It doesn't take much to join. Just a life insurance policy. I have a policy and have been attending the monthly lodge meetings this past year.
Each month we meet at the lodge. We have the one thing in common: We each have a life insurance policy. We don't know the particulars of each policy. We don't need to know each others' business, we just know we are all the same in that one thing.
The ones who attend regularly are involved in the community. After all, that is the mission of a fraternal organization. Each month we have a project to work on together. Once a year the project is the bloodmobile but the rest of the time I work the bloodmobile is on my own because I like it.
The monthly meetings are potluck, something I have done very little of before moving here. And I am finding I like potlucks. What a smorgasbord. I have always been shy about cooking for people I don't live with, so getting past the shyness didn't take long when my food was eaten and the bowl and pans were empty. They liked it! Whew. So now I try out new recipes on the group. Of course everything I prepare is wheat and gluten free and there are two of us in the lodge who have to eat that way. A couple women even make gluten free for the group occasionally. I have added to my list of interesting people to know and cemented my place in the community further by actively participating in the organization. For a non joiner like me to enjoy hooking up with a group is unexpected, but I am finding, rewarding.