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12/12/17 8:12 A

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I love this challenge! We just initiated 5 new members, and this will help them so much! emoticon

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Looking for more words of wisdom and guidance....



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I am going to print this out for our next meeting.

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This is terrific. thanks for sharing.



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3/11/14 7:10 A

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I didn't know that, but it would help a new member to feel comfortable at the meetings.

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Did you know that there are "Seven Steps To Keeping A Member"...

Step I

Immediately after election of the Candidate, the Worthy Matron of the Chapter announces the name of the new Candidatesí Mentor. The Mentorís name, address, and phone number is sent along with a letter from the Worthy Matron and the Worthy Patron of the chapter. The letter informs the Candidate that he or she has been elected to membership in the chapter, and of the time and place of initiation. This letter should also notify him that his or her Mentor will either pick him or her up or meet him or her at the Masonic Center approximately one hour prior to initiation.

The Mentor should call the Candidate immediately after the Mentorís appointment and introduce himself or herself, explain his or her relationship as Mentor. If possible a meeting should be set up which could include other Sisters or Brothers. He or she should also remind the Candidate of the time and place for his or her initiation and encourage him or her to invite any OES member or Master Mason he might know to his degree. (Keeping in mind the fact that the friend may belong to a eastern star group not recognized by Grand Chapter. The Mentor needs to have an explanation for this ready if he/she is presented with this problem.) Now is also the time to find out if he or she will need a ride to the Masonic Center or meet his Mentor there one hour prior to his initiation.

Step 2

The Mentor meets the Candidate one hour before initiation. It is the Mentor's job to make the Candidate feel comfortable and relaxed. He or she should answer as best he can any questions or concerns that the candidate might have. He or she should also give him or her a tour of the Masonic Center facility (other than the chapter room itself) at this time and introduce him to other chapter members as they arrive. He or she should also stay with him or her at all times prior to the initiation, as well as interact with him or her afterwards to answer any immediate questions.

Step 3

The Mentor should meet with the new Sister or Brother, at their home or at the Masonic Center, prior to his first meeting to discuss and answer questions concerning the Opening and Closing and the signs and passes they will be expected to know.

The Mentor should meet with the new Brother or Sister, at the Masonic Center, one hour prior to his or her first meeting to discuss and answer his or her questions concerning the following:

Opening and closing of the Chapter
Form and contents of the Chapter
Officers and their stations
Method of conferring degree, and meetings.

After answering his or her questions, the Mentor should stay with the Candidate through the meeting to answer any immediate questions.

Step 4

The Mentor and new Sister or Brother should again meet prior to his Second meeting to answer questions and discuss the Obligation and it's meaning. This can be either at the Masonic Center, or in the Mentor's home.

Step 5

The Mentor should meet with the Sister or Brother after his or her second meeting, either at his or her home or at the Masonic Center, to discuss and answer questions concerning the officers duties He or she will also help him or her to become aware of the resources available at his chapter, and those of the Grand Chapter.

Step 6

The Mentor attends FOUR chapter functions with the new Sister or Brother. This should include two Stated Meetings, one initiation (preferably an official visit), and a Social, Family, or Installation Night.

Step 7

The Mentor arranges and accompanies the new Sister or Brother on a visitation to another Chapter (Other than Official Visit). This should be a Stated Meeting, Initiation, or Installation Night. The Mentor instructs the newly raised Sister or Brother on the differences between the chapters and also the similarities between the chapters. If not already discussed, the Mentor should answer questions concerning the history, customs, and traditions of their chapter.

So are you an active or passive member in your chapter?

Edited by: STORMIE62 at: 3/11/2014 (05:40)
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