I was thinking again about how to increase membership number into Free Masonry.
I thought about an idea and I hope you find it useful.
If most of the free masons in the community uses an e-mail as follows: .........@freemasons.co.nz
(e.g. on their business or personal cards). Imagine it, if each free mason gave his e-mail address to few people…..the following possibilities then can happen:
1- if the other person was already interested in the craft but waiting to be invited he will immediately ask about it and may show his interest to the person who gave him the e-mail….this could be translated at the end into joining the craft.
2- If the person who got the e-mail does not know what is this….he will ask about it and may like it at the end and also join as a member.
3- If the person who got the e-mail was Anti-Masonic….then there are 2 possibilities a- if the brother who gave him the e-mail was good person (most likely)…the person who is anti-Masonic might start to change his views about the craft and his views may even become positive (depending on how good the brother was) and may even think about joining or at least stop talking negatively about the craft b- if the brother was not showing good character (unlikely) then the only change that can happen is an anti-Masonic remains anti-Masonic (No much difference !)
For example, when I was teaching at the medical school in NZ, imagine if my students got my e-mail address email@example.com
….many, if not all, will start asking about the craft and then the steps can go as described above.
As you can notice, this can markedly help starting a conversation about the issue and "break the ice" which can work very well for those who do not have the experience to start it.
I hope you find it a useful idea.
Practically speaking it is not difficult to get this domain name (@freemasons.co.nz) organised to be used by most, if not all, of us)