Greetings to you all,
This year’s first Installation went off to an interesting start. Over the years, I have participated in some noteworthy evenings, but Baden Powell’s Installation of VWBro Glen Houlhan PDistGM as Master was strange. Having watched Glen excel in the DisGM roll for three years, and knowing he knew the ritual backwords, it was always going to be fun!!!!
Grand Lodge Officers Visiting Master from Baden Powell Lodge, Australia
Grand Masters Visit to Eketahuna
Last Month we had an official visit from our Grand Master MWBro Winger. The ceremonial for the afternoon was to Raise Bro Renie Macatual from Lodge Windsor to the 3rd Degree.
The afternoon didn’t get off to a great start as quite a few of us were delayed on the Rimutaka Hill due to a diesel spill. This gave us a well-deserved coffee at a café. Conveniently, The Grand Master was also late due his plane being delayed. After the formalities, the ceremonial proceeded without a glitch.
Marty Watters checking out the hold up
MWBro Winger mentioned how much he enjoyed the differences in the ceremony. Our Grand Master did the Investiture and RWbro Wrigley (Dep Grand Master), who accompanied the Grand Master, did the Extended Secrets. After the meeting was closed we all went over to the Eketahuna Club for a BBQ.
Bro Macatual - proof he was invested by The GM Bro Macatual with WBro Stainton
Grand Lodge Officers
Are you on Facebook? I know quite a few of our Brethren have been on it for some time, but if you’re not, I`ve got a great reason for you to join. Inspired by, Grand Master MWBro Winger’s Speak up for Freemasonry campaign, John Woodall has set up a Facebook page called “Johns Masonic Visiting”. John is planning to attend as many Installations and meetings as possible and will post pictures on the Masonic Visiting Facebook page.
The web address is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/145153732641675/
With that in mind, if you have any pictures or interesting stories to share, please send them to me and I will endeavour to get them in the Hutt Wairarapa Newsletter.
All the best
Quote of the Month:
Plant a seed and think how you may have started a forest which may be around for thousands of years.
Your actions here in this life are important.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and didn’t drink and eat too much.
As February, has almost arrived we need to start thinking about the upcoming Masonic year.
Our first Installation is Baden Powell on the 10th of February. VWBro Glen Houlhan PDistGM is going to be Installed into the chair of King Solomon. As Glen, will be taking over the reins from VWBro Ian Hunt the new DGM of Eastland-Ruahine it should make for a very interesting evening. It will also be the first Installation for our New Distract Team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank RWBro Black PGW and WBro James Martin PDisGDS for giving up so much of their time helping us to prepare.
The Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Winger
Brethren, exciting news, On the 18th February The Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Winger will be in attendance at Eketahuna to participate in the 3rd Degree Ceremony of Bro MacAtual from Winsor Lodge. Bro MacAtual will be going through the very special 3rd Degree Ceremony. This Brethren will be the Grand Masters First Visit to our District, only having been Invested in November. He will be accompanied by RWBro Wrigley DepGM. For the Brethren who have never see the variations done at Eketahuna it is well worth a visit. The starting time is 13.00 hours.
Also for the Brethren who were unable to attend the Grant Installation. The Grand Masters speech is on the Grand Lodge web site and I would recommend you all to have a look and read it. Having done so myself I am even more positive that the future of the Craft is in good hands and that we are moving in the right direction.
First District Meeting
The First District Meeting of the year will be held at Trentham Masonic Centre on Tuesday 21st February 19.00 hours. This is a chance for you to have your say and give your opinion on what direction you think our District should be heading. I will be sending out the meeting agenda in the next couple of weeks. Please let me Know if there is anything you would like placed on the agenda for that meeting.
Brethren a thought to ponder
There is no self-made man; You will reach your goals, only with the help of others.
As Christmas is almost upon us I would like to extend Seasons greetings for a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you and all your family.
The last Month or so has certainly flown by with RWBro Salmon Investing VWBro Bill McLauchlan as PGLecturer at Lodge Mangaroas regular meeting on the 21 October.
We then had the Senior Masons and Widows Christmas lunch at Petone Working Men’s Club.
On Monday, the 12th at Stokes Valley the Grand Lodge Officers performed a Double Second Degree working on John Villers from
Zetland Lodge and Richard Levangie from Lodge Mangaroa. All 12 Lodges in our District had at least one representative taking
part in the ceremony. I would like to thank everyone who took part in making it a very memorial evening for John and Richard.
On the 13th I then had the privilege to attend GrayTown StMarks to present WBro Mick Rayner with the Roll of Honour Badge.
Congratulations once again Mick on receiving the recognition you so justly deserve.
The Districts 19 & 21 Combined Christmas Function at the Ashton Norwood Country Gardens at Kaitoke, to thank both Graeme and Glen for the work they have given both Districts over the last three years went very well and everyone had a fantastic time. Special thanks has to go to Ray Keenan for organising the event. Once again Merry Christmas. Enjoy the holidays. I will see you all in the New Year.
RWBro Steven Salmon will attend Lodge Mangaroa on Monday 21st to invest Bill McLauchlan as a PGLec. Bill as we all know has been the Hutt-Wairarapa herald for many years. He has also assisted Kapiti-Wellington in that regard. Well done VWBro McLauchlan.
On Tuesday the 13th December at Greytown St Marks I will be presenting Mick Rayner with the RH for services not only to the his Lodge but to the Craft in general.
If I dont see you before, have a great Cristmas
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