"Unity Lodge No.18 Oration" Gavin K. K. Wardrope, W. Grand Orator
Most Worshipful Grand Master, Most Worshipful Past Grand Masters, Right Worshipful Brothers, Worshipful Brothers and Brethren all, Good Evening.
At the Grand Masters Installation in February he talked of the Spirit of 'Ohana' or family. He expressed that during his year he wished to embrace all of the various Appendant bodies but more especially our Youth.
He expressed a hope that one of the Orations would cover our Youth and there importance to our Fraternity and tonight that is my intention.
There is no better Lodge in the State to talk about the Youth than this Lodge, being the home of MWB David Barron. We all know the support over many years that his family has given to both Utah de Molay and Utah Job's Daughters.
For the majority of masons the only time they interact with a Member of the Youth Groups is when they serve a meal or attend the chairs at an Installation.
I can assure you that from someone who has experience with dealing with the girls there is much more to it than that. The work these boys and girls put into their groups is overwhelming, but you know what the Adult Supervisors and Advisors put in even more. I will give you all a piece of advice never, ever, compare your workload with that of a Chapter Dad of Bethel Guardian, you will lose hands down in every case.
Some Lodges seem to support the Youth better than others and I do not mean monetary. There is nothing the Youth enjoy seeing more of than having adults seated on the sidelines. I of course mean not just the once a year time that satisfies the requirement of the Master Builders Awards. Make an effort to attend their Degree meetings; you will be impressed, not just by the quality of their work but their understanding of what the Ritual means. I am sure that the Members of Grand Lodge who have attended the Job's Daughter Ritual Competition were suitably impressed.
There are several ways the Lodges can help each group. Perhaps you may not realize but your Lodge may be a Sponsoring body of a Chapter or Bethel, if so the Lodge may consider donating to each group every 6 months which is the length of their term of Office. Perhaps, as some of the Lodges do is have the Youth and it is normally the Bethel, serve a meal before their Business Meeting. In Twin Peaks the last time we did this we invited the Youth into the Lodge to hear an Educational on George Washington, I found it very rewarding, not just masonically.
Of course they can be invited to attend the Lodge to perform parts of their Ritual.
Of course we have to support their events be it pot luck dinners or ritual competitions, we cannot be strangers to them. If we are they will be lost to our organizations for ever.
Equally they must be included in our Lodge events. If you don't believe what can be done come to an event in Midvale by Twin Peaks and you will find just as many of the Youth groups in attendance than adults.
Another way to be involved is to sponsor a prospect party. The Youth groups love to invite their friends be it at a Corn Maze or Bowling Arena; you may find the Lodge competing with the Youth for prospects because I can assure you that not all of the adults involved with them are Masons and when they see our interactions it impresses them and they realize that our fraternity is not what they read about, outdated and stuffy, but fresh and vibrant. Be prepared to be surprised.
You may have children or grandchildren that may wish to become involved, the Chapters and Bethels are always looking at Members. You may be surprised if you do. That shy non responsive child you give to a Chapter or Bethel will soon grow into a strong, confident and more importantly a leader. The skills they will learn will be a foundation for life, have a look around you will be surprised at the Masons who were originally de Molay.
So who are these groups that I enthuse about? This is from their respective Web pages;
DeMolay is an organization dedicated to preparing young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives. Basing its approach on timeless principles and practical, hands-on experience, DeMolay opens doors for young men aged 12 to 21 by developing the civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills so vitally needed in society today. DeMolay combines this serious mission with a fun approach that builds important bonds of friendship among members in more than 1,000 chapters worldwide.
Job's Daughters has a rich heritage and tradition. The group was founded in 1920 to provide an opportunity for young women to work together, to learn about themselves and to help others. Job's Daughters is open to girls ages 10 to 20 who have a Masonic Heritage. We do not follow any specific religion, but do require that our members have a belief in God.
For over 90 years, Job's Daughters has been actively promoting friendship and service. The organization was founded by Mrs. Ethel T. Wead Mick in Omaha, Nebraska. The group takes its name from the Book of Job, and in particular to a reference in the 42nd Chapter that says, "And in all the land were no women found so fair as the Daughters of Job."
To become a Job's Daughter does not involve an embarrassing ritual or test of courage. Initiations are solemn, meaningful ceremonies presented by Bethel Officers. Parents are welcome at initiations and all of the meetings.
To be a member of Job's Daughters is to be part of a group that promotes friendship among young women and confidence in themselves. As a member you will learn skills that will help you throughout your life. You will become part of an organization that serves the community. Most importantly, you will have fun.
Also Brethren, that both of these groups are great supports of Charities both internationally, through their own organizations but locally through their own Chapters and Bethels. Each term the Master Councilor and Honored Queen are actively encouraged to reach out and support their national charities.
Finally Brethren there is another way to become involved that is to become an Adult Volunteer. Yes it does require a bit of effort and money but consider this; it is bad enough that Chapters and Bethels are closing due to lack of interest by our youth but how would you feel if one closed due to lack of adult volunteers.
Please consider this and the next date for training classes are April 20, 2013 for the Job's Daughter to be held at the United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City and due to their website being updated I am unaware of the de Molay dates.
Most Worshipful Grand Master thank you once again for being able to say these few words and enjoy the rest of your Visitation.
Fraternally, Gavin KK Wardrope PM Grand Orator April 3, 2013