2013 Plano Blood Drive

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Oct 142012
 

This Fall’s Plano Masonic Lodge Blood Drive will take place Saturday, October 26th between 9am and 3pm.

The Blood Drive support the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children by providing credits for the blood bank needs. This supports the children and the hospital directly. Giving blood helps everyone.

 

By the Plumb

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Oct 132012
 

There has been several updates to our extra-curricular activities over the past month to report. First, our Fall Festive Board has been tentatively moved to Saturday, December 1st. (no longer Oct 12th).

TMRC fundraiser & picnic is Saturday October 20th, 10am – 4pm. A group will be leaving from lodge early to setup our tent. Contact PM Clay Smith or WM Kevin Main for details on caravanning.

We will be having our Widow’s Honor Night November 8th starting at 5:30pm. We need some volunteers to help that evening. Please let Brother Larry know if you can help chauffeur or
otherwise are able to help. Dress up for this evening too.

Thank you & see you Thursday,
Brian Chaput

From the West – October 2012

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Oct 132012
 

We have been seeing an increase in interest in petitioning for the degrees in our Lodge which is a good thing. As part of the petition process the Grand Lodge requires that we perform an investigation of the candidate before balloting on his petition. The investigation serves several purposes; it allows the investigation team to form personal face to face impressions of the candidate, it provides an opportunity for follow up questions to clarify answers to the petition, and it allows the petitioner and his family, if applicable, to ask questions of the investigation team. We owe it to the petitioner and to Masonry in general to perform a thorough and fair investigation. To that end, I would like to make the following points:

Each signer of a petition, recommender and reference, should be contacted by each member of the investigating team. It is also important to verify that the signers are regular master masons. I’m aware of instances where petitions have been signed by clandestine masons, EAs, and suspended masons.

Also remember that the petitions are confidential and should not be discussed in detail with non-investigators and the petitions should be given to the Secretary in person or in a sealed envelope. Again, this is to protect the petitioner and masonry in general.

We should give the petitioner a chance to involve his family in the investigation if he desires. We know that he is interested since he has submitted a petition, but his family may have reservations that we could address and gain a candidate with the support of his family.

Fraternally,
Bill Goodell

From the East – October 2012

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Oct 132012
 

Freemasons often refer to the experience of receiving the degree of Entered Apprentice as being “initiated” with perhaps little care or thought for what that word implies. In exploring human history, we find that “initiation” often signifies a specific moment in which someone becomes a recognized part of a group. This commonly requires a ceremony or ritual that may or may not be held privately or secretly, and may be accompanied by one or more tests or trials. In extreme examples, these trials can even involve life-threatening, and occasionally fatal, situations. Once accepted and passed, the shared experience of these trails permanently cements the bond between the group and the new initiate.

Additionally, we find that “initiation” can designate an event which marks a significant change or transformation of the candidate. As an example, in many cultural or spiritual traditions, older boys might be initiated into manhood. This can involve secret ceremonies in which the initiate is provided some of the traditions or stories illustrating the ideals and archetypes of manhood within the tradition.  In other cases, as with the Bar Mitzvah practiced within Judaism, it might be a public recognition by the community that a boy has earned the privileges and responsibilities that come with his transition into manhood. In any case, the ceremony of initiation leaves the candidate forever changed. There is no stepping back into the place from which he came.

Finally, we can consider the word itself, “to initiate”, as a reference to something that is newly started or undertaken. In this context, initiation marks the beginning of something which transcends one particular moment or event. It leads the initiate into a journey, which he must begin to follow for himself. The candidate is literally set upon a path, the way is shown, and any ensuing challenges or difficulties willing  accepted. This is the moment that Frodo accepts the “one ring” from his uncle Bilbo and leaves the Shire with his friends, or when Luke Skywalker accepts his father’s light saber from Obi-wan Kenobi and seeks to learn the ways of the Jedi. Of course, as the stories of great heroes often teach us, the initiate seldom knows where the path will lead him and how it will change him in the process.

It is easy to see that initiation into Freemasonry utilizes all of these important facets when we confer an Entered Apprentice degree. The candidate is united to his new Brethren by his share in that experience, and we formally recognize him in his new status as a Freemason. We share our legends and stories with him so as to impress upon his mind the ideals and lessons of the Fraternity. And finally, if we have done our job well, the candidate is forever changed. If he is open to this process, the new Apprentice is set upon a journey toward self-knowledge, new challenges and discoveries, and the substantial labor of self-improvement. Amid all of the joyful wages Masons earn and  experience in practicing the tenets of our Order, let us never forget that it is a most solemn duty to take men who already know within their hearts that they are part of our Fraternity, to initiate them into our peculiar Mysteries, and, through that process, to show them the Light they already have within themselves.

Fraternally,
Kevin Main