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  1. Mike Mendelson

    "Encouraging" a potential brother

    Thank you, Brother. Excellent advice (and thanks to all). Makes me think of the night I was raised when a more senior and experienced brother told me that I've done the easy part now. The hard part is living it. Wise words.
  2. Mike Mendelson

    Maine Masons

    I am a Master Mason under the Grand Lodge of Maryland. I have made the request through my lodge secretary, who was supposed to make the request through my Grand Lodge, to the Maine Grand Lodge. I was told this was the proper way. Nothing for two years. I can try contacting Rabboni Lodge...
  3. Mike Mendelson

    Maine Masons

    Hello to my Mainiac Brothers! My grandfather and great grandfather were masons in Lewiston (Rabboni Lodge). I've been trying for two years to find out about their masonic history but so far, "official channels" haven't gotten anything done. My dad, who is not a mason, but very happy I joined...
  4. Mike Mendelson

    "Encouraging" a potential brother

    Thanks for the ideas!
  5. Mike Mendelson

    "Encouraging" a potential brother

    Brothers, With the understanding, at least in the US, that we do not "recruit" and being mindful of the slogan "To be one, ask one," what advice do you have on encouraging an upright man of good character to learn more and develop an interest in our brotherhood? Best regards, Mike
  6. Mike Mendelson

    Lodge Charity Website Up and Running

    Good evening Brothers! I wish you all a good start to your week. Just spreading the word that the charitable foundation for our lodge (Ionic #145, Reisterstown, Maryland, USA) is up and running. We support local schools, community crisis centers, and sponsor limited college scholarships to...
  7. Mike Mendelson

    What do you enjoy most about the Shrine?

    Hi all, Maryland Mason here. I'm planning on submitting my petition to the Shrine soon. I'd appreciate anything you Nobles have to share, regardless of your location. Thanks! Mike
  8. Mike Mendelson

    The future of lodges

    What's the current state of those merged lodges? Stagnant or growing?
  9. Mike Mendelson

    Visiting a PHA Lodge

    Thanks.
  10. Mike Mendelson

    Visiting a PHA Lodge

    Hello Brothers! Wishing you all a great start to your week. I am a recently (this year) raised AF & AM Master Mason in Maryland. What is the protocol for visiting a PHA lodge? DO I go through my lodge or the state grand lodge? I'd really like to connect with my PHA brothers.
  11. Mike Mendelson

    Solstice Fish Fry!

    In Maryland, we have a few regular events at our lodge: pancake breakfast, ladies night, family picnic, strawberry festival (a Maryland thing that I don't quite understand but really enjoy). Our Grand Lodge has an annual family picnic and a few other events. Events have been pretty well...
  12. Mike Mendelson

    The future of lodges

    Wise words! Thank you Brother.
  13. Mike Mendelson

    The future of lodges

    Thank you for your thoughtful response, Brother. No disrespect intended and I did not mean "shut 'em down" but rather where to encourage new apprentices to go to get the most out of Masonry as other lodges fade gracefully.
  14. Mike Mendelson

    The future of lodges

    Brothers. Hope all of you and your families are well. Our lodge just approved three petitions and we will have new Entered Apprentices soon! It's very exciting. Our lodge seems to be doing well. Others in my state, not so much. I've heard tales of lodges where the average age is well over...
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