I trust this finds all the Taranaki Brethren and families well and not too “stir crazy” given the current situation.
Just to keep you up to date as to what has been and is happening in the district.
As most are aware Manaia and Patea are merging with events going forward apace. Congratulations to W. Bro. N.A. (Alan) Johnston, P.G.Swd.B. on his taking the reins as Master of Patea Kilwinning No.18 for this interesting period, great to have an experienced helmsman overseeing the course.
With the ‘lockdown’ there will be a backlog of events to handle once the lodges are again operational and I would ask the Lodges to be patient as we catch up on the outstanding business.
The Taranaki Masonic Trust is not meeting at this time and given the write-down in assets owing to Covid19, we will have to see where we are at as and when. I am aware that there are applications and again these will be processed at the earliest opportunity. The District Charity Officer and Grand Almoner are both available should needs arise for members.
Going forward, I am pleased to advise that W.Bro. Roger Gregory has again taken the reins as Dist. G.D.C. subject to investiture and congratulations to W.Bro. R.H. Marshall who is to be invested as Grand Steward.
At this time, it is a good opportunity to keep in touch with each other by ‘phone or text and of course, especially for Lodge Officers, to hone the ceremonial duties of their respective offices and to learn any particular charge/address they may be interested in.
You will note that on the National Website, there is a regular update from our G.M. and likewise, your Dist.G.M. will provide local information.
The Divisional G.M. and the respective Dist.G.M.s meet via conference call every week so as to inform brethren of developments.
Please do not hesitate to ring if there are any concerns.
Best regards and take care.