posted on Dec, 9 2004 @ 12:18 PM
PA held a one-day class on October 2nd of this year... We will be doing another this year, probably again in the fall.
I agree that the guys who got their 3rds that day didn't get as much out of it. But for those for whom time was a problem, they at least got to
finally join. We also did Scottish Rite and Shrine that day. I personally decided that I would take advantage of the one-day to get myself into the
pendant bodies, since I can devote time to Blue Lodge activities, but can't spare any more for the pendant /concordant bodies. Plus, you don't get
as much out of those anyway until you actually start participating in doing the degree work...
But I had been raised about a year and a half before the one-day class, and helped out as a mentor for an initiate... I suppose it was less "scary"
for those who did the one-day, but they lost something by not going through the full way.
As for the money,... it is generally either the same or cheaper to do the one-day class than go through the "regular way". Money isn't the real
factor in these one-day events,... membership is. This year was the first year in 40 that PA did not see a decline in membership (mostly due to
deaths, since membership age AVERAGES in the late 50s, with many much older). Most lodges could continue by consolidating and combining resources, but
what does that say about an organization??? Membership keeps the Lodge active, and helps support growth and community good will. Many Lodges are in a
position of having a good amount of money, but not enough new members to take officer positions...