Masonic Flashlight

Last updated 1 Aug 2015


 Hello Sisters and Brothers,

    Thanks to the efforts of WB Michael Affronte of Sumter Lodge # 364, the Masonic Flashlight website is up and running! Worshipful Affronte is the Web Master. PLEASE USE THE LINK LISTED ABOVE! This site will be updated approximately every two weeks. We need all of your Eastern Star, Masonic, and Shrine work sent to Please do not think that we will receive the information from someone else. I would rather receive the information from several people. PLEASE SEND THIS LINK TO ALL OF THE SISTERS AND BROTHERS ON YOUR MAILING LIST. If you like the new web site, please write to Worshipful Michael Affronte at

If you know a brother or grand lodge officer from another state please feel free to send them the link to our “Masonic Flashlight” and to email us i.e. or and we would gladly attach their links to our flashlight so that the brethren here can see what is happening with other brethren throughout the county.


Thank you for your support,

Worshipful Mitchell Floyd

Hampton Lodge # 204

Florence, SC



Wed Aug 5 2015: Scottish Rite Valley of Columbia 6:30 Dinner--7:30 Meeting----Great D&M

5 pm Car/Pool--Florence Pig Wig by I-20, Join Us---Riders & Drivers Needed


September 25: Amity-Hampton Lodges fish fry 5-7 P.M.


October 15: Pancake Supper at Benton Lodge in Timmonsville.


Prayer Request:

Rev. Edward Charles Suggs
August 11, 1942 - July 25, 2015
Conway...Edward C. Suggs, age 72, of Reta Street, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Conway Medical Center.
Mr. Suggs was born in Newark, NJ, a son of the late Charles Daniel and Kathryn Elizabeth Wilt.
He was employed with Trans Con Freight and retired from ABF Freight in PA. He and his wife retired to live in SC.
Mr. Suggs was affiliated with the Prayer Center in Conway for a number of years and then worked with the county for about seven years which he also retired from. In 2001, he started a nonprofit ministry called United Life in Christ Ministries to help homeless and people who needed a second chance. He used his abilities in ministry to council, help those less fortunate and officiated at numerous weddings.
Ed had many hobbies that he greatly enjoyed. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He spent many enjoyable years camping and RVing with his family.
Along with his brother and lifelong friend, Walt Robinson, he was addicted to Ham radios for many years.
Ed had numerous interests in collecting stamps, coins, baseball cards, antique guns, rifles, and Masonic memorabilia.
Ed's lifelong interest was the Masons. His grandfather was a lifelong member of the Masonic Blue Lodge and that was something the Ed always wanted to do. He joined the mason's in 1968 in Cleveland, OH and remained very active throughout his life. When he moved with his wife, to SC, he devoted many hours and years to various different bodies of the masons; Loris Lodge #205 AFM, Past High Priest of Marion Chapter #35 RAM, Past Illustrious Master of Hiram Council#38, Past Commander of Delphi Commandery #8, presently serving as representative of the Grand Commandery of South Carolina, Past Sovereign Master of ESC Baker Council #514 AMD, Palmetto York Rite College #70, Piedmont and Charles Towne York Rite College #113, All Saints Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, S.H.J. Womack Council #20, Knight Masons, Order of the Eastern Star, Scottish Rite, Knight Crusaders of the Cross of South Carolina. Currently, he is the Grand Chaplain of the Grand Council, Royal and Select Masters of South Carolina and has held this position since March 14, 2011.
Honorably Discharged Unites States Air Force Veteran.
Ed was a very quiet man, one of few words but he was definitely one of conviction. When he spoke, you knew he was serious and meant every word. He was always a family man and was devoted to his family. He enjoyed his grandchildren and they were the deciding factor on moving to SC in 1995 after they moved here.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Sandra K. Suggs, his son, Edward C. Suggs, Jr and daughter, Sherrie L. Suggs of Myrtle Beach, SC and Tracee K. Suggs of Alexandria, VA., three grandchildren, Edward C. Suggs, III, Ashley Elizabeth Suggs and Christian Allan Suggs.
He was predeceased by a sister, Bonita Shaver, a brother, John Robert Suggs and numerous nieces, nephews in the Pennsylvania area.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM Thursday, July 30, 20015 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, 606 Beaty St., Conway SC 29526 with a Masonic Service to be held at 5:00 PM.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, or you may donate online at:
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel is in charge of arrangements.



