Celebrating 283 years of Freemasonry in South Carolina - First South Carolina Lodge Chartered 1735
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018, BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA: For the purpose of Rededicating Batesburg-Leesville Lodge No. 138, AFM in Celebration of the Lodge’s 150th Anniversary. Lunch will be served at 11:30 AM at the Lodge. The Grand Master, with the assistance of the other Grand Lodge Officers, will open the Grand Lodge of AFM of SC in Ample Form and Batesburg-Leesville Lodge No. 138 AFM in Due Form on the First Degree at 12:30 PM with the Rededication Ceremony following. Batesburg-Leesville Lodge is located at 222 Church Street, Batesburg, SC 29006.
All Brothers including Entered Apprentices, Fellow Crafts and Master Masons with their ladies and friends are invited to attend. All Elected and Subordinate Grand Lodge Officers and the District Deputy Grand Master, when a Lodge in his District is holding a Special Communication, are expected to attend. All other District Deputy Grand Masters and Past Grand Masters are invited to attend. All Elected Grand Lodge Officers and Past Grand Masters should wear their black tails with black bow tie, black vests, jewel, and apron. All other Grand Lodge Officers should wear black tuxedos with black bow ties, black cummerbunds or black vests, jewel and apron.
September 24, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Most Worshipful Michael Smith
Grand Master of Masons in South Carolina
SOUTH CAROLINA – APPEAL FOR ASSISTANCE
TO BE READ AT YOUR NEXT LODGE MEETING
It is with much concern that I bring forward another appeal for relief in support our friends, neighbors and brothers in OUR Grand Jurisdiction. Our Grand Lodge requested an official appeal for Masonic Relief from the Masonic Service Association of North America on behalf of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina and it was approved for distribution this week.
Thankfully, most of our Lodges and members in South Carolina have been truly blessed with the passing of Florence with minimal reports of damage, but the aftermath and heavy flooding of the Pee Dee river basin, the Waccamaw River, Great and Little Pee Dee, Lumbar, Lynches, and Black Rivers are all exceeding flood stage. All the flood waters are heading to Winyah Bay in Georgetown. We are continuing to assess our Lodges and member needs and are getting reports of Lodge flooding, members home flooding and thousands being impacted now by rising flood waters. Thanks be to Almighty God for the blessings we have received in South Carolina but we will have needs that we can help!
Unfortunately, almost 2 weeks after landfall of Hurricane Florence, the impact continues in South Carolina. As you know, communication is slowly being recovered, with utilities impacted by flooding which has limited repairs being completed quickly and I expect that we will have issues for weeks and months to come.
Our Jurisdiction is well known for our quick response to appeals from our brethren, and now as we have a request from North Carolina, we need to assist our own. I ask for your support again my brethren. Once again, we have an opportunity to aid and assist our brethren.
Again, I am asking Lodges and Districts to contribute by one of the following methods, passing the hat specifically for Disaster Relief, direct vote to contribute, appeal letter to your members, or a community fund raising event with all proceeds to go to Hurricane Disaster Relief. Your support will be 100% in support of the Disaster Relief.
Please forward your contribution to the Grand Lodge of South Carolina Charity and Disaster Relief Fund and mailed to the Grand Lodge Office. This is a 501 (c) 3 charity and individual contribution are tax deductible. Stand Tall for Freemasonry, Stand Tall for our brethren and families.
Sincerely and Fraternally
Michael Smith Grand Master
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