The North Carolina Mason

May/June 2013

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From The North Carolina Mason the editor's desk You can help make history reachable RALEIGH — Card Turk is here! If you've wanted to be part of a major Masonic project that is both historic and historical, now's your chance! Back around the turn of the last century, the Grand Lodge began tracking state-wide membership on three-by-five-inch index cards. About the same time, a passion for our history led to combing all the annual returns of the lodges back to the beginnings of the Grand Lodge in 1787. For each person found in those records, a card was created with as much information as could be culled from the early records. It was only in 1995 that records moved to a digital database format. Only Masons active at the time had their record digitized. The members of more distant history, about 200,000 of them, were left tracked only on the index cards. Talks of a dream project began with Enable Labs, the same company which builds and maintains MORI, the database web application the Grand Lodge and your lodge secretary use for membership records. The dream was to be able to search all the members in the history of our Grand Lodge. Step one was completed more than a year ago with the scanning of the entire card catalog. Two pictures of each card were made, one front, one back. Step two was the creation of crowd sourcing application that could gather enough information from each card to make them searchable. That application, Card Turk, is now running. Testers are being added weekly, and we expect to be running at full force very soon. Step three will be a searchable database. You type in a name and a date, and you are returned pictures of all the cards matching that search. The data will also be integrated into MORI allow lodges to have access to every member ever in their lodge. You can find instructions and tips on the Card Turk Facebook page . That will be our rally area to discuss ideas, problems, and solutions. You'll find sign up instructions there. Join us, be part of history. Green Lodge breaks its chicken record RALEIGH — Eyes may have been a little wide when Chairman Don Steichen challenged the James B. Green 735's barbecue crew to sell 600 plates in their annual chicken fundraiser. It was more than they ever had sold before. The grill was on at 5:00 a.m., and the whole operation was closed down at 7:00 p.m. Grill Master Richard Eddins and his cook crew of three cooked 624 half chickens, a new record for them. According to Lodge Master Joe Teague, "Our reputation for good food keeps pulling folks in. Our mission is to give our membership a chance to excel together and give the community a chance to know James B. Green Lodge just as GM Preslar has challenged us. May/June 2013 Surles named Montfort Medalist Ric Car ter photo Page 2 TRENTON — Grand Master Robert E. Gresham Jr. visited Zion 81 to present Johnny Surles the Joseph Montfort Medal for outstanding service to the Masonic fraternity. Surles is a past grand tyler and district deputy grand master. He was master of Zion Lodge in 1984 and 2007. He has been one of the organizers of several Grand Lodge officer installations and has been central to organizing the recent expansion of Homecoming at the Masonic Home for Children to include Masons, a Shrine parade, and many new activities. The Joseph Montfort Medal is the highest award in North Carolina Freemasonry and is given to those who have proven the most valuable servants of the Craft here. Each grand master is allowed to present three such awards. The medal is named after North Carolinian Joseph Montfort who was named "provincial grand master of and for America" in 1771. A heritage of religious liberty By Gene Hutloff During the course of its history, Freema- tarians who, although many maintained a church sonry has gone from explicitly Christian in its affiliation, were able to affirm in good faith that operative days to implicitly Christian, during their belief in a Supreme Being proceeded from the emergence from its operative to its specula- a rational consideration of the works of the tive stages during the formative years of the first Great Creator, both in nature and in the moral grand lodges, then through the era of schism and law implanted in the hearts of all men. Classic reconstitution, eventuating in the formation of examples of this category of Mason are Benjathe United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE). min Franklin and Voltaire, both honored as giAs the Craft spread to the European con- ants of Freemasonry, and generally considered tinent, thence to America and the far flung to be indispensable men in the evolution of the reaches of the British Empire, the whole ques- Fraternity, from the 1717 Revival to the prestion of admitting non-Christians, became in- ent. Many of them considered themselves to be creasingly problematic — more so for Hindus, Christian on account of the moral precepts to be Buddhists, Zoroastrians, and Confucianists, found in the Volume of the Sacred Law, without less so for Jews and Muslims, i.e., People of the necessarily subscribing to the dogmas instituted Book. It was even suggested by some Masonic by the various sects of Protestant Christendom writers that there