My name is Ron Carter, and I have the pleasure of being a volunteer manning the Mobile Display Unit (MDU) and Marquee for the Province of East Kent.
First, a bit of background about the MDU.
Our mobile display unit is out most weekends throughout the year, taking the message of Freemasonry to the communities around us.
It can often be seen in the busy High Streets around the Province and, along with the Exhibition Marquee, frequents summer fetes and other outdoor community events. In order to to so it needs volunteers.
Left, our Marquee. Below, The Display Board.
You may think that manning the events team MDU or Marquee sounds quite boring, let me assure you that it isn’t in fact it is quite the opposite. The people that you interact with can be amusing or offensive and anything in between.
The day starts with the setup of the equipment and the running battle between Stuart and the team as to who can arrive on site first, due to the traffic the team usually win. Stuart is our MDU driver and dedicates more time and effort than some of the volunteers, he is not a Freemason but would make an excellent one.
Following the delivery depending on the time, we go for breakfast. No better way to start the day!
We normally have a discussion about future events and plan the day ahead.
Being on the MDU is all about meeting people. Letting them know what Freemasonry is all about, getting the message that Freemasonry is open, the Charitable work we do and most importantly, how to join.
We meet many people form different ages, different backgrounds and most with differing views and ideas as to what Freemasonry is all about.
Meeting the wives and having a cup of tea with them is always a pleasure. It is so reassuring to know that even when a member of a lodge passes away, they are still remembered and their widows are still looked after. This has often been the case when, a wife of a departed member comes up to one of the team, and thanks them for the gift voucher they received at Christmas, the day out they had at the garden centre, the meal they had with other widows and the happy times their husbands had over the many years as a Freemason.
The satisfaction I get out of being an active member of the unit is indescribable, as you can see, I have met many people from different walks of life, some good, some not so. At the end of the day, comradery, friendship, fun and Freemasonry, make it all worthwhile.
Would you like to join the team? Become a member of a Lodge? Get in touch, hop over to www.justaskone.org and get in touch to find out more.