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Title: Masonic Leadership Training

Masonic Leadership Training
  • Becoming the Worshipful Master

  • Introductions
  • Preparing for your Year in the East
  • Authority vs. Leadership
  • Training your Officers
  • Eight Step Planning Process
  • Workshop Topics

  • Your Masonic Leadership Training Team
  • Honored Guests
  • Attendees
  • Name
  • Lodge Location
  • Title and Position, if any

General Info
  • Restrooms
  • Cell phones/PDAs
  • Sign-In Sheets

  • Florida Digest of Masonic Law
  • Lodge Officers Handbook
  • Masonic Leadership Training Manual
  • Lodge Secretary Administrative Guide (GL215)
  • Worshipful Masters Program Notebook (GL218)

Preparing for your Year in the East
  • Plan your year early and recheck frequently
  • Ask for advice and help early
  • Plan your meetings and follow your plan
  • Educate, train and meet with your Officers
  • Be worthy of the honor which your Brethren have
    conferred upon you

Prior to Installation
  • Select Installation Team
  • Plan Installation Dinner
  • Officer Committee Appointments
  • Calendar for Ensuing Year
  • Trestle Board Notification
  • Officers Meeting
  • Rehearsal
  • Select/Purchase Worshipful Masters hat

  • Open in MM Degree
  • Close Funeral Lodge
  • Dinner
  • Installation
  • Use Past Masters in Installing Seats
  • Thank Installing Officers Past Masters in seats
  • Introduce Wife Family
  • Worshipful Masters Message
  • Introduce Lodge Officers their family/guests

After Installation
  • Presentations
  • Closing Prayer
  • Refreshments Excuse non-Masons
  • Close Lodge Reopen Funeral Lodge
  • Youre Now the Worshipful Master!

  • Does your Lodge reflect the beauty our rituals
  • Is every Brother and their family greeted in a
    manner that promotes brotherly love
  • Are you and your Lodge fulfilling the needs and
    aspirations of every member

Leading your Lodge
  • One Worshipful Master per Lodge
  • A Lodge of volunteers willing to do everything
    they can to assist, even wield the unseen gavel
  • The buck stops with you!
  • Build your team
  • First string installed Officers
  • Active reserves capable Brothers on the
  • Inactive reserves Brothers not in Lodge

Continued Leadership
  • Delegation you cant do it all
  • Authority responsibility
  • KISS dont micro-manage
  • Provide resources needed
  • Stay in touch
  • Praise recognition

Training Suggestions
  • Provide duties descriptions to all your filled
  • Hold frequent Officers meetings
  • Each position is responsible to train their
  • Require each seat to explain their duties to you
  • Allow junior officers to perform the duties of
    the next higher seat

Training, cont
  • Use Grand Lodge materials training sessions
  • Plan a trip to Grand Lodge
  • Train your Officers to the next position
  • Communicate training opportunities to the craft

Time Management
  • The Lodge is yours for 365 days, 8760 hours and
    585,600 minutes
  • Master your own schedule or let it master you
  • Schedule a portion of each day for Lodge business
  • No phones, visitors, distractions (ask wife to
    watch kids)
  • Pass schedule to your Officers so they know
  • Keep updated priority list of things to do each
  • Keep any calls during this time short and to the
  • Dont procrastinate follow your set times

Time Management, cont
  • Waiting for perfection can cause missed
    timeframes, you may never have all the
  • Learn to say No you cant accomplish everything
    everyone wants to do
  • Be decisive delaying causes waste of valuable
    time, dont revisit past decisions
  • Delegate, you cant do everything
  • Make and keep appointments your time is
    important and those you spend it with
  • Cross examine and re-evaluate your time management

Planning Your Year
  • Four ways to help your Lodge
  • Enlist the commitment and participation of your
    Brothers and Officers
  • There are many activities outside that compete
    for the attention of todays men, how many can
    you fulfill at your Lodge
  • Plan activities and events that are rewarding to
    your members
  • Involving your Officers ensures consistency over
    the years and leaves the Lodge in good shape when
    you leave the East

8 Step planning process
  • 1 - Worshipful Masters direction
  • When I have completed serving as Worshipful
    Master, I want the year to be remembered for
  • 2 - Every member has something to offer and in
    return, they desire
  • To meet new friends
  • To have fun
  • To feel proud
  • To be well led
  • A role for their family
  • A Lodge active in the community

8 Step planning process, cont
  • 3 - Identify key areas of work
  • Meet with your incoming Wardens and identify key
  • Each of the Senior Officers individually plans
    their year in the East
  • Ensues continuity
  • Promotes long term goals
  • Create a Planning Team
  • Effective Past Master
  • Businessman or Owner
  • Recently-joined, young Mason
  • Effective committee chairman
  • Skilled financial planner
  • Experienced planner
  • Good communicator
  • Interested member

8 Step planning process, cont
  • Brainstorming
  • Strengths weaknesses
  • Meetings
  • Work
  • Fellowship
  • Membership
  • Community service
  • Communications with Members
  • Fundraising
  • Prioritize results identify current and out

8 Step planning process, cont
  • 4 - Refining the plan
  • This planning team consists of key members
    excited and committed to achieve their goals
  • The members of the planning team will make
    excellent members of committees to implement the
  • Involving your Wardens (especially the items
    marked for future years) ensures a long range
    plan for success of your Lodge

8 Step planning process, cont
  • 5 - Preparing the initial calendar
  • Have Wardens draft their own as guidelines for
    their term
  • Add top priority items from Planning Team
  • Add historical Lodge activities (meetings,
  • Add Grand Lodge activities events
  • Add Masonic charities (MMRL, Child ID, etc)
  • Additional items PRN (civic, military, etc)

8 Step planning process, cont
  • 6 The final plan
  • Bring the three calendars into one document
    (Incoming WM Wardens) to present to the craft
  • Enlist assistance to head or sit on committees in
    support of the calendar
  • 7 The big announcement
  • Present your plan to the craft
  • Make copies for the members
  • Print out a one page calendar on the back of the
  • Hand it out at installation
  • Place it on the Lodges web site
  • Send in an e-mail to the members

8 Step planning process, cont
  • 8 Launch the plan
  • Appoint committees to support the plan
  • Talent and abilities of the member
  • Interest in the committee
  • Responsibility
  • Willingness and ability to devote the time
  • Ambition for leadership, teamwork
  • Only one event per night (no widows PM night)
  • Allow sufficient lead time to organize the event
  • Plan event around purpose (widows lunch vs.
    dinner as many do not like to be out at night)

8 Step planning process, cont
  • Food type and style (hint work closely with
    your JW)
  • Location (how accessible for widows night)
  • Plan the theme for the event
  • Invitations coordination for attendees
  • Entertainment
  • Call remind guests a week (or less) in advance
    of the event
  • Logistics (supplies purchased, Bldg opened early,
    greeters placed)
  • Make the guests feel welcome
  • Send thank-you letters after the event

  • Grand Lodge planning publications
  • GL-218 Worshipful Masters program book
  • GL-215 Lodge Secretarys administration guide
  • Masonic Renewal Committee of North America (MRC)
  • Masonic Leaders planning guide
  • Getting set for success
  • 101 Ways to Improve Interest and Attendance in
    your Lodge
  • 75 Ways to Attract and Retain New Members