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Sunday, October 08, 2021

I guess sinisterly controlling the course of human events makes for overly-stringent membership requirements. New York’s Masonic Society, facing the greying and dying-off of its ranks, is lifting its secretive veil — with PR.

The lodge also hired a public relations firm to spread the word about its 225th anniversary, which was last month. And the Masons have run advertisements in movie theaters and run one-day classes to award the first three Masonic degrees in a single session. Until then, would-be Masons had to spend months learning what they needed to know to rise from Entered Apprentice to Fellowcraft to Master Mason.

“We’re still not thinking of it as recruiting or trying to amass people,” said Thomas M. Savini, the director of the library at the New York Grand Lodge Headquarters, on West 23rd Street and the Avenue of the Americas, “but I think we’ve reached a point where we realized that not saying anything isn’t making it any easier.”

Geez, how low have those with the invisible hand fallen. What’s next, a MySpace page? Or a point-by-point comparison with the Stonecutters?

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/08/2021 09:16 PM
Category: New Yorkin'
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