The essence of an effective Mentoring scheme is the one-to-one relationship between the Mentor and the new member and it is vital that the Lodge chooses the right man for the job. This is done best in Lodges where a Mentoring Co-ordinator has been appointed. The Lodge Mentoring Co-ordinator (somtimes simply known as the Lodge Mentor) has essentially an organisational and support role for the individual Mentors. He is responsible for the operation of the scheme once the Lodge has agreed its adoption. He should select and recommend the Mentor and ensure that he fully understands his responsibility and is trained in what needs to be done. To help him select the best Mentor he should meet the candidate before his Initiation and hopefully the Mentor selected should also meet the Candidate prior to the evening of initiation.
In short the role of the Lodge is to:
1. Implement the Mentoring Scheme in their Lodge.
2. Appoint a Mentoring Co-ordinator who:
- may customise Provincial booklets for the Lodge
- ensures applicants receive a fitting introduction to Masonry
- helps each Mason find a suitable Masonic mentor (also known as a "coach" or "friend")
- tracks progress of System in Lodge
- liaises with Provincial Co-ordinator
- is willing to take on the role for a number of years
3. Identify Masonic coaches/friends/mentors who:
- encourage Masonic awareness in each charge using provided materials and their own experience
- know where to turn when they reach the limit of their own experience
A good Mentoring Co-ordinator will have a pool of Mentors whom he will have trained in anticipation of an applicant for Freemasonry. Many Provinces run regular Workshops for individual Mentors to support the Lodge Co-ordinators discharge this responsibility. He will also arrange for the EAs or FCs to be coached while they are out of the Lodge Room during a higher degree ceremony. This is often a good time for the new mason to meet his fellows and have an open discussion about Freemasonry perhaps around a theme.