What should I do?

Discussion in 'Prince Hall Freemasonry' started by Dalton McGaffeny, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. Dalton McGaffeny

    Dalton McGaffeny Registered User

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    Hello PHAmily

    I was raised a MM back in 7/30/16 here in Austin, TX. I haven't yet seen my dues card nor my birth certificate. What should I do? I brought it up in the lodge at every business meeting for about 4 months. Am I tripping? Maybe I'm not alone.


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  2. alterian

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    What's the name of the lodge?
     
  3. Dalton McGaffeny

    Dalton McGaffeny Registered User

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    I'm not going to put them on blast brother.


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  4. Ripcord22A

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    Is your Grand Lodge the MWPHGLoXX. XX=name of state? If not then your in a bogus GL and you got got sir

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  5. Bloke

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    Understood, but I think letting us know the specific GL would be useful.
     
  6. Warrior1256

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    Yep to both.
     
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  7. Dalton McGaffeny

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    MWPHGLOTX


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  8. Dalton McGaffeny

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    I emailed my grandmother's house a few days ago. Still waiting on response.




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  9. Bloke

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    I assume you mean emailed the lodge secretary.... good idea.
     
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  11. Keith C

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    When does your Masonic year begin and end.? Some lodges use St. John the Baptist day (which just passed) and some (mine included) use St. john the Evangelist Day in December. I was raised in 2016, but I did not receive a dues card until the "new batch" were issued for the next Masonic Year, which I received in Late January 2017. It could be your Secretary is doing the same thing, "saving himself some work," and you may get the 2017-2018 card soon if your lodge uses St. John the Baptist Day. I am not saying this is a good idea, but it may not be malicious in any way. You say you bought it up in Lodge, but have you personally spoken one-on-one with your Lodge Secretary and WM?
     
  12. Ripcord22A

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    He was raised in July of last year.....

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  13. Bloke

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    I'd hang off that, until it's a last resort, you will put the Sec under pressure, I'd keep asking in writing the day following your meeting. I'd try that for 2-3 months.... then you probably should, on your last 2 emails, CC the WM, but mention you've been asking for months....

    Or completely change the question from "when do i get my dues card" to "what is the process for cards being issued" then "how long does it normally take"....

    They might also be the 2 questions to put to GL, also mentioning you're asking because you dont have a card and how long youve been asking, but if u pay dues to your lodge, only they can authorise you dues card..

    Thats a really good point about the financial year....
     
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  14. MRichard

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    Get with your lodge secretary. They just had their Annual Communication, was probably real busy.
     
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  15. Keith C

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    Exactly, So my thought was he was raised after the mass of 2016/2017 dues cards were prepared and if the Masonic Year just started the Secretary may issue one now with the rest. Again, I am not condoning this, just thinking of a possible scenario. In any case I would formally address this 1:1 with the Secretary and WM before bringing it to anyone at GL.
     
  16. Warrior1256

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    Sounds good.
     
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  17. Dalton McGaffeny

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  18. Dalton McGaffeny

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    Yes, I've talked to the WM but not the sec.. thing is I was elected Secretary in our recently passed elections. But of course I was secretary when I was raised.


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  19. Dalton McGaffeny

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  20. Dalton McGaffeny

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    Thanks Brothers, for the advice. I had already emailed my GL. Mainly because one of my cable tows received his and also a few brothers that were raised months after me have received theirs.

    Thing is four of us were raised on the same day. Two of us were from one lodge. One was from a different lodge and I myself is from another lodge. Only one out of four received a dues card. Another received his birth certificate, the other and I have yet to receive anything. Other than our apron, book, by laws and constitution. I assumed it was because the three lodges came together to initiate us and maybe that caused confusion but after speaking with my WM. He informed me that that was not the case. So I've just been waiting and wondering.


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