Master Mason Proficiency

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by drw72, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. drw72

    drw72 Premium Member

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    I am standing my Master Mason Proficiency tonight and it got me thinking, do other states do this as well?

    Here in Florida it is optional but if you stand (and pass) your MM proficiency you are then presented with your apron, Bible, and certificate.
     
  2. skas

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    We present apron and Bible just after the MM degree. I'm not aware of any certificate in my state.

    We do proficiency by committee (typically) and won't provide a dues card until proficiency proven (and dues paid).
     
  3. Travelling Man91

    Travelling Man91 Registered User

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    You will be given a bible ? Is the certificate your speaking of the Master mason diploma ?
     
  4. dfreybur

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    Depends on the state. In Texas it's mandatory. In California it's optional unless you go into an elected chair.

    In California I got my apron and Bible the night I was raised and a large frame-able and small wallet-sized copy of a certificate when I presented my MM proficiency a couple of years later.
     
  5. drw72

    drw72 Premium Member

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    I have not seen the Certificate but here is a picture I got from a post by 'levelhead'.
     

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  6. drw72

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    Yes, according to our Secretary.
     
  7. Travelling Man91

    Travelling Man91 Registered User

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    What bible are you talking about ? I received my white lamb skin apron, my master mason apron, a master mason diploma, my monitor, and Constitution. Do y'all not receive a master mason diploma ?
     
  8. Wheatfarmer

    Wheatfarmer Registered User

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    Good luck , I too am doing mine as well on Friday night. So I can take a chair.
     
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  9. drw72

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    Thank you Brother....and good luck to you as well.
     
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  10. Travelling Man91

    Travelling Man91 Registered User

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    Okay I see. I believe they are the same thing. Just worded a little different.
     
  11. Brother JC

    Brother JC Vigilant Staff Member

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    In NM it's required to be elected to office or go on to Appendant or Concordant bodies.
     
  12. MRichard

    MRichard Mark A. Ri'chard Premium Member

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    Mandatory in Grand Lodge of Texas as Brother dfreybur stated and must be done within 3 months, I believe. All the degrees have some type of limits.
     
  13. Ripcord22A

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    Actually its not. We just added it to Cerrillos' by laws a couple months ago. In fact johnny just did his MM prof in nov i think after serving as JW and SW.
     
  14. Ripcord22A

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    In Oregon it is required of all MM
     
  15. hanzosbm

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    In KY, to the best of my knowledge, it isn't a requirement unless you want to sit in a chair (I'm not sure if it's all chairs, but I know that SD required it). That being said, at least in my lodge, it was expected that you take it and there was definitely a stigma for choosing not to take it.

    I've told this story elsewhere, but at the time of my raising, I had a LOT going on in my life and couldn't dedicate the time to study. I had planned on coming back to it when things settled down. That being said, those chairs need to be filled, so I was forced to "give" my proficiency, which was a joke, so that I could serve. Now, obviously, I take Masonry seriously enough that I can study on my own after the fact, and I've done so, however...I've never found anyone willing to take the time with me to learn it since then. Who wants to spend months teaching something mouth to ear for a man who has been in the craft for years and who technically already holds his proficiency? This wouldn't be a huge problem with the EA or FC degrees; you can just study the monitor and it seems like lodges are putting on the degrees all the time. But the MM is different. The two monitors I have don't give everything, and the degrees are often done in a non-typical setting (i.e., outdoors, at a different lodge, etc) so they are more difficult to get to. To this day, while I consider myself well educated on the EA and FC degrees (but always still learning), I am weak in the MM degree.

    Long story short, do your MM proficiency and REALLY learn it, don't just go through the motions to get the piece of paper.
     
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  16. dfreybur

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    http://www.masonicsupplyshop.com/products/Masonic-Altar-Bible-V.S.L.html

    That's the Bible presented to newly raised MMs in most lodges I have been to in all three of my current jurisdictions and in all the US jurisdictions I've attended MM degrees in. It's on my shelf at home.

    You were presented both lamb skin and MM aprons? Cool. I've seen personal MM aprons but didn't get a second personal apron until my PM one.

    California offers a frame sized diploma for MMs but none of the lodges in my mother district give them out. My wife saw one at GL and ordered it for me for Fathers Day one year.
     
  17. Travelling Man91

    Travelling Man91 Registered User

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    That is awesome. We have that bible at our alter, but we did not receive one after we was raised. Maybe funding, I don't know. Yes I received both aprons. We only wear the white lambskin apron when teaching a newly EA how to wear it and teaching on the FC. After that it's only worn for funerals or special occasions. Other than that we were our master mason apron with a blue border around it with the square and compass and the all seeing eye on it.
     
  18. Brother_Steve

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    MM proficiency is required in nj.

    We get a lambskin apron during our EA degree and a bible after being raised. We only get a dues card after our MM exam.
     
  19. Companion Joe

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    In Tennessee, a man gets his apron when he are raised. The MM lecture is optional, but if you give it in open lodge, you get a certificate.
     
  20. Travelling Man91

    Travelling Man91 Registered User

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    Did y'all receive a bible in TN ?
     

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