January 29, 2020

Masons’ Meet

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THE MASONS MEET
An Eastern Star’s Idea of What They Do
By Lola Lamoreux

PREPARATION: Set up the Lodge as shown in the diagram. Remove OES
furniture. All officers are out of their stations except the
Matron who
welcomes the Masons in the first address and then
retires. Those taking part in the Masonic meeting should wear
men’s clothing and look as much like “Masons” as possible. In a
bag place a level, a square, a plumb line, some books to
represent the Bible, charter and by-laws, a compass and a gavel.
There is another plumb line at the station of the Senior Warden.
The Worshipful Master wears a high hat and carries a cane. He may
also wear gloves. Gavels at stations of Senior Warden and Junior
Warden. Use all gavels often and loudly.

MUSIC: None at all

CHARACTERS: Ladies take the part of Worshipful Master, Senior Warden,
Junior Warden, Senior Deacon, Junior Deacon, Senior Steward,
Junior Steward, Secretary, Treasurer and Doorkeeper. Fewer may be
used is necessary.

                                  PROGRAM

Worthy Matron: Brother masons, we are more than happy to welcome you (and
your wives) tonight. There is no one any place in the world we
would rather entertain. We think you are almost perfect – except
for a small fault – you don’t tell us anything. For years untold
Mason’s wives have been trying to find out just a wee bit of what
you do in your meetings. Of course, we want you to understand
that this is not because we are curious, but because we feel we
might benefit ourselves and our organization by knowing. Well, we
realize that we haven’t been too successful in gaining the
knowledge we seek, but we’ve gathered a little here and a little
there. With a trifling imagination added, we have constructed
this program tonight. This is our idea of the way you conduct
your meetings. If we have made a few errors please forgive us.
There are parts we may have a bit hazy, but after the meeting any
of you will be at liberty to set us right on our mistakes. So,
welcome again, without further ado or ceremony we will consider
this a Masonic Lodge meeting and all present Masons good and
true.

The Matron taps the gavel and then retires.

Enter the Worshipful Master. He wears a top hat, carries a cane and walks
in a decidedly important manner, looking neither to left nor right. He is
followed by a steward who carries the Lodge paraphernalia in a bag. This
paraphernalia consists of a level, a square, a compass, a Bible, a book
supposedly constitution and by-laws and charter and a plumb line.

The Worshipful Master goes to the East and is seated. The Steward places
the bag before him and retires. The Master opens the bag and speaks as he
pulls out the emblems and places them on the stand.

                                  THE MASONS MEET

 Here is the charter, the Bible, the laws,
 And the level - I declare it's full of flaws.
 We must get a new one before many years,
 Well, why should I worry, the end of my term nears.
 And here is the compass and there is the square,
 Oh, here is another; we've one to spare.
 And the plumb-line is ready to plumb every brother
 To see if we truly love one another.
 Here is my gavel, we'd better begin
 Those guys are always as late as sin.
 But surely the last cigarette has been smoken
 And it's time now for my words to be spoken.

Master raps the gavel hard

 Enter all officer good and true
 This gavel is a call to all of you.   gavel again

The officers enter. They are Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Senior Deacon,
Junior Deacon, Senior Steward, Junior Steward, Secretary, Treasurer and
Doorkeeper. They are seated as shown in the diagram.

                                  WM

                          TR              SEC




                                               SD

                                                    JW

                                               JD




                SS   JS




                                  SW                     DK

Master seats Officers with a rap of the gavel.

 We enter now on the evening work,
 Pay attention - do not shirk.

Two raps of the gavel raises the Officers. As he addresses each in turn,
they reply to him before giving their parts. The Senior and Junior Wardens
may rap their gavels whenever the Master does if this is convenient.

Master to S.W.: What duties are assigned to you, Brother Mason good and
true?

Senior Warden: When you are gone and that is that,
I step into your shoes and wear your hat.

Master to J.W.: What duties are assigned to you, Brother Mason good and
true?

Junior Warden: I order the food for the oyster stews,
and other things for the Stewards to use.

Master to S.D.: What duties are assigned to you, Brother Mason good and
true?

Senior Deacon: I hold my office and sit and wait,
for the next election to learn my fate.

Master to J.D.: What duties are assigned to you, Brother Mason good and
true?

