A Look At 500 years of Masonic Words

This morning I was reading a blog post from Seth Godin, marketing guru, thought producer, writer, and a great innovator. Seth displayed a graph from Google's Ngram Viewer. The Ngram Viewer lets you find and visualize how words and phrases have developed and been used...

Sign Up Now for 365aMason – Begining November 2nd

    Dear Brothers, Earlier this year I began a training program for my own lodge's officers. As a part of this training, I began a series of daily emails sharing messages from books, essays, videos, and other sources I had accumulated over my 15 years spent...

A New Mason Encounters a Group of Past Masters

Sean was excited. It was the night of his lodge meeting, and it would be the first time he would be attending after being made a Master Mason in the latest Grand Master’s One Day Class. He stopped at a window in the hallway of his office building and looked out at the...

Be Remarkable – You Won’t Be Ignored!

Yesterday was Steve Martin’s 75th birthday. Happy belated birthday Steve! His comedy routine with the arrow through his head has always been one of my favorites. It’s spontaneous, wacky, and makes you wonder what’s coming next. The anticipation of what's coming is...

Thoughts on Being Good Masonic Citizen

As the unrest, the protests, and the seemingly endless display of divisive rhetoric and behavior envelop us all, I have been asking myself, “what should our behavior be as Masons in response?” I have read the words of men whom I know to be Masons suggesting that I...

Zoomasonry – “Could this be real life or just a fantasy?”

      Bob Clark glanced at the clock and noticed it was time to begin his usual preparation for lodge tonight. He chuckled to himself that “usual” won’t entirely be usual tonight. He and his wife, Joanne, were on a cruise ship headed for an island in...

Are You Ready for a “Great Masonic Reset?”

A couple of weeks ago I asked the question whether your lodge would reset to a new normal when the conditions allow it to meet again. If you missed the post you can read it here. After I wrote the post, I began to think about how the pandemic has changed me, and as a...

Will Your Lodge Reset to a New Normal?

  It is refreshing to see during this time of crisis lodges using whatever means to connect with their Brethren.  They are not only using conventional means such as phone calls and letters but also holding meet-ups and meaningful lodge education using the various...

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...

Be Remarkable – You Won’t Be Ignored!

Yesterday was Steve Martin’s 75th birthday. Happy belated birthday Steve! His comedy routine with the arrow through his head has always been one of my favorites. It’s spontaneous, wacky, and makes you wonder what’s coming next. The anticipation of what's coming is...

read more

Thoughts on Being Good Masonic Citizen

As the unrest, the protests, and the seemingly endless display of divisive rhetoric and behavior envelop us all, I have been asking myself, “what should our behavior be as Masons in response?” I have read the words of men whom I know to be Masons suggesting that I...

read more

Will Your Lodge Reset to a New Normal?

  It is refreshing to see during this time of crisis lodges using whatever means to connect with their Brethren.  They are not only using conventional means such as phone calls and letters but also holding meet-ups and meaningful lodge education using the various...

read more

Mike Clevenger, PM, New England Lodge #4

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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