Friend-to-Friend Working Well; Need is to Address Suspensions
By John E. Adams, Jr., Chairman, Membership Committee, Operation Rescue/Recovery

As I sit writing this message, I am gazing out the window. It's a bright sunny day, with the sun setting in the west, a clear sky and just a beautiful day.

Our Grand Master, Marvin A. Cunningham, Sr., has weighed anchor with our ship of state and has set the course for the membership in Pennsylvania. The first half of this year has been invested in spreading the cement of brotherly love and affection with the implementation of Operation Rescue/Recovery.

As of now, every Masonic District has a chairman appointed by the District Deputy. Several Masonic Regions have held meetings under the direction of the Regional Chairman to fine tune the Friend-to-Friend program. This effort is to gain better uniformity in presenting our Fraternity to our friends whom we invite to hear about who we are, what we are, and what we are all about.

The feedback is most encouraging and your efforts, if carried forth, will crown our Fraternity with glory and hope beyond expectation.

One area of concern is the list of suspensions for non-payment of dues. Certainly, for Friend-to-Friend to be successful, suspensions need immediate attention. From early on, the Membership Committee has recommended ­ and the Grand Master has asked ­ that each lodge Secretary furnish the list to his lodge Grievance Committee for action. Contact either by telephone or, more effectively, in person, should be made. This fraternal contact should be a sincere effort to aid and assist the brother who has been suspended. Many reasons and circumstances can contribute to suspensions; therefore it behooves each of us to make a concentrated effort to return our Brother to membership as soon as possible.

Every Master Mason in this jurisdiction needs to support Operation Rescue/Recovery.

So Mote It Be!