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					MENTORING

  INTENDED AS A GUIDELINE TO ASSIST
      MASONIC LODGES WITH CANDIDATES
  MWD Workshop, October 31, 2009
  Calgary, Alberta.
WHAT is a Mentor?

  Websters: A Mentor is a wise and trusted
   friend or teacher.
  The word originates from Greek
   Mythology involving Odysseus and
   Telemachus.
WHY do we need Mentors?

  We have a ritual book and mentoring
   package.
  We have 2 meetings/month.
  Is this not enough?


    No, this is not enough?
 Assist the new member in becoming
  comfortable in HIS Lodge.
 Review the material in the package
  together. Do NOT just hand him the
  package.
 This means the mentor must know &
  understand the material.
 Set the date for your next mentoring time
  at his initiation.
 Introduce him to members of the Lodge &
  visiting GL officers.
 Learn & understand the protocol & ceremony;
  floor work, salutation, proper dress, behaviour
  at the festive board, Grand Honours, and
  balloting procedures.
 Knowledge of these items will increase the
  candidates confidence with his Lodge
 Assist him with learning the ritual as
  required.
 Be SURE he has a method for learning
  the work. This means the mentor must
  have a method and be proficient.
 If you need help, ask! Do not try to teach
  something you do not understand.
   Review the summons with him.
   Point out the contact info for the WM & Sec/Treas.
   Introduce him to your librarian, and your library.
   Explain the importance of regular attendance at all
    meetings. Superior degrees can be used for education
    time in another room, and the candidate may still
    attend the festive board.
   AYR, we suggest you lower the Lodge to include the
    FC & EA for business meetings.
 Look for opportunities to visit other Lodges
  who are conferring degrees, WHEN TIME
  PERMITS! The WM receives the notices from
  most area Lodges.
 Always be respectful of every Mason‟s time.
 Guard the new member from recruiters of
  concordant bodies, at least for 3 to 5 years.
  This will allow time for the new Mason to
  understand Craft Masonry.
WHEN does mentoring begin?
  The moment a man raises a question about
   the Craft, mentoring begins. Remember the
   meaning of the word „mentor‟.
  You must be able to answer any questions
   that arise. Does this mean you must know
   everything about Freemasonry? Of course not.
   But you must be able to find the answers, via
   another Mason, the internet or library. Scott
   Blaskens‟ website “ The Digital Freemason” is
   an excellent resource.
 Thoroughly explain the financial
  commitment to become a Mason.
 Be sure he understands the time
  required, not just for 2 meetings/month,
  but the study time, visiting, etc.
 Explain that the investigation and
  balloting process may take a couple of
  months. The Craft is 500 years old,
  another couple of months is irrelevant.
The WIFE & KIDS
    Be very clear in your mind that his wife understands
     the time, money and basic philosophy of the Order. Do
     not buy into the “master of the house can do what he
     wants” routine. Those days are over, at least in our
     society.
    Do not be afraid to suggest to the man to delay joining
     for a few years until he has more time and/or money.
     NEVER allow the Craft to divide a house or marriage.
    The GL booklet “For a Masons‟ Lady” is a good
     resource for her. Be sure to read the booklet, even if
     you are single.
The INITIATION NIGHT
    Glenn McConnell has modified a mentoring plan from the GL of
     California for use in Alberta. Read it and use it!
    Encourage the candidate to make a note of any questions he may
     have as he ponders the events of each degree.
    Explain the need for “devoid of metals.”
    Avoid crass comments of goats etc. This only reduces the
     importance and deep meaning of the ceremony.
    Remember, we have only ONE chance to make a first
     impression.
    Set the tone for excellence. This means the mentor must lead
     and teach by example.
    As a Lodge, you must do whatever it takes to confer an
     impressive degree!
WHEN DOES MENTORING END?

    Never. Mentoring and education must continue for life.
    Remember, as a mentor, you are training a future
     mentor.
    Be sure to allow enough time for education and
     preparation between degrees.
    The next degree is conferred when the candidate is
     prepared. Never allow the WM to push a man through,
     just to fill a meeting.
    A candidate who is not prepared will only embarrass
     himself, the mentor and the Lodge. This should
     NEVER happen.
   Meet with the candidate when the Lodge is at rest to review the
    ceremony and answer any questions. Ask for help if you wish.
    This can be done before the next meeting tyles.
   Again, be respectful of his time when arranging extra meetings to
    study the ritual.
   Encourage the candidate to learn lectures that he can deliver
    during a future degree, IF he is willing. This will help him to build
    confidence in speaking in the Lodge.
   ALWAYS keep the WM informed as to which lectures you and/or
    the candidate are learning. There is nothing more frustrating then
    preparing to deliver a lecture, only to discover it has been “double
    booked”.
   COMMUNICATE!
   Utilize the internet and GL library. Many
    candidates are looking for the esoteric side of
    the Craft, particularly with the popularity of the
    Dan Brown novels. Our regular meeting times
    limit the amount of material that can be
    covered in this area. There are some
    wonderful websites that will satisfy the most
    ardent student of history, spirituality and
    philosophy of the Craft.
WHO are FIT & PROPER persons
to be MENTORS?
  This is a difficult question. We are all mentors
   to a certain extent, simply by the fact that we
   have been involved longer then the new man.
  Some Lodges assign the mentoring to a
   specific chair. Others to the PM‟s. Still others
   to the candidates sponsor‟s.
  It is highly advisable to have more than one
   mentor. The second or third mentor may be
   better able to devote time to visiting with the
   candidate, or be available when the first
   mentor is absent.
   A mentor must be able to devote the
    time required. The amount of time will
    vary with the enthusiasm of each
    candidate. If you do not have the time,
    do not accept the work. There is no
    disgrace in refusing a task. Better to
    refuse then screw it up!
 A mentor should be able to communicate
  and connect with the new Mason. Similar
  interests, backgrounds and hobbies are
  valuable in establishing a working
  friendship.
 Practice what you preach in all aspects
  of the Craft; ritual, punctuality, proper
  dress, meeting behaviour and attitude.
 A mentor must, therefore, be knowledgeable in
  all aspects of the Craft. “A daily advancement
  in Masonic knowledge”.
 Read and study!
 Sponsoring a candidate does not automatically
  qualify a Mason to be a good mentor.
 There is a lot of work required to give the
  candidate the foundation for all the Lodge and
  the Craft have to offer.
GENERAL POINTS TO BEAR IN
MIND
    Mentoring is an art, not a science
     because we are dealing with humans,
     and they are all unique. We all have
     different interests and reasons for joining
     the Craft. We all respond in different
     ways to information and the method of
     presentation based on our education and
     experiences in life.
 The importance of mentoring can be likened to
  the NE angle lecture with respect to laying the
  foundation stone of the candidates‟ Masonic
  future.
 The candidate will, perhaps, one day be an
  active mentor to others, therefore, he must
  have a good example to follow.
 The candidate is the most important person in
  the mentoring process, because he is the
  future of the Lodge. This applies to conferring
  degrees as well.
 Always strive to set a good example. We
  all have bad days and make mistakes. At
  least put forth the effort.
 Knowledge is power, but only when it is
  applied.
Resources and References
    Master‟s Warden‟s & Deacon‟s mentoring package.
    Introduction to Freemasonry; books I, II & III by Carl H.
     Claudy, 2002 edition available at GL office.
    The ritual book, G.L. Constitution, Regulations and the
     G.L. library.
    Websites;
    The Digital Freemason
    Freemasons-Freemasonry ( Pietre-Stone Review)
    Philalethes Society

				
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