Updated Statistics: 2008

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Blake Bowden, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

    5,679
    984
    113
    ALABAMA* *
    30,122
    29,775
    347
    ALASKA***
    1,982
    2,003
    -21
    ARIZONA**
    9,315
    9,642
    -327
    ARKANSAS
    16,094
    16,524
    -430
    CALIFORNIA**
    63,497
    66,127
    -2,630
    COLORADO
    11,421
    12,645
    -1,224
    CONNECTICUT
    13,926
    14,185
    -259
    DELAWARE* *
    5,260
    5,111
    149
    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
    4,434
    4,552
    -118
    FLORIDA**
    48,658
    49,964
    -1,306
    GEORGIA
    45,736
    46,914
    -1,178
    HAWAII** x
    1,733
    1,733
    0
    IDAHO****
    4,225
    4,412
    -187
    ILLINOIS
    68,562
    69,703
    -1,141
    INDIANA
    67,777
    68,759
    -982
    IOWA
    23,140
    23,960
    -820
    KANSAS
    25,115
    26,171
    -1,056
    KENTUCKY
    48,408
    48,955
    -547
    LOUISIANA*
    22,006
    22,707
    -701
    MAINE
    20,363
    21,659
    -1,296
    MARYLAND
    17,054
    17,608
    -554
    MASSACHUSETTS**
    36,848
    37,777
    -929
    MICHIGAN
    41,185
    42,737
    -1,552
    MINNESOTA
    15,782
    16,262
    -480
    MISSISSIPPI
    20,493
    21,248
    -755
    MISSOURI
    51,500
    51,775
    -275
    MONTANA
    6,605
    6,985
    -380
    NEBRASKA
    13,498
    13,988
    -490
    NEVADA**
    4,390
    4,504
    -114
    NEW HAMPSHIRE
    7,156
    7,279
    -123
    NEW JERSEY**
    27,297
    28,579
    -1,282
    NEW MEXICO
    5,211
    5,579
    -368
    NEW YORK*****
    49,082
    50,580
    -1,498
    NORTH CAROLINA
    46,300
    47,137
    -837
    NORTH DAKOTA**
    3,269
    3,385
    -116
    OHIO**
    110,250
    114,661
    -4,411
    OKLAHOMA***
    27,723
    28,713
    -990
    OREGON
    10,330
    10,736
    -406
    PENNSYLVANIA**
    117,584
    120,502
    -2,918
    RHODE ISLAND
    4,183
    4,490
    -307
    SOUTH CAROLINA
    41,597
    42,463
    -866
    SOUTH DAKOTA
    6,372
    6,527
    -155
    TENNESSEE
    46,828
    48,677
    -1,849
    TEXAS**
    95,289
    98,398
    -3,109
    UTAH
    1,963
    1,944
    19
    VERMONT**
    6,823
    7,019
    -196
    VIRGINIA
    39,839
    40,052
    -213
    WASHINGTON** *
    17,682
    16,372
    1,310
    WEST VIRGINIA
    22,557
    22,947
    -390
    WISCONSIN
    14,134
    14,600
    -466
    WYOMING****
    4,225
    4,424
    -199
    TOTAL
    1,444,823
    1,483,449
    -38,626
     
  2. ljlinson1206

    ljlinson1206 Premium Member Premium Member

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    Maybe we should contact a Brother in washington and ascertain how they are obtaining members in such large numbers.

    Does anyone know any Brothers there?
     
  3. Zack

    Zack Registered User

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    Wasn't it just a few years ago that Ohio was raising several thousand in one day in the whole state????
    Interesting to note the losses that have occurred there.

    I'll stand by quality over quantity.
     
  4. JBD

    JBD Premium Member

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    I have been to Alabama and I know what they are doing - making Masonry fun, vital and interesting. That said, they also have a different memory requirement. Not easier, not lesser, just different.

    They grew about 12% according to these numbers.

    PA also have lesser requirements for memory work, surprised they didnt grow.

