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Posted: 28 August 2017 12:55 PM   [ Ignore ]  
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Just thought that i would write a post talking about the United Grand Lodge of England’s amazing university scheme. So as far as i am aware there is nothing similar to this in the US although correct me if i am misinformed. The basic idea is that various lodges within a province will volunteer to become university scheme lodges. This means that they will work towards recruiting younger members from the local university populace. The incentive for young masons going through this scheme is that they get reduced fees which is a great idea as many students struggle financially which may lead to us losing some fantastic prospective members.

I was very lucky to have gone through this scheme and it is great to see the Craft working alongside educational institutions. For example, My lodge has helped raise funds for research conducted by the university that many of its younger members hail from.

I generally think that this is a scheme that should be universally used amongst some of the other grand lodges worldwide as we need a way of attracting younger members

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Posted: 28 August 2017 09:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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There are lodges associated with many collegestudents and universities in the US, too.

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Posted: 01 September 2017 08:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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The problem here in the US is that when a college student thinks of a fraternity, he thinks of the Greek lettered fraternities. You know, the ones that party and cause havoc around campus. That is what most college men want. Most college students are not ready to make the commitment required to be a member of a lodge.

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Posted: 06 September 2017 09:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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bdgoen - 01 September 2017 08:31 AM

The problem here in the US is that when a college student thinks of a fraternity, he thinks of the Greek lettered fraternities. You know, the ones that party and cause havoc around campus. That is what most college men want. Most college students are not ready to make the commitment required to be a member of a lodge.

Gotta agree that this pertains to the majority of college students. Been there, done that, lol. Wasn’t a member of a fraternity but was a student.

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Posted: 19 September 2017 01:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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Alternatively, or additionally, there could be some value in an adult education institution that is wholly different from the university scheme. Universities in the US borrow heavily from the methods and attitudes of elementary education in that a parent-like authority figure (the sage on the stage) dominates and indoctrinates a group of children (late teens in a situation of financial dependence and survival anxiety). A different technology is needed for the training and raising of autonomous adults, IMO. A Freemason University?

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Posted: 20 September 2017 08:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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Many jurisdictions have organizations that deal with Masonic Education. Here in South Carolina, we have the South Carolina Masonic Research Society.

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Posted: 20 September 2017 10:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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hanzer - 19 September 2017 01:31 PM

Alternatively, or additionally, there could be some value in an adult education institution that is wholly different from the university scheme. Universities in the US borrow heavily from the methods and attitudes of elementary education in that a parent-like authority figure (the sage on the stage) dominates and indoctrinates a group of children (late teens in a situation of financial dependence and survival anxiety). A different technology is needed for the training and raising of autonomous adults, IMO. A Freemason University?

You are actually completely misunderstanding the UGLE University Scheme; it’s nothing to do with adult education - it’s to do with attracting and fast-tracking students into the fraternity. Fast-tracking, because they are only in the locale for a relatively short time, and the fast-track allows them to be in a position to join lodges wherever they end up living at the end of their university studies and to carry on with their masonic journey in an area where they may not be known and therefore have difficulty in joining as an initiate.  Joining whilst at university means that they are in one place for 4/5 years and can get to know the local student members who can vouch for them.

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Posted: 20 September 2017 12:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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While that may work in Europe or the UK, I doubt it will work here in the US. I mentioned one reason in my earlier response. Also, in my jurisdiction, you must live at your current address for more than a year. Also, in many jurisdictions, the minimum age is 21. That means that many of these men would not be eligible for membership until they are getting close to graduation.

Remember, not all states considers someone to be an adult at age 18. This means that they may not be considered “Freeborn” until they are legally an adult.

The Grandmaster of the jurisdiction may be able to issue a dispensation due to age in certain situations. (For example, a man who joined the Army and will be shipping out before his 21st birthday), or residency (the same situation.) These dispensations are rare and should be granted as an exception to the rule.

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Forte est vinum fortior est rex fortiores sunt mulieres super omnia vincit veritas
(Wine is Strong, the King is Stronger, Women are Strongest: but Truth Conquers All)

Barry Goen
Boyleston Lodge 123 AFM
Balentine SC

Columbia Chapter No. 5
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Columbia, SC

Union Council No. 5
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Columbia, SC

Columbia Commandry No. 2
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Posted: 21 September 2017 12:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]  
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Barry, I never said or suggested it would. I was just correcting the perception (by hanzer) that the scheme is to do with adult education. Oh and they still have to have dispensations issued. FWIW, Apollo Lodge (Oxford) and Isaac Newton University Lodge (Cambridge) have been doing this (initiating students) long before the scheme started. They were founder members of the university scheme.

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