"The Dawn of a New Era is Approaching."

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    'In regard to the condition of Masonry in our state, I think it can be said that the dawn of a new era is approaching. It is true that the decrease in membership for some time past has been greater apparently than it ought to have been. Knowing as we do that heretofore Masonry has been too easy of access, that numbers and not members have been sought, that quantity instead of quality has been desired, that Masonry has been too cheap and common, that "cash" instead of character was the necessary qualification, I view the present condition as one over which we should congratulate one another, and rejoice that our night in Masonry is past, that the day is coming in which the valuable prize of Masonry is to be obtained only by those whose real, true, moral, and social worth entitle them to its degrees. Lodges should make haste, slowly, in the acquisition of initiates.'
    Report delivered to the members of Clearspring Lodge 323 in Clearspring, Indiana by Brother McHenry Owen, who attended the summer communication of Grand Lodge of Indiana as the Worshipful Master's proxy,.

    By the way, this was May 28th, 1878 — one hundred forty and a half years ago.

    (Clearspring Lodge 323 merged with Washington Lodge 13 in Brownstown in 1972.)

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  2. CLewey44

    CLewey44 Registered User

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    Agreed, I think a healthy number of masons in the U.S. could be considerably lower, with less lodges to pool our monies. I know that'd be less desirable to people that live away from large towns or cities but it may be worth the travel in that case. Having meetings less often may be a perk too. Monthly or even quarterly meetings as some lodges do. Make it an all day or evening event vs. rushing through to pay the bills with seven members present and no appeal to show up.
     
  3. jermy Bell

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    How do we start pulling these young whipper snappers in, and keep them interested to keep coming back ? There's plenty out there, but do they know how to approach the place ?
     
  4. CLewey44

    CLewey44 Registered User

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    I think changing the reputation of Masonry. And I don't mean the whole conspiracy theory thing but instead making it interesting by word of mouth. I asked a friend if they knew anything about masonry. He said "isnt it a bunch of old dudes that just sit around and eat or walk around in parades?" ie a supper club for seniors. I love having the older guys around but that image he presented has to change for starters. It has to look "cool" and desirable not boring and bland.
     
  5. drose

    drose Registered User

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    That’s the most common response I get as well.
     
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  6. JamestheJust

    JamestheJust Registered User

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    I used to belong to a lodge that kept very few EAs and also very few PMs. Currently I belong to a lodge that keeps very few MMs.

    In both cases it seems to me that the new brethren do not find much of value and those that make it through the chair find the same lack.

    Personally I think it reprehensible that in 300 years, apparently no GL has attempted to recover the genuine secrets.

    Who would stay with an organization that admits that it does not have the core knowledge and is making no attempt to find it?
     
  7. Chaz

    Chaz Registered User

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    Some would say the "genuine secrets" are making a perfect ashlar, but what do I know.
     
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  8. JamestheJust

    JamestheJust Registered User

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    > Some would say the "genuine secrets" are making a perfect ashlar

    Perhaps you have proceeded further than the Grand Lodges.

    Still, we are told that the Freemason's lodge extends from E to W etc. This is a very large temple - full of a wide variety of lifeforms. What are Freemasons supposed to do in their planetary temple?
     
  9. TheThumbPuppy

    TheThumbPuppy Registered User

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    Boldly go where no man has gone before?
     
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  10. JamestheJust

    JamestheJust Registered User

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    >Boldly go where no man has gone before?

    Which part of the planet do you have in mind?
     
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  11. TheThumbPuppy

    TheThumbPuppy Registered User

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    It's rather which part of the mind I've got in plan
     
  12. coachn

    coachn Coach John S. Nagy Premium Member

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    It's no secret. Just do the Work the first degree points you toward!

    Here's a book that spells it out! http://www.coach.net/TCP.htm
     
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  13. CLewey44

    CLewey44 Registered User

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    Every time I see the title of this post, I'm just waiting on someone to bust some 5th Dimension out anytime now.
     

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