Dual members

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  1. david918

    david918 Premium Member

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    Just wanted to let everyone know that that the 4 members of Anoka#30 in Anoka Mn who came down to our cook off last year in Wharton are now dual members here in El Campo#918. At least 3 of them are members here, ChrisMN,J Stradtman, and KirbsterBBQ.After visiting them back in February I have decided to return the favor and mailed off my petition to become a dual member of Anoka#30 this morning.
     
  2. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    That's awesome!
     
  3. Payne

    Payne Registered User

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    I'm now a dual member as well in Beeville Lodge 261 and Gregory Lodge 998
     
  4. Huw

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    What's the reasoning behind the fairly common US habit of restricting plural membership? If a Brother is willing to join multiple Lodges, why should he not be allowed to do so? Most of the non-US GLs don't seem to have any problem about a Brother joining as many as he wants, and even a few of the US GLs don't seem to object.
     
  5. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    Oh, I don't think there's anything against you joining several, most masons I know are actually dual members of a couple lodges. I'm a member of Sul Ross... if I were to go somewhere else, I'd get involved there as well, and probably get dual membership if I stayed active as a way to support a lodge I regularly attend. I think most people see it that way.
     
  6. Huw

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    Hi JTM.

    Well that seems a sensible view to me, and (according to the "List of Lodges - Masonic") the GLoTX has no objection to plural membership, which is the same policy as we have here in UGLE.

    But apparently various other US GLs forbid this, requiring members to belong to one Lodge only, or allow two but not more than two, or allow an additional membership out of State but not within the same State, and so on. And apparently some US GLs even have specific rules permitting dual membership with some GLs but not others (and I'm talking about State GLs here, nothing to do with the PH situation) - I understand that GL of Tennessee is an example of that.

    No doubt those GLs which have restrictive rules have some reason for their policy, but I don't know what the reason is, and I was hoping someone here might be able to enlighten me.

    T & F,

    Huw
     
  7. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    in light of that, Huw, i present you this:

    Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it.

    Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water.

    After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result - all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

    Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted. Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm! Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth.

    Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

    After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana.

    Why not?

    Because as far as they know that's the way it's always been done around here. And that, my friends, is how Grand Lodge policy begins.
     
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  8. RobertShaffer

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    At one time I had memberships in the Grand Lodge of Texas, Grand Lodge of New Mexico, Grand Lodge of Nevada, Grand Lodge of California. It was getting too confusing, so I retained my membership in Pecos Valley #736, Pecos Texas AF&AM Grand Lodge of Texas, and Melrose # 39 Melrose N.M. AF@AM Grand Lodge of New Mexico. I have dual membership in Eastern Star in California.

    Robert D. Shaffer P.M.
    Pecos Valley Lodge #736, Pecos Texas
    Melrose Lodge # 39 Melrose, New Mexico.

    Ridgecrest, California
     
  9. Huw

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    Hi JTM.

    ROFLMAO! A hilarious analogy, and furthermore I guess you may well be right.

    But even if this explains how such a policy has persisted, it doesn't explain why it began. Or to put it in terms of your analogy, who was holding the hose and why did he spray the monkeys?

    T & F,

    Huw
     
  10. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    busy guy.

    btw, you can put that in your signature, if you'd like. i can do it for you or show you how if you want so you don't have to type it.
    Hi Huw!

    hah. i'm glad you appreciated it :)

    the analogy explains that, too. nobody knows!
     
  11. bullrack33

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    I am working on dual membership with the Lodge back home that my grandfather was in. Zebulon #273 in Prestonsburg, KY.
     
  12. Nate C.

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    If not otherwise prohibited by policy, I think dual memberships are a good way to prop up a lot of lodges whose membership would otherwise be terribly low.
     
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  13. david918

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    It sure has helped out El Campo and Wharton with so many dual members belonging to both lodges you sometimes forget what lodge you are in especially when Wharton has a degree in El Campo:).This current year El Campo's WM,SW,JW,Treas,Secy,JD,MC and Tyler are members of Wharton and in Wharton the SW,JW,Secy,SD, Chaplin,Marshall,MC, and Tyler are members of El Campo,Wharton's WM is the Tyler in El Campo but is not a member
     
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2010
  14. david918

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    Just wanted to let everyone know that I was elected as a dual member of Anoka#30 at their meeting last night
     

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