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    Posted: August/15/2019 at 10:17pm
In my Chapter, after opening, and that takes a bit of time, we then introduce
all of the appropriate people within the room. Many if not all, are always there, they come to support and help us.

Anyway, my thought, a lot of time is spent introducing, and then reintroducing, meeting after meeting etc. It gets a bit tedious and takes a great deal of time.
Sometimes on occasion, we have upwards of 10-12 people who are Grand Chapter, Grand Rep. or Past WM/WP.

I understand recognition is important and polite, but after lengthy opening, then 30 minutes of introductions, the night is dragging along.


Anyone else have the same feelings, or am I just being and old fuddy-duddy
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote De Darrah Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August/16/2019 at 10:06am
My dear brother
     You have it easy.  My first term back in the dark ages went like this.  Most nights long form opening, purging as we did initiation most meetings.  Then onto escort 2-2.5 hours.  We had to introduce everyone in the room, most more than twice, every possible office present and past no matter how many times someone was escorted & introduced.  On to business then initiation, back to business and forever long discussions on some trivial nonsense and finally closing and refreshments.  Rarely were we out of the building before 1:00am.  I was very happy we met on Friday and I didn't have to get up for work on Saturday.
     Our M & P Assoc. decided to ask our WGM if we could somehow shorten escort and behold a change came from on high.  We now only had to escort currant officers and we could introduce from the sidelines anyone below a DGM.  Escort became 30 minutes or less. 
     The result was many of the past officers who came only to be escorted and introduced stopped coming as we were insulting them.  Something else has taken place too, when escorted you may only be escorted under your highest title, so no more multiple escorts. 
     During the meeting if a discussion has more than three members wishing to speak, I started tabling the discussion and appointing a committee of three for and three against to bring a result back to our next meeting for voting when ever possible.  I got this idea from our GC as this is how it is done during our sessions.  By the end of my term we would be home before 11:00pm most nights.  Something else we have in CA is short form opening which we can use 3 times during the year, or on initiation evenings.  On these evening we recognize from the sidelines and no escort.  (WGM & WGP are always escorted.)  For party night we meet in a different room from our guests and have an informal opening the barest business and close.  All this gives us more time to socialize and enjoy being together in good company, and a lot less discord.
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Thanks for your insight. We too can do short form, 3 times a year and that helps a little. I get terribly bored with all the escorts. We are about to bring in 7 new members, 5 of which are men and they already know about the introductions etc. and have stated, if that gets out of hand, they are not coming back.

I was a DDGM in my District a while back. Being recognized is nice, but I could easily lived without it. I know who they are and they knew who I was. lets leave it at that.
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Well my prediction has come true

Anyway, some of the new people show up for meetings, and begin to fall asleep and get bored. two are losing interest.

This introduction thing is a BPA. It really is. recognition is fine, but let's leave it to the Grand line people, like the WGP and WGM [or past].

We always have at last three Grand representatives on hand, and a few PWM's and they get introduced sometimes multiple times in an evening.

I joined to carry on the work of charity, fellowship, brother/sisterhood etc.
This pomp and circumstance is really archaic, and does not contribute to the flow of the meeting.

OK I will get off of my soap box now.

Edited by Sec'yBob - December/28/2019 at 8:20am
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Cosigned.  I'm a past Patron, Grand Chapter committee member, Grand Representative of Colorado in Virginia, and Associate Patron  pro tem.  Plus, when they introduce heads of other Masonic bodies, I'm the Worshipful Master of my Mother Lodge.  Enough already.  
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Order of the Eastern Star, Grand Chapter of Virginia
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