Grand Lecturer Convention
Orange Rockland District
April 19, 2018
The annual convention of the Orange Rockland District was held jointly on April 19. The Grand Lecturer Convention was held in Pearl River. Naurashank Lodge No. 589 was our host. A nice drop off dinner was prepared by Mike Nichols who is a true rock in the community. Mike is involved with the Military Outreach Program. He is still active while trying to be the recipient of a successful hip replacement. Please keep Mike in your prayers to help drive the infection from his body.
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.
Before we began with the evening’s ritualistic portion of the GLC, I presented a Potts Award to Port Jervis 328 and Wallkill 627 for outstanding attendance at last year’s convention. In addition, Wallkill was presented with the Henry Meacham Award for outstanding ritual performance. In addition, both Port Jervis and Athelstan 839 qualified for the Potts Award at this convention. I want to thank VW Dan Frawley and VW Harold Jones for their preparation for the convention. Every lodge in the district were assigned parts, and the ritual was properly presented.
It was a pleasure working with the district team of RW William Howell; DDGM and RW William Fitzhenry; GLSO. RW Frank “Bucky” Lauferweiler; DDGM of the Sullivan District also attended.