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Erik's Masonic Journey

Wed, 09 Jun 2004

# While exploring some neat new Masonic websites, I came across a very large collection of resources for lodges that I'd never seen before. The first I'd like to share is The LodgeBuilder, a website dedicated to helping lodges rebuild and revitalize. It contains articles, success stories, and ideas which would be of use to any incoming Master. On their front page, they say,

Brothers, we have just come through a time when many of our organizations were shaken to their foundations by a wave of anti-establishment, materialistic individualism. Since 1960, membership has declined. We've heard of the "me generation", and how the majority of men and women of Baby Boomer age (born 1943 to 1960) rejected these organizations as castoffs of a previous age. Yet thankfully, the children of the Baby Boomers, "Gen X" and "Gen Y", are showing a remarkable interest in the traditions of their grandparents. Indeed, this has led to the renewal of a number of lodges and chapters of the great fraternities: The Freemasons, the Scottish & York Rites, the Shrine and the OES have all enjoyed substantial pockets of revitalization. The Oddfellows have their success stories, as do America's civic fraternities. LodgeBuilder helps discover HOW and WHY.
The second excellent website I'd like to share is Freemasonry Resources, an individual's website which is "a resource of information and links for Freemasons and those who are interested in learning about Freemasonry." Freemasonry Resources has an excellent list of research lodges and resources and articles, including an interesting article titled, What do Younger Masons Really Want?.

# After reading about the Allied Masonic Degrees on the Solomon Center forums, I decided to look around for web resources relating to it as well. Bro. S. Brent Morris's essay, Voting With Their Feet points out that A.M.D. is one of the fraternity's success stories, and the Allied Masonic Degrees website is a testament to that. Be sure to check out its active forums and other resources!

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