Charity is one of the cornerstones of Freemasonry
Philip Preston is the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, he reports to David Winder, Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master.
Through the charity stewards structure, Philip’s key aim is to develop knowledge of its possibilities and engender the enthusiasm and interest of the brethren, in the exercise of their duty of Masonic and non-Masonic giving.
Philip is supported by seven regional charity stewards and 22 group charity stewards.
REGIONAL CHARITY STEWARD’S
Regional charity steward’s are ex-officio member of their respective group executives. They provide direct support to the group and more particularly, individual lodge and chapter charity stewards.
In addition, they seek to identify projects which might benefit from a degree of coordinated giving between lodges, chapters and groups.
They should become an authoritative adviser on fundraising and its objects, for Masonic and non-Masonic giving, for the group charity stewards, lodges and chapters who may consult him. He will be expected to liaise with and keep informed the Assistant Provincial Grand Masters and group chairmen in his area. The RCS will also be expected to play a leading role in any Provincial charity projects.
Furness and South Lakeland, Lancaster and Preston Groups.
North Fylde, South Fylde and Blackpool Groups.
Southport, Ormskirk and Bootle Groups and Leyland.
Wigan, Leigh, and St Helens and Prescot Groups, and Chorley.
South East Group, Warrington and Eccles Groups
Liverpool Group and Woolton.
Gladstone and Widnes Groups and Garston.
GROUP CHARITY STEWARD’S
The group charity steward is responsible to the regional charity steward for his particular group. The GCS is a Provincial appointment, however, a key requirement is an ability to work closely with his fellow group officers.
The group charity steward should provide for the lodges and chapters within the group and for the group itself, information, encouragement and advice on fundraising. He should be knowledgeable on the most effective and productive means of doing so and keep an advisory eye on the balance between Masonic and non-Masonic giving.
He should liaise with the group chairman and the local group publicity officer with regard to fundraising and its results and how such giving can be presented to the advantage of all concerned.
The group charity steward is an ex officio member of his group and is expected to provide a report to and attend each of the group executive meetings. He will also be expected to be a stimulating coordinator of any Provincial charity projects.
Furness and South Lakeland Group.
North Fylde Group.
Ormskirk and Bootle Group.
South Eastern Group.
South Fylde Group.
St Helens and Prescot Group.