Letter of the month: September 1999
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 4:28:50 PM -0500
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Subject: Gary, I've been looking for someone with knowledge of Masonry
From: "Geoff Ashman" <email@example.com>
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To: "Geoff Ashman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Gary, I've been looking for someone with knowledge of Masonry
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Fri, 24 Sep 1999 16:28:50 CDT."
Thanks for the invitation, but I don't know if I have any time to
answer even more questions about Masonry than the load I'm already
carrying. I do have to fit some actual paying work into my day, too,
now and then.
In short, I can't afford to do it for free, and neither could I in
good conscience charge people $$ to answer questions about Masonry.
That's why I and so many others have put up web-sites about our
Besides which, the truth is you really don't need an expert. You
could handle fully 95% of the questions you'll get about Masonry with
these three answers:
- No, Masonry is not a Satanic cult. But if you already think it is,
you won't believe this answer anyway. For more info, see: http://www.masonicinfo.com/
- I can't tell you about the lodge your great-great-grandfather
belonged to. You should contact his lodge. If you don't know the
lodge, you can contact his state's grand lodge for information about how
to contact a particular lodge or perhaps even information on an
individual Mason; write to the office of the Grand Secretary. For more
info, see: http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Masonry/Questions/grandpa.html
- To join Masonry, you should ask a Mason in person, a member of a
lodge somewhere near where you live or work. If you cannot find a lodge
in your area, you could write to your state's Grand Lodge and ask about
nearby lodges. Fore more info, see: http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Masonry/how-to1.html
As I say, that'll handle nearly all of it. For the remaining 5%, you
could always point them to my website.
Best of luck,
| Gary L. Dryfoos <email@example.com>| PM: Ocean Lodge AF&AM, Saugus GL Mass.
| P.O.Box 425400, Camb, MA 02142 | & Mt. Scopus Lodge AF&AM, Malden ""
| http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Masonry/ | 32~; MPS; B'hood o/t Blue Forget-Me-Not;
| w: 617.253-0184 f: 617.258-6875 | Internet Lodge #9659, E. Lancs UGLE
| Rt. Wor. Grand Rep. of the GL of Russia near the GL of Massachusetts
| "...one sacred band, or society of Friends and Brothers, among
| whom no contention should ever exist, save that noble contention,
| or rather emulation, of who best can work and best agree."
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