A dip into the second annual review

by Brian Page

The Provincial Grand Lodge Of Berkshire Annual Review 2020-2021

This is intended to be the first of a short series of dips into the second edition of the Province’s Annual Review. Inside the report, we find that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been another busy, if challenging year for Berkshire Freemasons. 

The full Annual Review is available HERE

The PGM’s report.

Our Provincial Grand Master RW Bro. Anthony Howlett-Bolton OBE in his report reflects on the vast number of virtual meetings held during the enforced suspension of our regular meetings and his enthusiasm in contemplation of more normal times ahead. He expresses his confidence that, despite the pandemic, the Province will achieve the target set for the 2023 Festival and also speaks of his pride in the charitable work of brethren throughout Berkshire during the pandemic.

Working together to develop freemasonry in Berkshire.

A number of sections in the review describe a number of initiatives which, when taken together, lay out a plan for taking our Province forward, developing the enjoyment of our members, improving the general public’s perception of who and what we are, and attracting new members.

1. The Lodge Membership Officer.

W Bro. Iain Marnock, in his new role as Provincial Membership Officer, stresses the importance of the Lodge Membership Officer in the attraction, development, and retention of members and how the Provincial Membership Team is prepared and ready, to give the LMOs the help and support they may need.

The first of a series of workshops for LMOs held at Sindlesham was a great success with more in the pipeline.

2. The Membership Value Proposition (MVP).

The MVP was created following a carefully planned consultation exercise to discover what Berkshire Freemasons felt they gained from their membership. The data gathered were distilled into a succinct Membership Value Proposition:

Amazing Journeys, Camaraderie, Supporting Communities

  • Berkshire Freemasonry is where individuals come to experience an amazing lifelong journey of self-discovery and learning.
  • Feel a sense of challenge and curiosity.
  • Connect. Share laughter among friends.
  • Build and support communities together.

Among the other initiatives contributing to the development of Freemasonry in Berkshire are: 

  • Branding
  • The updated Members’ Pathway
  • Lodge Planning

We’ll take a look at those and other topics from the Annual Report in subsequent posts.

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