Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A New Master Mason

Last night I portrayed King Hiram during the Third Degree Drama for Brother Jeff Wilson at Aurora Lodge No. 15. Brother Jeff received a surprise visit from his wife’s uncle, WB Charles Tupper, who flew up to Anchorage to confer Jeff’s degree. WB Charles is a Past Master of St. John’s Lodge No. 9 in Seattle and a member of the Grand Lodge of Washington Technology Committee. The degree went off without any hitches and was exceptionally well performed by the officers and members of Aurora Lodge with a little help from brethren from Eagle River Lodge No. 13. WB Tupper obligated the candidate and conducted during the Drama. Senior Warden Dave Oaks assumed the East during the opening and closing of the lodge, WB Jim Griffith and VWB James Herrington performed their tag team presentation of the Historical Lecture, and WB Paul Gabbert delivered the Charged to the candidate. I was duly impressed and pleased to see this level of ritual performance in our lodges.

Brother Jeff is in the front row, third from the right in photo above. WB Charles is on his left.

There seems to be a rash of Third Degrees being performed lately. Tonight, Anchorage Lodge No. 17 will be performing this degree at the Anchorage Masonic Center. Also, Tanana Lodge No. 3 will be conferring two Third Degrees tonight at the Tanana Masonic Center in Fairbanks. On Tuesday, November 3, Aurora Lodge No. 15 will reprise their Third Degree performance at the Anchorage Masonic Center. Visit the Grand Lodge of Alaska Events Calendar to see what’s going on across the jurisdiction.

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