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Re: Theos-World TS - Why drop in membership outside India?

Jun 11, 2008 08:43 AM
by Drpsionic

I was thinking of the droning of the speaker, the snoring of the crowd...

Chuck the Heretic 

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Sent: Tue, 10 Jun 2008 11:03 pm
Subject: Re: Theos-World TS - Why drop in membership outside India?

Many do not know English, so what the speaker says does not matter.


On 6/10/08, <> wrote:
> Maybe there is a higher tolerance for lectures than there is everywhere
> else.
> Chuck the Heretic
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <>
> To: M K Ramadoss < <>>
> Sent: Tue, 10 Jun 2008 8:58 pm
> Subject: Theos-World TS - Why drop in membership outside India?
> Dear Brother/Sister:
> In a recent message, a TS member stated:
> "According to the Annual Report of the TS for 1973, the year John
> Coats was elected president, the Indian Section had 7,821 members and
> the rest of the world had 24,448. Today, according to the 2007 Annual
> Report of the TS, the Indian Section has 12,444 members and the rest
> of the world 16,570."
> This shows that in India, the membership has increased by 59%.
> In rest of the world, it has declined by 32%.
> "The organisation of the Society today remains much as it has been since
> the
> early days. Local groups called branches or lodges consist of seven or more
> members. They are autonomous in their own affairs. When there are seven or
> more branches in any one country they usually form a National Section.
> Sections are likewise autonomous within their own areas, except that their
> rules must conform to the rules of the International Society. The
> government
> of the Society at large is vested in its officers and a General Council
> that
> meets at least once a year in India. Each section has its own Rules"
> Since each section is fully autonomous in their own affairs, it looks like
> the growth of the membership is the result of the activities at the branch
> or lodge level and to some extent at the section level.
> All the sections in the West, have academicians in leadership with
> impressive formal credentials, have access to modern communication and
> modern theories and tools of management and administration and hence in
> spite of this, if there is drop in the membership, then we need to look to
> the local causes rather than International.
> I do not know if in each of the sections, including the USA, was a review
> done to see the root cause for the drop in the membership, and what steps
> were taken to fix them and the results thereof. If this has not been done,
> it is high time to do it. Also the impetus for vivifying the activities
> must
> take place at lodge and national levels and can only be done at local
> levels
> due to the autonomy of the Sections.
> On the other hand, we also need to research the reasons why during the
> above
> same period, how the Indian section showed a dramatic increase in
> membership. Many may not know that there are 13 official languages in the
> country and there is no widespread common language such as we find English
> in the USA, and the literacy rate is low. Even with this, the increase in
> membership is impressive and we should look into it. Obviously, the lodges
> in India are doing something right which attracts new members.
> Any comments?
> M K Ramadoss, Member, San Antonio, Texas, USA
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