March looks like not slowing down, we have our first District meeting on the Thursday 23rd of March at the Lodge rooms in Phillips Street Johnsonville, Time 7pm. this is our first District meeting of the year and is open to all District 19 Brethren.
On Tuesday 28th March Bro Stephen Bell will be installed in to the Chair at New Zealand Pacific Lodge No2, I would like to see a good turnout at this meeting to support Stephen on his big day.
As i put pen to paper with great joy, the first week of Feb has turned out to be a great start for 3 of the Lodges in our District.
On the 1st Feb Ngatiawa-Russell 345. I attended the Initiation of Bro Jimmy Lin a young man who i'm sure will enjoy his Lodge & Freemasonary.
The 4th Feb I was privlaged to witness and welcome Brother Lawerence Mallari take his first step in Freemasonary at the Coronation lodge 127.
On the 7th Feb i was welcomed into Aquarius lodge 466 by the Worshipful Master W/broJohn Irwin to witness Bro Julius Capilitan take his first step in Freemasonary.
It is great to witness these bright young men become masons, which bodes well for their Lodges and for the District.
Recently at the December Christmas meeting at Lodge Mana, I had the great privilege to present W/Bro Henry Child RH with his certificate and Roll Of Honour Badge. This was a well and worthy honour to be awarded to W/Bro Henry Child RH for his dedication and hard work serving as chairman of the Windana Hall company & as Lodge Almoner spanning over the numerous years.
It was fantastic to see the number of brethren and their wives attending and also including lodge widows who really enjoyed the evening and a fantastic Christmas dinner.
It was also great to see MW/Bro John Litton & and his wife Diana who attended Christmas dinner. MW/Bro Litton who is a member of Lodge Mana No352, gave an entertaining rendition of memories of himself and Henry as they followed each other through the chairs at Lodge Mana.
On the 12th of December 2016 the lodge will be celebrating their Christmas dinner with a difference.
The two other Masonic orders Royal Arch & Rose Croix, will combine with the Blue Lodge in a get together at the refectory to a sit down dinner and celebrate the spirit Christmas with lodge widows, family and friends.
At this special meeting the District Grand Master will present Bro Ian Mark with his 50 year badge.
Bro Ian has diligently served both the Blue Lodge & Rose Croix chapter as Almoner for many years in the craft. Ian has asked specifically for this event to be the highlight of his Masonic career which he relishes in his benevolent nature.
The Christmas function for members of Lodge Tawera-O-Kapiti on Saturday, the 26th of November at the Otaihanga Boating Club was a “Special Occasion” for some of the guests of the evening. VW Bro Merv Johnston District Grand Master and a member of our Lodge presented wives of Almoners with their own badges. Such being to recognise the work they undertake with members partners widows and others in the community in assisting the Lodge almoners in the work the latter undertake for each Lodge. Almoners work is normally quietly undertaken but the assistance undertaken by the ladies in this area is
“under the radar.” It was to reflect this work that VW Bro Johnston undertook this very pleasant duty.
Mrs Denise Johnston pinning the badge onto Mrs Anna Kennett the wife of W Bro Murray Kennett the present Master of Lodge Tawera-O-Kapiti No 253
VW Bro Johnston, presenting the badge to VW Bro Keith Knox Past GC on behalf of his wife Mrs Gill Knox who was unable to attend, being in Auckland for a Council meeting of the New Zealand Genealogical Society. In the background Mrs Anna Kennett, listening very attentively to VW Bro Johnston.
The third recipient Mrs Raewyn Lawry, wife of Bro Bruce Lawry almoner for Lodge Waikanae No 433, was also absent and a presentation will be made to Mrs Lawry in recognition of her work at a later date.
24.11.2016. Brethren Denise and I accompanied by RWBro Marshall Scott and wife June had a fantastic weekend in Wellington with the sun finally shining through after all the drama in the early part of the week of (Earthquakes & Floods) etc.
In writing this snippet a resounding accolade must go to the Installation organising team in and in particular RWBro Jim Watt our Divisional Grand Master and his wife Penny who did an outstanding job along with the well drilled assistance of VWBro Warwick Bell and his team to put on this spectacular event in such trying circumstances.
As District Grand Master of kapiti - Wellington District 19 I’m so proud of our Grand Director of Ceremonies VWBro Dennis Blacklaws for his outstanding performance on the day of Installation a superb job. Ably assisted by RWBro Bob Black PGW.
I would also like to acknowledge at this time sincerely to Congratulate WBro Mick Turner and WBro Craig Nunnerley who were invested as District Grand Stewards of our District19, which I am sure is an extremely proud moment for both of these brethren.
I would also like to sincerely thank all the Brethren of lodge United Horowhenua 464 & Tawera ‘o’ Kapiti 253 who travelled down to support me on the big day. I thank you brethren for you support it is greatly appreciated.
Brethren please also note in you Diaries the St Andrews Lodge No32 Installation of WBro Gerard Stack on the 30th of November. A St Andrews’s night to be remembered.