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  1. Mac

    Buying a watch

    I'm just amused that a product still bears the name Shinola. ;)
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    WM Gavels

    I faced opposition from two of my brothers when they saw the gavel. No one could point to anything in black and white, they just uttered things similar to what is quoted above. "That's not a gavel. No master of this lodge is using a setting maul." I attended a Texas Lodge of Research meeting in...
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    WM Gavels

    A brother from Scotland posted his hand-crafted gavels on another forum. I conversed with him, seeking guidance on how I might make my own eventually. When I couldn't find a lathe, I asked him if he would be willing to take on a commission. The brother refused payment, and offered to make it as...
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    Lodge Officer Duties - Senior Deacon

    I just got to Oregon, and boy is the work here different! I'll have to hit you up sometime to discuss it. I'd go visit, but KFalls is a bit far from Roseburg. ;)
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    Why is it so hard to get Masons to join the Commandery?

    And neither is (more or less) marketed as the capstone to a branch of Freemasonry. DeMolay is not marketed as being an all-inclusive organization for boys and girls. Freemasonry is a fraternity for men who believe in God (without getting into specifics)... a practice carried forward in the...
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    Why is it so hard to get Masons to join the Commandery?

    Are any of those organizations passively portrayed as the completion of a Rite? Is a small, but significant, portion of your granddaughter's friends joining DeMolay, but she's left out due to her faith? Apples and oranges.
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    Why is it so hard to get Masons to join the Commandery?

    Doesn't it depend on the jurisdiction? I could swear my Texas petition for the commandery had me check a box (or do something similar) stating I was Christian. If that's not necessary, the paperwork should be updated ASAP.
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    Why is it so hard to get Masons to join the Commandery?

    This statement makes the hairs on anyone else's neck go up?
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    York Rite light

    The material covered in the Master Craftsman program offerings alone is enough to justify calling the SR the University of Freemasonry, especially if you pursue something like the College of the Consistory (offered by Guthrie Scottish Rite). I find much meaning in the teachings of the SR. I have...
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    Commandery Uniform Changes

    One question I feel has been touched upon by this discussion (but not otherwise addressed): What is the future of drill in the Commandery? Is it to be kept around? I have no horse in the race as I have not yet joined the Commandery (waiting for conferral of the Orders). Just a thought.
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    2014 Proposed Resolutions and Recommendations (GLoTX AF&AM)

    But "we're not a publisher," says the group that publishes the monitor and law book. ;)
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    Advice for a new lodge secretary?

    If you've got the time and motivation, I say go for it! Your lodge is better for having you, which is the best we can hope for as Masons.
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    2014 Proposed Resolutions and Recommendations (GLoTX AF&AM)

    How about resolution 24's amendment?
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    Why I demited out of York Rite

    Those are worn by the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, whose bodies meet only a few times a year, have little ritual, and spend time doing good for the community. Bah, who would want to do that? ;)
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    Commandery Uniform Changes

    I would have far more interest in the commandery if the organization looked the part.