Junior Deacon: I carry my staff and tend the goat,
and all the candidate’s actions note.

Master to S.S.: What duties are assigned to you, Brother Mason good and
true?

Senior Steward: I prepare the foods at times propitious,
and afterwards I wash the dishes.

Master: I now declare the Lodge is open,
Attend to business, let’s have no smokin’. raps gavel
Brethren, we are now ready for the plumbing. Senior Warden,
you will advance to the East with your plumb line and conduct the
ceremony. (gavel S.W. responds with his gavel and then comes to
the East.)

Senior Warden: Brethren, let us hope ye have walked and lived by the plumb
line since last we met. First we will have a report on last
week’s reparations and rectifications. Junior Steward, your
report.

Junior Steward: Brethren, I took back the extra cookies I knew the
baker had given me by mistake. He thanked me and before I had
left the shop these two cookies had been sold to a waiting
customer. I have walked by the plumb-line since last we met.

Senior Warden: Junior Warden, your report.

Junior Warden: Brethren, I returned to the store and explained the mistake
in change that had been made. The store-keeper said, “You are an
honest man, just keep the change.” So I put the nickel back in my
pocket. It is my desire to donate it to the Treasury.

Senior Warden: Doorkeeper, your report.

Doorkeeper: Brethren, I went to the husband of the woman I mentioned in
our last plumbing ceremony. I explained in detail all about the
situation. The husband, who is my good Masonic brother, said
there were no hard feelings. I could buy his wife a cup of coffee
any time I wanted to before eight o’clock at night. We parted the
best of friends.
3
THE MASONS MEET

Senior Warden: This ends the reparations and rectifications. (gavel) Are
there any confessions to be made tonight? Remember – have you met
on the level and parted on the square? Have you plumbed the
depths of your nature? Be honest brethren, be just. (gavel)
Brethren, I must make a confession myself tonight. When leaving
home I discovered that my small son had eaten the plum off my
plumb-line. It was late, the stores were closed so I was forced
to substitute a prune for the plum. I deeply regret this incident
but it was really my wife’s fault. She should have watched the
child more closely. But no matter whose fault, I confess it and
await your decision on reparation and rectification.

Senior Steward: Worshipful Master, I recommend that the brother be
instructed to buy another plum immediately. It is unworthy that
we be pruned instead of plumbed.

Senior Deacon: Worshipful Master, It is not the fruit season. Where can a
plum be purchased?

Junior Steward: Worshipful Master, My wife has some canned plums,
perhaps I can take some when she isn’t looking.

Junior Deacon: Worshipful Master, If the brother did that he would be in
error and we should all be plumbed by a stolen plum. I object.

Junior Steward: Worshipful Master, It would not be stolen. I paid for
the plums, my wife merely canned them.

Doorkeeper: Worshipful Master, Why not purchase a can of plums in a
grocery store?

Junior Steward: Worshipful Master, I think the brother’s idea is a good
one. The plums may be dried in a secret place and would last the
Lodge for many years.

Senior Steward: Worshipful Master, I the suggestion is carried out, let
it not be the Senior Warden who dries the plums, his son would
probably find them and eat them all.

Senior Deacon: Worshipful Master, The question of who should pay for the
plum enters my mind. Should not the Senior Warden pay for it as
he lost the one belonging to the Lodge?

Senior Warden: Worshipful Master, It was really my wife’s fault for not
watching our son. Is a man responsible for the faults of his
wife?

Master: Brother Treasurer, how much money do we have in our
Treasury?

The Treasurer gets out a big book and thumbs through it

Treasurer: Worshipful Master, we have $15,389.57 in the treasury.

Master: Thank you, brother Treasurer. Brethren, I do not believe we
have the money from the treasury at this time for a new plum.

Doorkeeper: Worshipful Master, I will donate a plum so that the
discussion may end.
Master: Thank you brother, you are a good and true Mason, and now to
continue the reparation and rectification. Brother Senior Warden,
you will speak to your wife in no uncertain terms about the
negligence of bringing up your son and report at the next
meeting.

Senior Warden: Worshipful Master, I shall be glad to do as you command.
Brethren, are there any other confessions? (gavel) Worshipful
Master, the Lodge has been properly plumbed.

Master: I now declare the plumbing closed for tonight. (gavel)

The Senior Warden returns to his station

Master: We will listen to the reading of the minutes.

