ATTN: Past Grand Masters, Grand Lodge Officers, Past Grand Lodge Officers and Permanent Members; Constituent Lodge Masters, Secretaries, and Members
Since the turn of a new century in 2000 the way we communicate as Brethren has changed. Many of us could not have realized how the World Wide Web would link us together as individuals, allowing us such rapid and immediate communications with persons from 10 miles to 1 Million miles away. If that wasn’t enough to digest, the development of Social Media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, just to name a few, have over the past few years allowed us to showcase our individual selves. The technology is being developed faster than many of us are able to keep up with.
It has become apparent to me as Grand Master that we need to be reminded of how anything we post on these Social Media sites becomes a permanent record that could reflect poorly on each one of us. This becomes more problematic when we promote ourselves as Masons and others assume these comments are representative of Masonry in general. It only takes a few seconds to post a comment, but it is very difficult to retract it.
I feel the time has come to set an official policy of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire on Social Media. The Grand Lodge Line Officers have worked with me to craft a policy that provides some guidance for the Brethren in their use of Social Media. The Grand Lodge continues to support the brethren in using all methods of communication but I am reminding the Brethren to take a moment and think about what you post on these sites BEFORE you post them.
We as Masons all took an obligation to Honor ourselves and the Craft, let us continue to do that.
Paul M. Leary, Grand Master