Thursday, July 2, 2015

Onwards And Upwards!

Last month, one of our members of Homer Lodge No. 199 (IL) reached a landmark--50 years as a member!  He hadn't been an active member for some years, but we wanted to present him with his pin and certificate during our Lodge meeting.  When he arrived, he had with him is 93-year-old mother.  She was confined to sitting.  This is an old Masonic Lodge.  Second story.  Three steep flights of stairs.  No elevator or chair lift.  What to do?

I suggested we make the presentation outside the Lodge so his mother could witness it.  However, the Brethren had other ideas.  They put her in a chair, and they carried her up those three flights of stairs so she could enjoy the presentation in the Lodge room.  One of those Masons that helped carry her was a Midnight Freemason--Greg Knott.  After the presentation, they carried her back down again.

I've seen many remarkable things during my time as a Freemason, but it never ceases to amaze me the extra mile Masons are willing to go.  It meant a lot to that 50-year-member to have his mom be there to see him receive that award.  And it meant a lot to mom to be able to enjoy that experience upstairs, in the Lodge room, with the Brethren of that Lodge.

I've seen a lot of Master Mason's raised, but that was a first.  I've ever seen a Master Mason's mother raised before!

~Todd E. Creason

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