Secretary: The regular meeting of Pink Lodge F&AM was held on …
with most of the officers present.The Worshipful Master opened
the Lodge in due form and the Senior Warden conducted the
plumbing. There were no reports and three confessions. The
minutes were read and corrected. A communication from the Eastern
Star was read.The ladies complained about the poor janitorial
service. They said that their white evening gowns became soiled
by dust and cobwebs about the room. They also wished a reduction
in rent and asked the Masons to donate $1,000.00 toward a new
rug. The communication was placed on file. No action was taken.
Brother … was reported ill and a collection of 79 cents was
taken to purchase flowers for him should he become worse. If he
improved in a day or two the money was to be put in the treasury.
The Senior Steward was instructed to prepare the annual oyster
supper to be held soon. Three petitions were balloted upon
unfavorably after the Master had given an inspiring and
instructive lecture on who should be entitled to sit among us as
brethren. Receipts of the evening, dues: $300.00. There were no
bills. Cash in the treasury $15,389.57. …., Secretary

Master: Any corrections? If not the minutes stand approved as read.
Reports of committees.

Junior Warden: I am glad to report that Brother … got better so I am
replacing the 79 cents we collected for flowers in the treasury.

Senior Warden: Brother … is not well. He has had indigestion for several
days.

Junior Warden: Brother … had a new son, born last meeting night. He has
been named Mason in honor of the meeting night.

Senior Deacon: Brother … is having his teeth remade so is staying at home
for a few days. You will recall how loose they have been for
years.

Master: Are there other reports? Communications and bills.

Secretary: This is a letter form the Eastern Star. I shall read
it. Dear Masons: We are establishing a fund for new dishes,
draperies, chairs and other furnishings and are inviting you to
take part in this. A few thousand dollars from your Lodge will be
greatly appreciated toward this new cause. Also, we are eagerly
awaiting a reply to our last communication to you. Since we
wrote, three more sisters have had to send their white dresses to
the cleaners. Thank you kindly for an early and favorable reply.
P.S. We are entertaining all Masons at our next meeting and hope
some of your will be present.

Master: What is your pleasure in regard to this request from the
Stars -of money and janitor service?

Senior Warden: I move we lay the matter on the table, but as many as can,
go to the party. The ladies usually put on a feed even if the
programs are rather dull.

Junior Warden: Second

Master: Passed. Is there any other business? (gavel) If not we are
ready for the closing ceremonies. Brother Doorkeeper, Instruct
the Tyler to look out, and see no strangers are running about.

Doorkeeper goes to the door and raps six times

Doorkeeper: Brother Tyler, you look out
and see no strangers are running about.
Worshipful Master good and true
I did what you said to do.

Master: Junior Steward you will approach the East

The Junior Steward comes to the East and takes the emblems as they are
passed to him. He places them in the bag.

Master: Brethren, gaze upon our emblem rare, let us all be just and
fair.
(gives Bible)
Keep your eyes upon the square, all that’s good and true to
dare. (square)
Let your deeds on the level be, from all evil try to flee
(level)
Obey all laws you feel you can, be a Mason, be a man
(by-laws)
Never forget the true plumb-line, let it be your daily sign.
(pl)
Brethren, we have met upon the level, now we part upon the
square.
Of any too shady actions, I caution you beware. (gavel)
Now I declare the lodge closed.

Worshipful Master stalks out, cane in hand followed by the Junior Steward
who carries the bag. The other officers march out behind him.

The End!

November 27, 2018

Tribute to a dear friend

Posted in Freemasonry tagged , , , , , , , , , at 11:24 am by GeneGoldman


From the California Freemason magazine, November/December 2018

http://www.cafreemason-digital.com/cafreemason/nov_dec_2018/MobilePagedArticle.action?articleId=1443834#articleId1443834

BEYOND WORDS

In the early 1780s, Austrian poet Joseph Franz Ratschky wrote an essay lauding the virtues of Masonry for the development of young men. In it, he insists that no organization is designed better for “either improving the heart or perfecting it,” “continuously developing the propensity for good,” and “through friendly exchange with fellows… transforming cold, insensitive self-love into universal, warm, brotherly love.” In his experiences with brothers, he saw that the path to self-betterment – that great aim of Masonry – was forged not only through the fraternity’s symbols and degrees, but through its friendships.

