Report of our June meeting
By: R∴W∴Richard Lynch, Chancellor
My brothers, it is with great pride that I report that our meeting on June 28th was a great success! The meeting was hosted by Charity Lodge No. 23 of the Southern District at the invitation of W∴Michael Southern, Master. We had a wonderful and informative presentation by R∴W∴David Lavery our lodge treasurer and Grand Lodge Historian, entitled “Ancient Illusions” described elsewhere in this issue. Our attendance was exceptional with 47 brothers in attendance from all the districts.
The goal of the Collegivm from its inception almost 3 years ago, was to provide a forum of Masonic education and enlightenment. Unlike our sister lodges we do not confer degrees and although the opening and closing of the lodge follows standard RI ritual and protocol, the sole purpose is to provide an educational experience. Every meeting has a presentation given by a brother or speaker on a subject related to Masonry. We also provide for any brothers who have done research of interest to present before the lodge. If you have something you would like to share please contact us and you will be put in touch with our Academic Committee. We are also a resource for other lodges seeking speakers for their meetings.
Each year every lodge works hard to make sure that we continue to bring in new men to the Craft and our lodges. The officers strive to give each new candidate a set of degrees that is inspirational, informative, and thought-provoking, with the delivery of their well-rehearsed ritual. I think in almost all cases we succeed well at this but in many lodges after the degrees are completed some lodges fall back into the same old rut of business meetings, dinner and go home. Listening to a candidate’s proficiency before the lodge, voting on potential new candidates, then having dinner does not make for an evening presentation. We constantly read articles about what today’s man looking to join Freemasonry expects; fraternalism, brotherhood, and certainly enlightenment. We generally succeed on the first two, but many times fail on the “enlightenment”. Today’s new brother is generally very well educated and requires more than just getting together with the boys. Why do I tell you this?
Since the founding of the lodge we have averaged 30-40 brothers in attendance at every meeting, far more than many lodges have experienced in decades at any one meeting. At every meeting we receive at least 1 or 2 new applications for membership. I believe it is because of what the Collegivm offers; education and enlightenment and a predictable experience. Come to be entertained and educated. Please use us as a resource for presentations for your future meetings, this is one of our major goals as a lodge.
The Collegivm meets 4 times a year and travels through each district at the invitation of the sister lodges to host a meeting. We want to be accessible to all RI Masons regardless of where they are located throughout state. Every meeting is open to any Master Mason within the jurisdiction or outside of RI. Please be prepared to present a valid dues card for admission. Consider membership in the Collegivm and I promise you will be pleased. Benefits of membership are many, free dinner at every meeting, new Masonic publication given each year with membership and yearly dues, great presentations, and the brotherhood of like-minded brothers.
We look forward to having you join us at a future meeting.