By Name Only

A recent reader request posted to our Facebook page highlighted what many active Masons would consider a problem.  Members who are Masons by name only.  Meaning; that they paid their initiation fees, received their degrees, and continue to remain Masons in good standing because they continue to pay their dues, but unfortunately no one knows... Continue Reading →

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Why Not?

When I took on the job of Worshipful Master 7 months ago, I had a lot of pie-in-the-sky ideas for Freemasonry in general and my lodge in particular. A lot of things that, frankly, scared me to think about accomplishing.  The mountain is the most frightening from the bottom. But when I started to break... Continue Reading →

Training the Leadership Workshops

It's Leadership Training Workshop season in Pennsylvania, and with that, all Worshipful Masters, Wardens and perspective lodge leaders flock to a central meeting place within their Region to learn how to navigate the trials and tribulations that come with assuming an elective office within their lodge. It's a yearly obligation that Masters and Wardens must... Continue Reading →

The Assumption

I just did it again. I took my contacts out without verifying my glasses were in the immediate vicinity. I'm blind without my glasses. The irony of looking for your means of sight while utterly blind makes you kick yourself in the rear every time you're fumbling around your nightstand for your thick-lensed spectacles. My... Continue Reading →

“I sat in lodge with you…”

"I sat in lodge with you..." How momentous that phrase is... When a candidate receives his first degree and becomes a Brother of the Craft, it is explained to him that his obligation stipulates that he may only recognize the men currently in the room as Entered Apprentice Masons (Fellowcraft Mason or Master Mason for... Continue Reading →

An Ode to Brother Jim

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” - President Harry S. Truman, Past Grand Master of Masons in Missouri A great leader must not only be a hard worker, an inspiration to his fellow man, a sound decision maker, etc., he must also be able to... Continue Reading →

One Cold Winter Night!

Bro. Cody J. Spangler PM It was the February Stated Meeting for Armstrong Lodge #239.  I had been a Master Mason for four months.  The weather that day was horrendous.  Side walks in the town of Freeport were ice, the roads were slick.  I lived a mere 300 yards just up the hill from the... Continue Reading →

What do you want? Why are you here?

Bro. R. J. Hughes Growing up, I was asked these questions more than a few times, occasionally due to mischievous motives. We have all been drawn by curiosity to places where a residing "gatekeeper" asks us, "what do you want, why are you here?" I have been a Mason for a brief time at the... Continue Reading →

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