The Rough Ashlar

Thoughts from a Traveling Man

The Rough Ashlar - Thoughts from a Traveling Man

Lodge Blood Programs

wpid-IMAG0743.jpgBlood programs are done differently in different grand jurisdictions, but almost all jurisdictions have some sort of plan or another. Here in Virginia, it is a point-based system, run on the district level, with the individual lodges getting credit for their members donating. One point for each whole blood donation, two for double reds, 10 or 20 points for each apheresis donation.

After so many points are accumulated, the lodge wins an award for being an excellent donor organization.

Another plaque to hang on the wall of the social hall where the brothers gather for a fine repast is great, but the real reward is knowing that you might have have saved a life. Each pint of blood can be used for three different people. Your 20 minutes in the chair can help save three lives. If that isn’t powerful, I don’t know what is.

The Red Cross has strict guidelines on blood they can receive because they try to standardize the product for use all over the world. However, your local blood bank is likely less restrictive. Give where and when you can. Even if you do not qualify as a donor for the Red Cross, they can use your blood for research, so any blood donation goes to a good cause.

Me, I try to donate locally, as the Red Cross told me to go pound sand due to having had mono. Hasn’t everyone had mono? Anyway, my local hospital-based blood center is glad to have me come.

If you have not given blood, make an appointment today. Save a life while you can, and pray that you never need a donation.

A Great Evening

Written in September 2017.

Last night I had the pleasure of watching a good friend be initiated at Solomon’s Lodge No. 121 in Savage, MD. What a great group of brothers I got to be with! They are a fun crowd but are serious about their work, while still having great fraternal relations. It definitely made me feel good about bringing my friend there.

Watching him walk the floor and experience the degree for the first time brought me back to the beginner’s mind, reminding me of my own EA degree. I was a bit hesitant, not knowing what was going to happen or really what I was getting into. I recently read two things that are true. The first was that there is no degree higher than that of Master Mason. The other was that the degree that should be most celebrated is that of Entered Apprentice. That is when we welcome a brother into the order and make him a Mason, even if it is a lower degree. He is still a brother and should be honored as such.

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