The North Carolina Mason

January/February 2015

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The BoTTom Line By Douglas L. Caudle Grand Master Veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols I have had the privilege of being a Mason for more than 20 years. To some, that may seem a long time, and to others, I'm still an Entered Apprentice. In my first ten or so years my understanding of Masonry focused on fund- raising and fellowship. Now don't get me wrong, supporting our charities is critically important to those we have taken an obliga- tion to help. e fellowship and friendships that I have with my lodge brothers are some of the most special that I have. However, there is so much more to Masonry. When a brother is first initiated, we tell him "Freemasonry [is] a beautiful sys- tem of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols." We then tend to leave the veil on and not elaborate on the life les- sons taught in our degrees and lectures. Our lectures give a brief glimpse into the meaning of Masonry. Our lecturers do a wonder- ful job of bringing to life these important teachings. is is why it pains me to see brothers leaving after the degree and not staying for the lecture. Different aspects of the lecture speak to me each time I hear one. I encourage you to stay and closely listen to them. I would like to challenge each of you to lift the veil. Find a word or phrase that we use that you may not understand and research its meaning. One might choose "So mote it be" or "hecatomb" or any number of terms or phrases. is would be an excellent pro- gram for Masonic Education. Research on the internet is also a very good way to expand your Masonic knowledge. However, be wary of sites which may not be giving you things "on the square." I would also challenge you to seek out a wise counselor in your lodge or district to discuss what our allegory and symbols mean. Your Masonic Education Committee is sponsoring a series of lectures at different locations around the state on "Allegory and Symbolism." ese lectures are led by Ben Wallace and delve more deeply into what our degrees mean. I have sat in on two of these programs and am excited that it is being shared with a larger audience. Visit the Grand Lodge website or Facebook page for more details on time and dates. Masonic scholarships e NC Grand Lodge sponsors the Charles Cathey Masonic Scholarship program. Currently eight $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year to high schools seniors who are headed to college. Last year, we received over 160 applications, and the five-member committee had the monumental task of narrowing the field to only eight. Soon, you will be receiving a letter from me along with a Ma- sonic decal to support this program. My hope is that we can raise enough funds to either increase the amount of each scholarship or to expand the number awarded. Applications for the 2015 schol- arships are now available at on the Grand Lodge website under the "Masons in the Community" tab. Military Veteran Certificates We will be renewing the push to have the service information of our military veterans updated on our lodge secretaries' MORI system. A handsome certificate has been designed to recognize their service to our country and to North Carolina Masonry. I have tasked the district deputy grand masters to help the lodges in their districts to complete these updates. If you are a military veteran and have not received your certificate, please contact your lodge secretary with your service information. e certificates are organized and printed by the School of Graphic Arts at the Ma- sonic Home for Children at Oxford. Many lodges have taken ad- vantage of this program to hold a special program on the military and Freemasonry. Social media I have renewed the updates to the Grand Master of Masons of North Carolina Facebook page . Please follow this page to keep up with my travels around the state. While I am a rookie in the use of this communication tool, I will try to keep the posts and photos in- teresting and informative. If you are not already a "friend," please send a request so that you can have access to all of the informa- tion. Or better yet, go old school, and "like" me by visiting one of the many events that I will be attending this year. I look forward to replying to your friend request by shaking your hand! see DALLAS, page 5 The Mason NORTH CAROLINA Official Publication of e Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina Volume 140 Number 1 Oxford, North Carolina January/February 2015 PINEVILLE — e birthplace of President James K. Polk was the only Presidential Historic Site in North Carolina. Polk, who was born in Mecklenburg County on November 2, 1795, moved to Tennessee with his parents and four siblings when he was eleven. On November 15, Master-elect Gerry Voiles and seven other members of James K. Polk 759 here, visited the site. ey joined an estimated 650 visitors who attended the birthday celebration and grand opening of the newly renovated museum. Members of James K. Polk Lodge cooperated with Site Man- ager Scott Warren, and his staff, to create a new exhibit in the museum. It recog- nizes the fact that President Polk and many other Presi- dents were Freema- sons. It also men- tions that there is a Masonic lodge named for Polk. To learn more about the Presi- dent James K. Polk Historic Site, visit . ree US presi- dents were born in North Carolina: Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson. All three were Masons. e birthplace of Andrew Johnson, the third president born in North Carolina is displayed in Raleigh. — Randy Richardson This is the new Masonic exhibit at Polk Historic Site. Master-Elect Jerry Voiles (front right) and Jim Williams as Presi- dent Polk are seen here with members of James K. Polk 759. Polk site updated Grand Master dedicates plaque Dallas Courthouse restored By Ric Carter DALLAS — On November 16, Grand Master Dalton W. Mayo presided over the ancient Masonic ritual for dedicating a building here at the old Gaston County Courthouse, now known as the Dallas Historic Courthouse. In 1846, Dallas became the county seat of the then newly cre- ated (from part of Lincoln County) Gaston County. It was named for George Miffin Dallas, James K. Polk's vice president. Polk was one of three North Carolina-born presidents and a Freemason. is courthouse, opened in the 1848, was Gaston County's first. After 1911, when the county seat was moved to Gastonia, it went on to serve other purposes for the community including school and police and fire departments. Early in 2014, the town voted to work with the Dallas Historic Courthouse Foundation to spend $850,000 to restore the historic site. Work on the main building was completed late last year and culminated in the November 16 public ceremony. e Grand Lodge was opened and closed before the event by GM Mayo introduces the Masonic ceremony. DeWayne Gore photos

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