In Memoriam: Bro. Frank William Holland Sr., 1922 – 2012

On January 21, 2012 Millbrook Lodge lost Brother Frank W. Holland Sr.

Obituary

Photo: Mitchell Funeral Home

Frank W. Holland, Sr., 89, passed away at Raleigh Duke Hospital on Saturday, January 21, 2012 after a brief illness. He retired as a supervisor with the Postal Service and was an avid volunteer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi Tate Holland and sister, Dorothy.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Catherine Grubbs; sons, Frank W. Holland, Jr. and Michael Holland and fiancé Sue; granddaughters, Dawn Holland, Kimberly Brogus and husband Chris and their mother, Clara Holland; great-grandchildren, McKenzie, Caleb, Ben, Tate, Ellie and Carson; nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Visitation were held on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Mitchell Funeral Home,

Brother Frank William Holland Sr. was born on May 1, 1922 in Jacksonville, NC. He was initiated into Millbrook Lodge #97 as an entered apprentice August 19, 1955; passed to the degree of Fellowcraft September 13, 1955; and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason September 27, 1955. He was a member of Millbrook Lodge for the duration of his long life.

Rest in peace Brother Holland.

Obituary link. 

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Masonic Education: Point Within A Circle

For Masonic education in our stated meeting on January 18th, Bro. Steve Beale shared a chapter out of Introduction to Freemasonry – Entered Apprentice by Carl H. Claudy called A Point Within a Circle. Here is the chapter in it’s entirety:

Point Within A Circle

There is in every regular and well-governed Lodge, a certain point within a circle,
embordered by two perpendicular parallel lines.…

It is among the most illuminating of the Entered Apprentice’s symbols and is important not only for its antiquity, and many meanings which have been read from it, but because of the bond it makes between the old operative stone setter’s art and the Speculative Masonry we know.

No man may say when, where, or how the symbol began. From the earliest dawn of
history a simple closed figure has been man’s symbol for Deity – the circle for some
peoples, the triangle for others, and a circle or a triangle with a central point for still
others. In some jurisdictions a lodge closes with brethren forming a circle about the altar, which thus becomes the point or focus of the Supreme Blessing upon the brethren.

A symbol may have many meanings, all of them right, so long as they are not selfcontradictory. As the point within a circle has had so many different meanings to so manydifferent people, it is natural that it have many meanings for Masons.

It is connected with sun worship, the most ancient of religions; ruins of ancient temples
devoted both to sun and to fire worship are circular in form with a central altar or point which was the Holy of Holies. The symbol is found in India in which land of mystery and mysticism its antiquity is beyond calculation. In ancient meaning the point represents the sun and the circle the universe. This is both modern and ancient, as a dot in a small circle is the astronomical symbol for the sun.

The two parallel lines which in modern Masonry represent the two holy Sts. John are as ancient as the rest of the symbol, but originally had nothing to do with the “two eminent Christian patrons of Masonry.” They date back to an era before Solomon. On early Egyptian monuments may be found the Alpha and Omega or symbol of God in the center of a circle embordered by two perpendicular, parallel serpents representing the Power and the Wisdom of the Creator.

This is not only a symbol of creation but is fraught with other meanings. When man
conceived that fire, water, the sun, the moon, the stars, the lightning, the thunder, the
mountains and rivers did not each have a special deity, that in all this universe there was but one God, and wanted to draw a picture of that conception of unity, the only thing he could do was to make a point. When man conceived that God was eternal, without beginning and without ending, from everlasting to everlasting, and desired to draw a picture of that conception of eternity, he could but draw a circle that goes around and around forever. When man conceived that the Master Builder did not blow hot and cold, that he was not changing, fickle and capricious, but a God of rectitude and justice, and needed to picture that conception of righteousness, he drew straight up and down parallel lines. So this symbol stands for the unity, the eternal life, and the righteousness of God.

That derivation of the symbol which best satisfies the mind as to logic and
appropriateness students find in the operative craft. The tools used by the cathedral
builders were the same as ours to-day; they had gavel and mallet, setting maul and hammer, chisel and trowel, plumb and square, level and twenty-four inch gauge to “measure and lay out their work.”

The square, the level, and the plumb were made of wood – wood, cord, and weight for
plumb and level; wood alone for square.

Wood wears when used against stone and warps when exposed to water or damp air. Themetal used to fasten the two arms of the square together would rust and perhaps bend or break. Naturally the squares would not stay square indefinitely but had to be checked up constantly for their right-angledness.

The importance of the perfect right angle in the square by which the stones were shaped can hardly be overestimated. Operative Masonry in the cathedral-building days was largely a matter of cut and try, of individual workmen, of careful craftsmanship. Quantity production, micrometer measurement, interchangeable parts had not been invented. All the more necessary then that the foundation on which all the work was done should be as perfect as the Masters knew how to make it. Cathedral builders erected th eir temples for all time – how well they built a hundred glorious structures in the Old World testify. They built well because they knew how to check and try their squares.

