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BEST PRACTICE: Beyond the lodge

HOW-TO: Connect with the entire fraternal family

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BEST PRACTICE: Beyond the lodge

In Northern Californiaís Monterey County, the historic city of Pacific Grove goes by the nickname ďAmericaís Last Hometown.Ē Its lodge, Pacific Grove Lodge No. 331, is defined by a traditional sense of community, too. Master Ronald Chambliss explains.

Background: Although we have fewer than 100 members, Pacific Grove Lodge never feels small, because we are plugged into the larger fraternal family year-round. The more the merrier: We share many of our important Masonic events with our Masonic youth orders, the Scottish Rite, and our neighboring lodge, Monterey Lodge No. 217.

Brotherhood between neighbors

  • Our annual installation ceremonies are held jointly with Monterey Lodge.
  • Our lodge hosts a social dinner every third Thursday of the month, open to members of all Masonic groups.
  • Every spring, the Scottish Rite hosts a Maundy Thursday dinner at our lodge; itís a long-standing tradition that we all look forward to each year.
  • All the lodges in our district get together for a monthly breakfast. We each take turns hosting it.

Youth order involvement

  • When itís our turn to host the district breakfast, our lodge hires Jobís Daughters to prepare the meal. Everyone enjoys having the young ladies there, and itís a great way to support the youth order financially.
  • For seven-plus years, the Jobís Daughters of Monterey have been the flag bearers at our annual installation ceremony.
  • Earlier this year, we donated our lodge to the Job's Daughters of South San Francisco for a bethel sleepover.
  • In recent years, weíve invited representatives from all the Masonic youth orders to speak at dinners at our lodge and Monterey Lodge. Itís an opportunity to learn about what theyíre doing, and to identify the kind of support they need most from us.

Masonic organizations have always connected people across towns and communities, creating bonds between those who might not otherwise have met. Our lodge has come to lean on the lodges, youth orders, and concordant groups around us. Through these relationships and the moments we share, we find even more meaning in Masonry.

Contact: Ronald Chambliss

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HOW-TO: Connect with the entire fraternal family

A lodge is strongest when it is inclusive to every member of the fraternal family, including spouses, partners, children, and friends. Here are 20 tips to help build connections.

Family and friends

  • Encourage family and friends to attend stated meeting dinners
  • Invite them to officer installations, cornerstone ceremonies, holiday parties, and other lodge events
  • Ask for participation in volunteer projects and at community events
  • Include them in lodge trips to Annual Communication and Masonic education events
  • Schedule social events outside the lodge
  • Once a quarter, schedule a get-together just for new members and families
  • Hold an annual On The Level night for membersí spouses, partners, and children

Members with children

  • Host a family night with kid-friendly activities
  • Offer babysitting at the lodge during open meetings and events
  • Ask members to donate games, art and craft supplies, childrenís books, and video games for a childrenís entertainment corner
  • Ask children to draw fliers and posters to publicize lodge events
  • Enlist families to paint a mural, create a welcome sign, or personalize another area of the lodge
  • Provide Masonic scholarship information to older children and offer help with applying

Spouses and partners

  • Invite spouses and partners to lead their own community service project or fundraiser
  • Encourage special activities such as day trips, lunches, book clubs, etc.
  • Ask for their participation on lodge social media

For older fraternal family members

  • Include daylight activities in lodge programming
  • Organize transportation to lodge
  • Maintain an active sweethearts program; ask for ideas and leadership from spouses, partners, and widows themselves
  • Create an outreach committee to check in regularly with older fraternal family members; review this monthís Resource to engage Masonic youth in lodge outreach

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Annual Communication is the biggest fraternal event of the yearóa weekend filled with business, friendship, and connection. Make the most of its social side: Follow and interact with Grand Lodge on social media leading up to and throughout the weekend.

Twitter: @MasonsofCA

Instagram: @MasonsofCA

Facebook: facebook.com/MasonsofCalifornia

YouTube: CaliforniaMasons

Share comments and photos of your experience, and donít forget to tag your Twitter and Instagram posts with #AnnComm15.

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Your September checklist

Stay on track of lodge business and prepare for important deadlines. Hereís your September checklist:

Executive Committee

  • Remind members to celebrate U.S. Constitution Observance Month
  • Along with the senior warden, identify and approach members for 2016 open elected and appointed officer positions
  • Urge respective officers to answer the junior warden, senior warden, and master questions early
  • Along with the senior warden, identify and approach members for the 2016 Audit, Membership Retention, and any other committees
  • Set calendar for 2016 and identify event leaders
  • Make preparations to attend the 166th Annual Communication

Senior Warden

  • Along with the Executive Committee, identify and approach members for 2016 open elected and appointed officer positions
  • Urge respective officers to answer the junior warden, senior warden, and master questions early
  • Along with the Executive Committee, identify and approach members for the 2016 Audit, Membership Retention, and any other committees
  • Set calendar for 2016 and identify event leaders
  • Continue preparing 2016 budget
  • Set installation date and approach installing officer, master of ceremonies, and chaplain
  • Review all candidatesí progress toward advancement

Treasurer

  • If lodge per capita has not yet been paid, submit payment ASAP

Questions? Contact Member Services at memberservices@freemason.org or (415) 776-7000.

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By partnering with Masonic Assistance, you can make sure your fraternal family knows where to turn when they need support.

Outreach is a responsibility of every lodge, and it provides an important safety net for elder members and widows. Itís also a valuable tool for teaching Masonic youth about relief, first hand. Here are three program ideas for engaging youth in your lodge outreach.

Download: Guide for Involving Masonic Youth in Outreach
Distribute and discuss among lodge leadership and your Outreach Committee

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Question of the month

Last month we asked if your lodge partnered in some way with Masonic Outreach Services (MOS) last year. Of those who responded

29% - yes
62% - no
9% - donít know

Of those who responded yes, the most popular approach was inviting MOS to the lodge to give a presentation about their support services. Call (888) 466-3642 to schedule a presentation at your lodge.

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