Volume LIIIMay 2006Number 2

Online Member Services are a Real "Hit!"

The new Member Services module at the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania website is an outstanding example of Masons Helping Masons. The current member services consist of an Online Masonic Business Directory and an Employment Center.

In the Business Directory, members can post a small description of their business, service, hobby or personal expertise that they can offer to their Brothers. This is an excellent example of the networking available to our members, and we have already heard of business relationships that have been established through this outlet. As of this writing, the Online Masonic Business Directory includes 338 listings from all across the state. Over 1,000 new members have registered for this free service.

The Employment Center provides an opportunity for Masons to advertise job opportunities inside their businesses to fellow Masons. It also allows a member to post a resumes of his qualifications and experience, to make himself available to a potential employer. The unique aspect of this Employment Center is that it is possible for both parties to remain anonymous in the early stages of an inquiry and to communicate through the Employment Center both anonymously and discretely until such time as the parties choose to set up an interview. As of this writing, there are 273 resumes and 38 job listings posted in the system.

These opportunities are made available exclusively to Pennsylvania Masons. When a Brother registers for these programs, his membership is verified and, indeed, the database is regularly checked, so that only active members in good standing in Pennsylvania Lodges are listed. While we cannot guarantee that your business transaction will be exactly as you want it, we can guarantee that it will be with a Pennsylvania Mason. Having that common bond does NOT guarantee a "Masonic Discount" for services rendered or products purchased. Rather, it suggests that your Brother will treat you fairly and squarely. To register for these exclusive member benefits, go to www.pagrandlodge.org and click on the Member Services panel.

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