Master Paul E. Rainey
Warden Randall E. Beem
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Warden Garry Bradley
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- Hugh E. Metz
- E. Ray Bradley
Senior Deacon Frank Bolin
Junior Deacon - Donald Niehaus
Chaplain Ronald Millikan
Senior Steward looking to fill this chair if you are interested
contact Paul Rainey.
Junior Steward Bobby
Tyler Edward Krohn
June 11 Breakfast fundraiser ( Newburgh Parade)
7am till 10am Bring the family the Clowns will be there for the children and the folks
that are young at heart.
June 18 150 years of Masonry at
Newburgh. Meal at noon, rededication starts at 1:15pm. Grand Lodge officers will be
putting on the ceremony. Bring family and friends.
June 19- Feast of Saint John the Baptist
Boonville, Ind. Main St. United Methodist
June 21- Stated meeting. Eat at 6:00 PM
family night. Meeting at 7:00pm
July 9- Family Picnic at Noon till? Otters
baseball game later that evening. Bring the family.
July 30- Open air eat 4:30-6:30 7pm degree
Aug 02-Scholarship dinner 6:00pm.
Aug 12- Otters baseball game. Bring the
On May 14th
we had the second annual Prime Rib dinner. This event was a real success thanks to all the
brothers that came out to show there support and many others. Thanks also go out to all
the helpers for the entire day. Without the support or help it would not have happened!
We had a Profit of $1557.26
after our expense.
Looking From the
Randy Beem, Senior Warden
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This Short Talk Bulletin is the last
scheduled to be published under the Editorship of RW Brother Stewart Pollard who has
served for the past ten years as Executive Secretary of The Masonic Service Association.
In it he expresses personal opinions based upon his observations in travels to almost
every Jurisdiction in the United States.
too frequently we hear of Masonic leaders being on an "ego trip." Or, we hear
that they are "stumbling over their own egos." Then there are such remarks as,
"He turned into a 'monster' after he went into office," or "whatever
happened to 'meeting on the level'?"
comments are not all without some foundation. There are, and have been, Masonic leaders
who are carried away with their own importance. Yes, and there are some who let the title
go to their heads, and who forget from whence they came.
is a strange thing. We all should have a certain amount of it to demonstrate our pride in
our abilities, in our accomplishments, and in our self-respect. It is only when we get to
the point that we tend to believe that we're better, smarter or more important than the
next fellow that ego gets in our way.
has never been considered a democratic society. The Master of a Lodge is not only its
leader, but more importantly, he is its greatest servant. As such, he has an obligation to
serve his lodge and his brethren, not for his own glory and honor, but for the good of the
lodge. He must be prudent in all of his words and actions, and if necessary, subjugate his
own desires to those of the lodge.
though, are not the only ones whose egos have a tendency to hurt the Craft. Longfellow
said, "Into each life some rain must fall...." The phrase might well be reworded
to "In almost every lodge there is a nitpicker." Or so it seems. There are some
of our brethren who are never satisfied. They look for an excuse to criticize; to
complain; to "jaw", to sound off; to grouch; -- to nit-pick. Their ego, as shown
by their need to be heard, is frequently a thorn in the side of the Master and officers.
They have a tendency to ruffle feathers.
Masonic Service Association recently received a letter from an irate Past Grand Master who
had read in a Masonic publication a paper bearing the by-line of a Grand Lodge Officer in
a sister jurisdiction. It was a good, thought provoking well-written article that caused
the Past Grand Master to do added research on the topic.
prompted his ire and disgust was that in his research he came across a Short Talk Bulletin
of twenty-five years ago which sounded very familiar. When he compared it with the recent
publication, he found that it was word-for-word, sentence-by-sentence and paragraph-for
paragraph, identical to the Short Talk Bulletin, yet the "author" had not had
the courtesy to give credit where credit was due. His ego had permitted him to let readers
think it was his words and his thoughts.
The story has been told of a Grand Master who was
so puffed up with his own importance that his officers jokingly suggested that his theme
song should be, "How Great Thou Art." Most of us have seen Masters of lodges who
think that the title "Worshipful" was
created just for their benefit.
then there are PAST Masters whose egos won't let them relinquish the gavel. Two people
with their hands on the steering wheel at the same time can make it an unpleasant trip for
the other passengers. If the Master is not in control of the lodge, its an
unpleasant experience for the brethren. The old expression, too many cooks spoil the
broth, is equally applicable to the management of a lodge or a grand lodge.Yes! An
overzealous ego can and does damage our Craft. It is a by-product of poor leadership
traits, which we need to identify early in our progressive lines. In many cases, ego can
be tempered by "whispering words of wise counsel in the ear of an erring
brother." In a "worse-case scenario," when it is obvious that the
over-blown ego cannot be controlled, it may be necessary to pass the brother over at the
The Freemason's Monitor, written by Thomas Smith Webb in 1799, he observes: "that all
who accept offices and exercise authority, should be properly qualified to discharge the
task assigned them, with honor to themselves, and credit to their sundry stations."
