Grand Lecturer Convention
November 30, 2017
The annual Grand Lecturer Convention of the Monroe District was hosted by Fairport Flower City Lodge 476 in Fairport. The evening began with a steak dinner in the lodge catered by ERAC 163.
The convention began with a ritual update and a highlight of the past three years of conventions. I then informed all present that the edict for certification to open and close lodge with only the elected, appointed 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 expected work.
Before starting the work of the convention, I presented the Meacham Award to Webster 538 for their outstanding ritualistic work. They qualified for the award in both 2015 and 2016. I then presented the Potts Award to ERAC No. 538 for perfect attendance at last year’s Grand Lecturer Convention. In addition, Webster Lodge qualified for the Potts Award at this convention.
The work of the evening was the opening and closing of a lodge in the Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft Degree. 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.
The work of the evening was performed with dedication and meaning by the members of ERAC 163. The success of this GLC was a direct result of the hard work and dedication of ERAC 163.