Draw a circle – any size – on a piece of paper. With a straight edge draw a line through
its center. Put a dot on the circle anywhere. Connect that dot with the line at both points where it crosses the circle. Result, a perfect right angle. Draw the circle of what size you will; place the dot on the circumference where you will; if the lines from the dot meet the horizontal line crossing the circle through its center, they will form a right angle. This was the operative Master’s great secret – knowing how to “try the square.” It was by this means that be tested working tools; did he do so often enough it was impossible either for tools or work “to materially err.” From this also comes the ritual used in the lodges of our English brethren where they “open on the center.”

The original line across the center bas been shifted to the side and become the “two
perpendicular parallel lines” of Egypt and India, and our admonitions are no longer what they must once have been; … “while a Mason circumscribes his square within these points, it is impossible that it should materially err.” But how much greater becomes the meaning of the symbol when we see it as a direct descent from an operative practice! Our ancient brethren used the point within a circle as a test for the rectitude of the tools by which they squared their work and built their temporal buildings. In the Speculative sense we use it as a test for the rectitude of our intentions and our conduct, by which we square our actions with the square of virtue. They erected Cathedrals – we build the house not made with bands. Their point within a circle was operative – ours is Speculative. But through the two – point in a circle on the ground by which an operative Master secretly tested the squares of his fellows – point within a circle as a symbol by which each of us may test, secretly, the square of his virtue by which he erects an Inner Temple to the Most High – both are Masonic, both are beautiful. The one we know is far more lovely that it is a direct descendant of an operative practice the use of which produced the good work, true work, square work of t he Master Masons of the days that came not back.

Pass it not lightly. Regard it with the reverence it deserves, for surely it is one of the
greatest teachings of Masonry, concealed within a symbol which is plain for any man to
read so be it he has Masonry in his heart.

The book is now out of print. However, you may find it in it’s entirety at this link: <http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Masons/Claudy/intro-fm_EA.pdf>

 

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The Grand Lodge of North Carolina Launches a New Website

The Grand Lodge of North Carolina recently launched a new website (at the same address as before) with a completely new look. You can find it at www.grandlodge-nc.org. The Grand Lodge website has a very clean design with a modern-looking square and compass emblem displayed throughout the website.

Noteworthy features include the News and Events page (aka blog) and the online reader for the North Carolina Mason magazine.

Kudos to our leadership in the Grand Lodge of North Carolina for greatly improving the online presence of Masonry in North Carolina. The new website is well done.

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The Night Before Christmas, Down At the Lodge

‘Twas the Night before Christmas, and down at the Lodge
Not a gavel was stirring, and in the hodge-podge
Of aprons and jewels and chairs East and West
you could savor the silence, most gladly divest
All metal and mineral, it mattered not,
since Christmas was nigh and the coals were still hot
In the hearth of your homestead, all Masons abed,
as visions of trestle boards danced in their head;
When up on the roof there arose such a clatter,
Our Tiler jumped up to see what was the matter!
He picked up his sword and ran fast to the door,
three knocks shook the panels – he wondered ‘What for?’
He answered the knocking with, raps of his own,
and once the door opened he saw, with a moan
Of delight it was Santa, all jolly and red
Except for one notable feature Instead!
Upon his large finger lie wore what we knew
was compass and square on a background of blue!
‘Why Santa!’ he shouted and lowered his blade
‘I see you’re a Mason!’ the Tiler relayed.
He looked toward the Master’s most dignified chair
and said, voice near trembling, ‘Most Worshipful there
Is a Gentleman properly clothed at the gate!’
The Master replied, ‘Let’s allow him – but wait!
You tell me a Gentleman, but I don’t see
His Apron beneath that red suit, can it be
Our visitor hasn’t been properly raised?
Must we offer a test that is suitably phrased?
‘I do beg your pardon,’ old’ Santa said quick
As he pulled up his coat and displayed not a stick
But a cane with, engraving, two balls did appear
and oh, what an apron, he wore and held dear!
Adorned like the Master’ complete with a sign
Of “Lodge Number One, the North Pole” on one line!
“Now let man enter,” the Master declared,
and once in the Lodge room the Brethren all stared,
For Santa was wearing a jewel not seen
for many a century – there in between
The fur of his coat and the splendid red collar
gleamed two golden reindeer that shone like a dollar!
“It’s Donner and Blitzen, who, I must confess
Are actually images brought from the West
By my Warden, a craftsman like none in the world!”
And with a great laugh from his bag he unfurled
An ear of fine corn and some oil from the east,
“My friend I have plenty, tonight we will feast
On all that is good! We are Masons, kind sir!”
A murmur went throughout the Lodge, quite a stir,
As presents and promises flew from his sack
This Santa, a Mason, showed he had a knack
For making this Christmas the best you could glean,
And soon even Deacons were laughing, they’d seen
On this very night only happiness reigned!
This jolly Saint Nicholas quickly explained
That only a Mason could be so inclined
to make all kids happy, make all people find
A Christmas so special, yes, Santa was right!
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Courtesy of Bro. Todd E. Creason (http://toddecreason.blogspot.com/)
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Focus on Member Philanthropies: Wrap a Vet

We’re starting a new feature here on the Millbrook Lodge website. In this feature we will focus on a philanthropy or charity held near-and-dear to one of our Millbrook Lodge #97 brother’s hearts. This post focuses on Wrap A Vet.

