In the Masons of California strategic plan for 2010-2015, one key priority is to enhance the membership experience. This includes improving the application process and creating opportunities for prospects and new members to get involved.
Los Angeles Harbor Lodge No. 332 proves it's worth the effort. In 2004 the lodge created a new membership development program: Pub Night.
Seven years later, Pub Night is a draw for brethren from lodges near and far. It's a fail-proof way for prospects to get acquainted with Masonry. And applications have increased tenfold.
Shawn Donohugh, secretary and past master, explains:
In 2004 Los Angeles Harbor Lodge was struggling for new members. I'd recently gone back to college and joined a fraternity at UCLA. I brought back the idea of "rush week": a series of social events to introduce prospects to the fraternity. We renovated the lodge's old storage area into a social space, named it in honor of London’s historic Goose and Gridiron Ale-House, and started holding twice-monthly Pub Nights.
People mark Pub Night on their calendars and drive from other lodges - sometimes, other states - to attend. The pub holds 60 people. We often overflow into the dining room.
In 2004 we adopted a new mission statement: "Man, Family, Community: Making Masonry relevant in the 21st century." This jumpstarted Pub Night and several other lodge programs, below.
Before we started Pub Night, we were lucky to receive one application a year. Last year, we received about 10 applications.
Pub Night, like all of our new lodge programs, is successful because it emphasizes fellowship, fun, and ongoing involvement. As one past master said, "This is what a fraternity should be like."
For more information, contact: M. Shawn Donohugh, Secretary332@gmail.com.
In the Masons of California strategic plan for 2010-2015, one key priority is to enhance the quality of the membership experience. Pass It On, a membership development tool from Grand Lodge, helps you do just that - from preparing to meet prospects' needs to retaining members long-term.
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 other lodges.
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:
Provides an overview of Masonry in a convenient size:
Membership information/application packet
Designed for the prospective member:
Applicant information packet
Designed to educate applicants about Masonry:
Candidate orientation packet
Designed to welcome each new candidate:
Pass It On CD
Contains template letters and ready-to-use forms, including:
Order kits or individual materials from LA Fraternal. The order form is available in the secure Member Center on freemason.org, under the "Lodge Supply & Awards" section of the "Forms" tab.
At the 2011 Annual Communication, the Grand Lodge Investment Committee and Finance Committee are once again offering special sessions to discuss your lodge’s finances and investments.
These sessions are designed to answer your questions and provide advice and support. They're open to all lodge officers, hall association officers, and lodge investment committee members and trustees.
All sessions will be held onsite at the California Masonic Memorial Temple on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24.
Reserve your time slot
Meetings will take place on the EH Level in the California Conference Room A&B.
Friday, Sept. 23
11:45 a.m-12:15 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
1:45- 2:15 p.m.
To reserve your session, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your requested time slot and the best way to reach you.
The Masons of California strategic plan for 2010-15 makes it a priority to improve leadership and management throughout the fraternity. Thanks to online resources, you can do your part from home.
The Lodge Management Certification Program arms you with tools and training to lead and manage your lodge. All five courses are online and open to California members.
Just click a heading below to get started. Each course costs $30. For more information on the Lodge Management Certification Program, visit Leadership Development under the Member Center on freemason.org.
Masonic Assistance offers support services for the whole family. But too often, members and widows don't want to admit that they need help. Other times, they don’t know about the support services available to them.
This “Resources” section was created to help you educate members about Masonic Assistance. Because of you, our fraternal family will know where to turn for the support they need.
This month: Checklist for partnering with Masonic AssistanceFrom starting a phone committee to posting Masonic Assistance contact information, there are lots of ways to educate members about fraternal support services. Print out this checklist to see how else your lodge can help.
Last month we asked if your lodge conducts a new member skills and interest survey. Of the 98 who responded:
11% - Yes
Of those who said yes, the majority use the survey results to help determine committee assignments, candidate coach assignments, and social activities.
Here’s your next question.
Please e-mail questions to email@example.com.