Volume LVIIJanuary 2010Number 1

ONE DAY MASONIC JOURNEY

On Oct. 30, 2010, our Grand Lodge will hold a One Day Masonic Journey in 13 locations across the state. The classes will be conducted much the same as the One Day Class held in 2004.

This is an excellent opportunity to invite interested, quality men, who may have busy schedules and numerous business and personal time commitments, to join our ranks. During this event, approved candidates will be able to join Symbolic, Scottish Rite and Shrine Freemasonry all in one day.

Brethren: if you are a member of a Blue Lodge but have an interest in expanding your Masonic experience to include Scottish Rite and Shrine Masonry, this is a convenient option for you, too!


Renaissance as to Membership

SELECTIVE INVITATION

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.

MEMBERSHIP COMMUNICATION

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 NOTICES

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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