At his lodge’s February stated meeting, Charles “Kemp” Letts
looked into the faces around the room and asked for help.
“Help me check in on our older brothers and their widows,”
he said. “Reach out and contact people who haven’t been to
lodge in awhile. Help me break the ice, so I can get people the
help that they need.”
When Letts arrived home that night, the light was blinking on
his answering machine. The first outreach call had come in. The
lodge outreach initiative was taking hold.
Securing the safety net
The lodge outreach initiative is a partnership among California
lodges and Masonic Outreach Services (MOS). Four times a
year, MOS staff gather volunteer Masons for regional training
days. The brothers leave these sessions loaded with information and resources about implementing outreach tactics and
accessing support needed from MOS and the Masonic Homes.
They are tasked with spreading this knowledge to the lodges
in their area, which they do by giving presentations on outreach, distributing resources like Trestleboard articles, and
establishing themselves as a local point of contact. When
outreach questions arise, these members know who to call
and what to expect. Thanks to the lodge outreach initiative,
these brothers are plugged into a network of not only Masons
who have gone through the same training, but MOS staff, who
provide professional assistance.
The initiative began in Southern California two years
ago, when San Diego-area Masons approached MOS Director
Sabrina Montes and asked for more out-
Division IX Masons and MOS staff
worked together to develop the training
program. And in the months since, the initiative has saved vulnerable members who
might otherwise have fallen through the
cracks. Working together, lodges and MOS
rescued an elderly brother who had been
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TIMOTHY GREEN LEADS THE MASONIC OUTREACH
INITIATIVE AT LA MESA LODGE NO. 407.
THE LODGE OUTREACH
INITIATIVE IS SPREADING
ACROSS THE STATE
by Laura Normand