|Volume LVII||January 2010||Number 1|
ONE DAY MASONIC JOURNEY
Renaissance as to Membership
While placing continued emphasis on the preferred practice of a candidate asking a brother to be proposed for membership, now brethren may also engage in selective invitation. Under this change, members are now permitted to invite a man of good character to join this fraternity. In many ways, this is only authorizing what has been a common practice for many members for years.
BLACK BALLS AND REJECTION
It will now require three black balls to reject a candidate. At the same time, any one brother may still reject a candidate by going to the District Deputy Grand Master (D.D.G.M.), privately, and stating his reason for rejection. If the D.D.G.M. finds the reason for rejection to be a true Masonic objection and the facts to be truthful, he will submit the objection on behalf of the anonymous brother.
MORE THAN 5 FREEMASONS MADE IN ONE DAY
The restriction whereby only five Freemasons can be made in one day is hereby removed. The "Ahiman Rezon" and the ritual will be changed accordingly, and lodges and Masonic districts will be permitted and encouraged to make as many Masons as they choose to in one day.
DISTRICT-WIDE DEGREE CONFERRALS
Degrees for membership are hereby permitted to be done on a Masonic district basis in the spring and fall. The degrees will be done on three separate days, just as they are now. All-star degree teams should be chosen, and the mechanics of this process will be announced at the Schools of Instruction. Performing the very best conferrals will make the presentation even more impressive, and having the lodge room full will show the new members the proper attention.
SENIOR RECRUITMENT PROGRAM
The new Senior Recruitment Program is being implemented as an incentive to invite worthy candidates to join our ranks. Any member who is age 60 or higher and who successfully recommends for membership two members who are less than 30 years old will be exempt from lodge and Grand Lodge dues for life.
DUES PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD
In order to bring our dues payment method up to modern times and help with cash flow, every lodge will be able to receive a member's dues by use of a credit or debit card. For convenience and efficiency, all members will be encouraged to participate in an automatic withdrawal from their credit card each year for their dues.
The "Call 'em All" program will continue under the new title of "Call to the Craft" to be paid for the lodges' use by the Grand Lodge. One of the most important duties that we can perform is to keep in communication with our members!
Lodge secretaries are encouraged to use e-mail for the distribution of lodge notices. With proper planning, this could save the lodge several hundred dollars a year that could be used for other purposes.
MEMBERSHIP GROWTH & RETENTION AWARDS
Awards will be presented to the lodges that excel in a positive membership increase for the year and also for lodges that retain their members by having no suspensions.
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