Scholar Heather Morrison, Ph.D., associate professor of history at the State University of New York, New Paltz, expands on this, writing of the fraternity during the Enlightenment: “The powerful draw of Freemasonry was due in no small part to this idea that the brotherhood saw into a man’s soul and celebrated all the hidden things that made him good. Outside the lodge, propriety isolated men. Within the association, however, sincere affection and trust between brothers took its place.” In the safety of the Masonic lodge, men had a rare opportunity to open themselves up to others. The relationships they made helped them develop into a “feeling, moral man in society.” Simply put, friends bring out the best in us. In Masonry, this is uniquely true.

Part of this comes from being exposed to new points of view. As every initiate learns in the first degree, one of Freemasonry’s remarkable abilities is to “conciliate true friendship among those who might otherwise have remained at a perpetual distance.” Perpetual distance is all too easy to come by: Left to our own devices, research shows that we tend to become friends either with people we see a lot – those who live near us and work with us – or people who are similar to us. That’s an awfully small pool. But Masonry dismantles the silos we usually build around ourselves. This is one of the many ways the fraternity was groundbreaking 300 years ago and remains so important today.

“Masonry presents us with opportunities for relationships that would never have happened otherwise,” says Gene Goldman, past master of Amity Lodge No. 442 and Black Mountain Lodge No. 445 in San Diego. And, he is quick to add, it cements those relationships with the degree experience. “I’ve known people who are pilots. Once they perform their first solo landing, they understand something no one else could understand about every other pilot. Going through the initiatic experience of Masonry is that moment. That bond is something you could never in a million years communicate with words.”

Many of Goldman’s close friends are men he wouldn’t otherwise have met or formed a bond with if it weren’t for Masonry. He became close with one brother, Leonardo Ilog, when a group from Black Mountain Lodge decided to check out the local “swap meet,” an open-air flea market in San Diego. Other brothers came and went from week to week, but Ilog and Goldman never missed it. They started carpooling, then grabbing lunch. Their texts each week evolved from formal (“Should I pick you up at 8:00 at the Park-n-Ride?”) to familiar (“The usual?”) to their own shorthand (“?” and “!”).

They were a classic odd couple. Goldman, a software developer and technical writer, is an extrovert who can be counted upon for frank discussion; some of his brothers have suggested the title “grand troublemaker.” Ilog, a retired Navy cook from the Philippines, is soft-spoken, mild-mannered, and averse to conflict. But as they wandered together past the booths at the swap meet – Goldman looking for tech gadgets, Ilog for kitchen knives – and over many drives and lunches, they began to open up about their lives, and to lean on each other.

“There’s no way that we would have met or formed that kind of relationship if it hadn’t been for Masonry,” Goldman says. “We didn’t move in the same circles. We didn’t have the same friends. We didn’t have the same interests, for the most part. He’s not into technology. I cook badly.” He laughs.

Their friendship evolved like their text messages. Goldman helped Ilog pick out a new cellphone. Ilog presented Goldman with a good kitchen knife. When Goldman and his wife went out of town for the weekend, they asked Ilog to swing by the house to check on their teenage daughters. When Ilog’s daughter got married, the Goldmans attended and helped celebrate. When Goldman was laid off from work years ago, Ilog was the first to call and offer support.

Ilog, who is 72, has suffered from Alzheimer’s disease in recent years, forcing their weekly outings to end. “But our great friendship will remain forever part of my life,” Goldman says. “I’m thankful that Masonry brought us together.”

May 22, 2014

The One That Got Away

Posted in Freemasonry tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:14 pm by GeneGoldman


The One That Got Away

By Brother Gene Goldman, pm2

He came to this country, and learned some English along the way, from SouthEast Asia, as a teenager. When he was a young adult he applied for membership in my lodge. I was serving as Master at the time. One of his investigators mentioned that he didn’t seem to know much about the fraternity, but seemed like a nice enough guy. Not an unusual situation, so I planned to assign him one of our more thorough coaches, to make sure he was taught properly. I never considered the cultural aspects at play.
Imagine the situation here. We had two candidates that night. He was the second, so he waited in the lobby with our Tyler, a retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant (who looked every inch the part). Of course, our Brother Gunny had his Tyler’s Sword prominently displayed, as is the custom. Our young friend seemed to take special note of the big brute of a Marine with the sword who stood watch over him.
The Stewards and Marshall came out to take the first candidate into the preparation room. Visualize this: our friend is being guarded by a Marine with a sword. Out come two more big guys with spears (actually, they are ceremonial staffs, but they do look deadly) and a guy with a billy club (we call it a Baton, but you get the picture). The three armed guys take the first candidate into the preparation room. The big Marine, and his sword stayed with our friend, like he was guarding him.
The Tyler said he never heard a peep and did not see how, but when they came back out to get our friend, he was nowhere to be found.

