Masonic Lodge open house
The Lumberton Masonic Lodge 1430 held a public dinner in honor of local and county police, fire, emergency responders on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
It was open house opportunity for the Lumberton Ledger to meet with local masons and gain a better understanding of the fraternal organization.
Worshipful Master Barrett Kemp welcomed visitors saying masons are a member group, but tonight “it’s an event to appreciate all first responders of Hardin County as well as the open house.”
Why an open house?
“To remove the cloud of secrecy over masons,” Senior Warden Jay Gunter said.
Masonry is not a secret society he said: “rather a society with secrets,” primarily secrets relating to ways in which masons recognize one another.
Masons are a global brotherhood and being able to recognize a brother means a traveler immediately is connected with a friend no matter where the meet.
“What makes the bond is the fellowship,” Kemp said.
It’s both a fraternal and faith-filled fellowship as the Bible is central to masonry, resting on the altar in every lodge.
“All of our teachings and precepts originate in the Bible,” Gunter said, pointing to the log imprinted on Kemp’s shirt: ‘The fatherhood of God, and the Brotherhood of man.’
Anyone can become a mason, simply ask one to be one.
“It was hard for me to find good friends that I could trust,” said Matthew Rackley, a young man who found fellowship with masonry.
“I realized I could trust anyone here,” he said.
Mason bring together men of all walks of life “from Presidents to ditch diggers,” Gunter said.
It is said that masons take a good man, and make him better like George Washington and many of the Founding Fathers.
Masons were there in the early days of Texas as Gunter says his great great grandfather was a mason and he hopes his children will also become masons.
It’s a brotherhood passed down through the generations.
The Lumberton Masonic Lodge meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Masonic Lodge on 305 Fletcher Road, Lumberton, for dinner at 6 pm and a meeting at 7 pm.
Masons are known for their fundraisers, food drives, raffles, and other charitable efforts and welcome newcomers to the organization.