April 2014 - Wade Hampton Lodge No.404

Wade Hampton Light
Wade Hampton Lodge No.404
VOL. 4 NO. 4
APRIL, 2014
Welcome to this edition of the Wade Hampton Light. This newsletter is brought to you by the Brothers
of Wade Hampton Lodge and is meant to give you the latest and greatest news and information from
our lodge and around our great fraternity.
Masonic Education--------------------------------------04/05/2014 at 12:00 (See Details Below)
1st Degree--------------------------------------------------04/08/2014 at 7:30
Square and Compass ----------------------------------04/09/2014 at 6:30 at Recovery No.31
Annual Grand Lodge Communication--------------04/24-25/2014 in Florence, SC
2nd Degree-------------------------------------------------04/29/2014 at 7:30
Next Stated Communication--------------------------05/06/2014 at 7:30
Charity Golf Tournament-------------------------------05/10/2014
(See Below for Details)
Masonic Education event—Brothers this is open to all Master Masons that want to learn
more about the fraternity, our history, our degree work and any other questions you may
have. It will be an open format, so come with questions and be ready to learn. It will be at the
lodge on Saturday the 5th of April. We plan on making this a monthly event and are looking
forward to good fellowship.
Prayer was asked for; The family of Bro. Wayne Mauer in his passing, Betty Cunningham, Bro. Dennis
and Mary Greene, RWB Lewis Langley, Bro Jim Frazier, RWB David Watkins Wife Shirley RWB
Jonathan Sprinkle, Our military and public servants. Praise report given on Bro. E. Mamon Walker,
RWB David Cunningham’s Sister and the sister of Bro. Daniel George.
Hello Brothers: The springtime weather has been slow to arrive this year, but it looks like we are finally
getting to see the sunshine and warmer temperatures. Springtime is a joyous time of year and I
encourage all brothers and their families to get out and enjoy the weather. We are very busy at Wade
Hampton Lodge No. 404 so be sure and check this newsletter for all the happenings this month.
I want to give a big thank you to all our brothers who attend lodge and readily step in and help
wherever needed.
We all know WB Bennett is doing a fantastic job with this newsletter. I would also like to invite those
that can go and view the Grand Lodge Website and look at the
Wonderful updates that RWB David F. Ervin our Grand Lodge Webmaster is posting. Thanks for all
your efforts RWB Ervin.
Next Wednesday April 9, 2014 the 18 District Square and Compass Club meeting will be at Recovery
Lodge. Please make your plans to attend this meeting and learn what is going on in the 18 district.
Jonathan J. Sprinkle PDDGM
Worshipful Master 2014
Greetings Brethren. It has been great seeing so many brothers visiting Wade Hampton Lodge No.404. That truly is
one of the best parts of masonry. Brotherly love can help you through so many of life's troubles and strife. Even if
you may never be confided in, you can be assured that to some brother just knowing you are there, is more than
enough. So I encourage you, my Brothers, to approach those who you may have noticed a change in. Let them
know that you are there for them and I promise that it will do nothing but bring us closer as a Brotherhood. I can't
wait to see what this month and the rest of the year has in store for Wade Hampton Lodge No.404 and Masonry as
a whole.
Many writers and thinkers have tried to define Freemasonry but it really defeats definition. It is too
complex, too profound in conception, to easily expressed in words. Perhaps the simplest and best definition of all
is the phrase "the brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of God." Our Masonic forefathers had an
understanding of human needs and human aspirations. They may never have dreamed of the mindless computer
which governs our lives, or the fission of matter which threatens our lives, but they understood human nature and
what motivates the spirit of man. Thus from a simple process of using stone and mortar for building they
progressed to the most important of life's functions, the building of character. -Louis L. Williams
Christopher D. Knight
Senior Warden
So Mote It Be
How familiar the phrase is. No Lodge is ever opened or closed without using it. Yet how few know how old it is, much less
what a deep meaning it has in it. Like so many old and lovely things, it is so near to us that we do not see it.
As far back as we can go in the annals of Masonry we find this old phrase. It is found in the Regius Poem, the oldest
document of the Craft, just as we use it today. And everyone should know, it is the Masonic form of the ancient Amen, which
echoes through the ages, gathering meaning and music as it goes until it is one of the richest and most haunting of words, and
stands as a sentinel at the gateway of silence. When we pray our last words, somehow this familiar phrase gathers up all that is
left, and speeds its way to the ear of God.
How impressively it echoes through the Great Light in Masonry. We hear it in the Psalms, as chorus answers to chorus,
where it is sometimes reduplicated for emphasis. In the Lodge, at opening, at closing, and in the hour of initiation. No Mason
ever enters upon any great or important undertaking without first invoking the aid of Deity. And he ends his prayer with the
old phrase, “So Mote it Be.” Which is another way of saying: The will of God be done. Or, whatever be the answer of God to
his prayer: So be it – because it is wise and right.
