Suggestions for Improvements inLodge Bulletins or Trestleboards
A friend of mine, who prefers to remain anonymous, wrote the following"rules" for Masonic Lodge trestleboards, based on his long experiencein reading boring Lodge bulletins or trestleboards.
RULES FOR WRITINGTRESTLEBOARDS
Of course, this is all in fun, but it shows us some importantpoints.
1. Incorrect spelling or grammar in any written document doesnot show that the writer is "one of us" or a "normal"person. It shows that he either doesn't know how to write correctly, or isn'twilling to get assistance from someone who knows how to edit. Of course, it's agood idea to be sure that someone who knows how to edit should insure thatall the words in Lodge bulletins are spelled correctly, and that the grammar iscorrect, so educated people will feel this Lodge cares about the use ofproper English.
2. Avoid cliches, such as comments about the season orthe weather. These comments merely demonstrate that the writer doesn't haveanything interesting to say. If you don't make your Bulletin interesting, don'tbe at all surprised when you find that the Brethren are not bothering to readwhat you're sending them. Go out of your way to make your Bulletinginteresting.
3. Be honest in what you say in Lodge bulletins. Youdon't have to say you're surprised that your year is concluding "soquickly." Instead, talk about what you have accomplished, what youhave learned, what your advice is to the Brethren.
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