Words from the South
fraternity \frə-ˈtər-nə-tē\ n 1 : a group of people associated or formally organized for a common purpose or interest 2 : the quality or state of being brothers 3 : men of the same class, profession, character or taste – Webster’s Dictionary
Fraternity is defined by what we, as Freemasons, are and what we do. We are a group of men united in just one goal: to improve. We are of but one class, rough ashlars. The pursuit of the perfect ashlar is why we enthusiastically bind ourselves to the mystic tie. This makes men from all different countries, cultures, religions, professions, politics, and outlooks, our brothers.
The path to brotherhood requires constant labor: to meet our brothers; to learn about them and from them; to help, aid, and assist them; and to remember their needs as if they were our own. The time we spend together before and after Lodge is hardly sufficient; these connections require additional time in both one-on-one and group settings. The time we spend together outside of Lodge is just as important as the time we spend in it.
My goal while serving Potomac is to facilitate meaningful time outside of the Lodge for the brethren to meet and share fellowship. While Mother Nature has forced us to miss our regular lodge meetings, I hope the fellowship dinners have provided a beneficial alternative. Please watch for additional outings throughout the year.