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Because attendance at stated commu-nications is usually only 10% or 15%,thefollowing are some suggestions to consid-er improving your Lodge’s attendance if you are not already using them.Making the Lodge a desirable place toattend is one of the best ways to encouragebrothers to come to Lodge. Most brothersattend because they enjoy fellowship,because they want to become a better man,enjoy a well-performed ritual and/or want tolearn things they can’t on the Internet orfrom books. When there is a presentation bythe LEO,interesting outside speakers,orGrand Lodge officers,or DistrictRepresentatives,it can help to increase atten-dance. Older and younger brothers may havedifferent ideas about the topics they wouldlike hear about. Ask brothers what theywould like to hear about so the LEO canpresent material they are interested in. Insome lodges the line officers decide what ismost important for the education program.One of the reasons brothers may notattend is they believe the meetings are toolong or boring. It is important to plan ahead,begin meetings on time and be sure that theofficers and brothers,who were makingregular reports such as old business or newbusiness,know their parts and/or what theywill say so the meetings are not too long orboring. That will allow enough time for theeducation presentation and/or discussion.Other Lodges have the education presenta-tion before the business meeting whichensures enough time for the presentation andmay help the meeting seem shorter. Somelodges announce the education topic whichwill be presented in their monthly newslet-ters and that can stimulate interest in attend-ing. The Lodge newsletter can give informa-tion about what is and will be happening atLodge,and/or report other informationwhich can increase attendance. Advertisingspecial events in your newsletter,in the localnewspaper and/or on Internet sites accessibleto all Masons may also help.Another way to improve attendance isto have a welcoming committee,whichincludes line officers,to help the newmember experience the Lodge as friendly,personal and warm. Greeting brothers bytheir name and spending time together atcoffee are ways to increase Lodge atten-dance. Knowing information about newbrothers such as their interests and reasonsfor joining may also help brothers havesomething to talk about with them. Eachnew member ideally has a mentor who willintroduce him to his Lodge brothers. It isalso helpful to include the new brother’sname and something about him in theLodge newsletter. Serving nutritious andhealthy meals which provide time for fel-lowship can increase attendance. Socialevents which include wives and/or familymay help them understand more aboutwhat we do and that could lead to the wifeencouraging her husband to attend Lodge.Attendance is sometimes improvedwhen the Lodge has a phoning committee,which on a regular basis calls to determinewhat is keeping a brother from attending andif there's anything the Lodge can do to help.Checking the Lodge minutes for those whoare not attending will help the phoning com-mittee know whom to call. Calling a brotherwho has not attended Lodge for severalmonths reminds him we are interested inhim and/or gives the Lodge the opportunityto ﬁnd out what he doesn’t like about hisMasonic experience and/or suggestionsabout what he thinks might improve hisexperience. It's important to ask this questionwhen brothers want to quit Freemasonry.Asking brothers who usually come to Lodgewhat they like about coming will help theofficers know what might improve atten-dance. These questions can help the Lodgeofficers understand what the Lodge might dodifferently. A phone call and/or a card to anill brother will show we care and he isimportant as a friend and brother.Opening on the ﬁrst degree allowsEntered Apprentices and Fellowcraft to feelwelcome and experience the beneﬁts of attending Lodge. Because each brother hassomething he can contribute,the Masterneeds to know about his special interestsand assign him a responsibility in theLodge. When every brother is involved in aLodge activity and knows he is making aworthwhile contribution,he has anotherreason attend Lodge more frequently.The Mankato Lodge has started a newand creative plan. A brother who attendsthat Lodge a speciﬁed number of times dur-ing the year receives a personalizedMasonic apron. It will be interesting to hearmore about how that plan is working. In thepast some lodges competed for a TravelingGavel which was passed to another Lodge if that Lodge had more members attend thecommunication at the Lodge who possessedthe Traveling Gavel than the Lodge whohad the Gavel. Apparently that program wasdiscontinued because several lodges losttrack of who had the Traveling Gavel. Somelodges compete to see who can have moreof their brothers attend the other’s Lodgecommunication. Brothers who are workingon the Masonic light program may attendLodge more frequently as they becomemore proﬁcient in various Masonic activi-ties such as being active in a ritual. Brotherswho are registered in the WayfaringPassport Program will add to the brothersalready attending the communication. Whena brother attends a different Lodge,he maylearn what is working well at that Lodgeand bring new ideas to his Lodge whichmay improve it.Iowa Past Grand Master,Jerry Levay,designed a Masonic Symbolism CourseStudy with two major goals:(1) “Get Masons back into the Lodgeand interested in ritual and lectures.”(2) “Educate Masons on the symbol-ism of the three degrees.”You can ﬁnd out more about it at theGrand Lodge of Iowa website at:www.grandlodgeoﬁowa.comBrother Dick Sellman has organized a“Knowledge Bowl”on September 29th atthe Shrine Center in Hermantown(Duluth),Minnesota,which may alsoincrease a brother’s interest in symbolism.When you tell your Lodge officers whatyou especially like and/or dislike aboutattending Lodge,it may help them to makeattending more desirable for you and yourbrothers. If your Lodge has found an addi-tional way to improve attendance,pleaseemail me at email@example.com.
