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Re: Theos-World Odd times for the Odd Fellows --

Aug 26, 2007 01:25 PM
by MarieMAJ41

Hi MKR, you ask a provocative question. In the old days, to attract members, there were people going around, renting halls, and giving lectures. The publicity that was engendered by this activity cannot be minimized. Joy Mills told us one time that she would advance to city after city, placing ads in newspapers and newsletters, and renting halls in hotels to lecture on theosophy. There was a theosophical lecturing army that was provided by the TS in America. Their skills [the lecturing army] ?were honed by teaching in local lodges to local members. Nothing like the personal touch to get results.


-----Original Message-----
From: M K Ramadoss <>
Sent: Sun, 26 Aug 2007 11:15 am
Subject: Theos-World Odd times for the Odd Fellows --

There is a very interesting articles in newsmedia with the above title.

The article notes about the dwindling and aging membership. Members
are dying by the thousands, local lodges are closing by the dozens,
and the actual participation among the 290,000 members is dropping.
... if members are not replenished, they will be Odd Men and Women Out
-- defunct, extinct and done.

This newsreport, made me think of what is going on with the theosophical
movement. The formal numbers as % of world population is shrinking. It would
be very interesting if we can find out the age distribution and
rate and that could indicate the trend and that should give us some
ideas what can be tried. Without such basic information, just talking
about Brotherhood and Occultism and all the good things is not going
to help the movement.

Any ideas??????


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