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Posted: 18 January 2017 06:43 PM   [ Ignore ]  
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Good evening! I was recently voted on at the last meeting here on Monday night. I was under the impression that I would be notified that night or in the next day or two. As of Wednesday night I haven’t heard anything and the anticipation is killing me! So my question is, how long do I wait before following up? What’s the etiquette? I understand that the secretary has a life outside the lodge so I know not to call late at night or during the day. Other than that what should I know? Thank you gentlemen!

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Posted: 18 January 2017 08:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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Ask your sponsor. He recommended you.

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Posted: 18 January 2017 09:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Do you mean the gentleman that led the investigative committee?

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Posted: 18 January 2017 10:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Who sponsored you in the lodge?  When you submitted your petition, what member of the lodge signed it?  That would be the guy to ask.

However, you could also just call or email the secretary and ask how the vote went.

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Posted: 19 January 2017 08:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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Some jurisdictions require that you be notified in writing of the decision.  If that is the case here, the letter would not have gone out at the earliest on Tuesday so…..

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Posted: 19 January 2017 08:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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I’m not sure exactly who sponsored me. Here’s how I ended up petitioning; I was interested for a while and reached out via email. I immediately heard back from the man who was the master at the time. They were having their business meeting that night and I was invited to have dinner with them. At the dinner I was given a petition and was told to mail it in. I went ahead and did that so they would have it at their next meeting. I had to leave for training from August to November. When I got back home the secretary called and asked if I was still interested. I met with them for dinner again, the following Saturday the committee came over and we talked and the next Monday I was put up for consideration at the business meeting.
It seems like so far I’ve had a little unorthodox route throughout the process. If I haven’t heard anything by tonight I guess I’ll call the secretary tomorrow afternoon. Thanks for the insight gentlemen. Wish me luck!

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Posted: 19 January 2017 09:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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Yes, that’s an unusual route to membership. Your sponsor is the man in the lodge who attests to your character and suitability for membership. He is putting his reputation on the line for you. Normally, you would know who that is.

Ask the secretary who sponsored you. He should also be the person you can turn to when you have questions like these. He is your guide through the process and should expect your calls and questions.

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Posted: 19 January 2017 10:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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Who told you that your petition would be up for vote on a particular night? I would contact whoever that was. But if all else fails contact the secretary.

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Posted: 19 January 2017 12:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]  
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The secretary and the investigative committee.

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Posted: 20 January 2017 01:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]  
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JABJR - 19 January 2017 12:11 PM

The secretary and the investigative committee.

Then contact the secretary

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Posted: 20 January 2017 10:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]  
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I made it! I have my first degree on the 30th.

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Posted: 22 January 2017 02:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]  
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JABJR - 20 January 2017 10:20 PM

I made it! I have my first degree on the 30th.

Congratulations!! Keep us posted on your experience

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Posted: 25 January 2017 11:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]  
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JABJR - 20 January 2017 10:20 PM

I made it! I have my first degree on the 30th.

Ha! Congrats. The wait does make you sweat a bit, glad you heard back with good news.

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