The Chisel Club is the Province of Devonshire’s New and Young Masons Club and it meets quarterly in Exeter, Torquay and will again in Plymouth. The club is a social club for its members, their families and our potential candidates. The ethos is to provide a relaxed social environment, in which our members can make new friends, ask questions about Freemasonry, and build relationships.
On top of our regional quarterly meetings, we aim to hold two Province wide social events per year, one in the summer and one in the winter.
The Quarterly Chisel Club Meeting where all areas meet for a larger event where friends and family are more than welcome.
For administrative purposes only, the candidate social evenings fall under the umbrella of The Chisel Club but they are not part of the club.
Quarterly Chisel Club Meetings
Integrating The Chisel Club's four meetings with the candidates meetings ensures that brethren get to know the Membership Team candidates. They can then be sure that the candidates will integrate well their lodges. It also allows the candidates the opportunity to meet more of their potential Lodge’s members.
The quarterly events will be held at the same venues as the Candidates' Social Events. These are supplemented by two additional, larger events, usually based on an activity such as paintballing, go-karting, etc. nominated and voted for by the members. Friends and family are welcome to the events too.
The Candidates' Social Evenings
"The Candidates' Social Evenings" held monthly in each membership area, are not open to all club members, these are limited to the candidates, the Lodges they have been assigned to and the Membership Team.
Devon is a large county and the Provincial Membership Team recognise that we will not cover the whole of the Province in these early days. As a result we have monthly social events being held in Exeter, Plymouth and Torbay. They are usually on a Saturday night and you can find out more information on our Social Events calendar.
We have also taken the step to utilise The Chisel Club administration as an important part of the Membership Team's candidate process. The process lasts twelve months for each of the candidates. It receives candidates via Grand Lodge, direct approach over the Internet and the shows which we attend. We also have some dealers who have recognised the importance of consistency and send their candidates into the process. When a Lodge does this then they are guaranteed their candidate will not be poached. Candidates must attend a social event each month. As such the team get to know the candidates properly. It also allows the candidate to display the commitment required by attending regular meetings.
The lodges to which the candidates are assigned must attend at least nine of the candidate meetings over the twelve-month period. They must send at least two Lodge members to each meeting to get to know the candidate. Ideally these will be the proposer and seconder. Candidates will then be joining lodges where they will know the members well.
Several Lodges have adopted the Membership process and worked with the team during the trial period. They have been able to reassure lodge members that the candidates are suitable for Lodge membership. We receive continuous positive feedback about this process and we know it works well.
Candidates who have been through the process are now introducing their own candidates. This has led to an increase in retention and a healthy future for the Province of Devonshire.