I did make some very good friends and will continue to be friends with them - I just won't have any more to do with the Masonic stuff. Frankly, I had been pretty disillusioned with it for a while.What were you disillusioned with?
Please forgive my belated reply.
In general, the idea of Freemasonry is a pretty good. Which is, it is supposed to be an organization of good men who wish to improve themselves as citizens, husbands, and fathers. In practice, I did not see much of that. It mostly was like a social club for retirees. There's nothing wrong with a social club for retirees. It is just not what I thought Masonry would be. There was a time where Masonry was where society's leaders could gather and work for the common good. It is not that anymore. While I think it won't disappear completely, I think it will continue to dwindle in membership numbers and relevance.
I should also correct my first post in this thread. When I submitted my dimit, I thought that got me out of Masonry. I later learn that it only removed me from membership in my lodge but I was still considered a Mason. So, I submitted a letter of resignation. Effective August 28, 2013, I am no longer a Mason. I will see about posting an image of the letter accepting my resignation and discharging me from the fraternity. My lifetime membership funds have been returned to me. It's over - I'm out.