The North Carolina Mason

September/October 2019

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Page 4 The North Carolina Mason September/October 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 Q uick quiz: What was the first hashtag? e first hashtag was a hashtag asking others if hashtags should be put into general use. Well … #whoknew? According to Wikipedia, which knows everything (or thinks it does), social tech- nology expert Chris Messina is credited with the very first hashtag. He posted the hashtag #barcamp on Twitter in August 2007. e whole tweet appeared like this: ?how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?? Messina came up with the hashtag as a way to support online discussions regarding Barcamp, a worldwide series of user-generated tech confer- ences that are open to anyone interested. Now, hashtags are everywhere and are one of the most widely used identifying and search functions on the net. Hashtags let you label a line of thought or discussion in social media and, as importantly, help you find it again by searching for all posts that include that hashtag. If you want to see everyone's input on one topic on social media, this is the way to find it. And that's why, starting with this year's Grand Lodge, the Public Relations Committee has launched a campaign for all of us to start using the hashtag #WeAreGLNC when we post news about NC Masonic doings on Instagram, Facebook or any form of social media you use for Masonic musings, memes or memories. e committee of hard-working brothers kicked off the campaign, distributing t-shirts and car decals to brothers at Grand Lodge who promised to take the message back to their lodges and others. According to a study by social media agency Radium One, almost 75 percent of people on social media use hashtags. NC Masons will work hard to raise that bar together. Interested in seeing what informa- tion other hashtags might unearth? Try these: #freemasonryritals #freemason- rysquared #freemasonrydaily #free- masonrytoday #thinkingfreemasonry #freemasonryhistory #freemasonrycares #esotericfreemasonry #irishfreema- sonry #freemasonry #freemasonry- worldwide #princehallfreemasonry #scot- tishritefreemasonry #masonic #masonictemple #masonry #mason #grandlodge #shriners #masonman #masoniclodge #yorkrite #2B1ask1 #masonnation #freeandaccept- edmason #bluelodge #masons #masoniclife #mastermason #masoniclight #masonicbrother #masonfamily Who are we? #WeAreGLNC

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