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
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,
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.