MY FIRST MENTORS
Before I was initiated into Freemasonry, I knew very
little about it. I knew my brother-in-law was a member
and an officer or something and that they were a great
group of guys who got together on Friday nights. I was
looking for a menís group to join and this sounded like
a good one. So I joined.
Well, open the door and receive some light why donít
you!! I received my Entered Apprentice Degree and my
entire future changed. I was totally fascinated with the
entire evening. Especially hearing and watching these
strangers telling me about duties, obligations,
penalties, grips, taking care of my fellow men and how
and why I was made a Mason. All from memory! And I was
given my own apron! But the best was yet to come.
I received this little book called a catechism or exam
book and was told I had to memorize it. Yeah, right! I
hadnít memorized in 26 years. I met a nice man named
Russ Mitchell, Sr. who said he would be my exam
instructor. This wonderful man also became my first
Masonic mentor and a good friend. He taught me what the
words meant, how to memorize them and to relax and enjoy
the learning of the ritual. I was on my way.
Russ wasnít my only mentor. I had a barrel full of
questions and a Lodge Room full of mentors. And every
one of my questions was answered. When I joined the
officer line as JMC, I was encouraged to learn Degree
Ritual. I was extremely nervous but I did it. My Mentors
were Franny, Russ, Paul, Gary, Dave, Mark, Bob, and
David. These Brothers and friends helped make me a
better man and a better Mason.
Newly initiated brothers, never hesitate to ask a
question of a Lodge Officer or member. They will be more
than happy to help you. If you donít know them,
introduce yourself. You just made a new friend.
Brethren, always remember when you were first made a
Mason. Be a Mentor. Sit with a new member and guide him
through our meetings. Show him when to stand, sit,
salute and speak, etc. He is a good man. It is up to us
to make him better.
R.W. John R. Bradshaw, W.M.
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