memory."
Lyndon Johnson received his first degree on October 30, 1937. After receiving the degree he found that his congressional duties (elected in 1937) took so much time he was unable to pursue the masonic degrees.
Ronald Reagan has often been referred to as a Freemason. President Reagan is not a Freemason although he is an honorary member of the Imperial Council of the Shrine. President Reagan has on numerous occasions been involved in Shrine and masonic functions throughout his career.
The confusion as to his membership arises from a ceremony held in the Oval Office of the White House on February 11th, 1988, when a group of Freemasons presented President Reagan with a certificate of honor from the Grand Lodge of Washington, D.C., then he was made an Honourary Scottish Rite mason. The title of Freemason can only be conferred by a Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. In Reagan's case this was not done, probably because the ceremonies would have taken a full day to confer and the president's time was limited; therefore, President Reagan should only be referred to as a Shriner or Scottish Rite mason. The Shrine and Scottish Rite are concordant bodies and cannot confer the title Freemason on any person.
Austin W. Barron
From the Secretary’s Desk
Thanks to the many Brethren for sending in their dues. I have enjoyed your notes. If you have not already done so, please send in your dues for 2016. They are still $75.00 and are due by January 1st.
Please send your payment to:
UNITY LODGE NO. 18
P. O. BOX 9295
OGDEN, UT 84409
David W. Barron,