Michael (Mike) Karn became a Freemason in 1987 and was initiated in Feltham Lodge No. 7307 in the Province of Middlesex. Following a successful professional career from which he retired in 1995, he began to spend more time with the organisation he had come to enjoy - Freemasonry. This was a time when Masonry was perhaps unnecessarily secretive and he was unable to find answers to the many questions he had. So, he began to research and find his own answers, which eventually led to him writing and presenting Masonic talks in lodges.
He joined the Temple of Athene Lodge No. 9541, the Middlesex Masonic Research Lodge, in 2004 and began to write and present more in-depth papers. Mike became Provincial Grand Orator for Middlesex, during which time he created many presentations and visited lodges both in Middlesex and the surrounding Provinces. He also became a member of a team, writing orations for the Grand Lodge Oration Scheme. To date, he has written many Masonic papers for presentation and articles for publication and has had two books published. Much of his time is spent these days presenting lectures in Middlesex and other Provinces, and from donations received for these presentations, he has raised a great deal of money for charitable purposes.
In 2014 he was awarded the Norman B. Spencer essay prize by the Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076, the UGLE Premier Lodge of Masonic Research for his essay on Freemasonry and the Great War and became a member of the Lodge in 2016.
Retirement from his professional career in 1995 also allowed him more time to enjoy another of his main interests - music. He has always had a love of music, having played the piano and guitar since boyhood, and has sung in a number of choirs. In 1998 he was a founder member of The David Bonner Lodge No. 9678, a musicians’ Lodge. He has in more recent years played the organ for many lodges and chapters and is at present Provincial Grand Organist of the Middlesex Mark Province.
Mike is a senior Freemason, being a member of lodges and chapters in Middlesex and London. He is a Grand Officer in the Craft, and a Grand Officer and Provincial Grand Principal in the Royal Arch. Apart from other Masonic duties in Middlesex, such as the creation of a Masonic Library and organising the Annual Cathedral Thanksgiving Service, he is also actively involved in other Masonic Orders.