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Millennium Lodge # 779 F&AM

525 W. Riverview Avenue
Dayton, OH 45405-4702

Guest Book

Written by: Kendall Lawson

Posted: December 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Welcome to Millennium Lodge 779 of Dayton, OH!!

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7 responses to “Guest Book”

  1. Stanley Clarke Wyllie says:

    one comment grew on me–the lost of prestige of the fraternity, One group that has grown in prestige and members is the Rotary Club, which is also growing internationally The Dayton Rotary Club seems to take in five or more members each week , all of whom are professionals, and they publicize their membership with their photos in the paper. Again they have a project or so–members are required to attend certain number of meetings as well.
    The Odd Fellows in Germantown publicize their projects–one of which is giving pins to those getting in the Honor Society. They also sponsor some students to go to UN Pilgrimage, which includes trip to NY, Philadelphia. They have numerous other projects. They have two meetings a month, one social and the other business-ritual.
    I have belonged to numerous fraternal groups, many of which are no longer–Druids, Red Men, Jr. Order, Gleaners ,etc. and others which are losing membership KP, Odd Fellows, Masons etc.
    I recommend reading Robert D. Putnam’s “Bowling Alone” for the causes and possible solutions..

  2. Stanley Clarke Wyllie says:

    Part 2
    Today saw that WSU will be trying something new in teaching their students–having lectures on videotape, so students can view when they wish before coming to class for hands on experience or whatever. The Odd Fellows have put most of their degrees on videotape, so that small lodges can put on the degrees, only the obligations are live.
    If you notice, newspapers run a long list of networking groups. While Masonry has always cautioned about joining the fraternity for business purposes, it has in the past been a great networking site. Masons used to prefer to do business with other Masons. One can think of noted members who were or are lawyers, doctors, undertakers, etc. At one time there was even an employment program.
    Perhaps taping lectures and having the WM be the CIO of the lodge, rather than being the chief ritualist. It may be that a team might put on some of the usual ritual components. These need not be officers. Perhaps officers could be better used to keep in contact with those not attending lodge–seeing what their needs are. In the past if you read histories of the lodges, widows were looked after by having firewood chopped, lawns mowed, etc. With our aging population, esp. of lodge members, many find these tasks and even getting to doctors, let alone to lodge a task.
    Rather than cutting back on refreshments, perhaps we should do like some foreign lodges do, have dinners more often before or after degree work, or like Odd Fellows, where one of their two lodge meetings is social and the other is used for ritual, paying of bills, etc.
    Younger people, esp. those with families are taking their children to various things–dance lessons, soccer, football, softball, and wives are expecting husband to be with them more. While we have youth groups, by the time the children are of an age to join they are already involved with many other things which take up their time, so they do not join.
    Roman Catholics have built sports arenas next to their churches. Many are with their schools, but many do not attend their schools. I know because three of my grandchildren attend public schools, and take part in some of the activities the church afford, in addition to taking dance lessons, Boy and Girl Scouts, etc. Boy and Girl Scouts are taking their members at even younger age, as are their younger components Cub Scouts and Brownies. This is the competition, can DeMolay, Jobs and Rainbow compete? The number of lodges, assemblies, etc. that are no longer gives the answer, and the ones we have left are hungry for advisors, so they now are accepting women for DeMolay advisors.
    Getting back to duties of the WM, perhaps as CEO, he is not doing anything really new–he is charged to set the craft to work. The SW is charged to pay the craft their wages–perhaps the wages might be in recognition of various types, even success in their vocations or community work.

  3. Stanley Clarke Wyllie says:

    went to lodge in Chillicothe on Sat. Interesting talk on perfect lodge, but more interesting were some things in lodge and commandry rooms. As you came into lodge room was a table with dried corn, a wine glass and an oil cruet . In the commandry on one side of room were flags of the original 13 states and on the other side were the other states flags in order of admission.
    They had display case of items for sale, which I found several items, I had not seen. They had combinations of the various services–army, navy, air force with a masonic emblem pin. They also had past officers of lodge, chapter, council and commandry together with kych on a tie bar.

  4. Stanley Clarke Wyllie says:

    another interesting meeting. Letter is probably leading back to contacts with older members. One must remember in earlier good old days, lodges had dances almost every month, and members got to know more members than today, when activities are fewer. I have fond memories of McAdams nights, when a movie was shown each month suitable for the family–unfortunately at least one movie was not so family friendly and thus aided in doing away with them, as well as tv. There are movies I would like to have shown, God is not dead, Dinner with Andrea, etc. Sunday was a Great Performance on tv, Isaac Perlman with Yiddish music. Many of the selections a mason would find interesting–themes as the search for God–is He here, there, everywhere; the rebuilding of the Temple.
    Letter said we no longer have contact with our members, nor the church. Actually the only one who keeps contact is the family dr. who as long as his patient needs prescriptions he or she knows more about the patient than any other person or group. When he moves, the medical records go with him, so they may know lot more than the lodge, for it is a matter of health, life and death to keep in contact with one’s dr., not so with the lodge. The only one in lodge who may know what happened to a member is the secretary, and then only if the member makes the effort to notify secretary of a change of address, or a friend or family member notifying lodge of sickness, moving to a retirement home or death. The secretary can not do everything, nor the officers and the few who attend lodge (who are mainly over 70) totaling about 20. I like to congratulate the officers, especially the young members who are aiding the youth organizations–DeMolay and Rainbow. Also several are interested in Masonic books , publications and research lodges. Perhaps we are going to have a renaissance and this year has been memorable for its activities, which unfortunately I could not attend many because of illness. Some have commented on old members–not sure what they are, seems they get ten years older than I am all the time, and now nearing 79, perhaps only Methuselah is the only old person.

  5. Herbert J. Smith says:

    The world is changing. Why would anyone expect Masonry not to change too? Learning lectures, rituals, and speeches are obviously outstanding achievements; HOWEVER, memorization is a solitary endeavor. Many younger men, our Masonic brethren, with wives and children, and involved with them, and, working longer hours away from home, are reluctant to take on the time-consuming commitment of learning Masonic Ritual, Lectures, Charges, etc. So, this valuable “quality at home time” is not attractive and available for the memorization of voluminous Masonic material. The result: or fraternity is losing their interest and involvement.
    Is it possible that Ritual Books, printed in COMMON English, NOT code, could be read by these younger men at our meetings? There is the means to store Rituals, in the Secretary’s locked office, to be distributed to ANY MEMBER prior to meetings? In my 55-year Lodge membership of paying dues and participation, I’ve witnessed good men who might have become outstanding creative and enthusiastic officers if emphasis on memorization was not required. We are hungry for honest FELLOWSHIP, with interesting intellectual meetings that would attract and inspire younger men to become enthusiastic brethren and officers. The time is overdue to quit specializing in memory work. If we want to survive, WHICH WE MOST CERTAINLY DO!

  6. Roland Stinnette says:

    Nice job on the website my brother.

    • stanley Clarke Wyllie says:

      Dave Malone is 82 on Valentine Day, he retired from being a volunteer sheriff deputy after 59 years. The Sons of the Revolution awarded him a distinguished medal for his service with the sheriff dept. He is over 50 yr. member of our lodge, I believe he went in 1957 in Riverview, and is a Past Commander of Reed Commandry.

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