This is a true story, and happened while I was serving my Lodge as Master. As Master, I blame myself. I should have taken this young man aside and talked about the symbolic nature of our ceremonies. About how everything has a meaning, and that at no time would he ever be in any danger or even be made uncomfortable. I should have told him that all these symbols are presented strictly for their moral and ethical implications and none should be taken at face value. They should be appreciated for their personal meaning. I should also have shown him around the Lodge Room before we opened that evening.
I should have done these and other things, but I didn’t. And it haunts me to this day. So, every opportunity I get, I share the symbolic nature of our ceremonies, and how they are intended to create a transformational experience that will bring the individual from who he is to who he wants to become in a moral and ethical context. I have adapted the Lodge Walkabout guide I found to use with applicants. It takes only a few minutes and allows them to feel much more comfortable.

Especially with a candidate who is less familiar with us and what we do.

April 4, 2011

Conversations About Freemasonry with Karren (a non Mason)

Posted in Freemasonry tagged , , , , at 1:43 pm by GeneGoldman


Due to my rather vocal nature, it is not uncommon for me to get email from someone I have never met, who read something I wrote somewhere on the internet.  Here is a recent, interesting  thread I would like to share. I am posting it exactly as it happens.

Karren did not email me anonymously, of course, but her identifying information has been redacted.

On Sun, Apr 3, 2011 at 12:24 PM, Karren XXXXX wrote:

Hello Mr. Goldman,
I hope you don’t mind my contacting you to ask a question or two about freemasonry.

I read one of your webpages – “What I get from freemasonry” and enjoyed what you had to say.  From the viewpoint of a non-mason, you appear to have the ability to get right to the bare bones of a thing and make it simple and clear.
I was hoping you might be able to help me understand something about freemasonry/freemasons regarding some historical research I am doing.

I descend from a full blood Kaw (Kansa) indian orphan.  After much searching I found that 3 freemasons appear to have found her a home with a white family in 1866.  They likely saved her life as over 100 members of that tribe died the folowing winter of starvation and exposure.  We don’t have her indian name so are unable to go further researching her.  But, the idea that these freemasons found her a home got me interested in the history of her tribe and whether other freemasons interacted with them.

I found that freemasons had been involved in what happened to this tribe either directly or indirectly going clear back to the early 1700’s or maybe even earlier.

I’ve researched the various masons connected and various lodges they were members of, with great interest.  While I fund many freemasons in government positions as agents and as traders and scouts and even missionaries, I am still having trouble determining what unique effect they had on this tribe………….other than finding my relative a home.

I’m not looking for any masonic ceremony or inner workings of a lodge.  I know freemasonry is supposed to make good men better and make the world a better place, but I’m having trouble translating that to what effect the various masons had on the indians.  This would of course include Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Zebulon Pike and others.  I keep asking what did the freemasons do that was different than their non-mason peers?  Or, did they do the same things but better or different?

Part of my problem is that I don’t want to jump to any wild conclusions.  I feel like what I’m looking for is fairly basic and simple but I can’t seem to point to anything I can attribute to freemasonry.

The Catholic church offered more pomp and ceremony than other denominations, when they established their missions, and the indians liked that.  While the Quakers poured their hearts into their work with the indians, theirs was a very simple and plain religion and the indians tended to find their religion somewhat regimented and boring.

Historians compare the missions of the various religions as I stated,  and can point to what unique effect each one had on these tribes.  From a writing standpoint I need to draw some concllusions …………… other wise I leave the reader with a list of freemasons and they likely will come back with the question “So what?”

Many of the freemasons I found were clearly dedicated to freemasonry.  I guess I’m having trouble seeing the fruits of their labors if you will.  I feel like I’m missing some obvious thing here.  I was hoping you might have some suggestion that could point me in the right direction to find some answers.

