|Volume LVIII||November 2011||Number 4|
The Grand Master's Q & A
Q. What have been your most satisfying accomplishments, and what are you most proud of?
A. Let me answer it this way.
This is long answer, but truthfully, it is only a fraction of my satisfaction.
Q. Have there been disappointments?
A. Obviously, there have been some, but they have never distracted me from the main goal of the Renaissance. Let me say this - there is more to the position of Grand Master than the ceremonial side that most Masons see. At times, the role is similar to that of a CEO, having to make challenging decisions for the good of the entire corporation. At other times, it's like being back on my old police beat, ensuring that our Masonic laws and obligations are being upheld. Regardless, nothing compares to the great satisfaction of serving our brethren in Pennsylvania.
Q. What did you not get done that you would have liked to have done?
A. I would have liked to have had the time to create a fail-safe financial and accounting system for every lodge that would prevent the few occasions of theft, and at the same time, make the financial and auditing process more efficient and simply easier for the lodges.
I wish we would streamline our meetings to make them more interesting and less ritualistic. There is a balance possible without wrecking our great heritage.
I wish I would have had the time to create a "Cookbook for Success" whereby all lodges could witness the successful ideas that other lodges have. This would help increase attendance and encourage all lodges to have more interesting programs and events.
I could go on, but there is only so much one Grand Master is able to accomplish in two years. There are limits to the amount of change the membership is willing to accept at one time, because let's face it - change is difficult!
Q. Do you believe the Renaissance was a success?
A. I truly believe it was. The membership numbers seem to validate it. However, it is not for me to evaluate. The brothers now and in the future will be the true judges of the Renaissance.
Q. What would you say to the brothers in Pennsylvania as you leave office?
A. Thank you for understanding why I felt the need to reform our ways of operation. Thank you for being tolerant of my ideas. Thank you for keeping the fire of Freemasonry burning. AND, THANK YOU FOR PERMITTING ME TO LIVE A DREAM!
"The true secret of this fraternity is not in a hand shake or in the ritual; but rather, the real secret is in how one brother feels about another brother who has travelled the same Masonic pathway. This feeling cannot be purchased; it cannot be described or defined. It is just there!"
Thomas K. Sturgeon
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