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Excelsior is a project of the Leadership Committee from the New York Council of Deliberation. It is composed of three online components: Leadership Sessions, Lecture Series and a video news series, XLCR32.

Exploring Leadership Development

June 4, 2024

In the belief that Leadership skills are universal and not relegated to any particular organization, Excelsior has teamed up with the Grand Lodge of New York’s Leadership and Educational Services Team to form a new training program called the Masonic Leadership Academy. The program is based upon the teachings of Dr. John C. Maxwell, an internationally respected American Pastor, motivational speaker, leadership expert, coach, and best-selling author. In May 2014, Maxwell was named the No. 1 leadership and management expert in the world by Inc. Magazine.

At 7:00 PM on June 4th, join Ill. Richard J Powell, 33°, Ill. Robert G. Siebold, 33° & Ill. William Edwards, 33° with their “Exploring Leadership Development”

The Excelsior Team will lead you through an introduction to the John Maxwell book, Developing the Leader Within You 2.0:

First released in 1993, John C. Maxwell’s now-classic work revolutionized the way leaders are made. By examining the differences between leadership styles, Maxwell outlines principles for inspiring, motivating, and influencing others from any type of leadership position—including as a business executive, a church leader, a teacher, or even a parent. In this thoroughly revised and updated edition, Maxwell includes two new chapters to include the leadership insights and practices he has learned in the decades since the first edition so that you’ll receive everything you need to take a significant step in your leadership journey.

The Team will briefly discuss the chapters on INFLUENCE, PRIORITIES and CHARACTER. Join us for this introduction and then schedule a full session for your Valley!

Register Here to receive the Zoom link for the session. The program will begin at 7:00 PM. The link will be emailed to you during the week leading up to the session.

Leadership Sessions
Excelsior will hold 3 virtual leadership sessions per year, each highlighting programs & ideas designed to help your Valley succeed. The upcoming schedule is as follows:

October 16, 2021
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The Ambassador Program
Ill. Robert Siebold, 33°

February 12, 2022
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Virtual and Hybrid Meetings and Presentations – Best Practices
D.B. Myron Deputat, 32° MSA

June 16, 2022
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Journey On with Pathfinder
Ill. J.B. McNaughton, 33°

October 19, 2022
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“Everyone Communicates, Few Connect” Part 1
Ill. Robert Siebold, 33°

February 23, 2023
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“Everyone Communicates, Few Connect” Part 2
Ill. Robert Siebold, 33°

December 14, 2023
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Living Our Scottish Rite Values by Applying the Maxwell Leadership Method
Ill. William Edwards, 33°

Lecture Series
The Lectures Series will present 3 online lectures per year, featuring Masonic & non-Masonic speakers with topics of interest to our Brethren. The upcoming schedule is as follows:

December 28, 2021
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The Civility Mosaic
Brother Russ Charvonia, Past Grand Master of California
April 29, 2022
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Introduction to Contemplative Masonry
Brother C.R. “Chuck” Dunning, Jr.
August 9, 2022
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Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library
Jeff Croteau, Director of Library & Archives

December 22, 2022
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A History of the Scottish Rite in New York
Ill. W. Bruce Renner, 33°

April 11, 2023 
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The Play’s the Thing
Ill. James Gregg, 33°

October 18, 2023 
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Osage Indian Murders, the Founding of the FBI and the Masons Involved
Ill. Mark A. Wright, 33°

February 22, 2024 
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Fraternal Failures: What Modern Masons Can Learn from Failed Fraternal Orders
Bro. Seth C Anthony, 32° HGA

XLCR32 is a video newscast service. Valleys are asked to take photos & even video clips of their events and celebrations and email us at [email protected] for instructions on how to send those files to us. Once we have the files along with information about the event, we will compile them into a short video and post it on our Vimeo page (​).

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