Hello from Chicagoland!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Overworked724, Oct 3, 2017.

  1. Overworked724

    Overworked724 Registered User

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    Good evening, gentlemen!

    This is my first post. Sorry for the pic of the bear - only thing I could find on my computer. I'm new, and not yet petitioned. I am on this forum to read responses and get a sense of the personalities that frequent the various lodges. My Godfather was a freemason. Been interested for some time, but never knew one to invite me...until I started noticing the addage - Ask One, Be one.

    So I asked one! Will probably be petitioning in a few weeks after I get a chance to meet some of the fellows at the local lodge. See how I fit in. Very interested - trying not to delve too deeply...info is out there, but why try to dig it up? Just letting it come to me.

    Just slow going - I'm in no rush. But my first impressions are very positive.

    I wish all on this forum peace and balance!

    Cheers
    Julian
     
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  2. Brother JC

    Brother JC Vigilant Staff Member

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    Greetings, and welcome!
     
  3. GJB

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    Welcome. Best of luck on the petition

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  4. SCStrong

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    Howdy ! Welcome and best of luck on your petition. You won't regret it.
     
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  5. Overworked724

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    Thanks much! Will let you know how it progresses!


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  6. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Greetings and welcome to the forum.
     
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  7. Overworked724

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    Met the gentleman at the local lodge. Had dinner and socialized before the meeting (which was when I made my goodbyes).

    Very kind folk. Also a special day for one man I met as he was being initiated. Was more than impressed with the quality of character and relaxed nature of the conversation.

    Myself and one other person offered up our petitions yesterday. No trouble finding sponsors to sign after my second meeting at the lodge.

    Of note...made an instant connection with a navy vet and VFW life member. Also in my line of work!

    Waiting for next steps.

    Cheers everyone!


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  8. MarkR

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    What part of Chicago area? I grew up in LaGrange, lived my adult life in Wheaton and worked in Naperville before moving to Minnesota 19 years ago.
     
  9. Overworked724

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    High school and college (after military) in Chicago. Actually lived a few miles north in Cubs Park in old Andersonville. Moved to northern suburbs in 2000. Love Minnesota. Grew up fishing in Colorado!


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  10. Glen Cook

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    We have a son who lives in Andersonville.
     
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  11. Overworked724

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    Awesome neighborhood. Very yuppie area now...and many great restaurants. He’s lucky! One short ride on the L or Clark st bus to Cubs Park! Go Cubs.


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  12. Bloke

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    Hi Julian - welcome to the forum and every success with your petition to become a Freemason and the many happy years which I trust will follow.

    Warm Regards
    Bloke
     
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  13. Overworked724

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    Well - a bit of an update on recent events.

    Met with the gentlemen for the local lodge at the informal dinner prior to their stated meeting. They made very good impressions (I hope that the reverse was true). My petition was submitted, and since then was read in lodge and approved to move forward with the investigation committee.

    I was recently contacted and one of the brethren from the lodge set a meeting time/date at our home. My wife set up coffee/snacks/etc. and we expected to receive three guests from the lodge. However, only one person showed up. He mentioned one person might be late - but he never showed up, or called him. Visit lasted 3 hours - it was a long visit - but very friendly and cordial - however, he did most of the talking which we did not mind - as I was a bit nervous.

    This was where I had a question - is it normal to have the investigation committee to come in separate visits? I was a bit perplexed by this, as the 'committee' was a single person. Just wondering if this was unusual form for this screening visit - I am a bit new to this process. =-)

    (Trying to stay positive! Still waiting for the next visit(s) to complete the investigation process)
     
  14. HoldenMonty

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    I'm not sure if it differs in jurisdiction but what I know of is the investigation committee is usually three people and more times then not meet you at the same time. I'm still fairly new and haven't been on one yet but it seems really odd that only one individual showed up. Did he metion the third guy or if he would contact you?
     
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  15. Keith C

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    Normally it is 3 people who visit one time together. Perhaps something came up with the other committee members, hard to say. When you went to the lodge for dinner before their meeting, how many Brothers were there? If it was just a few it might mean they are fairly low on active members and may have struggled to put together an investigation committee, as your two recommenders can not be on the committee.
     
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  16. David Duke

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    In Texas it is up to the committee members if they want to go as a group or individually. Most choose going as a group for expedience or convenience. My personal preference is to meet individually at the candidates home if possible and then the committee members then meeting as a group to compare notes, this way to me tends to get a better understanding/feel of the candidate and his expectations of Masonry.


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  17. Overworked724

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    It was quite a few during dinner ~ around 25 or so in addition to a couple visiting members. But the lodge has received some newer members of late and they are busy with other candidates as well I believe. As far as I know, there are around 80 or so members, of which roughly 20 or so are active members.

    I am not too alarmed by it, but the initial individual meeting, versus a committee visit, was not what I had anticipated. So my thoughts naturally went to whether I should plan for three separate visits. So thought I would use the forum to gather any experience on the normal vetting process. (p.s. Just heard from the other folk on the committee and they will align schedules for a combined meeting)

    Wish me luck!
     
  18. Overworked724

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    Actually, that makes a lot of sense to me. If I were on the other end, I might approach it the same way if I had a choice. It allows a much more personal and interactive discussion with a candidate without the need to split time among the other members of the committee.

    Either way...it's all good. Thanks all for the feedback!
     
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  19. Bloke

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    Howdi. This has happened to me - organised a committee of three which turned into a committee of 1 due to work commitments. Embarrassing. We're a laid back lodge, and when thinks go wrong, we always jokes this is what happens when you have an organisation organised by blokes... but it all works out in the end :) Three hours ? Wow... you must have been serving good biscuits or coffee - you'd never get me to sit still that long.

    Given you've had dinner with them, they might treat that as a committee and as long as your single visitor emerged with what he needs (in 3 hours you would hope so) you might not see the others. Yet you might. Just go with the flow and meet any reasonable request.
     
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  20. Ripcord22A

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    NM requires that the meeting happen together


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