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"It would be well if we could learn more of what masonry is than what some think  it was"  Alfred Sawyer

The Mentor

To be a mentor is to be a teacher, a guide, a liaison, a friend and a Brother. A mentor truly has the ability to shape a new Brother's impression of our fraternity. All who enter Masonry are in darkness as to what our Fraternity is all about. It is the mentor who will pierce this darkness and bring this Brother to know the light of Masonry.

The mentoring process begins long before a man is accepted to membership and does not end when he is raised. Every Lodge needs candidates; how we treat our candidates will determine what kind of Masons they will become. One in five candidates go on to be active members of the craft. Why do we lose four out of five candidates? Have we done all we could to welcome them into Masonry? Do they feel comfortable sitting in their own Lodge? What about when they visit another Lodge? Brethren this is the greatest Brotherhood the world has ever known, the reigns of which have been handed to us to travel forward into the future. How we educate the leaders of tomorrow will determine what kind of future Masonry can expect.

Every Worshipful Master should have a Mentoring Committee. Ideally this should consist of Brethren who are not Officers. Officers already have much on their plate and may not have the time to devote to a new Brother. The chairman of this committee would preferably be one of the Wardens or Deacons. The Worshipful Master may give the committee chairman the authority to recruit mentors from the membership of the Lodge. A Past Master would generally have the Masonic knowledge needed to be a good mentor however many white apron Brethren who are not inclined to take an Officers chair could also make excellent mentors. If the Lodge is in a situation where their is no other choice but to have officers labor as mentors then by all means for the sake of your Lodge have them operate as mentors. The most important thing to remember is the mentor must be a dedicated Mason. The knowledge needed to be a good Mentor will be given to all in this guide.

Most if not all of our Lodges have candidate instructors to assist them in learning their exams after each Degree. Candidate instructors should not be confused with Mentors. These are two separate and distinct jobs and should not be intertwined.

Whatever materials your Lodge gives to a candidate such as the pamphlet "On The Threshold" and the Claudy books, the mentor should reread and be ready to answer any questions the candidate may have on these materials.