The North Carolina Mason

September/October 2015

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Page 2 The North Carolina Mason September/October 2015 STATESVILLE — By declaration of Grand Master Douglas L. Caudle and the Grand Lodge of North Caro- lina, August 5, 2015 was omas W. Gregory Day. Gregory is renowned for his dedication to blue lodge Ma- sonry and his reluctance to celebrate high office. He is the primary founding force of Wilkerson College, our Grand Lodge's nationally respected officer education program. As grand master in 1999, it was his lot to speak across the state about the first resolution that we recognize Prince Hall Masonry. He did so with conscience and great grace. e declaration of the day honors him "as an expression of our never-end- ing gratitude, appreciation, and broth- erly love to a true pillar of modern Free- masonry; and in recognition and honor of the sacrifices and dedication of that outstanding past grand master; a man of vision and toleration, who turned the other cheek and gave brotherly forgive- ness in the face of stringent attack and misunderstanding; who blazed a new trail for our fraternity, awakening it to the twenty-first century." Gregory was surprised by a contin- gent of nearly all the Grand Lodge of- ficers and several past grand masters at the August 4 stated meeting of States- ville 27. e gathering was done in se- cret as Gregory is well known to avoid personal honors. More than 20 high ranking Masons came in together about 20 minutes after the lodge opened. Gregory was clearly affected by the honor and spent quite some time remi- niscing on his experiences with the craft and the lessons it has taught him. Grand Master Caudle saluted Gregory saying, "Tom has been a men- tor of mine and has shown me how to be a better man, husband, business man, and grand master. For that, I am eternally grateful." So are we all. Tom Gregory Day declared Gregory held court from his seat in the north as he shared stories. The Grand Lodge officers gathered outside the lodge room in Statesville to await surprising PGM Gregory. By Ric Carter Officers' Boot Camps and Coaches Workshops will be held this Fall at four different locations in the state. e Boot Camp sessions are designed to train blue lodge line officers in essential leadership skills for their travels to the East. e forums provide up-to-date and informative material on effective lodge management and planning. e Boot Camps are separate one- day sessions held four Saturdays in October and November. e October 24 session will be held at Durham 352, 205 Husketh Drive in Durham; the October 31 session at West Gate 738 at 5924 Brookshire Drive in Charlotte; the November 7 session at Nichols-West Asheville 650 at 22 Brevard Road in Asheville, and the November 21 session at 7, 215 East Water Street in Edenton. ese sessions offer lodges across the state unparalleled opportunities for development. ese opportunities are unique in Masonry in the United States. Each session stands on its own — a brother need attend only one session to get the full Boot Camp experience. e Boot Camps are provided free of charge and are co-sponsored by Wilkerson College and the Grand Lodge Ma- sonic Education Committee. Participants receive a work book and other material also at no charge. Lunch is on your own. e Boot Camps sessions will be most helpful to blue lodge line officers, but are open to any members in good standing of one of our lodges. Most Masons will find the Boot Camps a tremendous help. e Boot Camps were conceived as a way of providing leadership train- ing for officers who could not attend Wilkerson College, or who would like a refresher after the Wilkerson College program. Topics covered in the sessions include "Masonic Education in the Blue Lodge," "Motivation," "Fundrais- ing," "e Master's Toolbox," and "e Proven Path." Brothers scheduled to present at the boot camps include Ju- nior Grand Deacon Mack Sigmon, Jim Medlin, Grand Historian Rick Smith, Grand Marshal Shaun Bradshaw, Grand Steward Larry ompson, Ben Wallace, Mike Daniels, Steven Cates, and Grand Tyler Kevin Combs. is is the seventh year for the Boot Camps. Participants in previous years have remarked about how valuable the program has been in their development as leaders. Become one of them. No registration is required. For more information on the Boot Camps, con- tact Kevin Combs at (704) 929-9707 or . October 24 .......Durham 352 .......................1644 Cole Mill Road, Durham October 31 ....... West Gate 738 .......... 5924 Brookshire Drive, Charlotte November 7 .....Nichols-W. Asheville 650 .......22 Brevard Road, Asheville November 21 ...Unanimity 7 ......................... 215 E. Water Street, Edenton Officers' Boot Camps Ric Car ter photos

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