From the Master of Kadosh (October, 2015)

posted Dec 12, 2015, 1:21 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Mar 11, 2016, 3:34 PM ]

Greetings everyone!

We had such a great time at our MURDER MYSTERY DINNER.  Jack Harris was one of the “Best Costume” winners for the ‘50’s theme so feel free to ask him about his choice of outfits.  I didn’t expect that I would be the victim and that the guilty party would be my son-in-law!  (And before you ask, no…he’s not out to get me and we get along fine!)  I believe you may find a few pictures elsewhere in this newsletter.
Again I offer a bit of Masonic history/trivia for October.  On October 1st, 1928, the Philalethes Society was organized.  On October 11th, 1911, President-to-be Franklin D. Roosevelt received his 1st Degree in Holland Lodge No. 8 in New York City.  On October 14th, 1989, the Grand Lodge of Connecticut recognized the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Connecticut. This was the first U.S. recognition of Prince Hall Masonry that remained in force, and led to similar actions by more than 2/3 of all U.S. Grand Lodges. On October 15th, 1794 the Grand Lodge of Vermont was organized and on October 16th, 1800, the Grand Lodge of Kentucky.  On October 20th, 1953, the Grand Lodge of the State of Israel was constituted.  On October 30th, 1937, President-to-be Lyndon B. Johnson received his 1st Degree in Texas.  As before, there are other Masonic events of note that happened in October and I’ve only mentioned a few.  If you don’t find this of interest, you can skip this paragraph in my next article.
As Scottish Rite Masons we should be recognizing those people that move within our circle making a difference.  I want to share with you the following story:

Who Packed Your Parachute

Author Unknown
Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience!
One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, “You're Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!”
“How in the world did you know that?” asked Plumb.
“I packed your parachute,” the man replied. Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said, “I guess it worked!” Plumb assured him, “It sure did. If your chute hadn't worked, I wouldn't be here today.”
Plumb couldn't sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, “I kept wondering what he had looked like in a Navy uniform: a white hat; a bib in the back; and bell-bottom trousers. I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said 'Good morning, how are you?' or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.” Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent at a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn't know.
Now, Plumb asks his audience, “Who's packing your parachute?” Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. He also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory - he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute, and his spiritual parachute. He called on all these supports before reaching safety.

Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason. As you go through this week, this month, this year, recognize people who pack your parachutes.  Hope to see all of you at our Tuesday night meeting and dinner!  Have a safe Halloween!

Bud Ramsey, Master of Kadosh