Monday, March 13, 2017

GL of Ohio to honor 300th anniversary of Freemasonry by streamlining ODC degree ceremonies

Dayton, OH -- In a bold and controversial move to honor of the 300th anniversary of the formation of the first known Grand Lodge in 1717, the Grand Lodge of Ohio is not only planning their biggest ever "Grand Master's One Day Class;" but the degrees themselves will be "streamlined" in order to accommodate the incoming members.

"We've done a lot of one day degrees, probably more than any other state, and we found that a lot of the guys coming in were losing attention with all the stuff we were throwing at them," explained RW Steve Garvey, the Grand Lodge Publicity Spokesperson. "By the end of the day, they hardly retained anything. Half, maybe three quarters of them always have that 'deer in the headlamps' look, so we figured that the best thing to do would be to cut out the unimportant parts and just have one big degree."

The Past Bastard questioned RW Garvey on shortened degrees.
Grand Lodge of Ohio at the Dayton Masonic Center

"We all know that there's a lot of repetitious stuff in the degrees, and that there's some stuff that doesn't really add anything," he told us. "What we did was remove some of the longer lectures, like that staircase thing. Nobody really listens to the whole thing anyhow. Then we realized that there was no sense in having three different obligations, so we're just giving them the Master Mason one. And we're combining all the working tools into one big set that we call 'The Working Toolbox.' And if we're only giving them one obligation, there's no sense in having them walk around three different times, so we're going to settle on circumnavigating just three times."

The Grand Lodge figures that by consolidating the rituals and ceremonies into one big degree, they can save between two and three hours on the One Day Class.

"If this works out, then we're going to look at possibly having a morning session and an afternoon session for our next Grand Master's One Day Class," said RW Garvey. "Our goal is to make things easy enough so that a lodge never has to put on their own set of degrees again."

-- Conte Calvino Gliostro

8 comments:

  1. "That staircase thing." You mean the one Pennsylvania Masons know nothing about because it was never in their ritual to begin with?

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  3. WOW,what happened to the part where it says, "as ALL Brothers and friends have done who have gone this way before me." Beyond that...there's a LOT of work and time put in for each degree and we have around a 40% retention rate in both AF&AM and PHA Masonry here in NC. Wondering what the retention will be for one who has only 1 day of work and effort invested to get the same MM Degree? SMH.

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  4. "If this works out, then we're going to look at possibly having a morning session and an afternoon session for our next Grand Master's One Day Class," said RW Garvey. "Our goal is to make things easy enough so that a lodge never has to put on their own set of degrees again."

    This will be the death of Freemasonry!

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  5. This is awesome! Somebody explain the definition of satire again? Some folks aren't quite getting it

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  6. hahaha! Well done satire.

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  7. Consolidating the Blue Lodge Ritual needs done to be current with the times. With every state Grand Lodge seeing consistent membership loss. It only make sense to consolidate it down to one degree. Maybe some of the "Big Smoke No Fire" leaders in the Grand Lodges will figure it is about building relationships at the Lodge level. This is not a rehearsed ritual society. The only problem is most Grand Lodges can't see change needs to happen.

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