What then, is the meaning of this old phrase, so interwoven with our entire Masonic Lore, simple, tender, haunting? It has
two meanings for us everywhere, in the Church or in the Lodge. First, it is the assent to His commands; assent to His
providence, even when a tender, terrible stroke of death takes from us one much loved and leaves us forlorn.
Still, somehow, we must say: So it is; so be it. He is a wise man, a brave man, who, baffled by the woes of life, when
disaster follows fast, can never the less accept his lot as a part of the will of God and say, though it may almost choke him to
say it:
“So Mote it Be.”
The other meaning of the phrase is even more wonderful:
It is the assent of God to the aspiration of man. Man can bear much – anything, perhaps – if he feels that God knows, cares
and feels for him and with him.
It is a truly great prayer, to join in and place ourselves in the hands of God, as all must do in the end, trust his will and way,
follow where no path is, into the soft and fascinating darkness which men call death. And the response of the Brethren to that
prayer, as to all others offered at the Altar of Masonry, is the old challenging phrase: “So Mote it Be.”
Worshipful Master
Jonathan J. Sprinkle PDDGM
(864) 304-1518
Senior Warden
Chris Knight
(864) 423-2031
Junior Warden
Silas Smith
(864) 371-0661
Christopher Burkett PM
(864) 361-0186
Mark A. Bennett PM
(864) 414-0721
Senior Deacon
Danny Brown
(864) 270-9913
Junior Deacon
Stephen Harrill
(864) 640-7004
Andrew Houston
(864) 505-6399
Jonathan Hamilton
(864) 304-1450
Ellis Mamon Walker
(864) 244-7104
H. David Cunningham PDDGM
(864) 444-9798
Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. Clemens
is best known by his nom de plume, Mark Twain, under which he wrote The Adventures of
Tom Sawyer in 1876 and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1885. Clemens began work as a
typesetter, tried his hand at mining, and then turned to journalism. Twain traveled as a
journalist across the Great Planes and Rocky Mountains to Nevada, Missouri, San Francisco,
New York, the Mediterranean, and Connecticut. Many of his great works are said to have
derived from his experiences in his previous vocations and travels. In 1861, Twain was made
a Freemason at Polar Star Lodge No. 79 A.F. & A.M. in St. Louis. Brother Clemens was
called from labor on April 21, 1910, in Redding, Connecticut and is laid to rest at Woodlawn
Cemetery in Elmira, New York.
A special Thank You to all of the Brothers who have contributed to the lodge, this
Newsletter, our website and our great Fraternity. Remember to always spread Light because
you never know who may ask You about being a Mason.
Attention Brothers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do you know of a business that would like to advertise in our monthly Newsletter? We will be
looking at starting this for the next few months. Our Newsletter reaches hundreds of Masons
in the upstate and beyond and would be a good resource for a business to get its message
out. Contact WB Mark A. Bennett to find out more details (864) 414-0721. We also want to
challenge business owners that are Masons to participate.
We still have a few of the Wade Hampton 50 Year Commemorative Coins left (about 15). If
you would like one of these coins or know of a Brother that would enjoy it, Please let WB
Mark A. Bennett know so he can hold one for you. These are beautiful coins and make a
great display piece for your office or home. The coin is only 10.00 and once they are gone
there will be no more. Get your hands on a piece of history while you still can.
Get one while you can!!!!!
Just a little trivia
Alpha and Omega are Greek letters that represent the Beginning and the End, like A and Zed
(Zee) in the English alphabet. There may be fateful significance in these Greek letters for
Dibble Lodge No.109, formerly of Nevada County California.
Dibble Lodge received its Charter in 1856 and began in the town of Alpha, California. Dibble
relocated in 1862 to Omega, California, where it ended its existence twenty years later.
Brothers, We have put together a charity fund raiser Golf tournament to be held on May 10th
at Smithfields Country Club in Easley, SC. The proceeds from the event will go to the benefit
of the Einstein Academy in Greenville. The Einstein academy is a non-profit, private school.
They are dedicated to developing the skills of middle school aged children who have been
diagnosed with ADHD and/or similar challenges. Please help us support this great cause and
have some good fellowship in the process. Cost to play is $50.00 and hole sponsors are
$85.00 (that includes one player). More details will be coming soon. You can contact Bro.
Chris Knight at 864-423-2031 or WB Mark A. Bennett at 864-414-0721 for more information.
Order of the Eastern Star
Meetings Monthly on the 2nd Thursday. Eat at 6:30, meeting at 7:30.
Worthy Matron
Jane Raven
(864) 879-2923
Worthy Patron
Jeffrey Raven
(864) 505-5103
Associate Matron
Trish Latta
(864) 494-1127
Associate Patron
Jack Kight
(864) 288-7200
Barbara Kight
(864) 288-7200
Maxine Howell
(864) 877-3276
Myrtle Miller
(864) 288-7319
Associate Conductress
Betty Cunningham
For information on the Wade Hampton OES No.288 contact Trish Latta at [email protected]
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Wade Hampton Lodge 404
12 Airport Road, Greenville, SC 29607