This is the response I received from the Grand Lodge of Virginia...In Masonic terms a "demit" generally means to leave while still in good standing. In other words he was not expelled for bad conduct or unpaid dues. I explained my own experience to our correspondent thusly:
"The library researched your request for the Masonic history of Thomas Temple Wright. His membership card gives his Degree Dates as Initiated as an Entered Apprentice on 9-16-1921, Passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on 1-21-1922, and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on 2-3-1922.
He was raised a Master Mason in Warsaw-Bauman Lodge # 322 in 1922. He demitted from the Lodge on February 15, 1937."
I hadn't realize he had left the lodge. But it may have been a dues issue.
Let me know what you think.
Like any other organization, sometimes people decide that they just are not getting what they need from a group. Several years ago (well - about 20!) I had joined both Scottish Rite and the Shrine.The demands of my job and a young family being what they were I realized that I was not able to give adequate time to either group. I made a decision to demit in good standing from them. But I have kept my Blue lodge (i.e. the lodge where I was "raised") dues current, even though I have not attended a lodge meeting in a while either, because it is important to me that I be able to identify myself as a Mason. I have made a committment to myself to get active again once I have finished the MBA degree I'm working on. That should be complete in the first half of next year so I'll be back "on the level" soon.