Monday, March 22, 2021

Winter Haven Lodge No. 186 Entered Apprentice Degree

Winter Haven Lodge No. 186 will be holding an Entered Apprentice Degree at Lakeland Lodge No. 91, 505 North Massachusetts Avenue in Lakeland on Saturday March 27th. Coffee and donuts at 8:00am with degree work to immediately follow.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Fraternally,
W:. Jerry Haynie, Worshipful Master
Winter Haven Lodge No. 186

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Winter Haven Lodge No. 186 Fellowcraft Degree

Winter Haven Lodge No. 186 will be holding a Fellowcraft Degree at Wauchula Lodge No. 17, 118 West Main Street in Wauchula on Monday March 22, 2021. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm and the degree work to follow at 7:30pm.

Hope to see you there.

Fraternally,
W:. Jerry Haynie, Worshipful Master
Winter Haven Lodge No. 186

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Fort Meade Lodge No. 160 Outdoor Degree



Please be advised that the outdoor degree at Fort Meade Lodge No. 160 that was scheduled for Saturday March 27th has been cancelled. The reschedule date will be posted on this website and on the Master Mason Association Facebook page.

If you have any further questions please contact R:.W:. Gary Cavanaugh, Secretary of Fort Meade at Drhydro02@gmail.com. Thank you.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Website Updates

Brethren,

With the merger of Bowling Green Lodge No. 121 and Fort Meade Lodge No. 160 in December 2020 Bowling Green's info page (www.21stmasonicdistrict.com/p/bowling-green-lodge-no-121.html) now automatically redirects to the Fort Meade Lodge No. 160's info page (www.21stmasonicdistrict.com/p/fort-meade-lodge-no-160.html).

Our contact information page for this website and the Master Mason Association has been changed, it now contains more detailed information to include our snail mail address, our telephone number and our email contact information, as a result our old contact page www.21stmasonicdistrict.com/p/contact-21st-masonic-district.html now automatically goes to the new page located at www.21stmasonicdistrict.com/p/contact-master-mason-association-of.html.

Recently the images on our website may appear to be missing or deleted replaced with a grey circle with a white dash in the center, be assured that NO images have been deleted from this site our website hosting provider is experiencing some technical issues with their servers, We've been in contact with them and are working on a fix, in the meantime if you notice any images that appear to be missing from our site please immediately contact us at office@21stmasonicdistrict.com.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Searching For A Brother

Brothers...

An article I wrote for "THE FLORIDA MASON" (copied below) has been posted on the Grand Lodge of Florida Facebook page. I don't know if it will make it into the printed newsletter.

W:. Dennis Wind PM

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Has anyone else looked for a needle in a haystack? Or, in this case, a missing Mason among thousands of others. That exactly describes my search for the Masonic record of Bro. James Beason Brown. Brother Brown was born in Atlanta, Georgia on April 18, 1917 and served in the United States Air Force during WWII in the Jacksonville, Florida area.

He then moved to the Miami, Florida area in 1947 for several years before settling in Winter Haven, Florida in 1964. At some point in his travels he became a Master Mason. His Son Richard, a close friend of mine, knowing that I am a Mason, in the Lodge his Dad attended, asked me about his Father's Masonic history. No problem, I said, I'll just peek into our records, I said. And I found...nothing.

This started a 4-year search that has yet to end. From Jacksonville to Miami, Alabama to Georgia, the record of Bro. Brown is nowhere to be found. Every Winter Haven Lodge minute book and meeting log-in book from 1962 until his death on February 15th, 1993 has been gone through with no mention of him, not even his funeral at which Winter Haven Lodge No. 186 officiated. His prayer card and Newspaper Obituary state he was a Mason and there is even a sculpted Square and Compass on his headstone. But his record as a Mason record is nowhere to be found.

For an entire year, during the Pandemic, I have made a personal project of looking at and scanning every Petition for Initiation or Affiliation, Dimit In or out, Transfer in or Out, Special Dispensation or Direct order from the Grand Master to make certain that this never happens in our lodge again. Well over 340 hours later, I have documented over 900 Masons that are not listed in the Grand Lodge website as having been Winter Haven Lodge No. 186 Masons.

A call to the Grand Secretary's office revealed that electronic records started in the mid 1960's and if a Mason was not active at that time, he was not likely to be in the database. However, that does not excuse us from not having locally complete, reliable records. 

Although I did not find Bro Brown in this search, I did find an extraordinarily rich history of Winter Haven and surrounding area Masons, names that shaped our community and, although now long deceased, continue to affect our lives today.

The challenge, my Brothers, is that you look at your old records, documenting and digitally preserving your Lodge members before the paper starts to crumble. Who knows what amazing history is stored within your filing cabinets?

And should you run across the Masonic History of Brother James Beason Brown, my email is below.

W∴ Dennis Wind P.M. email - dwind1946@gmail.com

Winter Haven Lodge No.186 - email - winterhavenlodge186@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Congratulations to R:.W:. Anthony L. Pickren

R:.W:. Anthony L. Pickren, District Deputy Grand Master of the 21st Masonic District during his official visit to Wauchula Lodge No. 17 was bestowed an Honorary Membership to Wauchula Lodge No. 17.

Congratulations R:.W:. Pickren from all the brothers in the 21st Masonic District.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Degree Work and Events at Lake Wales Lodge No. 242

Lake Wales Lodge No. 242 will hold a Fellowcraft Degree on Thursday March 11th, Dinner will be served at 6:30pm with the Degree work to follow.



Lake Wales Lodge No. 242 will be hosting a Fish Fry on Saturday March 13 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm, the cost is $12. Chicken is available by request please contact W:. Wendell Farrow at (863) 287-0490.