Brother Michael Smith, who initiated the program to put MSA Short Talk Bulletins into an audio format, has been featured with a cover story in the Winter 2015, issue of The Maine Mason, the official publication of the Grand Lodge of Maine.
MSA thanks Maine Grand Master David Walker A. Walker and Past Grand Master George P. Pulkkinen, editor of the The Maine Mason, for providing this special attention to MSA’s effort.
It was Brother Smith’s idea and very often his voice that makes the program work.
His concept has resulted in the Audio Subscription for Short Talk Bulletins. See the story below with details.
A new style of subscription for the Short Talk Bulletin, is now available for those who may be visually impaired or just prefer an audio version.
By subscribing to the Short Talk Bulletin Online Audio Library, every month you will receive the current Short Talk Bulletin as a spoken audio file.
The Masonic Service Association is working with Brother Michael Smith, of Freeport, ME, and Anaba Publishing, who recently published an audio book of MSA Short Talks from many years ago.
The subscription fee for the special audio Short Talk is $20 per year. For more information, go to the Online Audio Library for information on how to subscribe.
The subscription also provides notification of the growing collection of historical Short Talks, as audio versions are produced.
The Masonic Service Association is sadden by the death of William G. Roberts, Chairman of MSA, who passed away on November 21, in Reno, Nevada, following a brief illness.
Most Worshipful Brother Roberts was an Executive Commissioner for MSA, representing the western U.S., for 16 years, and subsequently was elected Chairman for an additional 9 years. He presided over many annual and semi-annual meetings and provided outstanding guidance for MSA during his tenure.
He was a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Nevada.
Brother Roberts was born in Tonopah and spent most of his life in this community. For many years, he worked in nearly all areas for the Tonopah Times-Bonanza newspaper, and specifically served in positions as editor, reporter, and columnist. He was also active in many Tonopah civic organizations.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Jean (B.J.), and son, Matthew W., and two grandchildren.
The Grand Lodge of Nevada conducted Masonic Funeral Services on Nov. 29.
MSA is offering a special bundle of Volumes II and III (clothbound Master Mason Edition ONLY) of the Short Talk Bulletin Collection.
These two volumes are still available for sale individually at $98 each (includes shipping), but you can save by buying these two volumes together through the Holiday Special! Volumes II and III, Master Mason Edition, are priced as a packaged Special for $170.00, which includes shipping—U.S. only.* This is a savings of $26.
These are the re-edited, re-typeset, and indexed Short Talk Bulletins in bound volumes, each containing approximately 15 years of MSA’s monthly publication, and well-over 700 pages of outstanding reading in each volume.
The deadline for this offer is December 31, 2015, and it cannot be extended after that date.
* For shipping costs for non-U.S. orders please call our office at +1 301-476-7330.
Please Note: Due to high demand, Volume I is no longer available.
The Masonic Service Association has established a Disaster Relief Fund for South Carolina, following a weeklong drenching of rain, causing rivers to overflow, dams to burst, roadways to flood , and home and businesses to be inundated with water, resulting in major damage or destruction.
Officials said billions of dollars of destruction has occurred to roadways and bridges, in addition to building damage, in this historic flooding.
In the Columbia area, one Lodge building has been virtually destroyed. It is a Lodge whose membership is heavily composed of active military personnel. Other Lodges, plus homes of Masonic members, have been seriously damaged, and the toll to life and property is still growing and being assessed.
Please forward to the MSA such donations which you feel are appropriate to help our devastated Brothers, their families and others in this stricken jurisdiction. Read how you can donate online or by check.
Writing a speech can be a challenging assignment. A Masonic speech may be even more difficult. Let us help you be a successful Masonic speaker.
The Masonic Speakers Kit includes 8 useful MSA publications, now packaged together to provide savings for users.
The titles are:
A new video, "Are Ye Able?" has been produced, which provides a contemporary view of MSA's Hospital Visitation Program.
The goal of the video is to inform the Masonic world, as well as non-Masonic audiences, about the tremendous work of Masonic volunteers as they provide assistance for our Military Veterans at more than 150 VA Medical Centers and other Veterans' homes around the country. It is also intended to serve as a method to recruit new volunteers.
Copies of the video on a DVD are available at no charge by contacting the MSA office for use in Masonic districts or regions, where it can be shown multiple times to a variety of groups. The actual filming of the video was done at the VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, and many of the spokespersons are Georgia Masons. But the content is generic and appropriate for any state or Grand Lodge.
MSA is also proud of the assistance received from the Grand Lodge of Minnesota and is thankful for a grant from Minnesota Masonic Charities that made the production possible.
The newly updated MSA Publications Catalog is now ready for viewing on this site. The Catalog is available only on our webpage. Click here to download the Catalog in PDF format. Please print a copy for yourself to keep on hand. NOTE: This replaces all previous editions of the Catalog, and orders placed should be at the current pricing.
The redesigned Catalog shows updated prices on publications, which is required due to the increasing costs of printed materials. We have adjusted our shipping charges and now any order totaling $5.00 or less will ship for free.
Everything that MSA offers in its Catalog is not at the Online Store, but the most popular publications and those which we periodically offer at a special discounted price can be found there. MSA's Online Store may be used for ordering those items using a credit card. All other items in the Catalog can be ordered using the order form and including a check with the order.
The list of Short Talk Bulletins--from 1923 to the present--which in the past was printed in the Catalog, is now available as a separate document by clicking here.
The Masonic Service Association, for the first time, designed a table-top d isplay for the Annual Conference of Grand Masters of North America, which took place recently in Vancouver, British Columbia.
There was a good response to the display, which showed MSA's Hospital Visitation, Disaster Relief, and Educational and Informational Services. Numerous Masonic leaders from a round the world stopped at the display to pick up samples of materials, ask questions about programs, and just discuss Freemasonry in general.
This newly designed webpage has been in the creation process for about two years, and we hope all the visitors to this site enjoy the new features.
The appearance has been heightened by four rotating pictures at the top, highlighting some of MSA’s services.
The homepage menus are designed for easier progress to the portions of the page you are seeking. Improvements to the Online Store, and easier options to renew subscriptions or make donations, are available.
We’ve created an online MSA Library, where past stories that have appeared on the page may be researched. We also added a new section, “Vintage MSA Publications,” where soon you will be able to read historic, although still pertinent, publications of MSA that are no longer available elsewhere.
All of the information about MSA’s services is still available for reading, but hopefully presented in a more user-friendly arrangement. We would appreciate any comments.