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Grand Masters New Year Message

Brethren,

Another new calendar year is upon us and I hope everyone has had a great Holiday Season and are well rested for the remainder of the Masonic year.  I have just returned from the Annual Feast of St. John the Evangelist and the installation of the 2015 Grand Lodge Officers at the Grand lodge of Massachusetts.  I came away from that session feeling very upbeat.  The things I heard from most of the Grand Masters in attendance is that for the most part they are struggling with retention in their Lodges and they are looking at education in the Lodges as a means of dealing with this issue.  The reason I am elated upon my return from this event is that during my travels to our Lodges over the last seven months I have been witnessing fantastic education programs in the majority of the Lodges and it appears that Freemasonry in Nova Scotia is on a rebound.

We have to remember that Masonry has many meanings and purposes to our Brothers. For some, the simple experience of becoming a Mason and counted as an accepted member of this honorable organization is the capstone of their desire. Still others take pleasure in teaching the history, meaning and purpose of our Great Organization to those that seek further Light. And for some Brothers, involvement — to whatever degree — gives them pleasure.

Certainly Masonry has many meanings, many purposes for all of us, the occasion for fraternity and Brotherly love, a chance to be charitable to the needy, and the opportunity to improve the life of another.  Whatever our reason for becoming a Mason, we all want to benefit from attending Lodge so let’s make our meetings meaningful and interesting.  One of the Grand Masters in Boston made the following analogy, we all like sausages but very few of us would enjoy the process of seeing how they are made.  Let’s keep the mundane business portions of our meetings as brief as possible and fill the night with education and social activities.


In this coming year, let us guide those who desire admission, serving as a faithful and trusted Companion. Let us teach those willing to learn, so that they might do the same for another. And let us participate and lead those who look to us, so that they might follow in our footsteps and later seek our counsel.

Sincerely &Fraternally,

Paul Frank, GM

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February 2015 Nova Scotia Freemason


Vol. 4 Issue 4 of The Nova Scotia Freemason is now available. It can be downloaded from this link.
An archive of all editions of the Nova Scotia Freemason can be found at this link.
The Nova Scotia Freemason is published electronically bi-monthly, June, August, October, December, February, and April. Deadline for submissions is the 15th day of the preceding month. The deadline for the next edition is February 15, 2014. Submissions can be made by contacting the Grand Lodge office or by using the Contact page on the Grand Lodge website.


 

Update to Five Year Strategic Plan for Grand Lodge

The Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) of the Board of General Purposes (BOGP), in collaboration with District Elected Representatives (DERs), is continuing with efforts to lead development of a Five Year Strategic Plan for the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia. A number of revisions to the process and timelines have been made and we want to make sure the fraternity is updated on this important initiative.

The BOGP approved the LRPC’s proposal to develop a multi-year strategic plan for Grand Lodge back in February of 2014. The objective is to engage the Masonic fraternity throughout the province to identify key priorities and actions that assist with guiding the future direction and decision making of Grand Lodge.

Over the past few months, the LRPC has been undertaking research to identify issues, challenges and opportunities for the fraternity to discuss and consider as we develop a strategic plan. Research includes a review of documentation from previous planning processes, past reports of standing committees of Grand Lodge, along with a review of material from other jurisdictions. The information collected during this phase of the project will inform the creation of a Discussion Paper which will be shared with lodges for review in early 2015. The issues identified in the discussion paper will form the basis of district workshops being planned throughout the province next year. The LRPC will be working with the District Elected Representative in your area to plan and communicate details of these workshops.

As engagement and input of the fraternity will be essential to the success of the strategic planning process, the LRPC is strongly soliciting the active participation of Lodges and their members in this important discussion. After the Discussion Paper is shared during the first week of January, 2015, we will be asking Lodges to review and discuss its findings to help prepare and inform the brethren in advance of district workshops tentatively scheduled to take place from April September, 2015. Further information on the workshop in your area will be communicated by DERs as details are confirmed.

It is our hope that the LRPC can complete its work and present a final plan for approval at the Grand Lodge Annual Communication in June of 2016. We welcome and encourage all members of the Masonic fraternity to participate in this process as it is your opportunity to have a voice in the development of a Five Year Strategic Plan for Grand Lodge.

Your support and input into this process would be sincerely valued and appreciated.

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