We have published two blog-posts on Freemason.com with several stories and featured essential workers on our Facebook and Twitter pages. They represent but a small sample of the submissions. We also were surprised, however, to have several members respond that we should not be talking about ourselves – we were bragging or not practicing humility.
Brethren, if we don’t tell our own story, who will? We are an organization known to the world by the actions of our members. Names are not important. But Masons working every day in the face of great risk is a story that deserves to be told. Therefore, with the names left off in the interest of humility, here is a sample of our Masonic essential workers, identified by their Lodge affiliation.
- Steubenville No. 45, Grocery Store worker
- Milford No. 54, Supply chain management (5 members)
- Lancaster No. 57, (2) Auto Mechanic for dealership and EMTs
- Tiffin No. 77, Electrician / Plumber
- Dresden No. 103, Police K9 Officer
- Farmers No. 153, Dairy farmer
- Yeatman No. 162, UPS Hazmat worker, loader, sanitizer
- Lithopolis No. 169, EMT
- Flushing No. 298, Paramedic
- Wadsworth No. 385, Security employee, checking temperatures and masks
- Muskingum No. 368, 911 Dispatcher and Firefighter
- New Home No. 338, EMT and Firefighter
- Hudson No. 510, Volunteer working the Food Bank in Medina
- York No. 563, Hospital Chaplain
- Brookville No. 596, Dayton VA Hospital Diagnostic Imaging
- Hugh L. Bates No. 686, (2) Water Department worker and Truck Driver
- University Heights No. 738, Cashier in a Grocery Store
- Arts & Sciences No. 792, Volunteer bus driver picking up other essential health workers
The Grand Master, MWB Keith Newton, shares this prayer and wishes to express his thanks to all Masons who serve as essential workers to keep our families safe and our communities thriving in the face of a challenge unlike any we have known in our lifetime. We may not know all of your names, but they are known to the Great Architect, and we honor you for your labors.