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Old 04-05-2013, 06:48 PM   #21
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Apart from charities, what's one productive thing they did while you were with them.......assuming you've left, If you're actually allowed
Apart from donations to charities, well....can't really recall anything, to be honest .

But I wasn't active for very long at all, and it was a really small lodge.
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Am I right in thinking that Freemasonry in the USA is different from Freemasonry elsewhere in the world? If you're ever in London, visit the United Grand Lodge of England in Great Queen Street (open Monday - Friday) near Holborn underground station. It has a really interesting museum and you might get a guided tour of the temple which has solid bronze doors that weigh half a tonne, but can be pushed open with one finger.
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I'm a member in bad standing...

I too joined to please my Father-in-law. It isn't scarey, just alot of memory work and several hours of study with their help.

But it can be rewarding, and you can have fun too. And it's designed for the whole family (if they want too), Jobs sisters for the daughters, for the wife's Eastern Star...

Would I recommend it?? sure why not. or you can become an Elk (BPOE).
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I too joined to please my Father-in-law. It isn't scarey, just alot of memory work and several hours of study with their help.
Before I joined I had to decrypt some documents, and learn some stuff from said documents. That took a while, but I understand that that's not done so much anymore - with the older members dying off, and increasingly fewer people caring to join, many lodges have "streamlined" the process (so I hear, anyway).

A lot of people join simply because they want to be a Shriner - it's a separate organization, but a prerequisite is that you must be a Freemason first. They actually drink in their lodges. Real party animals, those Shriners.
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Freemasons drink in their lodges in Britain.
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Freemasons drink in their lodges in Britain.
Interesting...over here they don't, excepting a small amount of wine is allowed as a toast, at a memorial service to a fallen Brother.
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I had an uncle that was a Freemason and I also used to know someone socially that became one. From what I gather, they do tend to 'pull strings' for each other and give each other priority with their business etc. The guy I knew that became a mason did seem to 'change' a little afterwards. He dressed more 'conservatively' and soberly (almost like an undertaker) and often acted ten years older compared to his former self.
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