The North Carolina Mason

September/October 2015

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September/October 2015 The North Carolina Mason Page 15 Royal White Hart 2 Our back pages So, a lady goes to her doctor and gets examined. After he delivers the diagno- sis and provides his recommendations, she says, "I'd like a second opinion." He says, "OK – you're ugly, too." Second opinions are a good thing, for a couple of reasons. First, we should remember that doctors are like everyone else: they're human, and they can make mistakes. Diagnosis is the most difficult part of health care. In most situations, once we can figure out what's wrong, then we can do something about it. But, if the diagnosis is not correct, well, it's kind of difficult to get better if you're being treated for the wrong illness — and there is no single person who has all the answers. Second, and I hate to say this, but there are too many practi- tioners today who are more interested in looking after their bank accounts than in caring for their patients. Over the last several decades, busi- ness has been injected into the profes- sions in such a manner that there are now practitioners who are more inter- ested in how much money they can make rather than how well they can care for their patients. e vast major- ity of health care practitioners are hon- est, hardworking people of integrity who entered their profession in hopes of tending to the needs of others, and doing something good for those with whom they have an opportunity to work. Should you encounter one whose goals you suspect to be something dif- ferent, or if you just need reassurance, don't hesitate – get a second opinion! Past Grand Master William B. Brunk is a member of Hiram 40. From the Medical Committee Second opinions By William B. Brunk HALIFAX — Royal White Hart 2 is the second oldest lodge in North Carolina. It was the home lodge of William R. Davie (Father of the University of North Carolina) and Joseph Montfort (only Provincial Grand Master of America). ey still meet in the building they built in about 1819. Many of the artifacts of the lodge are still preserved. e master's chair seen here at right is preserved and on display at the Grand Lodge headquarters in Raleigh. An English floor cloth, given the lodge by Montfort in 1772, still hangs in the lodge. A floor cloth is an instructional tool for the degrees, the slide show of the 18 th century. Harry W. Gowen took this photo in 1907. Dr. Edward Jenner, in 1789 discov- ered the vaccination process against smallpox. He was master of Faith and Friendship Lodge #270 in Berkeley, England at the time. A drenching rainstorm hovered over South Carolina for much of the first week of October, pouring up to two feet of water onto some sections of the state. Rivers overflowed, dams were breached, roadways were flooded, and homes and businesses were inundated with water, causing severe damage, if not complete destruction. e storm, described by a meteo- rologist as "unprecedented and his- toric," qualifies as a 1,000-year event. Officials said damage would exceed bil- lions of dollars across the state, with the state capital in Columbia and historic Charleston being among the hard- est hit. Recovery is expected to take months, if not longer. At least one lodge building has been virtually destroyed. Other lodges, plus the homes of many Masonic brothers, have been seriously damaged, and the toll to life and property is still being assessed. MSA has established a Disaster Relief Fund for South Carolina, with all donations that are received to be transferred directly to the Grand Lodge of South Carolina for distribu- tion to those in need. Please forward to the MSA dona- tions to help our devastated Brothers, their families, and others in this strick- en jurisdiction. Please make checks payable to MSA Disaster Relief Fund and send to: Masonic Service Associa- tion, 3905 National Drive, Suite 280, Burtonsville, MD 20866. When remit- ting funds to the MSA in response to this appeal, please mark checks, "South Carolina Appeal." Also, donations may be made on MSA's webpage, , with the use of a credit card. Such donations al- low relief funds to be available sooner. e Masonic Service Association is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. MSA disaster request for South Carolina

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