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Masonic leadership training

Masonic Leadership Training

Becoming the Worshipful Master


  • Introductions

  • Preparing for your Year in the East

  • Authority vs. Leadership

  • Training your Officers

  • Eight Step Planning Process

  • Workshop Topics


  • Your Masonic Leadership Training Team

  • Honored Guests

  • Attendees

    • Name

    • Lodge & Location

    • Title and Position, if any

General info
General Info

  • Restrooms

  • Cell phones/PDA’s

  • Sign-In Sheets


  • Florida Digest of Masonic Law

  • Lodge Officers Handbook

  • Masonic Leadership Training Manual

  • Lodge Secretary Administrative Guide (GL215)

  • Worshipful Master’s Program Notebook (GL218)

Preparing for your year in the east
Preparing for your Year in the East

  • Plan your year early and recheck frequently

  • Ask for advice and help early

  • Plan your meetings and follow your plan

  • Educate, train and meet with your Officers

  • Be worthy of the honor which your Brethren have conferred upon you

Prior to installation
Prior to Installation

  • Select Installation Team

  • Plan Installation Dinner

  • Officer & Committee Appointments

  • Calendar for Ensuing Year

  • Trestle Board Notification

  • Officers Meeting

  • Rehearsal

  • Select/Purchase Worshipful Master’s hat


  • Open in MM Degree

  • Close Funeral Lodge

  • Dinner

  • Installation

    • Use Past Masters in Installing Seats

    • Thank Installing Officers & Past Masters in seats

    • Introduce Wife & Family

    • Worshipful Masters Message

    • Introduce Lodge Officers & their family/guests

After installation
After Installation

  • Presentations

  • Closing Prayer

  • Refreshments & Excuse non-Masons

  • Close Lodge & Reopen Funeral Lodge

  • You’re Now the Worshipful Master!


  • Does your Lodge reflect the beauty our rituals dictate

  • Is every Brother and their family greeted in a manner that promotes brotherly love

  • Are you and your Lodge fulfilling the needs and aspirations of every member

Leading your lodge
Leading your Lodge

  • One Worshipful Master per Lodge

    • A Lodge of volunteers willing to do everything they can to assist, even wield the unseen gavel

    • The buck stops with you!

  • Build your team

    • First string– installed Officers

    • Active reserves – capable Brothers on the sidelines

    • Inactive reserves – Brothers not in Lodge

Continued leadership
Continued Leadership

  • Delegation – you can’t do it all

    • Authority & responsibility

    • KISS – don’t micro-manage

    • Provide resources needed

    • Stay in touch

    • Praise & recognition

Training suggestions
Training Suggestions

  • Provide duties & descriptions to all your filled positions

  • Hold frequent Officer’s meetings

  • Each position is responsible to train their follower

  • Require each seat to explain their duties to you

  • Allow junior officers to perform the duties of the next higher seat

Training cont
Training, cont

  • Use Grand Lodge materials & training sessions

  • Plan a trip to Grand Lodge

  • Train your Officers to the next position

  • Communicate training opportunities to the craft

Time management
Time Management

  • The Lodge is yours for 365 days, 8760 hours and 585,600 minutes

    • Master your own schedule or let it master you

      • Schedule a portion of each day for Lodge business

      • No phones, visitors, distractions (ask wife to watch kids)…

      • Pass schedule to your Officers so they know

      • Keep updated priority list of things to do each day

      • Keep any calls during this time short and to the point

      • Don’t procrastinate & follow your set times

Time management cont
Time Management, cont

  • Waiting for perfection can cause missed timeframes, you may never have all the information

  • Learn to say No – you can’t accomplish everything everyone wants to do

  • Be decisive – delaying causes waste of valuable time, don’t revisit past decisions

  • Delegate, you can’t do everything

  • Make and keep appointments – your time is important and those you spend it with

