Dutch Meier – Q&A
Roger: First question is, Very Worshipful Brother, Dutch Meier, why did you become a Mason?
Dutch Meier: Why did I become a Mason? I had wonderful examples growing up to really experience first-person the kinds of values that the Masons extol. We were probably not the most well-off household in the community, but a Mason (Scottish Rite Mason-Shriner) unbeknownst to me, that my mother worked for; he encouraged me. It was only then I found out all of his Masonic affiliations. At a time when a young man needed a role model, initially, he was already right there to me. As I moved around through my adulthood, I accepted in the back of my mind that if I ever stabilized and quit moving around all of the time, there would be a place for me in Masonry and that I would welcome an opportunity to be one. It’s kind of … perhaps, with faith, hope, and charity being hallmarks, to be able to demonstrate some of that to some other young person or brother who might need such some day somewhere. It has been a gift and a privilege to be able to try very hard coming back to all that.
Roger: Why do you remain active in the Fraternity?
Dutch: I have found in my adulthood that I value the company of people of character and reputation. It is very important to me to associate with people who’s values are quite similar to mine. Call it bit corny, call it old-fashioned, but I like waving my flag. I like depending on a man’s sincerity and character and a handshake to accomplish great things without reams of paper and gallons of ink.
Roger: What would you say is the purpose of Freemasonry?
Dutch: We very easily tell ourselves that we are an association of good men who are out to make good men better. I think it goes much deeper in a time when men in our communities have perhaps lost sight of the fact that there are still people of character, there are still people who’s values come first. It’s very important to me to not only be one of those people but to encourage that for others.
Roger: If there was a thing Masonry could help you improve, what would that be and how would it matter in your life? In other words, what else could Free Masonry do as a fraternity to help accomplish it’s purpose as it relates to Dutch Meier?
Dutch: I suppose that there are times in my day, days in my week, where I forget that among our many virtues beyond the trinity, one of the things that I have the greatest difficulty with is being patient with the likes of some people, sometimes. I need to remember that not everybody has the luxury of as much time available to them as I do. So if Masonry can help me do anything, it’s take time to reflect on that and remember there are other people who have their own moral crosses to bear, expectations and requirements in a day.
Roger: Is the mission of Freemasonry today different from the mission it had before, and how do you see that mission evolving for the future?
Dutch: In another day and time, one would expect to find a duty in their community and reap that duty. These days, people very often don’t have time to slow down and look at the impact of, or consequences resulting from, the choices they make in a day and how they’ll affect their own long-term, and perhaps sometimes of that of others around them.
Roger: How could you help a perspective Masonic Brother whose sole familiarity with our fraternity is probably the line, “I think my Grandfather or one of my Uncles was one,” to recognize that the fraternity is just as relevant and important today as it was during his relatives time?
Dutch: Young people need role models. Masons live to be there to cultivate and excite that next generation coming behind and if it takes toughening up, that the fraternity has done to me, to help someone in a subsequent generation understand and appreciate. Some one needs to do it and you look in the mirror and say, “If not me, who?” Masons see their obligation not only to members of the fraternity but to help develop the future members of our fraternity as well.
Roger: Very Worshipful, thank you very much!
Dutch: It’s been a privilege and an honor Sir!