Bro. Cody J. Spangler
At this point of the year most PA lodges have already held their elections and installation of officers for the ensuing Masonic Year. So now that the elected positions are set it becomes the Worshipful Masters duty to select his appointed officers.
Now if you at any time expressed the interest to become an appointed officer, chaplain, deacon, Master of Ceremonies ect… Don’t be surprised if your Worshipful Master asks you to take one of those chairs. Now there are two answers you can give him, yes or no. There is no in-between. If you say no then you have no commitment and if you fill in a chair here and there the Master will be very happy with your help. However, if you say yes… You best be in your place at meetings.
We all know that life happens and sometimes no matter how well you plan, things can come up on meeting nights. If you know that these events are common in your life be sure to answer the Master accordingly by saying no thank you.
The voids created by members who think they want a position and don’t show up take a lot away from a meeting. In my lodge it is not uncommon to ask our visitors to fill in chairs for us. This to me is completely uncalled for. I have visited several lodges and the enjoyment of visiting is the ability to relax and see what everyone else is doing. If you are an officer in your lodge you don’t want to get called back into work while visiting. We say its not a problem but deep down it is.
Past Masters, we already understand, can’t say no. That’s the real reason past Masters always seem to fill in the chairs. Since I can speak for some of us, there are nights we’d like to sit on the sideline and wear our fancy aprons and jewels.
There is something to say about following through on a commitment. It is an unwritten Masonic virtue. There are some members who want to be Master but if you can’t show up for your deacon duties, how can we ensure you will show up for your Warden duties. Bottom line, if you agree to take a chair we expect you to be in it. Why? Because you said Yes!
Bro. Cody Spangler, P.M. is soon to be a two time Past Master of Armstrong Lodge #239 in Freeport, PA. He is also a Past High Priest of Orient Holy Royal Arch Chapter #247, a member of Kittanning Council #52 and Holy Rood Commandery #100 in Kittanning, PA and a member of the Valley of New Castle AASR. He focuses highly on the philosophical and symbolic importance of the fraternity and the promoting of Masonic Education.
Bro. Spangler can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org