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Posted: 19 May 2010 07:33 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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I have been going for my Master Mason Rookie Award this last year as a non-officer, which has proven to be difficult.

I am in need of one of two requirements: Attend all Blue Lodge degrees at least once OR attend a masonic memorial service (I have an “OR” because I attended the Feast of St. John). I was unable to attend all of the Blue Lodge degrees due to time commitments, so I plan on attending a masonic memorial service. It sounds really twisted, but what is the best way to go about finding when/where these services occur? I know it is by the family’s request, so I have been scanning all six local newspapers everyday. Just from how twisted this sounds, I wish this wasn’t a requirement for the Rookie Award as I don’t see how completing this requirement should allow me to earn an award. While the award is meant to promote membership engagement, the memorial service should not be included as it somewhat disrespectful (especially the way I’m doing it - trolling the obits).

Also, having never been to a Memorial Service, how long do they typically last?

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Posted: 19 May 2010 10:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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You should telephone the secretaries of the lodges in your area of residence. Ask them to inform you, when their lodges will be performing a memorial service. The beautiful rites take about 30-45 minutes to perform. Again, you can ask the lodge secretaries, and they can give you an insight on what occurs, when they perform the rites, and the approximate time to complete the rites.

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Posted: 19 May 2010 05:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Phoning secretaries is probably the way to go.  Also, sometimes in some areas there’s a set “team” of Masons that does the funerals for a general region.  If you inquire who these members might be, you could get in touch with them and just ask them to notify you when they will be active again.

I suggest “taking your eyes off the prize” here.  The reason you feel bad or guilty about this is because you are focused on this award; instead, I would suggest that you replace in your heart to seek out a funeral for the sake of seeing the service in action and paying your respects to a fallen brother, in hopes that when the day comes others will do the same for you.

Which makes you feel like a better Mason—completing these requirements regardless of the cost, or the pursuit of knowledge you undertook in attempting this award?  You have probably learned many valuable things in pursuit of this award that have helped your growth as a person and as a Mason.  The plaque or whatever token is given at successful completion is not as valuable as everything you’ve learned in the process.

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Posted: 20 May 2010 06:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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i’ve yet to hear about the “rookie award”

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Posted: 20 May 2010 10:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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Hi, Jason-

The Rookie Program recognized Master Masons who meet a number of requirements in their first year. The idea is to introduce them to a variety of programs and initiates to help them better understand the fraternity and to actively participate in it. It is a Grand Lodge of Massachusetts program.

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Posted: 20 May 2010 11:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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Hi, Tim-

To clarify the requirement that you witness all three degrees, that does not have to be completed in your lodge. You indicated you weren’t able to attend because of time commitments. If you seek out other lodges holding the degrees you can fulfill that requirement and have the additional privilege of meeting brothers from other lodges and districts.

Good luck in your efforts.

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Posted: 20 May 2010 11:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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Robert, you should post a link to the details of the Rookie Award.

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Posted: 20 May 2010 11:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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Good suggestions. Have tried posting the requirements, but the attachment will not take. Perhaps Bro. Heruska might have better success. I’ll work with him and try to get the issue resolved.

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