On Monday August 17th, 2015, the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons of Mississippi, Fred F. Bean, was received at Longstreet Lodge No. 268 prior to the Initiation of Mr. Jeffrey Williams.
While it is an honor for any lodge to receive the Grand Master, this reception was of particular importance to the members of Longstreet Lodge.
Brother Fred, as we have all addressed him for so many years, has long been a trusted instructor for many members of our lodge, for District 16, and indeed for masons throughout the State of Mississippi. Whether your lesson with Fred involved spending a hour or more doing floor work in a lodge room, several minutes sitting in his office, or just a quick phone call to help jog your memory on a lost word – Fred has been, and always is, there to help.
Brother Bean has been to Longstreet Lodge many times in the past be it to help put on a degree or just to fellowship. However, it was our honor – on this night – to receive him as our Most Worshipful Grand Master and to let him sit and watch as all those who he has taught put on a degree, from start to finish, without him having to say a single word.
Thank you, Brother Fred, for teaching us so well and for always being there. We’ll try to do even better next time – as always.