Funding is doubtlessly the big issue, especially for those Lodge Rooms with only one 'tenant' lodge. Given the trend towards an elderly and generally declining membership in a lot of lodges, it's not surprising that such difficulties arise. There doesn't seem to be any simple or painless solution, and this is reflected in the Lodge Rooms we see turning up on the property market, and lodges closing and/or amalgamating.
I think that we're going through a decline in membership that attends the peak which occurred after WWII, and all the issues that go with it.
JW – Lodge Howick No. 314
SW – The Pakuranga Lodge No. 416
Communications Officer (314, 416)
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