Letter of the month: May 2005
From: "Larry Cronenwett" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Masonry Question
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 18:53:21 -0600
I was a mason for a number of years and then went inactive. I also
moved from the area of my home lodge in Ohio. I now live in Montana and
have been thinking about coming active again. What must I do to
Thank you in advance for any help you may give to me to
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 23:43:33 -0400
From: "Rt. Wor. Gary L. Dryfoos" <dryfoo@MIT.EDU>
To: Larry Cronenwett <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Masonry Question
Dear Bro. Cronenwett,
First, you could contact your home lodge and get in touch with the
lodge's secretary. He can tell you how you stand with them.
If you took a proper demit while you were all square and paid-up with
your lodge dues, then you can simply get a copy of that demit
certificate from the lodge, and take to to any lodge in your new
If you left without a demit, and haven't paid dues since then, your
lodge probably suspended you years ago for non-payment of dues. In that
case, you'll have to make arrangements with the secretary of the old
lodge to apply for re-instatement -- no new lodge will accept you while
you're suspended from somewhere else. The rules on re-instatement vary
from state to state, but you'll probably have to pay some back dues and
have the lodge vote to re-instate you. Once that's done, you can apply
to a new lodge in your new area.
One more thing: if you're not going to stay in contact with your old
lodge, then be sure to ask for a demit after your re-instatement, so
that you don't get suspended again!
It's a fairly standard procedure, and your lodge secretary should be
familiar with it. If not, he can contact the grand secretary of his
grand lodge and they'll give him all the details and the paperwork.
-- Gary L. Dryfoos
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