Recruitment, Talent Sourcing, @NRL_Bulldogs and random thoughts…

Should all men be allowed to become Masons…?

I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while as there seems to be a continued vocalisation for the need of more “quality” members in our Fraternity. As a professional who over the course of my last 8 years have advised small businesses and enterprise organisations about their recruitment and retention strategies, this need for “quality” members always baffles me.

When taking a job order from one of my clients or stakeholders, I always ask what are their mandatory requirements. As a Freemason, our prerequisites are the following.

  1. You must be a Male and at least 18 years of age.
  2. You must not have a criminal record.
  3. You must believe in God or a Supreme Being of sorts (God, Allah, Buddah, etc)
Now, I’m no rocket scientist, but these requirements mean that any Man who approaches a Lodge, with interest in joining the Fraternity and meets the requirements, has a pretty good shot at being Initiated.
Initiated Brethren need to understand that just as they have approached our Fraternity, so do, so have and so will continue the interest of many other men looking to be a part of something bigger. Who are we, as Brothers, being brought from the dark to the light, to refuse?
As a Brother and member of your respective Lodge, you have the ability to voice your concern about the “culture fit” of a prospective candidate to your Lodge… However, isn’t this reason a contradiction of what Freemasonry’s core focus is?
My position in this instance has always been to look at the situation outside in, from the candidates perspective. He is knocking on the metaphorical door of Freemasonry, by knocking on your physical door by means of website, social media, blog or by introduction of another Brother. He may have knocked on your door by accident, but he is looking for your Brother. Shouldn’t we help him find what he is looking for?
Mark Mansour

2 responses

  1. TO answer your question that you pose at the end of this blog- the answer is yes of course, we should always help a brother or brother “to be” – if anything he will be enlightened perhaps for the first time as to what brotherly love actually is and means, it may help him get on the path and as masons we never know what stone we might upturn. Who with a bit of polish and guidance, turn that rough stone or ashlar into something perfect, just and upright in society doing great things for his family, work and community….We must always open our doors and accept new brothers in. F Regards A Green

    July 3, 2011 at 10:43 am

  2. I agree whole heartedly Mark. The driving force should not be to be discriminatry towards potential candidates, after all aren’t all “rough” and striving to be better?? The main issue I see is that for far too long the emphasis has not been squared (sorry) at the importance of keeping that member once he has taken the first step and entered or ranks. Especially in regional areas the mentoring has been lack lustre to say the least. Younger members are scarce as the proverbial due in part to them being driven away by decades old attitudes and poor leadership.
    Keep up the good work
    Phill Smith

    July 3, 2011 at 10:53 am

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