I make an appeal to you to help out not only MSA, but our vetrans who must be admitted to Dorn VA Medical Center who arrive with nothing to their name please contact your MSA Representative and make donations of the following for MSA office at Dorn VA Medical Center so that our brethren and veterans can at least have minimum personal items that are not supplied by the hospital. The consist of;

Toothbrush - Toothpaste, Disposable Razor - Shaving Cream, Shampoo, Anti Perspirant, Hand and or Body lotion, Comb, Hair Brush.

These things can be purchased at a local dollar store and collected at each lodge, and given to your MSA Rep, or if you wish contact your local area Veterans Affairs Office and have the DAV Van Driver drop them off. No one Brother needs to purchase all the above items, but if you could purchase one item a month, just think of the self esteem you could give a Brother, Veteran, who would need these things during a stay at the hospital, these are little things that we take for granted until we do not have them.

Any further questions please contact

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Wayne D Bradley, PM (2017


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A C Flora IV, PDDGM (2017)

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The Masonic symbolism of ā€˜Gā€™


G is the seventh letter from the latin alphabet and the ninth out of the Romanian one. The Masonic symbolism of ‘G’ letter, whose normal position is ‘polar’, close to the letter I, letter of the first name of God.

This approach is justified by the fact that the letter G, following Rene Guenon’s writings, cannot be considered a true symbol. This letter belonged to the modern languages that have nothing sacred or traditional but “strands for God”, just like in the English rituals. Being the initial of the word “God”, the letter was regarded as a substitute for the Hebrew “Iod”, a symbol of the Principle or of the Unity. The English Freemasons have identified the three letters of “God” with the three Hebrew words: “Gamel, Oz, Dabar (Beauty, Strength, Wisdom).

At the same time, the G letter stands in front of the seven arts and the liberal sciences: Grammar and Geometry – which can be encountered in the eldest manuscripts 9215/1390 A.D., Regius Manuscript („The Regius Manuscript - A Poem of Moral Duties”):


Grammar is the first science I know,

Dialect the second, so I have I bliss,

Rhetoric the third without doubt,

Music is the fourth, as I you say,

Astronomy is the fifth, by my snout,

Arithmetic the sixth, without doubt,

Geometry the seventh maketh an end, (…)

Geometry the seventh science it is,


Out of which Geometry, the seventh, is considered to be Freemasonry.

In the history of Esotericism, the G letter is often linked to the spiral. The spiral is a concept taken from Buddhism, a religion embraced by the Theosophers and the Theosophical Society. Theosophy is characterized by the concept of “The Great Brotherhood of Man”, a phenomenon inspired by the Masonic Order.

Thus, for the Freemasons, the spiral is the path of ascension to knowledge.



If you are still not sure what is happening around you here is a link to the South Carolina Grand Lodge Calendar of events   EVENTS

South Carolina Grand Lodge web site =

The Grand Chapter for the Eastern Star of South Carolina website =

For more information about the Craft =

Grand Lodges of the United States of America=  HTTP://WWW.MSANA.COM/LINKSUS.ASP

Masonic Dictionary =

28th district web site =

29th district web site =

Hillcrest Masonic Lodge #397 =

Hillcrest O.E.S. Chapter #263 =

Horry Lodge # 381 =

Pawley’s Island# 409 Web Site =

Pietre-Stones review of Free Masonry =

Scottish rite web site =

ShrinersHospitalWeb Site =  

(Click on Volume 1:1)SocasteeO.E.S. Chapter #301 =

South Carolina Grand CourtOrder of the Amaranth: WWW.SCGCAMARANTH.ORG

South CarolinaMasonicInformationCenter:

for the listing of Degrees and Fundraisers.Please go to this list and place yours under your Lodge. Also please place a link to this site on your webpage. WB Karl MoserS.C. Masonic Research Society =

Visit Masonic Leader

South Carolina Rainbow Girls =

S. C. York Rite E-mail web site =

Spartanburg AFM website =

Summerville Lodge # 234 website =

Sumter Lodge #364 website =

Sumter York Rite Bodies =

WaccamawChapter 89 Order of Eastern Star website =

Walden Lodge #274 Greenvillewebsite =


A really cheap web hosting. It is open to all Brothers and Lodges forhosting their web sites. WB Karl Moser

