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Why did you become a Freemason?

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From: "JJJC Anderson" <anderson@psci.net>
To: <masonry-ask@mit.edu>
Subject: Why I Joined Freemasonry
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 21:50:31 -0500

Why I joined the Blue Lodge? There are several answers to the question. Each of these answers led to the same conclusion:

My father was a Mason. A Past Master, member of the Shriners, Swords of Bunker Hill, Eastern Star with my Mother and all three of my sisters were members of the Job's Daughters. So it seemed to me that there was a family tradition which eventually contributed to my decision.

I wanted to become more involved with my community, and although I am involved in politics and hold an elected office in my community, I wanted to contribute to the well-being of my community with simply using the tax dollars of someone else...I wanted the contribution to be from me. Many other organizations might provide that same opportunity, but the Masons seem to provide so much...to so many, without demanding recognition!

And finally, whenever I met a man, who appeared to be a good and caring person, a trustworthy friend, an honest individual and/or a person who was generally bestowed with unending virtues....it always seemed like this man would turn out to be, a Mason.

In summary, I want to be a good person, I want to be involved, and my parents have never led me astray! I am now proud to be a Mason, and I do hope that I have the same influence on others...and my family.

Jim Anderson
Dubois Lodge 520

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