Nick Pemberton – Q&A
Speaker 1: First question, Very Worshipful Nick Pemberton, why did you become a Mason?
Nick Pemberton: Why did I? Very honestly, my dad was a Mason. Throughout his life, he was a great example, I admired him for a long, long time. That’s what drew me towards Freemasonry.
Speaker 1: Why do you remain active in the fraternity?
Nick: I think it’s worthwhile. It’s something that’s supposed to be with you every day. From the time you wake up, to the time you go to bed. To set an example for others.
Speaker 1: What would you say is the purpose of Freemasonry?
Nick: I’m going to contradict the logical answer. The logical answer is Masonry is supposed to make good men better. Masonry gives the tools for individuals to develop himself into a good man. That’s my faith point. We as individuals don’t make that man better but we give him the tools to do it on his own.
Speaker 1: That being said, if there was a thing that Masons could do to help you improve, what would that be? How would that matter in your life? In other words, what else could Freemasonry do to accomplish this purpose?
Nick: Masonry gave me the ability to improve my speaking abilities in front of people. I’m a very shy person. All through the military, I avoided crowds. Masonry gave me that tool to develop my personal character to be able to speak to others and be honest with others.
Speaker 1: If there was something else that you thought Masonry would help you improve, that hasn’t helped you improved already, what would that thing be?
Nick: I think it’s working with people, understanding people. That’s what it can teach me to improve, to understand their needs in Masonry and help them develop those needs.
Speaker 1: Do you think the mission of Freemasonry is different today than the mission it had before? How do you see that mission evolving in the future?
Nick: I really don’t think it’s different than yesterday, when my father was a Mason, than it is today, because we talk about it at every meeting. We talk about how every human being has a claim upon our kind of offices. When I was growing up, I grew up with Masons in my life. I was adopted. The Masons took me under wing. I think that has not changed because if we really look at Masonry, we should be or are doing more for individuals in our scholarship program, in our charity programs. I think it’s always been that way and always will be that way.
Speaker 1: Lastly, how can you help a prospective Masonic bother recognize the relevance and importance of our fraternity today. Why our brotherhood is just as relevant to him now as it was to his grandfather and his ancestors?
Nick: To be there to answer questions. By educating myself in Masonry, reading books, understanding, and researching gives me the opportunity to help other individuals. I hope that I am still essential to them. Not too long ago, I gave Washington Masonic Code Book to an individual, and he says, “How much do I owe you?” My reply to him is, “You don’t owe me anything except to read it and understand it.” The monetary value of that book is replaced by the educational value that he will gain from it. That’s how I can help others.
Speaker 1: Very good, Very Worshipful. Thank you and have a great evening.
Nick: You too. Take care.