The Mentorship Program, while not mentioned anywhere in the Blue Equinox, has proven itself as an excellent means for the College to stay in touch with local body masters and assist them where they may need guidance in leadership. Mentors are mandatory for local body masters who are of a degree less than Vth, and for Local Organizers, and are available by request to Vth Degree masters. A mentor's responsibilities, as defined in the guidelines, are to:
- Stay in close touch with the local body, visiting it as often as possible, and establish a phone or e-mail relationship with the master.
- Communicate all policy changes or updates issuing from Grand Lodge to the local body master in a timely manner.
- Report any serious or potentially serious problems to the appropriate Grand Lodge office in a timely manner.
- Act as a resource for the local body master by A) answering policy-related questions, B) offering assistance of a practical nature when possible, C) acting as a personal resource for the local body master by lending a sympathetic ear, and offering advice in a non-intrusive manner.
- Submit a report on the status of the local body to the Mentor Secretary each Equinox.
If you need a mentor, are of the degree of KRE or higher and would like to be a mentor, or have questions about this program, please e-mail the Mentorship Secretary.
Mentors will be assigned to all local body masters who are of the Degree of KEW or lower, as well as Local Organizers. Mentors are available by request for Fifth Degree body masters as well.
Does my local body really need a mentor?
If the local body master is not a Fifth Degree or higher, yes it does. This is standard policy. However, the College would like the local body masters to know that the mentors are liaisons between the local body master and the College, and not micromanagers or minders.