Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Tall Cedars Of Lebanon

New members of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon Indiana Forest No. 189
Todd Creason and Greg Knott
The other night, fellow Midnight Freemason Greg Knott and I took a little road trip to the Sahara Grotto in Indianapolis, where we joined an appendant body of Freemasonry called the Tall Cedars of Lebanon--we're now members of Indiana Forest No. 189.  We didn't know a single person there, but as always, we were greeted at the door, and within minutes were sitting at a table full of newly met Brothers eating fried chicken, green beans, and mashed potatoes and gravy. 

As we learned, Indiana Forest No. 189 is in the midst of an amazing comeback from the brink of extinction.  Just a year ago, they were close to turning in their charter, but the members decided they weren't willing to let it go, so they went to work saving the club.  Greg and I were amongst eleven new members that joined during that meeting.
Neither Greg nor I knew very much about this group until we saw the invitation to join, and we did a little research on them.  The Tall Cedars is primarily a social group interesting in promoting fellowship amongst Freemasons.  They have around 10,000 members, and while they enjoy "fun, folic, and fellowship" there is a very serious side to the organization.  Since 1951, they've been dedicated to finding a cure for Muscular Dystrophy, and have raised more than 19 million dollars for Jerry's Kids--pretty amazing for such a small group.

We had a great time in Indy, and would like to thank the Tall Cedars for their hospitality.  I'm looking forward to helping in the good work that they do.  But I have to admit--I'm not sure how I feel about that green pyramid hat yet.


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