Worshipful Master

Discussion in 'The Voting Booth' started by Blake Bowden, Dec 2, 2008.

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Should Worshipful Masters hold a Certificate?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

    25 vote(s)
    29.8%
  3. Unsure

    12 vote(s)
    14.3%
  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Should Worshipful Masters hold a Certificate?
     
  2. Sirius

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    While I do think a Master should at least have a 'c', I don't think a requirement for it should be required. 'Recommended' would work. I'm always shy of GL requiring anything.

    Good question, Bro Blake.
     
  3. jonesvilletexas

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    The Master of the Lodge sets the example of the lodge. The certificate is part of that example that he should set for other members.
     
  4. JTM

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    there are other reasons to install a worshipful master than just ritual.

    some people will never be good ritualists, but are good leaders.
     
  5. JEbeling

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    Has nothing to do with being Master.. !
     
  6. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Amen.
     
  7. david918

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    So what would you do in a small town lodge where none of the brothers has a certificate.Make them hand in their charter.Can't have a lodge without a Worshipful Master.

    David Broman
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    MC Wharton#621
     
  8. jonesvilletexas

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    I cannot speak for Blake, but I take it as not mandatory but would be good for him to have one, see my last post on this matter on how I feel.
     
  9. TexMass

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    A certificate in what? Ritual?
     
  10. JEbeling

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    The Grand Lodge has no business telling Lodges who can or can't be worshipful master..!
    the one year they tried this I was district instructor.. with nine lodges.. we ran around in a circle .. the day of installation trying to get everybody certified.. ? it was a zoo.. ? works fine on paper.. but not in the real world.. !
     
  11. RJS

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    I don't think that it should be a requirement. Encouraged, but not required.
     
  12. JTM

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    the DI for a lodge close to mine said that on a lodge visit, they had a really hard time opening the lodge correctly, much less confer a degree.

    i do remember hearing about a suggestion to GL that they make it so that officers all have to be able to open and close a lodge or they can't hold lodge at all.
     
  13. TexMass

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    What is this certificate everyone is talking about?
     
  14. TCShelton

    TCShelton Founding Member Premium Member

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    Absolutely not.
     
  15. TexMass

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    Can someone tell me what this certificate is?
     
  16. TCShelton

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    A, B, or C certificates. Says that you have been examined to be able to proficiently do different levels of ritual work by memory.
     
  17. TexMass

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    Oh, ok. Thanks.
     
  18. TexMass

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    There is no requirment for Masters in MA in that respect but it is "expected" that you cover every degree in your turn. They call it "doing all your work". In fact the Master has the right to deligate all his work but it almost never happens.
     
  19. rhitland

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    the only way I wouold agree to requiring a cert. is if it was Lodge by-laws not GL law. GL has there hands full with all the laws they have to enfoce now. I have also heard the same thing by a DI here in D/FW that when officers where req. to be certed in opening in closings it turned into a zoo making it almost impssible for the DI to get it done properly at least. Not to mention that is a heck of a spot to be in if a lodge cannot open and close properly and the DI has to fail them. The memory work was not meant to be a burden to the Master Mason it was meant to give them more light b/c no matter how wide your eyes are open you cannot see squat without light and the more light you have the more you can see. The memory work is almost an inexaustable source of light and all you have to do is memorize words and click the switch flips on and more light fills your life.
     
  20. Wingnut

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    Ive been trying to get the L.I.G.H.T. books for a long time...
     

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