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Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 2, 2009 at 7:28 PM Comments comments (0)






George M. Free

What makes a man a Mason, O brother of mine?
It isn't the due guard, nor is it the sign,
It isn't the jewel which hangs on your breast
It isn't the apron in which you are dressed

It isn't the step, nor the token, nor the grip,
Nor lectures that fluently flow from the lip,
Nor yet the possession of that mystic word
On five points of fellowship duly conferred.

Though these are essential, desirable, fine,
They don't make a Mason, O brother of mine.
That you to your sworn obligation are true
'Tis that, brother mine, makes a Mason of you.

Secure in your heart you must safeguard and trust,
With lodge and with brother be honest and just,
Assist the deserving who cry in their need,
Be chaste in your thought, in your word and your deed.

Support he who falters, with hope banish fear,
And whisper advice in an erring one's ear.
Then will the Great Lights on your path brightly shine,
And you'll be a Mason, O brother of mine.

Your use of life's hours by the gauge you must try,
The gavel of vices with courage apply;
Your walk must be upright, as shown by the plumb,
On the level, to bourn whence no travelers come,

The Book of your faith be the rule and the guide,
The compass your passions shut safely inside;
The stone which the Architect placed in your care
Must pass the strict test of His unerring square.

And then you will meet
with approval divine,
And you'll be a Mason,
O brother of mine.

Last Night I Knelt Where Hiram Knelt

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 2, 2009 at 3:19 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations again to our new Master Masons on your raising, I thought this poem would be perfect for the occasion.

Last Night I knelt where Hiram knelt.By


Pat M. Armstrong Last night I knelt where Hiram knelt
and took an obligation
today I'm closer to my God
and I'm a Master Mason

Tho' heretofore my fellow men
seemed each one like the other
today I search each one apart
I'm looking for my brother

And as I feel his friendly grip
it fills my heart with pride
I know that while I'm on the square
that he is by my side

His footsteps on my errand go
if I should such require:
His prayers will lead in my behalf
if I should so desire

My words are safe within his breast
as though within my own
his hand forever at my back
to help me safely home

Good counsel whispers in my ear
and warns of any danger
By square and compass, Brother now!
Who once would call me stranger

I might have lived a moral life
and risen to distinction
Without my Brothers helping hand
and fellowship of Masons

But God, who knows how hard it is
to resist life's temptations
knows why I knelt where Hiram knelt
and took that obligation.

She'll remember him while cleaning every spring

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 1, 2009 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

She's cleaning out his closet; it's not the first time that she tried,
But this time she's going to do it; it's been six months since he died.
She can smell her husband's after shave, he'd always used Old Spice;
She remembers how he loved her so, and made their life so nice.


"Is this what life is all about?  If it is, it feels like hell
 To search my husband's closet and decide if he'd done well.
 If he hadn't been a Mason we'd have had a few more bucks; He would not    have bought this Shrine fez; he would not have owned this tux.

"I'll give his ties to our son-in-law, the suits to the corner Goodwill.
 It's hard for me to remember he's gone; it seems like he's with me still.
 "If he hadn't been a Mason would our time have been less grand?
 Would I still have given my life to him when he asked me for my hand?

"Here's his Masonic pocket watch; every hour it would chime
 When he was with his brothers, he was always home on time.
 And here's his Scottish Rite ring, and here's his York Rite pin;
 Oh how I miss his laughter, oh how I miss his grin.

"And to me a list of promises; an odd thing for him to save;
 I think I'll ask about it, the next time I visit his grave.
 He had always kept his word to me; he would never cheat or lie;
 I thought he'd live forever, I thought he'd never die.

 "And here's his coded ritual with its secrets locked inside;
  And here's his clean white apron! We couldn't find it when he died.
  And here's his dad's Masonic pin; I'll keep it just in case,
  So when our son is older, he might take his father's place.

