What issues are important to you?

Discussion in 'The Voting Booth' started by Blake Bowden, Aug 29, 2010.

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What is the most important issue the Grand Lodge of Texas should address?

  1. Our declining membership

    13 vote(s)
    27.7%
  2. Extend visitation with Prince Hall

    3 vote(s)
    6.4%
  3. Improve/Update Masonic Education

    17 vote(s)
    36.2%
  4. Be more transparent

    1 vote(s)
    2.1%
  5. Crack down on bigotry and racism

    3 vote(s)
    6.4%
  6. Fiscal responsibility

    9 vote(s)
    19.1%
  7. Publish a GL cipher book

    1 vote(s)
    2.1%
  1. gilv

    gilv Registered User

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    I am new to the fraternity (still an EA),
     
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  2. jonesvilletexas

    jonesvilletexas Premium Member

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    All hinges on our declining membership, the rest will work themselves out.
     
  3. Dave in Waco

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    Our declining membership is really a bit misleading. Yes, we are losing more members then we are bringing in, but we are bringing in more dues paying members then losing dues paying members. The majority of the members we are losing are either exempt from dues or are endowed. So by the fiscal numbers we are really gaining despite member numbers losing.
     
  4. MacFie

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    But it's still declining. Some of the smaller lodges in the area here who split apart originaly because there were too many members, are now having to work together. Working together is always good of course, but having more brothers out at each lodge would be great imo.
     
  5. Dave in Waco

    Dave in Waco Premium Member

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    True. A lot of Lodges are choosing ploy-membership to help out some of these Lodges. Others are shrinking because they've been in cruise control for so long and haven't tried to gain new members. But to me, membership is more of an issue on the Lodge level rather then the GL level.
     
  6. MacFie

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    Yeah it'd be hard for me to guess at how the GL could help out in such a situation...would be interesting what ideas other lodges could give each other maybe.
     
  7. Dave in Waco

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    I think one of the best ideas is being visible in your community.
     
  8. MacFie

    MacFie Registered User

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    Yes most definitely. My mentor and I have spoken several times about getting more active in our area, even if it's small things.
     
  9. BillyWaltmon

    BillyWaltmon Registered User

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    It is my opinion that all of these issues would be taken care of with education. Therefore; more or better education on all of these issues and others would be the best issues for the Grand Lodge of Texas to focus on this upcoming year. SMIB
     
  10. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    Take a look at the Grand Lodge of California's website and that would be a start for what the Grand West could do to help both membership and education. One major component to almost everyones life is the virtual community especially the men curious of Masonry so why are we not in the virtual community where all the possible candidates are? We have 28 lodge in Tarrant County alone and 1 maybe 2 have good websites. To me, a lodge today without a premium website is the same as a lodge not having a phone in the 1960.
     
  11. AhimanBeard

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    definetly 'Crack down on bigotry and racism'
    there were some brethren out on the street in front of the temple using some questionable (derogatory) language that doesn't shine a nice light on masons for anyone who was passing by.

    I knew not all of it was serious, perhaps mostly ignorant. But it was frustrating and, though I don't mind if they do that in privacy, but when at a temple dressed up, it's quite inappropriate.
     
  12. DavidM

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    Impotant issues to me?


    I am finding it harderd and harder as days go by to find a fraternity in my area. I thought 2b1ask1?? Ive been asking simple questions that i feel deserve rescpectable answers. So is there anybody that can point me in the right direction as to where or whom i would to talk to someone? Thank you for your time in reading this. Have a good day.
     
  13. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    I sent you a PM about this check your personal message.
     
  14. cmcminn

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    In the beginning we are taught the ancient signs,symbols and work of Freemasonry. Through the eyes of a child we are brought from the darkness to be taken and shown light upon our paths. However throughout a mans journey within the passages of FM he can be still lost in the darkness. These men that stand before us are stones not carved but still rough and without foundation. Men who will eventually fall without the guidance of fellow Bretheren lighting their path .
    As an FM you can learn what all and everything means but learning and knowing are two different things. We as Freemasons should not be caught so much on what we hear but by what we actually learn from the craft. The work is there for us to pass on to the future as a guide to let masonry give each person what they need from masonry. A wise Master Mason told me at one time 'Masonry gives each one of us a different piece of what we need for ourselves and builds our brotherhood on the lessons each of us has learned". Have we forgotten that true honor before us? The honor that has tied us together the honor of being a BROTHER
    guide the Bretheren and bring them completely out of the dark this is what will bring change and initiate true brotherhood and keep making Good men better.
     
  15. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    great post Brother Chad very well put
     

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