Which appendant bodies do you belong to?

Discussion in 'The Voting Booth' started by jwhoff, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. Txmason

    Txmason Registered User

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    I'm a Shriner but wished I had waited a little longer. I'll stay a shriner but don't feel the need to belong to the local shrine club because I've only been a shriner since September. And it's too far too go to all of the events.

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  2. Txmason

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    I think I'd rather be Scottish rite.

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  3. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    I'm in the process of joining the York Rite now.
     
  4. Zack

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    None.
     
  5. Brother JC

    Brother JC Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Royal Arch Chapter, Cryptic Council, Knights Templar Commandery, R+C College, Masonic Society.
     
  6. Morris

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    Have you been happy with the Masonic Society? What do they do exactly?
     
  7. Brother JC

    Brother JC Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    It's a research society. I enjoy the Journal, and while the forum is often quiet, there are a lot of good papers in the archives.
     
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  8. Pete Ramboldt

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    York Rite and Shrine
     
  9. crono782

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    Chapter, Council, Commandery, & Scottish Rite
     
  10. vangoedenaam

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    None yet. Which one should i join and why?
     
  11. Brother JC

    Brother JC Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Difficult for someone else to say, plus I'm not sure what bodies exist in the Netherlands. I'm fairly certain you have access to the Royal Arch and would highly recommend it. It truly brings the degrees full-circle.
     
  12. Companion Joe

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    All York Rite bodies
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  13. KSigMason

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    I guess I can now add: St. Thomas of Acon, Knight Masons, the three chair degrees of the York Rite, AMD, Royal Order of Scotland, and have been invited to a few more groups.
     
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  14. dfreybur

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    If you can't explain why you want to join an appendent body, then you probably shouldn't. There's little wrong with joining an appendent body because you saw one of their brochures and you had nothing better to do on your social calendar but doing that is wasteful of your time, superfluous. Don't join an order because I'm interested; join because you are.

    If you're interested in the optional orders, find out which ones are in operation in your geography, read about them and see if you are interested.
     
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  15. goomba

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    This is fantastic advice!! Numerous brothers have asked me to join the Scottish Rite and Shrine. I have little interest in the Shrine. The SR is something I will do eventually. For me the York Rite was something I very interesting.
     
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  16. mrpierce17

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    None yet although I plan to join the Royal Arch and completing the YR side before going SR I think I will soak up this Blue House liGht for about a year before venturing out
     
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  17. dfreybur

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    It's easy to find brothers stating they went into appendent bodies too soon. The only time I ever recall a brother stating he had waited too long he had waited over 20 years. It's a perspective to consider.

    I know brothers who took their degrees intending from day one to end up active in a particular appendent body. I'm okay with them waiting under a month. I do prefer they wait a year attending blue lodge regularly first, but my preference and a few bucks will get you a mug of coffee.
     
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  18. dfreybur

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    There's a badge for bringing in enough members. On the one hand I suggest being aware of that bias by the inviting brothers. On the other hand I suggest knowing it's a competition and signing with a brother you wish to support when and if you decide to join that order. When I decided to join the Shrine one of my signers was selected because he was very close to getting his badge.

    Looks to me like you have a written plan. (Insert scene of Star Trek captain saying "Make it so" ;^)
     
  19. goomba

    goomba Neo-Antient Site Benefactor

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    LOL. Yeah I've had some YR Companions ask if they could be first line signers on petitions so they can get their brownie points. I don't care about that stuff so I am willing to help the companion if I can. While I don't have a written plan I do keep a rough draft in my head. I think having a personal Trestle Board keeps us from being overwhelmed.
     
  20. Companion Joe

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    A few years back, we had a couple of guys in our county who belonged to another lodge. Both were big time active in the SR. Our lodge is the biggest in town and does the most degree work. We caught wind that on nights when we were having MM degrees, these guys were in the parking lot grabbing the candidates and all but forcing them to sign SR petitions and getting the fees before they were even raised. They were told in pretty clear terms, if we heard even the hint of it in the future, their Masonic careers were done.

    It's no secret my lodge is a YR haven. All the bodies meet there. But the actions of these guys had nothing to do with YR or SR. It was about coming to our lodge and using ambush tactics on men who didn't peanuts from peanut butter on a night that was supposed to be special for them.
     

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