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By Steve Ayers, Staff Reporter

Saturday, February 23, 2008

56-acre development to provide community facilities

The Freemasons are the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world.

And perhaps the most misunderstood.

Their origins are shrouded in mystery. Their inner workings have been the subject of much speculation. And religious groups, political organizations and conspiracy theorists alike have vilified them throughout the centuries.

But if you were to ask a member, they will tell you it is utter nonsense. Their role is no different than that of the Rotary Club or the Kiwanis.

"We are here to serve the community," local lodge leader Dave Lowry said. "And we do that by making good people better,"

True to his word, Lowry and a group of Masons from the Valley are doing something that is not happening all that often in the world of Freemasonry. They are opening a new lodge.

But that is not the big news.

Read more: Local Freemasons plan ambitious project

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Forrest M. Bird receives Golden Veteran’s Award

Submitted by:Doug Ismail

He made his first solo flight at age 14. He has saved thousands of lives with the invention of the portable respirator. He also invented the medevac plane after seeing the tragic results of seriously injured military men unable to access timely medical attention. Today his primary focus is on teaching as he is still a sought-after speaker at many medical schools.

Brother Bird has fond memories of his 50 years as a Master Mason. “Masonry is really about trust among men,” he says. “If I meet a fellow Mason, there is an instant connection for me because I know that we share similar experiences and values. It really does make a difference for me.”

We are proud to call Brother Bird a California Mason. For more information about our amazing brother, read the cover story of the Spring 2008 California Freemason magazine.

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