Paypal

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by A7V, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. A7V

    A7V Registered User

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    Why don't more lodges use a paypal account on a lodge website for people to pay dues?

    It would be especially handy for lodges with a lot military members who may get raised and never set foot back in the lodge but want to keep paying dues to their mother lodge. My lodge is in Hawaii and I like a lot of people in my generation don't use checks and don't have them. I am sure many lodges in San Antonio have military members that would love a way to pay by paypal.
     
  2. mitkin

    mitkin Registered User

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    Brother,

    Is there a bank transfer option to pay?
     
  3. SeeKer.mm

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    I think this is a good idea, and yes there is a bank transfer option...
     
  4. A7V

    A7V Registered User

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    I emailed my secretary and he said the only way I can pay is by mail. Oh well, maybe one day they will do a paypal
     
  5. TexasMason73

    TexasMason73 Registered User

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    That is a nice idea. I use Paypal on the regular basis. The main question is would a Brother mind paying extra to cover the Paypal fees?
     
  6. A7V

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    This brother would be willing to pay a fee, heck my dues are 60$ if I could pay by paypal I wouldn't mind a 30$ fee. Time is money and the cost of going to get the money from an ATM then going to get a money order and an envelope and a stamp is totally worth a fee for paypal.
     
  7. Bill Hosler

    Bill Hosler Registered User

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    I tried to get my previous lodge to allow me to set up PayPal and hook it to our lodges website. I was told our Grand lodge wouldn't allow us to use it
     
  8. A7V

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    That makes no sense to me, and kind of pisses me off. I imagine it is just more of the same fear of technology by the Freemasonry leadership. I really wonder what the reasoning was behind a GL saying no. I know of a lodge in Seattle that allows dues and donations via paypal, so it isn't a new thing.
     
  9. JJones

    JJones Moderator Staff Member

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    That's odd that a GL wouldn't let you use PayPal.

    We have the option to pay dues through PayPal on our website, it's rarely used however.
     
  10. A7V

    A7V Registered User

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    Do you know if there is a cost involved? If only one member is using it and there is a charge to use it that may be why more lodges don't use it.
     
  11. sands67

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    As some have said it is just a matter of paying the extra paypal fee which is approx 3% I think, don't quote me...lol. Throw an admin fee if they want. Cheques are not always handy, visits to atm machines are definitely not handy. It would be a good idea.
     
  12. JJones

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    I just asked the secretary since he handles the PayPal and he thinks it's only a dollar or two. Which sounds right as I don't recall ever hearing it was a huge amount.

    Honestly I think most lodges don't use it because most lodges consist of older members who aren't tech savvy. Even if someone came along who knew how to set up a PayPal for dues I'm unsure how many members would know how to use it.
     
  13. filmgeekben

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    I'm a fan of the PayPal competitor Dwolla. Free dwolla payments up to $10 and they only charge 25 cents for over that amount. Unfortunately you have to have a verified bank account to use it, so setting it up is a little more involved.
     
  14. cemab4y

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    The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, has entered into an agreement with Payliance. (See Payliance). Individual Masons can pay their lodge dues online, and even spread out the payment over the entire year, and 1/12 of the dues will be transferred each month. It is only a matter of time, before more lodges/Grand Lodges give individual Masons the opportunity to pay dues on-line.
     

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