The North Carolina Mason

July/August 2020

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I want my life back. I want your life back. I mean it. You can't see me right now, but I'm actually stomping my foot as I write that. I want us all to go back to the day before we first heard the word "coronavirus." I want to have no idea what I look like – or anybody looks like – in a mask. I would make a trade with the devil to win a couple of hours in a crowded restaurant, or at a concert, or to settle happily in the sunbeam that hits my favorite pew right about the time the preacher starts his homily every Sunday. I'd love to attend a full-on board meeting at the Grand Lodge. Really. I'm not kidding. If wishes were horses, my dad would say, beggars would ride. No matter how you look at it, since March, we have all been on a long strange ride. A scary one, at times. We've been isolated. We've been quarantined. Some have lost jobs. Some have lost hope. Some have lost family and friends they love. We're all fighting an enemy we can't even see. And the fight just goes on and on and on. And on. Which is why when I hear good news these days, I perk right up. And there is good news in the story of North Carolina Freemasonry. First and maybe most importantly, broth- erly love stands strong even in the face of a worldwide pandemic. We're hearing reports of brothers checking in with brethren who haven't visited lodge in years, and with widows who miss the men their husbands loved so dearly. Some lodges are still out there raising funds for our charities. Some are taking time to help health workers on the front lines, sending food, and bringing them homemade masks and hand sanitizer. Education is exploding. We have a story in this issue looking at how brothers are Zooming their way to a higher level of Masonic knowledge. You can't scroll through Facebook these days without a healthy choice of learning experiences popping out at you. Work is under way at the Grand Lodge to determine just how Annual Communication will go this year, while our Grand Lodge staff and countless fans among the brethren statewide take a moment to honor Cornelia Doherty, who has retired after almost 40 years. Read all about that in this issue. Our charities are investing time and money to keep their respective residents safe and secure, to make sure they have food, shelter, and that they don't lack for fun. Props to those who run our homes – this has not been an easy time for them. And even in the middle of this strangest of times, with the racial turmoil and protests nationwide, there came a moment of hope and peace on a warm, breezy June morning when some 200 Masons – more than half from the Prince Hall Grand Lodge – gathered at the North Carolina Capitol with friends and sisters of the Eastern Star to rally in favor of peaceful protest and respect for all people of all colors. Our cover this issue focuses on that morning, and on the words two Grand Masters spoke in hopes of sharing their stories, their brotherly love and their desire for peace. eir words and their friendship were an inspiration to anyone with a heart and mind inclined to listen. So on we go, friends … ey say patience is a virtue. If I ever get any patience, I'll let you know if that's true! Page 4 The North Carolina Mason July/August 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 Patience may be a virtue, but one that I am lacking

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