Grand Lecturer Convention

4th Manhattan District

March 5, 2018

           The Fourth Manhattan Grand Lecturer’s Convention (GLC) was held on March 5, 2018. It was held in the Doric Room on the eighth floor in Grand Lodge and was hosted by Publicity Lodge No. 1000.   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. Those in attendance were also informed the Custodians of the Work are working on improving the Hiramic Legend. I then presented Meacham Awards to Gramercy No. 537 for their outstanding ritual performance in 2016 by conferring all three degrees using only the members of the lodge.  Afterwards I presented them with the Howard Potts Award for having their top seven officers at last year’s GLC. I also presented the Potts Award to Britannia No. 1166 and Jose Rizal No. 1172.

The work of the evening was the opening and closing of a lodge in the Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft Degree. The officers of the host lodge performed the opening and closing work with pride and expertise. 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 before being rapidly processed 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. There was much discussion as we discussed many of the benefits of a lodge’s options in opening and closing.

Potts Award recipients for the convention went to Publicity No. 1000 for having their top seven officers in attendance. I want to commend the Worshipful Master; W. Edward Sanders for being an outstanding host and his dedication to the Craft. He worked diligently with his officers to provide the best possible GLC. I am extremely proud and honored to call him, My Brother.

After the convention Publicity Lodge continued to display their hospitality by hosting collation in the Jacobean Room complete with live entertainment. The event from start to finish was OUTSTANDING! Thanks to the fourth Manhattan, especially Publicity NO. 1000. I wish you nothing but success in the future.