There Are No Designs on the Trestle Board!

  The title of this post is a phrase we all have heard before. This announcement made by one causes others to join in, confusion occurs, and those involved wander around as if lost in a foreign land. Finally, an authoritative voice asks what’s going on and is...

5 Rules for Attending a Lodge Inspection

        Let’s be honest. If you have been in the Fraternity any length of time, you like I have probably attended a lot of lodge inspections. So when inspection season rolls around, you may say to yourself, “I don’t think I’ll go to any inspections this...

Will We Be Better Leaders in 2020?

  With just a day before the end of the year I’m sure there are a great number of people who are busy making their New Year’s resolutions. I would suppose that a lot of lists contain the normal pledges; lose weight, stop smoking, exercise more, etc. Studies have...

What If You Went To Church & The Minister Didn’t Talk About God?

  A young minister began preparing his first sermon. It was Monday, and he was full of confidence that he would be able to craft a message that would impress the congregation. It was his first church, and he was eager to be accepted as their new spiritual leader....

Can You Hear Me Now? – How to Make Your Lodge Communications Effective

  You have just spent the better part of a week soliciting (begging for) articles for the lodge newsletter, editing the articles, formatting, printing, addressing and mailing. The next day you run into one of your lodge’s young members and ask him, “How did you...

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...

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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