be separate lodges for each and enforced by the power of the State. Say faith tradition — some Jewish, some Muslim, what one will about the heterodoxy of these free some Hindu, etc. This was subsequently dealt thinkers, both Masonic and profane, civilization with, in 1842, by the Duke of Sussex, Grand owes its heritage of religious liberty to the likes Master of the UGLE, who proclaimed that no of Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine. man should be denied consideration for canGene Hutloff was grand chaplain of the Grand didacy based solely on his religion, it being re- Lodge of Arizona. quired that the aspirant simply affirm his belief — Arizona Masonry, March/April 2010 in a Supreme Being. In diverse places and at some times, a further affirmation of belief in an In the 1800s, several grand lodges estabafterlife or the immortality of the soul was also lished Masonic colleges. The most successful of required, but with considerable variation. Besides Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims, which was in Hannibal, MS in 1847. Kentucky, yet another category of men, separated but not Tennessee, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Georunrelated to the aforementioned religions, had gia all tried it but all were eventually closed due been affiliating with the Craft during the centu- to lack of support. North Carolina's St. John's ry leading up to the Revival of 1717; these were College became the Masonic Home for Chil— Alphonse Cerza the free thinkers, philosophers. Deists, and Uni- dren in Oxford. Policeman visited by child he saved NASCAR's tough fans include Crainshaw KANNAPOLIS — After appearing in a television commercial, Randy Crainshaw may not qualify as a superstar, but clearly he makes superfan. NASCAR likes Randy Crainshaw's garage/man cave. It's Crainshaw's shrine to Dale Earnhardt and his renowned #3. NASCAR released the ad for their Nationwide Series in February featuring Austin Dillon #3 and the pressure that comes from carrying the legendary number. It begins panning through pictures of superfans of Earnhardt. One is Randy Crainshaw sitting among his dozens of #3 souvenirs. The voice over says, "It's not just a number, it's history. It's a symbol for a great man who did great things. "And Austin Dillon doesn't want to erase that, he wants to add to it. "The NASCAR Nationwide Series on ESPN. Names Are Made Here." You can see it here: . Randy is secretary of Allen Graham 695 and a member Knights of Solomon 764. 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 ct u a l , tenets of B rotherly L ove , R elief , and T ruth , which are expressed outwardly through service to NORTH CAROLINA The Mason (USPS 598-260) is published bimonthly by The Grand Lodge of AF & AM of North Carolina, 2921 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27608. Third class postage paid at Oxford, NC 27565. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The North Carolina Mason, School Of Graphic Arts, Masonic Home for Children, Oxford, NC 27565. Grand Master Dewey R. Preslar Jr. Board Of Publication Thomas A. Pope Jr. (Chair) Don E. Bolden R. Kevin Combs John A. Pea John A. Sullivan Editor Ric Carter and G od , STANLEY — Last year, Stanley Police Chief Derek Summey (a member of Stanley 713) embraced the 7-week-old boy he helped save a week before. Ethan Varner, the infant son of Nicholas Varner and Kayla Scruggs, lay in the arms of Summey at the Stanley Police station as the child's family looked on in amazement at the child's recovery. In May, Scruggs and her mother were taking Ethan Varner to Charlotte because of the infant's troubled breathing. When the child completely stopped breathing, they spotted Summey in front of the police station and stopped their vehicle, desperately looking for someone to help. Summey was in civilian clothing and headed to lunch, but a dead battery in his vehicle had caused a delay. Although they did not know Summey was an officer, they placed the infant in his arms. He removed Varner's shirt and gave him four or five rounds of 30 chest compressions. He also used a defibrillator while another person in the department called for help. Varner was treated and released from a Charlotte hospital. The child is now attached to a device monitoring his heart rate and breathing. Summey refers to helping save the infant as "the best feeling" he's had in his 15-year career in law enforcement. Scruggs said she will tell her son about his near-death encounter someday and the hero who stepped in during their moment of need. — Wade Allen, The Gaston Gazette Andrew McNair, a Philadelphia Mason, rang the Liberty bell in Independence Hall of July 8, 1776 to call the people together to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence. The bell developed a crack when it was rung for the death of Chief Justice Marshall, past grand master of Virginia. — Alphonse Cerza spiritual conscience of society by family , country , and self under the teaching the ancient and enduring philosophical of G od within the B rotherhood of M an . F atherhood Good quality pictures, whether color or black and white, are essential for suitable reproduction. The right to reject any submission not suitable for use is reserved. 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