Uh huh. Thought so. Or is it you just can’t type “yes” because your hands are up?
As the hopefully-retiring Secretary of one Lodge (I am retiring in a second as of September), I put addresses of blogs and podcasts in the last several of our notices. Despite my constant complaint that members don’t read notices, the S.W. actually clicked on a URL in one, found the L.A. Times article and read it in Lodge. The only problem was he did it on a degree night and the members didn’t have time to discuss it.
Which brings us to the point of today’s blog missive.
Greg Stewart in California has come up with another edition of his postcast, which can be found HERE. His guest is Tim Bryce, whose stones may be found in virtual Masonic library buildings around the globe.
In the first half hour, he discusses some relevant stuff:
• The future of the Shrine
• What True Freemasonry is
• Participation and Communication
Some of Tim’s conclusions I agree with (his theory about the Shrine seems inevitable for the reasons he mentions) while some of his experiences are totally foreign in my jurisdiction (assorted cease-and-desist orders, opposition to Prince Hall recognition). However, it’s interesting to listen to.
I did mention to Greg that the show takes too long to get started. There’s no need for a huge introduction and then guests to list umpteen credentials before getting into the meat of the discussion. Broadcaster Val Geller wrote The Powerful Radio Workbook, which lists some common-sense ideas of doing a talk format, some of which would apply to a podcast.
A Master shouldn’t waste someone’s time in a Lodge meeting. Pod Masters shouldn’t do the same thing in their Pod Lodge.
The other thing that struck me as disconcerting is that voices came out of nowhere. For example, that
The nice thing about the podcast is you can listen back to it when you have the chance.
The disadvantage of a podcast isn’t the podcast itself. The keeper of the Grand Lodge of B.C. and Yukon web site was remarking to me yesterday that there are all kinds of Masonic discussion fora (forums, if you prefer) and blogs that he checks out; some of which have been left fallow and untouched by their owners for months and months. Someone gets all excited about a Masonic blog or website, puts it up, and then loses his enthusiasm not long afterwards. A podcast is no different. I hope Greg and his crew are able to sustain their efforts for the foreseeable future.
P.S.: Further to my opening line, is it true that there are jurisdictions in the U.S. where members get absolutely no written notification of a Lodge meeting and what’s to occur at it, such as balloting or degrees?