Thursday, May 29, 2008

Finally, the Younger Generation has been noticed

The Los Angeles Times just ran a brilliant article about the next generation of Freemasons. The social climber aspects of the fraternity of left and have been replaced with a brilliant sense of brotherhood. The article states that many of the brothers joining now come from very diverse backgrounds, including tattoo artists, etc. I know of many brothers who fit this mold. I also noticed that the article used my term, millennial Freemason, to describe this up and coming generation in Masonry. I really believe that we, as younger brothers, are fulfilling our role and joining this great fraternity.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Membership ideas?

I am currently seeking ideas of how to keep brothers coming to Lodge. What programs should be initiated to keep brothers informed, engaged and seeking fellowship at Lodge? I am also seeking other ideas of how a Friendship Night program should be run to effectively present what Masonry is all about. I have found that the biggest challenge is to show younger men the promise of our Gentle Craft. I am seeking out any ideas.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Using Facebook to Connect Brothers

Social networking has grown incredibly fast. Websites from Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc. have given people the ability to connect in new and exciting way. According to Facebook, they have more than 70 million users. Currently, Google has created a service known as Google Friend Connect is giving people who run websites to have their entire social network be given an invitation to check your website. It is important that we, as Freemasons, understand these Social networks not to get new brothers but to keep the members informed. Millennials are enthralled with this kind of technology and will help them stay active in the lodge. Lodges owe it to all generations to understand what all generations are looking for in Masonry.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Table Lodge at Corinthian Lodge

My wife and I have had some of the most fun we have ever had. Today, Corinthian Lodge held our Widows/Awards Night with traditional table lodge. Renae and I were fortunate to take a part in a fun night of toasts and dinner. We toasted in many different cultures and followed the many toast with fun and hilarity. I want to thank all the brothers, wives and widows for coming to the lodge and had fun. I was also fortunate to receive an award and I think it has really helped my resolve to be very proficient in the ritual. Thank you so much all.