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Posted: 10/21/2013 6:12:46 PM EST
If you are just starting in the chairs in your primary lodge, should you accept an offer to be elected as a Warden in a plural lodge? And if so, is it fair to your primary to expect the next appointment there? Is it reasonable for the new Master to expect your first loyalty to be to your primary lodge, and base his appointment on that decision?
Link Posted: 10/21/2013 8:51:34 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 2:32:18 PM EST
I dont think its fair to either lodge.

I go to 1 meeting, 2 extras, 2 practices and 1 school a month, plus any funerals. Do you have time to put that many more nights a month on your plate? What about other lodge functions like dinners and such?

What about your family/wife?
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 4:05:20 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/23/2013 5:09:54 PM EST by PSI]
A little background. Rarely here does the line not advance. We do a good job of a guy not going past Senior Steward if he's not going to make a good Master. It is virtually unheard of for anyone being elected Master from out of nowhere.

Initially, I was leaning towards not making appointments if they held a higher office in another Lodge, and said as much. You can imagine the chaos this caused in a couple of church mouse Lodges that depend on these guys. Eventually I sorted it all out. It was all there in front of me, all I had to do was look. It's all in the work. You just need to see it.

Link Posted: 10/25/2013 7:40:21 AM EST
I joined the Lodge when I was in college. I went through to Junior Warden there, then moved back home and joined the local Lodge. When I became Worshipful Master, I demitted from my original Lodge out of respect for the Lodge I was leading.


Brother, I think that if you have to ask, you already know the answer in your heart.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 7:43:21 AM EST
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Originally Posted By PSI:
A little background. Rarely here does the line not advance. We do a good job of a guy not going past Senior Steward if he's not going to make a good Master. It is virtually unheard of for anyone being elected Master from out of nowhere.

Initially, I was leaning towards not making appointments if they held a higher office in another Lodge, and said as much. You can imagine the chaos this caused in a couple of church mouse Lodges that depend on these guys. Eventually I sorted it all out. It was all there in front of me, all I had to do was look. It's all in the work. You just need to see it.

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Usually, a Brother is carried along until Senior Deacon. If you can't do the work you don't move on.


As for the second issue, your GL likely has a rule that you have to have been a SW or JW and certify in all the degree work.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 10:34:32 AM EST
Yeah, in Wisconsin you can't be Master until you've served one full term as a Warden. When I was JD in my Lodge, another Lodge full of nothing but PMs asked if I'd serve a year as SW and then Master. Thanked them but said no. I don't think that's right.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 1:21:41 PM EST
My great great great Grandfather was WM of the Lodge in Durand WI for 7 years.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 5:33:59 PM EST
At my lodge they try to move you up through the chairs. Due to being a small lodge we have a lot of PM . Often 3/4 plus at any given meeting.

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Link Posted: 10/29/2013 3:24:22 AM EST
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