It’s a Small World Out There
Mavin Macauley of Ryton Holy Cross 4231 and up until recently an active member of the Membership Committee for the Durham Province took up an appointment at the University in Auckland, New Zealand.
After a period of settlement, he made a visit to one of the local lodges and found the company welcoming. On further discussions, he was introduced to their Membership Officer of the District Grand Lodge of North Island, New Zealand, John Robinson of Lodge of Harmony 2180
They highlighted the following:
- Making freemasonry visible in the community can benefit membership
- Considering the modern lifestyle of “young men” is vital to maintaining membership
- Encouraging younger brethren to do ritual with excellent mentorship aids retainment. For e.g. Mavin witnessed an excellent presentation of the apron by an E.A.
- and of course, communication is essential for progression
The district was very supportive to their brethren during lockdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic. In one instance the district provided accommodation, food, social support for a few brethren who lost their jobs.
During the discussion, “Solomon” was identified as a learning aid for masons. Mavin and John highlighted the importance of digital platforms and social in achieving desirable outcomes of masonic membership. Additionally, they identified that understanding attrition rates and addressing them appropriately was crucial to addressing the issues with masonic membership. Overall, the discussion was positive and the district is on course to achieve their target in the next 5 years.
John Robinson was most appreciative of the work Mavin had done. Summary comments from this discussion was forwarded to the District Grand Master for the North and South Island District Grand Lodges for consideration. One of these included the development of the role of a lodge mentor in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Forging new friendships is always a good thing!
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”