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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Journal of the Masonic Society Update
Members of the Masonic Society have been patiently waiting for their Issue #7 of the Journal to arrive since January. As you can see from the official Post Office photo above, it is arriving now, some two months later than it was due. I have been receiving emails and phone calls wondering why half of the events in the calendar section have come and gone before the issue landed in mail boxes.
As Editor, the blame can be spread around, but it is ultimately my responsibility.
Our files went out in early January, but unbeknownst to me, our printer in Texas was undergoing a merger, major reconstruction, the installation of new equipment, and new personnel when our job arrived. In the meantime, the blizzards and Masonic events of February—Masonic Week and the Conference of Grand masters—kept me focussed elsewhere instead of chasing down the order. As a result, there was much scrambling and gnashing of teeth when it was discovered that our job fell between the cracks. This, after we had believed that we had the system working well.
The good news is that the printer now has all printing, bagging and mailing services under one roof, instead of outsourcing, which will now result in faster turnarounds, better handling, and even less cost. So out of this comes a better product for us.
Issue 8 is now being wrapped up and will go to the printers the first week in April. It WILL be in members' hands by about the third week in April, depending on our postal service friends. We are always looking for well-researched articles, photos, and news events. Please forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The quarterly Journal of The Masonic Society presents articles that enlighten our past, and explore solutions to the challenges facing Freemasonry today.
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