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Posted: 22 September 2010 09:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]  
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Hi Everyone,
Just a quick update on my journey.  My application is currently being investigated.  I am just a few short weeks away from finding out at October’s dinner wether or not my application was accepted.  I am very excited.  Thanks to everyone who has been so helpful and informative during this process.  I truly am grateful. 


Eric G.

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Columbian Lodge A.F.& A.M. Boston, MA
Junior Warden, Celestial Lodge A.F.& A.M. Westwood, MA
32° Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Boston
St. Paul’s Royal Arch Chapter Boston, MA
Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters Boston, MA
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Posted: 08 October 2010 10:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]  
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Hello Everyone,
My application was balloted upon last night.  I attended the lodge dinner after the meeting.  I found out that I made it!  I am now waiting to go through the degrees.  I just wanted to give everyone an update.  Thanks again to everyone who have been so helpful during this process.  I am very eager to go through the degrees in the spring.

Eric G.

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Columbian Lodge A.F.& A.M. Boston, MA
Junior Warden, Celestial Lodge A.F.& A.M. Westwood, MA
32° Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Boston
St. Paul’s Royal Arch Chapter Boston, MA
Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters Boston, MA
Boston Commandery #2 Boston, MA

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Posted: 08 October 2010 10:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]  
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Congratz. I am waiting as well. I was suppose to go start next Monday but I could not work out the timing. The lodge is trying to figure something out. They are talking to some lodges that do there work on Saturdays. Keep me update and again congratz.

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Posted: 08 October 2010 11:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]  
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illusionist - 08 October 2010 10:53 AM

Hello Everyone,
My application was balloted upon last night.  I attended the lodge dinner after the meeting.  I found out that I made it!  I am now waiting to go through the degrees.  I just wanted to give everyone an update.  Thanks again to everyone who have been so helpful during this process.  I am very eager to go through the degrees in the spring.

Eric G.

Congrats Eric!

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Posted: 09 October 2010 01:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]  
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I am delighted to hear of your acceptance into our fraternity. I wish you every possible success in your Masonic career.

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Posted: 12 October 2010 08:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]  
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Thank you everyone for your well wishes and kind words.  I will be in the spring class for going through the degrees because that is the next open time I can do it.  The fall class is full and almost over.  Thanks again! 

Eric G.

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Columbian Lodge A.F.& A.M. Boston, MA
Junior Warden, Celestial Lodge A.F.& A.M. Westwood, MA
32° Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Boston
St. Paul’s Royal Arch Chapter Boston, MA
Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters Boston, MA
Boston Commandery #2 Boston, MA

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Posted: 12 October 2010 11:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]  
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illusionist - 12 October 2010 08:41 AM

Thank you everyone for your well wishes and kind words.  I will be in the spring class for going through the degrees because that is the next open time I can do it.  The fall class is full and almost over.  Thanks again! 

Eric G.

You’re on track!  The Fall class of candidates for Columbian Lodge is large this year at 6 men.  Certainly much larger then my class last Fall at 3.  And it is a very interesting and diverse group which makes it even better!

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Posted: 12 October 2010 01:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]  
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Yeah I have met a couple of the men who are going to go through the degrees the same time as me.  Very nice group of guys.  I am honored and proud to be going through the degrees with them.  Thanks for the continued kind words.

Eric G.

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Columbian Lodge A.F.& A.M. Boston, MA
Junior Warden, Celestial Lodge A.F.& A.M. Westwood, MA
32° Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Boston
St. Paul’s Royal Arch Chapter Boston, MA
Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters Boston, MA
Boston Commandery #2 Boston, MA

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Posted: 20 October 2010 10:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]  
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Hello Everyone,
As most of you know I will be going through the degrees in the spring.  I was actually just wondering when I go through the degrees is it OK to show up in a shirt and tie with a sports coat?  That is what I have been wearing to the lodge dinners I attend.  Is it nessesary to wear a tux to go through the degrees?  I know the officers of the lodge I am doing the degree work through all wear tuxedos.  I just don’t want to show up under dressed or disrespect anyone.  Thanks guys.

Eric G.

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Columbian Lodge A.F.& A.M. Boston, MA
Junior Warden, Celestial Lodge A.F.& A.M. Westwood, MA
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St. Paul’s Royal Arch Chapter Boston, MA
Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters Boston, MA
Boston Commandery #2 Boston, MA

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Posted: 20 October 2010 11:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]  
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The topic of appropriate dress, comes up from time to time. Some lodges, composed of bikers, do their degree work in biker leathers. In Afghanistan, we wear army camouflage. In Paris, France, tuxedo or dark suit is mandatory. For degree work, some lodges provide clothing for the candidates. I suggest that you check with the secretary of the lodge where you will be doing the degree work. He will advise you.

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Posted: 20 October 2010 11:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]  
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Yeah, thanks!  When in doubt I will always check with the Secretary. 

Eric G.

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Columbian Lodge A.F.& A.M. Boston, MA
Junior Warden, Celestial Lodge A.F.& A.M. Westwood, MA
32° Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Boston
St. Paul’s Royal Arch Chapter Boston, MA
Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters Boston, MA
Boston Commandery #2 Boston, MA

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Posted: 20 October 2010 11:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]  
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illusionist - 20 October 2010 11:19 AM

Yeah, thanks!  When in doubt I will always check with the Secretary. 

Eric G.

Eric, you should show up wearing jacket and tie (a suit looks even better!).  Don’t wear any jewelry.  Tuxedos are only worn by officers and Past Masters.

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Posted: 20 October 2010 11:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]  
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Thanks Dan!  Sounds good to me.  I am sure I will get all this information again the closer we get to the spring.  Thanks for the help.

Eric G.

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Columbian Lodge A.F.& A.M. Boston, MA
Junior Warden, Celestial Lodge A.F.& A.M. Westwood, MA
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St. Paul’s Royal Arch Chapter Boston, MA
Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters Boston, MA
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Posted: 21 October 2010 01:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]  
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illusionist - 20 October 2010 10:04 AM

Hello Everyone,
As most of you know I will be going through the degrees in the spring.  I was actually just wondering when I go through the degrees is it OK to show up in a shirt and tie with a sports coat?  That is what I have been wearing to the lodge dinners I attend.  Is it nessesary to wear a tux to go through the degrees?  I know the officers of the lodge I am doing the degree work through all wear tuxedos.  I just don’t want to show up under dressed or disrespect anyone.  Thanks guys.

Eric G.

Here in New Zealand it isn’t too common to see anyone in much more than a suit, including officers and Past Masters. Some wear a Sports coat and tie but most wear suits. There are the odd lodges in New Zealand that wear full evening tails but that is certainly the exception and not the rule.

Congrats on being accepted and all the best for your Masonic journey. I am still quite new to the craft (I am to be raised to MM at our next meeting in November.) But I love every minute of it!

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EA: 16/11/09
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Posted: 30 November 2010 08:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]  
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Thank you for your kind words NZ-Freemason.  I am looking forward to the degree work.  I am scheduled to go through the EA degree in February.  Thanks again for the nice comments.  Take care!

Eric G.

Elected to receive degrees 10/7/2010

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Columbian Lodge A.F.& A.M. Boston, MA
Junior Warden, Celestial Lodge A.F.& A.M. Westwood, MA
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St. Paul’s Royal Arch Chapter Boston, MA
Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters Boston, MA
Boston Commandery #2 Boston, MA

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