Mentoring is the Process of Transforming a bystander into a MEMBER.
Bystanders vs. Members A “bystander” can be characterized as a Scottish Rite dues card-carrying person who has little or only casual interest in the ongoing activities of Scottish Rite and who is not motivated by the goals and aspirations of Scottish Rite.
Bystanders vs. Members A “MEMBER” is a motivated individual who is dedicated to Scottish Rite as characterized by his attendance and involvement in a significant way in one or more Scottish Rite activities.
Transforming Bystanders You must start before the candidate is initiated. Prior to initiation, invite the candidate and spouse to be the Valley’s guest at a dinner prior to the monthly meeting.
Transforming Bystanders Issue a written invitation and include time, place, and general description of event After the dinner and while the Valley has its business meeting, invite the candidate and spouse to a separate meeting room and give an overview of Scottish Rite, including opportunities for involvement.
Transforming Bystanders Invite questions from the candidate and spouse. Provide candidate with a copy of A Bridge To Light and close with specific times, etc., about upcoming Reunion.
Make Your Mentoring Committee One of the Most Important in Your Valley.
Creating a Mentoring Committee Select a committee of three to five motivated and organized Valley Members with a strong leader as Chairman. Purpose of Committee is to recruit a pool of “mentors” who can and will mentor new members
Creating a Mentoring Committee Duties of the committee include: – obtaining names of candidates and assigning mentors from the same general geographic area – communicating to mentors, in writing, their responsibilities as outlined in more detail below
Creating a Mentoring Committee – following up to make sure that every candidate has a mentor assigned no later than the first day of the Reunion – facilitating direct contact between each mentor and his mentoree sometime during the Reunion (meet and greet function)
Creating a Mentoring Committee – making sure the mentors have complete contact information for each mentoree including phone number (home, work, mobile) and email address.
Creating a Mentoring Committee Duties of the mentor include: – mentor has two fundamental responsibilities: 1.contact the new member each month and have him attend the monthly Valley or club meeting for one year 2.no more than 60 days after the Reunion, the mentor is to serve as a facilitator to help the member become actively involved in a Scottish Rite activity
Creating a Mentoring Committee Determine the new member’s interest: ritual, floor work, make- up, costumes, stage crew, hospitality crew, Masonic education, greeter, registration, Foundation, philanthropic activities, etc. Then facilitate by making necessary introductions.
Creating a Mentoring Committee If a new member regularly attends Valley or Club meetings and has an active role in a Scottish Rite activity, you have transformed a non- productive bystander into a hard- working, motivated, and productive Scottish Rite member.
Creating a Mentoring Committee The excited Scottish Rite member will not only be productive but his excitement will be contagious and he will be proud to invite Masons to join Scottish Rite.
Mentors are developed not born. Honor men and KSA members are fertile recruiting grounds.
From Where Do Mentors Come? The Mentoring Committee should meet with all new mentors and provide specific guidance and expectations, including written guidelines, for the new mentors.
Other Uses for Mentors Assign mentors to non-active Scottish Rite “bystanders” Hold a dinner and/or social and specially invite non-active “bystanders” Never let a Scottish Rite “bystander” go NPD without a personal contact.
Gut Check Time Compare the number of initiates in the past two years to the number of those initiates who are now active. Imagine a leaky water pipe that loses 80% or more of its water before arriving at its destination—that is what is happening in our Valleys now.
Gut Check Time WARNING: If you faithfully implement a Mentoring Program, within five years, you will have to worry about bigger places to meet, more degrees to confer, and more activities to benefit Masons and the community.
MAKING GOOD MEN BETTER HAS NEVER BEEN SO IMPORTANT!