|Contemplating my life sentence at our installation|
It's a big job, even in a small lodge. There are about a million forms. Every time a petition is received--there's a Grand Lodge form. Every time an address changes--there's a form. Every time a degree is done--there is a form. Then there is collecting the annual dues--lots of forms and stamps required there. It is a lot of work, but the salary package is excellent! It's basically the base salary times the number of years you've been a Mason. The base salary is $0. So in my case, the calculation is $0 x 6 years. Okay, so basically I get reimbursed for stamps. Oh, and Secretaries get a lot of credit too--they get credit for everything that goes wrong, and the Master gets credit for all that goes right. I loved that rule last year, but not so much this year. I miss my old job--I had that nice fedora, and that oak gavel, and a lovely perch on top of the dais in the East with the big chair under the "G". And my Secretary made all those brilliant things I thought up actually happen. You know, that same guy that talked me into being Secretary in the first place.