Although it seems counterintuitive, I’m pleased to announce that at our July 7th stated meeting, the resolution to change our dues structure passed with 38 yes votes, (83%), to 8 no votes, (17%). That means that starting January 1st, 2016 total dues should be $83, ($40 to the lodge and $43 per capita to Grand Lodge). The exact total cost will depend on any motions being voted on at Grand Lodge in October.
As you can imagine, this has sparked some interest in purchasing life memberships. According to section 809.320 of the California Masonic Code, the cost of a Life Membership would be:
A sum of money equal to the Lodge’s annual dues at the time of purchase of the life membership multiplied by the factor indicated opposite the member’s age in the following schedule:
Age 49 and under, 21 times annual dues;
50 to 54 inclusive, 19 times annual dues;
55 to 59 inclusive, 17 times annual dues;
60 to 64 inclusive, 14 times annual dues;
and 65 and over, 11 times annual dues.
As an example, if you are age 57, the cost for a life membership would be 17 times the rate of today’s dues, (which is $60 until Jan 1st, 2016), for a total cost of $1,020.
If you are interested in purchasing a life membership, now is certainly the time. If you have any further questions, contact the Secretary, Jim Berry, and he’ll be happy to discuss it with you.