The West Gate

Written by Paul Cameron on . Posted in Masons Only

There is a lot of talk out there about how our numbers are dwindling and we need to get more members. We've gone from "2B1Ask1" to "Want2B1?"

I've seen on many occasions, not just in our lodge in Wheaton, where a prospective member will show up to dinner for the first time and after talking with one or maybe two of the brothers, he's handed a petition! Personally, I don't think this is the right approach. Our DEO and fellow Grand Lodge Masonic Education Committee member, RJ Budler of Lombard Lodge 1098, gave a presentation at our lodge recently which included an excellent quote, "Those who are asked to join without much consideration, often will quit without much consideration."

I agree that we should find ways to increase our numbers, but ONLY with men who are [...]

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Fixing Our Broken Jewels

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This was a presentation I gave at our lodge in the midst of some heavy debates about the condition of our jewels. It was a longer presentation, so I've split it into to posts. Enjoy!

Fixing Our Broken Jewels

Broken jewels have been a very hot topic in Wheaton Lodge number 269 for several months. There have been many Tuesday night where we voice our strong opinions on both sides of the issue. Some argue that we need to replace our jewels because it would immediately enhance the appearance of our meetings and our rituals. Jewels that are polished and put together DO look nicer than those that seem dull and appear to have been neglected.

Still others in the lodge argue that there's history with the jewels we have now, this is what we've always had and [...]

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Fixing Our Broken Jewels (part 2) Memorization Tactics

Written by Paul Cameron on . Posted in Masons Only

This article is a continuation of the article, Fixing our broken jewels. If you haven't read that one, please check that out first so this makes a little more sense as I continue to talk about our Jewels.

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