District No. 1080

From the Station of the Lecturing Knight

As many of you know, and as many of you may have forgotten, the Esquire, during the Initiation Ritual, says “The membership card, which will be presented to you by the Secretary, is a means of identification.  It shows that you are a member in good standing in this Lodge. You should carry it with you at all times.”

It is a requirement of Grand Lodge that use of our social quarters, i.e., the bar, be limited to our members (in good standing) and their guests.  The reason for this is to protect our status as a non-profit organization.  If we do not enforce this mandate, any or all of several things can happen to the Lodge including loss of our charter and loss of our liquor license.

I know it is inconvenient for some people to be required to show their membership card to gain admission to the bar on Friday night, but consider the alternatives.  If we were to lose either our charter or our license, then there would be no bar.   Where then could we go to meet with our friends, sing karaoke and have an inexpensive beer, wine or cocktail?

For the sake of the lodge, please cooperate when asked to show your membership card and please carry it with you at all times.

Sincerely, Your sister and Esteemed Lecturing Knight,

Gigi Isham

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