Don't Let this happen in your lodge!


The Candidate

Submitted By Brother William Haynes, PM of Pocono Lodge No 780

By RW Alan R. Heath, Grand Lodge of Maine

It was his dream to become a Mason, Though he wasnít sure quite why.

So he made an application, Then waited months for a reply.

No committee came to pay a call, To meet him and his wife.

No invitation to Masonís Hall: Nor offer of advice.

Finally, a postcard in the mail, Said, ďCome Monday night at six,

And bring us twenty dollars, If you want to see our tricks.Ē

He made that solitary journey, and he entered by the door.

Bit not one hand was offered, As he slowly crossed the floor.

They feed him beans and hot dogs, and a piece of apple pie,

The lead him to a little room, With no explanation why.

The work was done with care and skill, No one could argue that.

But, the candidate was forgotten, As they patted themselves on the back.

He came to the Lodge Hall two more times, And was raised to the third degree.

That was the last time they saw him. What could the trouble be?

They scratched their heads and wondered, As again they cried and moaned,

ďOur time has all been wasted! We should have stayed home.Ē

It seems to me theyíve missed the point, But they need to understand.

Itís not how well you do the work; Itís how you treat the man.

Because you can only be a Mason, When youíre a Mason in your heart,

and along with his jacket seems, They had burst his dream apart.

So, if you get an application, Please call on him at once.

Invite him and his family, to tour your hall and share some lunch.

Answer all his questions; Let him share your pride.

A Masonís work is honest work, Thatís not a secret to hide.

And when its time to present him, With the gift of a degree,

Remember, genuine friendship is, the true gift of Masonry.

Pick him up, and take him home. Isnít he worth the trip?

No candidate should come alone. Please, donít ignore this tip.

All should rush to greet him, As he enters by your door.

Extend your hand in friendship, Thatís what a Masonís grip is for.

And remember your obligation, As you lead him to the gate.

Itís up to you to guide him through, Not to hurt and humiliate.

Now armed with proper instruction, Masonryís door will open wide.

Thanks to you, his best example, Of what a Mason should be inside

And thank him sincerely for coming, Invite him back to his new home.

For a Brother will not be a brother, If he feels unwelcome and alone.