Masonic Questions Answered by the Courts

FORMULA FOR L.M.W.W.B.A.0.

(Lodge Member Who Would Be An Officer) There may be many ways for men to become popular; two at least are common in everyday life; the popularity which comes from the political formula “be all things to all men,” including hail fellow well met with the hail fellow, solemn sanctimony with the sanctimonious, agreeing with […]

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DUE FORM

“All Ritual is fortifying. Ritual is a natural necessity for mankind. The more things are upset the more they fly to it. I abhor slovenly ritual anywhere. By the way, would you mind assisting at the examinations, If there are many visiting Brothers tonight?” “You’ll find some of ’em very rusty but-it’s the Spirit, not […]

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DARE TO BE DIFFERENT

(Thoughts on increasing Lodge Attendance) byJordan S. Levitan, P.M. .Norfolk Lodge No. 1 Wor. Bro. Levitan was asked by M.S.A. to develop an update of the October 1928 Short Talk Bulletin “Increasing Lodge Attendance.” This paper reflects the thinking which made his year as Worshipful Master one of the most successful years in the history […]

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CHARTER-WARRANT

Among several meanings of the word “warrant”, the Standard Dictionary gives the following: “That which gives authority for some act or course; sanction; authority.” It defines “charter” as: “A writing issued by the authorities of an order or society empowering certain persons to establish a branch or chapter.” The two words are thus interchangeable in […]

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ATTRACTING MASONIC LEADERS

This Short Talk Bulletin is adapted from a paper presented by the late Most Worshipful Brother Houston A. Brian, Past Grand Master of Arkansas, at the 1969 Southwestern Conference on Masonic Education. Brother Brian want to his Eternal Rest in December, 1977. His widow, Mrs. Mattie Brian, graciously permitted us to use it as a […]

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AN ACTION TEAM-IN ACTION

This Short Talk Bulletin has been adapted from an article in Fall 1987 edition of The Freemason, official publication of the Grand Lodge AF & AM of Missouri and is used with the kind permission of its Editor. Just before closing John Blair Lodge No. 700 in its last meeting of the summer, Bro. Hugh […]

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A YEAR’S PROGRAM

A YEAR’S PROGRAM on MASONIC PHILOSOPHY This is a true story. It is the report of a Masonic educational program carried out in 1964 by John C. Ayers Lodge No. 437 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, under the leadership of its Worshipful Master, William E. Holloway. Because of his interest and cooperation, the details of this […]

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WHO LEADS THE LEADER?

In 1973, at the 26th Annual Tri-State Conference held in Portland, Oregon, the Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Washington presented a paper entitled, “How to Promote Effective Leadership iii Our Constituent Lodges.” This Short Talk Bulletin has been adapted from that paper. The author, Most Worshipful Brother Alden H. Jones, served as […]

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WHAT’S YOUR ANSWER?

A Mason is sometimes asked by a friend, a neighbor, or a business associate, “What do the Masons do?” The question may be worded more generally, “What are the Masons?” In either case, the Brother is challenged by the realization that there is no simple answer which he can rattle off “from the top of […]

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WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MASONRY?

GENERAL MASONIC QUESTIONS When was the Mother Grand Lodge of England formed? In 1717, in London. Who was the first Grand Master of the Mother Grand Lodge? Anthony Sayers, Gentleman. When were the Constitutions first printed In 1723. How many lodges formed the Mother Grand Lodge? Four. What were their names? They had no names […]

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