My First Masonic Experience
Everyone has been the “new guy”, the rookie, an apprentice in some type of organization. It may have been a sports team, the first day of school, or a new job. There is that feeling of curiosity, yet the apprehension of the unknown. You can have the feeling that you don’t fit in, and everyone else knows what to do and what to expect.
I was chosen to have my 1st degree conducted by the 1st District Degree Team at the Mount Olivet Lodge No. 704. Since I have nothing to compare to, I did not fully understand the significance of this honor. I am very thankful for this opportunity, and I will carry the memory of this initiation for the rest of my life. While waiting at the front of the Lodge with my fellow candidates, I was approached by the District Deputy Grand Master, the Officers of the Lodge, and many of the Master Masons. They all greeted me in a friendly manner. Several of the officers of my own Lodge 43 were also present, and everyone made me feel very comfortable and welcomed.
It is well known that the Freemasons have some mystery involved in their rituals. I experienced many formalities and lessons during my degree ceremony. I found them to be well presented and interesting. Although the experience was a bit overwhelming, it sparked a desire in me to learn more and understand the lessons I received. It is apparent to me that I have taken my first steps in a masonic life journey. I am looking forward to the future and feel optimistic about it.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the District Deputy Grand Master Larry Derr, Worshipful Master Michael S. Morrone, the 1st Masonic Degree Team, and all the Brothers of Lodge 43 for the beginning of my masonic education. I would like to offer a special thanks to my mentor Brother Todd Bennicas Junior Deacon of Lodge 43 for all his help and support.
Paul M. Allen