"Education enlightens and enriches the Craft,
and makes Masons out of Members"
When preparing a program, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, when choosing a topic for presentation we ask you to think about what would be interesting, informative, and perhaps inspiring to your brethren.
For instance, ask yourself;
o What do you find interesting about Masonry?
o What kinds of things do new members need to know?
o What should existing members be reminded of?
o What makes Masonry unique or different?
A few suggestions for topics are listed below.
Additionally, we would rather be "inclusive" than "exclusive" to those present. Therefore, presentations about aspects of Masonry that are appropriate for all present, including those who have not yet been initiated, are preferred. That being said, topics which address portions of our ritual which are not public are also important educational opportunities. If such topics are planned, it is doubly important to inform the District Chairman well in advance so that he may provide a separate activity suitable for those who may be present but are not advanced enough in the Craft to participate in the main program.
It is also important to prepare your presentation with accurate, factual information. This usually means doing some research, and you should be careful to use reliable sources. There are certainly many knowledgeable members, a vast array of excellent Masonic books, and a large number of note worthy articles available. Many of these can be found on the internet, however, remember that there are also a great many internet sources that do not contain completely reliable information. What you present to your brethren should be as accurate as you can ensure it to be.
Any member of your lodge, or any other person you designate, is welcome to lead your program. Of course, the presenter should be comfortable and knowledgeable about the topic. They should speak rather than simply read. Although speaker’s notes are encouraged for reference, simply reading aloud material written by another person is discouraged as it is not generally engaging to the participants.
A format that is engaging, and often more enlightening, is that of a discussion. Many of the topics listed below lend themselves to this form of program. A discussion format should still be proceeded by a short presentation in order to introduce the topic, give some background and set a framework for the dialogue to follow. Such a program will still require some research and planning too be effective and requires the leader to keep the discourse on-track.
If you have any questions, or require any additional assistance, please feel free to contact the District Chairman of Masonic Education or the District Deputy Grand Master. We are always available for support, and look forward to working with you.