Why did you become a Freemason?
From: "Robert Robinson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 4 Jul 1998 14:28:21 EDT
Subject: Why I became a mason
I respectfully submit the following:
I grew up in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. Over the years I
visted the various historic sites. I kept running into the work and
legacy of Benjamin Franklin. One summer I worked at Pennsylvania
Hospital, the oldest hospital in the US and was told it was founded by
Benjamin Franklin. I later heard that he founded the postal service,
local fire department, and a local University as well. I saw his
scientific and printing work displayed at the Franklin Institute and
heard he had donated money in his will to the cities of Philadelphia and
Boston with the intention that it gather interest for many years first.
The donation grew large enough to start a trade school in Boston. What
in the world motivated this man?
I heard he was a Mason -- as were many involved in founding the
country. I wondered if there was a connection. We all knew his famous
activities in founding the country. Why would someone like him bother
with also helping the local community... and in so many ways? How did
he get so much cooperation?
Frankly much is available about Masonry in writing. I read what I
could get my hands on. After reading a bit I was pretty convinced that
Masonic principles were behind a lot more around me than the Fire
Department and Library.
I wanted to find a way to become part of that tradtion. I wanted to
learn the same principles which obviously had affected a group of men to
somehow make major positive contributions to people around them -l- in
the face of very real obstacles.
Somehow in all my reading I had not picked up the "how to join" part
of the equation. Fortunately, I met someone through a consulting job
who always wore the square and compasses in his lapel. After knowing
him for a while, we had an occassion to work together on the same
I asked him if he was a Mason, etc. I then went on for about 15
minutes about what I had found over the years and how much I admired Ben
Franklin and that I was pretty convinced Masons had played a major and
positive part in our history. He eventually became one of my
recommenders for joining. Only later did I find out that Benjamin
Franklin had also been a Grand Master of Pennsylvania Masons.
Montgomery Lodge #19
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