It is now official. At March’s Quarterly Communication a proposition was voted on to amend the Book of Constitutions to include the office of Mentor in the list of regular Lodge Officers. I understand that this may prove a challenge to the smaller Lodges but I hope that appropriate brethren will be appointed to the office.
And brethren, please remember that mentoring is not just for new members, those progressing through the offices and beyond may need mentoring as well.
For guidance, and in conjunction with our Provincial DC, I have produced a form of wording for the investiture of the Lodge Mentor (prior to the Senior Deacon) which is being circulated to all Lodges throughout the Province and I have already issued outline guidance to all our Secretaries as to what to look for in a Mentor.
I have also prepared a document pack which will be distributed to all Lodge Mentors before the end of March to coincide with their new position in the Craft.
Remember, the Lodge Mentor is effectively a ‘Mentoring Co-Ordinator’ for a Lodge ensuring that all members have a Mentor to whom they can go to for advice and guidance and who, in turn, inform the Lodge and its members of forthcoming activities.
The process of finalising the coaching strategy and guidance document is still in progress. I will be discussing future developments with Peter Moody, the APGM charged with Members’ Development, key to this new approach and he will be finding and selecting suitable coaches.
Also exciting interest is the management of new initiates coming in via the Provincial Website as they present a set of special mentoring requirements which will be managed differently.
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