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Starting My Masonic Journey
Posted on Jul 25, 2019 by Brad Meyer
I finally decided it was time to join the Freemasons here in California. And, as with many who make that decision, there were many factors that shaped my desire to become part of the one of the oldest fraternities in the world.
First, was time. I knew I needed the time to devote to the craft and my Silicon Valley lifestyle and time demands didn’t really allow for too many extracurricular activities. I recently retired from the 9 to 5 (more like 7 am – 9 pm) Silicon Valley grind and now have the opportunity to pursue other activities. I knew what Freemasonry was all about from the service and charity aspects because of my DeMolay upbringing. And as a Past Master Counselor of a DeMolay chapter, I knew about the wise old saying that goes, “You only get out of it what you put into it.” I want to get a lot out of being a Freemason and I needed the time to put into being a member of a Masonic Lodge.
And second, I reconnected with one of my past DeMolay brothers who is now the Worshipful Master of this lodge, WM. Brett Welch. He and I chatted for several years about being a Mason and what it meant and his experiences in the Masonic family. He spoke of the symbolism of Freemasonry and how it translates to everyday life and how it can allow you to become a better man. You could always see his love for the craft and the excitement he carries about his Masonic experiences. Brett always said that I was a mentor to him when he joined DeMolay. Now he is a mentor to me as I start my journey as a Freemason.
I am now an Entered Apprentice Mason and I’m learning my proficiencies for the first degree of Masonry. My initiation was a blur to me. I probably remembered about half of the entire night. There was just so much going on that no one could really remember every detail of what happens during that time. What I do remember is that I was very impressed and very humbled that the members of South Valley Lodge #187 took the time out of their very busy lives, dressed in their best tuxedos, memorized all that ritual, and put on a great Entered Apprentice degree just for me. Just for me. The feeling of belonging and fellowship started right away at that moment.
My journey has started.