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Montana Freemason  November 2014                         Volume 90 Number 3

that we have in our programs. When we understand         the character of the children that we build. This has
our individual strengths and weaknesses we are able to   everything to do with how we act during our lives and
be a more collaborative force. By connecting ourselves   has nothing to do with our names. Integrity is based
based on these individual traits we are able to achieve  on our actions when nobody is there to see it. Our
the best possible outcome and cements our collective     character is guided by our obligations that we make
strength.                                                with our fraternal brothers, with our families, and with
As each Mason continues to face this Crossroads, let     our friends. We made these obligations, we know what
us always be mindful of our obligations. We should       they are, and we must follow-through. Idle obligations
be guided by what we are as an organization and what     mean little to all that hear them especially ourselves—
we want to be remembered for as individuals. Coach       never promise anything you cannot deliver. Your
Yurak was my religion teacher during my senior year of   legacy is more than your name, and our obligations are
high school. I went to an all-boys school, so he would   more than just words. The opportunity to strengthen
often discuss our individual legacy. He would ask the    our fraternity is within each of us, the opportunity to
class, “What kind of legacy do you want to leave in      strengthen our communities is within each of us, and
this world?” Some people believe that leaving a legacy   the opportunity to strengthen ourselves is within each
is simply passing on the family name. However, Coach     one of us and it starts today. Above all, my brothers,
Yurak and I were each blessed with two daughters.        the path we take on this crossroads will ensure an
We understand that our legacy is not in a name but in    individual and organizational legacy.

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