As you travel around from jurisdiction to jurisdiction you hear members expound on the objectives of Freemasonry. The general consensus of members is that the main objective of the fraternity is to “Make Good Men Better“. Of course in conspiracy circles, the objective is to keep the secrets, whatever those secrets might be.
I find it fascinating that members never list “membership” as the primary objective. Why is that? Isn’t the primary objective of every fraternal organization, every civic organization, and every church for that matter, to propagate itself? For without a constant flow of new members, how does the church support its mission, or a fraternity support its programs?
In New York, the Masons support a Masonic Care Community in Utica which includes 3 levels of care for the elderly. It also supports a Medical Research Laboratory, Camp Turk, a summer camp for children, and the Shrine at Tappan – George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolution. What would happen to these facilities if the membership dropped considerably and no new members were being initiated into the Craft? Who would work the community projects like Child ID (Masonic Safety Program), M.S.A.T, brood drives, Toys for Tots, or any of the programs that the Masons pride themselves on.
Facilities, programs, charities, and everything the Masons do would vanish including the mantra to “Make Good Men Better“. Without membership, nothing survives. So with that in mind, I submit to you that “membership” should be your primary objective. And not just initiating new members, but also to keep these new members interested and involved.
The whole cycle is synergistic – the more you educate membership and work on your programs, the more new members you will attract. If you rely on your monthly meeting to attract new members, you will fail. If, on the other hand, you are out in the community, have additional educational meetings, and have functions outside of the meeting structure, you will succeed.
“What you sow, so shall you reap”. Brothers, lets get busy on our primary objective.