Thursday, March 24, is our next Fellowship Night. At Braden we take fellowship very seriously, and it’s something we do differently than do most lodges.
Typical masonic lodges meet twice per month (some only once). Their dinners often begin at around 6:30, with a meeting to follow. Fellowship among brothers is squeezed into dinnertime, and possibly over drinks at a nearby bar for those who don’t mind staying out a bit later.
This was about how things went at Braden (minus the tasty dinners, from what I’ve heard) until about a year ago when our landlords reminded us that even though we only met twice per month, we were technically paying for the space each Thursday. This caused one of our brothers to say “Hey, I’ve got keys to the place. I’m just going to show up every Thursday, and anyone who wants to join me can join me.” and you know what? We did.
Now Braden Lodge meets every Thursday, stated meeting or not, dark month or not, just to get together. We start pouring in around 6:30 pm, and brothers come and go. At any one time there’s usually a dozen of us there, and we talk.
Sometimes we have more formalized meetings. The Internet Committee or the Fundraising Committee has a little powwow, but even then it’s just part of the normal discussion. And we talk until the last guy who’s got a key wants to leave, often pretty late in the evening, and sometimes even then it moves to a bar or restaurant.
And you know what? It’s nice. It’s good times spent with good friends.
This Thursday were having some informal discussions.
7:30 pm – Discussion of Lodge Dues and Degree Fees (Braden brothers only)
8:30 pm – Socrates Cafe: What it means to be a brother (All welcome to attend
However, as there are always people milling about, there is no need to participate in any of these discussions to have a little fellowship. Stop by, have some coffee, and talk a while. You’re always welcome.