[Web-master's note:If you're such a hot researcher, why don't you try to "discover" the SECRET link on my web-site -- the one that's so boldly labelled "How to Join"? :-) Then let me know if you still can't figure out how to approach your friends.]
[Web-master's note: No.]
[Web-master's note: It's "Spes mea in deo est" -- meaning "my hope is in God". That is the motto of the 32nd and final degree in the Scottish Rite, Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret. From Psalm 39:7 "But now Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you."]
I was born in Alameda County Hospital, here in California. I was born with "Club Feet".
Lucky for myself, I was blessed by my mother being offered by a Shriner to sponsor me so that I could get help from the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in S.F. California. For several years I was under their care, and I am happy to say that due to such gracious help, I can now for the most part live a normal life, though as I get older I am having some problems with my feet, which is only understandable. I am very thankful for this help I have recieved through the Shriners. I also understand there is a relationship between the Shriners and the Masons, and excuse my lack of knowledge in such , but I believe the relationship is a hierarchical one. If I am not mistaken , I believe one must become a Mason in order to eventually become a Shriner, please correct me if I am wrong. I would somehow like to become involved with such fine organizations as either of these, but I am not fortunate enough to know any members of either.
I now understand that you must know one to become one, which of course makes sense to me. Maybe you can suggest to me of how I may become acquainted with some of your members. Maybe you can also tell me if the Museum the Shriners used to have in the old hospital location in S.F. is still open and what the hours are that I might be able to visit. I have been there before but it has been a long time. My name is in the Cornerstone of the building in the newer Hospital location in S.F. , as I was one of the first children to be in it, having transferred, via wheel chair, to the new hospital from the old.
Sorry to write in such length, I hope I haven't bored whoever reads this. Thank-you in advace for your time. May God bless you and all involved with your fine endeavors.
[Web-master's note: I think it's more to do with "regularity" than race. There are strict rules in Masonry about setting up lodges or grand lodges. All regular Masons are not allowed to sit in lodge with irregular or clandestine groups, whether black, white, mixed, whatever. In particular, many "black masonic organizations" were set up without valid charter from pre-existing groups. This leads to a reluctance in many PHA lodges to interact with them. But you may get other answers. ]