Chaos In The Quarries

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  1. JJones

    JJones Moderator Staff Member

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    It's been a while since I've made a post here!

    Here is my latest blog post:

    Chaos In The Quarries

    I hope everyone enjoys it!
     
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  2. Bill Lins

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    Excellent message. Every Lodge officer should have enough pride in himself & respect for his Brethren to learn his role to the point that it's automatic. Also, your point that an officer should not only know his own role, but should also be learning the role of the next office to which he aspires- he owes his Lodge no less.
     
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  3. JamestheJust

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    >Every Lodge officer should ...

    Why do brethren not do what they should? If we understood those reasons we might be able to do something about them.
     
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  4. Rifleman1776

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    You are right, of course. But the operative word is "should". Some states no longer require proficiency for advancing through the degrees or chairs. I believe this has removed the commitment to the craft. What you observed also made me wonder where the Grand Lecturer and Grand DDGM have been. I feel badly for that lodge. If the officers do not know their work who is going to teach those who will follow them?
     
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  5. Elexir

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    Heres my take from another culture.

    Here, many do memorize the ritual and work it fine.
    However due to the fact that the rituals even specify how the words are pronounced it can be better if you have a "cheat sheet" so that the ritual can move on without any problems.
     
  6. Bill Lins

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    Not allowed in Lodge under our obedience.
     
  7. CLewey44

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    I had a very similar situation recently myself.
     
  8. chrmc

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    Totally agree with the points made. It's a pet peeve of mine that people cannot take the time to learn some simple lines. Obviously we all mess up at times, but you can clearly hear when it's due to a brainfart and when it's lack of practice.

    Perhaps if we started making moving up in the line less automatic, and kicked a couple of guys out it would improve...
     
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  9. Zack

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    You can forgive mistakes, but not lack of preparation.
     
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  10. Bill Lins

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    I'm presuming that your "Grand Lecturer" is the equivalent of our Committee on Work members & District Instructors. Here, we can go to Lodge as Instructors ONLY under one of two conditions: either when ordered to by the Committee or the Grand Master, OR when requested or invited by the Lodge in question. Otherwise, we CANNOT "impose" ourselves upon a Lodge.
     
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  11. Glen Cook

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    I get your point, but “some simple lines” might be a bit of understatement. The PSoj and Z lines in SGChapt exaltation are fairly lengthy and not usually considered simple.
     
  12. Glen Cook

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    In Utah, the G Lecturer can require the lodge to demonstrate proficiency, and will usually have a deputy assigned to the lodge.
     
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  13. Bill Lins

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    Here the prospective officers need prove their proficiency only "to the satisfaction of their Lodge". No one has yet failed that "test".
     
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  14. chrmc

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    That I do agree on, but when the brother in his article referred to Stated Meetings, I took it to mainly mean the opening and closing of the lodge. And there should be nothing in there that one cannot handle.

    When we start getting into ritual, lectures and similar, it's certainly another matter.
     
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  15. Glen Cook

    Glen Cook G A Cook Site Benefactor

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    Oh, I agree as to opening/closing.
     
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  16. JJones

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    Yes, I was referring to opening and closing of the lodge but there was also a general inability to handle the business of the lodge as well, although I don't know if I mentioned that in the video.

    There should be nothing in the opening/closing that one cannot handle, I agree, yet I've seen a complete inability to do so numerous times in the past 15 years that I've been a Freemason.
     
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  17. Zack

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    How often is that done?
     
  18. Glen Cook

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    I’ve not seen it done. We usually just sit in the lodge and watch the ritual. In part, because this has become a position to run for JGW, if I’m to be candid. But I do know of many instances in which the master elect has been found not to be proficient, and not received the required certificate to be installed.
     

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