Check out this repost of an article from our very own Brother Ron Cade, then Junior Deacon now Senior Warden.
Hi, I am the Junior Deacon at Sotoyome-Curtis Lodge No. 123 in Healdsburg Ca. There are two main things on my mind appertaining to the Freemason community. Freemason Health and Strength could mean any number of things, but I am talking about something more specific.
The first being our mental and physical health, and the second being Freemasonry’s lack of member participation and strength. When entertaining our guests at the lodge, they most often tend to show up for a meal and good company of brethren. When a meal is offered at our Lodge, it is a great thing for many of us Masons of all ages, and from what I have been told, especially the “old timers.”This food I have noticed is not very healthy and I have been asking myself, why do we choose to eat these foods, and what prevents us from doing better? I have seen that quite a few good men have died recently, some of them not very old at all. They die from natural causes, and naturally they are overweight, and eat processed foods or other things that do not benefit their health. As well as addressing our nutrition needs,
I would like to call forth our fellow brethren to get together and support each other in exercising so as to promote better physical health, better external appearance, and a positive attitude. I have not drawn any plans for execution of this idea, but it is in the works, and I truly believe that all brothers could benefit from taking a more serious point of view about their mental and physical well being.
The second issue I would like to address is that there simply are not enough members participating in the Lodge ritual work, and seeing this as not the most important part of masonry, it is essential that we encourage better ritual work so as keep those who have recently joined the order and ritual is how we demonstrate what we are, and if it is poorly done, those new candidates might get a sour impression. Avoiding a bad impression is not everything, but why give those new candidates a reason to doubt the fraternity? We need not solicit freemasonry, for it is against regulation, but we need to show who we are on the macro level as well as the micro, or individual level so as to spark intrest and gain those who are truly interested in our fraternity. There is no masonic law that says you can’t outright tell someone you are a Freemason, and when doing so, most people will have misconceptions and will allow you the opportunity to correct them. If a conversation such as this evolves into something else, perhaps you can say “have you ever considered visiting the lodge?”, and tell them that they need to ask one to be one.
So to avoid an untimely end, lets work on our healthy eating and try changing our dinner menus to something that is balanced with regard to taste as well as healthy nutrients, and if you know a good man who might bring great things to the fraternity, let them know you are a mason and have a chat.
By Ron Cade – Junior Deacon – Sotoyome- Curtis Lodge No. 123 F. & A. M. – May 5th 2012