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Re: Theos-World Re: Membership Growth/Decline World wide

Aug 06, 2009 09:32 AM
by MKR


Here are the membership head count numbers I had access to for four
countries. The membership head count is continually growing in India as
shown below. I still maintain that the membership head count in most
countries outside India is on the decline.

I hope someone who has access to the statistical figures can analyze and
confirm or disprove this. I will be the most happy person if we find the
membership is growing everywhere, as this is what all theosophists want.

Year              1983       2008

India           10,310     12,917
USA              5,336      4,000
England         2,071      1,033
Australia        1,186      1,312

The 1983 figures are from Tillettâs thesis and the 2008 figures are from the
2008 International Presidentâs Annual Address.

MKR

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On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 2:44 AM, Anton Rozman <anton_rozman@yahoo.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hi Ramadoss,
>
> >The glaring fact is that the membership in India is continually growing
> whereas outside India, it is either stagnant or declining.<
>
> This is not a fact but just an assumption, and most probably the incorrect
> one. According to the available statistic data (below) India is only on the
> 20th place concerning the number of the TS members in country's total
> population, while the membership recruitment in respective Sections can be
> to some extend discerned from the percentage of members eligible to vote,
> meaning that relatively low percentage of these members is due to the inflow
> of new members in the Section. And if we examine this percentage in listed
> Sections we can see that India's percentage is 72.80, meaning that 27.20 %
> of its total membership probably joined in last two years before the
> elections. This percentage is much higher in Wales - 55.40, Cuba - 48.30,
> Uruguay - 46.90, Portugal - 50.80, New Zealand - 50.70, and so on. But also
> this data do not reflect the exact situation which can be obtained only out
> of membership statistics in the Annual Reports. Unfortunately, till now I
> wasn't able to gain and elaborate these reports, and I would be really
> thankful to anyone who is willing to send me these data.
>
> Number of TS members per 100.000 of total population and percentage of
> members eligible to vote
>
> 1. Iceland - 121.56 - 97.20 %
> 2. New Zealand - 23.52 - 59.30 %
> 3. Finland - 8.73 - 83.40 %
> 4. Singapore - 7.29 - 60.10 %
> 5. Australia - 6.45 - 68.30 %
> 6. Cuba - 5.12 - 51.70 %
> 7. Slovenia - 3.53 - 88.70 %
> 8. Wales - 2.71 - 44.40 %
> 9. Netherlands - 2.57 - 83.20 %
> 10. Scotland - 2.31 - 78.60 %
> 11. Portugal - 2.13 - 59.20 %
> 12. England - 1.96 - 67.70 %
> 13. Italy - 1.89 - 98.50 %
> 14. Uruguay - 1.84 - 53.10 %
> 15. Puerto Rico - 1.76 - 61.40 %
> 16. USA - 1.34 - 67.70 %
> 17. Costa Rica - 1.23 - 86.50 %
> 18. Ireland - 1.15 - 70.80 %
> 19. Bolivia - 1.11 - 89.30 %
> 20. India - 1.08 - 72.80 %
>
> Best regards,
> Anton
>
> --- In theos-talk@yahoogroups.com <theos-talk%40yahoogroups.com>, MKR
> <mkr777@...> wrote:
> >
> > During the last several months, we had many messages discussing the
> > membership recruitment and retention in various sections. The glaring
> fact
> > is that the membership in India is continually growing whereas outside
> > India, it is either stagnant or declining.
> >
> > I recently had a discussion with a member from India about the membership
> in
> > Indian Section. I had a very surprising news. In the Southern Indian
> State
> > of Karnataka, where the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is located,
> they
> > have 3,000 members. It is more than the membership of several countries
> put
> > together. Some one from the West need to visit and study the factors
> which
> > is contributing to such membership numbers.
> >
> > In a related matter, when Olcott visited Bangalore in 1800s, in a single
> day
> > he inaugurated two Lodges in Bangalore. This is amazing considering the
> > conditions then existing in India. Years ago, when I lived in Bangalore,
> we
> > used to have a crowd of 1,000 for Federation Meetings.
> >
> > This might interest some.
> >
> > MKR
> >
> > Visit ning site at www.theosophy.net
> >
> > For current news and events visit www.groups.yahoo.com/group/theos-talk/
> >
> >
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> >
>
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