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Sister Joyce Small PGM of Indiana GGCCM on Visionquest

                              "MEMBERSHIP - Planting the Seed"

   

MEMBERSHIPÖPlanting the Seed

 

Work with the Masons or Lodge Brothers.

         contact Lodge secretary to get names and addresses

         plan a bean and cornbread supper with dessert

         send out post cards asking them to bring all family members and a friend

         plan entertainment, such as Cloggers

         This was a success:  first attempt got 7 new members, second attempt got 9 new members, and third time got 6 or 7 petitions

 

Community!

        do something in the community to be seen

        volunteer for your OES Chapter to take people to the doctor to have their tests done

        volunteer for your OES Chapter to take people to the store

 

Car Pool!

        have car pooling to your meetings

        invite those who donít drive after dark to catch a ride with you

        get two or more in a car so they will be more comfortable and can talk more before the meeting and get to know you more

        this strategy alone will bring them back to Chapter

 

Shop Together!

        get a group of Stars together to go to the flea market

        go out to dinner or lunch

        have fellowship together

        just take a ride in the country

 

Have a Picnic with Members!

        invite new members and their families

        invite the Masonic families to your home at holidays and at other times

        furnish the meat and have all bring a covered dish

        play bingo, cards, volleyball, or just sit and talk

        encourage everyone to bring someone who doesnít have close family around

        invite someone who has never had your deep-fried turkey

        invite someone who will be alone on a holiday or birthday

 

Christmas Party!

        have a Christmas party for the family and friends, not just the members

        invite a speaker or have a sing along

        go as a group to sing Christmas carols for nursing homes

        get the words to songs and pass them around to the residents so they can sing along

        bring stuffed animals and pass them out to the peopleóthat will bring a big smile to their faces and thatís what itís all about


Have an Easter Egg Hunt!

        invite all members, Masons, families and friends if the church doesnít have one

        if church has one, work with them or invite them to join you

 

Wear an emblem!

        be proud of who we are

        wear something with the OES emblem or Masonic emblem on it

        I wear suspenders or a cap and this will prompt conversation from people who tell me their father or brother was a Mason

        then I plant the seedÖI ask them, ďAre you a member?Ē  If they say no I ask why not, or would you like to be a member?

        put a float into your local parade for the Fourth of July

 

Motherís Day and Fatherís Day

        men should cook for the women on Motherís Day

        women should cook for the men and Masons on Fatherís Day

        send out cards to members that havenít come in awhile

        sometimes some will come back

        make it interesting

        invite all of your familyólet everyone come

        have a guest speaker or get a group from the church to sing

 

Eating Before or After?

        try having something to eat at 6:30 so the Moms and Dads who work can go home, do a few things, and come to Chapter. Plan to have the meeting quick so they can be home by 9:30 or 10:00

 

Honor Someone!

        honor one or two Officers at a meeting but donít let them know which one is being honored. That way each one will look forward to being there to be honored.

        donít forget the members that are not Officers, honor them too

        after the meeting have your Organist put some songs together and have a sing along

 

Involve Everyone!

        at all functions invite all members

        when your Chapter is doing something call everybody to help. A lot of times there is a select few that are called. This hurts a Chapter and the ones that are left out will quit coming. They will feel theyíre not wanted.  Let them say noóat least you tried.

        donít push new members into an office or insist on them buying clothes that match each other. Handle with kid gloves.

        make a point to speak to them; make them feel welcome. Make them feel good that they came back

        donít put them on a committee right away. Let them get used to all the members.

        the one that signed their petition should always keep in touch with that person. Please donít let them fall by the wayside; keep nursing them. Let them know youíre glad they came and encourage them to come back

 

 

Funerals

        get involved as members when there is a funeral service

        invite all members, not just the five or six doing the service

        stick around after the service and talk to the family

        let them know you care about that person you just did the service for

        let them know they mean something to you too

 

We were at a Lodge and Chapter in Northern California in a real small town.  When the Masons have a meeting the women and men eat before the meeting.  While the men were in their meeting, the women fellowshipped in the dining room.  They had 78 members.  38 showed up plus 30 women. 

 

When someone moved to town they would all go to introduce themselves and see if they needed any help.  Then they invited them to dinner.  They had a van to haul people to different places.  They went on day trips.  There were two people who just moved into town who were at dinner that night.  They said it was nice to get away from unpacking and to get to know the people of the town.

 

Advertise and let the community know who you are and what you do.  Have fun as a group.  Get it in your local paper.

 

 

 

THE MAIN THING IS CALL ALL YOUR MEMBERS AND LET THEM KNOW YOU MISS THEM AND GET THEM INVOLVED.

 

 

DO SOMETHING!!!!!!

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