Best Practice For Masonic Improvement

Introduction

According to Wikipedia, A best practice is a method or technique that has been generally accepted as superior to any alternatives because it produces results that are superior to those achieved by other means or because it has become a standard way of doing things, e.g., a standard way of complying with legal or ethical requirements. Continue reading

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Getting Freemasonry Noticed

As a fraternity we do a lot of things hoping somebody will notice us.

The majority of the time we seek attention hoping that some men will approach us and ask for a petition. Bigger has to mean better, after all, and more members mean more dues and more brethren to help out with events. Continue reading

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How Freemasonry Is (Or Used To Be) An Honor Group

I’m a huge fan of Brother Brett McKay’s website, The Art of Manliness. I have followed his website for several years and I can tell you, with no uncertainty, that I would not be the father, the man, or the Mason, that I am today had I not stumbled across his site when I needed it the most. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear, I suppose. Continue reading

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Putting Quantity Before Quality:The Open West Gate

The West Gate is a term many masons may be unfamiliar with. I know here in Texas I have never heard of it until I began actively researching and collaborating with other masons from various jurisdictions online. In the physical sense, the West Gate is the door through which candidates and brethren enter to receive their degrees. In a more conceptual sense, the West Gate is much broader in definition and encompasses the entire process of receiving petitions, investigations, and voting on accepting and advancing new members. Continue reading

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The Progressive Line

Imagine a company with an amazing CEO which has lead said company for the past year with such vision and enthusiasm that profits have doubled and stocks are worth more than ever before. Now imagine that same company holding a board meeting and voting to replace this same CEO with the president. The CEO did a great job, in fact he saved the company from having to close it’s doors. He loved his job and wouldn’t mind continuing to serve the company, however his time is up. Sure, everyone recognizes that the president is nowhere as capable as the outgoing CEO but a year has passed and this is how it has always been done. Continue reading

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