A Presiding Master’s Ready Reference
Bro. Wayne T. Adamrundel Lodge No. 7997

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
I wish to thank the many people who have helped me in threparation of this manual. Some sections such as the section on “How To Get Mew Members Involved” are minlone. Other sections were taken wholly from others such as the letteo the new Masons wife which was written by Bro. Alan J. Morgan. All suctems were extensively adapted for Maine and for our usage most particularl series of items written by Bro. Thomas Ard of the Grand Lodge of California. I thank Bros. Walter Macdougall, Brian Paradis and Norris Dwyer for their suggestionhich greatly improved this Handbook. And finally, I thank my secretary, Karen Schiegel, who is becoming quite knowledgeable about Masonry in Maine

Bro. Wayne T. Adams

INTRODUCTION
This Handbook is part of a project of the Committee on Masoniducation and Lodge Services to make available to the Craft both new materialnd materials which have been published in the past but which have becomated. “HIRAM’S HANDBOOK” is a companion to “Hiram Drummond’s Trestleboard“. The Trestleboard is a planning guide for Senior Wardens preparing foheir year in the East. This Handbook is tool especially designed fohe Master who wants to be an inspiring leader and an efficient manager. Because each Lodge is different and each Master unique, the material presentes not intended as a template to be imposed on your administration, bus suggestions for consideration and adaptation. Study and reflect upot. Share it with your officers. Keep it handy in your briefcase.

Contents
How You as Master Can …

1 Be a Good Leader INTRODUCTION
MANAGEMENRINCIPLES TO REMEMBER
AUTHORITs. LEADERSHIP
THE BUCTOPS WITHYOU
BUILDING YOUEAM
HOW TO DELEGATE
FOLLOW UP
TRAININOUR OFFICERS
MAKE YOUODGE KNOWN
MANAGINOUR MOST VALUABLE ASSET
2 Establish Goalnd Objectives HOO ESTABLISH YOUR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
PLANNING:
THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS

DIRECTION
3 Organize the Financiaesources your Lodge THE NEED FOR UDGET
THUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEEE
INVOLVINHE MEMBERSHIP
HOO STAY WITHIN YOUR BUDGET
PLAN AHEAD
HANDLINNEXPECTED EXPENSES
BUDGET LIMITS
AUTHORIZEXPENDITURES
DUEND DUES COLLECTION
DETERMININHE INITIATION FEE
DETERMININHE AMOUNT OF DUES
WAYO COLLECT DELINOUENT DUES
UES INCREASE – HOW TO SELL IT
INVESTMENTND MAXIMIZING YOUR INCOME
4 Prepare Your Lodgudget RESOURCES
FIXEOSTS OR NON-DISCRETIONARY EXPENSES
NON-FIXEXPENDITURES OR PROGRAM BUDGET
PROJECT’
AND PROGRAM CHOICES

MATCHINROGRAM COSTS AND AVAILABLE RESOURCES
ALTERNATIVEANS OF PROGRAM FUNDING
FINALIZINHE PLAN
SAMPLE LODGUDGET
5 Put Together eam OFFICERS
RECRUITMENT
COMMITTEES
THE MASONIAMILY
6 Set Your Officero Work With Proper Instructions SUGGESTEUTIES FOR A WORSHIPFUL MASTER
SUGGESTEUTIES FOR A SENIOR WARDEN
SUGGESTEUTIES FOR A JUNIOR WARDEN
SUGGESTEUTIES FOR A TREASURER
SUGGESTEUTIES FOR A SECRETARY
SUGGESTEUTIES FOR A SENIOR DEACON
SUGGESTEUTIES FOR A JUNIOR DEACON
SUGGESTEUTIES FOR A CHAPLAIN
SUGGESTEUTIES FOR A SENIOR STEWARD
SUGGESTEUTIES FOR A JUNIOR STEWARD
SUGGESTEUTIES FOR A MARSHAL
SUGGESTEUTIES FOR A TILER
SUGGESTEUTIES FOR A HEAD CANDIDATE COACH
7 Get New Membernvolved BROTHERLOVE
RELIEF
8 Communicate Effectively VERBAOMMUNICATIONS
WRITTEOMMUNICATIONS
PERSONAOMMUNICATIONS
9 Write a Good Letter
Sample Letters
COMMITEN INQUIRY
SECRETARO ACCEPTED CANDIDATE
MASTEO THE ACCEPTED CANDIDATE
MASTEO THE CANDIDATE’S WIFE
MASTEO THE NEWLY INITIATED ENTERED APPRENTICE
MASTEO WIFE OF ENTERED APPRENTICE
MASTEO THE NEWLY PASSED FELLOWCRAFT
MASTEO THE NEWLY RAISED MASTER MASON
JUNIOARDEN TO THE NEWLY RAISED MASTER MASON
MASTEO THE NEWLY AFFILIATED MEMBER
SECRETARO NEWLY AFFILIATED MEMBER
SECRETARO NEWLY AFFILIATED DUAL MEMBER
SECRETARO NEWLY AFFILIATED DUAL MEMBER
MASTEO A MEMBER DELINQUENT IN HIS DUES
MASTER TO IDOW
10 Make Your Trestleboarore Interesting TRESTLEBOARPPEARANCE
IDEAOR TRESTLEBOARD ARTICLES
WHEO START COLLECTING IDEAS
GETTING ORGANIZED
THE MASTER MESSAGE
TRESTLEBOARELPERS
TIMINE SCHEDULE FOR PRINTING
11 Set Up a Telephonree TELEPHONOMMITEE
12 Run a Good Busineseeting STATEEETINGS
DEGREE – MEETINGS
COMMIITEE/OFFICEEETINGS
13 Receive the Districeputy HOO… RECEIVE THE DISTRICT DEPUTY
14 Arrange Interestinrograms LOCATION
MENU
PUBLICITY
PHOTOGRAPHER
ENTERTAINMENT
MASTEF CEREMONIES
DECORATIONS
SET UP ANLEAN UP
SERVERS
RESERVATIONS
MASOF THE YEAR AWARD CERTIFICATE
AGENDA
15 Organize Lodgctivities ACTIVITIES
MASONIC EDUCATION
PLANNINN ACTIVITY
SAMPLE PROGRAMS
16 Make an Evenhecklist WHAS A GOOD EVENT
PLANNING
BASILEMENTS OF STAGING AN EVENT
17 Organize a Fellowshiight TWELVIMPLE (but essential) STEPS FOR ASSURING
18 Apply to the Masonioundation for Relief APPLICATIOOR RELIEF
19 Conduct a Masoniemorial Service HOO CONDUCT A MASONIC MEMORIAL SERVICE

APPENDIX A – Robert’s Rules of Order
APPENDIX B – Stated Meeting Checklist
APPENDIX C – Sample Lodge Programs
APPENDIX D – Budget Form Blank