As some of you may know, I will be receiving my EA degree tomorrow (monday). I'm very excited and glad to be finally joining this fine fraternity. I've read several threads (on many Masonic forums) about the financial hardships of lodges across the US...due a lot to, I guess, dwindling membership. I was shocked to find out how low my initiation fees, and degree fees are (as well as the annual dues). I'm talking ridiculously low (IMHO). I have to say I was a bit shocked.