Texan Mason


A Millennial in the Quarries, Yelling into the Void


06/22/2017 Show Notes - Quarryman's Roundtable (Special Guest: Brad Billings)

Intro Music w/ Disclaimer

Host and Guest Introductions

Remember to rattle off your Blue Lodge titles, y’all.

  • Rhit

  • Grant

  • Gabe

    • "and we have a special guest tonight…​"

  • Brad

Masonic News for Week of Tomorrow’s Release

In anticipation of a long episode, we will be omittting news.

Listener/Discussion Questions

  • How do you feel about lodges going dark for the summer?

  • What do you think about the idea of establishing an evaluation for officers in order to give them constructive advice for the next year?

  • What books are on y’all’s nightstands right now?

Episode Content

General Questions

These can be either "Craft" or "Life in General," if seperate answers, ask the interviewee for both.

  • Who has been the most important or influential person to you?

    • Can you tell us about them?

    • How did they influence you?

  • What has been your happiest moment?

  • What has been your saddest moment?

  • What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned?

  • What are you proudest of?

  • How would you like to be remembered?

  • Where did you grow up?

General Craft Questions

These are more specifically-oriented towards the Masonic experience of the interviewee.

  • Which Mason, living or dead, would you like to sit down and talk with for an hour?

  • How would you describe yourself?

  • Did you have any (maybe even many!) Masonic relatives?

    • Did you have any favorites?

Leadship

  • What officer positions (Blue Lodge, Grand Lodge) do you currently hold?

  • You were raised in Trinity Valley Lodge #1048 and then got to be Master of the Lodge during its Centennial year. How did that feel?

    • What are you most proud of accomplishing during your year in the East there?

    • What’s something you didn’t quite get to that you’d love to see another Worshipful try and tackle?

  • How are you liking this whole DDGM thing?

    • What led to you becoming a DDGM?

  • What led you to becoming the Grand Junior Steward, and what were your responsibilities as that Grand Officer?

  • You’ve been a charter member and/or charter officer of a lodge, a research society, a chapel, and an assemblage.

    • What are the challeges of chartering an organization?

    • What was that like for you?

    • Would you be interested in tackling something like that again?

Looking Back

  • What’s the funniest thing that you’ve seen in Lodge?

  • If you forgot all of your Masonic experiences except one, what would that one be?

  • Is there something that you wish you’d done differently on your journey so far?

  • What’s something that you’d say to your past self right after your EA degree?

  • Is there a time when you thought about leaving the Craft, or that Masonry was just kind of difficult to enjoy?

Looking Forwards

  • What’s on the horizon for you and your Masonic career?

    • Beyond the horizon?

  • What are your hopes for what the future holds for the newest generation of Masons?

  • Disregarding hopes, what are predictions (optimistic/pessimistic) for 5, 10, 20 years from now?

  • What’s something you want to say to your great-great-grandson after his EA degree?

  • How do you think we can ensure that we’re a sustainable organization?

  • In that vein, do we really have a membership problem?

    • If we don’t, what has caused that perception?

    • If we do, what do you think caused it?

Making it Work

  • What’s your strategy for time management?

  • What’s your strategy for learning new material, and/or revisiting old material?

  • What’s been the most difficult thing about your level of involvement?

  • Do you have any advice for younger guys who are still learning the family/vocation/Craft balance?

Regular Vocations

  • Can you tell us a little about what you do for a living?

  • How well does that "play" with Masonic time commitments?

  • Have you had any cool run-ins with Brothers via work?

  • What lessons has Masonry provided you that have been helpful to your work experience?

That Whole "Religion" Thing

  • As a Mason, you definitely believe in some form of higher power, but can you tell us a little bit more specifically about your spiritual and/or religious beliefs?

  • Texas requires Masons to believe in "the existence of God, the immortality of the soul, and the Divine authenticity of the Holy Scripture." Most Grand Jurisdictions require less, a small number require more. What are your thoughts on this?

