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The Masonic Book Club Is Restarted!

The Masonic Book Club (MBC), formed in 1970 by Brothers Alphonse Cerza and Louis Williams, has been restarted fifty years later by the Supreme Council, 33°, SJ USA, to continue the MBC mission of printing fine Masonic books. After forty years of service to the Craft, the directors in 2010 decided to dissolve the original MBC. In 2017 MW Barry Weer, 33°, the last president of the MBC, transferred the MBC name and assets to the Supreme Council, 33°, SJ USA. The revived Masonic Book Club has the goals of publishing classic Masonic books and of supporting Scottish Rite SJ USA philanthropies. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older interested in the history of Freemasonry and allows them to purchase MBC editions at a pre-publication discount.

The club originally was limited to 333 members, but the number eventually expanded to nearly 2,000, with 1,083 members when it dissolved in 2010.

The new MBC will have a different business model from the old. Most significantly, there will be no dues; being a member entitles you to purchase books at a prepublication discount. An editorial committee (Arturo de Hoyos, S. Brent Morris, and others) will select the books using survey feedback from MBC members. The first publication should be announced in early 2021 with anticipated shipment 3–4 months later.

For more details, check out the Masonic Book Club page


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July 4, 2020

The July 4th observance of Independence day, in celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, holds a special place in the heart of many American Freemasons.

Not only because several men who signed the Declaration of Independence were Masons, but more importantly, because of the principals of Freemasonry that helped lay the foundation of what eventually became the United States of America. Those same principals and ideals are to this day a vital part of Masonry in the United States and across the globe.

As penned in the Declaration of Independence “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” many Masons will easily recognize from the lessons inculcated in our lodges, that it is in this same spirit that we “meet upon the level.”

As we take time to celebrate the holiday with family and friends this year, let us pause a moment to remember those men and brethren who risked everything for that which we hold dear.

And to our brethren wheresoever dispersed, may the ideals of Justice, Freedom and Equality continue to burn ever so brightly in your hearts, among your families, lodges, and communities in the years ahead.

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Laudable Pursuit

At our first stated meeting in March we launched into a series of discussions on the article “Laudable Pursuit” published by the Knights of the North, a group of Masons discussing online, two booklets originally written by PGM Dwight Smith in the early 1960’s

In the years since its publication it has been featured on many websites including the “Freemasons for Dummies” blog hosted by author and Brother Chris Hodapp.

Some of the original “Knights” who contributed to the article went on to write books, form new lodges, and even became the core founders of the Masonic Society.

We’ll continue with part two of our discussion of some of the ideas contained in this publication at our first stated meeting in April. All brothers are invited to join us. A link to copies of the articles that we will be looking at are provided below for your convenience.

Laudable Pursuit: A 21st Century Response to Dwight Smith
– Knights of the North

Whither Are We Traveling?
– Dwight L. Smith, P.G.M.

Why This Confusion In The Temple?
Dwight L. Smith, PGM

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Bike Build

The 10th Annual “Bikes for Tikes” bike build was held on Friday, December 6, 2019, in Kennewick with members from several local Masonic Lodges from District 23 participating.

One report stated that over 2,000 bikes were assembled to donate. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible!

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Appreciation

The Second Annual First Responders Appreciation BBQ was hosted by the brothers of Richland Masonic Lodge No. 283

Our sincere thanks to everyone who turned out and helped make this day happen, most especially the representatives of Richland Police and Fire, the Kadlec medical community, West Richland Police Department, and Benton County District as well as the folks at KNDU who gave us a mention in the local media.

The Lodge served 136 hamburgers and 72 hot dogs to 125 first responders and guests in appreciation of their service in our communities.

2nd Annual First Responders Appreciation BBQ