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Re: Theos-World Lodges in large cities but with small membership

Aug 09, 2009 08:57 AM
by Drpsionic

I think that was why the TS went away from calling the groups lodges to  
calling them branches in the first place.  Lodge is a pretty archaic  concept 
now and we don't do secret handshakes and mumbo jumbo in Theosophy, at  
least we aren't supposed to.
Chuck the Heretic
In a message dated 8/9/2009 10:55:45 A.M. Central Daylight Time, writes:

Good first step. Thanks Chuck.


On Sun, Aug 9, 2009 at  10:51 AM, <_Drpsionic@aol.Drp_ 
( >  wrote:

> Well, if we could stop calling them lodges  it might be a good idea. Lodge
> sort brings to mind the image of Ralph  Cramden with the dead animal on 
> head.
> Chuck the  Heretic
> In a message dated 8/9/2009 12:51:24 A.M.  Central Daylight Time,
> _mkr777@gmail.mkr_ (   <mkr777%40gmail.mkr> 
> One of the unfortunate  patterns one sometimes see in many lodges is that
> even though they are  located in large metropolitan areas and have been
> active for a long  time, they have a small membership, around a dozen. 
> times, these  lodges may own substantial assets. Over time, these lodges 
> tend to  go down in numbers and activity and finally if the bylaws are
> properly  drawn up, their assets go to the custody of Wheaton. And then
>  comes
> the question of Wheaton using its discretion how the money gets  spent.
> Human
> nature being the same everywhere, there is  potential for tweaking how it 
> spent.
> This is a sad  situation that needs to be addressed. We do not know if the
> top  leaders make it a point to personally visit the lodges which fit into
>  the pattern and see how they can be helped to make them more active  and
> more
> involved locally so that the lodge can attract new  younger members.
> The actual situation in these lodges and  their special problems can only 
> understood by personal visits where  one can see and talk person to person
> and get a feel for the  situation. No email or snailmail or telephone talk
>  works.
> Many successful business entrepreneurs know a simple  secret. They have a
> policy of periodical visiting their branches to  get a first hand look at
> what is going on. I still recall that when  Sam Walton, the founder of
> Walmart was alive, he had a policy of  visiting each branch at least once 
> year. He had several thousand  stores. Early in his career, he use pilot 
> own plane and travel so  as efficiently spend his time. When he visited 
> store, he will put  on the Walmart jacket and greet the customers and talk
> to
> them  as well as the employees and got a feel for the local issues.
>  I think a plan like this should be tried by TSA. Traveling can be done  
> economically and there is no need to spend any money on hotels  and food 
> transportation. These can be taken care of by the local  lodge members. 
> one has to do is to ask.
> When HPB  & HSO started TS, they traveled a lot. They did not stay in
>  Fivestar hotels serving three martini lunches, since they did not have  
> money. They were guests of the members and public interested in  theosophy
> and ate whatever food that was available. They were very  successful in
> spreading theosophy.
> I think it is time  to think about some actions in the above lines and
> quickly implement a  plan without waiting for an elaborate plan to be
> developed with all  the academicians giving their unworkable inputs. We 
> some real  immediate action. That perhaps can help a lot of lodges and in
> turn  the TS.
> Visit  www.theosophy. Vi
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