We’ve got a bit of an issue within the Lodge at the moment. We have several members who are new, most of whom are currently on the Stewards bench, and some of whom have yet to take their 3rd degree. We have a couple of ‘vacancies’ in the Lodge offices, these are currently filled by Past Masters who have no desire to progress but who are happy to fill in.
One of these vacancies is the position of Senior Deacon. We have 3 Master Masons to call on for our next Installation meeting but all have been raised within the last few months. Personally I don’t think it’s fair to push a new Master Mason to Junior Deacon, let alone Senior Deacon but there is pressure to do so. The brethren concerned have yet to prove themselves with the ritual and I think it’s too much too soon to put them in the Deacon’s offices.
Freemasonry isn’t a race but it is a fine balancing act trying to encourage enthusiastic members whilst at the same time not rushing them forwards, which ultimately will be to the detriment of both the Lodge and the individual.