Grand Lecturer Convention

Fulton Montgomery District

April 12, 2018

            The annual Grand Lecturer Convention for the Fulton Montgomery District D was held in the St. Johnsville. The host Lodge was St. Johnsville No. 611.   The evening began with a full course “Thanksgiving dinner” complete with all the trimmings. They also were responsible for the Opening and Closing ceremonies in the Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft Degrees.

The convention began with a ritual update and a highlight of the past three years of conventions. I informed all that the edict for certification to open and close lodge with only the elected and installed members of the lodge by memory was still in force. I also explained that the focus on the additional proficiency in open lodge was still going to be a focus of this year’s work. It was also explained that new changeover ritual was also going to be introduced if the amendment to open on any of our degrees passes for a second time.

It was explained that part of the rationale of opening on all three degrees dove tails nicely with the new North Star Project. Brothers proceeding through the lines will be encouraged to expand their depth and breadth of our ritual as opposed to rapidly being moved through the chairs.  This should help produce more informed Brethren and stronger lodges. Our mantra of quality over quantity will have added credibility as we progress in a more measure pace with our new Brethren.

I was pleased to present Potts Awards to Kennyetto No. 599 for their outstanding attendance in both 2016 and 2017. This convention was a little sparse on attendance, but mad up for it in spirit. There was a meeting concerning the resurrection of a DeMolay Chapter that conflicted with the GLC. In addition, Kennyetto Lodge was involved in performing some emergency repairs on their Temple. I thank all for their attendance, especially RW Ted Volkert; DDGM of Otsego Schoharie District for stopping by. It was a pleasure working with the district team these past two years.

Congratulations to St. Johnsville Lodge 611for qualifying for the Potts Award.