self-conscious and nervous to attend lodge.
He had fallen out of touch.
Then and there, Letts asked if he could
give the elder brother a ride to the next
stated meeting. It would mean a lot to the
lodge, he explained, if the elder Mason
would reunite with his fraternal family. The
brother was moved by the offer. He accepted.
“It means a lot to him and his wife,” Letts
says. “Our senior members have devoted so
many of their years to Masonry. We can’t
forget about these guys. And it’ll mean a lot
to the younger members to meet him.”
“I learn more about Masonry almost every
day,” Letts adds. He has been a Mason just
two and a half years. “Brotherly love, relief,
and truth – the three principle tenets of
the fraternity – that’s what this is all about.
That’s what MOS is all about.”
“The lodge outreach initiative has already
achieved great success in the San Diego
area,” he says. “I want to see if we can’t
match that success in NorCal.”
Because the lodge and MOS intervened, the brother and his
wife were reunited: They now live in the same care facility. And
their story has become one Green shares when he trains other
lodges in outreach, encouraging members to get involved.
The lodge outreach initiative is effective because it gives
California lodges consistency, Green explains. “Since the participants all have the same training, we know we can reach
out to one another,” he says. “It gives structure to a lodge’s
Expanding the initiative
The initiative has had such success in Southern California that
the fraternity has decided to expand it statewide, beginning with
Division II in the north. MOS held the first Division II training
this February at the Masonic Home at Union City.
Letts was among the 30-some Masons who attended that
training. He went on behalf of Reading Lodge No. 254 in
Redding, and was so inspired by what he learned that he
issued his outreach call to action at Reading Lodge’s very next
stated meeting. Afterwards, he returned home to the blinking light on his answering machine. It was his first outreach
request: A past master asked him to check on an older brother
and his wife. The brother, a World War II veteran in his 90s,
had not been to lodge in a decade.
Letts telephoned the brother and asked if he could come
by to visit him and his wife in their care facility. He stayed
with them three hours that day, talking about their Masonic
history. The brother was nearing his 50-year mark. Recently,
he had become confined to a wheelchair and he was also losing his eyesight. Now nearly blind, he had been feeling too
Read more about the lodge outreach initiative
in the April/May 2013 issue of California
Freemason, online at freemason.org.
I like helping folks. You can look at yourself in the
mirror and say, ‘Today; I helped somebody who
didn’t have anywhere else to turn.’