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QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION 13 September 2017

 
A presentation by RW Bro Bro Sir David Wootton, Assistant Grand Master Pro Grand Master and brethren, we all have our own view of what we see in masonry.
 
For me, it’s five things:
 
1. We’re all volunteers: none of us have to be masons or do what we do. Themagnificent total of £3,100,000 announced at the North Wales Festival on Saturday was all the result of volunteering: voluntary time, voluntary effort, voluntary money;
 
2. What we now call “social inclusion”: bringing together people of different origins, backgrounds, occupations, interests, locations, opinions, faiths; people who would not otherwise meet; in a common activity in which all are  fundamentally equal;
 
3. Our purposefulness: when we meet, there’s a purpose, whether it’s a masonic meeting, ritual; or charity or a community project; the best recent example, I saw, the Jurassic Coast Youth Adventure organised by Dorset, 200 plus children in need from all over the country taken on a week’s healthy activitiesby the sea. Whatever it is, we want to do it well, and we do;
 
4. The practice of every moral and social virtue: words cited by the Bishop of Worcester, not a mason, at the Provincial Tercentenary Service on Sunday in a sermon that would inspire every mason. Our, if you like, moral code, best illustrated in the Charge to the Initiate, is a huge asset which will play increasingly well with younger generations for whom such things are in short supply;
 
5. The social side: we do do the best parties, don’t we, getting to know each other informally, in friendship, and it works because of the other factors I’ve mentioned
 
 
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