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DDGM Newsletter – April 2016

Now is the time of year when we can see some light at the end of the tunnel for this Masonic Tear. Degree work is coming to an end and hopefully Senior Wardens who are expecting to advance to Masters of their Lodges are working with their Masters on putting together a Trestle-Board for the coming Year. How time flies. The new District Deputy, District Staff Officer and AGL have begun Training and getting advice for their upcoming Terms of Office. Preparation is the KEY action that all incoming Officers have to address in order to have a successful year.

There are two areas of preparation that I feel is lacking in the District. When Installation of Officers takes place in June, each Elected Officer and Appointee are charged with not only the responsibility of the position they have been elected or appointed to, but they are also advised that they are expected to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the next senior position. How many of you are prepared for THAT? How many of you are prepared to just fulfill the duties of the position you agree to take? The first meeting in September is too late!!

The purpose of Stewarts and Masters of Ceremony is to gently prepare Brothers to learn smaller portion of the Ritual and look froward to the next higher position and next larger portion of work without the benefit of a “crib sheet”. No open books or crib sheets, except the Monitor, belong in the Lodge Room during a Meeting. Memorization is tough. I know it and I have to work at it myself. I make mistakes and I try to correct them and sometimes I win and sometimes I lose, but I keep trying. I see some throughout the District that try and win also. Maybe not all the way but they keep trying. There are others who only try part way and THAT has to change.

If YOU have trouble learning and need help, ASK for it. If you know a Brother who needs help, OFFER it. We all became Masons for various reasons. We might have admired someone who was a Mason. Someone in the family, (Father, Uncle, Brother. etc.) may have been a Mason and you wanted to follow in their footsteps, Whatever the reason, you chose Masonry and ALL that goes with it. Memorization and good Ritual Work are critical parts. You probably cried when you were a little kid when the alphabet, numbers, spelling, arithmetic where drummed into you and you said “I can’t”. Well, you are all grown up now, and I say you CAN.

I am not a Ritualist and I don’t pretend to be. However, if you need help in learning a part or parts, I may be able to help. Your Lodge or mine. Coffee and a donut, and my time is yours. Time is running short to make your contribution to the Brotherhood Fund and/or to our Masonic Home in Utica. Do it.

John P. Krest

District Deputy Grand Master

Wayne District

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