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Now That Your Chapter Has Decided To Invite A Speaker

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THE FOLLOWING POINTS SHOULD BE OBSERVED:

  • Plan the program as far in advance as you can.
  • send the invited speaker a letter of invitation as far in advance as possible.
  • Be sure he is aware of the expected length of his presentation.
  • If there is a time restriction make sure the speaker is aware of it.
  • Most important - do not hold him to the last of a long program. The audience will loose their zest for anything that runs too long.
  • Be sure you know as much as you can about the speaker and have him suitably introduced.
  • Advise him of the-type of meeting or occasion he will be attending. Is he presenting his talk in tiled chapter or at the festive board? Will there be non masons or ladies present? Is it formal or casual?
  • When the speaker arrives make him feel welcome - introduce him to brethren so that he meets some of his audience beforehand.
  • If possible provide him with a lectern and have him speak from the elevated east so everyone can hear him.
  • Do not tape his presentation unless you get his permission.
  • Thank the speaker and have a suitable letter of appreciation sent.