Considering what would be an appropriate collective noun for a group of Almoners various words came up such as a  'discretion'  or perhaps an Altruism or a Kindness would also fill the bill too.  A bit of history, which was gleaned from Warwickshire Province (Craft), about the role as follows; 'The Almoner was traditionally a chaplain or church officer who was in charge of distributing money to the deserving poor. For many years, before the introduction of the office of Charity Steward, it was the lodge Almoner who collected the alms as well as distributing them. The Almoner plays a vital part in the life of every lodge by keeping in touch with all lodge members, especially those who for various reasons are unable to attend Lodge. With people now living longer, and typically remaining in their own homes, the work of the Almoner will continue to expand.

An Almoner’s flock is not simply restricted to lodge members but also includes dependents and widows. When times are hard with financial or medical issues, he needs to ensure that the individual is fully aware of what is available from the State as well as how the Masonic Charitable Foundation may also be able to help. Once such cases are identified, they are passed to the Provincial Almoners in each degree who can provide support, guidance and advice to all lodge Almoners, as well as managing various petitions for assistance.'

Thinking about the term 'discretion' for Almoners is due to the Almoner's work and role being carried out quietly, behhind the scenes and is often unsung. An Almoner needs to be an adviser, supporter and friend. Crucially, they also need to detect that help is required in the first place. Almoners at any level embody the spirit of Freemasonry; their community work is not performed for show but because of a concern for others.
 
The Almoners of our Mark Province are examples of those important qualities and were thanked by the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Peter Balsom and W.Bro. Dennis Challis for all that they do and continue to do for our order. As a consequence of the successful turn out and an enthusiastic atmosphere, W.Bro. Dennis plans to hold another gathering later in the year.
 
Words: W.Bro. Nicholas White (with thanks to Warwickshire), W.Bro. Chris Elliott (Twitter feed). W.Bro Dennis Challis. Provincial Almoner.
 
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