“When Masonry was first formed in the US, we didn’t have social security, life insurance or other forms of public assistance.  The obligations and oaths we took meant that a man could rely on his “brothers” to take care of him if he needed it and if he wasn’t around to take care of his family. I still believe in that concept.  “We take care of our own” is a phrase used by multiple organizations, mostly military, but I think it has special meaning to us (as Masons).  I give to fulfill my obligation to my brothers and their families.”