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Saddle bum

4,117 posts

125 months

Friday 20th July 2012
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D1ngd0ng said:
Saddle bum said:
D1ngd0ng said:
Saddle bum said:
We hope to initiate four gentlemen in September.
On the same night!?
At the same meeting, yes. We do have a break.
What time does the meal finish? Must be a late finish.
No just an early start, 11:30hrs.

rednotdead

751 posts

132 months

Sunday 22nd July 2012
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silverfoxcc said:
I'm just finishing my year as ProvGSuptWks. Been great visiting and the PGM has had 4 meetings earmarked for th whole of PGL to attend. The procession in looks impressive. Anyone else done Active PGL or got GL honours?
Yes - been active twice in Craft and also in 4 other orders. Great fun out on the circuit but can be difficult to balance FM/time with wife!

Saddle bum

4,117 posts

125 months

Sunday 22nd July 2012
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silverfoxcc said:
I'm just finishing my year as ProvGSuptWks. Been great visiting and the PGM has had 4 meetings earmarked for th whole of PGL to attend. The procession in looks impressive. Anyone else done Active PGL or got GL honours?
Did a stint as active Prov Standard Bearer in RA a few years vago.

GTO-3R

2,962 posts

119 months

Tuesday 18th September 2012
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Agreed to be IG for the next year starting in November. 1st step on the ladder, can't wait smile

chris.mapey

4,772 posts

173 months

Tuesday 18th September 2012
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GTO-3R said:
Agreed to be IG for the next year starting in November. 1st step on the ladder, can't wait smile
Great stuff - I'm currently a steward, but am IG tomorrow night for a 2nd. Great fun, looking forward to it!
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escargot

16,844 posts

123 months

Tuesday 18th September 2012
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GTO-3R said:
Agreed to be IG for the next year starting in November. 1st step on the ladder, can't wait smile
I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I certainly did. JD now for me.

5potTurbo

5,732 posts

74 months

Tuesday 18th September 2012
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Saddle bum said:
D1ngd0ng said:
Saddle bum said:
We hope to initiate four gentlemen in September.
On the same night!?
At the same meeting, yes. We do have a break.
Apt user name!
hehe

Tafia

2,608 posts

154 months

Tuesday 18th September 2012
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If you ever get a chance, be sure to attend a Glittering Star Lodge evening.

They are a travelling military Lodge and when the knock came on the door of the Lodge seeking admission, it nearly came off the hinges!


Saddle bum

4,117 posts

125 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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5potTurbo said:
Saddle bum said:
D1ngd0ng said:
Saddle bum said:
We hope to initiate four gentlemen in September.
On the same night!?
At the same meeting, yes. We do have a break.
Apt user name!
hehe
We are doing two initiates in Dec and (prob) another four in March. Things look healthy.

Pappa Lurve

3,827 posts

188 months

Thursday 20th September 2012
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Just found out we have a double 2nd, the a double first in the same meeting, and followed by a double third the meeting afterwards.... So pleased I am now IPM and avoid doing any of the work!

Seems Masonry appears to be growing these days which assuming our new initiates etc are all there for the right reasons, can only be a good thing.

Congrats to the brother who is becoming IG - one of the most enjoyable jobs I think as you are involved in every meeting but its a nice way to ease in.

GTO-3R

2,962 posts

119 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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Pappa Lurve said:
Congrats to the brother who is becoming IG - one of the most enjoyable jobs I think as you are involved in every meeting but its a nice way to ease in.
Thank you, i'm very much looking forward to it and have already been learning my lines biggrin

D1ngd0ng

1,010 posts

71 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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That reminds me. Had better start reading again. 1st of the year on Monday.

escargot

16,844 posts

123 months

Thursday 27th September 2012
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I'm doing the 3rd tools in a couple of weeks time. Really need to get my head in the book too!

Fer

7,260 posts

186 months

Wednesday 3rd October 2012
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Can I just say Good Luck to all of us who are stuck with our heads in "the book", cramming for the next meeting, especially MAM, who will be moving across the lodge in a couple of weeks!

(And anyone have any tips for remembering how to invest officers?)

NightRunner

6,807 posts

100 months

Wednesday 3rd October 2012
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Pappa Lurve said:
Just found out we have a double 2nd, the a double first in the same meeting, and followed by a double third the meeting afterwards.... So pleased I am now IPM and avoid doing any of the work!

How long are your meetings?!

Pappa Lurve

3,827 posts

188 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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NightRunner said:
How long are your meetings?!
Thankfully double first has now been moved and one of the 2nds will be done at a later date. We meet at 430, like to dine by 730 at the latest and need a beer break between obviously!

We just got a bit inundated with work and were trying to work out how to do it all in our 4 meetings a year, which after installation gives only 3 working meets.

Not doing the IPM thing next meeting, being JW and doing a few other small bits so should be a fairly relaxed meeting for me. Loved being in the chair and highly recommend it but I am enjoying being a PM though :-)

Loi last night so all excited for the meeting!

silverfoxcc

3,034 posts

51 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Can our lodge buy some of your initiates? Meet in Wokingham. can pay train fares!!!

Its like a desert out here for new blood

Fer

7,260 posts

186 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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silverfoxcc said:
Can our lodge buy some of your initiates? Meet in Wokingham. can pay train fares!!!

Its like a desert out here for new blood
Which lodge is it? And when is your installation? I am guessing its a Berkshire
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Pappa Lurve

3,827 posts

188 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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silverfoxcc said:
Can our lodge buy some of your initiates? Meet in Wokingham. can pay train fares!!!

Its like a desert out here for new blood
Was for us for ages. In fact, when I initiated I was the first initiate for over 7 years, possibly more than ten and the Lodge had only just decided to retain its warrant as we kind of took over another lodge in a friendly merger. Now we are doing a lot better with some great initiates who are climbing the ladder and bring a lot to the lodge. We are also lucky to have around 10-12 PIG's. We would have more but so far four gave into our Sec and joined the Lodge :-)

We do ask for help from other lodges occasionally and we have helped others out which I love as it's all part of the fun.

Being clear, I had no real part in the rejuvenation of out extremely old Lodge (242ish years old) ad the two initiates and one joining member who came via me are more a reflection of the amazing work of the lads who brought the Lodge back from the brink of extinction and the fact that as a Lodge we all like each other immensely and socialise outside the Lodge fairly often so I think that helps attract newbies.

It does irk me that so few people outside have a clue what we are about but I never fail to be amazed by how many people who actually know little to nothing also do want to join and for the right reasons.

Sorry for the long post!

Pappa Lurve

3,827 posts

188 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Fer said:
Can I just say Good Luck to all of us who are stuck with our heads in "the book", cramming for the next meeting, especially MAM, who will be moving across the lodge in a couple of weeks!

(And anyone have any tips for remembering how to invest officers?)
Yep! Just remember that the order is taken care of by the DC and the bulk to the words are from the opening anyway so you already know the basics :-)

Assuming you about to become WM - enjoy and very best of luck