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Every so often I've come across references in posts to various fraternal organizations and growing up attending the Greenberg shows at Aleppo Shriners, the two became associated in my mind.  So in the spirit of the "model railroading and musicians" and "model railroading and engineers" topics, I thought I'd start this one to see how many forum members are also members of a fraternal organization and if you've incorporated any of your affiliations into your modeling.  For example, I know there was a Masonic train set produced for the GL of Penn. a while back and I once saw someone who had a lodge modeled on their layout.

I'm a Mason (both Scottish Rite and currently 2/3 through York Rite) and Shriner here in Connecticut, but I'm originally from Massachusetts and still hold membership there.  I am also still active with my college fraternity, Alpha Chi Rho.



And I'll add that I'm an Eagle Scout.  I know it's not really a fraternal organization by itself, but I think other Eagles would agree there's a sense of fraternal bond among us.

I, too, am an Eagle Scout and am almost 74. I will always be an Eagle Scout. I have tried to life by the tenants of scouting all my life. Only about 2 out of 100 acquire the rank of Eagle.

Dick

A lot of organizational lineage and legacy noted. I’m a former Boy Scout, turned Explorer which kind of led me towards the military. My scoutmaster was an Infantrymen and my father a Mason & PM so I walked the path unknowingly. Became a professional soldier and Mason, then retired from the military and returned to model railroading after a 45 year hiatus. These organizations have molded and structured me while I served. All of the organizations have and speak their own language, not so much in secret but as a way of their own existence. Masonry isn’t a secret society, it’s a society that has secrets.  The military is definitely not secretive but laden with info, techniques and languages foreign to civilian life.  Throughout it all, I came back to model railroading. I need to kitbash or scratch build a temple, which will add some zest to my layout.

@colorado hirailer I am kind of like you that way, not really a joiner, for a number  of reasons (maybe Groucho Marx ruined it all for me, when he made his remark about not wanting to belong to any club that would have him as a member (which had a deeper meaning to it few people recognize).  I have belonged to a few groups I enjoyed revolving around specific events, but just never got into being part of a group like that. In college no way I could join a frat, I was one of the officiating crew for intramural sports leagues at the school I went to, therefore was public enemy no 1 *lol*.

@AXP889 posted:

Every so often I've come across references in posts to various fraternal organizations and growing up attending the Greenberg shows at Aleppo Shriners, the two became associated in my mind.  So in the spirit of the "model railroading and musicians" and "model railroading and engineers" topics, I thought I'd start this one to see how many forum members are also members of a fraternal organization and if you've incorporated any of your affiliations into your modeling.  For example, I know there was a Masonic train set produced for the GL of Penn. a while back and I once saw someone who had a lodge modeled on their layout.

I'm a Mason (both Scottish Rite and currently 2/3 through York Rite) and Shriner here in Connecticut, but I'm originally from Massachusetts and still hold membership there.  I am also still active with my college fraternity, Alpha Chi Rho.



And I'll add that I'm an Eagle Scout.  I know it's not really a fraternal organization by itself, but I think other Eagles would agree there's a sense of fraternal bond among us.

@AXP889 - While I never made it to Eagle Scout, I've been involved in Scouting now for over 65 years!

In 2009 one of my Commissioner Scouters told me that Lionel had been licensed by the BSA to issue some BSA 100th Anniversary items. So I took a look. Decided to buy the first item - a box car. Then in 2010 a complete freight train. And so it went. I ended up purchasing what I think was every item Lionel manufactured with a BSA license on it - including a second freight set in 2011 or 2012. I though they'd stop after 2010, but they kept going. My inventory says I have 27 items including 13 pieces from Bradford Exchange in HO scale.

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