If I were the Sr. Warden of my Ohio Lodge, here is what I would be doing right now.

With annual Lodge Inspections in Ohio over and the majority of Lodges anticipating “going dark” for July and August, sometimes there is a tendency to sit back and relax a bit.  I’ve heard many times a phrase directed at Worshipful Masters, “Once your inspection is...

You Should Re-Consecrate Your Lodge Now

  The word consecrate means to: make or declare sacred; set apart make something an object of honor or veneration devote or dedicate to some purpose If your lodge is struggling, the Brothers have become disinterested, the officers unmotivated, and the teaching of...

Would You Pay 4% of Your Annual Income to Join Masonry?

Recently I was researching a topic and ran across the history of Blendon Lodge, Westerville, Ohio. I was reading through the history and discovered they were granted a dispensation in February 1862, to meet and form a new lodge. At that meeting, they established the...

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...

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