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I've seen gentlemen meltdown in lodge on occasion. Almost always, there was personal gain involved or a preoccupation with creatively spending lodge funds. Of course, that is in conflict with our Obligation.
My last lodge as master will be next week. I will be happy when it is over. Then I can show up late, eat a free meal, sit in the gallery and crack jokes and offer creative ways to spend the lodge money.
Sarcasm aside, I will have more time to pursue other Masonic training.
Our lodge has a progressive line. If you want to serve the lodge, you can ask to get in line and work your way through the chairs over several years. Usually, you prove yourself to be a leader and learn the ritual much better as you move up. Each brother in front of you has the opportunity...
I think you will find that you remember better what your heard and repeated with your teacher.
Here are some other tips that worked for me:
When I left the lesson, I did NOT turn on my radio or phone.
I drove to a quiet place, parked, and recited my work fo another 30 minutes or more.
Have you considered volunteering for a difficult task in the lodge? Ask to be made the Sr. Steward for the year. That will force the clique to acknowledge and communicate with you. Learn to confer and recite lectures and teach new masons. They can't ignore you if you are driving the bus.
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I am not surprised that most of these comments seem to look backwards rather than forward. The ritual should be reinforced and preserved for everyone. But recruiting, investigating, training and retention should be changed to reflect the...
I have told my immediate family. But I have refrained from discussing masonry with friends or coworkers.
I've had some strange reactions from people who I would have otherwise thought would be very understanding and enthusiastic. Now I am reluctant to invite men I respect, due to the possible...
I know that some of the younger EAs are a bit intinidated by the cranky old MMs. They look to us for guidance. I make clear to my students when I am available, how to communicate with me and what is "normal" in their studies. Then I suggest a schedule and confirm days and times. They really...
Talk to a guitar instructor. They have lots of experience with good and bad, expensive and cheap acoustic guitars.
I would also advise, that what ever you buy, you take it to a qualified luthier to have a proper setup. You can thank me later.
I know this sounds kind of snarky. But perhaps we should all regularly review our obligation and decide if we are keeping our promises. I am observing far too much criticism of the brothers and not enough concern for their welfare (as an example). I take my obligation seriously; I wish all of...
What would you do if you observed a brother violating his obligation during lodge? Avoid him? Confront him? Ignore him?
Is it generally ignored or do your lodges take it seriously enough to respond?
This is more than a rhetorical question, but I appreciate your input.