MASONIC LEADERS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM Leaders of Freemasonry In Kentucky Maintained By: Committee on Masonic Education Sponsored By: Grand Lodge of Kentucky F & A.M.
MASONIC LEADERS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM Welcome to the 2006 Masonic Leaders Educational Program. Before any great or important undertaking, we must invoke the aid of deity. Please join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag.
This valued program has been revised this year in order to revisit the basics and to Soar New Horizons in our subordinate Blue Lodges.
MASONIC LEADERS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM • Suggestions and Recommendations • Open and Close your lodges proficiently. • Proper Protocol For Masonic Dignitaries. • Make sure that you give the signs together on the lead of your master. SLOWLY • Officers should know your duties. • Make sure your apron is always worn on the outside of your clothing. • Read and Review Your Book of Constitutions.
MASONIC LEADERS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM Agenda Open Introduction / G. Master’s Comments Enhancing Communication and Fraternal Relations. Protocol (Signs/Apron) Balloting Break Out Sessions Masters, Sr. Wardens & Jr. Wardens Secretary’s & Treasurers BREAK
MASONIC LEADERS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM Agenda 6. Investigating Process 7. Masonic Renewal / Fundamentals of Leadership. 8. Ritual & Mentoring Guidelines 9. Public Relations 10. Town Hall Meeting / Evaluation Report
What is Communication?
The Giving and Receiving of Information. • Needed for Intelligent Action and Decision and Communication. • The Act of Creating Understanding.
How Do We Communicate? • Visually • Verbally • Symbolically
Can I get that in writing? • Written communication provides a more effective means of meaningful exchange. • Provides a paper trail and removes any questions. • Keep it short and exact. • Proofread and double check.
Say What You’re Saying • The Dictionary lists over 14,000 meanings for 500 most common English words. • That’s an average of 28 meanings per word. Be Exact!
Give Direction for Information • Make clear the reason for the communication, the expected outcome, and the use. • Give timeline for completion. The More Information the Better
Know Your Audience • Construct your communications to best suit the target audience. • Know the capacity of your audience. Who am I communicating with?
Masonic Communication • Lodge Minutes • Lodge Reports to Grand Lodge • Newsletters or Trestleboards • Telephone • Cards • Annual or Event Calendars • Masonic Home Journal
Technology • Email • Instant Messaging • Websites • Local Access Channels
Remember Communication is a two way street! Answer All Communications!
Fraternal Relations Begins with you
For an official visit from the Grand Master, his proxy or other Masonic dignitaries. • The Marshal / Senior Deacon will be in charge arranging the reception of guests. • The order in which the distinguished guests will be received is:
Heads of affiliated bodies. (Development Office, Scottish Rite, York Rite, and other bodies.) • Masonic Homes Administrator. • Past District Deputy Grand Masters of your district- one Representative for all- usually the most senior. • Current Committee Members of the Grand Lodge. • Current District Deputy Grand Masters from other Districts. (Worshipful) (Public Grand Honors)
Appointed Grand Lodge Officers. • Past Grand Masters. • Elected Grand Lodge Officers. • The Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky.
The Marshal / Senior Deacon will make an alarm at the door. • As they enter the Master will call up the lodge. • The Marshal / Senior Deacon will recognize each distinguished guest.
Upon the lead of the Master the Public Grand Honors will be extended. • All appointed and elected officers should be recognized at all meetings.
If present the Grand Master will be presented and escorted to the east. • If the Grand Master is not present, the next ranking officer should be brought to the east. • Prior to closing the lodge, the Master shall call upon distinguished guests for comments.
Breakout Sessions - Masters and Sr. Wardens - Jr. Wardens - Secretaries & Treasurers
PREAMBLE By their conduct, their dress, their attendance, their enthusiasm, the proficiency of their work and their attitude, the officers of the lodge set the tone for the entire lodge operation. Each officer can do much to convey to the new candidates and members of the lodge, the seriousness, beauty and honor of Masonry as well as fun and fellowship.
Mastershall have power to: • Issue, or cause to be issued, all summonses or notices which may be required; • Discharge all the executive functions of his Lodge; and • Perform all acts, by ancient usage proper to his office, which are not prohibited by the Constitution or Ordinances of Grand Lodge. • Preside and have general supervision over his lodge and decide questions of law and order, but any member of the lodge may appeal from the decision of the Master to the Grand Master, and from his decision to the Grand Lodge. Sect 89 (1)
To see that the by-laws and resolutions of his lodge are observed, and that the constitution, rules, and edict of this Grand Lodge are duly obeyed. Sect 89 (2) • To see that monthly activity reports are promptly made to this Grand Lodge. • To attain such proficiency in the work as will enable him to conduct the ceremonies of his lodge in a creditable manner. • To call communications of his lodge as provided in BOC Section 107. • To attend: Grand Lodge, District Meeting and Educational Programs.
Additional Keys to Success. • Superintend the official acts of all officers of his lodge and to see that respective duties are properly discharged. • To have knowledge of the work and lectures of the First, Second, and Third Degrees • To be knowledgeable of the ritual for conducting stated meetings • Order of Business • Balloting • Receiving dignitaries • Draping the charter • Conduct Masonic Funerals
To serve as Master in the absence of the Master; • To prepare the calendar for your year as Master; • To see that the Master’s Orders are carried out in full. • To prepare the Senior Warden's Trestle board articles, when required;
To prepare an estimated budget for your year as Master • To consider brethren to be appointed to the line during your year as Master and to ask them if they will serve. (Discuss possible choices with the present Master and Junior Warden.) • To be knowledgeable of the work and lectures of the Third Degree and the ritual to qualify as Worshipful Master; • To be qualified to give the work of the Senior Warden in the three degrees; • To attend all degree practices designated by the Master.
All men who aspire to the Oriental Chair hope that their year as Master will not only be pleasurable to them but will bring growth and improved fellowship to their Lodge. • Often the only difference between the successful year and the one that falls short is planning!
HOW IS ANNUAL PLANNING DONE? • Get a Calendar for your upcoming year. • THE BIGGER THE BETTER! • Write in those dates that you know are fixed: • Personal Dates!!!! (Birthdays, Anniversary, Vacation…) • Holidays • Stated Meetings • Installation • District Meetings • Annual Communication
Budget • Does your Lodge have one now? • What are you sources of income? • What will you have to spend money on?
Remember The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese!
To Serve as Master in the absence of the Master and Senior Warden. • To assist the master in the discharge of his duties. • To be knowledgeable of all work, lectures and ritual parts in the South in all three degrees. • To make sure the Stewarts know their duties. • To prepare the Junior Warden's Trestle board articles, when required.
To make sure the Stewarts are informed about degree work. • To call the craft from labor to refreshment. • To call the craft from refreshment back to labor. • The Junior Warden is in charge of the craft while the lodge is at refreshment. • To attend all degree practices designated by the master. • Membership Development
Use the Masonic Education Book provided on the Grand Lodge website. www.grandlodgeofkentucky.org
How to Perform Examination On Visiting Brethren
A strict trial and due examination is required by Masonic Law. • A printed form of visitor's cards should be kept in the Tyler's room to be used the first time each visitor attends lodge. • This form is on page 319 of the Kentucky Monitor.