At the consecration of the GM-AMF on April 28th the Grand Treasurer presented the budget for 2012 plus figures for 2013. Prudently he based his calculations on a membership figure of 8000 at the end of 2012 and 13000 twelve months later. As he spoke just over two months ago there were no existing membership figures whatsoever, just a pile of envelopes on the dining room table at the Grand Secretary’s home.
As I write this article the figure projected for December 2012 has been passed, almost 6 months in advance. There are 431 Lodges from all over France including the Carribean and the Indian Ocean departments and territories, and even a Lodge on Mauritius (Phoenix), where Ephesse and Big Moustache banned the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in an attempt to make the Brethren buckle under. And in those 431 Lodges there are exactly 8058 Brethren (enrolment details verified, dues received and registered on the computer).
The Grand Secretary’s dining room table receives a new pile of envelopes every day, varying from 100 to 150. The pace is likely to diminish over July and August. But the strong, positive reaction to François Stifani’s non-ratification at the June 23rd AGM could mean that the current tempo could be maintained.
The GL-AMF has not embarked upon a GLNF style recruitment campaign but it is important to announce that the figures necessary to balance the budget have been achieved with a margin of 6 months.