Background & thoughts of a

3rd Provincial Grand Principle

Meet your 3rd Provincial Grand Principle and the Assistant to the Principles Designate, of the Holy Royal Arch of East Kent.

John Baker

John Baker

3rd Provincial Grand Principal. Holy Royal Arch

My overwhelming aspiration for the future of the Royal Arch in this Province is that every Craft Mason is sufficiently aware of the Order and its importance to the completion of Pure Ancient Masonry, that they able to make a valued judgement about joining it, at a time and in a Chapter that is right for them. I believe that if we maintain our focus on retaining the Companions we already have and enthusing those who are not members about the Order, we will encourage more to join it and, as a consequence, will achieve our overall aim of achieving an increase in membership.

Each member of the Provincial Executive is working hard to promote the Order and ensure that Candidates for exaltation are fully prepared to become members of it and that they are fully supported once they’re in it. Chapter Liaison Officers, Chapter Almoner/Membership Officers and their respective Co-ordinators are also investing a great deal of effort to make this happen. As time progresses, I believe as we move forward that all Companions will increasingly be able to maximise their enjoyment of the Order and maintain a commitment to remain part of it.

Our journey to success will be challenging, there is no magic solution that will help us to get where we want to be; there is no ‘silver bullet’, but if we all work together, I believe we will succeed in making our Royal Arch community happy, vibrant and something we are proud to be part of.  

Early Life and Education

John was born at Ruckinge on the edge of Romney Marsh in 1947 and just about qualifies to be a “Marshy”, He attended Maidstone Technical High School (now Oakwood Grammar School) from 1958, leaving in 1964 to train as an engineer at CAV Ltd in Rochester, as was common practice at the time he attended night school at Mid Kent College to study for an HND qualification in mechanical engineering. He returned to the college in the 1980’s for a number of years as a Part-Time Lecturer in Manufacturing Engineering.

 

Professional Career

After serving a Technician Apprenticeship he worked as a Toolmaker before becoming an Instructor in the CAV Engineering Training Centre, which was followed by a number of other roles in Training and HR, leading to an appointment as Training Manager in 1986. He left Lucas in 1993 to take up the role of Managing Director at KITA Ltd, an HR and Training Consultancy based in Sittingbourne; in 2000 he set up his own company – Stacks Consulting Ltd – an HR Consultancy working with a wide range of organisations providing organisational and management development support in the public and private sectors, during this time he qualified as a Managing Assessor for the Investors in People Standard and was responsible for overseeing the assessment of many large organisations, such as the UK Border Force, KCC, Medway Council and the Royal Navy, he has since retired but maintains an interest in the HR sector.

 Community Service

E Comp John has contributed to the local community in a number of ways, he has been a Trustee of Swale Council for Voluntary Service for 25 years and its Chairman since 2004, he is also President of the Sittingbourne and Milton Division of St John Ambulance, He was a long standing Governor of the Robert Napier School in Gillingham, until it became part of an Academy Trust, and a Governor of the Howard School in Gillingham in the late eighties and early nineties. He has also been President of the Rotary Club of Sittingbourne and Milton on two occasions, and is a past Chairman of the North Kent Board of Young Enterprise and was Chairman of the Kent Association of Training Organisation during the 1990’s. He has been involved with the East Kent Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity since it was established in 2010 and proud of its success it is helping disadvantaged young people throughout the Province

 Masonic Career

Craft

John was initiated into the Per Mare Per Terram Lodge No 3609 on the 16th May 1987 and became Worshipful Master in 1996. He is a joining member of Mid Kent Masters Lodge No 3173, East Kent Scriveners lodge No 9622 and The Pentalpha Lodge of East Kent No 8535. He was appointed as PGStB in 2010 and promoted to PAGDC in 2018, he holds the provincial rank of PPrGSwdB.

 Royal Arch

Exalted into the Per Mare Per Terram Chapter No 3609 on 11th July 1989, John became MEZ in 2000. He is a joining member of the Provincial Grand Stewards Chapter of East Kent No 5866 and the East Kent First Principals Chapter No 3931. E Comp John received the Grand Rank of Part Assistant Grand Standard Bearer in 2016 and was appointed Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals for the Province of East Kent in May of the same year at which time he was given specific responsibility for membership of the Royal Arch in East Kent. He was promoted to 3rd Provincial Grand Principal in 2018 and continues to maintain overall responsibility for membership.

 Married to Maureen, they have 4 children and 5 Grandchildren, who between them continue to take up a considerable amount of their time. His hobbies include collecting old Dinky toys, gardening and woodturning.

 

 

Terance Anthony McGlone

Terance Anthony McGlone

Assistant to the Principals Designate

Born in Liverpool I moved to Margate in 1978 following the closure of the Triumph Motor Company in Speke. I changed careers and studied to become a Chartered Secretary and for 25 years worked in the City and became Director of Support Services in Community Services for the Corporation of London. I was initiated into the Union Lodge No.127 in 1993 and was Master in 2005. I recently stepped down as Secretary after 10 years. I am also Secretary of the Old Ruymian Lodge No.8391, Ramsgate; Scribe E of Thanet First Principals Chapter No.8918; Alfred Wootton Chapter No.127 and a member of the East Kent Provincial Grand Stewards Chapter No.5866 .

In January 2016 I was appointed Group Chairman of Area 8 (Thanet) lodges and chapters and worked to get the new structure in place and build an effective team and in 2017 I was appointed Provincial Senior Grand Warden.

New Job, New Challenge

In May I am due to be appointed as an Assistant To The Principals with the remit of Recovery Manager for the Holy Royal Arch. I will be settling into the role straight away and I am looking forward to working with my fellow companions.  Recruitment and retention of members is a major issue in freemasonry and it will continue to be so as the competing demands on the time of our brethren and companions lead them to making difficult choices.

 My role will be to work with chapters, officers and companions to review what actions might be taken by them to encourage companions to remain in the chapter or to rejoin. It will not be an easy task but it will be worthwhile.  Terry

What is a Red Table Meeting?

A ‘Red Table’ meeting takes the form of three short presentations followed by a question and answer session, which in total last for approximately one hour, after which there is the opportunity for further discussion both at the bar and the Festive Board, at which the seating is arranged to allow Craft Masons and Royal Arch Companions to dine and talk together.

Red table Meetings are becomming increasingly popular with both Lodge (Blue table meeting) and Chapters (Red table meetings), as a means of informing and enthusing members of the Craft about the Holy Royal Arch and encouraging them to join.