Thursday, March 12, 2009

Boy With Five Pairs of Legs Feels Ten Feet Tall!

Brethren all,

My buddy Bill sent this heart-warming story about how Masonic charities can make a difference. Cody McCasland was born with a rare condition called Sacral Agenesis which caused deformities to his spine in the womb. At fifteen months, he had both legs amputated below the knee.

However, the plucky Texan was soon outfitted with a pair of prosthetic legs courtesy of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. In fact he has five pairs of legs which allow him to do a range of activities from simple walking to running.

In return, seven-year old Cody's family and friends participate in marathons to raise money for the hospital. So far, they've raised US$95,000. Cody also participates in races and at the Endevor Games won gold medals in the 60m and 100m sprints.

Take a minute and drop Cody an email of support! Better still, pull out your credit card and make a donation to the Challenged Athletes Foundation or the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. They do good work.



Monday, March 9, 2009

Poll Results

Brethren all,

I've finally tabulated the results from the recent online poll. Some of you may remember the poll asked a number of questions trying to better understand the attitudes of Masons and religion.

While not trying to spoil the plot, I can safely reveal that the vast majority of Masons polled believe in God. There were however a few other insights which you may find interesting. You can find my summary of the results here.

Please contact me if you have any questions on the study.



Monday, March 2, 2009

Masonic Education Opportunity

Brethren all,

Many of you out there have been looking for more light in Masonry. The internet is full of poorly written blogs and websites claiming all matter of nonsense. Well, here's an opportunity for you to engage in a great, rigorous, Masonic education program from our friends at the Scottish Rite, specifically, the folks at the Guthrie Valley in lovely Guthrie, Oklahoma.

From their site:

"The College of the Consistory is a free self-study program for Scottish Rite Masons of all Orients. The curriculum is facilitated by the Guthrie College and made available to all enrolled members. The College distributes to its members a syllabus of each degree of the Rite, which will provide ideas for essays and research papers. Each member can choose a topic from the syllabus, or is free to select a subject not included in the syllabus, provided that it represents a theme or topic concerning that degree."

The first part of the course is a multiple choice test on the Lodge of Perfection Degrees (4 to 14). After you pass that, you'll be assigned a research paper on your choice from several subjects. So if you're serious about learning more about Masonry, here's your chance!

Contact the Valley of Guthrie if you further questions.