How to be a (NON) Grumpy Old Past Master & Why Everyone Else Should Listen to You

I’ll try not to rant about this, but I am tired, absolutely tired of hearing lodge officers talk about wanting the Past Masters to “get out of the way” and let the current officers lead.   Why does hearing this make me cringe?   There are two reasons The...

What Happens in Lodge Shouldn’t Stay in Lodge

I often have heard Masons say, and I’m sure you have too, that his Father or Grandfather would go to lodge but would never talk about what happens there. Consequently, the man joined knowing very little about Masonry. You could say, “well that’s a good thing, the...

Have You Been Waiting For The “White Knight of Masonry?”

One of our District Deputies once commented that everyone seems to be waiting for some "white knight" to ride in and save the craft. There seems to be no shortage of Masons who are dedicated to doing what they believe a lodge does and work very hard at it. But I have...

New England Lodge Launches “The Masonic Values Challenge”

Last night, New England Lodge #4 F&AM, Worthington, Ohio, begin their campaign to encourage all their Brother Masons and their Lodges to participate in World Values Day. They chose the value Brotherly Love as it something they practice, not only in the lodge but...

EENIE, MEENIE, MINEY, MOE!

Can you imagine jumping in your car and starting a family vacation trip and not know where you are going? With gas prices now close to $3 a gallon the trip will get expensive, real quick. Also besides draining your pocketbook, your family will quickly become...

How to Respond When You Hear “But We Have Always Done It This Way”

I own this button I received from Stephen Wright who is a Past District Deputy Grand Master and used it when he was a member of the Masonic Education Committee for the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma as a reward for creative thinking. One of my favorite quotations which is...

Are You Destined To Be a Fat Leader?

The results of a study published in a British medical journal say that half of U.S. adults will be obese by 2030 unless the government makes changing the food environment a priority. It further states that changes over the past century in the food industry have...

What a Leader should do when people aren’t listening

Every leader encounters a time when despite their best efforts to inspire others to buy-in to their vision, they don’t feel enough people are paying attention. When this occurs it is time to stop, reevaluate, realign, re-prioritize and begin anew with a positive...

Why Your Membership Program Probably Won’t Work

Yesterday I was asked by a friend to provide some material so they could do a short presentation on the value of building relationships with business customers. The lesson they were to provide was that positive relationships built by a business’s employees with...

Why You Can’t Visit My Lodge

    What do you mean, I can’t visit your lodge? Isn’t a lodge, any lodge, supposed to be a place welcoming all Masons? Sure it is. You are more than welcome to come to the lodge I belong to. I’m just saying when you enter the lodge room, you may be...

“Masonry is not something you just join, it is something you Become.”