WB Ed Harris
Greetings from the East!
Masters Message Noverber 2016
During October 2016 I was installed as the Worshipful Master for Warren G. Harding Lodge #260. Let me introduce myself to you. I am Edward Harris, a second generation Freemason. I was raised to the position of Master Mason In 1985 in the Colville #50 Lodge. My father was a Freemason and member of Washington Lodge #5 in Portland, Oregon. I remember as a young lad watching my father, dressed in a black suit and white shirt with a neck tie, leave home one evening each month. This was odd for me to see because my dad did not wear a suit and tie in his everyday job. And yet, I did not know what this was all about.
Then, once a month, I would see my Mother, dressed in a very formal dress, join my dad with his suit and tie, both leave me and my sister with our cousin baby-sitter and be gone all evening. I still was not sure what they were up to, not knowing what the “Amaranth” was. Then one night when I was about 6 years of age, my mom told me that I was going with them to their meeting. She dressed me in my little suit and tie and off we went to a Masonic Temple. There I found out that I was going to be a part of their installation in one of the Amaranth chairs. I got to be a candle bearer. I was never so proud and did the best job a six year old knew how to do.
As I grew to be a young man, both my Father and Mother taught me the live the principles that guide all Freemasons around the world. At that time I did not recognize that this was what they were doing, but now, as a Freemason myself, I understand my upbringing. It saddens me that my Father passed away prior to my being raised as a Master Mason, as I know he would have been proud that I had chosen this pathway for my life.
Maybe you, dear reader, are a man who is wondering if Freemasonry is something for you. Maybe you have that question in the back of your mind, “What is a Mason?”
This is really not a very surprising question, and one that is commonly asked. Even though Freemasons are members of the largest and oldest fraternity in the world, and even though almost everyone has a father, grandfather or uncle who was a Mason, many people aren’t quite certain just who Masons are.
The answer is quite simple. A Mason is a member of a fraternity known as Masonry, who join together because there are thing they want to do in their community and the world; things they want to do to be a better husband, father, brother, son and member of the community; and, they enjoy the company of good men who desire to improve themselves in the same manner.
Masonry teaches that each person has a responsibility to make things better in the world. Masonry is deeply involved with helping people and supports many charities. Charities like the Cripple Children’s Hospitals and Burn Institute; Childhood Language Disorders Clinics; Reading programs at schools with “Bikes for Books”; and locally, the Poulsbo Fishline food bank.
How did I become a Mason? Like every Freemason in the worlds I had to ask to be one. Maybe you have considered this too. If so, just ask.
Ed Harris, Worshipful Master