Many thanks for your time and assistance,
Karren XXXXXXX

On Apr 3, 2011, at 9:15 PM, Gene Goldman wrote:

Ms. XXX,First, Please call me Gene

Secondly, may I have your permission to shift this conversation to my Blog? I think it will have value there.

I want to thank you for reading my piece. I wrote it several years ago, but just started the blog. I have several other works of a similar nature which I will be posting at intervals, so you might find it useful to subscribe to my blog.
I would be thrilled to read the results of your research. Yours sounds like a fascinating story.And I would be more than happy to discuss some of our ceremonies. Some are open to the public, others may be discussed in general. I have a paper, again written a few years ago, that will be published to my blog soon. But ask whatever it is you want to ask, I will do my best to answer.Yes, there are details in them that we consider private – so we do not share those with non-Masons. For further understanding see a book called “Duncan’s Rituals of Freemasonry.

But to your core question – What is this Freemasonry and what did it do to or for these men that caused them to do as they did?The situation you describe is not unique to these men. Look at the relationship between President Truman and General MacArthur.Anyway, here is what I can tell you about what makes Masons different.

Masonry is a fraternity that focuses on the moral and ethical nature of a man. I know many good men, I am thrilled to know a few great and exemplary moral and ethical men. Many are Masons, perhaps most. Certainly not all. However, the distinction is that I am never surprised to learn that one of them is a Mason.Any man can be good, morally and ethically. I believe that most men (and I include women in this) are good and just by nature. As human beings, we are inclined to trend toward good. When a man receives the Three Degrees of Masonry (Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason), he participates in a series of morality plays (think George Washington and the Cherry Tree, with the candidate playing the part of George). In these ceremonies, we use a myriad of symbols (another upcoming paper) to convey the importance of being good, true, upright and just. Square dealing.Plumb and upright conduct.Gauging his time to reserve parts for his service to his Divine Creator, his vocation and his repose.Using a Compass to circumscribe his desires and passions to acceptable limits…. And so on.

During each Degree, the candidate takes an obligation, in which he makes several promises.- to protect the privacies of the fraternity (our handshakes and passwords), of the Lodge (who is ill or late with their dues), and of his Brethren (the fact that he HATES spinnich, but eats it anyway when his wife cooks it because he loves HER must remain private), so long as none of these involve a crime such as Murder or Treason.- to respect the ceremonies of the fraternity and not go changing them without permission of the governing body in that jurisdiction.- to reguard the whole human species as one family, Created by One Almighty Parent, and to treat others accordingly.- to place his duty to G-d first and foremost, duty to himself and family next, duty to his neighbor and country next and that to the fraternity last among these.- to help others in distress, so far as he can without incurring harm to himself or those who depend on him.- to comport yourself with honor and dignity, behaving as a gentleman should.- to obey the rules and regualtions of the fraternity in matters apertaining to the fraternity.

In some, while most men are moral and ethical by nature, a Mason has made promises to himself and his Creator. He has promised to strive to improve himself morally and ethically. He has promised to place his morals and ethics before other considerations. He has promised to do what is right before he does what will be good for him personally.That is why you see Masons prominent in politics, civic issues, charitable endeavors and other good works.Yes, like Truman and MacArthur, Masons can and will disagree about which path is better, but no one will dispute that both are following the path that *they each believe* will serve others the best.

The fruits of our labors are found everywhere – they are large and small. The Shrine hospitals, the Scoutmaster leading a troop of boys to become men, the Scottish Rite schools for children with language disorders, the man who sees a Kaw family without sustenance and finds a family to take them in.  We don’t do it for the fame, we don’t do it for money, we don’t do it for the thanks. We do what we do because it needs to be done and we can help make someone’s life better.

As I said, I would love to continue this, and probably have gone on more than I should have already, but I would like your permission to post this exchange on my blog.

Thank You

Gene Goldman

On Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 9:23 AM, Karren Xxxx wrote:

Hi Gene,
Thanks so much for responding and with such an extensive answer.  It really helps.

I’ve never used a blog before, I guess that’s what happens when you’re buried in researching the 1700 – 1800’s : )
Can you send me a link to the blog, please : )  I’d like to understand it better before I okay the posting.

