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Topic: Just some cranial thoughts and ramblings
Posted By: Sec'yBob
Subject: Just some cranial thoughts and ramblings
Date 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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Raised 2001
PM Crestwood-Anchor #443
PM Meramec #313 X3
Past DDGM Dist #24
Lodge Education Officer
Missouri Lodge of Research
O.E.S. Chapter 129 WP X3



Replies:
Posted By: De Darrah
Date 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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De
Past Matron New Hope Ch. #117 OES
PWHP Palm Shrine No.32 now Alchor #27 WSOJ
Y.B.Y.S.A.I.A.

As Brother Ben F. said
"In Wine there is Wisdom
In Beer there is Freedom
In Water there is Bacteria"
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Posted By: Sec'yBob
Date Posted: August/16/2019 at 10:36pm
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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Raised 2001
PM Crestwood-Anchor #443
PM Meramec #313 X3
Past DDGM Dist #24
Lodge Education Officer
Missouri Lodge of Research
O.E.S. Chapter 129 WP X3


Posted By: Sec'yBob
Date Posted: December/28/2019 at 8:00am
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.

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Raised 2001
PM Crestwood-Anchor #443
PM Meramec #313 X3
Past DDGM Dist #24
Lodge Education Officer
Missouri Lodge of Research
O.E.S. Chapter 129 WP X3


Posted By: jdwalker519
Date Posted: January/08/2020 at 10:44am
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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J.D. Walker
Free and Accepted Masons of the District of Columbia
Royal Arch of the District of Columbia
Order of the Eastern Star, Grand Chapter of Virginia


Posted By: Sec'yBob
Date Posted: January/23/2020 at 1:29pm
We had a meeting last week, and it was our official visit by the DDGM.
We couldn't just receive her, NO we had to do a mock election, a proficiency, and we had 13 visitors to be introduced.
It was after 11 before we got out of there. Plus we put on a big meal, with decorations, table cloths, bling hanging from the ceiling etc. After the meeting we had to clean and clear the dining room as other groups meet there. Two men have already said, the next time that happens, they are walking out. People do have jobs and must get up early.
I myself am thinking of my plan of action for me, currently the WP.

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Raised 2001
PM Crestwood-Anchor #443
PM Meramec #313 X3
Past DDGM Dist #24
Lodge Education Officer
Missouri Lodge of Research
O.E.S. Chapter 129 WP X3


Posted By: De Darrah
Date Posted: January/24/2020 at 1:19am
     Back in the days long ago and far away when I was just a kid, I would have to sit in the ante room with the Sentinel.  In those long ago days we had around twenty Brothers at each mtg.  Three of them would get to hang outside with us while the rest would huddle in the north west corner of the chapter room.  Well as the mtg. would drag on those brothers began to fall asleep.  It would cause a great laugh which we could hear outside every time the Matron rapped the gavel, one or more of the gents would wake up and yell Amen.  The north west corner has since been named the Amen corner and to this day most of the brothers who are not officers will retreat to that corner. LOL  You might consider this idea.  Oh and outside that door was great fun for me, the brothers would do my homework for me and they taught me to play poker, and a few games as well. Shocked


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De
Past Matron New Hope Ch. #117 OES
PWHP Palm Shrine No.32 now Alchor #27 WSOJ
Y.B.Y.S.A.I.A.

As Brother Ben F. said
"In Wine there is Wisdom
In Beer there is Freedom
In Water there is Bacteria"
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Posted By: edwmax
Date Posted: January/24/2020 at 3:48pm
haha ... Play poker???? Did you take all their money?


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"He who would assume to govern others must first learn to govern himself."





Thomasville 369


Posted By: De Darrah
Date Posted: January/24/2020 at 9:48pm
Sometimes I won sometimes not, still fun.  Years later on the night I was initiated it was those same brothers who interlocked arms and blocked my escape through the front doors of the Temple. LOL


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De
Past Matron New Hope Ch. #117 OES
PWHP Palm Shrine No.32 now Alchor #27 WSOJ
Y.B.Y.S.A.I.A.

As Brother Ben F. said
"In Wine there is Wisdom
In Beer there is Freedom
In Water there is Bacteria"
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