From the Personal Representative (July, 2008)

posted May 2, 2015, 8:58 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 2, 2015, 8:59 PM ]
Masons are a strange breed. We are, for the most part, intensely proud of our membership in this great organization, yet we are constrained by our interpretation of tradition from assertively seeking out other men whom we might consider good material for membership in Masonry.
We spread ourselves thin over a great number of Masonic, community and church programs and organizations, yet when  someone asks us if we’d mind helping out or supporting their particular effort or project, we agree as though we had nothing else on our calendar and nothing but time on our hands.
We complain that our fraternity is sadly in need of modernization, yet we cling tenaciously to ancient landmarks and traditions, perhaps hoping that there will actually be a “National Treasure” discovered that will give to the fraternity the stature and credibility that we all know it deserves.
We delight in the association and friendship of our brothers and their families, but are somehow unable to convince the world that this is truly a brotherhood in the purest sense of the word. Recently, I had contact with a tradesman that told me he had been instructed by the manager of his company to check out some problems I was having with my telephone. He completed his analysis, located several problems, fixed them, and came to my door to report the results of his work. He was apparently puzzled by the work order and that it had come from so high a source in the company. When he asked me how that had occurred, I told him that I knew the man who signed the work order as a fellow Mason. A sly grin came over his face and he said with a wink, “Oh, a brother, eh?”
I asked the repairman if it would have made any difference if I had just called the phone company customer service desk to report the problem, and he was forced to think a bit. He admitted it would not have made a difference, but I can’t help wondering if it wouldn’t have been better for me to have claimed that the manager was just my brother or brother-in-law, or a good friend, rather that having given rise to the idea that the great “One-World” conspiracy” was at work.
And on that subject, I am convinced that, with 51 “regular” Grand Lodges in this country, and 51 ways of doing business, and that even among our own lodges we can’t settle on whether to have steak or egg sandwiches at our next stated meeting, the world is safe from takeover by the Masons. But furthermore … if we were able to gain control of the government, we’d do a whole lot better than the legislature in current authority, simply because we have learned mutual respect.
Well, so much for the soap box.
On another note, I have received a shipment of the work-books for the “Master Craftsman” course, and the cost comes out to $42.10 plus sales tax per person. We will sign you up and register all students with the Supreme Council. We will also set a time for group studies for anyone who wants to work their way through the course in that manner.
Thanks for your attention and for putting up with my raving.

Bob Winter - Personal representative of the Deputy of the Supreme Council in California

The Rite Word - July 2008, Volume 2, Issue 7