Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
What are some of the benefits of being a member of one of these groups? I assume camaraderie, a new group of friends, a chance to help out with charitable projects are part of the attraction. What else is involved?
You are not required to attend the meetings but some do, however the bar is closed during meeting times.
You can also hold an office if elected or appointed. If you like the ritualistic/history/mystery type of thing it can be fun. The initiations seem like you step back in time a few hundred years, which I think is interesting. Men and women are both allowed to be members, however most are men.
We have activities every Sunday geared around the Nascar races. Not sure if all lodges do this. We also have dinners before the regular meetings.
There are different committees to be a part of, like the scholarship committee or DARE partnership.
Many of the issues you brought up are the bigger reasons though. Like I said what you put into the lodge you will get out of it.
It's not for everyone, but for some people it fills a void. That is especially true with single people or older retirees that just like to belong to something and have somewhere to go.