Monthly Archives: May 2012

Need your help IN JACKSONVILLE with preparations for the Annual Grand Communication in Orlando


I just got off the phone with John and he asked for some additional help as follows:

On Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 9 AM, Need 4 people to help with organizing and staging furniture and supplies at the Grand Lodge Building downtown Jacksonville.

On Wednesday, May 23, at 8:30 AM Need 10-12 people to load the truck for transport from Jacksonville for the AGC.

Then, the following week, on Thursday, May 31, 2012, at 8:30 AM, Need 10-12 people to unload the truck when it returns to Jacksonville.

If you can assist on any or all of these days, please let John know. Call John Palumbo at 904 868-4398

Worshipful Masters, Please actively contact the members of your lodge and seek out some brothers who can assist. Do it now, please.

 If each Master were to find and designate 1 brother to assist we would have more than enough to accomplish this project and we wouldn’t have to continue to wear out the few who always show up.



Patrick Farrell, PDDGM
Secretary, Masonic Association
11th and 12th Districts

“Let’s Learn To Communicate Better Together!”

How Do You Do That?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a set of instructions handy to help you master the use of certain technologies? One of the biggest challenges facing our fraternity is overcoming the barriers of thought that keep us from using modern technologies to spread our message over the internet. There have been a brave few brothers in recent years who have carried the torch and forged new paths for us to follow. I believe we are at a time when we need to put the tools into the hands of all our brothers.

You will notice that I have been adding pictures and comments to this website about events that I have attended over the past few weeks. I’m certainly no expert on blogging but I do have a knack for figuring out technical challenges. We are in a world where there are no experts but everybody is an expert. Yep, you read that right. There is not a single soul who is an expert on all areas of human knowledge. But, each soul alive today is an expert on something. So, the challenge then is to learn to use the tools of communication to share your expertise.

Our own Poet Laureate of Jacksonville, RW Richard Ivy Lanier has been heard to say, “When you’re through learning, you’re through.” If this is true then you owe it to yourself to become more proficient in this relatively new form of communication. I’ve heard many brothers say stuff like, “I don’t need all that fancy stuff. I just need to dial a phone number,” or “I don’t even have a computer. My wife gets my email.” It’s this kind of thinking that limits our ability to communicate and share information within and without the fraternity.

I’ve been adding content to this website and pushing the information out to mailboxes and other social media in the hopes that we will add more and more to the global conversation about Masonry. Speaking of social media, have you signed up for any free accounts that will open your communications world? I’m talking about Facebook, Twitter, LinkIn, Google+, etc. Note the buttons at the bottom of each post. You can use these to share articles and pictures with others in your social circles. And, there is no “right” one. They all have their advantages and disadvantages as well as their specialized audiences. But, to learn this you will have to take the plunge and do like young people do, “play!!!” Don’t worry about how to do it right. Just do it!

Here’s a great overview and if you have a business, it will come in handy. Check out this ebook. While you’re at it, take a look at some of the content on make use of. They have many “how to” and information articles about the internet. Bookmark their site and visit regularly. You can even sign up for their email list and get a notification once or twice a month about new content and some great deals.

The key thing about using your computer and mobile device for communicating with others is to notice what the results are and if you don’t get the result you want, change the communication until you do.

Look for more information on specific topics to appear on this website under the heading, “How Do You…?” You will find it to the left of this article in the sidebar. Check it out.

As always, if you have comments or questions, look for the comment link below and share your expertise or your search for knowledge.



2012-05-17 Hyde Park No. 370 – MM Degree

Front L-to-R: RW Wilmer Atwell, W Bobby Que, Bro. Alberto Felizmena, W Freddie Velasco, 2nd Row L-to-R: RH Corey Kosciusko, W Bill Crime, RW Rudy Boatright, RW Wiley Hart, Bro Todd O. Jennings, Bro. Reynaldo Viray, Back Row L-to-R: W Wayne Williams, RW Alan McQuaig, W Brad Yoder, W Tony Chavez, Bro Lawrence Griffin, W Mike Stoinoff

In spite of the thunderstorms, brothers from six local lodges as well as one visiting brother from Pennsylvania gathered to confer the MM Degree on FC Brother Alberto Felizmena. The evening began with fellowship and giving thanks for our many blessings. The lecture was performed by RW Wilmer Atwell and the charge delivered by W Tony Chavez. Finally, RW Rudy Boatright and RW Alan McQuaig presented Brother Felizmena with his bible and masonic monitor. It was an enjoyable evening with plenty of fun and fellowship as we turned in our labors.

2012-05-15 Barnett Lodge No. 187

Front L-to-R: Bros. John Broughton, Joshua Card, John Fails, Joshua Fitchett, Kaream Johnson, James Neal, Gale Arnold, John Santiago. Center L-to-R: Bros. Clint Mcquarry, Victor Towns (hat), Bruce Ford, Shawn Shannon, Back L-to-R: W Chris Glass, Bro Todd O. Jennings.



The evening began as usual with good fellowship. Five lodges were represented by approximately 35 or so brothers. We came together to break bread and get on with some work. After greeting many brothers, some that I had not seen in quite a while, we took time to give thanks for our many blessings. We then feasted on Sheppard’s Pie with a side salad. Since we were at Barnett Lodge, we were greeted by a plethora of the most delightful sweets for dessert.

After dinner, we retired to the lodge room for labor. Brother Victor Towns presided in the East and with the able assistance of Brother Dave Thomas managed to turn in a respectable performance. The remainder of the degree team followed suit and all ears were at the door to make sure the Georgia work stayed outside.

The new Fellowcrafts were treated to a fine lecture by RW Robby Stokes of Solomon Lodge no. 20. The Charge was delivered in fine fashion by Brother Shawn Shannon of Barnett Lodge. Many positive comments were made by brothers throughout the lodge as well as the FC brothers. The lodge was closed in Due Form and harmony prevailed.

New Master Masons at Orange Park

Front Row L-to-R: Bros. Matthew Moore, Bruce Hanson, Lance Norman 2nd Row L-to_R: Bros Richard Bilyard, Sr., John Moore, RW Patrick Farrell, W Duane Trump, RWDDGM Frank Kleese, RH Corey Kosciusko Back Row L-to-R: Bro Maleko Berrier, RW Rudy Boatright, Bro Richard Bilyard II

Last month, April 30th, we raised two new Master Masons at Orange Park Lodge. It was especially meaningful for Brother John Moore, member of Riverview Lodge, because he was able to raise his grandson, Matthew Moore. W Bill Maule performed the part of King Solomon before turning over the honors to Bro Moore.

Under the category of Honored Guests we were pleased to host RWDDGM Frank Kleese. The 1st part of the degree was conferred by W Duane Trump, Master of Orange Park Lodge. In the 2nd half, the District Instructor for the 12th District, RH Corey Kosciusko performed the part of King Solomon. The lecture was delivered by Bro Mark Balester and the Charge by RW Patrick Farrell.

Left, W Duane Trump, Master of Orange Park Lodge. Right, MW Bob Trump, Past Grand Master of Masons in Florida