So the reason behind my trip to AK was my brother and his installation as the Worshipful Master in his Mason group.
What is a Mason?
A Mason is a fraternity of men dedicated to doing good works.
For instance Masons raise money selling onions and donate the money raised for charitable purposes like medical care for those that do not have insurance, scholarships and a host of other very worthy causes.
My brother is the first in our family to be a Mason and I'll admit I do not really understand a lot of it, but I will say being apart of this unique fraternity makes him incredibly happy.
Jeff waiting for the Installation to begin.
My sister in law Elizabeth's' Uncle Chuck is an 11th generation Mason, going all the way back to George Washington time, and came up from Washington state to preform the Installation for my brother.
Not sure if it was the high ceilings in the room, but a lot of my pictures turned out grainy or blury - ugh.
After he was installed he gave a wonderful speech about his plans for the lodge in the coming year.
Jeff is quite dramatic in his speaking and really put on a good show.
I've got to say though that I bawled practically the whole time.
Why? I guess I was just so proud of him.
He was incredibly well spoken, confident and sure of himself.
And damned if he wasn't absolutely handsome too.
My nephew Cody is also joining the ranks as a Mason.
After a fantastic steak dinner that he put together we went back to the lodge for pictures.
And Cody's lovely wife Kelly who took professional pictures of the Installation for Jeff.
I love you Jeff!
Thank you so much for the opportunity to be there with you during this epic time in your life!