For someone to give the 2nd degree lecture, call Wayne Mears at 843 393-4695, DarlingtonSC
For someone to give the 2nd & 3rd degree lectures, call Roger Lane at 843 229-2343 , 
Florence SC
For someone to give all three lectures, call Ellison Messick at 843 669-0102, Florence SC
For assistance with putting on any Degree, please contact Larry Robbins in Florenceat home 843 665-7889, 
or cell 843 250-0402.
HartsvilleSC.For 1st & 3rd degree lectures, call Sam Masters at 843 335-5760,Hartsville SC
For someone to give the 1st Degree lecture call Denny Eaddy at home 843 386-3963, cell 843 625-0633, Leo SC
For someone to give all three lectures, call William E. Clardy at 843 756-5420, or cell 843 333-3771, Loris SC
For someone to give all three lectures, call Roy Alsbrooks at 803 775-6949, Sumter SC.
Willing to travel for the Craft.
For someone to speak at your Ladies Night Banquet or any other Masonic function, please contact
James R. “Randy” McDonald, PDDGM, at RMCDONALD@WILLIAMSBURGFNB.COM  or telephone,
home843 374-3027, work 843 678-8562, or cell843 617-6733.
For someone to give the Third Degree lecture call Danny Johnson Jr., from Hartsville, at 843 857-4387 

Scottish Rite Assistance:

For assistance with the Scottish Rite Master Craftsman courses I or II, please call RW Ellison Messick at

843 669-0102.
















For Sale: 

I have just determined that other non recognized Masonic organizations have recently obtained approval fora South Carolina License Plate with the Square, Compasses, and letter G on them.  The other Masonic Plate currently at the DMV now has AF&AM on the plate.  I have also been informed thatthe Prince Hall Grand Lodge is also applying for a license plate and Ido not know what Designation thatthey will be using.  This means that there will be at lest three different Square, Compasses, andletter G license plates in South Carolina.Please inform the Brethren in your area as soon as possible that when they are purchasing a Masonic Plate at the DMV, they must specify the AFM license plate which designates them as Ancient Free Masons.If a Brother purchases the wrong plate, the proceeds will go to the other organization and the Brotherwillhave a license plate reflecting an unrecognized "Clandestine" Grand Lodge.  Although the DMV is supposed to be checking for Dues Cards, they willbe unableto keep the different designationsstraight.  It will be up to the Brother purchasing the License Plate.



Gerald L. Carver     

Past Grand Master of Masons in SC


Ancient Free Masons license plates are $30.00 plus the registration fee. Funds are distributed to Scottish Rites Foundation of South Carolina. Funds will be used for speech and language therapy for pre-school children and disaster relief. Brethern, please also be advised that every other year you will pay $30.00 renew fee to DVM, for  Grand Lodge each time to continue to use this plate.
You are looking at the Brand New, first time available Red, White and BlueFREEMASON SUPPORT OUR TROOPS Auto Emblem.   The Blue Ring depicts all branches of the Armed Service in Gold on Blue “* Army * Air Force * Navy * Marines * Coast Guard *.”
The Red ring depicts “Freemasons”   “Support Our Troops” and a white circle with a Square and compass with the “G” in a field of blue.The decal measures 2 7/8 inch round andhas double sided adhesive tape on the back and will stick on all glass andpainted surfaces.   Cost will be $6.75 (Free Shipping) for one or six (6) for $33.00 (Free Shipping) or a dozen (12) for $63.00 (Free Shipping.)
For further information please contact WB Ken Thompson at 425.344.4477or email at

The Conway York Rite bodies are selling this plaque to raise funds for ourfour charities that we support.
They are the Cryptic Mason, RARA, Knight Templar eye foundation and the Holy Land Pilgrimage. It isscrolled outof 1/8th Baltic Burch plywood, it takes me about 20 plus hours to cut it out; itis not done with a laser, but with a scroll saw. The size of the plaque is 14X18 we are asking $150.00 for each one, this will include any postage needed to send it to the buyer. When one has been purchased, $50.00 of the cost willgo to ourfour charities.Pleasemake the check out to Conway York Rite and send it to:Kenneth Brackens 2742 Cultra Road Conway. SC 29526 e-mail for more informationDelivery time will be from 5to 15 days after receiving the check.Kenneth Brackens Secretary and Recorder Conway YorkRite Bodies

Brethren, the following information is sent by WBro. Joe Goode, and is not intended as an advertisement for

the listed companies, but rather a chance for the brethren to save a few dollars down the line.

YOU must ASK for your discount !


Applebee's: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby's: 10% off ( 55 +)
Ben & Jerry's: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan's: discount varies by location (60+)
Bob's Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee ( 55+)
Chili's: 10% off ( 55+)
CiCi's Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Denny's: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members ( 55 +)
Dunkin' Donuts: 10% off or free coffee ( 55+)
Einstein's Bagels: 10% off baker's dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker's: 10% off any senior platter ( 55+)
Gatti's Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee's: $0.33 beverages every day (65+)
IHOP: 10% off ( 55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off ( 55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+)
Long John Silver's: various discounts at locations ( 55+)
McDonald's: discounts on coffee every day ( 55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney's: 10% off Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak 'n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday ( 50+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off ( 55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off ( 50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy's: 10% off ( 55 +)
White Castle : 10% off (62+) This is for me ... if I ever see one again.


