Brother Pete Franklin, a North Carolina Mason since 1968, was honored in February as a charter member of the North Carolina Masonic Foundation's new Bridge Builder's Society. The society recognizes major donors who have made gifts to our Masonic charities through the North Carolina Masonic Foundation.The brothers of Franklin's home lodge, Charles B. Newcomb #740, honored Pete with a dinner and invited his family to join in the honor. Grand Master Mack Sigmon was on hand to present the sterling silver Tiffany compass, engraved with Pete's initials, that recognizes his generosity to our Masonic charities. NCMF Chief Development Officer Jeff Hensley read the poem "The Bridge Builder," which was the inspiration for the name of the society.
The Bridge Builder
By Will Allen Dromgoole
An old man going a lone highway,
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast, and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned, when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.
"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim, near,
"You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again will pass this way;
You've crossed the chasm, deep and wide-
Why build you this bridge at the evening tide?"
The builder lifted his old gray head:
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today,
A youth, whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm, that has been naught to me,
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him."