Peter Clark’s memories of joining the Freemasons at 18 years old, having been proposed by his father, are suffused with both happiness and sadness. On the positive side, he knew that he would have a lot to look forward to in his long membership with the organisation that was held in such high esteem by his family. However on the tragic side, his father passed away shortly after Peter’s initiation. Peter went through a long period of mourning and questioning, asking himself if he wanted to continue on with the Craft. In the end, primarily due to his desire to continue his father’s legacy, he decided to stay. It’s a decision he hasn’t regretted for a moment. “One of the best things about the Masons,” Peter states, “is that you can meet someone for the first time and immediately have someone you can trust. It’s almost like a relative.”
He also points out how much the institution had helped him develop life skills, such as public speaking, report writing and organisational skills. Beyond these skills, he has learned to embrace philanthropy and to work tirelessly on improving his character.
Peter has been fortunate enough to have the support of his family throughout his Masonic journey. His wife and children often come to social functions, and sometimes even visit him in the ‘South of the Lodge’ for dinners and other events. His words of advice to prospective members are to “take the opportunity to join, and realise that you only get out of it what you put in.” He also suggests exploring a variety of lodges during your time with the organisation: “it is good to see their takes on the rituals and ceremonies, and of course they all have different and interesting people to meet.”