Grand Master’s Message

Brethren of the Mystic Tie,

I am truly honored and blessed to represent you this year as your Grand Master. It is a tremendous privilege, and I hope to live up to the confidence you have invested in me. First and foremost, I would like to reverently pause and humbly acknowledge my dependence on the Most High. May His divine providence continue to be felt throughout our Great State and may His manifold blessings and comforts rest upon us and all regular Masons.

It was not lost on me when I was elected Grand Junior Warden in 2019 that there was a hope of change in the air. Being the youngest Grand Master in forty or so years, I am trying to find that perfect balance between staying true to our old traditions while modernizing certain aspects of our Craft.

Having a young family has allowed me to think through events from their perspective and caused me to set up activities for them to be a part of or provide child care so each event can be enjoyed by all.

I ask your indulgence as we try new things. We realize that not every idea will be a home run, but at the end of the year, we will have new ideas on what works or, almost as important, what doesn’t work. Like Thomas Edison said about the many failed attempts to create a light bulb, “I haven’t failed — I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” While I hope it doesn’t take us 10,000 tries to get something right, we are certainly not afraid to fail forward.

Everything we hope to accomplish this year is with the good of the Fraternity at heart, hoping to bring honor and glory to the Great Architect of the Universe.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

Most Worshipful Grand Master 2022

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William Alsobrook’s Civil War Era Apron

Civil war era apron that belonged to William Millard Alsobrook from North Carolina. While he was serving in the confederacy, Alsobrook’s family was attacked at their home by plundering union soldiers. The soldiers came across Alsobrook’s Masonic apron and their leader, who was a Mason, then...

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