A problem we find with those considering joining the M.L.R. is their apprehension in writing papers. Really, there shouldn’t be! We do not look for perfection from anyone. we would rather like to feel an effort was made, regardless of the results. If one has never written anything of its kind before, he is not going to master it with this late start. Like everything else, it takes practice and work. Some of us have yet to write a paper that is worthy of putting into print, on the other hand, there are those in the Lodge who are excellent have degrees in English, and are willing to help those who need it.
I’ll tell you one thing though, by trying, it is one way to l earn more about Freemasonry, because it does require reading and research. A problem that does arise is what to write about. That should be no problem,. either, for there are literally hundreds of subjects. Certainly during your years in Masonry, some things must have caused you to wonder, raised doubts in your mind, or excited your curiosity enough to cause you to devote some time to research it and present your findings. You will be surprised at the type of subjects that have caused other Brothers to go to work. A recent paper was written-about he renovation of the White House.. A brother noted that most of the stones used to build the original White House were marked with Mason’s Marks. He came up with a wonderful story, which of course required some work and research, but the Brother has had a lot of pleasure in telling of his work, and many Masons have now been told of the rebuilding project and know about the markings on the Stones, all because of him. Another Brother was interested in Music written by Masons about Masonry. He had a wonderful presentation, with musical recordings and commentary. Still a third found much pleasure in writing about “Casanova” the Great Lover, and Mason. So you never know. There are all kinds of books available on practically every subject on Masonry. Public Libraries have shelves full; the Grand Lodge has a Library; the Scottish Rite in Stratfor. has many books and you will even find a great number of Brethren who have good sized Libraries at home. We feel sure they would be glad to loan the books out if they were promptly returned in the same condition as they were loaned. Books and reading material are available from the Masonic Service Association in Washington.; and other noted Libraries,such as the Grand Lodge of N.Y., Ohio, etc.
I said there are a great number of subject matter. You could write one, two or more pages on. Let me mention just a few;
1. The Historical Background of your Masonic Temple, your Lodge, your Town.
2. Biographical Sketch of your Master, First Master or Others.
3. Problems of modern Lodge compared to another period.
4. The changes in the Ritual, over the years.
5. The Grand Representative system in the U.S.
6. Famous Guests who attend Grand Lodge over the Years.
7. Prominent Masonic individuals in CT.
8. Origination of the P.M. degree.
9. The CT. relationship to the M.S.A.
10. The Ancient Cornerstone laying ceremony.
11. CT Masonry in World War 2.
12. History of your Lodge or a special segment.
13. Meeting places of your Lodge.
14. Compile an index of certain subjects, Concordant Bodies, Rules and Regulation changes, etc. mentioned in the Grand Lodge Proceedings.
15. The return to Religious Edifices, or why do modern day lodges buy Church Edifices as Lodge rooms.
16. Elements of the Ritual.
17. Connecticut’s support of the Washington Memorial.
18 Early newspaper accounts of you Lodge (Or other Lodges).
19. The Grand Lodge Lecturer system, etc.
We invite one and all to write a paper at one of our future meetings, whether you care to join or not. All are welcome.
How To Write A Paper