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Why did you become a Freemason?

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From: "roberta south" <berta@datalinkok.com>
To: <masonry-ask@mit.edu>
Subject: Why I Joined Freemasonry
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2003 02:17:31 -0500

I joined Masonry because when my second daughter was only six months old she was severley burned by negligence of the babysitter in whose care she was entrusted. The Shriners flew her and my wife to Galveston burn center, put my wife up in a room so as she would be close, and took excellent care of her.

I thanked them every day and still do. But how do you thank some one who saves your child's life. So I decided what better way to thank them and honor them than to become a Shriner. I was told that you had to be a Mason before you could be a Shriner. So I petitoned a local lodge and was accepted.

Little did I know that I was in for one of the most beautiful and memorable times in my life. With each degree came more pride, and a sense of self-satisfaction. I have made some of the best friends of my life through Freemasonry, and I am still making new friends through Freemasonry. In short, Freemasonry is one of the best things ever to happen to me outside of getting married and having children.

Thank you,

Clifton South
Ottawa Lodge # 492
Quapaw, Oklahoma

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