by Andrew Korsberg,Education Committee
The question for this conundrum was“where is this quote ‘house not made withhands,eternal in the heavens’also found?”The answer is II Corinthians 5:1.II Corinthians 5 in its entirety tells us thatwe must prepare ourselves to be judged.“Wherefore we labor,that,whether presentor absent,we may be accepted of him.”Doesn’t this also remind us of the symbol-ism of the rough and smooth ashlars?Freemasonry teaches us to use the workingtools to chip away at our imperfections,always seeking to become better men.Here are the names of those who sub-mitted the correct response,in order of sub-mission (ﬁrst in each area indicated by *):Nick Johnson,Corinthian No. 67,
FaribaultNo. 9,Southeast *Shawn Carrick,Red Wing No. 8,SoutheastMatthew Nohr,Garnet No. 166,Metroeast *Stan Shapiro,Albert Pike No. 237,Metrowest *Craig Sanborn,Star in the West No. 60,Northwest *Bob Schmidt,Charity No. 98,Southwest *Chuck Weisbrod,Pleasant Grove No. 22,SoutheastHarlan Brand,Khurum Sunlight No. 112,MetrowestLance Wilken,Chain Lake No. 64,SouthwestAlan Mackenzie,Euclid No. 198,Northeast *Todd Mayer,Anoka No. 30,MetrowestKen Allsen,Rochester 21,SoutheastBill Neher,Phoenix Daylight No. 350,MetrowestStephen Beying,Accacia No. 51,MetroeastRonald Bradley,Ancient Landmark No. 5,MetroeastChristopher Boyce,Mankato No. 12,SoutheastMark Anderson,Cataract No. 2,MetrowestSteve Bernu,Anoka No. 30,MetrowestDoug Johnson,Winslow Lewis No. 125,NortheastRandy Crestik,Dalles No. 181,NortheastKjell Turner,Prudence No. 97,SouthwestTyler Kimber,Lake Superior No. 349,NortheastJohn M. Glendenning,Jr.,Glen Avon No. 306,NortheastJim Melander,Montgomery No. 258,MetroeastEdwin Fillman,Mesaba No. 255,NortheastJoe Amos,Ancient Landmark No. 5,MetroeastMichael Kvarnlov,Roseau No. 268,NorthwestSean Bulenrose,Tusler-Summit No. 263,MetroeastGary Westerlund,Northeast-Winslow LewisNo. 125,MetrowestKeith Myre,Chain Lake No. 64,SouthwestErick Crail,Braden No. 168,MetroeastJerry Johnson,Ancient Landmark No. 5,MetroeastGary Wettschreck,Forest Lake No. 344,MetroeastRichard Keeton,Cornerstone No. 99,NorthwestTracy W Nitch,Prudence No. 97,SouthwestLivius d’Uscio,Rochester No. 21,SoutheastDale L. Dietz,Mankato No. 12,SoutheastRussell Amling,Mankato No. 12,SoutheastKim Mollberg,Mt Tabor No. 106,NorthwestDoug Twite,Red River No. 292,NorthwestCharles B. Hoelzel,Dakota No. 7,SoutheastMark Wallen,Monticello No. 16,MetrowestDavid Tjosvold,Minnehaha No. 165,Metrowest
Presbyterian minister James Andersonwrote the Book of Constitutions for theoriginal Grand Lodge of England. In 1753,the ﬁrst schism occurred in EnglishFreemasonry,resulting in the formation of the rival Antient Grand Lodge,also knownas the Athol Grand Lodge. There is somedebate as to whether it was a true “schism”(or split among existing Lodges,) or simplya rival Grand Lodge formed by Scottishand Irish Masonic Lodges in England whofelt that they had been snubbed by EnglishLodges. In any case,this new Grand Lodgecreated a new book of constitutions,editedby Laurence Dermott in 1756. The ques-tion for this conundrum is:What was thename given to this book?Send your answer in an email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pleaseremember to include your name and Lodgename and number. We will keep track of whosends in the correct answers,and the ﬁrst oneby date and time from each area of our juris-diction will receive a prize from the GrandLodge Education Committee.
Studying Masonry is the Key!
Looking for a topic for your Lodgeeducation presentation? Want to learnsome new masonic trivia? Check out theMonday Masonic Question on the GrandLodge website in the Masonic Educationarea. Follow the links under MasonicEducation – http://www.mn-masons.org/ masonic-educational-resources/leo-resource-pages/masonic-monday/q-aKey historical trends,which wereeither initiated or advanced by Masonry,are described in a new brochure publishedby the Masonic Information Center.“What Has Masonry Done for theWorld?”is aimed at both Masons andnon-Masons.The societal innovations inﬂuenced byMasonry include Individualism,Democracy,Human Rights,the Rights of Workers,the Arts and Architecture,PublicEducation,Health,and PersonalDevelopment and Fulﬁllment.
New brochure highlights Masonry’shistoric contributions to society
The pamphlet is an excellent tool tobuild pride and respect for the Fraternityin the heart of any Mason,regardless of the length of their time in the Craft.“What Has Masonry Done for theWorld?”also is perfect for reading byfamilies and friends of Masons,or forhanding to non-Masons who mayshow an interest in Masonry. It isgreat for giving to visitors at openhouses,fairs,and other publicevents.The brochure was written bynoted Masonic author JamesTresner,of Oklahoma. MIC givesthanks to the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma for permitting adapta-tion of its previous pamphlet.This brochure will be sold directly bythe Masonic Service Association,only inlots of 50.50 @ .27 = $13.50 *100 @ .25 = $25.00 *500 @ .23 = $115.00 *1,000 @ .20 = $200.00 ** Plus postageSend orders toMasonic Service Association8120 Fenton St.,Suite 203Silver Spring,MD 20910-4785or contact the MSA via e-mail:email@example.com
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