Grand Lecturer Convention
9th Manhattan District
March 29, 2018
The annual Grand Lecturer Convention for the Ninth Manhattan District was held at Whitestone Masonic Temple. As is usual in the ninth, the evening began with a dinner at Villagio’s Restaurant with the district leadership. The Entered Apprentice Degree and Fellowcraft opening and closing were performed admirably by members of the Wardens’ Association. Both opening and closing ceremonies were performed with the proper reverence and dedication to present the proper message to all in attendance. VW Jose Capella and Glenn Opperman.
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 the Potts Award to Lessing 608 and Uhland 735 for the outstanding attendance at last year’s convention. Lodges qualifying for the Potts Award this year were Trinity 12, Knickerbocker 182, Lessing 608, and Uhland 735. As I finish my fourth Grand Lecturer Convention in the district, I am overwhelmed at the exception ritual performed each year. I have watched as the mantel of leadership has passed through the Wardens’ Association with great pride. Here is to the Noble Ninth!