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laub2I sought to be made a Mason mostly because of my father's example and the esteem in which he held the Fraternity. He always said that he was thrilled when he became a Mason at 21. He felt it was an honor to be accepted into the Lodge and continued on to receive his cherished 50-year Emblem of Gold. Through him, I could see the real life values of Freemasonry.

When it was my time, I wanted to be a Mason. I didn't petition his lodge because it was in another jurisdiction. I approached brethren of New Temple Lodge in Allentown where several of my fellow co-workers were members. I didn't join the Fraternity for what I could get out of Masonry. I sought and found the kind of fellowship my father knew and, in turn, I also gained the opportunity to be part of aiding others through the charities that the Masonic bodies support. Both the fellowship and service to mankind mean much to me.
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Brotherhood is "for real" among Masons. For example, my wife and I have done considerable traveling and several times being recognized as a Mason has helped us out of difficulty, like emergency road service or good faith credit for expensive repairs. I can think of nothing more reassuring than hearing a Brother say, "The square and compasses tell me about your character."

Because I am a Mason, we now are happy, comfortable, self-reliant residents of the Retirement Living Community of the Masonic Homes in Elizabethtown. We're very thankful!

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