Aus dem Osten – September 2015

Aus dem Osten

Freunde und geliebte Brüder alle!

I trust all members, families, and friends of Arminius Lodge have had a pleasant summer, and that the Arminius-Brüder are ready once again to take up the Werkzeuge or Working Tools for the autumn.  This month we will be opening and closing in German in the Second Degree (Tempelarbeit II:  Gesellengrad).  In October and November, we will be working in the First Degree.

For our upcoming 21 September Stated Communication (dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:30), Walter Benesch, my counterpart in the East at Lafayette-DuPont Lodge, will offer a look at the life and music of the expatriate American chanteuse Josephine Baker, her work for the French Resistance, and her interesting connection to Free-Masonry.  This presentation, intended for our meeting this past April, was unavoidably delayed until this month.

I hope to see all of you at the Masonic Family Picnic at Glen Echo Park on Saturday, 26 September.  This is one of the major Grand Lodge family events, and I hope many Arminius members, families, and guests will attend.

Mit brüderlichen Grüßen,

Mark Dreisonstok, E:. M:. vom Stuhl


Freimaurer  sind  immer  auf  der  Suche

Wer die harmonischen und natürlich schönen Proportionen der Freimaurerei verstehen will, der muss lesen, untersuchen, reflektieren, nachdenken und unterscheiden.  Ein Freimaurer bleibt immer auch ein Suchender auf der Suche nach dem tieferen Verständnis. Bücher und antike Symbole der königlichen Kunst können wir als Behältnisse verstehen, die randvoll gefüllt sind mit den geistigen.

Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma” (Übersetzung von Dr. AndreasGehlert)

The  Mason  is  a  Seeker  after  Knowledge

He who desires to understand the harmonious and beautiful proportions of Freemasonry must read, study, reflect, digest, and discriminate.  The true Mason is an ardent seeker after knowledge;  and he knows that both books and the antique symbols of Masonry are vessels which come down to us full-freighted with the intellectual riches of the Past . . .

Albert Pike, “Secret Master” Lecture, Morals and Dogma,

  1. 107 (classic English-language edition)

3 comments for “Aus dem Osten – September 2015

  1. Alan Flowers
    September 22, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I would like to attend the TA-II in November, but didn’t see date/time on your website.

    Fraternal regards,

    Al Flowers
    Moseley, VA
    Member, Joppa 40, Richmond, VA
    PM Bavaria 935, Munich 1989

    • October 18, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Dear PM Alan Flowers. Sorry for the late response. It’s tomorrow, Monday, October 19 at 7:30 PM at the DC Scottish Rite. Here is the blog entry I received from the WM today:

      It was wonderful to see many Arminius members at our last Stated Communication (which included a fascinating presentation by Walter Benesh on Josephine Baker). Several of the Arminius Brethren and their wives were also present at the Grand Lodge Masonic Family picnic in the former Bumper-Car Pavilion area at Glen Echo Park. Our next Stated Communication features John Bozeman, Dean at the American College of Commerce and Technology, who will take on the unusual task of linking technology with moral and spiritual development. I have heard this talk and am confident you will find it of great interest. Remember you can – and should! — invite guests to this and all presentations at Arminius Lodge unless it otherwise stated.

      Please note that there are changes in dues and that there is an entirely new mechanism for calculating dues. These changes in dues take into account our operating costs as well as separate out Grand Lodge Assessments. Further information can be found in the October printed Bulletin.

      Finally, thanks go out to Mrs. Ellen Walker for making Apfelstrudel to represent Arminius Lodge and German culture on the culinary level at last June’s International Brotherhood Event.

      I look forward to seeing all of you at our meeting on 19 October!

      Mit brüderlichen Grüßen,

      Mark Dreisonstok, E:. M:. vom Stuhl

  2. Al Flowers
    November 1, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Br Mark:
    I have just returned from Germany, and only this morning reading your response to my inquirey about TA in November and December. I’d very much like to attend. If you have set dates for TA, please let me know.


    Al Flowers
    Moseley, Virginia
    Joppa40, Richmond

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