A Guide for Director of Ceremonies
Freemasonry should be fun and we will only attract and retain new members if it is fun. The challenge of performing our ritual to the best of an individual’s ability gives us a special “buzz” both in the Lodge room and at the Festive Board afterwards.
This in modern terms is the unique selling point (USP) of the movement and the DC has an important role in helping members achieve it.
The purpose of these pages is to point out ways in which the DC can help ensure a Lodge meeting and Festive Board are successful and fun for all concerned.
Through the work of the Education and Development Committee Norman Cope, formerly the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies in the Craft and Henri Lyons the current Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies in the Royal Arch together with teams of DCs have toured the Province presenting DC workshops. There have been two to date and a third is proposed.
It is neither for the Province nor the Education and Development Committee to tell DCs within the Province how to conduct their lodges, indeed another USP of Freemasonry is the independence of the private Lodge, subject to preserving inviolate the landmarks of the order. The information both in the workshops and here is for guidance.
Many parts of the Guide, which appears in the Downloads section, have been adapted or copied from the original version produced in 1999 by Bill Waite and edited and updated by Stephen Blank and Norman Cope, all of whom were formerly Provincial Grand DCs and subsequently Rulers in the Craft.
Joe Glass PProvJGW
Education & Development Committee