Nov 3, 2014 - Masonic Education    No Comments

Masonic Retention – How to greet guests and turn them into members of the Fraternity

EmptyLodgeRoomYour Lodge has held Masonic Information Night. A few guests showed up, but they never return. They didn’t even fill out an information card so you could contact them later. As soon as the meeting was over, they shot out the door, never to be seen again.

Why is that?

Did you bother to do your homework, or do you just assume that declines in membership are normal and expected. Was your Masonic Information Night just so you could check off a box on your Masonic Year?

Here are the reasons why your membership declines, and why guests do not return: Read more »

Oakland Scottish Rite turns back the clock

"SCOTTISH RITE CENTER"Samantha Clark from the Oakland Tribune is reporting in the Contra Costa Times that Oakland’s historic Scottish Rite Center is undergoing an extensive renovation.  From the article:

The Scottish Rite Center that overlooks Lake Merritt is undergoing a $1.2 million renovation to return the lodge to its original glory.

For 60 days, the building will close so workers can replace the roof, install LED lighting and sound systems and make the building handicap accessible. The grand dome theater will get a fresh coat of paint and 24-karat leafing on its details.

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A really idiotic petition to the White House

whitehouseThere are currently some really odd petitions that go before the White House on their petitions page.  The only thing that has held true since this petition system was created is that nothing ever happens, no matter how many “people” sign the online petition, unless it’s politically expedient to make a speech about it.

Then a speech is made, and the petition is quickly forgotten.

There’s a new one that just popped up on July 5th regarding Freemasonry:

Prevention of fraud being committed by organizations falsely presenting themselves as the Fraternity of Freemasons. Read more »

On this date in Masonic History

GooseAndGridironBefore it was the Grand Lodge of England, the Grand Lodge of London and Westminster was founded on this date in 1717.  Four London lodges met at the Goose and Gridiron Ale-house in St. Paul’s Church-yard for a joint dinner. These first Lodges were made up of three operative Lodges (the Goose and Gridiron, the Crown, and Covenant Garden)  and a single speculative Lodge (Rummer and Grapes). At the time, Lodges were generally named after the locations they met at, and most Lodges met in ale houses.  Hence the colorful names.

The newly formed Lodge became known as the Grand Lodge of London and Westminster, led by Grand Master Anthony Sayer.

May 26, 2014 - Masonic Education    No Comments

The Masonic Roundtable podcast

themasonicroundtableThe Masonic Roundtable is a weekly panel of Masons started in February, 2014.  They come from around the United States and discuss the latest and greatest in Masonic news, events, scholarship, and happenings.

The group is made up of:

  • Bro. Jon T. Ruark, Past Master of The Patriot Lodge No. 1957 in Fairfax, VA.
  • Bro. Jason Richards, an officer in Acacia Lodge No. 16 in Clifton, VA.
  • Bro. Juan Sepulveda, member of Eola Lodge No. 207 F. & A.M. in Orlando, FL.
  • Bro. Nick Johnson, Past Master of Corinthian Lodge No. 67 in Farmington, MN.
  • Bro. Robert Johnson, an officer in Waukegan Lodge #78.

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