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A Message from the Master

One of the greatest strengths of our fraternity is its stability throughout the years. There have been many challenges endured by Masonry over the centuries. The fraternity has survived political, social, and economic issues including scandals and downright persecution. I believe part of our fraternity’s ability to withstand these occasional forces come from two things; the ritual (which never changes) and our time-proven method of transitioning the leadership of the lodges.

In a “perfect” scenario it takes someone seven years to move through the offices and become Master of the lodge. This time is designed to be spent not only in learning the ritual, which is daunting enough, but also in gaining an understanding, and developing the skills, of lodge management. Many of our advancing officers have not had the luxury of this slow and deliberate progress through the chairs. But we are all having great fun with some of this acceleration of duties! All lodges wisely ask that at some point in the year the officers move to advanced stations for stated meetings, as part of working towards the smooth transition from one Master’s year to another’s. Lodges prosper because of this, successful programs are continued and new programs are introduced before implementation is begun. They learn the ritual of opening and closing more quickly by “just doing it”. It really works well, as evidenced by the continuation and strength of the fraternity! I’ve asked our current officers to begin sitting in advanced stations this month. Again, as there are some “jumps” occurring, this will be somewhat of a challenge for them. I am confident they are up to the challenge. There are sure to be some interesting moments, but we will all look at these “gaffs” as part of the learning process.

Of course, the presumption is being made that the results of the Wardens and Master elections will be as generally expected. In addition to taking advanced stations at stated meetings, our advancing officers are being assigned tasks of increasing importance and complexity. For example, I’ve asked Rick Fields to plan and execute the Golden Veteran Award night. By doing this, our officers will hone their skills in lodge management while still having a lot of support available from those ahead of them. I hope all our members are looking forward to participating with us in all our work, and especially in helping next year’s officer line become exceptional leaders of the fun, active and vibrant lodge Three Great Lights is…