Recording Charitable Service Hours

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Sep 152013
 

Brethren,

As Chaplain of Plano Lodge, it is also my duty to keep track of the volunteer work we do as Masons.  Do you do any volunteer work for the Lodge?  If you do, we need to report that to the Grand Lodge of Texas.  Please keep track of your hours, mileage, any out of pocket expenses (some may be reimbursable by the Lodge or Grand Lodge) and any time spent by non-Masons that may be helping you.

You need to report this to me at the end of the month in which you did the volunteer work, so if you’re volunteering ever month (in the Library and Museum, for example), I will need it ever month.  If you volunteer for an event, such as the blood drive coming up in October, then I only need it at the end of October.

There is a form you can fill out and give to me at a Lodge meeting.  If you would like the form electronically, send me an email at sbuck@smu.edu and I will sent it to you.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Fraternally,

Jonathan Buck
Chaplain, Plano Lodge #768

From the East: September 2013

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Sep 152013
 

Brethren,

I’ve had several discussions recently with Brethren about mentorship.  We don’t talk about it much formally, but it is one of the more important facets of our lives as men and Masons.  As men, we should lead by example in our daily lives among non-Masons.  The virtues and actions that we practice as Masons are equally applicable to interactions with non-Masons.  Among Masons, we should remember that potential Brethren are visiting or talking with us and generally have little experience or knowledge of Masons or Masonic practices.  When we have visitors to the Lodge, please take a moment to make them feel welcome and answer any of their questions, remembering that this may be their first impression of Masons.  Once a Brother has been initiated, he selects an instructor to learn the work as we all have done.  The relationship between the new Brother and his instructor will be one of the longest and strongest Masonic bonds a Brother will ever have.  Those of us who instruct candidates should remember that it is usually a stressful experience, especially for new candidates, and they may be hesitant to ask questions.  Although it doesn’t pertain to the work specifically, we should make the new candidates aware of other Masonic activities they can participate in during their study periods.  When they are participating in other activities or observing degrees, let’s make an effort to sit close to them or meet with them afterwards while the activity is still fresh in their minds and we can answer any questions they may have.

Remember, we should be as willing to give as they are to receive.

– Bill Goodell, Worshipful Master