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Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by bgrant4, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. bgrant4

    bgrant4 Registered User

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    Has anyone experienced this scenario?
    You petition a lodge and are accepted. Go thru the degrees and hear how much you are needed in the lodge and offer up your services only to never be asked to participate.
    When I was going thru degree work I felt like I was a vital part of the fraternity but once the degree work was done it seemed like the end of it.
    I wanted to get involved and go thru the chairs but I'm now considering moving on to an appendent body so I can be more involved.
     
  2. martin

    martin Registered User

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    Talk to the worshifull master tell him wut u think and wut u feel and see wut happend
     
  3. widows son

    widows son Premium Member

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    When I was first raised I found that to be true, but I wasn't so social. Once i became more social I found that I was being asked to do more. I think it's more meaningful if you ask rather than being asked, shows you really want to do it, not that it doesn't if you are asked. Just my opinion.
     
  4. txraisedboy

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    Are you waiting for someone to ask you to start working towards the next chair that you would like to sit in? Study and ask for help from the current chair holder and I know that they will take time to help you learn, sit with them during lodge meetings, and when you are comfortable, maybe even sit for them and shadow you to make sure that you are on top of your game. Just a thought.
     
  5. rpbrown

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    I would talk to the WM and SW. the SW is who will appoint the junior officers chairs next year.
     
  6. bgrant4

    bgrant4 Registered User

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    Thank you all for the advice. It's good to have a place to ask questions and get honest, helpful answers.
     
  7. daddyrich

    daddyrich Registered User

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    It's always good to ask the WM, he will let you know.
     
  8. timgould

    timgould Registered User

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    Brother we are no all type A personalities. We may not all be good at jumping up and being outgoing to a bunch of people we dont know. I would hope that through your degrees you have made some friends though. I agree with the other brothers on here, to speak to some leaders about it. Also, volunteer to be a stewart.
    Some lodges can feel "closed" but it isn't the lodge as much as the leaders. Where the leader goes, so goes the lodge, as with any organization. So maybe the answer is just hang in there until the changing of the guards.

    Looking at the York Rite or other bodies is another option. Personally, I did just that too. My YR lodge is very friendly, but I recognize also it is in large part of the leaders there. The best thing is, find a friend or two to really hang with, regardless of their position and just enjoy the time. Set up and help clean up without being asked. Show up to events and just serve.
    "The last will be first, and the first will be last."
     
  9. chrmc

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    And remember that the chairs is not the only way of helping in a lodge. I'm sure most lodges wouldn't mind someone that took the initiative and coordinated the community outreach, charitable programs, widows nights, family events or just next years barbeque.

    As others have said initiative is usually rewarded. Sitting around waiting to be asked however rarely gets noticed unfortunately.
     
  10. widows son

    widows son Premium Member

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    It's true. I always volunteer my time whenever I can, even if it means taking a little time off work. I think it's worth losing a days pay.
     

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