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January 2016 GLSO article for The Word

Happy New Year Brethren!
I hope everyone enjoyed the Holiday Season!
I would like to thank all of the Brothers who attended RW Brian Ziegler’s Official Visits this past fall.  All of the Official Visits were well attended and everyone enjoyed RW Ziegler’s presentation of the Grand Master’s Word.
The Road to the East Course will be held on March 12th at the Cortlandville Lodge at 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon, with the course to be completed by 2:00 p.m.  All Brothers are welcome to take this course but I would like to see all Junior and Senior Deacons and all Junior and Senior Wardens in the Cortland Madison District present if possible.  This course will help you prepare for your year as Master of your Lodge.  Please send your reservations to me by March 9th.
As always, the District Deputy and I will be around the District as much as possible.  If you need our assistance you can call me at 607-597-9309 or email me at brooks1593 [at] hotmail [dot] com.
See you in Lodge.
Clinton S. Brooks

NorthStar Project – Registration is now open!

Brethren,

 

The NorthStar Project is a State-wide initiative designed to improve the way we bring new Brothers into the Craft, mentor them through the Degree process and beyond, and to increase both the participation and retention of our membership.  This is a “train-the trainer” style program and each Lodge should designate at least one Brother to attend and then bring the program back to others within the Lodge.  Pre-registration is required with Bro. Jorge Romeau by email at matresearch [at] cortland [dot] edu or by telephone at (315) 476-8994.  More information can be found on the flyer below:

 

Northstar

December 2015 GLSO article for The Word

Greetings Brethren,
I would like to thank the Brothers who took the Masonic Development Course in October. It was an enjoyable day with great discussion about Masonry! Many thanks to VW Scott Cary, RW James Wightman and RW Kim Dellow for helping me put on this course.
The Road to the East Course will be held on March 12, 2016 at Cortlandville Lodge at 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon with course completion by 2:00 p.m.  All Brothers are welcome to take this course but I would like to see all Junior and Senior Deacons and all Junior and Senior Wardens in the Cortland Madison District participating if possible.  This course will help you prepare for yourytear as Master of your Lodge.  Please send your reservations to me by March 9th.
As always, the District Deputy and I will be around the District as much as possible.  If you need our assistance you can call me at 607-597-9309 or email me at brooks1593 [at] hotmail [dot] com.
I hope you all take time to enjoy your families this Holiday season!
See you in Lodge,
Clinton S. Brooks

One Day Masonic Development Course – This Weekend!

Brothers,

The Masonic Development Course will be held on Saturday October 31st at Cortlandville Lodge #470.  The course starts at 9:00 a.m. and will be completed by 2:00 p.m.  Lunch will be served at noon.

If you have not yet made reservations, please call me at 607-597-9309 or email me at brooks1593 [at] hotmail [dot] com by this Thursday, October 29th.  The cost of the course is $10.00 for the pin and certificate.  This course is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Hope to see you all there!

Fraternally,

RW Clint Brooks

What is a Lodge Ritual Director?

Does your Lodge have a Ritual Director?

What is a Lodge Ritual Director

 

For more information, see any of the District Officers.

Labor Day Message from the District Officers

Labor Day marks the beginning of the season where many of our Lodges resume their Masonic labors.  As we return to the quarries in the coming weeks, the officers serving the Cortland-Madison District would like you to consider the following:

 

GW Masonic Minutes

 

At first glance, this may seem to be nothing more than a quick, humorous jab at ourselves, but, as with so much in the Masonic world, there is a deeper meaning:

Masons are builders, not of buildings or other structures, but of men, communities, societies, and nations.  We do this by constantly striving to improve both ourselves and the world around us by utilizing a mixture of introspection, education, and enlightenment as well as principles such as honor, justice, purity, knowledge, and truth.  It is this labor that led George Washington, a Mason for nearly 40 years before becoming our nation’s first President, to state, “So far as I am acquainted with the principles of Free Masonry, I conceive it to be founded in benevolence and to be exercised only for the good of mankind.”  As we return to our labors this season, we all should strive to apply these principles, both in life and in Lodge.

 

Thank You!

Brethren,

I would like to thank all the brothers that attended the Masonic Development Course. We had a great turn out. We enjoyed stimulating conversation that expanded on the course learning and had a lot of fun. With the many newly raised brothers, I will be doing this course again in the Fall. I look forward to seeing you all there. The Masters Chair Course will be held this summer and is mandatory for incoming Masters of Lodges within the district. The date and time will be forth coming.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

R.W. Clinton S. Brooks

 

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Brothers, Our website is slowly coming together. We will be able to operate more efficiently as a District. Communication amongst the Lodges will be easier. The Grapevine will operate right here off the website. We are working to get e-mail list updated and entered. Please be sure to register so we can get e-mail saved. A big thank you to our Webmaster Scott Cary for his many hours of work getting the site organized.

Clinton Brooks

Masonic Development Course

Greetings Brethren,

The last MDC class will be held Thurs. March 19th at 6:00pm. Hope to see you there. If you have any questions contact me at glso [at] cortland-madison-masons [dot] org

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