How often do you visit other lodges

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by mrpierce17, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. mrpierce17

    mrpierce17 KOP Council director / Lodge instructor Premium Member

    How often do you brothers visit neighboring lodges in your jurisdiction
  2. CloseYetFar

    CloseYetFar Registered User

    I travel to other lodges as much as I can if it is within a reasonable distance. The farthest I have gone for a degree is 40 miles to see an EA before turning my proficiency in.
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  3. dfreybur

    dfreybur Premium Member

    I attend some other lodge more months than not. My goal is to visit often enough to get the SD to forget that I'm not a member so he forgets to introduce me because he's seen me often enough to think I'm a member.
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  4. dfreybur

    dfreybur Premium Member

    Sorry, duplicate submission.
  5. Carl_in_NH

    Carl_in_NH Site Benefactor

    Roughly once a month I go visiting. Sometimes a lot more.
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  6. goomba

    goomba Neo-Antient Site Benefactor

    Depends how I feel. On average twice a month.
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  7. Glen Cook

    Glen Cook G A Cook Site Benefactor

    Too many appendant body duties to do so any more.
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  8. Willaim Perkins

    Willaim Perkins Registered User

    How often? Not often enough.
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  9. cemab4y

    cemab4y Premium Member

    Visiting other lodges is part of the wages of a Master Mason. I have visited lodges in 14 states, Washington DC, and five foreign nations. One thing I regret, is that I did not get a "Masonic Passport" when I was first raised in 1982. I could have kept a record of lodges visited.
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  10. Pscyclepath

    Pscyclepath Premium Member

    About once a week, or at least every other week or so... My home lodge keeps me pretty busy, but we have a pretty good cluster of lodges around the community, and I go over to help with practice nights and degrees on a pretty regular basis...
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  11. Brother_Steve

    Brother_Steve Premium Member

    I wish I could visit more often.

    I've only visited three other lodges since being raised.

    a baby son, going back to school and being an officer sucks my time away. I'm at my own lodge at least 4 ~ 6 times a month.

    twice for meetings, once for craftsman's club and twice for rehearsals if we have a degree coming up.
  12. cemab4y

    cemab4y Premium Member

    What is a "craftsman club"? Is it like a Square and Compasses club? I have always been interested in such informal organizations. Please tell us more about your specific experiences.
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  13. jwhoff

    jwhoff Premium Member

    Very often. I enjoy fellowship with my fellow masons. This is an enriching experience that is all to often missed by most of the members of the craft.

    One of those wages of masonry, so to speak.

    If you don't travel much do yourself a favor and get out more. It will enrich your life.
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  14. Jamersonbass

    Jamersonbass Premium Member

    I have to agree... I love traveling to other lodges. Even after a short time I realize how wonderful and intrinsic this is... after just a small while of traveling, as I am still green as grass, I do it every chance I get. I will go anytime I get the chance. It is truly a pleasure... and every time I'm happy to meet and upset to depart... just look forward to the next opportunity!
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  15. MBC

    MBC Twice Registered User Premium Member

    Brethren, I have an interesting January.
    As you all may know I'm a young and fairly new mason for less than a year and just raised few months before, I received 9 summons or invitations and went to 7 meetings last month. It may be a bit crazy for a new mason and I nearly showing up in the lodge room everyday in one week and the senior brothers recognised me and said "Hey youngster, You looks familiar." "Hey I've seen you quite a lot this month. " And they told me to slow down lol
    I hope I can find my own pace in Freemasonry and I was planning to get a no-masonic February because I have no regular meetings and invitations before. However I received one now and considering to go or not. XD

  16. Companion Joe

    Companion Joe Premium Member

    I travel quite a bit, perhaps more with the Chapter and York Rite College than Blue Lodge these days. Traveling is really one of the best parts of Masonry. When you bump into someone you haven't seen in a while, and it's like old home week or a family reunion, it is a fun time. It seems like people don't travel the way they used to 20 years ago, and that's a shame. Those who don't are missing out.

    I, too, would caution against doing too much, especially early in your career. It's fun, but you can potentially burn yourself out. I think of it like the time my mom made me a Key lime pie for my birthday; I sat down and ate the whole thing, then I didn't touch Key lime pie for about two years! If you eat a little bit at a time and occasionally sneak you a bigger slice, it's a lot more enjoyable over the long haul.
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  17. ebojones

    ebojones Registered User

    Visited another lodge for the first time this week. GREAT !!!
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  18. Jay Welch

    Jay Welch Registered User

    I haven't had the chance yet to visit a lodge outside of the states but I've been to five different state's lodges, and its been wonderful. with out fail I've been treated like a VIP quest. It's a real honor and pleasure to been so warmly welcomed. And I know at my home lodge in Oxford MS we only get a few rare visitors but when we do its an occasion that's for sure. Every lodge wants their guest to go back home and brag about how well they were treated. Its a beautiful thing !
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  19. KSigMason

    KSigMason Traveling Templar Site Benefactor

    Lately I have been visiting other Lodges often since I am well out of my jurisdiction. :D
  20. cacarter

    cacarter Premium Member

    I used to visit other lodges quite frequently when I was still single and living in a city with 4 lodges. Now that I'm married and lodges are 15+ miles away I find myself traveling less. I still have yet to visit all of the lodges in my district, mostly because the lodges are so spread out in a rural district. If I go, I carpool.

    And frankly, many times I don't even enjoy visiting other lodges unless I know they have a decent meeting. I don't need to sit through another business meeting on top of my own lodge's.

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