Thank you for everyone's input, but a few have missed the mark. This has nothing to do with selling your lodge, or getting away from maintaining a lodge. These lodges are closing because no one shows up to these lodges to fill the principal officer chairs. Members just stop showing up for anything, so at least 10 lodges I know here in southern Illinois, couldn't even open a business meeting because maybe , just maybe the master and a couple who refused to take a chair would show up. Then consolidated with a couple other lodges, and still couldn't get anyone to show up, and just finally gave up their charter.