You will probably be aware of the recent changes to the Visiting Officer scheme which will hopefully improve its effectiveness and speed up the Provincial response to requests for help from Lodges.
As a further improvement to the scheme, the Provincial Grand Master has decided to implement a retention and exit strategy to work in conjunction with the VO scheme to help Lodges identify and retain Lodge members who are at risk of falling by the wayside.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Michael Morris, PGSwdB, has been appointed to lead the Retention and Exit Strategy Initiative.
This exciting and timely approach will centre around two new structures:
A Retention Team, headed by the Deputy PGM and comprising senior and experienced Masons from various Masonic disciplines to be called upon as and when appropriate. These will include certain senior Acting Provincial Officers, Past Provincial Wardens and representatives from the Education and Development Team, Provincial Lodge Support Team, 5 of 9 Club and such other co-opted members as may be appropriate from time to time.
When either of these forms is received from a Lodge, the Deputy PGM will assess the content and allocate the most appropriate one of the Retention Team to take whatever action is required. This could be to meet with your Lodge SVO to engage the VO structure, enlist Provincial Support through the Mentor or Almoner or contact the Individual to offer non-partisan support.
It is imperative that Lodges immediately advise the Deputy PGM, through the Lodge Secretary, when a resignation is received, or when a resignation may be imminent.