I read somewhere that in ancient Babylon, the days between the Winter Solstice and the New Year were seen as the time of a struggle between Chaos and Order, with Chaos trying to take over the world. With new year comes new opportunities and a chance to better oneself. The following are select quotes by our late Brothers that will help you bring Order out of Chaos and make you a better man.
Bro. Benjamin Franklin on Dealing with Realities of Life
Bro. Winston Churchill On Being Consistent
Bro. Henry Ford On Not Giving Up
Bro. Mark Twain On Stress Free Living
Brother Jose Rizal on Building Courage
Bro. Manly P. Hall on Friendship and Brotherhood
Bro. Ralph Waldo Emerson On Leadership
Bro. George Washington on Choosing Friends and Acquaintances
Brother Winston Churchill on Hardship
Bro. James Naismith (Inventor of Basketball) on Mind, Body, and Soul
This is a follow up to the "10 Famous Men You Didn't Know Were Freemasons" blog that I wrote about 5 years ago.
I present to you well-known US / Canada brands (alphabetically arranged) that were founded by a Freemason. Some on this list have local popularity and some are known on a global scale. Got something to comment or add? Please leave a comment below.
Alexander Keith's Brewery
Founded by Brother Alexander Keith. Initiated in 1816 at St. John No. 118, Sunderland, Scotland. Affiliated with Virgin Lodge No. 2, Halifax, SC. Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia from 1869-1873.
Co-founded by Steve Wozniak. Initiated in 1979 at Charity Lodge No. 362 in Campbell, California, now part of Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 292 in Los Gatos, California. (Note: I heard uncomfirmed reports that he have demited a long time ago)
Founded by Brother Walter Percy Chrysler. I can't find information about his Initiation-Raising but I came across this interesting article by a Brother who said he was a member of Scottish Rite Isis Shrine Temple of Salina in Kansas.
Colt's Manufacturing Company
Founded by Brother Samuel Colt. Member of St. John’s Lodge No. 4, Pythagoras Chapter No. 17, Washington Commandery No. 1, all of Hartford, CN
Ford Motor Company
Founded by American industrialist Brother Henry Ford. Palestine Lodge No. 357, Detroit, MI and was a member of Zion Lodge No. 1.
Founded by Brother King Camp Gillette. Adelphi Lodge, Quincy, Massachusetts. Affiliated with Columbian Lodge, Boston on April, 1909.
The Hoover Company
Founded by Brother Frank G. Hoover, William McKinley Lodge No. 431, Ohio.
Founded by Brother John Bayne Maclean. Ionic Lodge No. 25, Toronto.
Founded by Brother William Worrall Mayo. Rochester Lodge No. 21
Founded by Brother Frederick L. Maytag. Newton Lodge No. 59, Iowa.
Founded by Brother John Molson, Sr. Master of St. Paul's Lodge in 1971 and served as the Provincial Grand Master for Lower Canada in 1826.
Founded by Brother James Cash Penny. Wasatch Lodge No. 1, Salt Lake City
Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I'll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I'll give you a stock clerk.
Founded by Brother Rowland Macy Merrimack Lodge, Haverhill, Massachusetts.
While he is not the founder of the NBA as an association, Dr. James Naismith invented the game of basketball itself. He was Initiated at Roswell Lee Lodge, Springfield, Massachusetts. Affiliated and became the Worshipful Master of Lawerence Lodge No. 6, Kansas.
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Founded by Colonel Harland Sanders. Lodge No. 651, Henryville, Indiana. Hugh Harris Lodge No. 938, Corbin, Whitley County, Kentucky
Founded by former hockey star and Brother Tim Horton. Kroy Lodge No. 676, Thornhill, Ontario.
Founded by Brother Dave Thomas. Sol. D. Bayless Lodge No 359, Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Ringling (Rüngeling) Brothers were all members of Baraboo Lodge No. 34 in Baraboo Wisconsin.
Note: Content below is an excerpt from our latest newsletter.
2016 Fall / Winter Collection
"From Darkness to Light"
Limited Edition Black & White Masonic Paisley
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It took us about two years to perfect the Masonic Paisley design and the resulting Jacquard woven silk fabric. It took us a while to get to its final form but it turned out to be one of our best designed, softest, densest, and shiniest necktie that we have ever produced. It makes handsome knots with beautiful drapes- with or without dimples. The choice is yours.
For a limited time only, the FraternalTies® Exclusive Masonic Paisley fabric will be available for pre-order in an all-black and all-white necktie versions.
We personally design the pattern with love right here at our home, and we also personally hand-pick the silk material that goes in our neckties. We strive to give our neck ties the perfect weave, the right density, and an interesting ombre effect that is pleasing to the eyes.
Putting those 3 characteristics in a fabric is not an easy task, but like anything in life- achievable by going through and learning from trial and error. Like its predecessors, the Black and White Masonic Paisley neckties perfectly embodies all 3 desirable traits that we want in a fabric. Check out the photos and videos below to see the fabric shift "From Darkness to Light".
Our neckties literally shifts from Darkness to Light.
The black "Darkness" Masonic Paisley goes from from a subtle textured black appearance to alternating shades of grey as the light hit it from different angles.
The white "Light" Masonic Paisley goes from from a subtle textured white appearance to metallic shades of silver and pure white as the light hits it from different angles.