Paper or Real

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Preston DuBose, Jul 6, 2011.

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Stated Meeting Meals: Real Plates or Paper

Poll closed Oct 4, 2011.
  1. Paper plates and plasticware

    22 vote(s)
    81.5%
  2. Real plates and metal silverware

    3 vote(s)
    11.1%
  3. Other (please explain in a post)

    2 vote(s)
    7.4%
  1. Preston DuBose

    Preston DuBose Registered User

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    Our lodge uses paper plates and plasticware for meals. My sense is that this is pretty common since nobody likes to wash dishes. Rather than guessing though, I thought I'd poll the audience. What are the meals at your stated meetings served on? If you vote in the poll, I would appreciate it if you would follow up with a post listing the average number of people who attend the meals and whether a fee is REQUIRED.
     
  2. Jacob Johnson

    Jacob Johnson Registered User

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    We do paper plates. It's easier. We usually have between 10-20 show up for dinner. We take donations, but there's no required fee. I'll always put in at least $5.
     
  3. nwendele

    nwendele Registered User

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    We usually have at least 30. No fee is required, but we put out a pot. It always has more than enough to cover.
     
  4. RedTemplar

    RedTemplar Johnny Joe Combs Premium Member

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    We do paper plates. Depending on the occasion, we have 10-50 to enjoy the meal. The lodge picks up the tab.
     
  5. MikeMay

    MikeMay Premium Member

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    We use paper and plastic...but we still have dishes to wash afterwards!
     
  6. relapse98

    relapse98 Registered User

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    Paper and plastic. No dishwasher in the kitchen and I'm not hand washing. Since we're in a drought, it's a tossup between water and landfill.

    We put out a jar and I hear we get enough to cover, that money also pays for snacks the rest of the month. I usually drop a 5 in.
     
  7. Benton

    Benton Premium Member

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    Voted other. We typically don't have meals before stated meetings. (Kind of wish we did.) We do have breakfast on a Saturday one a month, and always use paper/plasticware for that.
     
  8. Brent Heilman

    Brent Heilman Premium Member

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    My lodge is the same as yours. We hold a breakfast on the Saturday following our first stated meeting. Always using paper. Less and easier cleanup.

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  9. LukeD

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    Our local OES comes and cooks the meals for us, which are great, and we typically put in 5-10 bucks per meal. It's their way of raising money, and since we have 2 meetings a month, they do well with about 15-20 members present at each meeting. It's all paper and plastic.
     
  10. jwhoff

    jwhoff Premium Member

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    20-30 most meetings. That would be an awful lot of plates. We still get hung with the dishes, pots and pans. When I was in the kitchen that took some time.
     
  11. usmc05

    usmc05 Registered User

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    Real plates and silverware.
    Twenty to thirty on average. More for a special occasion. The stewards do the dishes . But it makes it alot nicer I think.
     
  12. Scott J

    Scott J Registered User

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    I haven't been to many, haven't been a Mason that long. But, the ones that I have been to have been paper and plastic. We have a pickle jar, (here in Texas I guess you could say that it's a small one), it has a picture off a cat taped to it. Not required but, the kitty needs to be fed.
     
  13. Bro_Vick

    Bro_Vick Moderator Premium Member

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    My mother lodge uses paper plates with real silverware, I think as others have pointed out it is to save from have to wash 30 dishes. :)

    My other lodge goes out to dinner usually before the stated meeting.

    -Bro Vick
     

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