Chairman of Membership's
Dear <<First Name>>
I was delighted to be asked recently how I see Membership Growth and Retention and what it is, that I believe draws men to Freemasonry.
As you can appreciate a significant part of the Membership Committee's, and my role, is meeting prospective members who approach Grand Lodge interested in joining.
Typically these men express a desire to become part of an organization that promotes positive moral and social attitudes, one that will help develop their character and allow them to contribute in a meaningful way to the community. Interestingly this is often accompanied by ... " my father was not a freemason but my grand- father was".
From this initial approach prospective members are invited to our Information Night (on the second Tuesday of each month) and introduced to some of the various aspects of Freemasonry. These include history, personal and spiritual development, philosophy, social, and charitable activities and the different types of Lodges they may consider joining.
More recently we have had Lodge representatives attending with their own prospective members, as part of their approach to growing membership.
Those (unaccompanied) who express further interest are connected with a Membership Co-ordinator or Grand Lodge District Superintendent to assist them in visiting a potential joining Lodge(s)' festive board.
In terms of Growth and Retention (now that we have these steps in place) it is time to increase our focus on promoting why Freemasonry is relevant to today's society and once a new member joins, having a structure and environment in place to ensure he is supported and encouraged in his Masonic career.
In terms of relevance which underpins growth, I believe Freemasonry is as relevant to today as in the 1700's. Indeed, more so.
- 15th – Meeting with College of PGM's.
- 15th – Grand Mark Annual Communication.
- 22nd – Surrender of Warrant (Lodge Marlborough).
Grand Lodge Calendar- June.
- 1st – Vice Regal Reception and Cocktail Reception (Grand Installation - UGLQ).
- 2nd – Grand Installation (UGLQ) and Grand Installation Banquet.
- 3rd – Thanksgiving Service and Farewell Luncheon.
- 6th – Sir Samuel Way Lodge OV.
- 11th – Edwardstown Lewis Lodge OV..
- 14th –Lodge St Alban OV.
Social researcher, Hugh Mackay in his book 'Beyond Belief' discusses why young people are embracing the Spiritual But Not Religious (SBNR) movement. He reports they ask "How can I unlock my spiritual potential? How can I be a better person without signing up or wearing the badge of religion?" Hugh says however they still want the values that are taught with religion of "loving thy neighbour". Freemasonry can answer these questions.
Freemasonry already promotes 'making good men better' and whether today or in 1717, realising personal potential is timeless. There are very few 'rights of passage' rituals left to men in this society. Freemasonry is one of a few.
It is in the area of society that perhaps lies the greatest relevance. Characterised by ego, materialism, social disharmony, 24/7 information connectivity, a disconnect with the natural world, instant gratification and a lack of positive male role models etc, Freemasonry offers a way forward. It presents a body of knowledge relevant to the human condition and how each of us can contribute to a better society. Freemasonry, promotes and achieves true, brotherly love.
With regard to retaining new members I believe an appointed mentor goes a long way to ensuring we provide the best opportunity for newer brethren to engage with and develop their Masonic career. A mentor program can provide the right balance between developing self reliance and supporting and encouraging grow, at each step.
Of course a mentor program alone is insufficient for long term retention of members.
Successful Lodges work toward excellence in all areas such as lodge culture, workings, education, charity, festive board, social and finance, administration and planning.
In some instances though, influencing retention may be as simple as a supportive comment or gesture. I encourage all of us to recall the impact on how we felt, particularly when new to Freemasonry, when another brother reached out in friendship and support.
Along these lines, in closing each Information Night we explain :
"If you aspire to be the best son, brother, husband, father, grandfather or friend ... the best man you can be ... and you are looking to meet with men with the same aspirations ... Freemasonry may be right for you"
In returning to the question above, there are no simple answers to increasing Membership Growth and Retention. While there is much good work being done in these areas, there is more to do and each of us has a role to play in this regard.
Most importantly, I sincerely believe Freemasonry is relevant to today's man, as is the yearning for what Freemasonry offers.
The challenge now is to bring these two points together.
