The Scouts annual Gilwell Reunion, always held the first weekend in September, went virtual this year, with the Kindred Lodges Association running a workshop on Scouting and Freemasonry.
This weekend every year my family attends the Gilwell Reunion, the annual event for adults in Scouting. The Covid-19 pandemic prevented us all gathering in person at Gilwell Park, so it all happened online. A big ‘thank you’ must go to The Scout Association for making this happen and providing such a rich variety of entertainment, workshops, interviews, networking events and sheer fun. All on Zoom and Facebook.
It won’t surprise you to know that I did a talk and Q&A on Scouting and Freemasonry on behalf of the Kindred Lodges Association. We had 65 turn up for the session at 5.00 pm on the Saturday and the response was excellent. Some great questions and some things for the KLA to think about as development opportunities.
Christine Chapman, Grand Master of Freemasonry for Women (HFAF), and Sylvia Major, Grand Secretary of the Order of Women Freemasons, were with us on our panel – a great example of Masonic collaboration.
My only regret was that I could not attend the get together of the Gilwell Fellows, which was scheduled at the same time.
Looking ahead, my upcoming talks can be found at https://prestonian2012.org.uk/upcoming-talks/. I am taking a few days off from giving talks, to concentrate on reading and writing. My next talk is “Seven habits of highly successful Lodges” on Friday, 11th September, for Shropshire’s Solomon Group. Before then I also have a board meeting for the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF).
Have a good week.
Onwards and upwards!