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Communications – A Road to Success

Allen E. Roberts


OFTEN WE hear, “Let’s get to the nitty-gritty,”or, “Let’s get to the nuts and bolts.” Excellent advice. If two people are on the same “wave length,” there is no problem in following this advice.


We must determine, though, what the “nitty” is before we can get to the “gritty.” We can’t fasten the bolt with the nut until it’s put through the hole.  Finding the right hole can take time, knowledge, searching, and often a lot of fumbling. Putting on the nut becomes fairly simple once the hole is found.


It takes communication, non-verbal, to find the proper slot for the bolt. It can take differing forms of communication to find the “nitty-gritty.” With meaningful communication many difficult problems can be solved and tasks performed efficiently.


One wonders how many Lodges have had to surrender their charters because of little or no communication, or how many Lodges have poor attendance because of a lack of communication.  Many Masters deplore the small group of Masons who turn out for Masonic funerals. Later they learn that many members would have been present if they had known about the funeral.


One of the former duties of the Tyler was to notify the members of special meetings of the Lodge.  That was before the days of the popularity of Brother Henry Ford’s horseless buggy. In those bygone days many country Lodges met on or close to the full moon. This enabled the men, or their horses, to find their way safely over rural lanes.

Those were the days when the Masonic Lodge was the center of attraction for men fortunate enough to be Master Masons.


Brother Henry Ford and his Model T changed the life-style of Americans. Man was no longer tied to a relatively small area of the country. His world was enlarged. So was his knowledge, his work habits, his friends, his neighbors, and his leisure time. The Masonic Lodge was no longer the only center of attraction for its members.


All this means that there must be written communication between the Lodge and its members. Here’s a partial list of the PURPOSES of a LODGE PUBLICATION:

  • To inform the members of the Lodge’s objectives, plans, problems, and programs;

  • To show how the member is vital to the success of the Lodge

  • To help create well-informed Master Masons;

  • To recognize the achievements of the members in Freemasonry and the community; and

  • To provide Masonic social intercourse for members and their families'

Source: Sunday Masonic Paper No. 697,

Wayne Anderson, Frontenac Masons,

Communications - A Road To Success,

January 12, 2014