Tomorrow evening, 26th October at 19.00 GMT, I will be delivering the inaugural Mike Baker Memorial Lecture, “How to grow the membership of your Mark Lodge”, for the Mark Province of Kent. By the kind permission of the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Archie Torrance, brethren from recognised constitutions are very welcome.
W Bro. Mike Baker passed away unexpectedly on 23rd April this year. He was very well known in English Freemasonry, across our Provinces and Districts, as a talented and hardworking communicator. Having worked in sales and marketing at the Royal Mail, Mike joined United Grand Lodge as Director of Communications in 2013. I got to know him soon afterwards and we worked together on a number of projects. At the time of his death he was enjoying working for Mark Masons’ Hall as a communications consultant. We had membership of one Lodge in common, Letchworth Lodge No. 3505 in London. I was proud to call Mike a friend and miss his good humour, his love for communication and the banter we often exchanged.
Mike was Initiated in Kynaston Studd Lodge No. 5416 in London and joined Petts Wood Lodge No. 5435 in West Kent. He served as a Metropolitan Grand Standard Bearer and then as Social Media Manager for Metropolitan Grand Lodge. He was Exalted in Tothill Fields Chapter No. 6638 and joined Petts Wood Chapter No. 5435, where he was the MEZ at the time of his passing. He was appointed PAGDC in United Grand Lodge in 2015 and an active AGDC in Supreme Grand Chapter in 2017.
In the Mark he was Advanced into Orpington Lodge M.M.M. No. 1083 and was a joining member of Kent Mark Stewards’ Lodge No. 1691 and Greenwich Lodge M.M.M. 332. He was appointed P.A.G.D.C. in the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons in 2019.
The lectureship has been established by R.W.Bro. Archie Torrance, Provincial Grand Master for the Mark Province of Kent, with the kind permission of Tina, Mike’s wife. I am sure Mike would have felt honoured if bemused by a lectureship named after him. As for what he would have thought of my appointment as the first lecturer, I imagine it would have lead to some strong banter!
What I do know is that Mike would have been very pleased with the topic, as membership growth was a passion of his and a subject that he and I worked on together.
Rest in peace, Mike. You truly marked well.
Other talks this week
Also, in this coming week I am delivering the following talks:
27th October, “Seven habits of highly successful Lodges”, for Vastern Lodge No. 8977 and the Province of Wiltshire.
28th October, “The narrative and symbolic links between the Craft, Mark & Royal Arch”, for the Mark Province of Devonshire.
29th October, “The Royal Arch: what is it all about?”, for the Royal Arch Province of Cheshire.
You can see other talks I am scheduled to deliver here.
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