The Two Elephants Not in the Room
Sounds like an interesting title? This was the title to my LEO presentation last month. The first elephant is the lack of candidates seeking to enter Masonry. The second elephant is all the brothers who are not in attendance at the Lodge meeting. Fixing the first one is beyond the control of the Lodge. The second is not. In the presentation I asked two questions, "Why do we have so few members at our Stated meeting?" and "What can we do to improve attendance?"
The Lodge divided into two discussion groups. On the first question of why so few, one group wrote a single response, "Meetings are boring." The second group cited aging membership, attending other Masonic groups, and several others. As to what we can do to improve attendance, there were 17 good suggestions. Of the 17 suggestions, 6 are listed below:
1. Streamline our meeting (Minutes and Treasurer’s report in advance)
2. Outside speakers every other month. Topics in Advance
3. Involve new members early
4. Find out what new and old members are looking for
5. Committee Outreach. Call brothers and touch base with them
6. Invite each other to visit at their homes
As a Lodge, we can fix this one!!! When asked for names of those who would be willing to work as a group to improve membership attendance, 14 Masons signed up!! The other good news is as the LEO, I can fix Number 2. Our first outside speaker will be Nick Bolyard, Neoacacia 595 whose topic will be Servant Leadership. He will be presenting at the June 21st meeting with other speakers to follow. Remember the old question, "How do you eat an elephant?" The answer is "One bite at a time!" Let’s work together to make our meeting the best that we can.