Journey to the Scottish Rite
Daniel K. Conway, 32° KCCH
The tumultuous social and political events of the past year, and a crippling global pandemic have left an indelible mark on our lives. Propagated by ignorance and sensationalism, our society is shrouded more than ever with divisiveness and uncertainty. From everyday rituals like shaking hands, to significant milestones like graduations and weddings, there are very few aspects of our lives that have not been impacted. Most profound of all is the devastating loss of livelihood and life itself. Our beloved fraternity has not been spared the ill effects of these hardships either. The traditional Masonic experience has unquestionably been diminished - for both our current and …read more

Member Spotlight
By Danny L. Tomlinson, 32° KCCH
Greetings Brothers! I hope that everyone is safe and well and that we are moving closer to being able to meet in person. Our Member Spotlight this month features a self-described "behind the scenes guy." A Brother that is always there to help get things done, but doesn't seek the spotlight. Ill. Brother Paul Whannel exemplifies all that is good about Masonry. Many of you know Paul from his service on the Costumes Committee with Doc Powell, or on the Properties Committee with Walt Martin. Or, more recently as a member of the Executive Committee of the Consistory. Paul has been a Mason for 57 years. He was raised a Master Mason in Martin Lodge #624 in Waterloo, Iowa when he was 22 …read more

Master Craftsman Program
By William B. Achbach, 32°
"Here's to the New Year. May she be a damn sight better than the old one, and may we all be home before she's over!" (Harry Morgan as COL Sherman T. Potter, CBS: M*A*S*H - "A War for All Seasons", 1980). There's much about 2020 which I delight in bidding a hopeful and not-so-fond farewell, as it fades into the rearview mirror: not only COVID, but civil unrest, incivility in many forms, and the list goes on. And, yes, I'd change the same piece of COL Potter's toast as all of you probably would, even while praising the general sentiment: "... may we all be back in Lodge ...!" It WILL happen! It will probably take …read more

Prelate's Pulpit
James H. Harris, 33°
Many thanks to Ron Birely and Matt Raia for restructuring the installation service for our stated meeting. Congratulations to our elected and appointed officers and committee members for this year. I am looking forward to a good year. In February, we celebrate Presidents' Day, the beginning of lent, and Valentine's Day. It is also a month in which the Earth transitions into Spring, a season of renewal as the Earth awakens. New life springs forth. Valentine was a Christian in the early church who refused to renounce his Christian faith before Claudius the roman Emperor and pray to the roman Gods …read more