Why did you become a Freemason?
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 20:55:12 +1030
From: Eric Wright <email@example.com>
Subject: Why I Joined Freemasonry
This is a letter from a Past Master (1977) and Foundation Master
(1995) of two Lodges in South Australia, and is my entry to the question
of my joining Freemasonry.
I was born in England in 1919, the youngest of 11 kids. My father
retired from work in 1937 and had a small collection of friends with
whom he went for walks in the country etc. (This was in the late
One of them was a prominent businessman, and one glorious summer
evening, he called to see my parents. I, who was married by this time,
was home on a visit as well.
This gentleman was 'twiddling' a 'drop'consisting of a 'dice' on his
watch chain. I asked what all the various symbols on the sides of the
cube were all about. He told me that they were Masonic signs. After
some conversation, he told me to 'save my pennies' and then go to see
As 'pennies' were very scarce then - I had not long been home from 6
and a half years War Service - nothing could be done. I recall that
after this gentleman had gone home, I asked my Dad what it was all
about. He replied that he did not know much about it, but if I was
able, I ought to 'join 'em'!
I migrated to Australia and eventually did "join 'em", in 1960.
Since then Freemasonry has become a large part of my life, especially
since the death of my wife.
I have served every 'office' in the Lodge, and will shortly be
invested as the Director of Ceremonies in the "Lodge of Endeavour"
No. 235 on the Register of the Grand Lodge of South
To anyone asking my opinion about what is to be gained from
Freemasonry, my reply is "Nothing, if you put nothing into it". This
does not mean material items, but to give of yourself. Only when you
start to deliver "Ritual" and take an interest in the running of the
Lodge etc. will you get the great and glorious benefits available to any
of its members.
Sincerely and Fraternally.
Eric Wright. 4. Christopher Road. Christie Downs. S. Australia.
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