Let’s pretend, for a moment, that there exists a very old and well-respected gardening club that you’ve taken an interest in joining. This club tells potential members that it helps to make good gardeners better and they can become ‘master gardeners’ if they are willing to put in the work and advance in levels. You don’t mind the idea of doing work if you become a better gardener in the process, so you petition for membership and gain admission. Continue reading
In my previous post, I laid the groundwork for my series on lodge improvement. I wrote about what continuous improvement is and why it’s important but I never got into the details of implementation. Let’s dive in, shall we? Continue reading
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
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
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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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