Now that should have either straightened things out for you, or confused you further. Hopefully, you found that as interesting as I did. It's just another example of some of the unique and interesting customs of our great Fraternity.
Todd E. Creason, 33°, FMLR is the Founder of the Midnight Freemasons blog and is a regular contributor. He is the award winning author of several books and novels, including the Famous American Freemasons series. He is the author of the From Labor to Refreshment blog. He is the Worshipful Master of Homer Lodge No. 199 and a Past Master of Ogden Lodge No. 754, where is currently serves as Secretary. He is the Sovereign Master of the Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees. He is a Fellow at the Missouri Lodge of Research. (FMLR) and a charter member of a new Illinois Royal Arch Chapter, Admiration Chapter U.D. He currently serves as Excellent Grand Orator of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois. You can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org