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by Ed Halpaus
Grand Lodge Education Officer
Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M. of Minnesota

by Brother Russ Meister 33° Membership Chair

Are you committed to excellence? If you can dream it, you can do it! Do not take shortcuts, and do not forget where you come from. Do not accept compromise. Excellence leads to elegance!

Entitlements, lead to ownership. What's in it for us? Can we connect with Broth­ers of like values? Yes, we can! Be open and receptive to a new vision of yourself! If you can dream it, you can do it! Go back to basics. Why did we become members of the Scottish Rite?

We took all three degrees that all Broth­ers take. We went through the Scottish Rite. We pay our dues to these bodies, so we are qualified to be one of them. But are we? Do we really understand and live Masonic values and principles? Why don't we attend meetings, gather new Brothers of like mind to the Scottish Rite where they as well can have some input?

There are more and more questions to be asked. But the answers are what are im­portant. Be sure to answer your questions positively. You will be surprised at the answers.

My Brothers, agreeable to an ancient custom in all regular and well-governed lodges, it is now necessary that you de­posit something of yourself, into your fraternity. You certainly did not join the Scottish Rite to pay your dues, and hide in the shadows. How do you answer someone who says, "What is the Scottish Rite all about?

Do not be lost for answers. It is your duty to be active in the Scottish Rite, the "Further Light in Masonry" we all said we would seek when we became Masons. Your participation is what makes the Scottish Rite work. When you are elected, or appointed to an office, you make a pledge to work for the betterment of that office. Do not accept that appointment if you will not fulfill the obligation. If you do accept, do it with great confidence, and follow these values. These values are a blueprint for success.

BE OPPORTUNISTIC - Look for projects or events that allow you to learn something beyond the scope of where you are now. Consider how your work looks from someone else's perspec­tive. Ask the Brothers in your Lodge to join you in seeking more light by becom­ing members of "The University of Freemasonry." The St. Paul Scottish Rite is a campus of that University.

BE PROACTIVE - Examine the one aspect about yourself in which you excel, and think about how to add new challenges. Can you improve? Yes!

TAKE INTELLIGENT RISKS - Learning is taking risks, and it comes at the boundary between being stretched to the limit, and going over the edge. And finally....

BE ACCOUNTABLE - Stay on top of your projects by setting manageable goals. Do not procrastinate, or stay stuck in the old system of our changing times. We all must communi­cate with our Blue Lodges, whether by E-Mail, or face to face conversation. To be a success, you must be able to change! Ask the new and older member to be­come part of our University. It is for good men and all good men are welcome to become better men!

Our fraternity is great, but just look at how much more would be added, if every one of us made just one small accom­plishment. We simply need to communi­cate more information to each and every brother. All are important and if each one adds something of themselves we will succeed. Think about that, the answer is amazing. "Become a viable part of the Scottish Rite

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