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@Ferret619 too many master mason who serve their lodges for more than 10 to 20 years in NSW who never had the chance to get elected as worshipful master-elect to get the opportunities to the King Solomon chair, when a master mason take office as senior warden never got elected as worshipful master-elect.

Because the worshipful master has the right to control who the next master mason takes the senior warden chair will get elected as worshipful master-elect, always keep this in mind when you become a master mason not very many get to take office in there local lodge when the worshipful master choose who take office before the next installation.

And this also happen a lot when each mason take office around the lodge room, and we keep going around in circle every year not many get to take junior warden and senior warden for many years.
That's a real shame, my current WM is amount the youngest in the lodge and there seems to be a lot of support, perhaps traveling to other lodges and considering dual membership in a lodge who looks for sharing the chair?
 
My lodge hasn't had much work this year, but between Blue Lodge and York Rite obligations, I could be somewhere about five days a week if I wanted.

The year I was WM, we opened lodge 33 times - 12 stated meetings and 21 degree nights.
 
My lodge hasn't had much work this year, but between Blue Lodge and York Rite obligations, I could be somewhere about five days a week if I wanted.

The year I was WM, we opened lodge 33 times - 12 stated meetings and 21 degree nights.
That's phenomenal! Great work brother.
I once heard that in my state and surrounding aria, there are 6 meetings on any given night.
Not sure how true it is but it's great to know how well the fraternity stands
 

FarmerTan

"Just Call Me Billy"
In my lodge we barely have enough actively attending members to fill the seats and open. That's why I may need to skip a chair. I don't want to really.
Man, that is sad my Brother. I only say not to skip it, because it truly prepares you for the East. The year I was Senior Deacon the WM told me one night about ten minutes before lodge started that he was handing me his gavel to open the lodge and run the meeting! Nearly wet myself, lol.

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FarmerTan

"Just Call Me Billy"
Yeah, nothing like that happens here.


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You need to head up to my neck of the woods!
On a side note, a friend/co-worker asked to put me down as a reference. I said "you looking for another job?" He said it was for a "business reference." What do you mean? "I'm trying to join a fraternity." At YOUR age? says I? He laughed and said he's finally ready to join the Mason's. Here I've worked with him for going on 2 years and just found out both of us had Dad's that were Masons!
 
Raised about 45 years ago. I got out of the habit of attending lodge over 30 years ago, mostly due to work requirements. I worked in a hospital and did not get off work early enough to attend lodge. I was raised in a Turkish Lodge in Izmir, Turkey back in 73, quite a different experience from the ceremony here.
 
Raised about 45 years ago. I got out of the habit of attending lodge over 30 years ago, mostly due to work requirements. I worked in a hospital and did not get off work early enough to attend lodge. I was raised in a Turkish Lodge in Izmir, Turkey back in 73, quite a different experience from the ceremony here.
Wow I'd love to pick your brain! That sounds fascinating, I was entered just over a month ago myself
 
Like I said it's been 45 years. As I remember the initiate was placed in a small room, dress was adjusted, I think upper torso bared but cannot remember exactly. I was sat down before a small table with I think a triangular cloth upon which was placed a human skull, a small pile of what looked like salt and I think a knife. The only thing I remember was sitting there for a while, then being blindfolded and led into the lodge. The ceremony was very calm and then all I can remember when the blindfold came off was all the members had huge swords pointed at me and the other entered apprentices.
 
Like I said it's been 45 years. As I remember the initiate was placed in a small room, dress was adjusted, I think upper torso bared but cannot remember exactly. I was sat down before a small table with I think a triangular cloth upon which was placed a human skull, a small pile of what looked like salt and I think a knife. The only thing I remember was sitting there for a while, then being blindfolded and led into the lodge. The ceremony was very calm and then all I can remember when the blindfold came off was all the members had huge swords pointed at me and the other entered apprentices.
Interesting how things change.
That said I must urge you to remember your obligation, I know most info you can get online but still..not that discussing ritual is but u know
 
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Do freemasons do anything positive or is it just about avoiding speeding tickets? My ex partners father was very open in talking about the personal gains he had made and was truly abhorrent individual.
 
Do freemasons do anything positive or is it just about avoiding speeding tickets? My ex partners father was very open in talking about the personal gains he had made and was truly abhorrent individual.
Freemasons are the best organisation of men I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with that said that is my experience and won't neasisarily reflect yours.
As a mason you arnt likely to get out of speeding tickets, rather if the officer is a mason he's more likely to get grief as we strive to be better.
The fact that your father in law was in it for material personal gains disqualifies him from membership however there are wolves among sheep in all organisations, that said I don't know your father in law from Adam so I can't speak to his character at all.

Freemasonry is a personal journey of self development.
 
If you are trying to join Freemasonry by asking, "what can the fraternity do for me?" You will likely not be permitted to join.
You get out of Freemasonry, exactly what you put into it. There are no handouts.
It's about self enrichment, and betterment, and those are earned by a desire to be better and put in the effort. The brothers are more than willing to share their knowledge and help a brother out, if they have a true desire to learn.
Anyone who talks about what they gain from masonry in terms of material goods, or getting out of trouble, may be a mason, but they are not a mason in their heart. There's a big difference.


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Do freemasons do anything positive or is it just about avoiding speeding tickets? My ex partners father was very open in talking about the personal gains he had made and was truly abhorrent individual.
He sounds like the kind of person we don't want in our fraternity. Unfortunately, they slip in from time to time. In the obligation you take when you are first initiated, you swear an oath that you are not seeking membership for personal gain, nor will use it for such. I've had the unfortunate duty of voting the black ball a couple of times. They were men that I knew to be of unfit moral character who were slick enough to fool the investigating committee and make it to the point of having their petitions voted on.

We're supposed to be about becoming better people and in turn using that to help improve our local community. My lodge is active in the local community with donating to scholarships, Salvation Army kettles, roadside clean ups, and such. Vez did a good job nailing it, as well.

On a lighter note, does anybody have a clue as to where I could procure some mason jars with the square and compass on them? I searched high and low with no luck. My wife tried telling me that just because the jar has the word mason on it, doesn't mean it's Mason mason. I pointed out to her that it was the opinion of The Worshipful Master of the Household that by virtue of having the word mason emblazoned upon it, it is indeed Masonic in nature. It is most handy in the purpose of being called from labor to refreshment. I then proceeded to give an illustrative lecture utilizing its fellow working tools of ice, Canadian Club, and R.C. Cola. Keeping in mind not to convert the purpose of refreshment to intemperance or excess. I then rapped my gavel, a crab claw mallet that was handy, and declared it so ordered.

I think my wife might be on the phone with the local psychiatric hospital discussing straight jacket sizes after all that.
 
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Best bet would probably be buying stickers to put on them Brother. I am never seen such a jar before but I have seen them with stickers on them at some of our BBQ cookouts
 
We just met for the first time in 2 months (dark over the summer). Elections are next meeting..... time to move up!
 
My Brothers!

Yesterday I was installed as Junior Warden of our lodge. Today is our first meeting and we have two first degrees! Can't wait. Looking forward to my time in the south.

Lots of studying ahead. Our SW will be moving away mid year, and I have a feeling I'll be skipping a chair next year.... eek!


 
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