An advisory

by John Paul Gomez July 27, 2013

Most of you know that FraternalTies is mostly a one man operation. Fabric design, web development, photography, digital artworks, email exchange, etc- I handle them all and I love it! However, for the past few weeks my performance have been very terrible. I am sure that many of you have noticed the significant delays in responding to emails, no new products are being introduced- not to mention the tardiness in the processing of orders, and my facebook postings have slowed down to a trickle. With the recent relaunching of our website, I had hoped that things will be more manageable but I was wrong.

 

I am aware that some of you are concerned and some are understandably frustrated. For that I am trully sorry... I feel really bad but my hands are tied... I would not wish this situation that I am in upon my worst enemy. I obviously can't go into details but let's just say that with every step that I make on this mosaic pavement, my foot always seem to land on a black tile.  This tile that I am on right now is so big and wide it feels like a sinkhole with no end in sight.

 

I am writing this to ask you for some understanding while we go through a particularly difficult time in our life. I fervently hope that you will still be there when we get back on track. 

 

S&F, JPG

P.S.
FraternalTies was not founded with the accumulation of money in mind. If it was, I would have bombarded you with cheap, easily made, and easily sold products on a weekly basis. I would have not spent countless hours designing artworks which I publish online free for sharing and download. But FraternalTies to me is more than that. Please remember, when sending us an email, that it is a Brother (and perhaps his wife and kids) who will be reading your email and not some greedy salesman whose life revolves around making a sale.

John Paul Gomez
John Paul Gomez

Author

W. Bro. John Paul Gomez (aka Paul, JP, JPG) is an artist by trade and a full-time father-of-4. He currently serves as the W.M. for Doric Lodge No. 316 AF&AM in Ontario, Canada. He is a Senior DeMolay and an honorary member of Harmonie Lodge No. 699 F&AM in Buffalo, New York. He likes to cook and is a big fan of Muaythai.


11 Responses

Bro. Perez
Bro. Perez

July 20, 2014

Greetings Brother JPG,

I know this is a late post but I hope you have made it out of your storm and are back on the positive side.

I must say I admire the way you handle business. I am the founder of an online Masonic store and while I do must of the work behind the scenes myself I can totally understand where you are coming from with this post.

Once again I hope all has started to smooth out and you’re back to stepping on the white tiles.

Fraternal regards,

Bro. Miguel A. Perez
www.masonsquaremarket.com

John
John

July 27, 2013

Do not stress my Brother. I agree with Adam completely. Remember we are obligated to each other and it goes both ways!

Thomas Pierce
Thomas Pierce

July 27, 2013

Brother Gomez,
I offer my thoughts, prayers and best wishes. I admire your work, devotion and priorities. First things are first. I look forward to you emerging from this storm stronger and to the bright future of Fraternal Ties.

S&F, Wor. Bro. Thomas Pierce

Dean Burzese
Dean Burzese

July 27, 2013

My Brother!, don’t despair! No storm lasts forever, and they all pass regardless of their ferocity!.. So to will this one. Remember, you have so many Bretheren to help you bear whatever burden that is weighing heavily on your shoulders! I am a proud owner of 2 of your ties and have worn them on some very special occasions! And whenever this storm passes ( and it will) I will be here waiting for your next magnificent creation. God bless you my brother!!

Bro. Dean Burzese

Sean M. Hanney
Sean M. Hanney

July 27, 2013

Bro. John

Do what you must. Maintain yourself and your family’s needs first.
Thanks for sharing what you can and don’t forget to open up your tool box.
There may be a couple on the bottom that haven’t been used in awhile and may be the right tool for the week.

Your friend and Fraternal Brother,
Sean Hanney
Fellowship Lodge
Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Steve Singleton
Steve Singleton

July 27, 2013

Quality takes time. In this age of fast food, we often expect everything to come quickly.
My brother, you have our respect and support. Just keep communicating & all will be fine!

Alex
Alex

July 27, 2013

My Brother, your words are heartfelt. Being a proud owner of several of your ties and having exchanges emails with you I can only say thank you. Few of us are lucky enough to touch so many people with our work. You art that you create and give to us is beyond impressive. I used one at my Lodge’s Installation cake. And yes, the quality of your work resonates in each tie you create. I hope you clear your hurdles and everything is well with your family. Trust in God and keep your head up bro.

Bro Cabral
Berwyn Lodge 839
WM

Bro. Robert Johnson
Bro. Robert Johnson

July 27, 2013

Good thoughts sent your way brother! We will be here when your back.

RJ

Dave Schweitzer
Dave Schweitzer

July 27, 2013

I am send positive energy your way and praying things work out for you and yours very shortly

LVX

Kelly Feldcamp
Kelly Feldcamp

July 27, 2013

I jusr wanted to take a moment to say that I, for one, fully understand. Should I want to buy a tie or send you a message there is nothing so urgent that I need for you to jump to a response. We, as a society, tend to forget the term “delayed gratification”. We are spoiled by immediate resposes in all things these days and forget about people. Don’t worry about the complainers. Focus in what is best for you and your family and your life balance brother.

Fraternally,

Bro. Kelly Feldcamp

Adam
Adam

July 27, 2013

Brother, you take the time you need to take care of yourself first, and remember that you have so many brothers who are willing and able to help you shoulder any burden you have to carry.

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