Conferring Degrees

Discussion in 'The Voting Booth' started by Blake Bowden, Aug 14, 2009.

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Does your Lodge Confer Degrees?

  1. No, we have a district degree team

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  2. Yes, we confer degrees in house

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  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Does your Lodge...
     
  2. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    i've thrown around the idea of putting a degree team together.

    have dues and such for just the team to buy our wardrobe with, travel expenses, etc.
     
  3. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    we go solid black from head to toe with our degree team looks super sharp
     
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  4. TCShelton

    TCShelton Founding Member Premium Member

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    We've conferred degrees for several other lodges in and out of our district.
     
  5. Sirius

    Sirius Registered User

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    I'm very proud of the work done at 188. Those guys practice once a week and put some heart and pride in it.

    And oh yeah 148's OK too. ;)
     
  6. Ben Rodriguez

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    We try to meet up for practice every Thursday night. It's not always the same brethren conferring the degrees though, I have served as Jr. warden and Jr. deacon, and last night I did master of ceremonies for an EA. It was exciting!
     
  7. JBD

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    I belong to Panther City and Cooke-Peavy Lodges.
    Panther City has been known to confer just a few degrees :cool:

    I have personally done 2 EAs in the last 3 weeks. We do a lot of degree work in PC

    Cooke-Peavy confers every degree we have to work, been a tad slow over the past few years, we have 3 EAs in the process now, we are waiting on their FC degrees - gotta get the proficiencies out of the way you know.
     
  8. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    We do our own & help with other Lodges in the district when asked. It's a lot of fun working with those other Brethren!
     
  9. TCShelton

    TCShelton Founding Member Premium Member

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    Yeah, Rhit and I have helped out in a few of yours.
     
  10. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    some nights we'll do three EAs or multiple of the same degree. we usually have enough to have 3 seperate degree teams.

    we have a guy named this years "degree master" and he puts people into parts they can do. nobody has their traditional "spots" that they stick to... usually everyone does everything.
     
  11. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    That's great! Not only does that help those Brethren to prepare for a "B" certificate but it also makes them much more useful when helping other Lodges confer degrees.
     
  12. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Wow, out of 19 votes Gonzales is the only one who doesn't confer their own Degrees.
     
  13. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    The problem I've seen with "District degree teams" is that Lodges come to depend on them & lose the ability to confer their own degrees. Even if your Lodge has to ask for help, I find that preferable to not being involved at all in the degrees. After all, the candidate joined a Lodge, not a district.
     
  14. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    I couldn't agree more. That's exactly what happened at my Lodge. Ever since a "District Degree" team was formed, they've been our ONLY source for putting on Degrees. Unfortunately, if your schedule doesn't meet their practice times (30 miles roundrip btw) your asked to sit out for the Degree. Including current Lodge officers.
     
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  15. Bill Lins

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    Now that I REALLY have a problem with! It's y'all's Lodge and your WM calls the shots, no matter what.

    I've seen technically perfect degrees put on with absolutely no "heart" behind them. Does anybody think the candidate can't tell?

    I'd much rather the Brethren did the best they can, as long as their efforts are recognizable as Texas work (more or less) and put their hearts & souls into it. I guarantee you the candidate can feel the difference.
     
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  16. JBD

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    I agree with Bill. The purpose of degrees are to present Masonry in allegory, symbolism and word to the candidate - those words, actions and concepts need to be presented not recited.

    I will volunteer to go to Gonzales and help y'all relearn the work. Get you WM to set up a Friday night/Saturday type thing - I would bet we can get enough people just from here to turn your situation around pretty quickly.

    I also agree your WM is in charge of your lodge and the degrees provided.
     
  17. TCShelton

    TCShelton Founding Member Premium Member

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    +1.
     
  18. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    I thought I drove to far to lodge 55 miles RT, I am quiting, you here that Tom and Scott, I am gong to Deer Creek!! lol
     
  19. RedTemplar

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    If I may ask, what are A,B, & C certifications? Are there great differences in each?
     
  20. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    the certifications are to prove that you know the work... you've sat in front of a committee on work member in a forum and gone through the work to their satisfaction...

    C = q&a for all three degrees, tilers oath, and opening/closing all 4 lodges.

    B = C + all parts of conferring all 3 degrees

    A = B + the esoteric portion of all 3 lectures.
     
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