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Who should be a mentor?
In ideal circumstances a mentor would be:

• Someone who the candidate can relate to and establish a good rapport with
• Someone who has a sufficient amount of free time to devote to the mentoring process and is not

         encumbered with other time consuming lodge or outside activities
• Someone who has a proven track record of being helpful to new and inexperienced brethren
• Someone who lives within a reasonable proximity to the candidate
• Someone who is knowledgeable with regard to the ceremonies, usages, symbolisms and

         functioning of the Craft
• Someone who is outgoing with a friendly personality and is enthusiastic about his Masonic

         experiences
• A good communicator
• Of a similar age profile to the candidate
• A member who is also an acquaintance or friend of the candidate

From a realistic standpoint, it is unlikely potential mentors will possess all of the attributes listed. Usually
some compromises will need to be made, but when they are, priority should always be given to those
characteristics that will result in the development of a lasting friendship between the candidate and his mentor.
Such is a proper use of the trowel.

The final thought I would leave you with is this - while not a cure-all for our membership retention woes,
mentoring can be an effective tool in our efforts to stem the tide of membership losses particularly with regard
to our newer members. A sound mentoring program in your lodge can mean the difference between a newer
member becoming disengaged and dropping out versus one who goes on to play an active role in its
leadership.
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