Over recent years many lodges have declined in numbers. There are many reasons for this, however lots of lodges are seeing membership increase – one of the key reasons is the social activity in the lodge.
The Lodge of Chivalry No 3974 is a typical example, as over recent years the lodge has suffered a decline in numbers, however, in the last year three new members have joined the lodge and a new member is to be initiated in November.
This summer Martin Stuart, who is to be installed as the WM in October has been very keen on attending social events, at one such event (The Provincial Ball) Martin met two old school friends he had not seen for many years. This rekindled friendship resulted in one of his friends joining the lodge. This led to another old school friend joining the lodge and Martin hopes that from this small beginning more men will join the lodge.
Already this summer and before he is installed as WM Martin has held two socials. The first was at the Baby Elephant in Shevington. The second was held at the Star Inn in Rainford and most of the lodge members attended along with their wives, partners and children. A young man and his girlfriend also came along to the lunch. His name is Zachary Lewis, Zac has been to a few lodge socials and is being initiated in November. He is reading Product Design at Stafford University and he hopes to go to Bournemouth University to study for an MBA in design. Zac is Martin’s stepson and has agreed to write a blog giving regular updates on his studies and his progress in Masonry so watch this space!
Everyone who attended the lunch enjoyed great food and more importantly the company. All are looking forward to the next social event.
During the course of the afternoon a raffle was held which raised £95 for the social fund which is used to make donations to local non Masonic organisations and clubs.