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Fellowship Night

Eleven Simple (but essential) Steps for assuring Growth in the Masonic Fraternity by Planning and Executing a Successful Fellowship Night

 

1. Help Brethren realize they want/need to have candidates in their lodges to survive and grow and spread the good works of Freemasonry. (Lodges must raise 5% -of their base memberships every year for 20 years to replace the members of today who average 64 years old.)

2. Select a Lodge Membership Leader for each lodge. He must be a man who understands the need to raise 5% of the base membership annually. And he must be a man who gets things done.

3. Help the Brethren identify two friends/ relatives they would like to share their Freemasonry with. Suggest they consider as prospects their sons, brothers, sons-in-law, cousins, the men they fish or golf or bowl with, or go to church with. Just two names because the Brethren have a responsibility to get these guests, to the meeting; and two guests (plus their wives) is about all anyone can easily handle:

4. Get the names and addresses of these two men on a guest sheet and make certain they get to the lodge Membership Leader. (Sheet attached.)

5. Choose a Fellowship night date, (IT TAKES 8-10 WEEKS TO ADEQUATELY PREPARE!)

6. Lodge Membership Leaders should send invitations to guests selected to attend. All invitations for the same Fellowship Night should be mailed at the same time, about two weeks prior to the FN. (Sample invitation’, attached.)

7. 3-4 days after invitations are mailed; each brother should contact his invited-guests and tell them "I'll be by to pick you (and your lady) up at 6 p.m." Then do it. We are inviting these guests to an evening of friendship. It's pretty unrealistic to expect a man to show up alone at a strange place. And it's not a very friendly thing to do, either. Remember, the guest doesn't know where the invitation came from until his friend -- our brother -- calls and tells him.

8. 2-3 days before the Fellowship Night, the brother should call his invited guests again to remind them of the event and that he'll be by to pick them up.

9. Fellowship Nights work well with 6:30 suppers followed by 7:30 meetings with everyone on the way home by 9 p.m.

10. Program should be kept simple with a tight focus. The message should be Freemasonry... what it is ...what it does ...and why. It's important to realize that most of our" guests probably know nothing of the Craft or its structure, or its concordant bodies. Attempts to talk about too much makes for a confusing meeting with a garbled message. Part of the great beauty of Freemasonry is its simple, timeless truths. There's plenty of time to talk about our other parts later on.

11. Remember! Your Grand Lodge Membership Team is ready to help you with your Fellowship Nights. We'll do the entire program if you like. Another important fact: the 23 Fellowship Nights already put on by the team have enjoyed a success rate of between 65-100%. That means between 6 and 10 of every 10 guests at every meeting have asked for a petition.

 

 

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