There is a lot of talk out there about how our numbers are dwindling and we need to get more members. We've gone from "2B1Ask1" to "Want2B1?"
I've seen on many occasions, not just in our lodge in Wheaton, where a prospective member will show up to dinner for the first time and after talking with one or maybe two of the brothers, he's handed a petition! Personally, I don't think this is the right approach. Our DEO and fellow Grand Lodge Masonic Education Committee member, RJ Budler of Lombard Lodge 1098, gave a presentation at our lodge recently which included an excellent quote, "Those who are asked to join without much consideration, often will quit without much consideration."
I agree that we should find ways to increase our numbers, but ONLY with men who are [...]
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