Wednesday, September 13, 2006

More on our founders' Masonic history

Our correspondent (Brother "Hiram") has continued to research the Masonic history of Sig Ep's founders. We published an earlier piece about some whose affiliations were well known. Here is the latest result of his inquiries.
This is the response I received from the Grand Lodge of Virginia...

"The library researched your request for the Masonic history of Thomas Temple Wright. His membership card gives his Degree Dates as Initiated as an Entered Apprentice on 9-16-1921, Passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on 1-21-1922, and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on 2-3-1922.
He was raised a Master Mason in Warsaw-Bauman Lodge # 322 in 1922. He demitted from the Lodge on February 15, 1937."

I hadn't realize he had left the lodge. But it may have been a dues issue.
Let me know what you think.
In Masonic terms a "demit" generally means to leave while still in good standing. In other words he was not expelled for bad conduct or unpaid dues. I explained my own experience to our correspondent thusly:
Like any other organization, sometimes people decide that they just are not getting what they need from a group. Several years ago (well - about 20!) I had joined both Scottish Rite and the Shrine.The demands of my job and a young family being what they were I realized that I was not able to give adequate time to either group. I made a decision to demit in good standing from them. But I have kept my Blue lodge (i.e. the lodge where I was "raised") dues current, even though I have not attended a lodge meeting in a while either, because it is important to me that I be able to identify myself as a Mason. I have made a committment to myself to get active again once I have finished the MBA degree I'm working on. That should be complete in the first half of next year so I'll be back "on the level" soon.
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