It was one of those nights...

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Blake Bowden, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Don't you just hate those meetings that don't go well, especially as a Master of the Lodge? Tonight was the perfect storm:

    • Official DDGM Visit
    • E.A. dropped in at the last minute (Who hasn't been in Lodge in over a year)
    • Grand Lodge Officer sitting just a few feet away
    • Had to put the MM Lodge into refreshment and call down to an EA
    • Report investigative committee results
    • Vote on a candidate
    • District instructor was there to grade us
    • One of the lesser lights burned out (Resorted to candles)
    • An etched glass montage that a Brother made for the Lodge fell off the wall and shattered


    Granted, those aren't anything major, but all in the same night was challenging. Also, there were a few times where I completely lost my place and bumbled through spots. UGH...I'll be doubling up on practice..lol
     
  2. Preston DuBose

    Preston DuBose Registered User

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    Whoa, that stinks. It sure makes for a stressful night, doesn't it?

    Out of curiosity, why did you call down to an EA? When the DDGM makes his official visit to our lodge (as will happen next week) we let EAs and FCs know that they are welcome and encouraged to join us for the meal but they won't be able to sit in Lodge that night as we'll be conducting all our business in a MM lodge.
     
  3. Michaelstedman81

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    Goodness...lol That was a lot to happen all in one night. I would expected you to have bumbled through a few spots...lol At least it is over now...lol
     
  4. sands67

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    Sounds like a busy night. Great thinking with the candles btw. Would never have thought of that. The bumbling happens too all of us. We learn from it and do our best to make sure it doesn't happen a second time. At least not in the same spot :D.

    In our lodge we have always done our business in an EA lodge. The only time we see an FC or a MM LODGE is during our degree work. I cannot tell you why other than to say that is always how we have done it.
     
  5. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Some Grand Masters want EAs & FCs to hear the message. The Law requires that Grand Lodge officers be received in an MM Lodge. Once they have been received, it is permissible to call off to either an EA or a FC Lodge & allow them in.

    Blake- what's this about the DI being there to grade y'all? We're not (officially) doing that this year.
     
  6. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    He informed me of that, but just for our own information he provided me with a grade.
     
  7. Mac

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    We had almost the exact same thing happen last month!

    Sad to hear you consider it "resorting" to candles. ;)

    I just made some candle stands for my Lodge and we've been using them during our stated meetings and degree nights. It's a nice change to go back to the old ways some times, even in this small way.
     
  8. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    That's cool- so, how did y'all do?
     
  9. Blake Bowden

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