Leadership Forum??

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by owls84, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

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    Brother Rhit and I attended the last Lodge Administration Forum at Waco #92 Lodge. This is the second one we have attended and I have to say it was a great experience to say the least. However, it is called a Lodge Administration Forum but still covers mainly Secretary's and Treasurer's duties with only a brief touch on the WM and wardens.

    So last night Brother Rhit and I were kicking around possibly having a forum of our own. We would have a couple of keynote speakers discussing topics like "Lodge Dispute Resolutions" where there would be some guidance on how to best handle disputes in a Lodge or possibly a Past Grand Master to speak on "Grand Lodge Law". In this topic things would be discussed on how to deal with the grey area in Grand Lodge Law that can be interpreted another way by another. I think that both of these topics would help WM and the Wardens of the Lodges that attend.

    My question is this; would you attend a forum of this nature if it was on a Saturday?
     
  2. Wingnut

    Wingnut Premium Member

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    Depending on when I would if free.
     
  3. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    we would do you 1 better and serve some breakfast and lunch but only if you came Wing, otherwise I would cancel lunch.
     
  4. Wingnut

    Wingnut Premium Member

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    I might even have 2 young brothers to bring with me... one wont be raised till the 23rd however.
     
  5. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Given enough advance notice, YOU BETCHA!
     
  6. TexMass

    TexMass Registered User

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    I have already, kind of. In MA we have a one day seminar called "The Masters Path". It covers many things an incoming Master should know, be prepared for or plan for. This course must be taken with in 30 months of you going to the East. If you have not taken it you cannot advance. I heard of a PM who had not sat in the chair for nearly 20 years. When he was elected to the Masters position again he received a letter telling him he had to attend the next training or he will not be able to advance. They are very strict about it but it is a very good program. Depending on the venue, it could be an all day event on a Saturday or over two evenings during the week.
     
  7. TCShelton

    TCShelton Founding Member Premium Member

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    I am curious to know, who would we have speaking?
     
  8. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    So many to choose from it is hard to say now but we can get the GM directory and see what is avialable for our next avialable month. I love GM Elmer Murphy and he gives very inspiring speeches but there are many more we can choose from. We could pay someone tp speak eventualy and really make it a big deal all day seminar then casino night in the ballroom that night afterward.
     
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  9. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

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    As Brother Rhit said, it would be a big deal. I think we could really turn this into a large deal with the email lists we have and with this site. I would really like to discuss this further.
     
  10. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Any updates on this endeavor?
     
  11. nick1368

    nick1368 Registered User

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    i must have missed this whole thread to begin with. i think this is a great idea. often thre are elders in the lodge that say, "well that is the way we have always done it" and it may not be kosher with GL Law. plus while I think the L.I.F.E. program is great and help the JW SW and WM plan and have a better understanding of resposibilites, having a forum on it and talking out issues would be more benifincial.
     
  12. Bigmel

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    Don’t we have a warden’s retreat? It is designed for incoming officers. However, I believe, it is avaliable to any Texas Mason. This is a good program. It is a very instructive and in depth about operation of lodge. And you sit down with the Grand Lodge Officers and have Personal disscusions. It does cost but worth the investment. Not enough involvement from lodges or brothers. I have also found that older brothers respond better to being lead than trying to force a change.

    Bigmel
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  13. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    It is still in the building stage. Our Lodge has gotten so busy from the time we first posted this. This is still a priority we have just had an influx of EAs that has consumed aloit of time. No worries though it is coming.
     

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