Growth From The Arts Community
This week we're reaching deep into the heart of Texas to talk to Brother Ivan Kotcher, Noble Grand of Dallas Lodge #44. When he first joined the lodge less than ten years ago, it was down to a small cadre of elderly members barely able to make quorum. He shares the story of how a pair of well-known and charismatic artists in Dallas were able to draw large numbers of members to the lodge. Some of the lodge's success has been due to their commitment to feeding their member before and holding regular social gatherings after lodge meetings. Dallas Lodge #44 also believes strongly in making members feel like they are part of a community and that extends to making long-time members feel that they are important, too. All that plus a rant about jurisdictions that *still* don't have a website and a brief tour of the purpose of trustees and the Finance Committee in the lodge. The Lodge Shoutout goes to newly-chartered Chester #281 in the Jurisdiction of Virginia.