In a move towards 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.
As of today, this possibility is in place for those Lodges that have signed up to receive payments from credit cards and from ACH transfers directly from bank accounts. It goes beyond payments for dues. The enrolled Lodges can receive funds for dues, Lodge activities and contributions to the Lodge and its charitable programs. Additionally, members may make direct payments to any of the Grand Lodge charities, as well.
Another feature of this program is that members may establish recurring payments on a scheduled basis-- for example, monthly or quarterly advance payments toward their dues or contributions to Lodge and Grand Lodge Chairites. If your Lodge is planning a trip, and is accepting payments towards the balance of the cost of the excursion, this is an ideal way for members to make timed payments towards a larger total cost.
To make use of this service, Lodge members must sign into the MEMBER SERVICES module of this website, which can be accessed from the gray button on the lower right-hand side of the Grand Lodge Home page, or by clicking this link: http://www2.pagrandlodge.org/services/
Members who had 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 do so by entering the details requested, and creating a Member Services account.
To do this, they will need to have their Grand Lodge-assigned member number, which, for now, must be acquired from their Lodge Secretary.
When members enter the Payment Center, every member will find an option to make a payment to the Grand Lodge Charties. 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% secure service. The Grand Lodge does NOT collect or save your account details.
This service should be 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 businesses and for their personal finances. Not everyone will want to take advantage of it, but if it is available, many members will use it. Lodge Secretaries will receive detailed instructions at the Grand Secretary's annual seminars on how this new program can simplify and speed up the dues collection process.