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RESOURCE: Updated Pass It On

Member Center 2.0

Countdown to Coming Home

Top 25 most charitable lodges by individual giving

Question of the month

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Tell us what you think

In its inaugural issue, The Leader was introduced as an important new resource for lodge leaders, designed to deliver useful and timely information directly applicable to your role as a Masonic leader.

Now that you’ve received The Leader for a full year, we’d appreciate your feedback regarding the usefulness of the contents. Just take five minutes to complete this online survey.

 

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RESOURCE: Updated Pass It On

Pass It On was created to help Masons effectively share membership information with their family and friends. Based on research and the collective experiences of many California Masons, it is a step-by-step program for membership development, from preparing to meet prospects’ needs to retaining members long-term.

Since its introduction in 2003, Pass It On has helped many California lodges thrive. A 2008 survey revealed a direct correlation between lodges’ use of the program and the number of Master Mason degrees conferred. The lodges that used Pass It On extensively raised about 5.3 Master Masons per year – compared to a typical 3.2 to 3.6 raised in lodges using the program less extensively.

Here’s a look at the kit contents:

Pass It On guide
Outlines a step-by-step process, including techniques, resources, and solutions for common challenges, to help your lodge attract and retain members:

  • Get ready for prospective members
  • Identify quality candidates
  • Approach prospective members
  • Integrate the candidate into the lodge
  • Retain members

Wallet brochure
Provides an overview of Masonry in a convenient size:

  • Distribute to prospective members
  • Encourage prospective members to visit freemason.org

Membership information/application packet
Designed for the prospective member:

  • “Who We Are and What We Do” brochure
  • Application

Applicant information packet
Designed to educate applicants about Masonry:

  • “About Us” brochure
  • “Just the Facts” brochure
  • Confirmation letter from lodge master (template on CD)

Candidate orientation packet
Designed to welcome each new candidate:

  • “Candidate information” brochure
  • Welcome letter from lodge master (template on CD)
  • Lodge information form (template on CD)

Pass It On CD
Contains template letters and forms that are ready for use:

  • Prospective members worksheet
  • Letter from lodge master confirming application was received
  • Welcome letter from lodge master to candidate
  • Welcome letter from lodge master’s wife to candidate’s wife
  • Lodge information form
  • Candidate Satisfaction Survey
  • Member Satisfaction Survey
Order kits or individual materials from the Grand Lodge supply department at 415/292-9131 or lodgesupplies@freemason.org.

 

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Member Center 2.0

This month, Grand Lodge will release a redesigned Member Center that’s fully integrated with freemason.org.

An e-mail announcement will be sent to the entire membership one week prior to the update.

Here's what to expect:

Day of the update

  • Freemason.org and the Member Center will be down all day
  • iMember will be down intermittently

After the update

  • Design: Member Center will have the same look as freemason.org.
  • Navigation changes: Once logged in, Member Center menu options will appear in the top Member Center drop-down menu, and under Member Links on the left.
  • New features include: Ability to modify the date range on the dashboard, and faster updates of member data.

For help navigating the updated Member Center, contact memberservices@freemason.org.

 

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Countdown to Coming Home

For a complete Event planning timeline and checklist, refer to page 5 of the Coming Home Guide.

Already completed?

  • 2009 senior warden assigns Coming Home Committee
  • First meeting of the Coming Home Committee, including:
    • Initial event planning
    • Budget
    • Program
    • Dinner/refreshments
    • Recognition of returning members

In December

  • Coming Home Committee
    • Assemble member phone contact information
    • Finalize event budget
    • Assign event responsibilities (refreshments, program, etc.)
  • Trestleboard: Download and include Coming Home ad in your Trestleboard, or include an entire article
  • Lodge leaders: Play the Grand Master’s Coming Home video at the stated meeting (DVD mailed to 2009 senior warden)
Not sure how to help? It’s a busy time for your fellow lodge leaders, including those heading up Coming Home. Check in with the 2009 senior warden (or the member who will be installed as 2010 lodge master) to see how you can help make the event a success.

 

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Top 25 most charitable lodges by individual giving

Congratulations to the top 25 most charitable lodges by individual giving in fiscal 2009 (July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009). These lodges and their officers deserve a great deal of credit for their success.

The ranking is determined by the percent of lodge members that make individual gifts, the average size of each gift, and total dollars given by each lodge.

1. Liberty No. 299
2. Ionic Composite No. 520
3. Riviera No. 780
4. Acalanes Fellowship No. 480
5. Irvine Valley No. 671
6. North County Daylight No. 843
7. North Hollywood No. 542
8. Mosaic No. 218
9. El Segundo No. 421
10. Sunset No. 369
11. Solomon’s Staircase No. 357
12. California No. 1
13. Santa Monica-Palisades No. 307
14. San Francisco No. 120
15. Placerville No. 26
16. Los Altos No. 712
17. Mission No. 169
18. Downey United No. 220
19. Napa Valley No. 93
20. Francis Drake No. 376
21. Phoenix No. 144
22. Washington No. 20
23. Orinda No. 122
24. Lux No. 846
25. Oxnard No. 341

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Question of the month

Last month we asked if your lodge received any inquiries from prospects as a result of “The Lost Symbol.” Of the 108 that responded:

22% - yes
43% - no
35% - didn't know

 

Of those that said yes, more than half reported that one or more prospects went on to apply for candidacy.

Here’s your next question.

 

 

 

 

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