The North Carolina Mason

July/August 2019

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Page 4 The North Carolina Mason July/August 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 By Beth Grace Editor Beth Grace photo T he brother leaned forward across his silver walker, smiling as he held court in the backyard shed-turned-Masonic- man cave. He chatted with the stream of visiting Masons and their families about a few of the thousands of items of historic interest surrounding him. It wasn't his man cave, mind you. It was the special sanctum of his much-loved Masonic brother, Steve Lynch, who invites everyone in the fraternity he has loved for decades to visit his backyard "Lynch Lodge" a few times a year. e man – and his audience -- brightened considerably as the door opened … and a wee fairy princess entered. Adorned with beads, rows of brightly colored bracelets, hot pink tutu and waving a wand (of course!), she gaped at the photos, statues and medals papering every wall, then twirled beneath the model helicopters that swayed above her from the ceiling. Who had ever seen so many replicas of George Washington in one room??? is particular perfect princess was still celebrating her birthday – which had been days before. Her father explained that she so treasured the outfit she had gotten that day, she had refused to take it off ever since … except under protest for the occasional bath. e brother leaned forward as she approached. "Are you a princess?" he asked. "Yes," she squeaked, making a face that suggested it should be pretty clear just by looking at her that she was a card-carrying member of fairy royalty. Undaunted, the man asked, "And can you do magic?" She smiled at him as if he really HAD missed a memo about the wonders of wand- wielding fairy princesses. "Of COURSE!" she replied. "en, can you make me well?" he asked. Kidding … but maybe not. She didn't hesitate. She peered into his eyes, raised her wand and tapped him gently on his arm. en she stepped back, cradling the wand, admiring her own amazing powers. Her patient closed his eyes and smiled. Smiled big. Magic. e child came packing some pretty powerful magic. e brother may not have been truly cured, but every last person in that room felt healed. May the power of the magical wee fairy prin- cess be with all of us, today and all days. Happy summer! You're never too old…or too young…to believe in magic. Magic happens every time "Lynch Lodge" opens. Witnessing the magic of ‛Lynch Lodge'

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