Faith, Hope and Charity
Perhaps one of the most overlooked benefits of Freemasonry is the fact that it is a fraternity. Below all the conspiracy theories and fact and fiction we are all Brothers that stand shoulder to shoulder to help one another through thick and thin.
As a charitable organization, Freemasons (in the Blue Lodge) in NC support two primary charities (but raise funds for other causes as well). The first is the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford and the second is WhiteStone, a Masonic and Eastern Star home.
Many say that is great to receive but in Freemasonry we say it is best to give back. Much of our time and funds are utilized to help needy families, children, and distressed Brothers, their widows, and orphans.
"No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child." Abraham Lincoln
Freemasons have meetings in the Lodge room to perform their works and "wear down the edges of rough stones" that are symoblic of our rough edges. Wake Forest Masonic Lodge #282 meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:30 PM.
When a man joins Freemasonry so does his whole family. They may not go to Lodge meetings but the family members are invited to our dinners, festivities, and several open ceremonies. Freemasonry is not just about Brotherhood, it also allows the families to meet and become closer building an almost unbreakable bond.
Every man has his rough edges. Wake Forest Lodge and Freemasonry helps to chip away those rough edges to make a good man better. The ultimate goal is to become a better man for one's family, one's self, and for the world. Good men have always driven great results. Looking at past Freemasons such as George Washington and Ben Franklin is proof of that.
As with all great organizations, leadership is always needed to ensure the enterprise moves in the right direction. Our 2017 officers for Wake Forest Lodge are: Worshipful Master - Mike Hinton, Senior Warden - Tracy Walter, Junior Warden - Harold Duncan, Senior Deacon - Orlin Taylor, Junior Deacon - Jamie Bates, Secretary - David Davis, Treasurer - Jim Schoff, Chaplin - Roger Thurman, Stewards - Ron Early, Tyler - Travis Perry.