“Thank you for being a friend
Travel down the road and back again
Your heart is true; you’re a pal and a confidant
And if you threw a party invited everyone you knew.
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say, Thank you for being a friend.”
Now that you have that song stuck in your head, I am sure most of you remember the “Golden
Girls”. They were a group of four older, single women (three widows and one divorcée) sharing a
house in Florida. The owner of the house is a widow named Blanche, who was joined by fellow widow
Rose and divorcée Dorothy after they both responded to a room-for-rent ad on the bulletin board of
a local grocery store. The three were joined by Dorothy's 80 year-old mother, Sophia.
I could compare the Midnight Freemasons to the Golden Girls and give each of you a name, but
…could I? My point is this, I want to thank The Midnight Freemasons. We met down the road,
had lunch, laughed, joked and said our final goodbyes to one of our own. We have confidential
conversations; they tease me as I am the lone “sister". My “brother” helped us set up a
PayPal account due to his article on Masonic pins and hopefully the Masonic youth pins can be sold.
Also, one Midnight Freemason strongly encouraged me to step outside the box, write articles based
on quotes from a book entitled “A Freemason said That?” and invited me to join an all men’s group
called The Midnight Freemasons. I have learned a lot from these “characters” and I mean that in a
nice way. I look forward to a new year, new stories, and new adventures. Oh, by the way, I did assign
you names. Todd is Blanche; Robert is Rose, Greg is definitely Sophia and last but not least, Michael
Judy Gordon is very active in Job's Daughters. She's the Past Honored Queen, and Past Bethel Guardian of Bethel No. 55, Pekin (IL). She received the Cryptic Masons Masonic Youth Leadership Award along with her husband, Ray Gordon in July 2007. She's also Past Matron of the Morton Chapter No. 974 (IL) of the Order of the Eastern Star and Historian of the Emblem Club No. 424 of Pekin (IL). Judy is the recipient of the Degree of Royal Purple (2012) and elected to the Grand Line Illinois Job's Daughters (2015-16). Boaz joined the family in September 2013 and grandmother of 3 wonderful grandsons.