Tuesday, July 12, 2011

CHANGE... and How to RESIST it!

Let me begin by saying that we have a huge subscriber list that is made up of members from many different fraternal organizations, clubs and associations from all over the world. We have subscribers who are Freemasons, members of Masonic appendant organizations such as the Shriners and Order of the Eastern Star, Knights of Columbus, Loyal Order of Moose, Elks, Odd Fellows, Eagles, Rotary and more. Sorry if I left you out... I try to keep this email pithy.

All of these organizations share one common purpose. That is to improve the lives of their members and in essence, to make good people better.

Further, most if not all of these organizations support some form of charity that is important to humanity. While membership in fraternal and civic organizations may seem to be on the decline, we still serve very important functions in society and if we ceased to exist, we would leave a huge void. A void that governments could not fill, I might add.

Change" is an often talked about issue in most organizations. "Change" was the mantra and slogan of the now president-elect of the USA. I am certainly a proponent of beneficial change but not "Change" for it's sake alone.

Two of my "favorite" (sarcasm if you can't pick it up) fraternal and organizational sayings are: "We've never done it that way before" and "We tried that and it didn't work."

While we may bicker and challenge change in different areas of fraternal life, like ritual and ceremony, there are areas that need no change.

I submit that all fraternal and civic organizations need to maintain the status quo in at least two areas:

1.) The commitment to improve and elevate the character of our members and

2.) To recommit ourselves to the service of humanity.

These areas need NO CHANGE. Let's keep doing it the way we've always done it. The worldwide economic state depends on our willingness to serve and give of ourselves. Every new member we receive is a new soldier for the cause of charity and service. Embrace your organization's mission of self-improvement, self-discovery and service to your fellowman.

Keep up the good work and resist efforts of change that would lead us down the road of complacency!

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