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"GOOD LEADERSHIP IS IMPORTANT"
LEADERSHIP IS IMPORTANT
Our Eastern Star can only be
successful with a cooperative membership that works together and good leaders
who have leadership and management skills. The future of our Order demands our
best experience, energy and leadership abilities. A good leader will earn
respect from their chapter and their district. But just because you are a Worthy
Matron, District Deputy, or Grand Officer this does not mean that you are issued
a micro chip for your brain with all the answers to all the questions that you
will be asked.
Leadership stands for the
ideals, constantly growing higher and broader, to the ideals of the Order of the
E-Energy…the motive power
which pushes on past weariness, monotony and discouragement to ultimate
which makes us eager to step out on ways that have not bee tried-new paths, new
ventures which we face boldly and unafraid.
of you be ever strong, remembering a chain is only as strong as its weakest
E-Enlarging Interests. May
knowledge and sympathy grow constantly, leaving no room for selfishness and
R-Reverence…for all things
holy-the personalities of others, for God, the source of our power and strength,
goodness and love. Reverence growing into greater love.
S-Sincerity. That in all our
relationships there may be no sham or pretense, but only simplicity and truth.
That we may be willing to be our best selves for the sakes of others and our
Sisters and Brothers and the Order of the Eastern Star.
H-Humility. Working not for
ourselves, but for the good of others, really desiring the best things for the
other person and our Order.
enterprises we plan may be built wisely, whether great or small, not only for
today but for the days and years to come.
P-Poise…that in the
busyness and responsibility and increasing activity of the year, you may still
be kind and friendly, confident, serene, unruffled, restful. That unimportant
things may be kept in their place.
A good leader sets goals,
making them realistic and attainable, but high enough to be a challenge.
Following is a list of goals that I set one of the years that I served as Worthy
Matron. My chapter achieved half of them. Think of others that will help your
own chapter to grow. Goals don’t just happen, you have to believe, you have to
be willing to work on them. When a chapter adopts a common set of goals and
makes a commitment to achieve them, the members have a sense of unity.
Have each station filled at every meeting. Each officer is to select a pal to
fill in if the officer cannot be present. Each officer is responsible for seeing
that his/her station is filled at each meeting.
Initiate 10 new members.
Have at least 5 sideliners at each meeting.
Start meetings on time.
Appoint one officer each month to be responsible for writing and/or visiting the
chapter’s Sunshine Pal at the Indiana Masonic Home.
A written invitation be sent to each new member for the first meeting following
Establish a follow up program after initiation for an
Help someone in need in your chapter.
How a meeting is conducted
can make a difference as to whether a Sister or Brother comes back again!
Some of you may remember my
fun pin—a little lamb that read “Ewe Are Special”. I believe that each one
of our members is special, whether they are an officer, a committee member, or a
sideliner. Each one is special and has their own special talent to contribute.
But we must make them feel special and appreciated. We need to improve the
courtesy that we extend to people. This is one way to get people back to chapter
and increase motivation. Our members need a pat on the back or a sincere
“Thank you” for a job well
Now is the time to look
forward. We can do nothing with time past, it is gone forever. However, we can
use our experiences with our past successes and failures as our guidelines for
establishing our goals for the future. As leaders in your chapters, you need to
be positive, a good motivator, get along exceptionally well with others, to be
very conscientious, and have a lot of self pride.
This is a quote from Lou
Holtz, retired football coach at Notre Dame:
saw a group of men in my hometown,
saw a group of men tearing a building down,
a heave and a ho and a mighty yell,
swung a beam and the sidewalk fell.
I said to the foreman, “Are these men skilled,
type you’d hire is you wanted to build?”
he laughed and said, “Why, no indeed.”
said, “Common labor’s all I need.
I can tear down in a day or two
it took a builder ten years to do.”
I thought to myself as I walked away,
of these roles am I going to play?
I the type that constantly tears down
I make my way, foolishly, around?
Or am I the type that’s trying to build with care,
In hopes that my organization’ll be glad I was there?”
matter what others are doing, my friend, or what they are leaving undone,
God’s counting on you to keep on with the job ‘til the very last battle is
won. He’s counting on you to be faithful, He’s counting on you to be true.
Yes, others may work, or others may shirk, but remember—God, and your chapter,
is counting on you.