Wrap a Vet is an organization that donates blankets to veterans with the brand of their respective branch of the military on the blanket.

Example Wrap-A-Vet Blanket Designs

Here is a description from the website:

Wrap-A-Vet is a veteran owned and operated Non-Profit dedicated to recognizing Veterans who served. Wrap-A-Vet was founded by a soldier who is currently serving in the Armed Forces. The concept came while he was serving on Active Duty as a Reservist at Ft Bragg. During an assignment to visit the NC VA Nursing Home, he met several Veterans who participated in events he had only read about in history classes. He learned that the holidays were the hardest times for the home. Looking for a way to say thank you with a gift that would leave a lasting impression Wrap-A-Vet was eventually formed. Now, each year, these Veterans are remembered with a Branch specific Blanket to keep them warm. The blankets are a small token of appreciation meant to remind these Veterans who served, that we are all thankful for their sacrifice, and their service to our country. While also inspiring a little E’Spirit De Corps at the home. Eventually Wrap-A-Vet will start reaching out to any Veteran, in any Nursing Home or Assisted Living Environment to ensure that every Veteran knows how proud their Nation is of their service.

The veteran mentioned in that description is Millbrook Lodge #97 member David Vaughn. It is a noble effort put forth by Brother Vaughn, and it needs the appropriate support. Please take the time to stop by wrapavet.com and donate towards their current blanket drive for the holidays. In doing so you will ensure our country’s veterans get the gift of love and warmth this coming Holiday season with their new military blanket. Blankets are only $14 a piece. All donations are greatly appreciated.

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Wall Street Journal: Latest Freemason Conspiracy: Recruiting Younger Bros

The Wall Street Journal had a great article about Freemasonry recently.

By BARRY NEWMAN

ST. PAUL, Minn.—No self-respecting secret society can get by without a Facebook fan page anymore.

That’s transparently true of the Freemasons, renowned for their medieval blood oaths, their often-alleged plot to create a New World Order, their locked-door conclaves of U.S. presidents and power brokers and their boring pancake breakfasts.

A menagerie of 19th-century civic and social brotherhoods, and their attendant sisterhoods, lives on around the globe: the Elks, the Moose, the Lions, the Odd Fellows. Freemasonry is the oldest of all, still the biggest, and—in the public mind—about as penetrable as the mythic crypt beneath the ninth vault of Solomon’s Temple.

Reed Endersbe and Zulu at a Minneapolis officer installation last year. Photo by Dennis Severson

Secrecy gives Masonry its mystique. Yet the Masons have lately realized that they’d be lost in oblivion if it weren’t for the Web.

“I looked for pictures,” Matt Gallagher was saying of his Internet search for a Masonic lodge worth joining. “I really wanted to avoid a bunch of 80-year-olds.”

It was Thursday evening, almost time for fellowship night at the “very young” lodge he finally did join: Braden No. 168, housed on a shady street in a columned temple the Masons built in 1910.

Mr. Gallagher is 32 years old and between jobs. He was initiated by Braden in 2009, rose to Master Mason and now is lodge education officer.

It’s a post that didn’t exist for 290 years after Masonry came out of its historical shadows, in 1717, as a London club for enlightened gentlemen. Mr. Gallagher’s Masonic tag, if his digital function had one, might be Worshipful Webmaster.

“I started a blog, Facebook, Flickr,” he said, descending a narrow stairway to a faded meeting room with its old pool tables and portrait of brother George Washington. “I want video essays on our site,” he added. “People need to know what they’re getting into.”

Read full article here.

Credit goes to Chris Hodapp of Freemasonry for Dummies for finding this article.

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Fall Barbecue – Friday, October 7

Hello everyone. The Millbrook Lodge #97 fall barbecue will be held on Friday, October 7 from 11:30 am until whenever we run out of barbecue and chicken. Plates are $6 a piece and can be bought at the door, or by buying a ticket from a member of the lodge in advance. All funds raised are donated to the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, the Whitestone Masonic and Eastern Star Community, and the North Carolina Masonic Foundation (scholarships). For more information, and pictures from past barbecues, please visit our barbecue page.

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Spring Barbecue – Friday, April 29

The date for the spring barbecue has been set for Friday, April 29. Please see our barbecue page for more details.

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Hello World… We’re Under Construction!

We are currently in the process of building a new website for Millbrook Lodge #97 in Raleigh, NC through the WordPress platform. Please be patient while more information is added over the coming weeks. For your convenience, our current site can be found at http://www.millbrookmasoniclodge97.org/.

Thank you for stopping by.

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