Prior to his installation as our Grand Master for the 68th Triennial, SK Jeff Nelson shared some of his "random thoughts" on membership. Several of those points are highlighted here:
" Every Grand, Subordinate and Constituent Commandery must have a membership committee that is active and held accountable for results. "What gets measured gets done."
" Must focus on the three R's - Recruitment, Retention and Restoration. Some commanderies focus all of their efforts on recruitment and neglect retention and restoration.
" Make conclaves interesting and educational.
" Communicate with members. Never issue a demit or suspension without PERSONAL contact.
" If we do lose someone, conduct an EXIT INTERVIEW.
The message form SK Jeff Nelson, our Most Eminent Grand Master is very clear: "Membership is the #1 highest priority for this 68th Triennium. It is also the 2nd and 3rd highest priority." To this end, Grand Master MEGM has charged his Grand Encampment Membership Team with the responsibility to develop a full blown program that will assist others in achieving the all- important goal of reversing the downward trend in our membership numbers that has plagued the GEKT for too many years now.
The Grand Encampment Membership Committee will administer a campaign designed to achieve the membership goals as established by the Most Eminent Grand Master from time to time. We will do so by providing specific programs that will assist the Grand, Constituent and Subordinate Commanderies with Recruitment, Retention and Restoration of Sir Knights.
It is our intent that by the end of this 68th Triennium (2021), the Grand Encampment of Knight Templars will have achieved an increase of at least 5% in new "knightings" that year (Recruitment), suffered no more than a 2% loss in total membership from the number of demits and suspensions (Retention) and realized at least a 2% gain in the number of Sir Knights restored from suspension or demit (Restoration). Note: percentages are calculated as a % of the total membership as of the beginning of that year.
Established September 2018 - Updated 041519 @ 1900 HRS