  • Have you ever had someone approach you with religiously-oriented (or otherwise) anti-Masonry?

    • What was your response/reaction?

The Appendant Body Rabbit-hole

Just a quick dip in the water

  • What current officer positions do you hold in the appendant bodies you belong to?

  • What’s your favorite petitionable appendant body?

  • What’s you favorite invitational appendant body?

AYE, LADDY

  • Can you tell us about your experience in Scottish Rite?

  • Pretend that none of the rest of us know about Scottish Rite. What’s the deal with the different colored hats, and why do you wear a red one?

  • What are the Knights of Saint Andrew?

  • How do degree teams in Scottish Rite work?

  • What do you do as a Chairman of the Ambassadors for the Membership Committee?

  • What do you want to tell interested, but not yet involved, Master Masons, about Scottish Rite?

In the Quarries

  • Can you tell us about your experience in Chapter & Council?

  • How was your experience as High Priest & Thrice Illustrious Master of Love Field Chapter & Council?

  • Unlike Scottish Rite, York Rite seems to be having a tough go of it and it seems to hit Chapters & Councils the hardest. What do you think is the key to revitalizing these two bodies?

  • Some brothers like them, others don’t; what’s your opinion on Festivals?

  • How has your experience as a District Deputy difference in Grand Chapter, Grand Council, and Grand Lodge?

    • What led you becoming a district deputy for Chapter and district deputy for Council?

  • What’s the key to having an impactful year as a High Priest & Thrice Illustrious Master?

  • What do you want to tell interested, but not yet involved, Master Masons, about Chapter & Council?

Taco Hats & Jesus

  • Can you tell us about your experience in Commandery?

  • How was your experience as Eminent Commander?

    • Any favorite moments, events, or impacts that you made?

  • How, and how well, has Commandery complimented your faith?

  • Like the other bodies we’ve talked about, what’s your Commandery elevator speech?

Invitational Bodies - Elevator Speech Lightining Round

  • Knights of the York Cross of Honor

  • Allied Masonic Degrees

  • York Rite College

  • Knight Masons

  • The Commemorative Order of Saint Thomas of Acon

  • Royal Order of Scotland

  • The WSFMRMWSPPB (The Operatives)

  • Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests

  • Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis

Invitational Bodies - Actual Questions

  • You definitely dedicated some time to AMD and are now a Past Sovereign Master. What is it about AMD that called you to leadership there?

    • What has been your favorite experience in AMD?

    • Is AMD intended to have a larger impact on Masonry as a whole, or is it more of a quiet preservation effort? (I’m not sure if this is the right question to ask, actually)

  • You helped charter Odessa Chapel #18 for the Commemorative Order of Saint Thomas of Acon. Can you tell us some more about that?

  • What’s the story behind your name, Brother Alchemy, in the Royal Order of Scotland, and why do brothers pick names in the Order?

  • Can you tell us more about the Worshipful Society of Free Masons, Rough Masons, Wallers, Slaters, Paviors, Plaisterers, and Bricklayers, better known as the Operatives?

    • Can you tell us about chartering the San Jacinto Monument Assemblage?

  • You were recently invested with the VIIĀ° Adeptus Exemptus (7th Grade, Adeptus Extremus) in the Texas College of SRICF. What does that mean in terms of responsibilites? Is that like recieving a degree for knowledge, or is that a chair degree?

    • Do you have any recommendations for people who are looking to learn more about Rosicrucianism, or any book recommendations on Rosicrucian teachings?

  • In your opinion, should Masonic invitational bodies be more restrictive, or less restrictive?

Events for Week of Tomorrow’s Release

In anticipation of a long episode, we will be omittting events.

  • As always, Fort Worth #148 meets on the Second Monday of each month, starting dinner at 6PM for a 7PM stated meeting at 1100 Henderson Street, Fort Worth, Texas

Closing Thoughts on Episode Content

  • Max 2 min/person, except guests.

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