Recruits

Discussion in 'Prince Hall Freemasonry' started by JB93, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. JB93

    JB93 Registered User

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    I dont think we should open up for everyone, but I do think every jurisdiction need to get together and come up with creative ways to catch people attention and make this fraternity more public so people could actually want to join! A lot of people don't know we exist and I am pretty sure if they seen us in action or some what they would petition! Im not saying its not fine how it is but we do need to catch up with time. We need younger brothers to carry out our legacy! We leaving the few young men with a heavyweight to carry afterwhile.. once all of the older men gone.. lodges will become smaller due to public recognition! Lets get some lodges around college or atleast have a college masonic lodge opened so when they graduate they could demit to a lodge at home... Time to build our fraternity. The masonic college fraternity wouldn't be fully masonic but could be considered brothers.. this is just my idea.. Sometimes i pitch things..some sound crazy some dont
    .. but im always open to ideas
     
  2. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    At 23 and not yet a mason, I would not worry much about your legacy...

    University (and school) Lodges make a lot of sense, but none here are doing particularly well..... but there's nothing stopping a lodge meeting on a campus......
     
  3. JB93

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    Btw I was raised.. I hav not got around to update everyone on here. But do you think universities would be ok with an off campus organization recruiting on school grounds? Not a open recruit (like hey everybody join here) but a couple brothers wearing paraphernalia on campus and others decided to ask to be one?
     
  4. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    No idea - but being an Alumni might help....
     
  5. JB93

    JB93 Registered User

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    Ok thanks
     
  6. Winter

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    Welcome to the Craft, Brother. I would strongly counsel you to relax and spend a year or two working on your study of Freemasonry first. This will likely give you a better perspective on the Craft regarding growth, recruiting, membership numbers, etc.

    While many Brothers agree we need recruit and grow the organization, there are just as many who see the shrinking numbers of Masons a return to a natural membership level. Freemasonry was never intended for mass consumption or huge numbers. The large number of Masons after WWII was an aberration we are not likely to see again. It would be better, in my mind, to allow men to come to us naturally as opposed to recruiting.

    As far as college Masonic organizations, that is a great idea and already happens. My university had a Masonic club that I was a part of and these can be a very rewarding experience.

    Transmitted via my R5 astromech.
     
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  7. Bloke

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    We've got three Uni studentscfrom the same campus in lodge at the moment.... maybe we should strike while the iron is hot? We don't have fraternities here on campus, we have clubs- a single gender group might not go down well, but Amaranth might work to address that...

    The R5 astromech delivers good advise, did it's owner go to uni in the states?
     
  8. Winter

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    I have degrees in Anthropology and Religious Studies from the University of Wisconsin.

    Most universities these days will likely have an issue with a club that places any restriction on membership based on gender. It is the PC world we live in. But since the Masonic club does not actually initiate anyone or practice ritual, there is no reason that women could not be a part of it. Open the group membership to anyone interested in the Masonic Fraternity. Many women on campus may have a Masonic relative and such a club could be an impetus for them to seek out membership in the Eastern Star. Or it may even be a good club for the daughters of Masons to belong to so they know they have friends to call on.
     
  9. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    Cool Degrees... do you work in the field ?
     
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  10. Winter

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    Sadly, no. When the economy crashed in 2011 there was a serious lack of available work in anthropology. At least work that would pay the bills! So I got a desk job. I can't complain, I guess. I am doing better than a lot of people out here these days. And it affords me time for my hobbies.
     
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  11. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    In this day and age, people know who Freemasons are. That being said, the feeling of serving ones community has also waned. We have become a selfish society...even within our own Lodges. If a fellow Brother rubs us the wrong way or we're passed up in the line, we'll protest by not attending Lodge. When I was Master of my Lodge, I tried in vain to get the Brethren to put aside their differences and it worked to some degree. I also took out ads in the paper, created a website, printed news letters and while I didn't see immediate results during my tenure in the East, they eventually came.
     
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  12. JB93

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    Yea you right bro.. Do we have a room on here where we can teach other. Im sure we all have different things to share due to our different jurisdictions
     
  13. JB93

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    Yea, selfishness does exist our organization. We all need to come together to put together ways to make this organization better... We need more excitement and interesting teachings
     
  14. Winter

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    That is more or less the purpose of the entire forum. You will see Brothers from all over the world sharing unique things about their jurisdictions. But, as far as I know, there is no tyled area of the boards. Trying to vet brothers in an online setting always becomes far too complicated a process especially when you start adding in recognition.
     
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  15. acjohnson53

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    Our Lodge is doing a First Degree next week, how exciting...
     
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