The North Carolina Mason

May/June 2020

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S ometimes, success is measured by what's NOT there. For North Carolina's Freemasons, what has not been there is apathy. Just look around. Lodge doors may be locked, but that doesn't mean Masons have not been busy. It's more than clear that apathy has played no role in how brothers across the state have dealt with the pandemic that has closed lodges, cancelled countless fundraisers and kept brother from greeting brother live and in person. Just take a look at Facebook. Post after post shows brothers doing for others. ey're giving blood, they're collecting money for medical equipment for front line healthcare workers, they're chipping in for food and drink for those fighting the virus and keeping others healthy. ey're checking in on each other, as the Grand Master has requested, and on those who have not been at lodge for a while. ey're finding and connecting with widows and families of brothers who have passed. Others – in the Masonic family – also are part of the success. WhiteStone residents and others have made financial donations dedicated to funding emergency assistance as needed in the fight against COVID. ere is plenty to celebrate, even when the lodge doors are closed. Committees, task forces and boards all have continued to meet – albeit on a screen in tiny Brady Bunch boxes. e work of the Grand Lodge and its staff has kept at it; the annual audit is well under way, business is being done behind face masks and with proper social distancing. Our charitable homes have weathered the viral storm with exceptional success. As of press- time, not one – NOT ONE – case of COVID-19 has been reported or diagnosed at either home. at's big news. Everyone we love and care for at WhiteStone and the Masonic Home for Children is still here. And it shows that our homes already were ahead of the game in terms of what it takes to keep a home safe from a viral invasion. at is success beyond words. In this issue, we do our best to share the stories of what your brothers, your homes and your leadership have been up to, the successes we all celebrate and the hope we all hold for a quick return to some sense of normalcy. Read on, and join us in noticing what's NOT there. Page 4 The North Carolina Mason May/June 2020 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 P. Shaun Bradshaw Board Of Publication Kenneth Wayne Lambert, Chairman Adam Cloninger Dwight Decoskey Stan Dodd omas VanEtten 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 P. Shaun Bradshaw .......................... Deputy Grand Master R. David Wicker ................... Senior Grand Warden Larry B. ompson Jr. Junior Grand Warden Kevan D. Frazier Grand Treasurer Lewis R. Ledford (PGM) ............... Grand Secretary T. Walton Clapp III Senior Grand Deacon Donald E. Kehler Junior Grand Deacon Robert W. Rideout .................. Grand Marshal Steve M. Norris ................................... Grand Steward Gilbert D. Bailey Junior Grand Steward Michael A. Register Judge Advocate James R. Stevens Grand Tyler Gary D. Handy Assistant Grand Tyler Graham S. Bradshaw Grand Chaplain Mark M. N. Vickers Grand Historian Ludwik J. Wodka Grand Lecturer Christopher L. Wright Grand Orator Benjamin G. Wallace NORTH CAROLINA The Mason By Beth Grace Editor Masons beat back pandemic with actions, compassion Lodges should be on the lookout for Making a Splash!, the new annual report from the Masonic Home for Children. The report has a bright, eye- pleasing new look and more graphics, making the content stand out and easy to read. The focus of the 2019 Annual Report is the newly opened MHCO Aquatic Center, complete with special graphics and stats that show how the new pool built last year has changed everything for MHCO's kids as we head into summer. The pool is slated to be opened Memorial Day weekend. State coronavirus closure restrictions do not apply to private pools. There's another change in the report. Lodge giving totals for the year will be sent out separately via email to lodge masters and secretaries this year, along with the regular monthly MHCO update. Questions? Contact MHCO at 919-603-3906 with questions. MHCO Annual Report swimming your way!

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