The Sublime

The Official Online Newsletter of the A. Mabini Chapter, Order of DeMolay, Republic of the Philippines

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Good of the Order - Protocol

Here is what I feel may be a 'fading art' in the stated meetings. I've noticed that the protocol for the good of the order has not been given enough value. And by protocol I mean the sequence in which individuals are given the chance to speak based on their rank and/or seniority.

"Why is this important?", you may ask. Two reasons:

1] Due respect
"And last but not least" is a common expression used to emphasize the introduction of the valued presentation or speaker in programs. This well accepted format also applies to the good of the order. That is, valued & mature messages are commonly saved for the later parts. So, by allowing the more learned participants to speak during this time shows that you respect them because you acknowledge them as being in positions capable of giving messages with such quality.

2] Mental excercise in public relations
specifically for the MC or whoever is presiding over the meeting. As I stated earlier this is an art. When guests are present it's not so easy to be mindful of who is in your chapter room aside from the chapter members, what their positions are, and what they have accomplished in the Order. One has to think on his feet in order to accomplish the appropriate due respect and also demonstrate command over the meeting and its participants. This is the case for the MC. For the rest it is a venue to critique not only the MC but also the meeting participants based on their accomplishments in the organization. Note that critisizm can be good as well as bad. I've actually found it a bit amusing to discover and deliberate individuals present in the meeting based on the protocol observed in the good of the order while I am in my seat.

Here then is my suggested sequence for the Good of Order, in chronological order. It is based on my personal experience with the Order. If you think otherwise then please do write me a comment. I'd be happy to receive others' opinion on this.

[01] Visiting brothers, active & senior
[02] Chapter members
[03] Senior chapter members, not former JC/SC/MC
[04] Junior Councilor
[05] Senior Councilor
[06] Senior chapter members, former JC/SC/MC
[07] National Congress officers
[08] National Congress officers, former
[09] Associate chapter advisors (presumeably an active or senior brother)
[10] Dad Masons
[11] Dad Masons, chapter advisors
[12] Dad Mason, Chairman - Sponsoring Masonic Body
[13] Dad Mason, Chapter Dad
[14] Dad Masons, Supreme Council members
[15] Master Councilor

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Walt Disney

His Life and his example, is our pride and glory.

Read who is Legionnaire Walt Disney, DeMolay Hall of Fame - November 13, 1986.

(From - DeMolay Hall of Fames)

Walt Disney - an icon for generations, a man with a vision, a self-made success who built an empire with his drawings - was first a DeMolay.

Disney was born in Chicago and raised in Marceline, Missouri. He spent most of his boyhood on a farm, often sketching illustrations of the animals. Later, the family moved to Kansas City, where Disney took a number of odd jobs to help support the family, including keeping a paper route for six years. At age 15, he dropped out of school.

By the fall of 1917, World War I was in full-force. Disney wanted to join the war effort, but he was only 16 and he was turned away. Determined to help, Disney traveled to France and became an ambulance driver for the Red Cross. Ever the vigilant artist, Disney's ambulance was not decorated with camouflage, but with his original drawings.

Disney returned to Kansas City in 1918, and became an artist. After working with a local advertising agency, Disney organized his own company. Once he decided to make cartooning his profession, Disney traveled to Chicago to attend the Chicago Academy of Art in the evening while working days. After several years, Disney moved to Hollywood.

In Hollywood, Disney formed a small company with his brother, Roy. He did a series of film cartoons that he called "Alice in Cartoonland." There he met Lillian Bounds, who later became Mrs. Disney. During the next ten years, Disney experienced more hard times than successes. Although some of Disney's creations were successful, his cartoons could not be called distinguished. It was not until sound broke in Hollywood that Disney came into his own, for in action, sound, and later color, Disney had the necessary tools to make his cartoons as he imagined them.

Mickey Mouse was Disney's first, and today, most widely known cartoon character. One success followed another, and before Disney's death in 1966, his small company had expanded to an empire with color, movies, television, and two theme parks. He produced full-length animated classics such as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Pinocchio," "Fantasia," "Dumbo," and "Bambi." Disney, along with his staff, received forty-eight Academy Awards and seven Emmy's. He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Disney's dream didn't end with his death. Even today, Disney is one of the most recognized names worldwide, and his empire continues to expand in the 21 st century. And it all began with a man and a dream...

Disney was initiated into Mother Chapter in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1920. He received the Legion of Honor in 1931. Disney was a member of the first class to be inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on November 13, 1986.

"I feel a great sense of obligation and gratitude toward the Order of DeMolay for the important part it played in my life. Its precepts have been invaluable in making decisions, facing dilemmas and crises. DeMolay stands for all that is good for the family and for our country. I feel privileged to have enjoyed membership in DeMolay."

Walt Disney, 1901-1966 (from - DeMolay Hall of Fames)