Inaugural National Mentoring Conference “a great success”

Tuesday, 24 February 2009
The first national conference for Mentoring Coordinators was hosted by Grand Lodge at Freemasons’ Hall on Great Queen Street on Tuesday, 24th February. Almost every Province was represented, as was the Metropolitan Grand Lodge, with a turnout of nearly 80 delegates for the busy day. By the conclusion of the conference there was popular demand for the event to be repeated early in 2010.

Proceedings were opened with an address from the M W Pro Grand Master, Lord Northampton, who spoke about the role of mentoring in both nurturing and tutoring Masons. The opening address was followed by presentations from Toby Jones, who iintroduced of the 3R Library to delegates, and then an interactive session from Nick Cripps on mentoring skills and techniques, during which small groups of delegates considered aspects of effective mentoring. A working lunch, led in to the afternoon plenary session on “the way forward”, considering questions such as the role of Provincial Mentors, central support, indicators of success, the introduction of the Holy Royal Arch and other topics, all under the watchful eye of the Grand Secretary, Nigel Brown.  The day concluded with a thoughtful presentation from Hugh Stubbs on the national Masonic charities, their activities and introduction of this important part of Masonry to mentees. After the close, delegates described the conference as a great success: new relationships had been made with fellow Mentoring Coordinators and interesting ideas shared.

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