Nature, Nurture, or a Little of Both

With recent declines in membership, it becomes easier to notice the different personalities that are entering our fraternity. We, now more than ever, have the ability to focus specialized attention to our new members, and try our best to give them what they need to be involved in the fraternity.  Even though we have this... Continue Reading →

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The Moral Code of Chastity

The Moral Code of Chastity should be familiar to all Pennsylvania Freemasons. We swear that, as Master Masons, we will not violate it, nor allow another person to violate it if we are in the position to prevent it. Having been involved in a fair share of Master Mason degree conferrals in my five years... Continue Reading →

By Name Only

A recent reader request posted to our Facebook page highlighted what many active Masons would consider a problem.  Members who are Masons by name only.  Meaning; that they paid their initiation fees, received their degrees, and continue to remain Masons in good standing because they continue to pay their dues, but unfortunately no one knows... Continue Reading →

Why Not?

When I took on the job of Worshipful Master 7 months ago, I had a lot of pie-in-the-sky ideas for Freemasonry in general and my lodge in particular. A lot of things that, frankly, scared me to think about accomplishing.  The mountain is the most frightening from the bottom. But when I started to break... Continue Reading →

Tolerance

Tolerance, how do we live it, how do we teach it? I have promised to remind him in the most tender manner of his failings and aid his reformation. This is in the closing charge that we hear at every stated meaning. Do we live this in our everyday lives outside of the Lodge?  What... Continue Reading →

Ah-Ha Moments

A general statement that all Masons seem to make to their newly raised Brothers is: "You get out of Freemasonry what you put into it." This statement is so cliche and over used because it is easy to throw out there as words of wisdom. I am personally not a huge fan of this over... Continue Reading →

Training the Leadership Workshops

It's Leadership Training Workshop season in Pennsylvania, and with that, all Worshipful Masters, Wardens and perspective lodge leaders flock to a central meeting place within their Region to learn how to navigate the trials and tribulations that come with assuming an elective office within their lodge. It's a yearly obligation that Masters and Wardens must... Continue Reading →

The Assumption

I just did it again. I took my contacts out without verifying my glasses were in the immediate vicinity. I'm blind without my glasses. The irony of looking for your means of sight while utterly blind makes you kick yourself in the rear every time you're fumbling around your nightstand for your thick-lensed spectacles. My... Continue Reading →

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