Volume LVIIIMay 2011Number 2

Online Payment Option

In a move toward modernizing the business side of Freemasonry, the Grand Lodge has put into place a method by which your lodge can now receive funds from members electronically. In his inaugural speech, Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon promised that:

"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."

As of today, this possibility is in place for those lodges that have signed up to receive payments from credit cards and from Automated Clearing House (ACH) transfers directly from bank accounts. It goes beyond payments for dues. The enrolled lodges also can receive funds for lodge activities and contributions to the lodge and its charitable programs. Additionally, members may make direct payments to any of the Masonic Charities, as well.

Another feature of this program is that members may establish recurring payments on a scheduled basis toward their dues or contributions to lodge and Pennsylvania Masonic Charities. If your lodge is planning a trip, and is accepting payments toward the balance of the cost of the excursion, this is an ideal way for members to make timed payments toward a larger total cost.

To use this service, lodge members must sign into the MEMBER SERVICES module of the www.pagrandlodge.org website, which can be accessed from the gray button on the lower right-hand side of the Grand Lodge Home page, or by visiting www2.pagrandlodge.org/services.

Members who have already created an identity to use the on-line Masonic Employment Center or the Business Directory can sign in and immediately access the new Payment Center. Members who have NOT yet registered for an account and received a user name and password, can sign in by entering the details requested and creating a Member Services account. To do this, they will need their Grand Lodge-assigned member number, which, for now, must be acquired from their Lodge Secretary.

When members enter the Payment Center, they will find an option to make a payment to Pennsylvania Masonic Charities. If their Lodge Secretary has completed the paperwork to authorize the receipt of payments into the lodge checking account from credit cards and from ACH transfers, the lodge name and number will also appear as an option. If they are members of multiple lodges that have signed up for this service, then multiple lodges may be listed to choose from.

Completing the process is SAFE AND SECURE. When you reach the screen that asks you to enter account details, you will be on a secure server and entering the data directly into MYPRISMPAY.COM, which is our partner in providing this easy and 100 percent secure service. The Grand Lodge does NOT collect or save your account details.

This service is available to ALL members, and every lodge is being encouraged to sign up. This is a method of doing business that many of our members use for their work and for their personal finances. Not everyone will want to take advantage of it, but now that it is available, many members will use it. Lodge Secretaries have received detailed instructions at the Grand Secretary's annual seminars on how this new program can simplify and speed up the dues collection process.

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