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Feature Writer John Loayza
Lodge officer responsibilities include...
Created: 1/5/2017

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Brother John Loayza
Assistant Grand Chancellor
Grand Lodge Leadership Committee
Grand Lodge of Illinois, A.F. &  A.M. 

John Loayza, Assistant Grand Chancellor
Grand Lodge of Illinois, A.F. & A.M.

Lodge officer responsibilities include the assurance of continuous growth and sustainability of our lodges through various means. Although there are many other goals comprising a lodge business plan, everything depends on advancing the good of the Craft with an enthusiastic, sustainable, and committed membership growth. In this modern era, this becomes a challenge in the ever increasing demands on our time. I.E., we need to look for innovative means to make Masonry interesting and motivational with all members but especially with the younger/future generations of brethren their families, and communities. Ergo, we need to look for modern methods or recruitment tools that will better service the needs of our highly technological society with more family oriented and social programs, besides the philosophical and ritual aspects of Masonry. This will require a true balance of lodge officer leadership responsibilities, understanding of our members and our communities, in order to develop a new type of Renaissance Mason. We need to look at a different aspect of responsibility not only within our lodges or to our members but also an outreach to and for our communities. Unfortunately, many lodges/lodge officers look inwardly but not outwardly and that needs to be corrected. Some of the corrective actions that need to be taken include:

Focusing On Long Term Objectives-With any unsuccessful event or action preventing the completion of an objective should be considered as only a temporary set back. What is important is to learn from any event or action concerning those necessary lessons and changes that need to be made, in order to reach the long term objective. This is simply a process of self analysis that will help to reach the ultimate goal.

Learning From Feelings-Lodge officers need to pay close attention to their feelings regarding anything they do, accomplish or fail at. Feelings are natural human emotions but as lodge officers, we need to ask ourselves what those feelings are telling us and what lessons those feelings are trying to convey.

Discomforting Activities/Events Equal Growth-When lodge officers become so comfortable in what they are doing, they can become stagnant. Some local lodge officers have difficulty and tend to be complacent if they are only in a comfort zone. However, they can grow much faster, progress more, and evolve in zones of discomfort because they are being challenged to resolve issues and welcome more responsibilities. 

Broadening Views Of Courage-Being vulnerable, open, and receptive to positive changes can be a form of courage. Although some hard charging lodge officers interpret courage as being fearless, this is not really correct, because courage is being fearful. As long as local lodge officers keep moving forward in a positive manner with more responsibilities, even being fearful adds to lodge officer courage doing its job.

Don’t Be Oblivious To Yourself-Local lodge officers remaining loyal to their own ignorance or stubbornness will always be costly. Self analysis, whether done as a lodge or as an individual 

lodge officer, along with discovery, can be a painful process. Nevertheless, it’s more painful in the long term if the local lodge officer is incapable of acknowledging, assimilating or shoring up his own shortcomings. Therefore, we should always try to become more self aware of ourselves and our lodges.

Being Our Own Project-General behavior studies of business or other organization leaders indicate that those who lead projects are often better than they lead themselves. We need to consider or analyze what it takes to lead an important project. Thus, we start by determining the desired outcomes. Then, we establish a timetable and identify critical milestones. Afterwards, we gather the necessary resources that the project needs to be successful, and to identify the critical metrics to track the progress.

Staying Present-Rather than trying to avoid all that surfaces during and after a humiliating or even a successful event, lodge officer responsibilities include immersing themselves in the experience. It’s necessary to identify the officer and lodge feelings that come up with the fears that are at work. Additionally, it’s necessary to identify how the feelings and fears serve once the experience/event plays out. Then the lodge officers can determine what they learned and how to put those lessons to future use.

Even though those lodge officer responsibilities of self discovery could be painful, they are also very rewarding. It’s how every lodge leader becomes a whole person, knowing the dimensions of his own talents, idiosyncrasies, and deepest desires.

The above process can become a richer, fuller, and more complete understanding of a lodge leader and human being. Thus, armed with that knowledge, local lodge officers are better able to use their strengths to serve their lodges, communities, and others, as they increase with their own lodge responsibilities.


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