 I remember at the funeral his brothers held me snug -
 Where are all those Masons now I could use just one more hug?
 Did the fact he was a Mason make him a better man?
 Did Masonic obligations make him follow some life's plan?"

She was doing her spring cleaning, just like she always had,
But this year is for remembering, this year is more than sad.

Did it really make him better? It is hard to understand,
But he had become a Mason; and he was a better man
You just know she'll keep a few things; his apron, that list, and his ring;
And you know that she'll remember him, while cleaning every spring.

Courtesy: W:. Mitch Leiberman, West Broward Lodge.

South Miami annual picnic

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 1, 2009 at 10:48 AM Comments comments (0)

South Miami Lodge will hold the annual picnic


When: Saturday April 11 2009.


11395 SW 79th St, Miami, FL.
Pavillion 3
The Park has 2 entrances, use the one on 117 Ave (and 79 St)
Time: Starting 11:00 am, Food will be served around 1:00 pm.
Bring family, friends and good appetite.

MM Degree

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 1, 2009 at 10:21 AM Comments comments (0)

Great MM Degree yesterday, 4 Brothers were raised, particularly touching to me is when generations interact Masonically in the Lodge, we had Father raising his son and sons raising his fathers.


The Ritual work was exemplary as it is the case in South Miami Lodge, due to the dedication of all members and officers, special recognition is due to our J. W. Phil Perez and S. W. Sergio Perez who presided in the East in the First and Second sections respectively, our Marshall, S.D., J.D., S.S., J.S., Tyler and pro temping Chaplain all did phenomenal work.


We were also blessed by the present and participation of our Past Masters, W:. Young, W:. Simpson, W:. Stoodt, W:. Brown, R:. W:. Rosean and R:. H:. Fleites. Also all the Brothers (Members and Visiting) about 40 gave credence to our Masonic Brotherly Love. 


South Miami Lodge is vibrant and growing through love and dedication, share some time with us if within the length of you Cable-Tow.

Masonic Mottoes

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on March 27, 2009 at 3:31 PM Comments comments (0)

Freemasons have for different branches of their Order mottoes, which are placed on their banners or put at the head of their documents, which are expressive of the character and design, either of the whole Order or of the particular branch to which the motto belongs. [Mackey’s Encyclopedia, p. 684.]


1395 Ancient Craft Masonry (Ordo ab Chao) (Order out of Chaos)

1472 London Company of Freemasons (God is our Guide).

1677 London Company of Masons (In Deo fiducia vinces) (In the Lord is all our Trust)

1717 Premier Grand Lodge of Freemasons (In Deo fiducia vinces) (In the Lord is all our Trust).

1751 Ancient Grand Lodge (Holiness to the Lord)

1740s Mark Master (Lapis reprobatus caput anguli) ([the] stone [which was] rejected [has become] the head[stone] of the corner [Acts 4:11])

1783 Capitular Masonry (Kodesh Layehovah Exodus 29:30) (Holiness to the Lord)

1780 Templar Masonry (In hoc signo vinces) (By this sign thou shalt conquer)

1802 Scottish Rite (Lux e tenebris) (Light out of darkness)

1815 UGLE coat of arms (Kodes la Adonai) (Holiness to the Lord [Exodus 28:36])

                                             ( Audi, Vide, Tace "Audi, vide, tace, si vis vivere in pace)

                                             (Hear, see, be silent if you would live in peace)             

1855 Scottish Rite, 14° (Virtus junxit, mors non separabit) (Virtue has united, death shall not separate)

Scottish Masonry 30° (Ne plus ultra) (Nothing more beyond)

Scottish Masonry 32° (Spes mea in Deo est) (My hope is in God)

Scottish Masonry 33° (Deus meumque Jus) (God and my right)

A. & A. S. R. S. J. (Dieu et mon Droit) (God and my right)

1865 Order of the Red Cross (Magna est Veritas, et praevalabit) (Great is truth, and it will prevail)

(Pulsanti Operietur) (to him who knocks it shall be opened)

