A society with secrets
The work carried out annually by Masonic Lodge Heart’s Content must be one of the bestkept secrets on the Trinity South Shore.
“We’re out there, but we don’t publicize it a lot,” says lodge master Rex Cotter. “A lot of people think we’re into a fraternity and nobody knows what goes on.”
In fact, they are often labelled a secret society.
“We always respond to that by saying: no, we’re not a secret society, we’re a society with a few secrets,” Cotter chuckles.
Among their “secrets” last year were: a walkathon with proceeds going to the Trinity Conception Placentia Health Telethon; a freewill offering memorial service in Heart’s Delight which enabled them to purchase a chair for O’Shaughnessey House in Carbonear; contributions to the Shriner’s Hospital; fostering a child in Guatemala; nine boxes of food plus monetary donations from lodge members to the local food bank.
Lodge Heart’s Content also lays wreaths at every War Memorial on the shore twice a year and the lodge’s Outreach Committee is available to help schools with the judging at science fairs, heritage fairs, and public speaking.
The lodge is non political and non-sectarian. When it comes to religion there is only one stipulation.
“You cannot become a member of the Masonic Lodge unless you believe in God,” says Cotter.
And it doesn’t matter which god that might be. For instance, the Koran (the sacred book of the Muslims) is set out right alongside the Christian Bible.
Founded in 1736, Freemasons continue to uphold the principal tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth and since the early days have been concerned with the care of widows, orphans, the sick and the elderly in addition to charities and community causes.
“One of the reasons we went with the anti-bullying theme in our poster campaign (see related story) was because of these three principals,” says Cotter. “That’s where we’re coming from. We saw that as an excellent way to get out into the community and demonstrate our principals.”
Students from seven schools participated in a recent poster contest promoting friendship. Designs like Felicia White’s comic-strip style poster (top left) shows just how creative kids can be when it comes to solutions. When Felicia’s poster character forgets his gloves and can’t go sliding, his friend offers his socks as a substitute.
And the winners are – 14 students from schools from Chapel Arm to Bay de Verde had their winning designs chosen in a poster contest depicting acts of kindness.
VIOLENCE PREVENTION — Charlene Johnson, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women and lead Minister for the Violence Prevention Initiative, signed a proclamation at Masonic Lodge Heart’s Content Feb. 8 declaring February as Violence Prevention Month. From left are: District Grand Master Owen Devereaux; Patricia LaGrady, chair, Communities Against Violence; Johnson and Lodge Heart’s Content Master Rex Cotter.