  • Cross examine and re-evaluate your time management

Planning your year
Planning Your Year

  • Four ways to help your Lodge

    • Enlist the commitment and participation of your Brothers and Officers

    • There are many activities outside that compete for the attention of today’s men, how many can you fulfill at your Lodge

    • Plan activities and events that are rewarding to your members

    • Involving your Officers ensures consistency over the years and leaves the Lodge in good shape when you leave the East

8 step planning process
8 Step planning process

  • 1 - Worshipful Master’s direction

    • When I have completed serving as Worshipful Master, I want the year to be remembered for…

  • 2 - Every member has something to offer and in return, they desire:

    • To meet new friends

    • To have fun

    • To feel proud

    • To be well led

    • A role for their family

    • A Lodge active in the community

8 step planning process cont
8 Step planning process, cont

  • 3 - Identify key areas of work

    • Meet with your incoming Wardens and identify key areas

      • Each of the Senior Officers individually plans their year in the East

        • Ensues continuity

        • Promotes long term goals

    • Create a Planning Team

      • Effective Past Master

      • Businessman or Owner

      • Recently-joined, young Mason

      • Effective committee chairman

      • Skilled financial planner

      • Experienced planner

      • Good communicator

      • Interested member

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8 Step planning process, cont

  • Brainstorming

    • Strengths & weaknesses

    • Meetings

    • Work

    • Fellowship

    • Membership

    • Community service

    • Communications with Members

    • Fundraising

  • Prioritize results & identify current and out years

8 step planning process cont2
8 Step planning process, cont

  • 4 - Refining the plan

    • This planning team consists of key members excited and committed to achieve their goals

    • The members of the planning team will make excellent members of committees to implement the plans

    • Involving your Wardens (especially the items marked for future years) ensures a long range plan for success of your Lodge

8 step planning process cont3
8 Step planning process, cont

  • 5 - Preparing the initial calendar

    • Have Wardens draft their own as guidelines for their term

    • Add top priority items from Planning Team

    • Add historical Lodge activities (meetings, dinners…)

    • Add Grand Lodge activities & events

    • Add Masonic charities (MMRL, Child ID, etc)

    • Additional items PRN (civic, military, etc)

8 step planning process cont4
8 Step planning process, cont

  • 6 – The final plan

    • Bring the three calendars into one document (Incoming WM & Wardens) to present to the craft

    • Enlist assistance to head or sit on committees in support of the calendar

  • 7 – The big announcement

    • Present your plan to the craft

      • Make copies for the members

      • Print out a one page calendar on the back of the trestleboard

      • Hand it out at installation

      • Place it on the Lodge’s web site

      • Send in an e-mail to the members

8 step planning process cont5
8 Step planning process, cont

  • 8 – Launch the plan

    • Appoint committees to support the plan

      • Talent and abilities of the member

      • Interest in the committee

      • Responsibility

      • Willingness and ability to devote the time necessary

      • Ambition for leadership, teamwork

    • Only one event per night (no widow’s & PM night)

    • Allow sufficient lead time to organize the event

    • Plan event around purpose (widow’s lunch vs. dinner as many do not like to be out at night)

8 step planning process cont6
8 Step planning process, cont

  • Food – type and style (hint – work closely with your JW)

  • Location (how accessible for widow’s night)

  • Plan the theme for the event

  • Invitations & coordination for attendees

  • Entertainment

  • Call & remind guests a week (or less) in advance of the event

  • Logistics (supplies purchased, Bldg opened early, greeters placed)

  • Make the guests feel welcome

  • Send thank-you letters after the event


  • Grand Lodge planning publications

    • GL-218 Worshipful Master’s program book

    • GL-215 Lodge Secretary’s administration guide

  • Masonic Renewal Committee of North America (MRC)

    • Masonic Leaders planning guide

    • Getting set for success

    • 101+ Ways to Improve Interest and Attendance in your Lodge

    • 75 Ways to Attract and Retain New Members