Does Your Lodge Have a Vision for a “Moon Shot?”

  On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced before a special joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the Moon before the end of the decade. A number of political factors affected Kennedy's decision and the...

How’s Your Planning Going?

  Several weeks ago, I presented a timeline for planning your next Masonic year. I’m just checking in to see if you have started. If you missed the article or need to refresh your memory here it is. I was thinking this morning that the process of planning needs to...

I Can’t, I Just Don’t Have the Time

  It’s Monday, my lodge meets tonight, I should go… I can’t, I just don’t have the time I wonder how the're doing, if my old buddy Gene still comes, I should call somebody… I can’t, I just don’t have the time I was Master in 1991, I had put in my time, I could have...

Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe, Please Show Me the Way To Go

  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...

I dreamed I attended my Masonic Funeral – It wasn’t a dream, it was a Nightmare!

I woke up in a cold sweat. I had been dreaming, and while I don’t normally remember the details of my dreams, this time, the details were quite vivid. I had died, and my beloved Masonic Brothers had gathered to conduct my Masonic funeral service. As I looked around...

Your Lodge’s Worst Leadership Enemy

You.   Effective leaders do these things – Assess themselves and determine what they are good at and not good at Determine what about themselves to improve and what leadership areas to rely on others to take the lead Assume they don’t know everything and listen...

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...

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...

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Meet Mike Clevenger, PM, New England Lodge #4 F&AM

Mike Clevenger is the originator and facilitator for Masons Lead Better, a personal and leadership development program initiated by the Grand Lodge of Ohio in 2014.

He also is a leadership instructor for Freemason University an educational website created by the Grand Lodge of Ohio.

He is a founding partner of the John Maxwell Team an international organization of coaches, trainers and speakers founded by Dr. John C. Maxwell and also a founding partner of The Deeper Path Team founded by Kary Oberbrunner, an international group of coaches who help individuals find their true passion in life and create a path to achieve it. Mike has served on the Shriners Leadership Development Team since 2005.

Over the past fifteen years, Mike has been delivering the message to the Masonic Fraternity of the value of personal leadership development and the power of creating an organizational culture of effective leaders.

Mike is a Past Master of New England Lodge No. 4, F&AM Worthington, Ohio, Past Potentate of Aladdin Shriners in Columbus, Ohio, a member of the York and Scottish Rite bodies, Order of Eastern Star and a senior DeMolay. He has been married to his wife Luanne for 42 years and has a son Wade, who lives in Annapolis Maryland with his lady Chelsea and their daughter Etta Shea.

Mike may be contacted via email @ mike@masonsleadbetter.com.

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