Hello to all!
My name is Mike, and this spring I petitioned Mckenzie River Lodge #195 AF+AM in Eugene, Oregon. I have gone through my EA and FC degrees, and will be raised to Master Mason on July 21st. I’m both excited and nervous.
I little background info on me: My path to Masonry actually started with my wife! A little over a year ago, I was discussing with my wife how I wished I had something to be a part of. I had been a Boy Scout as a youth, and been very involved with musical ensembles and sports, and now found myself wanting friendship, and fellowship, and quite simply, something to belong to. I had a few friends who were members of the Elks and similar organizations, but I hadn’t really begun researching anything. She asked me if I had ever considered Masonry! Apparently her Grandfather had been one, and was someone she had always looked up to. I hadn’t, so I began to do a little research, and was immediately impressed with the fraternity and what it stood for.
I spoke with my own family, and the were very supportive. I found out my Great Grandfather on my mother’s side had been a mason, my father had been in DeMolay, and many of his sisters were Job’s Daughters.
I found the website for the Grand Lodge of Oregon, and then it directed me to my local lodge, Mckenzie River Lodge #195. One of the officers listed on the site was someone I had gone to High School with. I began correspondence with him for a few months, met with some other lodge members and officers, and now here I stand.
On a recent trip to visit my parents, my mother presented me with an awesome and humbling gift… my Great Grandfather’s Masonic Ring. It is very old (the dates of his degrees are engraved on the side, and are all in the mid 40’s), and has loads of history and story behind it. You can see where it has been repaired over the years, and I can only lament that he is no longer around to tell me some of those stories. I will be honored to wear it after I am raised!
Any advice to give a Brother Fellow Craft who is soon to be raised? My coach recently told me that if I work hard at it, I would have a chance to possibly give back my MM proficiency in front of the Grand Master of OR during his yearly visit. That would be quite an honor!
At any rate, I look forward to continuing down my Masonic path, and I am excited to see what the future will bring!