Kind Fraternal Regards
List of New Members for April
The following is a list of new members who were initiated into the Craft in the month of April:
Yves LETTENS - 9/04/2016 - AURORA AUSTRALIS LODGE NO. 245
Timothy MUEHLBERG - 11/04/2016 - EARL OF ZETLAND LODGE NO. 231
Benjamin CHARD - 29/04/2016 - EDWARDSTOWN LODGE, NO. 168
Note: Reminder to Lodge Secretaries, please submit your new members details to Grand Lodge ASAP.
The Membership Committee will be holding an information night at Grand Lodge, 254 North Terrace on:
Tuesday 12th July 2016 at 6.00pm - 7.15pm
Member's family, friends and those interested in joining or hearing more about Freemasonry are invited to attend this informative session.
To register your interest and for more details, please email ; email@example.com
Combined Mark Lodge Meeting at Jamestown
On Monday 18th July, 2016 at 7:30 pm the Victoria Mark Lodge No. 10 at Jamestown will be hosting a combined meeting of country Mark Lodges
- Combined meeting with Quorn Mark Lodge No. 13 and Whyalla Mark Lodge No. 37.
- All Mark Master Masons welcome.
- RWBro. Bill Penley will also present a lecture - (Grand Mark Lodge approval)
Adelaide Combined Lodges (ACL) - film nights at Mitcham Cinemas
On Sunday 19th June, 2016 - 6:00 pm the
Adelaide Combined Lodges (ACL) will hold their film nights at Mitcham Cinemas, 119 Belair Road, Torrens Park. There will be free undercover parking. wheelchair access to all auditoriums.
- (1) Money Monster Crime Drama/Thriller starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney
- (2) Alice Through the looking Glass Adventure Fantasy starring Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway
Have a night of entertainment while supporting the work of the Adelaide Combined Lodges.
Purchase tickets from our table at the Mitcham Cinema on the night and support your favoured charity. One price $19 - no concessions. Your patronage sees Freemasonry active in supporting the community.
ACL and member Lodges support many charitable causes including major initiatives of the ACL - Australian Cranio-Maxillo Facial Foundation, Cancer Care Centre, Modbury Hospital Foundation, Foundation Shine Inc, Uniting Communities - Lifeline and Foodbank – SA Schools Breakfast Program. Commission on ticket sales is applied to these charities and other worthy causes.
Should your Lodge be interested in becoming a member of the Adelaide Combined Lodges please email the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lodge Installation Program for June - July 2016
Show and Shine Presentation to the Freemasons Foundation
On the 9th of May 2016, the Committee members of this year's 11th Annual Show and Shine Motorcycle Ride for Men's Health presented a cheque to the Freemasons Foundation at the regular meeting of Witton Lodge.
With an Official Visit scheduled from Grand Lodge, the Assistant Grand Master, RWBro. Neil Jensen and a retinue of Grand Lodge Officers were in attendance to witness an excellent demonstration of a second degree working. Read more...
The Making of History - Renmark Lodge No.55
Alexander Douglas Pinyon was initiated into Renmark Lodge No. 55 on 14th February 2016. This initiation was momentous, because he was the fourth generation of the Pinyon family to join Renmark Lodge, thus making this initiation a history-making one.
Alexander’s great grand-father, the late WBro. Edward Harry Pinyon was initiated into Renmark Lodge No. 55 on 28th August 1957, Passed on 26th March 1958 and Raised on 17th December 1958 and become Master in 1969. Read more...
Salisbury Mark Lodge No. 52 Twinned with Wallaroo-Barunga Mark Lodge No. 28 on the 18th April 2000 at a Ceremony held at the Para Districts Masonic Centre. That relationship lasted until 2011 when sadly, Wallaroo-Barunga Mark surrendered their Warrant. Wallaroo-Barunga Mark No. 28 later incorporated with Moonta Mark Lodge No. 2 and there is a small plaque at the base of the Moonta Mark Lodge Warrant which in effect recognises both lodges with the same Warrant. Read more...
Sprig of Acacia
The following is a list of Brethren who have passed away to the Grand Lodge above in the month of April.
- 5/04/2016 - HENLEY LODGE, NO. 79
- 7/04/2016 - CORINTHIAN LODGE, NO. 34
- 14/04/2016 - PORT LINCOLN LODGE, NO. 45
- 24/04/2016 - PRINCE OF WALES LODGE, NO. 14
- SIR SAMUEL WAY LODGE, NO. 48