Sunday, September 30, 2007

Thanks To My California Brethren

I had the singular honor of speaking to about 100 brethren on Friday night at the Henry Wilson Coil Masonic Museum in San Francisco. Alice and I had an incredible weekend in San Francisco, and I owe a huge note of thanks to Worshipful Brother Adam Kendall. It was a great opportunity to meet so many brethren I have only known electronically, and make new friends as well. And many, many thanks to the brethren of the Southern California Research Lodge for all they have done to promote Freemasons For Dummies and Solomon's Builders.

We had great fun with Margo and John Heisner at the Grand Master's banquet. It was also especially fun to at last meet Brother Andrew Horn, whose work I have long admired; the boundlessly enthusiastic Brother Manny Blanco, with his lady Ruth; Brother "Sarastro"; and of course the brethren with whom we shared a pint or two at Zeki's – Adam, Brent, Chris, Ken, and others far too numerous to mention.

But the most humbling experiences of the whole weekend came from the many young brothers who stopped me to say that Freemasons For Dummies had influenced them to become Masons. That is perhaps the greatest compliment anyone has ever paid me, and I cannot begin to express those emotions. My deepest thanks to all of the brethren in California for the incredible gift of this weekend.

6 comments:

Tom Accuosti said...

Does everybody in North America know Bro. Manny? He was a regular on alt.freemasonry and soc.org.freemasonry, the Usenet groups that I hung out on back when I first started investigating the fraternity. He's one of the nicest guys I've ever met.

Interestingly, everybody I've talked to tells me that he's the same way in person as he is on the internet or the phone.

Chris Hodapp said...

Just as an update, California voted against one day classes; reduced the number of members required to start a new lodge down to 15; set their per capita at $31; reaffirmed the Grand Master's position outlawing membership in The Snakes; and did NOT reduce the 5/6 majority to 3/4 for adopting new legislation.

I understand there were more than 1.100 attendees representing around 330 lodges.

RickB said...

Chris, it was a great joy to hear you speak in conjunction with the Initiated Eye exhibit. It was also a lot of fun talking with you afterwards about a great many things. I look forward to speaking with you again in the future.

RickB
Old West Lodge 813
www.goldenstatemasons.com

Andrew Horn said...

Hi Bro. Chris,
nice to meet you too!! I nejoyed your chat. It sure was great to have so many cool bros around at the meeting and seems to me there's still a strong spirit of Masonry continuing into the new age.

thanks for your work for the craft.

Drew

Anonymous said...

I'm so pleased you and Alice had a great time. It was so good to see you again, my brother!

Your talk that Friday evening was superb. You're always welcome to come out here for another visit, my friend. The beer is on me.

S. & F.,
Adam K.

Anonymous said...

Also, we didn't vote against the one day class. That was last year.

AK