In response to your e-mail, it’s easy for me to see the fruits of masonic labors in the present and even with those masons who found my orphan a home.  I’m having trouble understanding what the results of masonic labors were among the government officials like indian agents, and among the fur traders.  Part of the time frame I’m researching includes colonial America specifically “New France” which became Louisiana Territory.  There were french Governors who made decisions regarding the indians for example.

I have a few specific decisions the governors made, but I am not able to tell if freemasonry played any part in those decisions.I’m not saying it didn’t, just that I don’t understand freemasonry well enough to understand if it did or not.
I know the decisions impacted the indians but I don’t know if the fact the official was a freemason was a part of that impact.I hope that makes sense………….

Many thanks,

Karren

Hi Karrin,

I see you found my blog, and I will post our conversation there. Thank you.
It does make sense, thank you.Maybe I see the issue here.

*As Masons*, we do not involve ourselves in political, religious or economic matters.

*As individuals* many Masons are VERY involved. I would think that most good men consider it their responsibility to be true to their political opinions, and when their opinions are strong enough, they frequently go into the political arena. But there is no political element or anything beyond the admonition to do our duty to our country, our society our neighbor and ourselves. The closest we ever come to having any sort of political position is that we support free public schools, believe in personal freedom and advocate doing our duty to the best of our ability.

Throughout history, there have been Masons in politics – on both sides of just about every issue. You would find it impossible to identify any sort of political trend or pattern. But if you look into the known character, and moral nature, of these individuals, it might paint a little better picture.

Some examples of names you might recognize are:

UNITED  STATES  PRESIDENTS: George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson,James Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley, TheodoreRoosevelt, William H. Taft, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman andGerald Ford.

UNITED  STATES  PATRIOTS: Francis Scott Key (wrote our National Anthem), RalphBellamy (wrote our Pledge of Allegiance), Paul Revere, John Paul Jones, Benjamin Franklin, JohnHancock, Patrick Henry.POLITICAL: Sir Winston Churchill, Randolph Churchill, Thomas Dewey, Everett Dirksen,Fiorello H. LaGuardia, John Marshall, Barry Goldwater, Hubert Humphrey.

RELIGIOUS LEADERS: James C. Baker (Bishop, Methodist Church, organized first WesleyFoundation in U.S.), Hosea Ballou (Founder, Universalist Church), Robert E. B. Baylor (Baptistclergyman, founder of Baylor University), Preston Bradley (founder of the Peoples Church),Father Francisco Calvo (Catholic Priest who started Freemasonry in Costa Rica in 1865), Hugh I.Evans (National head of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.), Most Reverend Geoffrey F. Fisher(former Archbishop of Canterbury), Eugene M. Frank (Methodist Bishop), Reverend Dr. NormanVincent Peale (Methodist Episcopal minister and author) Titus Low (President of MethodistCouncil of Bishops), Rev. Dr. Martin Luthor King, Jr., Rev Jessie Jackson.

ENTERTAINMENT: John Wayne, Gene Autry, Ernest Borgnine, Joe E. Brown, Bob Burns,Eddie Cantor, Charles D. Coburn, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Donald Crisp, Cecil B.DeMille, Richard Dix, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., W.C. Fields, Clark Gable, Arthur Godfrey, DavidW. Griffith, Oliver Hardy, Jean Hersholt, Harry Houdini, Al Jolson, Charles “Buck” Jones, HarryKellar, Harold C. Lloyd, Tom Mix, Dick Powell, Will Rogers, Charles S. “Tom Thumb” Stratton,Richard B. “Red” Skelton,  Paul Whiteman, Ed Wynn, Darryl Zanuck.

Thank You

Gene

On Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 4:23 PM, Karren wrote:

Hi Gene, 

You’ve given me a lot of information to think about.  I really appreciate that!
At this point, I need to take some time and carefully go through the details you’ve given me and see how I might apply that information to the research material I have accumulated.
Just formulating my questions to correspond with you has helped me better understand exactly what I’m trying to find.
Many thanks for your time and willingness to correspond,
Karren

Karren,

It is and has been my sincere pleasure. If you have any other questions or issues to discuss, please do not hesitate to let me know. If I cannot give you an answer (rare, but it does happen), I assure you that I will refer you to someone who can.

Please keep in touch.

Thank You

Gene

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