Central Division
LATEST COMMENTS FROM JIM WATT - DIVISIONAL GRAND MASTER

Greetings Brethren

Only 9 days to go till the Divisional Conference – have you registered?

We have a full and interesting programme planned and the ladies are certain to have an enjoyable day out.

Just to note that in an effort to reduce the costs to you, we are not having an official dinner, but if you are staying overnight you will be most welcome to join me for a “cheap and cheerful” dinner (own cost) at one of the local restaurants.

The Lodge Puketoi No. 149

Sadly another good old country lodge has had to hand in its charter. Located in the southern Hawkes Bay town of Pongaroa, the Lodge was formed in January 1907 and has been a large part of the local community for the last 110 years. This was evident when we all attended the local pub after the ceremony and a vote of thanks and a round of applause was extended by the locals for all that the Lodge had done for the community over the years. The good work is to continue with the local gun club and other organisations being gifted furniture and fittings etc. from the Lodge Rooms.  

I had hoped to have some photos, which when I receive them I will post for your enjoyment.

Footnote: It is a very interesting 3 hour drive from Wellington and I recommend it as a day trip to Pongaroa for lunch, the meals being served were superb. Highlight of our return journey were 2 deer, which ran across the road in front of us just out of Pongaroa. Regrettably we were a bit slow in the chase!!

Presentation of Certificates

One of my more pleasurable duties since the Grand Installation has been the presentation of Certificates to Brethren who had gained preferment.

Last night at The Saint Andrews Lodge No. 32 it was to VWBro. Graeme Webb as Grand Chaplain. Congratulations Graeme, it was a personal pleasure to make this presentation to you in your mother lodge as you were one of my Masters during my term as DistGM.

 

 





Greetings Brethren

I received this yesterday and felt it was a link worth sharing. 

http://m.break.com/article/english-freemasonry-is-celebrating-its-300th-birthday-3094214

Have you registered for Divisional Conference? If not please do so now. See below for details.

Fraternally

Jim





Greetings Brethren

Yesterday in Palmerston North we held our first Divisional Meeting with the five District Grand Masters, the GDC and three of the DistGDC's in attendance. Also present were our Grand Lecturer, Divisional Almoner and our Divisional Representive on NOAT (more on this at the Divisional Conference).

The focus of the meeting was really just to get to know each other and to get an understanding of the various Districts. I am pleased to say that we have a team who are all focused on improving the craft and the experience of their brethren.

Make certain you have registered for the Divisional Conference to hear more of what is planned for the future.

Divisional Conference 29 April 2017,

Wanganui Race Course Function Centre, Ingestre Street, Wanganui.

Registration form is on the Central Division website, as is the programme.

I have an expectation that all Masters and Wardens will be in attendance.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Wanganui.

Fraternally

Jim





Greetings Brethren

Apologies for my short comments this month but Penny and I are taking a short break overseas and internet is very very slow and unreliable.

Just a reminder to register for the:

Divisional Conference 29 April 2017,

Wanganui Race Course Function Centre, Ingestre Street, Wanganui.

Registration form is on the Central Division website, as is the programme.

I have an expectation that all Masters and Wardens will be in attendance.

Look froward to meeting one and all there.

Fraternally

Jim





The start of the masonic year is upon us once again and from what I can gather has got off to another great start.

Hutt Wairarapa District No. 21 and Ruapehu District No. 15 have both held Installation ceremonies this month with credible performances by both new teams.  I had the pleasure to attend the Installation of WBro. Biel PGLec at Lodge Rangitikei No. 38 last Thursday the 16th for what was a very enjoyable evening at a great country Lodge. 

The Grand Master has made two visits to the Division so far this year, the first, a Masters Forum in the Kapiti Wellington District No. 19 on Saturday 11th February with 14 Masters and 9 Brethren present which was followed on the Sunday with the "Proud to be a Freemason" lunch hosted by WBro. Russell Pratt GS and his lovely wife Tania and then yesterday, Saturday 18 February in Eketahuna for a 3rd degree for Bro. Renie Macatual, from Lodge Windsor from the Kapiti Wellington District. The ceremony was conducted by the brethren of Lodge Eketahuna from the Hutt Wairarapa District.  Grand Lodge was well represented with Brethren from all 5 Districts in attendance.

Planning for the Divisional Conference in Whanganui on Saturday April 29th is now in full swing and the registration form will be live on the website later this week. In an effort to reduce costs, we will not be having a conference dinner however any who decide to stay overnight will be most welcome to join myself and the Grand Master for a “cheap and cheerful” meal and drinks on Saturday night. 




Speak Up For Freemasonry - Visiting

A Past Master of my Lodge once said to me “if every Mason went out one extra night a month, other than to his own Lodge or for an installation, imagine what our meetings would be like”.

We all value visiting as one of the cornerstones of our fraternity, but in all honesty when was the last time you visited a lodge or more especially accompanied your Master on a visit?

My first challenge to you for 2017 was to speak to one non-mason a week about Freemasonry.

Your second challenge for 2017 is to visit one other Lodge each month, that’s 10 more times (lets work on a Masonic year of February to November) you are going to go to Lodge this year.

There is even a Toolbox for visiting here in New Zealand

http://freemasonsnz.org/tools/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/09/90_Toolbox-ipad_Visiting-Lodges-Around-New-Zealand.pdf

And whilst travelling overseas.

http://freemasonsnz.org/tools/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/08/92_Toolbox-ipad_Visiting-as-a-Freemason-in-Australia_Rev1.pdf

http://freemasonsnz.org/tools/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/08/91_Toolbox-ipad_Visiting-Lodges-Overseas.pdf





Happy New Year

I trust you have all had a Merry Christmas and an enjoyable New Year.

Divisional Conference 29 April 2017,

Wanganui Race Course Function Centre, Ingestre Street, Wanganui.

Lock this date in now. Open to all masons. We have an exciting and very relevant programme planned for the day.

More details to follow.

I have an expectation that all Masters and Wardens will be in attendance.

Have you spoken to someone this week about Freemasonry?