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Why did you become a Freemason?

Date: Tue, 1 May 2007 17:10:10 -0400
From: "Chad Kyler" <chad.kyler@gmail.com>
To: "masonry-ask@mit.edu" <masonry-ask@mit.edu>
Subject: Why I joined Freemasonry

Dear Bro.

I joined Freemasonry because I was looking for something more. You see I have been and still am involved in many interesting endeavors from politics to community service to my commitments to my church but each of these commitments worthy as they are limit my ability to be in contact with people who are not members of the groups they represent, so I wanted more. Through my association with Freemasonry I can be deeply committed to and involved with people who are not members of my religion, my political party, or even my local community because all Masons are my brothers and their concerns and the concerns of their families are also my concerns. Freemasonry helped to give me more.

I am a son and a father, I am active in my sons life and faithfully serve my parents when a need arises, this is a worthy expenditure of my time, but still I wanted more. Being a positive influence on my son is a grand opportunity and one I take seriously but through my association with Freemasonry I am able to do more. I am able to participate in our Child ID program and help make the lives of hundreds of children safer by helping to provide moms and dads with identifiers that would help law enforcement in case their child was to ever go missing, through Freemasonry (Specifically Scottish Rite in my area) I am able to help sponsor a chapter of DeMolay and a Scottish Rite learning center for children with dyslexia. Now I can help not only my son but also other children as well. Many older members of my lodge need help and as a lodge we have put together a program whereby younger members can serve the needs of older ones, through this program I am able to not only serve my own parents but also to help other peoples parents as well. Freemasonry have given me more.

I was initiated in October of 2004, passed in November the same year and raised in January of 2005. This was one of the best things I have ever done in my life for truly Freemasonry has moved my connections and commitments beyond the boundaries of religion, culture, race, politics, economic class, creed and age it has opened a world of deeper emotion and dedication to God and humanity. I am proud to belong to this brotherhood and proud to join with my brothers in recognizing more than ever the fatherhood of God over us all.

Chad Kyler
S.D. Unity Lodge #479
Spencerport, NY

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