World Kickboxing Champion Drew Neale, of Vernon Lodge No. 560, has received his Grand Lodge Certificate from Worcestershire Provincial Grand Master Richard Goddard.
Last October Drew won the Scandinavian Open in the 82 and 84 kilogram events, was also successful in the team category and was nominated best fighter in the tournament.
He decided to follow up these successes by travelling to Italy in December to regain his World Championship, in which he was successful. He is now one of the few British sportsmen who can claim to be a British, European and World Champion!
As the PGM remarked: “This is a first for me – I have never presented a Grand Lodge Certificate to a world champion before!”
RW Bro Richard Anderson, Provincial Grand Master for Yorkshire (North & East Ridings) recognised the important role played by Lodge Mentors when he addressed them at the meeting of his Provincial Grand Lodge on Saturday, 16th May.
He pointed out to them that,
“In appointing you as Lodge Mentor, your Lodge has not only recognised the importance of the initiative, but has also recognised in you the requisite skills to guide, teach and support our new members as they are introduced to the wonderful, yet often confusing, world of Freemasonry.
Whilst in many Lodges there are several Mentors, the Lodge Mentor is the brother in overall charge of the Lodge’s Mentoring programme.
He will not necessarily mentor anyone himself, but will certainly have the responsibility for selecting the most appropriate Mentor for each individual.
In effect, he is the brother that I expect to deliver a successful and sustainable mentoring programme for his Lodge.”
Lodge Mentor is not yet a recognised Office within Lodges and there is no collar. However, the Provincial Grand Master formally invested the Lodge Mentor of Humber Lodge No 57 with his Mentor Badge designed by the Provincial Grand Mentor for use in the Province and then took the opportunity of shaking the hands of all the other Lodge Mentors present.