West Kent Mentoring - 2.1 Duties

Lodge Mentor's Duties

 

It is the responsibility of every Lodge to look after its members. The Lodge Mentor has a vital role to play; as it is his responsibility to ensure that the Mentoring process is not only implemented, but that it also works effectively in his Lodge. The Lodge Mentor needs to ensure that a Personal Mentor is appointed for every Candidate. To do so he must;

 

  • Be fully aware of the Mentoring process, what it is trying to achieve and what 'success looks like'. 
  • Make sure that all the members of his Lodge are aware of Mentoring and what benefits it will bring to their Lodge. Perhaps deliver a Short Paper on Mentoring in open Lodge - See Supporting Documentation - 4.1 Mentors. 
  • Ensure Personal Mentors fully understand the aims and objectives of the programme. 
  • Ensure Personal Mentors attend any training courses or workshops provided. 
  • Match the right Personal Mentor to the Candidate. This will of course vary according to the size of Lodge membership and the availability of suitable Personal Mentors. Please see - Who should be a Personal Mentor? for further advice on this. It would be helpful to be involved at the early stages of a candidate's application to the Lodge. This will allow him to start thinking of a suitable match. Remember not to disregard the Proposer or Seconder, as they may have the ability to fulfil the role. 
  • Take time to ensure the Candidate and Personal Mentor form a good initial relationship. Do they sit together both in the Lodge and at the Festive Board? Is there a good relationship between them and the Proposer and Seconder?

 

In order to assist the mentoring practises in the Lodge, the Lodge Mentor may wish for the Personal Mentors to complete a Personal Mentor's Checklist & Guide - See 8. Documents in respect of each Candidate and, as Lodge Mentor, he may also wish to use the Lodge Mentor's Checklist & Guide - See 8. Documents. 

 

  • This will assist him discuss mentoring activity within the Lodge with his Assistant Group Mentor. 
  • Report his findings to the Lodge; perhaps he may be given an opportunity to give a Lodge Mentor's Report in open lodge (3rd Rising).

 

Most importantly, try to make sure that this is all done in good heart and with fun. Mentoring exists to help develop good masons and support your Lodge. If it works, everyone wins, and the Lodge Mentor has the enviable position in making that happen. 

 

 

The Personal Mentor's Duties

 

The role of the Personal Mentor is the key position within the whole Mentoring process. It is the Personal Mentor who imparts his knowledge, spends time with the Candidate, and guides and supports him throughout his Masonic journey. By helping him take the correct first crucial steps, you will be guiding him on a path that will change his life, and the lives of those around him, for the better.

 

The responsibilities of a Personal Mentor are great, but the role is also, in many ways, an easy and enjoyable one. Mentoring is not rocket science. It is simply a process of spending time with a Candidate and exposing him to information in a controlled manner, i.e. small understandable chunks that he can easily digest, whilst making sure he starts to understand what is happening around him. Once he has basic Masonic knowledge, the focus will change from 'Teacher' to 'Personal Mentor'. This may involve some elements of counselling, acting as a confidential advisor and being a role model. These are all things a Personal Mentor will have done successfully many times before, but probably thought of it simply as "friendship". Please see - The Mentoring Relationship for further details on these different roles.

 

To find details of what the aims of a Personal Mentor are, please read - Guidelines for Mentors. In this section you will also find information on some of the key Skills and Qualities of a Mentor, such as those relating to questioning and listening. There are also examples of Practical Activities that will help the Personal Mentor support the Mentee's development.

 

Finally to help the Personal Mentor develop the Masonic knowledge of his charge, there is a comprehensive selection of material in Mentoring Aids. This section includes information that that can be given to a new candidate, including explanations of all three Degrees and much, much more.

The Personal Mentor will have plenty of support both from the Lodge Mentor and the rest of the brethren, for it is in everyone's interest that he is successful in his role.

 

 

The Proposer and Seconder

 

When looking at the role of the Personal Mentor, an obvious question to ask is:

 

"Isn't that the role of the Proposer or Seconder?"

 

To some extent, the answer to this question is "yes, it is".

 

Some Candidates are fortunate to have a Proposer or Seconder who has not only a sufficient level of knowledge, but also the time and ability to pass that knowledge on to the Candidate.

 

All too often, this is not the case, and through no fault of either the Proposer or Seconder, care of the Candidate may be neglected.

 

  • They may have an active office in the Lodge that prevents them from spending quality time with their Candidate. 
  • They may still be at an early stage of their own Masonic career, without the required level of knowledge to be able to answer the Candidate's questions. 
  • They may be unable to attend Lodge meetings on a regular basis, for reasons of family or business commitments.

 

This is where the Personal Mentor comes into his own, as someone who can provide the time and the knowledge required to care for the Candidate and develop his understanding of the Order.

 

It is clear from the above, that the relationship between the parties will very much depend on the knowledge, skill and availability of the Proposer or Seconder. If they are able to do so, one or both of them they may be able to be the Personal Mentor themselves. Alternatively, it may be that they and the Personal Mentor work together, or it might be left solely to the Personal Mentor to provide independent support and guidance.

 

But no matter how the relationship develops, the Proposer and Seconder must always maintain a close relationship with their Candidate. They are often the reason that he joined the Craft and their enduring friendly relationship with him will only further enhance the work of the Personal Mentor.

 

 

 

West Kent Mentoring - Part 2.2 - Evaluation & Review