Best Wishes to a Brother from Morton Lodge No. 352
As I've said many times before, the fraternity of Freemasonry provides Masons with the unique opportunity to meet people they normally would have never had the chance to meet otherwise. I heard a story yesterday I thought I'd share.
Yesterday, a friend and Brother of mine Jerry Agles, a Past Master of Morton Lodge No. 352 told me that Brother Phil Jackson was leaving the USA and going home to New Zealand. I met Phil just over a year ago in Pekin, and we had a great conversation over dinner. He's an unforgettable character, and I can see why his friend are so sorry to see him go home. He's made a lot of friends in the past three years, and has been an active member of the lodge.
The funny part of this story was the Jerry told Phil he couldn't leave until he'd "replaced himself" in the lodge by presenting the lodge with a petition for a new member. Something we should all do, every year. Well, Phil presented the lodge with a petition for a young man he knew from his church, and work has begun to raise this young man a Master Mason. So Phil Jackson has fulfilled the requirement placed on him by Jerry Agles of replacing himself.
So Phil, I'm sorry to say, I guess you're free to leave the country now... we'll all miss you, and best of luck to you and your family in New Zealand. Keep in touch, Brother Jackson.