The same is just as true almost two hundred years later.
elected to office, the brothers are confident that the one elected has the qualifications
and ability to lead and has the best interests of the lodge at heart. He is expected to
conform to the principle of the order, "by steadily persevering in the practice of
very commendable virtue."
often-quoted verse, titled "The Indispensable Man," is frequently used to
illustrate the unnecessary value of egotism. It bears repeating:
when you're feeling important, sometime when your ego's in bloom,
when you take it for granted you're the best qualified in the room;
when you feel that your going would leave an unfillable hole,
follow these simple instructions and see how they humble your soul.
a bucket and fill it with water, put your hand in it up to the wrist,
it out, and the hole that's remaining is a measure of how you'll be missed.
can splash all you want when you enter, you may stir up the water galore
stop, and you find that in no time it looks quite the same as before.
moral in this quaint example is to do just the best that you can;
proud of yourself, but remember there's no indispensable man.A noted management
psychologist, Dr. James G. Carr of Charlotte, North Carolina, in an article in PACE
magazine, summed it up this way:
people do occupy high stations in life at times and some abuse their power; but to condemn
all leaders on those grounds-including those whose primary motive was to serve or those
who simply filled a vacuum left by the less competent
or less motivated--is ridiculous.Even the selfish did not attain those positions by
selfishness alone. With predictable exceptions, authority usually has something to do with
accomplishment and contribution, and in the final analysis, we may have to concede that
those who get the most--whether selfishly motivated or not--are sometimes those who have
given the most."
Master who completes his year in the East with satisfaction can quote those famous
American philosophers, Bartles and Jaymes, by saying to the brethren, "Thank you for
From The South
Garry Bradley, Junior Warden
Welcome to Summer
I hope that this find us all well and ready for
We have many
things coming up this summer, our 150th years to celebrate our service to the
community and the fraternity, Open Air is coming in July and we are also busy with Degree
Work. Not as busy, perhaps, as we want to be or need to be.
Brothers, we need
you. We need you to become active in your lodge. As we look to the future, we need those
of you who are waiting for the right time, to find that time right now.
I was one of you.
I paid my dues and attended lodge only sporadically for many years. I had the same reasons
for holding back on my participation and many of you are listing in your minds as you read
this. Family obligations, working to support myself and family, etc, I had many reasons
for not participating. These are certainly valid. We are taught to meet are obligations to
God, our country, our neighbor and ourselves and to never let the lodge displace these
things as our priority.
I am not
addressing the young members who are trying to establish there place in the community and
I want to address
the men who, like me, can no longer say that they have a ballgame to attend or (fill in
the blank) to use as a reason for not getting involved. Your lodge needs you now. We need
men who will step in and learn Ritual parts and be willing to attend the degrees and
participate. We need men who have always wanted to be an officer but didnt
feel that he could devote the time because of all of the things that need to be done at
home or work or wherever.
have a place for you to get plugged in and do the things that will involve you in the
Please, give this
some thought. How many times have you said, One of these days Id like to
day is here. Dont be bashful, get involved.
Looking From The East
We have made it into June, but we still have
a lot of work coming up for the remainder of the year.
There are a couple of petitions to be read in the June stated meeting. I hope that there are other brothers that have a
petition to bring in for the stated meeting to also be read.
My visit to the Grand Lodge
this year will always stay with me. It was a neat experience to see the Grand Lodge
officers installed. Congratulations to all the Grand Lodge officers.
Brethren, Newburgh is having a
milestone of 150 years. Come out support this great milestone on June 18th. Dont
miss the food and fellowship that day. The Grand Lodge officers will put on the ceremony.
Come out in force, bring the family and friends.
Lets not forget the
scholarship applicants. Names of the successful applicants are:
G. Bradley, Jennifer B. Leslie, Jonathan D. Rodgers, Matthew R. Lackey, Jeannie R.
Downing. July 17 at 11:00 AM Doors open at 11:30 AM Program, this will be held at the
Scottish Rite Cathedral at Indianapolis, In. For the young adults and Family.
visit the Newburgh Lodge web site at http://www.mastermason.com/newburgh174/
site gives other information such as the dates to all the degree work that we plan as well
as all the other activities in the works.
See You In Lodge
WM. Paul E. Rainey