    Texas lost 3.2% of its Masons compared to a National average 2.6% It would be interesting to know two things - why people quit and why they do not join in the first place. Then we could stop the handringing and deal with the issues, just these two issues and Masonry will grow.

    What would intersting is to compare population in general to these Masonic numbers. What is the average age of Masons in each state.
    What is the average age of the Gen Pop in each state
    Did overall population increase or decrease.
     
  5. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    In my neck of the woods, it's simply the older Brothers are passing faster than we are growing. I think many Lodges are stagnant because they offer nothing. You join a Lodge for the sole purpose of working your butt off and fundraising to keep the lights on. When you take Brotherly love and activities out of the Lodge, you'll loose members.
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2009
  6. JBD

    JBD Premium Member

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    Shelton squared inserted here
     
  7. Skogie

    Skogie Registered User

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    I am the Secretary of a small Lodge with 94 members. The peak membership in 31 years has been 105 with the average staying at 95, the lowest point being 86. We have raised as many that have passed on. We have broke pretty even with those that demit to other lodges after moving away, both in and out of state and those that affiliate from other lodges or jurisdictions when they move here. (Including Texas) :)

    Not bad for a small town of 15,000 located 2 hours away from "civilization" in any direction. Definition: Civilization meaning shopping malls, heavy traffic, Interstates and drive-by shootings.

    The potential membership to draw upon is limited to the retired persons. We get a lot of military. The younger crowd completes High School and leaves town immediately for a job or College.

    Those few that stay have to struggle to make a living and survive. They simply do not have the time or money to become involved.

    We attract members by being very visible in our charities. One of best programs we have done to attract new members is the Child Identification Program.

    Not only has it energized the membership and promoted fellowship within the Lodge, the side benefits have been in increased interest in Masonry by those who have seen what we have been doing first hand. We gained several new members as a result.

    A Lodge that is active with several programs on-going will always survive.

    One of the more interesting programs has been our own in-house Research Lodge. Brothers that meet seperately from the Stated Meeting and discuss various articles about Masonry or books that they have read. Very lively discussions, challenging and provactive. No subject being taboo. (Politics, Religion, etc.) Very popular. This allows us to take the time for expression of opinions that would extend a normal Stated Meeting for hours on end. We even invite non-masons to these meetings and have gained some new members as a result.
     
  8. Hippie19950

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    Another reason we may be losing, is dues.. Our Lodge had paid for those who did not pay for some time. There was a W.M. who started it, and it was continued until the last couple of years. We just don't have the money to carry them anymore, and I am sure there have been many other Lodges who have done this. I will take care of a few Brothers who I know are having a hard time, but I don't feel the lodge should continue to carry those who do not show up to meetings, functions, or contribute to the fund raisers etc. If they are older, or their health has diminished to the point they are not able to attend or help, then I have no problem helping them out. At this point, I feel we should be visiting them a lot more often, to see if there is anything we can do for them. I try to make other contributions as I can to help out, but we need more members, activities, and be able to show why it is a good reason to be a Mason. We are having a few Brothers return to Lodge, as we are letting them know what we are doing. We are using those who have time to contribute to help out with some of our programs. This alone is pretty exciting. I am hoping we can get a few folks to ask more about who we are, and what we do, and then get them to petition. I am open to all suggestions, to pass along to the W.M., and others. 3 of our members are now members here. I passed out a list of internet sites with Masonic info to the Brothers at our last meeting. Some were not aware of the GLoT site, let alone any of the others. By the way, I listed ours right below the GLoT :) then several others I felt they might enjoy looking at. I have an album on my Facebook page with Freemasonry pictures. These are related to the things we have recently completed at the Lodge. As Brother LJ Linson has stated, there will be a Christmas Party, and I plan to make a note or two on there, as we are wanting to involve some others in it. I don't think "General Conversation" is advertising, or asking, but maybe a subtle way to get the word out. As I've said many times, "I'm still real excited about Masonry", and really do enjoy it, just wish it was as contagious as the "Pig Flu" is reported to be.......
     

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