Inspired to Inspire –
This was no two day “away day”, and the Conference Agenda was packed with presentations and Question and Answer Sessions.
47 seven Masonic Provinces were represented.
The Conference organisers used the mnemonic INSPIRE which spelt out the following attributes – Innovation, New, Support, Planning, Interaction, Review, Engagement.
These would be the keywords together with the outline objective of inspiring members to donate, volunteer and support their charitable aims.
The Conference was opened by Sir Paul Williams, Deputy President of the MCF and Chairman of the Trustees who gave a short address and the objectives and agenda were then set out by Howard Wilson, Chair of the Fundraising Committee.
There was a host of speakers over the two days and strategies were discussed which included planning a Provincial Fundraising and Charity Engagement Strategy presented by RW Bro Jonathan Spence Deputy Grand Master who gave a really impressive speech receiving rapturous applause.
As Middlesex Masons we may laud ourselves on the Charitable achievements of our Province, but the work goes on and it is important to understand the dynamics of masonic charitable work and fundraising for the future.
Other areas that were covered pertained to Legacy Fundraising, Teddies for Loving Care and the Relief Chest Scheme along with presentations on Digital Technology and engaging with the Communities where we are situated.
This was particularly a feature of the work of individual Lodge and Chapters who identified where they could engage locally to support those in distress during the early part of the pandemic, especially during lockdown.
Members of the Province may rest assured that the Conference presenters were no doubt “vigorous” in their engagement with the delegates in ensuring that the strategies discussed might be implemented in a confident and professional manner.
It can be certain that both W Bros John Briggs and Alfie Buckland will bring home any new ideas with alacrity.
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