Standard Club: Tomorrow Night in DeKalb

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Attention officers and Master Masons of DeKalb Lodge: Come out to the 5th Northern District’s monthly Standard Club at our very own Lodge in DeKalb tomorrow evening. We’ll vie again for the coveted Traveling Gavel Trophy of Best Attendance in our quest to dominate our other Lodges. Oh, yeah, and learn some great floorwork from our instructors.

Standard Club starts at 7 pm and is done by 9 pm sharp. It is highly recommended that sitting officers attend this casual instructional meeting, though all Master Masons are encouraged to come out and support your DeKalb Masonic Lodge.

DeKalb Cryptic Masons Conferring Degrees

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Companions, come out this Saturday to watch your Council confer the Royal and Select Master degrees on (at least) two new Brothers who are joining DeKalb Council. We’ll start at 9 am and be done by 11. Our slate is pretty much full, so just stop in and enjoy these cherished degrees — being conferred by DeKalb Council for the first time in at least 114 years!

DeKalb Council to Visit Local, Sister Council

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Companions of DeKalb Council of Cryptic Masons, if you’re not busy this Thursday evening, make plans to join your Thrice Illustrious Master, Jim Tome, as we visit our sister Council, James C. Lovig Sr. Council in Geneva.

We’ll be coming strong with the intention of taking JCL’s Council trowel as a part of the Grand Council’s Trowel Visitation Program.

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DeKalb Lodge Masons Attend Jobies Meeting

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Just back from an evening with Wor. Bro. Minick and Brothers Bellis and Paritz  as we spent our Monday night representing DeKalb Masonic Lodge at our local DeKalb Chapter of Job’s Daughters.

I’ll tell you, those young girls are something to behold — not only did they do a wonderful job opening and closing their Chapter, but their degree work rivaled anything we as adults do and they ran a quick — and fun — meeting. Seems we could learn a thing or two from our Masonic youth!

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Tuesday’s Lodge Meeting: One Not to Miss

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Here’s your summons, Brother: It’s critical that you come to Lodge this Tuesday.

Brother Eric Stice will be presenting the results of our membership survey, leading a discussion on leadership development and the future direction of DeKalb Lodge. If you care about where we’re going and what our purpose will be, come out to Lodge on Tuesday and let your voice be heard.

Remember, dinner at 6:30 pm with the Lodge opening (on the First Degree, so all Masons — Entered Apprentices and Fellowcraft alike — are invited). See you there, Brother.

Job’s Daughters to Initiate Four New Members, Master Masons to Attend

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Good news, Brothers! Our Bethel of Job’s Daughters is enjoying some renewed interest! Tomorrow, Monday, March 7th, the Bethel will be initiating four new girls into the youth Masonic organization. DeKalb Lodge Master Masons are invited to attend this momentous occasion and show support for our youth organizations.

For many years, the Bethel had just one member and through their hard work, they have attracted four new girls — with more on the way, according to rumors. Brothers, it’s critical that we support this organization — the future of our adult organizations starts with our children. What better way to show that we care about our youth than to come out tomorrow evening and cheer the girls on?

The evening’s events will start promptly at 7 pm, so be sure to get there a bit early.

DeKalb Chapter Attends Grand Chapter Leadership Seminar

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Your Excellent High Priest, Companion Scott Bellis, and Past High Priest, Jim Tome, attended the Grand Chapter’s Leadership Seminar yesterday at Glenview Masonic Temple.

This all-morning, quick-paced session featured speakers from five different, local Chapters, who spoke on a myriad of topics including member retention, recruiting, running the Chapter as a small business and ways to ensure the financial health of the Chapter.

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The Wages of a Master

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There is a saying which you have heard in Masonry many times: “You get out of Masonry only what you put in it.”

There may be a great deal of truth in such a statement, but it is a rather conservative estimate.

You get far more out of Masonry than you ever can put into it. There is no work or study that pays greater spiritual dividends than the work of Masonry. There is no time better spent and which fields more happiness and satisfaction than time spent in the work of Masonry.

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Special Presentation: A Chronological Look at the Craft & York Rite Degrees

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Brothers and Companions, if you’re like me, you might find it hard to remember what differentiated one degree from another. Oh sure, there’s no denying certain degrees — the Master Mason, the Mark Master and the Royal Arch — can never be forgotten.

But what newer Mason remembers the details from the Most Excellent Master or Royal Master degrees? And it seems like the way we receive them somehow doesn’t make sense, chronologically. Surely, there someone has made heads or tails of all of the Craft Lodge degrees and the degrees and orders of the York Rite which seem to have a connection somehow to those Lodge degrees.

If you’re a fan of Masonic history, then plan on attending DeKalb’s next York Rite meeting on Thursday, January 27th. Thrice Illustrious Master, Companion Jim Tome, will be giving a presentation, “A Chronological Review of the Craft & York Rite Degrees.” You’ll find out the correct chronological order of what happened to who in our degrees. And Companion Tome will also review the degrees and orders and provide quick, common-language summaries of each of the degrees.

This presentation is open only to Royal and Select Masters. Come join us for dinner at 6:30 pm on January 27th, stay for the Chapter meeting and then a fairly fast Council meeting before we wrap up the evening with the special presentation. A great evening of Masonic education!

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