Where is Your Lodge’s Focus – by Toby Hanson DGM

Since I joined the Executive Committee of the Grand Lodge of Washington upon my election as Grand Warden, I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of traveling and visiting lodges in my jurisdiction.  The experience has taught me a lot about the workings of various different lodges.  One of the most important things I’ve picked up in my travels is that some lodges tend to have more of an internal focus and some have more of an external focus.

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Do You Have a Plan? by Toby Hanson DGM, WA

    In any organization there’s something called “institutional knowledge:” the knowledge inherent in the institution which is necessary to the function of the organization.  This can be anything from procedural information, like how to file reports, to where supplies are stored or what day the garbage is picked up.  In Buckley #75, all of our institutional knowledge was invested in only one person and, when she passed away, that knowledge was lost.  Now we’re going through the difficult and time-consuming process of rebuilding that store of knowledge.

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