The flyer beckoned Masters, Wardens, and any other officer or brother with a stake in their lodge’s future. And they came. Hosted by Cole Presley, District 35’s Deputy Grand Master, fifteen brothers representing eight lodges invested a September Saturday in a Morland cafe discussing problems, plans, and getting ideas to chart their way forward. “These brothers jump-started their planning and we all came away with tons of great ideas”, said Rick Reichert, Grand Senior Warden. “Strategic planning may sound like a big mountain to climb,” says Brother Presley, “but once we break it down, organize it, and put it to paper, it is a lot simpler than it first looks.” Brother Reichert hopes that the participating lodges will share their plans and ideas for posting to the Vision 2020 area on the Grand Lodge web site so other lodges in need of ideas can get their plans going. Next opportunity to get live help is the October 1st Leadership Academy in Topeka.
Still stewing on how to get going on your lodge’s strategic plan? When asked why there is no standard Grand Lodge planning template, Rick Reichert, GSW, responded, “The plan is secondary to doing the planning. Whether you chisel your brief plan in stone, create a 30 minute slide show, or detail it in a one-inch bound volume, the most important thing is that you’ve thought about what you want your lodge to be in 5 – 8 years and then devise a way to get there.”
Take a look at the Vision 2020 page. One of the resources there is entitled, Strategic Planning for Lodges, which talks about why planning is a good thing. There are accompanying slides to help you motivate your lodge officers to get excited about the planning process. External links take you to sites that guide you easily through the planning process using a variety of methods and complexity. Browse through the links and see if there is a version that suits your style.
Check the Vision 2020 page often. Notes from the 35th District planning session in September and materials for the Leadership Academy in October will be added in the next few weeks.
“Masonry in Kansas is not as unique as you would think”, commented Rick Reichert, Grand Senior Warden, while attending the 2011 Midwest Conference of Grand Lodges on August 13th. Grand Lodge officers from Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and the Canadian province of Manitoba assembled near Minneapolis to share problems and their potential solutions. “Very valuable information is presented. It is time well spent and we get to bring new and innovative solutions back to Kansas,” said Tracy Bloom, Grand Master, who along with Brother Reichert, attended with Brothers Don Newman, Deputy Grand Master, Bob Pfuetze, Grand Secretary, and Joey Stiles, Assistant Grand Secretary. “Kansas Masonry may have some issues in common with other Grand jurisdictions, but thanks to Vision 2020 we’ve been forging ahead with solutions. We’re leading in a lot of areas and need to continue leading and improving in Kansas”, concluded Reichert.