Duties of officers
In our opening and closing ritual we recite the various duties of the officers of the lodge. These duties remind of us of our unusual organizational structure as well as serving to connect us to our brother lodges throughout the world having this same structure. In some way each office is responsible for some aspect of finding, teaching and retaining good men in our fraternity. In our Plano lodge we have raised six new Master Masons this month. We all, officers or not, should review our responsibilities to these new Masons, realizing that this month is not the norm in Masonry and each of these new Masters should be greeted with the greatest of enthusiasm.
The Grand Masterâ€™s Conferences and Masonic workshops addresses the topic of the way we treat our new brothers, (EAâ€™s, FC,s or MMâ€™s.) And, I urge all of you that have not attended one of these to do so, especially current and future officers. There are still three workshops in our area scheduled in April and four Grand Masterâ€™s Conferences. See the schedule on the Grand Lodge website.
We have firmed up our plans to visit our brothers in Claremore, Oklahoma and to confer a Texas style Master Masons degree there. The date of the trip is May 19th. Our degree wonâ€™t start until afternoon so most of us will probably travel there on Saturday morning, (about 41/2 hour drive.) The Claremore lodge will have a dinner for us at the lodge after the degree. If you want to spend the night in Claremore, (most will,) we usually stay at the Days Inn, (918 341-2323,) they would offer a group rate on 10 or more rooms of $59, single or double.
See you in lodge. We have another busy month ahead. And I wish everyone a very Happy Easter.