[identity profile] pierceheart.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] argamon
I am less disheartened than I was.
If you look at the following link:
http://forum.srmason-sj.org/printthread.cfm?Forum=6&Topic=438

you will see that we aren't the only ones feeling these issues in Freemasonry.

I knew that.

But it's widespread in the US.

Esoterika Lodge #316 in Washington State
St Alban's Lodge #1455 in Texas
The Lodge of the Nine Muses #1776 in DC

As more and more lodges spring up, or groups wanting them spring, it will become more and more of a phenomenon.

As Arlo Guthrie once said (and with apologies for one of the derogatory words Arlo uses)
You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he's really sick and they won't take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they're both faggots and they won't take either of them. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin' a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. They may think it's an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in singin' a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it's a movement.

So, I propose we start meeting again, maybe simply online at first ... maybe at someone's house.
Simple stuff, where we don't need to pay for the building.
Still pay our dues, establish an account, whatever.

Get some more guys to show up.

And then ask for a meeting with the Grand Master in Massachusetts.
Ask him for support for a Traditional Observance Club. Not a Lodge, but a club.
Get GL approval to investigate the principals, and try to attract likeminded Masons.
Eventually, maybe not right away (and I have to accept, we may not see 25 consistent members in one year, or even two ... but we'll see them), we'll have what it takes. If it takes longer to get to Lodge status, that might be good. Gives us time to build up funds, get regalia, investigate time and place of meeting.

I don't want this project to die.

Date: 2007-08-24 03:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frommy.livejournal.com
I'm so glad you're on board with this. I was worried for awhile that I might be the only one who still thought we could do it. I think your strategy going forward sounds very sensible also. We still technically have a non-profit corporation for the club, so if we want to continue saving up for our future lodge, we really should open a bank account in the name of the corporation and deposit our club funds into it so that we'll earn interest and so forth.

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