If many or most young people demit, is it worth joining?

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by John Doe123, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. cemab4y

    cemab4y Premium Member

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    It suggests to me that they either don't want new members or they are incompetent.

    Or that they are low budget volunteer groups and as with every such group it takes vast membership and/or vast budget to have a good web site. end quote

    Not all Masonic lodges are embracing the internet with equal enthusiasm. Some lodges have members who opposed to having any internet presence at all.

    As an IT professional, I must disagree that it is beyond the reach of lodges to have an internet presence. You can get a Facebook page for free. There are many website providers who will cut a non-profit discount. And a lodge can sell ads on their website, and defray the cost.

    IMHO- Any lodge that does not have some type of internet presence, is doing so of their own choosing.
     
  2. JJones

    JJones Moderator Staff Member

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    Honestly, I think so many lodges don't have good websites (or any at all) is because they are made up of older members who don't appreciate the value of the internet. They aren't stupid or incompetent...but many of them have little or no experience with the internet. How can you appreciate the value of something you don't fully understand?

    My old lodge had a website and a Facebook. My current lodge has one of the old broken websites and the majority of the members are older. I've come to lean towards the opinion that a Facebook page is more than adequate.
     
  3. MarkR

    MarkR Premium Member

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    Thanks for reminding me to update the lodge website. I haven't changed the information about the "next meeting" since it occurred on Tuesday!

    There . . . done!
     
  4. dalinkou

    dalinkou Premium Member

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    There are many good organizations out there, and many of them are doing good things. You should keep looking.
     
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  5. Derinique Kendrick

    Derinique Kendrick Registered User

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    @John Doe123 I felt exactly how you feel as far as the curiosity as to why younger men don't seek to join lodges. But at the same token I don't dwell on it, because it benefits me in no way. I think nowadays some of the younger generation either don't necessarily know about masons, haven't really been exposed to it (seeing that they don't recruit), or maybe they just don't care about it [at the moment or period unformately]. I can only speak for myself. I'm 24. I'm not a mason [yet] By the way. The lodge I petitioned, the youngest member that they have if I had to take a guess would be late 30s to early 40s. Like I mentioned earlier when I noticed that I wondered why there were no younger members, but I quickly killed that though because I thought what should it really matter, if it's something I want to do and I know my reason for why I want to join, why should me being the youngest member [if initiated] matter.

    I have the thought of if I am given the opportunity to join, I would use myself to promote the fact that a young man is a part of the lodge and hopefully be a role model and lead by example to hopefully get the younger generation to become interested, learn about it, and to eventually petition for membership.

    My advice from a fellow seeker to another, don't look too deeply into the reasons there aren't many young masons compared to older masons, gather your reasons for potentially wanting to join and just go for what you want if you decide it is something that you want to do. I hope I was able to help in some way or another. I used my situation to give feedback and offer support. If you decide to petition, best of luck!
     
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  6. phulseapple

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    Good Morning Mr. John Doe - After reading your initial question and subsequent replies, I would encourage you to look elsewhere to join. I can say for a fact that in my lodge, we are seeing an upswing in the number of younger members. Our most recent group of 8, included 7 under the age of 40. Our current officer line of 13 is comprised of 8 under the age of 40. Our average age has dropped dramatically from roughly 50-60 down to about 40-45. In reality, it is not about the numbers of members. It is about the quality of the membership. Over the past year, my lodge had 15 men approach us about joining. Of those 15, we brought in 8. The other 7 were in a similar stage in life as you appear to be. They were more interested in simply completing the degrees quickly and being a mason in name only. They too were concerned with how many younger guys were there and not with the quality of men they would be associating with. They were advised to either wait a few years and reevaluate their intentions, or to simply look at other lodges who may be more accustomed to their churn 'em and burn 'em philosophy. Masonry is not a race to be won. It is a life long journey to be enjoyed.
     
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  7. Ripcord22A

    Ripcord22A Site Benefactor

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    ^^^^^Hes right ya know!(said in my best Morgan Freeman voice)
     
  8. JMartinez

    JMartinez Registered User

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    From personal experience, I joined masonry at 18. I was a senior in high school. Being young it was difficult to be taken seriously. Even now at 21 and JW of my lodge I am still some what segregated. My brothers do support me. I don't come from a Masonic lineage so there are brothers who try to play the "father role". Just the other day I was called out by a brother in a very unmasonic manner, and to my surprise every brother in the lodge had my back. I'll never leave.
     

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