Turning in my Shrine petition today!

Discussion in 'Shrine' started by Ed Nelson, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. Ed Nelson

    Ed Nelson Registered User

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    I met with the President of my local Shrine Chapter last night for an hour, talking about different paths of masonic education and service beyond the 3 degrees of the Blue Lodge.

    After hours of soul-searching and discussions with my wife over the last week, I believe the Shriners are what I am needing at this point in my masonic journey.

    15 years ago, my wife's close cousin was admitted to our local Shriners Hospital in Sacramento to repair her severe scoliosis. As a young man in my late 20's, it made a deep impression on me how these people can change a family's life so drastically and help a 13 year old girl physically, emotionally, and spiritually...for free.

    I knew then I wanted to be a Shriner, but was told you had to me a mason for years first (the old rules were Master Mason, wait a year, then York or Scottish Rite, then wait a year). 28 year old me never followed up, and I continued on with my job, my marriage, and trying to start a family.

    Last year, I began to feel a hole...something missing spiritually. I have a lot of co-workers, many acquaintances, but no close friends. My family is not close. It came to a head when I purchased a 60 inch tv, got it home, and realized I didn't have a single person I could call to help me pick it up and put it on the stand. I sat on my bed, despondent with the state of my empty life, and knew it was beyond just needing someone to help me lift a tv...I had no one to talk to, confide, and laugh with. My life was work, come home, work, come home.
    I needed...something.

    I started to research the Masons...my Brother-in-Law's brother was a Mason in my town, and I called him for info. The fraternal aspect of Masonry instantly appealed to me. I petitioned, and got my 3 degrees last year.

    Last week, after deciding that my Blue Lodge wasn't meeting my Masonic needs (long story), I began researching again. I found that in California, you no longer need a York or Scottish Rite membership and to wait years to join the Shrine. My heart has pointed me to the Shrine, so that's where I'm petitioning. There is a Hot Sands in 4 weeks in Sacramento (I'm up north, near Chico), so my wait should be unbearably long.

    The reaction of my wife's cousin and her family mirrored my own when I told them I was joining the shrine (and much different than when I told them I was joining the Masons).

    then...
    me: "I joined the Masons".
    them: "Huh? What's that? Do you know where the holy grail is?".

    now...
    me: I'm joining the Shriners".
    them: "OH MY GOD!! Hugs, back slapping,and more hugs. We LOVE them!!".

    So...my petition gets turned in today, voted on in a week, Hot Sands in 4 weeks. I can't wait to put on that goofy fez!
     
  2. usmc05

    usmc05 Registered User

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    It seems that you found your path in masonry Brother good luck, them sands are HOTT!
     
  3. Michael Hatley

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    Congrats and have fun!

    And btw, in CA the Widows Sons aren't an issue, eh? Here in Texas they'll string you up for it, apparently. Might check with your local people about it.
     
  4. Ed Nelson

    Ed Nelson Registered User

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    Membership in the Widows Sons is not an issue in California.
    I have heard about the Texas problem, thankfully, that's not a concern here.
     
  5. Michael Hatley

    Michael Hatley Premium Member

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    That is before my time and above my pay grade anyway. Besides, I've never had a problem with human sacrifice...what a man does in the privacy of his own home, live and let live, don't tread on me, and pass the beer :thumbup:

    Seriously though if it is anything like my local Shrine, you'll dig it. They have been so welcoming, it has been really great. The Ladies too, they grabbed up my wife and made her feel like family in an instant, which makes all the difference.

    Word of warning though - if you hear the words "wan't to make it interesting?" around a poker table with those old foxes you might as well tell them what your favorite thing to eat is, because the odds just got real high you'll be payin into the next one :wink:

    Lots of laughter around those tables.
     
  6. Tx4ever

    Tx4ever Registered User

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    Welcome aboard . Some advice..After getting into your temple .Pick a shrine unit carefully,{ie Clowns , Little Cars, or maybe transportation of children} There will be many options,within your Temple. This will make or break your Shrine experence. Best of luck brother.
     
  7. Ed Nelson

    Ed Nelson Registered User

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    Just a follow up...got Fezzed yesterday after the Hot Sands!

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