G. O. D. (acronym) (Gomer, Oz, Dabar) (Wisdom, Strength and Beauty)

(Bene agere et laetari) (Do good cheerfully)

Lessons learned from EA degree

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on March 25, 2009 at 2:26 PM Comments comments (0)

"In the Entered Apprentice's Degree the initiate is taught the necessity of a belief in God; of charity toward all mankind, "more especially a brother Mason"; of secrecy; the meaning of brotherly love; the reasons for relief; the greatness of truth; the advantages of temperance; the value of fortitude; the part played in Masonic life by prudence, and the equality of strict justice. He is charged to be reverent before God, to pray to Him for help, to venerate Him as the source of all that is good. He is exhorted to practice the Golden Rule and to avoid excesses of all kinds. He is admonished to be quiet and peaceable, not to countenance disloyalty and rebellion, to be true and just to government and country, to be cheerful under its laws. He is charged to come often to lodge but not to neglect his business, not to argue about Freemasonry with the ignorant but to learn Masonry, from Masons, and once again to be secret. Finally he is urged to present only such candidates as he is sure will agree to all that he has agreed to."


From: Introduction to Freemasonry. By Carl H. Claudy.

Mason's Prayer

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on March 25, 2009 at 8:18 AM Comments comments (0)



Architect Supreme, bend me to Thy will.


Draw Thy plans on the trestle-board of my heart


And commit me to thy builder's wisdom.


Shape Thou the structure of my life


into a temple of character


-a fortress of manhood


-a stronghold of justice.


Lead me in the paths of truth


-O Grand Master of the Universe,


That my thoughts and deeds


may bring honor to Thy cause.


Teach me that Charity will endureth all things,


And temper my passion in Thy Holy fire.


Circumscribe and keep me within Thy laws,


And when it is appointed for me to judge,


Let me cleave to the plumbline of Thy divine righteousness.


Grand me fortitude to bear my sufferings by myself,


And when my travels are ended,


Take Thou this rough ashlar of mortality


into Thy kingdom of Eternal Light.


                                         Amen. So mote it be.

Help a special school

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on March 23, 2009 at 5:34 PM Comments comments (0)
Below is a message from Brother Peter Warwar and lady Kelly concerning the school of their children Brandon and Blaize who attend a specialized school caring for over 100 special angels, that school is hurting today and in need of any assistance you may extend.
Brethren remember that to relieve the distressed is a duty incumbent on all men but particularly on Masons. To sooth the unhappy, to sympathize with them in their misfortunes, to compassionate their hardships and to restore peace to their troubled minds, is the great aim we have in view. Remember that it is our duty to pour the oil of joy into the hearts of the afflicted.
The link below will lead you to the site, or you can also send your donation by mail to:
Make checks payable to: Neva King Cooper PTA.
Mail Check To:
151 NW 5th Street
Homestead, Florida 33030
Phone: 305-247-4307 FAX: 305-248-8517
Finally, remember the children in you devotion to G*d and offer a prayer for those beautiful souls.
Thank you for your support.
Fraternal Regards,
Sam Salama.
South Miami Lodge # 308 F&AM.

Dear Friends,

As you all know we have 2 very special "angels" young men in my life, Brandon and Blaize.  The boys go to a wonderful, specialized school Neva King Cooper Educational Center, which loves them and takes such good care of them, along with 100 other angels.  Their school is in much need of supplies, materials and equipment for these children.  Resources are very limited so all donations are welcome and greatly appreciated.  If you would like to donate to the school please press on the link in the subject line, it should take you right there.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Please feel free to share with friends and family.

Kelly Ann and Peter Warwar

Annual Rainbow assembly corned beef dinner

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on March 22, 2009 at 7:18 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday, over a hundred brothers, family and friends enjoyed a great feast hosted by South Miami Rainbow Assembly with the support of Brothers of our Lodge.


The food was excellent and the fellowship was even greater.


This is an annual event, if you have not attended, you missed out on a great gathering and meal.