One of my roles as the junior warden is to schedule degrees. If you have never had this task, you are in for a treat someday. I get to call the local Masonic elite and ask them to help me out by delivering lectures and playing some sort of part in these ceremonies. The degree nights are likely some of the most memorable the candidates will have in their whole adult life and it takes a lot of guys to put them on.
So far I have found that the process of arranging everything is kind of a pain in the butt but when it all comes together it is worth it. The step-limiting factor in arranging degrees is getting a lecturer. These members are few and far between due to the difficulty of memorizing such long speeches. It’s a tough prospect to learn a lecture but one that every lodge should aspire to foster in the members, as the lecture is something that cannot be dispensed with.
Once the lecturer is booked, I feel pretty good scheduling the date. Everything else seems to fall into place pretty easily. Our members are well-versed enough in the ritual that we can pull together a good team to confer the degrees.
At Cherrydale Lodge I just scheduled two degree nights (FC & MM) coming up next month and hope to have a third one (EA) stuck in there somewhere as well. Traveling through Arlington, VA? Let me know. We would love to have you visit, either for a stated communication (1st and 3rd Thursdays) or for a called communication (7 & 27 April, so far).