Te Responsibilities of a Proposer
Summary: Advice for Proposers & Seconders.
Proposing a candidate for Freemasonry is much more than signing his ‘Form P’, it is preparing him for his
initaton and supportng him through his early years as a Freemason. The aim of this short guide is to help
you assist him in becoming a long term, actve Freemason.
Prior to a Proposal
You should know the man concerned and believe he is an ideal candidate; or you would not be considering
proposing him. It is very important at this stage that he has a realistc appreciaton of the financial and
tme commitments in joining the fraternity. You will have explained how many Lodge meetngs are held in
your Lodge and added the possibility of visits to other Lodges, together with the need to atend Lodges of
Instructon (Lodges of Development) and social events. So that he understands joining the Lodge is much
more than atending a few meetngs per year.
Then there are the costs, joining fees, annual subscripton, dining fees, alms collectons, regalia and perhaps
clothes for himself and his partner.
When all this has been fully discussed and you are sure your candidate is fully informed and comfortable with
all this, it is prudent to check that his partner is also happy for him to become a Freemason.
Your Lodge may wish to interview the potental candidate, UGLE recommend a small unimposing team carry
this out and you as his proposer should accompany him for moral support.
Te Proposal
When you are ready to propose him, you should check with your Worshipful Master, Secretary and others.
• Is he known to others in your Lodge?
• Who will you get second your proposal? (someone who knows him, or someone who trusts your
judgement enough to second your proposal).
The Secretary should be able to brief you as to what to say and when, if you are not sure, but it is usually done
near the end of the meetng, either under ‘Proposals’ or a ‘General Heading’.
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Te Initiation
You should ensure your candidate arrives in good tme, as he will have a litle paperwork to complete and
your Treasurer will require payment of fees. You should ensure that he is correctly dressed; a black or dark
suit, white shirt (no tee shirt underneath), black te, black socks and black shoes. You should advise him that
he will be asked to remove all his jewellery, money and metal objects, and that he will be prompted with
any responses he is expected to make. Emphasise that this is an experience shared by every Freemason, the
world-over, and is meant to be uplifing, inspiring and above all enjoyed!
Te Festive Board
You will probably be expected to propose a short toast to the Initate, which will need to be prepared well in
advance. It’s being purpose is simply to introduce the new member to the brethren.
You may want to share your introductory remarks with him, and help him with his response; especially in
relaton to the ‘start and finish’, i.e. ‘Worshipful Master and Brethren … W Bro…, I thank you for that very kind
toast and you brethren for the way you received it’.
It might also be helpful to write out what is expected. No-one wants or expects him to say any more than
that. He will get plenty of chances to prove his toast-making prowess as he progresses.
Te Future
As his Proposer, you have a duty to guide, assist and generally encourage him as he progresses through his
own Masonic Journey, in conjuncton with the Lodge Mentor, Lecture Master and the Director of Ceremonies.
If he is atending a meetng in a degree above, you should ensure he is accompanied, and if necessary
accompany him when he is asked to leave the Lodge. You should also encourage him to visit other Lodges,
and whenever possible accompany him; especially on any early visits.
You should also encourage him to atend LOI’s, rehearsals, Instructonal evenings, ‘Light-Blue’ gatherings,
events and outngs; so as to help him to make an advancement in Masonic knowledge.
When he is invited to read a nugget, deliver a piece of ritual or take-office, check that he is ready and not
being pressured. Similarly, when he is asked to join the Royal Arch, or some other order, and he will be, again
check that he is ready and willing. Also, go over the additonal tme and financial commitments with him.
We all want your new-made brother to progress through the officers to the Master’s Chair and stay in
Freemasonry untl age or infirmity prevents it. Surveys by the United Grand Lodge of England have identfied
that a percentage of new-made Masons leave because they did not fully realise what they were joining, or
did not understand what is happening in the ceremonies. We should do everything possible to help them
prepare; help them understand; help them to get the most from their Masonic experience; and help and
support them to develop as Masons and members of the wider community.
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PAPER: Te Responsibilities of a Proposer
Recommended use of Papers
Papers offer a simple, direct means of advancement in a partcular aspect of Masonic knowledge. They can
be used in a variety of ways:
• Read at home for private study
• Shared for pre-reading by members of a discussion group
• Read aloud in Lodge or Chapter, or in an LOI/COI/new members forum
Followed by ‘any questons’
As a precursor to a discussion (in which case much more tme is needed, possibly more than
double that allocated to the paper itself)
Supported by audio-visual aids, if necessary
They can be delivered by a single person or split into bite-sized pieces and read by multple presenters (in
which case, the speaker(s) should have read and practced the delivery of the paper beforehand).
*Note: All biblical passages are taken from the Authorized King James version unless otherwise specified.
If the paper is to be used to introduce a discussion, the presenter will need to have thought about the
material, done a litle research, and prepared some open questons to engage with the audience. Kipling’s
dictum can be of help in preparing open questons, which should begin with one of his ‘serving men’, as
follows: ‘I keep six honest serving men (they taught me all I knew). Their names are, What and Why and
When and How and Where and Who’. Rudyard Kipling
If used as part of an event, the paper should be advertsed and promoted by way of trailers, flyers and
announcements, in summonses, leters, emails, notce boards, and on social media.
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UGLE gratefully acknowledges Stephen W. Rand as the author of this document and for his permission to
publish it in this form.
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