Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Admiration Chapter (IL): Something New

I attended probably one of the best meetings I've attended in the decade I've been a Mason last week.  It was one of the first meetings of Admiration Chapter of the Royal Arch--brand new chapter that hasn't chartered yet and is currently operating under the dispensation of the MEGHP of Illinois.

The idea of the Chapter was to be a regular chapter of the Royal Arch with a particular focus on education.  We wanted provide more to our members than just another meeting.  We really wanted to get into teaching our members.  Members of our chapter have put together a couple education pieces so far for our meetings, but our longer goal is to become a resource for local lodges--the idea being we could send members out to provide an education piece at their request.

Last week we had a very short business meeting, and then adjourned to our dining room.  We'd invited Master Masons from all the local lodges to attend.  We had a presentation about civility given by one of our members, and then that was followed by a 90 minute discussion on the topic.  We talked about the issues of civility, shared ideas about how we could work on that in ourselves, and finally what our lodges and chapters could do to improve the way we interact as a society.  As I said, it was one of the best meetings I've attended to date.

This really gets back to what Masonry should be.  A place of learning.  A place of ideas.  A place where we can discuss ideas and improve ourselves.  I'd like to see more lodges do this.  Keep the meetings shorter and have more education and discussion--perhaps announce a topic of discussion at the previous meeting and give the members a chance to think about it.  Invite others to join you.  I think the more your lodge or your chapter tries things like this, the more members you're going to see in your meetings.  I'll be writing a lot more about this coming up over the next few weeks on the Midnight Freemasons.

Admiration Chapter has only one more hurdle to clear before it qualifies for a charter--and we should be doing that in the next month.  In the meantime, I'm really looking forward to our next meeting.

~Todd E. Creason

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