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The Common Gavel
The Common Gavel Podcast
The official monthly podcast of the Grand Lodge of Maryland AF & AM, focusing on news and happenings in the Maryland Masonic family.
Mar 9, 2020
March 2020: Grand Lodge Election special
In this special edition, we hear from the men who are running for elected offices for 2021.
Feb 10, 2020
February 2020: The APG Club & More about the Ark
Along with updates from the Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master, we have information about successful a new club specifically for Masons working at Aberdeen Proving Ground. We also learn more about the Anchor and the Ark as symbols in Masonry, and how to apply them to your life.
Dec 23, 2019
December 2019: Was Santa a Mason?
In this episode, we learn about the Christmas Cowboy, Brother Gene Autry, also we learn more about the Hanukkah holiday, and we get the lowdown on the January installation schedule. Also, was Saint Nick, aka Santa a Freemason?
Oct 17, 2019
October 2019: Houdini and Museum History
This Halloween marks the 93 anniversary of the death of Brother Harry Houdini. We talk with folks from the Scranton Houdini Museum to get details on the life and death of Brother Harry. Plus we get a history lesson from the Maryland Masonic Museum.
Sep 2, 2019
September 2019: A Crockett Connection
In this episode, we hear about exciting happenings for the fall including The first ever community Wellness fair, Harvest Home Day, the Grand Masters golf tournament, and more! Plus, learn a little more about your Masonic Apron and hear from a direct descendant of Davy Crockett.
Jun 16, 2019
June 2019: The 47th Problem & Solving other problems
IN this episode, we find out about the new DelMar JDI, the new Grand Lodge Regional membership Chairman, and the Grand Master & Deputy Grand Master share their thoughts on summer. We also find out why Masons are to observe the 47th Problem of Euclid.
Apr 17, 2019
April 2019: The Next Right Thing
Brother Kevin Marburger talks about his new foundation, The Grand Master talks about proper voting procedures, and the Deputy Grand Master discusses giving new men the time to learn. Also a special Millennial Mason joins us to celebrate DeMolay.
Mar 11, 2019
March 2019: 104 and still sitting in lodge!
News about the DeMolay Fesitive Boards, a sit-down with our Junior Grand Warden and a hat with a 104 year old Mason!
Jan 26, 2019
Live From Centennial Lodge!a
As the Grand Lodge continues it's journey around Maryland for installations, we bring you this live broadcast from their "lunch break" at Centennial Lodge. Patuxent Lodge was the morning and Centennial's installtion after lunch. Find out how the crazy intallation season is going!
Jan 9, 2019
January 2018: Mystery Train
Freemasonry & the rails, how to use the trowel and more! https://www.freemasonrytoday.com/features/parallel-lines-john-hamill-public-transport-railways-freemasonry
Dec 11, 2018
December 2018: Opera Man!
An operatic rendition of the Lord's Prayer had the crowd on it's feet during the Grand Master's Installation, hear from the singer and hear a replay of the song. Plus a new feature focused on Millennial Masons and and the first Podcast by our new Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master.
Nov 14, 2018
November 2018: One on One with MWGM Vourvoulas
IN this episode, Tom Foster sits for a one-on-one interview with MWGM Gus Vourvoulas as he wraps up his historic term as Grand Master of Masons in Maryland. Also, how to use the Common Gavel in everyday life.
Oct 1, 2018
October 2018: A Day's Wages and German Beer!
Learn about Germania Lodge, get a recap of the Grand Lodge Table Lodge and learn how to earn you Masonic wages.
Sep 1, 2018
September 2018: The Business of Inspectors
IN this episode, we get a lesson on what a Grand Inspector does, and we find out WHY they speak last. Also, podcaster and author Robert Johnson joins us to talk about his new book regarding taking a corporate path to Freemasonry. What does that mean? Robert explains. Plus a word about the Bee hive!
Jun 24, 2018
June 2018: Acting Genius & Social Media Masonry
May 16, 2018
May 2018: Finally! Help for your memory !
All Masons are looking for extra tricks to be able to memorize ritual. memory expert Ron White joins us to give you some tricks to use to help get through all your memory work! We get an update on the York Rite from the Most Excellent High Priest. The Grand Master has important words about the Semi-annnual, and the Deputy Grand Master has some tips on engaging candidates who are interested in your lodge. Finally it's the return of Tom's
Mar 21, 2018
March: Building Temples, Fighting Floods
In this episode, we hear from a Brother in Texas to get details on flood recovery, and we also learn more about the updates to the Maryland Masonic Academy, and get a lesson on how King Solomon managed to manage the Temple project!
