The well-being of a Lodge largely depends upon its Secretary. He has a unique position in it, with multidimensional reflections. The Secretary undertakes almost continuous year-long responsibility amidst his numerous livelihood chores. In the past, many Secretaries used to be permanent officers of the Lodges, with the benefits that an experienced Secretary would manage the affairs of the Lodge smoothly, but current thinking is that no one should serve for more than two years so that junior members can involve themselves in Lodge affairs. The newcomers to this office often lack experience and this book is written with this background in mind: to provide guidance on the one hand and to help introduce modern management tools on the other. Each major topic which needs some action on the part of the Secretary is given a chapter. Checklists of activities relevant to each chapter are appended at the end of the chapter with cells against each activity to mark the date on which the activity is completed. The general principles in this practical guide hold good for the side degrees as well, with only minor and contextual modifications.
Gordon Hunt was initiated into Craft Masonry in the St. Anselm Lodge No 5166 in March 1976 and became Master in 1983. In 1992 he was appointed Secretary of Archimedean Lodge, a post he held for eight years and was again appointed Secretary in 2008, an office he still holds. He was honoured with London Grand Rank in 1999 and promoted to Senior London Grand Rank in 2009. He has been First Principal of two Royal Arch Chapters in London, Duke of Cornwall Chapter No 1839 and Archimedean Chapter No 3613, in the former of which he currently holds the office of Scribe E. He was honoured with London Grand Chapter Rank in 2009. He is active in other Masonic Orders in London and Hertfordshire including holding Active Provincial Rank in KT and the office of Registrar in The Military Lodges Preceptory No 300.