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Grand Lodge Offering Lodge Leadership Seminars

What does it take to be a good leader of a Masonic lodge whether you’re on the sidelines or in the East? How do you handle the brother who seems to always be against everything? What about the brother who thinks he’s in charge even though he’s not in the East? How can ritual work help to retain members?

All brethren, and especially lodge officers, are urged to attend one of four Leadership Seminars that will be held around the state. Past Grand Masters Tom Hauder, Rick Myers, Joe McBride and Dwight smith will conduct the sessions. Their years of experience and unique perspective after leading the Grand Lodge offers all who attend practical and useful insight about dealing with and solving lodge challenges, along with preparing for a productive and successful year.

    The seminar's topics include:

  • Becoming a Leader of Masons
  • Planning
  • Who's in Charge of your Lodge?
  • Regular Communications
  • Overcoming Obstructionists and Countering Contrarians
  • Membership Recruiting and Retention
  • Ritual Work
  • Communication
  • Fellowship
  • Service to Fraternity and Community
  • Budgeting and Finances
  • Grand Lodge Programs

    1. There is no charge to attend the seminars. Each session will last no more than two hours.

    Thel leadership seminars will be held at the following locations and dates:

  • Lincoln, College View Lodge No. 320, May 8, 2021, 2:00 pm
  • Omaha, George W. Lininger Lodge No. 268, May 15, 2021, 1:00 pm
  • North Platte, Platte Valley Lodge No. 32, May 22, 2021, 2:00 pm
  • Long Pine, Long Pine Lodge No. 136, June 19, 2021, 2:00 pm
  • Kearney, Rob Morris Lodge No. 46, TBD
  • Mitchell, Scotts Bluff Lodge No. 201, TBD

  • Good leaders will lead your lodge, and together our fraternity, to greater success. Be a part of this opportunity to learn leadership skills that will benefit you and your lodge.

    For purposes of preparing materials, Registration is Required:

    Click Here to Register for and Attend your Preferred Session


    New Manual:

    Leading Volunteers into the Future

    Leading volunteers of a volunteer organization is very different from leading a business in the private sector or military or first responders. A few of the fundamental differences are that volunteer based organizations labor for a cause as opposed to profit, they offer their time and energy to assist an organization in its mission and goals, want to make an impact to their community by giving their skills and experiences, have been personally affected by what the organization does, and want to network and/or meet new people. Volunteers want to do work that is interesting to them and which provides positive emotions such as pride, belonging, and giving back.

    While there are similarities between leading volunteers of a nonprofit and leading a for-profit organization, it is important to consider the special nature of nonprofits when applying theories and principles of effective leadership to organization in the nonprofit or social sector. It is not uncommon for volunteers to become uninspired or consumed by other issues in their life that reduces or limits their ability to give of themselves and their resources. It is up to an organization to engage volunteers enough to retain them. Effective leadership can help an organization to keep volunteers engaged and motivated.

    Volunteer leadership presents some unique challenges for individuals who take on the task of leading people who are doing work because they choose to do so by giving of their spare time and without pay. Volunteers cannot be asked or told to do work they do not want to do, they will not do well with negative feedback, and would have no reason to stay if their emotional commitment ceases to exist. Volunteers have needs of affiliation, achievement, recognition, and power that need to be recognized by leadership. Every volunteer does not have the same needs, so each needs to be treated differently.

    This publication is intended to provide information to apply when looking for volunteers, desired attributes of volunteers, what volunteers are looking for, leading volunteers, and when necessary dismissing volunteers.

    Planning and Goal Setting for Masons

    Nothing of any importance has ever been accomplished without planning. Our ritual even emphasizes this by using planning, or the lack thereof, to drive home a point about its importance. Even Hiram had a plan before he started moving stones!

    The word planning, however, can bring up many fears and misgivings about the process. Most people have never been taught how to plan correctly and if you do even a simple search on planning, you will be overwhelmed with the number of books, websites and other resources available. It is this overload of information and planning systems that makes many people decide not to try planning at all. And that is too bad, as a good plan actually makes meeting your goals and being successful much easier.

    The Education Committee has created a free website for use by all Masons that will walk you through a simple 6-step process to create a plan, execute on that plan and have success!

    The best thing about these 6 steps is that NO prior experience in planning or project management is needed! Just follow the steps in order and you’re halfway to meeting your goal!

    Click to start planning now!

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