From the East: September 2013

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Sep 152013
 

Brethren,

I’ve had several discussions recently with Brethren about mentorship.  We don’t talk about it much formally, but it is one of the more important facets of our lives as men and Masons.  As men, we should lead by example in our daily lives among non-Masons.  The virtues and actions that we practice as Masons are equally applicable to interactions with non-Masons.  Among Masons, we should remember that potential Brethren are visiting or talking with us and generally have little experience or knowledge of Masons or Masonic practices.  When we have visitors to the Lodge, please take a moment to make them feel welcome and answer any of their questions, remembering that this may be their first impression of Masons.  Once a Brother has been initiated, he selects an instructor to learn the work as we all have done.  The relationship between the new Brother and his instructor will be one of the longest and strongest Masonic bonds a Brother will ever have.  Those of us who instruct candidates should remember that it is usually a stressful experience, especially for new candidates, and they may be hesitant to ask questions.  Although it doesn’t pertain to the work specifically, we should make the new candidates aware of other Masonic activities they can participate in during their study periods.  When they are participating in other activities or observing degrees, let’s make an effort to sit close to them or meet with them afterwards while the activity is still fresh in their minds and we can answer any questions they may have.

Remember, we should be as willing to give as they are to receive.

– Bill Goodell, Worshipful Master

From the East: August 2013

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Aug 242013
 

Brethren,

The August stated meeting was our official visit from Right Worshipful Jeff Forrester, District Deputy Grand Master for our district.  I would like to thank Brother Forrester and Brother Keith Stephens, our District Instructor, for their attendance.  As always, it was a pleasure and informative for me to visit with them.

I would like to talk a little bit about one of the initiatives that I propose for the upcoming Masonic Year.  We have talked a great deal about getting new brothers into the Fraternity, but not so much about how to keep them.  What I’m proposing is that we begin a mentorship program for newly initiated Brothers.  Going forward, I will expect the top-line signer(s) of a petition to take the lead in coordinating the activities of the new Brother.  He should assist the Brother in finding an instructor if he is unable to teach the Brother himself and monitor his progress in learning the work.  If the Brother hasn’t been attending Lodge, check on him and see if there is any assistance required from the Officers of the Lodge, or anyone else.  Encourage him to attend Lodge functions that are permitted to him and assist him in attending functions and activities that may be occurring outside our Lodge.  If he would like to participate in Lodge activities, such as degree work and education sessions help him with that also.

Please give my suggestion some thought and provide me any comments that you think advisable.

– Bill Goodell, Worshipful Master