Entered my petition the other night.

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  1. Capricornguy

    Capricornguy Registered User

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    the worshipful master was extremely nice. I never knew he was the people I’ve be conversing with from time to time until it was pointed out.

    It will be month for it to be read and then an investigative committee will go meet with me somewhere.

    Oh boy. Well here goes nothing lol.
     
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  2. Keith C

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    Congratulations on taking the first step, and good luck throughout the process. Typically the Investigating Committee will want to meet you in your home.
     
  3. Bloke

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    Every success in your journey :)
     
  4. Matt L

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    Congratulations on your first step and welcome to the forum. Keep us informed on your progress.
     
  5. jermy Bell

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    Nothing to worry about,
    Be truthful
    Ask questions
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  6. Capricornguy

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    One of the past masters said “there is always someone somewhere who won’t like you so don’t worry about them”. It takes 3 black balls to not initiate someone
     
  7. Winter

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    That's pretty generous. My jurisdiction is one.

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  8. Chaz

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    It was one when I was initiated as well
     
  9. Winter

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    A side note that has nothing to do with the conversation, all of the jurisdictions I am familiar with use cubes, not balls. Though the terminology of being "black balled" often creeps into the lexicon of common usage.

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  10. David612

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    2 in my lodge and we use black and white balls.
     
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  11. Winter

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    Interesting. Now I can say I know a jurisdiction that uses balls instead of cubes.

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  12. David612

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    I would expect it was a case of them being on special at the small monochromatic geometric stones store
     
  13. Bloke

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    Yes, we use balls as well in UGLV. (three or more will exclude, but a lodge can pass a by-law for two).
     
  14. Capricornguy

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    They use three because all members of the GLofTX that state can come in to the blue lodge and vote on that person. You don’t have to be with that lodge but a lodge with the GLofTX. So randoms can come in and vote from different lodges under the same GL. Or that was how it was explained to me
     
  15. Brother JC

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    That’s really bizarre, I’ve never heard of members from other lodges being able to vote for anything in a lodge.
    Now, having members of a lodge who never attend coming out of the woodwork to vote... that’s common almost everywhere!
     
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  16. jermy Bell

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    I've never sat in lodge in Texas, but it sounds like a whole different world there in any of their lodges..
     
  17. David612

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    I suspect a misunderstanding.
     
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  18. Capricornguy

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    I mean that was told to my uncle in front of me. He is from a different lodge and just a visitor in the city I live in.

    They said he can join in on the vote as long as his blue lodge is under the grand lodge of Texas.
     
  19. CLewey44

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    I dont mind this idea any MM can come vote actually. What if said petitioner went to another lodge before and was blackballed (@Winter or cubed haha) for some reason this other lodge didnt know about. If its for the better of the fraternity it might be good for some other GLs look into. I do NOT like 3 blackballs, two maybe but one is sufficient due to the rarity of such event. If someone has the 411 on a petitioner and says he shouldn't join, that's good enough for me. Most guys are voting blindly with whiteballs anyways and have no clue about the petitioner. Especially this day and age of "open gate" culture, one blackball vote is good enough for me.
     
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  20. Brother JC

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    That’s what investigation committees are for. In NM they can stop a petition before it gets to vote. And if he was blackballed in the same jurisdiction the GL should pass that on to all secretaries. There’s a time limit on blackballing, and having the same curmudgeon from the previous lodge come stalk you a year or two later is bogus.
     

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