Post by Spike Post by Jim GM4DHJ ... Post by Brian Reay
That is your style Dick, and your chums of course. That little spat
between Spike and Crawley Steve over food donations was really
quite pitiful, especially when you jumped in.
Reay's memory has let him down again....
piled upon supposition moments again. Quite sickening how he feels
that masons have some monopoly on charitable giving.
Post by Spike
The 'spat' was him denying his previous bragging that masons gave
millions to charity. I even had to find his original message and
repost it for him. I don't think he wanted to believe it even then,
as it showed his bragging about the issue....
mickey-taking of charitable donors (non-mason).
But on the other hand, he's bouncing nicely.
Post by Spike
Subject: Re: M3, the death of Cb?
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2002 18:00:35 +0100
Post by Jim GM4DHJ ... Post by Brian Reay
From a purely practical view point there aren't enough Masons in
the country to support the sort of 'consiracy' that is often
attributed to the Masons. There are about 330,000 Masons in the
Out of interest, just why do men join the Masons if it isn't for the
"You scratch my back and I'll ......." ?
Many reasons- why does anyone join a 'club' - including to share some
come interest / pursuit.
To some it is essentially a very pleasant 'club' with a slightly 'old
fashioned' feel - a night out with good company, few drinks, a meal
and pleasant socialising. I mainly joined for this reason although I
have since come to enjoy other facets.
Some are heavily committed to the charity side (Freemasons contribute
millions to a range of charities- most of which does not benefit of
Masons). All the money is raised from within (or very close to) the
organisation. You don't see the Masons collecting from the public.
There is a degree of ceremony to part of our meetings and some take
great pride in doing that well. By the way, we really do not stand
around with our trouser legs rolled up (although I did catch my wife
checking my suit for tell tale creases after an erroneous TV
Some enjoy the process of helping to run the organisation.
Some joined because it was 'in their family'- although that doesn't
seem so common these days. Those who think ham radio has a problem
getting younger members should see the Masons' problem!
There will be those who join for the reasons you suspect but if the
selection process doesn't weed them out they generally soon leave
disappointed. If not, and some improper conduct is proven, they can
be (and often are) excluded.
The 'back stratching' as you put it is more about things you would do
for any friend you may meet through a club etc.
I made a 30 mile round trip yesterday to help an M3 with a radio
problem. Were it not for ham radio and our being on the same club I
probably would never have met him- he isn't (as far as I know) a
Mason. Is the favour suspicious and improper because he is in the
same radio club? I don't think so. There is a sort of 'insurance'
factor which, for example, may assist with medical care but even this
is on a basis of need and many Masons would probably never qualify
for full financial aid.