The North Carolina Mason

March/April 2017

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The Mason Official Publication of e Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina Volume 142 Number 2 Oxford, North Carolina March/April 2017 NORTH CAROLINA Above, MWGM Gene Cobb hands out Lion & Pillar pins to the brothers gathered at Mount Lebanon #117. At right, Each speaker at the meeting gets three minutes, timed to the last grain with a tiny hourglass in the custody of Grand Lecturer Hugh McLaurin. Talk too long and the Grand Master looms large with his gavel. Meeting on the level Taking Grand Lodge to our members By Beth Grace From Lumberton to Lenoir, from Deep Gap to Dunn, Masons have been gathering since January at district meetings – often in record numbers – to meet and hear from their Grand Master, and to catch up with their brothers from miles around. Every Grand Master makes the rounds of lodges statewide for these meetings, of course, but even for those who attend regularly, this year offers something a little different. Take, for instance, the egg timer. Mindful of busy schedules for the brothers, Most Worshipful Grand Master Gene Cobb is keeping things moving by assigning someone to ensure that each speaker gets only as much time as there is sand in the timer – about three minutes' worth. Speak longer than your time, and the "timer" gives the Grand Master a meaningful look, which prompts the Grand Master to stand up and give the speaker an even more meaningful look that says, "Time's up." Time is of the essence this year because the Grand Master has invited a number of speakers to every meeting since January to share the latest news from Masonic Education, from WhiteStone and the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, from the NC Masonic Foundation, from the NC Mason and the Board of Publications. Sometimes, guests from other states attend. At the meeting in Mount Airy, John Cozzie, grand repre- sentative of the Grand Lodge of Illinois, attended and presented a snow globe of major Masonic buildings in the Chicagoland area. All guests are made welcome at the meeting, and at the meals each lodge hosts (often with the help of the Order of the Eastern Star) ■ see MEETINGS page 2

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