Master Mason degree

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  1. Phil P

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    I'm in Huffman Lodge which is Northeast of Houston. This will be the first degrees we've had since our lodge got flooded by Harvey, and btw the sheetrock is now up. There's still much work to be done, but the repairs are going along great. As far as the schedule goes from what I hear is that we're doing the EA first and then the 2 Masters (with mine being the "Main Event"...lol)
     
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  2. Warrior1256

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    Great!
     
  3. Phil P

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    Just got an e-mail from our distinguished Secretary & it looks like I'll be making the road trip to Sampson Lodge in Highlands for my Masters degree. The building in our own lodge in Huffman is still not quite ready yet to put on a degree, so a road trip is now in order
     
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  4. Warrior1256

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    Sounds good! Keep us updated.
     
  5. Phil P

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    Oh you bet. We was all hoping to have the building ready to start having degrees again, but I don't mind having to make a bit of a road trip
     
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  6. Phil P

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    Well an unfortunate set of circumstances has occurred & my Master Mason degree has been delayed. A majority of the lodge will be attending a memorial service for one of our brothers that recently passed away. So this Saturday there will be just one EA & one MM degree. Mine not being one of them. But this actually worked out since my wife has a 10am dental appt & the drive to Highlands would've taken about 40mins. That would've put me there right about lunch time. Oh well, it happens. Hopefully I can find out a new date on Monday might
     
  7. Keith C

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    Interesting that your lodge does degree work on the weekends. We only do degrees on the same night of the week as our stated meetings and on the 2 weeks following the stated meeting. That is to say our Stated Meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month Sept - June, we do Extra Meetings for Degrees on the 3rd and / or 4th Wednesday of the month as required. The first Wednesday of the Month is our District School, so we avoid that as most of the folks involved in degree conferral are at the District School. The only things our lodge will do on weekends are fellowship, fundraiser or charity events.
     
  8. dfreybur

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    What I find interesting is your jurisdiction allows multiple degrees in the same day. My jurisdictions see plenty of the same degree with multiple candidates but it's very rare to see two different degrees in the same meeting. In many jurisdictions that requires special dispensation as there's a worry of giving them to the same candidate.

    A first then a third would be a very long meeting. I've been to a third in the morning, then lunch, then a third in the afternoon, then the lectures. It seemed to last a week. If you ever have a meeting like that, ask to be in the ritual so the time passes faster.
     
  9. Phil P

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    We were allowed a dispensation due to the fact that our building is still undergoing renovations thnx to Harvey.
     
  10. David Duke

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    Under the GLoTX a Lodge can confer multiple degrees in a day, degrees must be conferred individually however the lecture and charge can be given to multiple candidates at the same time (obviously appropriate degree). Our Lodge rarely does degree work on Saturday except in instances to accommodate the candidate or sometimes time constraints.

    About 6 years ago we conferred 4 Masters degrees on a Saturday, we all had a blast. We invited members from local area Lodges and most Brothers who wanted to work in the degrees were able to. All total throughout the day we had probably 75 members/visitors present. We had breakfast conferred 2 then went to refreshment and had lunch and called back to labor for 2 more then the lecture and charge to all. The Brothers who received the degree first were then able to immediately see a degree, it was quite an experience for all.


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  11. Warrior1256

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    Sounds like everyone had a great time.
     
  12. dfreybur

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    That's multiple candidates in the same degree. That's running candidates through the same degree in sequence. Among my jurisdictions Texas and California require candidates be done in sequence except the dispensation. Among my jurisdictions, parallel candidates are common in Illinois. I liked being a "spare deacon" walking the 2nd or 3rd candidate around.

    Doing multiple degrees would involve picking two or more of - Open on or call down to first, do one or many candidates. Open on or call down to second, do one or many candidates. Open on or call up to third, do one or many candidates.
     
  13. Phil P

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    Well a bit of an update on my degree, it looks like we might be talkin sometime in January. And from the pace of the repair work, it looks like mine will be the first degree to be held in our lodge building since Harvey flooded us. As to an exact date, that has still yet to be set. But I am looking very forward to having it done on my "home turf" & the lodge being fully restored
     
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  14. Warrior1256

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    Great news. I am happy for you!
     
  15. Symthrell

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    Hang in there, it will happen in due time and I am sure being the first Raised in your restored lodge will mean a lot to you!!
     
  16. Phil P

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    More than you'd know. Too bad Grand Lodge is happening the week of my b-day (Jan 20). That would've made for an AWESOME 50th birthday present
     
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    Brother based on your vernacular I bet you’re a riot to drink with. You strike me as the guy that doesn’t realize he’s 50 and tries to hang with the 20 and 30 something’s beer for beer shot for shot and willing to do anything
     
  18. Phil P

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    I can sure hold my share of Iced Tea.........lol!!! But that's what ya get for having a teenage daughter & a pre-teen son.
     
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  19. Phil P

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    Alright brand new update & a new date has been scheduled. January 4 has been set for my Master Mason degree. Hopefully the repairs to the lodge room will be completed by then.
     
  20. Symthrell

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    Great way to start the New Year!
     

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