The Education and Development Committee
WBro Duncan Ferguson, Chairman
This central Committee of the Province is involved with and develops many initiatives. In the main, our work is aimed at making Freemasonry in East Lancashire more understandable and enjoyable for all who take part. We also provide support to many other activities taking place in the Province. The work of the Committee is generally project-led, with a wide range of activities undergoing development or delivery at any one time.
Projects are undertaken by a number of sub-Committees each of which focuses on a particular area of activity. Committee members bring their experience from a broad background, both Masonic and vocational, which enables them to be highly effective in the work that they undertake.
We regularly link the work of the Provincial Mentor, Provincial Orator and Provincial Chairman of Communications, as all three are ex officio members of the main Education and Development Committee. Thus the main Committee and its sub-Committees are able to support the Heads of each of these three areas of activity and the work that they do in the Province for Communications, Mentoring and Orations. The other members of the main Committee largely comprise the Chairmen of the various sub-Committees. The whole structure comprises some 18 to 20 members.
The Materials sub-Committee comprises a number of brethren who have between them a very large fund of knowledge about Freemasonry. The members of this sub-Committee prepare papers, presentations, talks and the like, which support the Provincial Mentor’s programme and provide educational and informational material for the general use of Brethren, Companions, Lodges and Chapters. This sub-Committee is currently promoting a Short Papers Competition to stimulate interest in Masonic research and the writing of Masonic papers, to encourage new talent to come forward and to add to the fund of educational material already available.
The Conference sub-Committee has organised the very popular “Let’s Talk Masonry” Conference in the Spring of each of the last five years and has the next Conference scheduled for the 29th March, 2014.
The most recent sub-Committee activity is the development and delivery of support for Lodge and Chapter Secretaries which is being delivered by the Provincial Secretariat assisted by the Education and Development team.
If you are interested in becoming involved in any of the work being undertaken by this Committee, please contact the Chairman, WBro Duncan Ferguson (pictured above) who will be very pleased to hear from you.