|GRAND COMMANDER/STATE EDITOR KT MAGAZINE SUPPLEMENT GUIDELINES|
Statement of Purpose:
The primary function of the supplement should be to convey news of state Templar and/or Masonic events, both past and upcoming, to the membership; secondly, to convey the organization’s mission and goals and the Grand Commander’s personal vision on how to accomplish them; thirdly, the limited inclusion of short anecdotes and/or inspirational items.
1. Novice or inexperienced writers should select or retain the State Editor, and work with him to practice writing supplements while serving as Deputy Grand Commander.
2. Find an experienced writer to act as a coach - Templar, relative, or teacher.
3. Participate in break-out supplement sessions at Department Conferences.
4. Consider and treat the monthly supplement as an opportunity to communicate to all S.K.s in jurisdiction simultaneously and with zero cost.
5. Treat the supplement as a valuable asset to be maximized.
6. Due to limited space in the supplement, the Editor may find it advisable to abridge submissions or break them into smaller parts to use over several months.
7. Photos and/or other graphics may be used to enhance the narrative. Artwork minimum resolution is 300 DPI, and may be in color.
1. Supplements submitted as PDF file on Mitchell-Fleming Web-site, usually by Editor.
2. Deadline four (4) weeks prior to publication, (i.e., July supplement would be submitted June 1).
3. The four (4) week deadline requires planning discipline. November Thanksgiving message would be written in late September.
4. Two pages (~500-600 Words).
5. Size 12 font Recommended, size 10 Minimum.
6. Look professional -Spell and Grammar Check articles.
7. When deciding on material to include in the supplement, preference should always be given to items relating to Templar activities in the state.
The supplements can be roughly classed as follows, and over the 12 month term all should be used. Individual supplements can incorporate elements of two or even three of them.
1. News Story (Front page of newspaper)
Use for one-time special events. (e.g., in 2015 PA laid a wreath at the DC Tomb of the Unknowns)
Minimize publishing routine recurring banquet announcements.
Avoid wasting entire page publishing event registration forms.
2. Leadership / Management (Business section of newspaper)
Present Grand Commander programs or initiatives.
Clearly state the WHO, WHAT, WHEN and WHY of the program.
(e.g., In 2016 the Grand Commandery of X will be focusing on maximizing use of the YRIS system by Grand Officers, Division Commanders, and constituent officers, to insure every S.K. in X will receive the KT Magazine, and dues cards in a timely manner.
Follow-up with articles tracking progress.
3. Editorial or Human Interest (Editorial page or Sunday “Parade”)
Holiday or inspirational messages.
Masonic related personal tales of wide interest.
(e.g., Gen and Bro. Doolittle Tokyo raid, but probably not Bro. Smith from My Commandery was promoted to E-3.)
4. Items That Should Probably NOT be Included
Items for sale
Forms for event reservations, event schedules, etc.
Campaign ads for Masonic and/or non-Masonic offices candidates
Historical items already published elsewhere
STATE SUPPLEMENT GUIDELINES MARSHALL & ROWE JAN 2016