Do you stay for the meal?

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Do you stay for the meal

  1. Yes, most of the time

  2. No, generally not

  3. 50/50

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  1. Glen Cook

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    At what time do you tyle?
     
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  2. David612

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    7, keep in mind in Aus we open in the 1st and my lodge has actual work booked untill mid next year, plus we have rural lodges help when we have too much work, I’ll be doing my second at a nearby historic country lodge
     
  3. Glen Cook

    Glen Cook G A Cook Site Benefactor

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    And you don’t finish until 10? You need to talk faster:).
     
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  4. hanzosbm

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    Agreed. One of the things I like the most about my current lodge is that we regularly conduct our meetings in about 20 minutes. I think our record is around 18, and considering that it's a very large lodge room and the CA opening and closing has a bit of floor work, that's FAST.
     
  5. David612

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    They might take offence if I surgest this. Typically a business meeting, admitting visitors then a degree or lecture then you don’t have a lot of change from 3 hours, occasionally it’s faster but not commonly.
     
  6. Warrior1256

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    Yep, the former most especially in southern lodges.
     
  7. goomba

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    Disposable dishes. If needed a few of us stay after the meeting to finish cleaning.
     
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  8. billyjfootball

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    Our meals are always after meetings and degrees. We are expected (that may be too strong a word) to leave a small donation (dollar or two). Our Stewards make/heat up food downstairs. The food is not anything extravagant; it ranges from hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage hoagies, ziti, etc. we have a family night dinner once a year which is catered by a local restaurant. Most choose to stay and eat.


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  9. MarkR

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    That varies by state. Alcohol is okay in Minnesota anywhere except in the actual lodge room.

    We have dinner beforehand. No way I want to wait until 9-9:30 to have dinner. Then after lodge it's snacks and beverages downstairs.
     
  10. Warrior1256

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    Exactly, same way here.
    I with you Brother.
     
  11. jrnteach

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    My Lodge has dinner before the meeting. Our junior warden and his family typically prepare the meal and our various youth like DeMolay and Jobs Daughters assist. For us, the dinner is not only a time to socialize but also to learn what is going on in the life of our Masonic family. We hear about the various appendant organizations, who is in need of help, etc. stated dinner is important in the life of our Lodge. Some of the brethren (especially our older members) come for dinner but don’t stay for the stated meeting.
     
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  12. Warrior1256

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    EXACTLY why we have meals in our lodges.
     
  13. jermy Bell

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    That' nice and all, but
    My lodge tried that, and a ot of brothers would just skip dinner. So it' a donation thing. Don' know why either because we put back money for these things.
     
  14. Glen Cook

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    My Cheshire Chapter has the meal and the subs all as one. You don’t come. You don’t eat. You still pay.
     
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  15. Warrior1256

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    Lol....Nice.
     
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  16. David612

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    I have heard the argument from many that disposable dishes and basic meals are one of the reasons they skip the meal, I mean in generations gone it was linnen table cloths and fine bone china plates, dining was an experience.
    My lodge still use our lodge plates and linnen table cloths but food is very basic of cause to keep costs down.
     
  17. Go49ersuk

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    The lodges in my Province Devonshire UK have the festive board after the meeting in the Temple, my particular Lodge Sun 106 tyle at 6:30pm and generally have the meal booked for 8:15pm the bar generally opens at around 5:30pm. The cost of the 3 course meal is around $17.50 and a bottle of wine ranges from $12 to $15. The festive board is a time for socialising and making money for charity we have a whisky draw and a bottle raffle every meeting. After the meal we have various toasts and partake of Masonic fire, this time of year we have carols after the meal. I Personally feel the festive board plays an important part of the Lodge experience. Lodges with a good festive board tend to be larger so a good festive board can lead to joining members. Our stewards used to wait table but now they only serve wine and sell draw tickets not a move I was wholly supportive of.
     
  18. Brother_Steve

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    I wanted to do a program based on the following:

    We have roughly 16 meetings a year. Our dinners are 6 dollars which is 96 dollars for the year. I wanted to suggest that if you front load 80 dollars, your meals for the year are paid. If you don't show up, it's your loss.

    I wanted to do same for fundraisers, but that gets complicated.
     
  19. Elexir

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    Could be that since its a change some people just dont feel right about it.

    I think the main reason it works here is that people are used to it, its a good place to get change if nothing else. Besides if the lodge had to pay the full cost of a meal, dues would have to be raised dramaticly.
     
  20. jermy Bell

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    It sounds like it's more of a hassle than anything. Then why not just skip dinner, and start the meeting / degree early then leave. The other thing I have seen is masonry is getting to expensive to do anything.
     

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