Blaine C. Clay Lodge # 14

Making Good Men Better in Houma, Louisiana.

Black Ball / White Ball

Posted by Troy Welch on April 11, 2011 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The Black Cube  "A WHITE ball elects, a black cube (or ball) rejects."

This, or some similar statement, is usually made at a lodge prior

to voting on the application of one who would be an initiate of


In all Jurisdictions in the United States, the ballot on an

applicant is taken secretly--that is, with no brother knowing how

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By - Laws Guidelines

Posted by Troy Welch on September 17, 2010 at 11:46 AM Comments comments (0)

Masonic ByLaws Committee

Lodge By-Laws



The Masonic ByLaws Committee is typically comprised of 3 men designated by the Worshipful Master. There is a Chairman of the Committee and 2 members.

Prior to beginning work to amend your current ByLaws, the committee needs to be very familiar with their Grand Lodge ByLaws.

While the Worshipful Master may designate any 3 members that he wishes, it is very important that at least one of these members have...

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Meeting Our Obligations in Resolving a Conflict with a Brother

Posted by Troy Welch on January 17, 2010 at 11:11 AM Comments comments (0)


Meeting Our Obligations in Resolving a Conflict with a Brother

     On a few occasions, I have observed a paradox in Masonry – we espouse lofty principles and then we sometimes act in petty ways. We take on sacred and binding obligations as we advance through the degrees, and then we sometimes act in ways inconsistent with those obligations. One of the most troubling inconsistencies between princi...

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Knights of Pythagoras (Please read)

Posted by Troy Welch on January 3, 2010 at 8:12 PM Comments comments (0)

Brothers of BCC,

     I recently ran across this article about the Knights of Pythagoras and i saw our community in the words.  I think that you guys will see the same.  After reading this please leave a comment on your thoughts of how we can bring this program back to life.


Travel light brothers,

Troy Welch

Sir Knight



RALEIGH -- Behind the shabby façade of the Widow's Son Prince Hall ...

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How Did it Come to This?

Posted by Troy Welch on December 20, 2009 at 6:36 PM Comments comments (4)

    Brothers of BCC,

     Recently I posted  a blog on this website that I probably should have used better judgement on.  While I don't apologize for my views I will offer an apology for the "edge" on the comments.  I have fought hard to have this website taken seriously, and it was never my intention to discredit the site by negative energy.  The comments that were placed in this blog were mine and mine alone and I don't...

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Back To Masonry?

Posted by Troy Welch on November 23, 2009 at 1:22 PM Comments comments (1)



     I recently had a difficulty with my family and I wasn’t able to attend the last lodge meeting. I felt torn between my duties to my family and the desire to make the meeting. Fortunately one of my line brothers made it clear that I should stay home and care for my family. There will be other meetings.


     Ok. With that decision made I kicked back and turned on some college footbal...

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Larger Than Five

Posted by Troy Welch on November 23, 2009 at 12:46 PM Comments comments (0)

    Larger than Five Committee stand up! We definitely in the building. Brothers Scoby, Davis, Wolfe, Williams, I ran across these posts and thought that I would share them with everyone and remind them of the fire we had coming in. Let’s capture that again and show these newer guys how to do it. I hope that yall don’t mind me sharing this and if we have any problems I will take them down. Also this piece might inspire others to join in as I think that I may pu...

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Masons as Mentors

Posted by Troy Welch on November 18, 2009 at 8:38 AM Comments comments (1)



    Recently a couple brothers and I went the first meeting for a mentoring program called the Twenty-Twenty Mentoring Ministry. The sole purpose of this ministry is to provide an opportunity for twenty adult brothers to mentor to twenty selected young brothers at a junior high level.


     Bro. Frank Kidd is coordinating the program. It was born in the local churches and two junior high schools reached out to ...

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