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    Posted: September/03/2016 at 2:12pm
What do you guys do, or what does your Grand lodge do for your senior members.

Is it just a small pin and a certificate?

Shouldn't we do more?
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In my lodge, they receive the 50 year pin and certificate which is presented to them by the DDGM on behalf of the Grand Master.  They are also exempt from paying dues.  I think that most lodges in PA exempt them from dues. A few years ago I had the privilege of putting the 50 year pin on my father.  In just a few more years my father will be receiving his 60 year pin.  Dad is 92 and very alert and still goes bowling every week.
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In Massachusetts its a pin and a certificate. Should we do more? I dont know... maybe. Any suggestions?
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50 year Certificate, pin, and apron furnished the Grand Lodge. Also, the 50 year Mason is granted Emeritus e Membership (exempt for dues) and is entitled to receive the Grand Hailing Honors when in Lodge.
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I have seen Masons get a 50 year pin who are not nor have they ever been active. Years alone, in my mind, don't warrant special treatment. I love my father beyond belief but he averages one lodge meeting per decade. If he keeps this patter he'll have less than a dozen meetings in 50 years.
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Interesting point and well made.

Years without service are nothing [or near nothing]

What could we do for a brother who had 50 years and lots of service-that makes him far better than the guy that does not attend.
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I think men like that Bob not only don't want anything. But they will refuse to much fuss. I really like the idea of a nice apron. Maybe a ring as we tend to wear rings more than pins.
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The question arises, what makes a good Mason? I have always been taught that family comes first, then one's work, then Masonry. So, a man becomes a Mason; joins every appendant and concordant body in sight; becomes master of this and master of that; grand high whatever of this and most illustrious noble of that;  gets honorary degrees, crosses of honor and meritorius service medals; ends up getting divorced in the process and his kids won't join because of all the time he spends away from his family and they even resent Masonry. I realize what I have just described is extreme but I have seen these things happen.

On the other hand, a man joins with the most good intentions but puts his family and work first and comes to lodge when he can which might not be often. I submit that this type of man is a better Mason than the other described, yet, he will receive no recognition simply for being a good man.

Why not recognize members for what they do when they do it? Why wait 50 years? When you think about it, 50 years is just another day. I support the 50 year pin and certificate, but there are so many intangibles as to what makes a good Mason, and in all too many cases the wrong people get the accolades.


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Originally posted by droche droche wrote:



The question arises, what makes a good Mason? I have always been taught that family comes first, then one's work, then Masonry. So, a man becomes a Mason; joins every appendant and concordant body in sight; becomes master of this and master of that; grand high whatever of this and most illustrious noble of that;  gets honorary degrees, crosses of honor and meritorius service medals; ends up getting divorced in the process and his kids won't join because of all the time he spends away from his family and they even resent Masonry. I realize what I have just described is extreme but I have seen these things happen.

On the other hand, a man joins with the most good intentions but puts his family and work first and comes to lodge when he can which might not be often. I submit that this type of man is a better Mason than the other described, yet, he will receive no recognition simply for being a good man.

Why not recognize members for what they do when they do it? Why wait 50 years? When you think about it, 50 years is just another day. I support the 50 year pin and certificate, but there are so many intangibles as to what makes a good Mason, and in all too many cases the wrong people get the accolades.




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droche

thanks for that insight.  I do 50 year pin ceremonies, and I am doing one Tuesday night for a man I know nothing about.  He is the recipient of the award but from another state, and I am doing a courtesy for them/him.

It's hard to talk about a 50 year man when I know nothing about his past or his efforts.

But the information you supplied is viable for all.

My parents broke up as a result of my father "living" Masonry  so I know of what you speak.

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Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

In Massachusetts its a pin and a certificate. Should we do more? I dont know... maybe. Any suggestions?



Over 50 years? How about a free burial??
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Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

In Massachusetts its a pin and a certificate. Should we do more? I dont know... maybe. Any suggestions?



Over 50 years? How about a free burial??

In Massachusetts, one of the things a prospective member is told is that Masonry provides no direct benefits to its members such as insurance etc., so I don't think free burials are in the cards.
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