I had the opportunity to attend the Order of the Temple work at another local lodge, and I must say that I was very impressed. There were about 25 people with three candidates, and the work was done very well. One of the older men had been doing his part for many years, and he had everything memorized--very impressive. It was nice to see the work done again since I went through it. Every time I attend degree work, I learn and understand a lot more. One of the
But one thing struck me as very disappointing. Prior to the work, the Chapter/Council/Commandery conducted their regular monthly business meeting. Wow! It was the fastest business meeting I have ever witnessed. After the work was finished, I was talking with the secretary, a very nice older man, and after some introductions and some chit-chat, he said, "Be sure to join us any time for our monthly business meetings. We make sure they're done quickly, so we get in and out fast."
Hmmm. Maybe it's just because I'm new to all this, but to me it's a real shame that so many people just want get-in-get-out-as-fast-as-you-can events. What's the rush? Isn't there more to talk about, lecture about, or discuss? Why not take the time to go over some of the finer points that we can all so easily forget like modes of recognition or the like? Why not talk about the history of the lodge, of Freemasonry, or of the various appendent bodies? (Did you know that there is WAY more to Freemasonry than just the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, and the Shrine?)
I spoke with some newer brothers about this, and they feel the same way. We're not going to start up some coup or anything, but we are considering trying to put together some simple presentations that would be interesting and informative.
As with many things, it seems that we may be the ones who can bring about some positive change.