- Remember your obligation and seek to thoroughly understand its meaning.
- Seek more Light – do not stop at the 3rd degree – there is so much more.
- Always reach out to help a brother in need.
by Grand Master Norman J. Mick I have often been asked how I decided to join Freemasonry and what did I expect to find when I joined. The answer really comes down to my exposure to men that were active in the organization on many levels. This inspired me to research the history of the Fraternity and, in return, brought about many questions. I saw that Freemasonry had its origins steeped in centuries of development of the world around them. I saw as Masons and world leaders, men whose names I recognized from my scholastic studies. I often reflect on the time when I realized that I, too, wanted to be part of this group of men who could make a difference in so many ways. Having worked alongside two Masons for over a year and hearing of their many activities in Masonry, I wondered why they had not offered me the opportunity to join with them in those activities. It wasn’t until I realized that one needs to come to the Fraternity of his own desire, that I asked my friends to sponsor me. Although these two Brothers are no longer with us, I will never forget them. Joining Hoffner Lodge No. 253 gave me the opportunity to understand the values and principles of Freemasonry. My new Brethren portrayed the ritual in a meaningful manner. I began to realize immediately that they had done this over and over, but they knew, with each new candidate, they had the obligation to make it special. These officers brought the lessons of Freemasonry to me and helped me to understand how to live them in my daily life. It was then that I knew I could be part of initiating new members and influencing others with my enthusiasm. My one night a month turned into a Masonic career that gave me new opportunities to share with so many dedicated Brethren. Each new step along the way allowed me to realize that there is some area of this vast Fraternity that can appeal to all good men who seek knowledge and the desire to make a difference. In the exalted position that my Brethren have entrusted to me this year, I find myself wanting to be the catalyst for improving our Fraternity and influencing the world around us. Three of the most important things I want to share are: