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• What is expected of me?
These are all the basic questions such as: When do we meet? How should I dress? Who's who in the lodge?
What are the fees that I will have to pay? What's a Warden or Steward or Deacon and what do they do, etc.

• What do I have to do next?
Once the basic questions are dealt with, the next stage is to ensure an understanding of the relationship of the
three degrees and the symbolic meaning of each as he completes them. It is only with a full understanding of
our ceremonies and their meanings that a new brother will come to understand the essence of Masonry.
Without this, he will never become fully engaged in the Craft, making it very difficult for him to maintain
further interest.

• Do I belong here?
This is when the question arises - Now that I understand it, do I fit in and is this really for me? The answer to
this can only be yes if the previous two
topics have been thoroughly answered and explained. This is an ideal time for the mentor to ask the candidate
if he would like to be involved in taking
a part in a future degree and to encourage him to participate in the social activities of the lodge.

• How can I advance?
At this stage we have a brother who has completed his degree work, has struck a happy balance with his work,
home, and Masonic life, and wishes to progress further. This progression could be up the ladder towards
Worshipful Master in his lodge, or advancement in the several appendant bodies of our organization. At this
point, it is the duty of his mentor to explain both the rewards as well as the responsibilities and obligations of
his proposed path, and to provide support and encouragement whenever required.

Sounds great, but from a practical standpoint, what should I as a mentor be doing?

As an absolute minimum, it is important to meet with the candidate before and after each degree ceremony to
put him at ease and to answer any questions he may have. You should be prepared to act as his guide during
these times just as the Senior Deacon acts as his guide during the actual conferral of his degrees.
To accomplish this, a mentor should:

    • Ensure that you are seated next to the candidate when appropriate during the lodge meeting -make him
      feel at ease

    • Ensure you are seated next to the candidate during refreshment or meals and introduce him to others
      present - make him feel welcome

    • Be prepared to assist the candidate in his proficiency work and keep in contact with him outside of lodge

    • Explain Freemasonry - its structure, offices, ceremonies, usages, and symbolism
    • Take a supportive interest in the progress made by the candidate. Congratulate him on his progress and

      encourage him to develop it even further.
    • Encourage and help the candidate to learn the ritual as he progresses in the lodge - not just the words,

      but more importantly their meaning

The amount of time necessary will vary considerably from candidate to candidate according to their level of
self confidence and their ability to digest the vast amount of material presented to them. Nevertheless, even
with the most confident of candidates, considerable work is involved and you should not consider becoming a
mentor unless you are able to make a real commitment in terms of time.
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