Author Archives: masonicmaven

10 Tips to Consider When Writing Your “From the East” Message

Richard H. Ryder, 2018 The following suggestions will help a Lodge Master improve his From the East messages.  The ideal is to use each of these in your messages.  However, sometimes, maybe due to the topic or space limitations, you … Continue reading

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Looking Toward the East – Lower Line Officers

Richard H. Ryder, 2018 Upper line officers receive most of the press surrounding the workings of the lodge, but the contribution of lower line officers should not be understated or underappreciated.  I’m referring to the Electrician, Inside Sentinel, and Tyler. … Continue reading

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British Freemasonry – A Brief Introduction (Part 3)

Richard H. Ryder, 2018 In parts one and two of this Introduction to British Freemasonry you received a brief overview of the Craft in England, Scotland, and Ireland; an introduction to early British lodges; a description of membership grades; and … Continue reading

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“From the East” Message – A Forgotten Leadership Tool

Richard H. Ryder, 2018 As the Lodge leader the Master must inspire the brethren, motivating them to support him and the Lodge.  During the monthly communication he can use the East as a podium for promoting his goals, encouraging the … Continue reading

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Freemasonry – A Safe Haven from the Madness

Richard H. Ryder, 2018 It is three days after Christmas and naturally, like most others, I look ahead to all the possibilities of a new year and new beginnings. But I can’t help but reflect on the year about to … Continue reading

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Masonic Spotlight: Brother Evan Weisenfeld

Richard H. Ryder, 2018 Masonic Maven has always maintained that, in practice, organizational leadership differs from corporate leadership.  In an organizational environment, like Freemasonry, effective leadership is more about persuasion than coercion, and consensus versus authoritarianism. Sharing this belief is … Continue reading

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The Word: Ashlar

Richard H. Ryder, 2018 Albert G. Mackey, in The Lexicon of Freemasonry, notes the following short description of ashlar: “Free stone as it comes out of the quarry.” – Bailey.  The Masonic Apprentice learns of the Rough Ashlar and the … Continue reading

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