The North Carolina Mason

January/February 2019

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Page 4 The North Carolina Mason January/February 2019 T h e m i s s i o n o f f r e e m a s o n r y i n n o r T h C a r o l i n a i s T o r a i s e T h e m o r a l , s o C i a l , i n T e l l e C T u a l , a n d s p i r i T u a l C o n s C i e n C e o f s o C i e T y b y T e a C h i n g T h e a n C i e n T a n d e n d u r i n g p h i l o s o p h i C a l TeneTs of broTherly love, relief, and TruTh, whiCh are expressed ouTwardly Through serviCe To god, family, CounTry, and self under The faTherhood of god wiThin The broTherhood of man. (USPS 598-260) is published bimonthly by e Grand Lodge of AF & AM of North Carolina, 2921 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27608. ird class postage paid at Oxford, NC 27565. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to e North Carolina Mason, School Of Graphic Arts, Masonic Home for Children, Oxford, NC 27565. Grand Master Dwight M. "Mack" Sigmon Board Of Publication Kenneth Wayne Lambert, Chairman John R. Beaman III John S. Dodd Adam Russell Cloninger Dwight Stephen Decoskey II Editor Beth Grace Good quality pictures are essential for suitable reproduction. e right to re- ject any submission not suitable for use is reserved. Pictures will be returned to the sender only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Email submissions are welcome; high resolution, unaltered JPGs and Rich Text Format documents are preferred. Submissions and other correspon- dence should be sent to the editor at 2921 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27608 or . Each North Carolina Mason is a subscriber to e North Carolina Mason. If you know a member who is not receiving the paper, please send us his full name, his complete address, and the name and number of his lodge. Masonic widows receive e Mason free upon request. Subscriptions are available to others at a rate of five dollars per year. Subscription inquiries and address changes only should be sent to: e School of Graphic Arts, Masonic Home for Children, 600 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina 27565. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of The North Carolina Mason, the Grand Lodge, or Board of Publication. From the editor's desk Grand Master Dwight M. "Mack" Sigmon Deputy Grand Master P. Shaun Bradshaw ............ Senior Grand Warden R. David Wicker .................... Junior Grand Warden Larry B. ompson Jr. Grand Treasurer Lewis R. Ledford (PGM) ............... Grand Secretary T. Walton Clapp III Senior Grand Deacon Kevan D. Frazier Junior Grand Deacon Donald E. Kehler Grand Marshal Robert W. Rideout ............................ Grand Steward Steve M. Norris ................................... Junior Grand Steward Gilbert D. Bailey Grand Tyler Guy E. Cline Grand Chaplain Richard A. "Rick" Williams Grand Lecturer Dalton W. Mayo (PGM) Grand Historian Ludwik J. Wodka NORTH CAROLINA The Mason Help create new fund for disaster relief M asons take care of their own. And others. Lots of others. Just take, for example, the response Masons gave to a call for donations after Hurricane Florence devastated much of southeastern North Carolina, with no regard to reputation or station in life. It's in the Masonic DNA to help others, especially brothers and their families in trouble. Inspired by that response, the North Carolina Masonic Founda- tion will try something new this year in hopes of creating a fund that will be around every time Masons need help. On June 24 – St. John's Day – the NCMF invites lodges around the state to join in on a special giving day called "24 in 24." at means NCMF wants to raise $24,000 in 24 hours on June 24 to create the body of a disaster relief fund. If NCMF hits that day's goal, it can form what development folks call the "corpus" of a fund that can be invested and grown so that it will be around for years to come. e fund will be designated to help Masons and lodges hit by hurricanes, tornadoes, devastating snow- falls, etc. You get the idea – if you are hurt by Mother Nature, this fund will be on hand to help you. I think it's appropriate to do this on a day set aside to recognize St. John the Baptist, since he dedicated his entire life to doing for others – one very special "other" in particular. He paved the way for things to come and never took credit for himself. at's all in a day's work for this Craft. e rules are easy. Just raise some money to toss into the fund. You or your lodge can do it on June 24 or earlier. e goal is to have your donation or pledge in hand on June 24. We also want to recognize your work in helping your brothers. Take photos and videos of whatever you do and we'll run those out on Facebook on June 24. If you need help with photos or videos, let me know by emailing me at my NCMF address – – and I'll help you out. Any questions? Email me! Read more about how you can get involved (story page 6). By Beth Grace Editor Did you miss it? For the second year,the North Carolina Mason has created a video of photos that tell the story of our year in North Carolina Freemasonry. Set to an updated version of Bonnie Doon, the video contains photos sent in by brothers and images shot by the many talented volunteers who help chronicle our history every year at events major, minor and in between. It's easy to find – just go to this link: Or simply search for North Carolina Mason 2018. It should pop right up. Take a minute to look and remember back. It was a great year and the new one is now ours to craft … and Craft. Happy New Year to all! Video tells the tale of NC Freemasons in 2018

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