Banana Republic: 30% off ( 50 +)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month ( 50 +)
Belk's: 15% off first Tuesday of every month ( 55 +)
Big Lots: 30% off
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days ( 55 +)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (50+)
Clarks : 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 20% off ( 55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kmart: 40% off (Wednesdays only) ( 50+)
Kohl's: 15% off (60+)
Modell's Sporting Goods: 30% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday ( 55+)
Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off ( 55+)
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month ( 55 +)


Albertson's: 10% off first Wednesday of each month ( 55 +)
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday ( 50 +)
Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)
Food Lion: 60% off every Monday (60+)
Fry's Supermarket: free Fry's VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday ( 55 +)
Great Value Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)
Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday ( 50 +)
Publix: 15% off every Wednesday (55+)

Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe's Marketplace: 15% off (62+)


Alaska Airlines: 50% off (65+)

American Airlines: various discounts for 50% off non-peak periods (Tuesdays - Thursdays) (62+)and up (call before booking for discount)

Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations

Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)


Amtrak: 15%(62+) off  Bus:
Greyhound: 15% off (62+)
Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50+

Car Rental:

Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
Budget Rental Cars: 40% off; up to 50% off for AARP members ( 50+)

Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off ( 50+) Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members

Overnight Accommodations:

Holiday Inn: 20-40% off depending on location (62+)
Best Western: 40% off (55+)

Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Waldorf Astoria - NYC $5,000 off nightly rate for Presidential Suite (55 +)
Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge: 40% off (60+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: 40% off when booked 72 hours in advance

Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler's Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)
Marriott Hotels: 25% off (62+)
Motel 6: Stay Free Sunday nights (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort: 30% off ( 55 +)
Quality Inn: 40%-50% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 40% off (60+)


AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 55 +)
Bally Total Fitness: $100 off memberships (62+)
Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $13 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)
Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
Massage Envy - NYC 20% off all "Happy Endings" (62 +)
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas: 50% off Ripley's Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket ( 55 +)
SeaWorld, Orlando , FL : $3 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)


AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $19.99/month (65+)
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service ( 50 +)
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).

Great Clips: $8 off haircuts (60+)
Supercuts: $8 off haircuts (60+)

Since many senior discounts are not advertised to the public, our advice to men and women over 55 is to ALWAYS ask a sales associate if that store provides a senior discount. That way, you can be sure to get the most bang for you buck



For you information only Brethern, need a web site ?

For you Lodge, York Rite, Eastern Start or any Masonic funcion, look over this site and contact Mike Affronte ( for laying out you sample site to be approved by Grand Lodge for a mosest fee arount 15.00 to preserved your site name witch very chritical.




If there is a brother or sister that winds up in Tuomey Health Care, Sumter, SC. Send them a 'Get Well' electronic card through Tuomey's website.. I strongly urge each of you to do the same while you are reading this email... just click this site: , enter: Patient Name, room number: ###

Message:  Whatever you want to say and then hit the submit button.

Here is the connection for  Providence Hospitals in Columbia, SC., use the same format as above.

Here is the connection for  Palmetto Health Hospitals in Columbia, SC., use the same format as above.

Here is the connection for  Lexington Medical Center in Columbia, SC., use the same format as above.

Here is the connection for  Aiken Regional Medical Centers in Aiken, SC., use the same format as above.

Here is the connection for  Greenville Hospital System University Medical Centers in Greenville, SC., use the same format as above.

Here is the connection for  Allendale County Hospital in Fairfax, Allendale County, SC., use the same format as above.

Here is the connection for Beaufort Memorial  Hospital, Beaufort, Beaufort county, SC., use the same format as above.

Here is G.J. Workaman Memorial Hospital, Spartanburg, SC., use the same format as above.

Here is Brownell Center for Behavioral Health, Greenville, SC., use the same format as above.

Here is Children's Hospital of Palmetto Health, Columbia, SC., use the same format as above.,; (Palmetto Baptist),,;  

(Palmetto Health Richland)

Here is Conway Medical Center, Conway, SC., use the same format as above.

This area is under CONSTRUCTION please bear with us for awhile until we get a good listing.


This web site has been approved by The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina

MWB William "Bill" Bramlett Rogers, Grand Master of all Masons in South Carolina.

Michael Affronte PM webmaster