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The Latest Newsletter - August 2014
Mentoring is thriving in some of the Provinces - that was the report given when I attended a Mentoring Meeting at Grand Lodge in London on the 19th March this year. However many Provinces are finding it difficult to recruit. There is a need to be vigilant and keep a watchful eye on our membership. Lodges are still losing members.
The Provinces who are doing well are those Provinces who have fully engaged in the Mentoring scheme and are having regular Mentoring meetings with Lodge Mentors during the year.
During the seminar reports received, some Provinces were discussed and the following is a resume of the positive ones –
Some Lodges have fully engaged with mentoring and have noticed - A better atmosphere in the Lodge.
Very few resignations (if any).
The quality of the Lodge Mentor.
The culture of the Lodge sees mentoring as crucial for future development.
Younger age profile – younger masons are more open to change, have little or no `baggage` and introduce their friends to the Lodge.
Personal mentors engage 1 to 1 with mentees.
Effective monitoring systems are in place.
In the problem area:
Most Lodges are not mentoring apart from giving out booklets to candidates.
No real commitment to the principals of mentoring.
Dominated by PMs who do not understand mentoring and do not see its relevance – ‘we have never done it that way before’.
Poor atmosphere in meetings especially because of low attendances, so - many resignations or irregular attendance.
Pastoral care of members generally is poor.
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In general the number of Craft Masons joining the Royal Arch is still low. The figure is about forty per cent and it could be more. I recall the speech made by the Grand Superintendent Comp. Ieuan Redvers Jones at a meeting in Llanrwst of Kenyon Chapter of Installed First Principals that ‘if joining Chapter is good enough for the hundred or so present then it is good enough for those who have not joined to date’.
He did urge all of us to go and recruit members to the Chapter so that the Craft Mason can complete the journey in Masonry. It does complete the circle of understanding and the basic journey. The problem is that the Royal Arch is not explained properly because it is difficult to describe. The introduction of a Chapter Representative is therefore essential in Lodges to help with the transition and recruit new members to join Chapter.
A. W. Evans.
Provincial Grand Mentor.
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