Frostproof Masonic Lodge No. 229 Donates $150 to Polk County Sheriff’s Office
By Allison Williams
Photo provided by Adrin McGough
Frostproof Masonic Lodge No. 229 donated $150 to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in order to purchase a pallet of bottled waters to raise donations for future events.
Adrin McGough is a member of the Frostproof Masonic Lodge No. 229 Free & Accepted Mason. He is the first African-American in Polk County, Florida to hold the title as Worshipful Master in a mainstream lodge. The title Worshipful means greatly respected.
“Our organization provides scholarships and awards to local students, who are looking to attend colleges as well as trade schools,” McGough said. “Our involvement is not limited to law enforcement only, we strive to assist the community as a whole. Whether it be Little League football, baseball or soccer sporting events.”
Every month the Frostproof Lodge chooses a charity to donate to in order to help them support their various causes.
“In today’s time, I feel that it is very important to support local departments, in order to build community relations among the locals,” McGough said. “There is a famous quote that President Theodore Roosevelt stated ‘People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.’ Giving back to our Community shows that we care.”
McGough shared more about the History and what it is to become a Mason.
“No one knows with certainty how or when the Masonic Fraternity was formed. A widely accepted theory among Masonic scholars is that it arose from the stonemasons’ guilds during the Middle Ages. The language and symbols used in the fraternity’s rituals come from this era. The oldest document that makes reference to Masons is the Regius Poem, printed about 1390, which was a copy of an earlier work. In 1717, four lodges in London formed the first Grand Lodge of England, and records from that point on are more complete.
Within thirty years, the fraternity had spread throughout Europe and the American Colonies. Freemasonry became very popular in colonial America. George Washington was a Mason, Benjamin Franklin served as the head of the fraternity in Pennsylvania, as did Paul Revere and Joseph Warren in Massachusetts. Other well-known Masons involved with the founding of America included John Hancock, John Sullivan, Lafayette, Baron Fredrick von Stuben, Nathanael Greene, and John Paul Jones. Another Mason, Chief Justice John Marshall, shaped the Supreme Court into its present form.
Over the centuries, Freemasonry has developed into a worldwide fraternity emphasizing personal study, self-improvement, and social betterment via individual involvement and philanthropy. During the late 1700s it was one of the organizations most responsible for spreading the ideals of the Enlightenment: the dignity of man and the liberty of the individual, the right of all persons to worship as they choose, the formation of democratic governments, and the importance of public education. Masons supported the first public schools in both Europe and America.
During the 1800s and early 1900s, Freemasonry grew dramatically. At that time, the government had provided no social “safety net”. The Masonic tradition of founding orphanages, homes for widows, and homes for the aged provided the only security many people knew.
Today in North America, the Masonic Fraternity continues this tradition by giving almost $1.5 million each day to causes that range from operating children’s hospitals, providing treatment for childhood language disorders, treating eye diseases, funding medical research, contributing to local community service, and providing care to Masons and their families at Masonic Homes. The four million Masons worldwide continue to help men and women face the problems of the 21st century by building bridges of Brotherhood and instilling in the hearts of men ideals for a better tomorrow.” -Direct quote from the Grand Lodge of Florida, Free & Accepted Masons website.