ROK Yo Frat

There was an event on Yongsan Garrison Friday night for fraternities and sororities that are masonic in nature. RWM Pete and I caught wind of it just by chance a couple days before while we were driving to McDonald’s and this woman was on the radio was advertising it.

Our lodge is primarily made of civilians so we needed a little help getting on base. Here's us waiting at the gate. Poor Pete looks a little frazzled.

The event was put on by the Order of the Eastern Star, but there were also people representing Knights Templar, Royal Arch, Prince Hall, Daughter’s of the Nile, the Shrine, Scottish Rite.. even the Ancient Order of the Turtles!

May I take your "order?"

It was a really good thing to be able to network and to make new connections.

This is my good friend, Jen. She was a member of Rainbow Girls, Job's Daughters and Daughters of the Nile but she never quite made it to Eastern Star. She got connected right away and hopefully it won't be long before she becomes a member! And since I'm also a member of the Eastern Star, I'll be able to go to her initiation and support her!

And of course, we came out and represented Han Yang in full Scottish style.

As Han Yang brethren, Kevin and Neal know exactly what's expected of them.

I even got to experience my first Soul Train. The DJ was playing Billy Jean, but since I can’t moon walk I just grabbed my crotch and did my thing. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. Someone from Eastern Star even told me that I  represented my order quite well. Some people network through conversation, I guess I do it through dancing.

Some really great line dancing, though I failed miserably at it.

At the end of the night, we all got initiated into the Ancient Order of the Turtles. I’ve always wanted to be a member! I can’t wait to get my dues card in the mail.

Are you a turtle?

All in all, it was a great opportunity to connect with other brethren who we actually haven’t had that much contact with. I really hope this is the start of a beautiful friendship. Sorry for the cliche, but that’s how it is.

Everyone was just so warm and friendly. As it should be.

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