Hello everyone I hope things are going well for you.
I know it has been a few months since I last wrote but I have been extremely busy as of late. So to recap in December I was elected the Junior Warden for Whitman #49 here in Pullman WA. This has been a fun experience. I feel it has given me a deeper understanding of the rolls of the officers and how a lodge is run. It helps that I attended the Grand Lodge of Washington’s Lodge Leadership retreat. While there I met many new friends, had the opportunity to attend many great lectures, and was given a great book to read.
The book I was given as part of my retreat learning materials was “Journey on the Level” by Owen Shieh. I highly recommend it as a read by any new Master Masons or for anyone really. I was given the idea of using it as part of a mentoring program for new Masons and after reading it I can see how valuable a tool it could be. Here is the link to the website http://journeyonthelevel.com/. You can find this book on several online book vendors by making use of your search engine in your browser.
Brother Charles to answer your questions from the last post…
I was instructed in my lodge that I was not a full member of the fraternity until I proved my proficiency during lodge.
Yes I was thinking about joining an appendant body. In-fact just 2 short weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a Scottish Rite Reunion. I am now a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason in the Orient of Idaho, and Valley of Lewiston. I have met many new brothers and was really impressed by the degrees of the Scottish Rite. I felt very inspired and enlightened by what happened at the reunion. I am humbled by the vast amount of information I need to sort through but excited by it too. One of the first things I did was volunteer for a committee and requested to participate in the Scottish Rite Master Craftsman program.
In addition to the Master Craftsman program (I have not started this yet but hope to with some brothers as a group study once a month) I have started working on a program from the Grand Lodge called Proficiency in Lodge Management. This program gets you familiar with the Masonic code, and Lodge operations (how to open etc). I am learning quite a bit right now and am enjoying every minute of it.
I am looking forward to attending my first Grand Lodge communication session in a couple of weeks. I am sure there will be many fun and new experiences that happen during Grand Lodge.
For those that have been reading this thread THANK YOU! I have had a great time writing my experience and I hope people find it valuable.
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