posted on Mar, 10 2007 @ 09:06 PM
My dear friend, the advertising is simply this. As an example, in the
State of Massachusetts, Masonic Membership is down from 100,000
members 25 years ago, to a current membership of 40,000. So yes,
that is down 60 percent. Many masons were WWII vets, and they have
been passing away at a rate of 1,000 per day. Now we have a current
American life style were many people don't have the time to join anything
as many people work 50 to 60 hours per week or more ! So if you have
a two parent working family, at a bunch of hours each, where does it
leave time in your life to join a Fraternity like the Freemasons. So yes,
membership is way down. From 4 million American men to 1.8 million.
So in short, it was time for this ancient fraternity to get up with the times,
get out there on both the airwaves and the internet, and let people know
that Freemasonry wants good men to come and meet more good men.
Also, in Massachusetts they lowered the age of being able to become a
brother. In Massachusetts it is 18, while in New York State it is 21. So we
are seeing a lot of college men. Heck, I can tell you that a lot of the old
time brothers absolutely love seeing the new younger membership. I
have found them to be a bunch of great guys. I can also tell you that at
least 25 to 30 percent of Fraternal Brothers have served in the U.S.
Military. So I hope that I have helped to answer your question. They had
to get up with the times. It isn't easy for them, but it is showing results.
Membership is starting to go back up. Slowly, but it is getting there. Take
it easy man. See ya.