The Grand Encampment Committee on Membership is very pleased to present the first new membership Booklet in nearly forty years. Titled “Building and Sustaining Templar Membership”, this publication is the result of four years of work to compile information and materials that provide value and that represent “best practices” of membership activities.
The booklet is formatted in full 8-1/2 X 11″ pages and is comprised of four individual documents. The primary document contains the core materials for organizing and managing membership activities. It consists of forty-five (45) pages and is a greatly enhanced version of the popular 1963 edition “Building Templar Manpower”. In it is found numerous supplemental materials developed over the last two Trienniums.
In addition to the primary document, there are inserts that will further enhance the value of the Booklet. They are: “New Member Packet” (revised), a York Rite tri-fold describing the York Rite of Freemasonry, and a generic and universal 3-way petition for new candidates. These supplements are made available to enhance the professionalism of membership programs. They are not intended to be “requirements”. Many jurisdictions and local Commanderies have developed customized versions of these materials and we encourage them to continue to do so. Others, who may not have similar documents, are encouraged to use the new Grand Encampment materials.
To facilitate and expedite broad distribution of these materials, the four documents have been converted to a universal file format (.pdf) and placed here on the Grand Encampment website. Adobe Acrobat software is required to open and print the documents. If you already have Acrobat Reader, you may download any of the files now. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, click on the link below to obtain a free download.
The Grand Encampment Committee on Membership is interested in your comments regarding the new Booklet. It has been developed with continuous improvement in mind. As we receive feedback and suggestions that will enhance the value of the booklet, they will be published as revisions to the original.
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