Feb 14, 2018
February 2018: The Millenial Freemason
41 Million men in America belong to the Millenial generation. The value sthese men have ar emore closely aligned with the teachings of Masonry than almost any generation in history. So how do we get them to knock on the door? Author Sam Friedman explains. How do you plan a really great event? Event Producer Petra Compel from Event Tech gives a few tricks of the trade> The MWGM updates us on improvements at Maryland Masonic Homes, and The RWDGM talks about a how to give your lodge a purpose. Finally, whats your favorite first degree symbol? Tell us and you could win a prize!
Jan 13, 2018
live from Queen City lodge!
Dec 8, 2017
December 2017: Get Ready for a New Chair?
The Grand Master talks about his trip to the UGLE and aslo about two proposed changes to the Grand Lodge constitution. The DGM talks about membership and youth groups, and host Tom Foster talks to two authors who's books may give new officers some fresh ideas. Also we hear from a new 33rd degree Mason, Michael Fabe, and get some insight on his Masonic Journey.
Oct 27, 2017
October: Halloween Special!
Some spooky info on Masonic headstones and some spine-tingling trivia on a Grand Master with a peculiar cemetery situation! Plus a 4th generation Maryland mason raises a 5th generation and word on equality from our Grand Master. The RWDGM talks hard numbers in Masonry, and news on a new facebook feature.
Sep 14, 2017
September: Helping Our Brothers Through MSA
What is MSA? Where does it come from and why should it be the first choice in helping the victims of the hurricanes? Simon LaPlace of MSA joins Tom foster to discuss. Also, Dave Sandy discusses the meaning of Further light, and the MWGM & DGM talk about upcoming events and membership initiatives. TO DONATE TO HURRICANE RELIEF, PLEASE VISIT WWW.MSANA.COM
Aug 20, 2017
August: Chris Hodapp
The MWGM announces his golf outing, an update on our youth groups from DGM Naegele. The return of Dave Sandy and Further Light, and a chat with Chris Hodapp, Author of Freemasons for Dummies.
Jul 15, 2017
July 2017: Do you come from the land down under?
IN this episode we of course hear about some great summer events and learn about the Schools of INstruction from the Grand Master, we also learn about the many charitable endeqavors that the MD Masonic family engages in from the Deputy Grand Master. We are also treated to a visit from a Brother from AUSTRALIA and we learn about a busy Maryland Mason who is one of the most HATED pro wrestling managers in the US!
Jun 19, 2017
June 2017: How to afford the Past Master's Jewel
Of course we have our messages from the MWGM and RWDGM, both with good news to share. Greg Jones of Mt. Moriah #116 talks about helping local high schools and Edward Heimiller talks about an exciting way to provide your Master with a proper PM jewel WITHOUT breaking the lodge budget! Also, Dave Sandy continues his exploration of the cardinal virtues.
May 9, 2017
May 2017: The Maryland Masonic Academy
In this episode, we speak with Kirk White, author of "Operative Masonry" which is required reading in the Maryland Masonic Academy. Also, another exploration of the Cardinal Virtues with Dave Sandy, and Charles Matulewicz Dean of the Maryland Masonic Academy discusses the Arch presentations and how brothers can best prepare for them. Of course we hear from The Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master, and another round of Tom's Trivia!
Apr 7, 2017
April 2017: Make Your Mark
IN this episode, we hear about a Maryland tattoo shop owner who's taking hate out of the world, one tattoo at a time and we hear from a lawmaker-brother who's making his mark in Annapolis. Dave Sandy begins a 4-part series on the cardinal virtues and the MWGM & RWDGM explain how Masons have helped veterans and the many ways ladies are involved in our Masonic family.
Mar 10, 2017
On our Facebook page last month, you met two of our Jobie Girls from far away. After sneaking into the MWGM's Apartment, they sit down with host Tom Foster for a chat about traveling the world to support the Masonic Family. The latest info on the Storm the Castle 5k, and update from the Grand Master on the latest with our online members portal and the charitable efforts of the Grand Lodge, and the Deputy Grand Master follows up with a discussion of the latest on membership efforts. Edward Heimiller discusses a unique museum donation from a Brother's family and Dave Sandy talks about meaning of the Grand Inspectors Jewel.
Feb 2, 2017
In this episode, Further Light returns with Dave Sandy. Brother Dave discusses the symbols, traditions and duties of a Past Master. Also, we hear from a Brother in England who viewed out ritual on Facebook, so get his thoughts on the craft using this medium for outreach. Also, we learn the history of Boy Scouts and Masonry with Brother Robert King, and we find out about the first portrait of a lady to be added to the Masonic museum collection. Of course we've also got Tom's Trivia and some great words from the Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master.
Jan 12, 2017
Do tough guys wear aprons? You bet they do because the Father of Maryand Mixed Martial Arts is none other than Brother John Rallo. Host Tom Foster talks to John to find out why he became a mason. Tom also talks with First Lady of Maryland Masonry Cheryl Vourvoulas to discuss the new things for Masonic ladies in Maryland. Edward Heimiller drops by with a beautiful apron from the museum and we get the details on the Masonic Leadership Academy, the upcoming "Storming The Castle 5k" and words of wisdom from both the MWGM and the DGM!
