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  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    yep thats what a web site should look like..very nice
     
  3. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    My problem is some masons look at this as advertising when in all actuallity this is just showing men the door. One that is able to be knocked on 24 hours a day.
     
  5. Blake Bowden

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    Grand Lodge of Texas Members:

    1997:136,000
    2006: 101,803
    2007: 98,398
    2008: 96,000

    'nuff said
     
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    Isnt that the point? trying to get masonry out there more. Once the candidate does knock it will then the duty of the lodge to show them the light they are seaking. Avertising is how i found masonry.
     
  7. Blake Bowden

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    Brother Joey sent this to me earlier:

    Grand Lodge of Texas
    Art. 393a. Solicitation. This Grand Lodge supports and
    practices the ancient custom and usage among Masons that a
    man is required to present himself for the Degrees of Masonry of
    his own free will and accord. At the same time, it acknowledges
    to all Masons of its obedience, that it is permissible and proper to
    extend a neutrally-worded invitation to petition for the Degrees
    of Masonry to a man whom you have strong reason to believe is
    of good moral character and reputation, who is otherwise qualified
    to petition under the Laws of the Grand Lodge of Texas. After
    answering the non-Mason’s questions about the Fraternity (those
    proper to be discussed) and explaining the procedure for petitioning,
    the potential candidate should be left to make his own decision
    and to proceed of his own free will. (Adopted 1992)
     
  8. Nate Riley

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    I agree with the way the Grand Lodge regulates solicitation. I think we should advertise in the public with signs and commercials enough to get people's attention. But to me the best advertisement is a Mason being a good Mason in public. I like Chris Hodapp's story about what brought him to Masonry, the Masons who came to his father in laws funeral. We have to be the kind of men and Masons that attract other to our lodges. I have seen several posts in the last couple of days alluding to the declining number of Mason's. And while I would love to see more members active in our lodge, I think we have to put the emphasis on quality, not just quanity.
     
  9. owls84

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    I am with you but I have on several occasions been shot down with this same idea, Billboard. The problem I see isn't that WE know it is legal. It is the ones in charge, they think it is not legal. They don't want to take a chance of ruffling feathers by doing something they think is borderline or not legal.

    I mean I have heard stories of a DDGM telling a Lodge they couldn't ballot because they were in a EA Lodge. It is lack of information to the top - down that is stopping things like this from happening.

    So my question, how do we change the culture and get people to realize that this is nothing more than "neutrally worded invatation"? How do we change the culture of not knowing and have fully informed officers, from TOP to BOTTOM?
     
  10. TCShelton

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    There is a difference between soliciting and an awareness campaign. We wouldn't be grabbing individual men by the arm and telling them they should be Masons, just letting folks know that we exist, and contrary to popular belief, we can't ask you, you have to ask us.
     
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    It never hurts to let Masonry have some publicity and raise public awareness of Freemasonry . Done by a Lodge or the History Channel publicity will have the effect of an increase in petitions.
     
  12. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    awesome sites. it's actually pretty refreshing to see that.
     
  13. Wingnut

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    Spot on answer! Where people get hung up, I think, is that 'awareness campaign' is by definition advertising. Some get advertising and soliciting confused.

    The BEST advertising anyone can do is lead a life that makes people notice that there is 'something different about that guy'. You should see my desk though at work. I have to 'coach/mentor' all of my agents every week so there is almost always someone at my desk. Next to the chair they sit in is the What is Masonry and What Masonry ISNT cards on the wall. Right behind me is brouchers from the Scottish Rite and Shrine.

    Ive got several people asking me questions about Masonry now and a few I would actually give a petition to.
     

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