Dec 7, 2016
In this episode we hear from the newly installed Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master and we get some great news about the future of Bonnie Blink. Br. Mike Craftin talks about 300 years of Freemasonry in Carroll County, and we learn more about what a tyler really does. Plus, your chance at a great prize with "Name That Maryland Mason"
Nov 7, 2016
The Common Gavel, November 2016
In this episode, host Tom Foster speaks with the Potentate of Ali Ghan Shrine to learn a little more about the one of a kind Shrine. Grand Master Kenneth S. Wyvill Jr. delivers his final message and DGM Vourvoulas gives us the History of Bonnie Blink. Speaking of history, Edward Heimiller explains the history of the Grand Lodge Master's Chair. Also we get to hear some moving words from an organization that has benefitted from Masonic charity.
Sep 28, 2016
The Common Gavel, October 2016
In this episode, DGM-Elect Richard Naegele gives us more details about updates to the Maryland Masonic Acedemy, Ray Voegel talks Tall Cedars, and we get the fascinating history of Harvest Home Day. Plus, Brother Dave Sandy gives us Further Light on the subject of "a lodge". Of course, the MWGM and DGM have a few words of wisdom, and we have a fun round of Name that Maryland Mason to end the show!
Sep 7, 2016
The Common Gavel September 2016
In this episode, an few words from our Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master, and then an interview with author of the book "Lodge Leadership". Plus, further light on Masonic penalties. Finally a chat with Illustrious Potentate Kurt Frevel and a rousing game of "Name that Maryland Mason".
Aug 5, 2016
The Common Gavel August 2016
This month, Brother Randy Watson gives us the inside scoop on the York Rite, and we debut a new segment called "Further Light" hosted by Brother Dave Sandy. This exciting new segment will really enhance your Masonic knowledge! We of course get updates from the Grand Master & Deputy Grand Master, and finish up with a chance at some prizes in "Name That Maryland Mason".
Jul 9, 2016
The Common Gavel July 2016
In this episode, host Tom Foster speaks with the Master of a Lodge that is helping to revive the custom of laying Masonic cornerstones at civic buildings. He also speaks with 2 men in the Maryland Masonic family who are about to leave Maryland to serve our country. Of course the Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master have summer messages to share, Edward Heimiller stops in to chat about Masonic party punch from the 1800's and how you may be able to taste test it yourself! Finally, another round of "Name That Maryland Mason".
Jun 10, 2016
The Common Gavel Podcast: June 2016
In this episode, host Tom Foster introduces an unusual Masonic movie star. We also get the inside info on the Rainbow girls, the Grand Master's Message and of course, our favorite game "Name that Maryland Mason".
May 16, 2016
Grand Master's Semi-Annual Report, May 14, 2016
Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Maryland, Brother Kenneth S. Wyvill Jr. delivers his semi-annual report to the brethren at the semi-annual communication on May 14, 2016
May 16, 2016
Deputy Grand Masters Message May 2016 Semi-annual
The Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master, Brother Kostas "Gus" Vourvoulas, delivers his report to the brethren at the semi-annual communication on May 14, 2016.
May 5, 2016
Common Gavel Podcast May 2016
In this episode, host Tom Foster speaks with Past Grand Master Stephen J. Ponzillo regarding the MCM program and Brother Dave Sandy regarding Masonic Mentoring. Tom also talks with Bill Shoe, Past Master of Glen Burnie Lodge, who went above and beyond to help our local police. As always we heard from the Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master, we peek into the museum archive and we play everyone's favorite game "Name That Maryland Mason".
Apr 24, 2016
John Paul Jones Ceremony Part 4
Apr 24, 2016
John Paul Jones Ceremony Part 3
Apr 24, 2016
John Paul Jones Ceremony part 2
Apr 24, 2016
John Paul Jones Ceremony Part 1
Apr 6, 2016
The Common Gavel Podcast: April 2016
In this episode, the MWGM announces the new name for the podcast and gives details regarding the ceremony for Brother John Paul Jones and the upcoming leadership seminars. DGM discusses how Maryland Masonry can enrich family life. Plus we get the scoop on the Western Maryland Music Festival 4, another visit to the MD Masonic Museum, and host Tom Foster has another round of name that Maryland Mason.
Mar 4, 2016
The Common Gavel Podcast, March 2016
In this first episode of the Maryland Masonic Podcast, host Tom Foster speaks with Brother Rich Mainly about the new lodge being chartered in Boumi Shrine. Carl & Cameron talk DeMolay, Edward Heimiller discusses one of the unique aprons in the Museum collection and Brother Bill Richard stops in to talk about lodge security. We also hear from the Grand Master & Deputy Grand Master on the Importance of Inspiration, Mentorship & Brotherhood.