Central Division
LATEST COMMENTS FROM JIM WATT - DIVISIONAL GRAND MASTER

STRATEGIC PLAN

I have been a wee bit remiss lately with my updates. My apologies, however, if you have attended one of the recent District Meetings you will understand why. Not only have we been running these and working in the division promoting the 2019/2023 Strategic Plan, but we have also been busy with the Grand Lodge Nomination and the training for the incoming District Grand Masters.

The District Meetings have been well supported though it has been dis-appointing that there have not been more Entered Apprentices, Fellowcrafts and Master Masons in attendance.

Maybe next time around!!!

Hopefully by now you will have had a good read of the Members Booklet on the Strategic Plan which was included with your most recent Freemasons Magazine, and more importantly, you have taken the time to consider the things that you can do for your Lodge, and then you will have recorded these in the accompanying worksheets on pages 5,7,9 & 11.

You now need to take these to your Lodge, when you as a Lodge, work through the Lodge Booklet, identifying those things that your Lodge can do to work towards the plan. The final step is to record these on pages 12 & 13 for the year 2019 and for your Master and District Grand Master to both to sign.

Why have we asked you to do this?

For the Strategic Plan to work we all need to be involved and we all need to work together, that’s the National Office, Divisions, Districts, Lodges and most importantly you the members. This is your Strategic Plan because it has been based on the responses you gave to the recent member survey. The signed worksaheet will then form part of the outgoing and incoming Masters interviews that your District Grand Master is going to conduct annually with each Lodge.

And the final step is for your Lodge to then take this and incorporate it into your Lodges 5 Year Plan.

Your Lodge doesn't have a plan?

If you don't then now is the perfect time to prepare one and implement it. If you need help with this then you only need to talk to your Distrct Grand Master, he has all the resouces you will need in the form of Powerpoint presentations, booklets, templates, everything you need to prepare a Lodge plan.

LODGES THAT FAIL TO PLAN ARE PLANNING TO FAIL!!!

Your Grand Master, the Board, your Divisional Grand Master and your District Grand Masters are all committed to this plan for the next 5 years.

It is time for you to join them!!

 





 

DIVISIONAL MEETINGS

 

Greetings Brethren

 

Normally, by this time of year, we will have held a Divisional Conference, however you may remember that at our conference last year we passed a remit which changed Book of Constitution regarding Divisional Conferences. From now on a Division is only required to hold a conference once during the three-year term of the Divisional Grand Master (BOC 139a), however there are still the annual accounts to be approved and other constitutional requirements that must be met.

 

To this we have decided as a Division to hold two evening meetings in each District to address these constitutional issues and to also update you on the new Strategic Plan which was launched by the Board of General Purposes last month.

 

Dates for these are as follows (venues to be confirmed shortly):

 

Hutt/Wairarapa                 29 April & 7 May             

Kapiti/Wellington             12 & 13 May

Taranaki                              15 & 16 May

Ruapehu                             29 & 30 May

Eastland Ruahine             17 & 18 June

 

These meetings are open to all brethren and I strongly urge you to attend, as this is your opportunity to have a say in the running of your Division.

 

Look forward to seeing you all there.





Greetings Brethren

The following circular was sent this week to all Lodge Secretaries and it is very important that it be read at your next Lodge meeting. It is the responsibility of the Lodge Trustees to ensure that the Book of Constitution is being adhered to. I will be, with the help of the District Grand Masters, monitoring the submission of the various documents over the next few months.

Please see that your secretary reads this and that he is meeting your Lodge's constitutional requirements.

This Circular must be read in full at your next Lodge Meeting and action taken if required.

It has come to the attention of the Board of General Purposes (including your Divisional Grand Masters) that many Lodges are failing to meet their requirements as outlined in the Book of Constitution (BoC) and the Collective Rulings (CR). 

This includes submitting copies to National Office and the Divisional Grand Masters of:

A portal on the Divisional websites allows for some electronic returns.

This information enables The Board and the Divisional Grand Masters to maintain up to-date membership records, so no member or lodge is disadvantaged. It also ensures that financial probity is happening at all levels of the organisation and helps to determine the overall health of Lodges and the greater state of Freemasons New Zealand.

Your attention is drawn to: CR61 Secretary’s Checklist & BoC Rules 56 b v, 82 b, 95, 239 c, 101 c.

One of the roles of the Lodge Trustees, is to ensure these functions are being carried out by a lodge as It can be considered a masonic offence if the returns are not made under Rule 239 c.  A consequence of failing to submit returns is that Lodges will be denied a Commission to vote on Remits at a Communication, Divisional Conference and other means allowed for in the Book of Constitution 203 a vi and 139 f vi.

Your Divisional Grand Masters, with the assistance of their District Grand Masters, will be contacting Lodges who are not meeting their constitutional obligations.

Your Lodge’s assistance in conforming to this matter is recommended.





 

Greetings Brethren and Happy New Year

 

I pinched the following “Ten Reasons to Become a Mason” from Facebook so if you have already seen it then I apologise, however there is some good points in there and I thought it may just help you when you are “Speaking Up for Freemasonry”.

 

Out of interest, did you talk Freemasonry with anyone, preferably a non-mason, over the Christmas/New Year period?

 

2019 is finally upon us and it is shaping up to be a very busy year.

 

Your secretary will have already received information on the appointment process for promotion to or for further promotion within Grand Lodge.

 

Is this something you aspire to and is there a role that you feel you could fill with confidence? If so, talk to your District Grand Master who will be more than happy to explain what the various roles entail and what the ongoing commitment is.

 

And 2019 is Grand Installation 15/17 November in Wellington. Have you registered yet so as to take advantage of the early bird registration fee?

 

TEN REASONS TO BECOME A MASON

1.  Masonry is a place where you can confidently trust every person, and entrust your family with them.

2.  Masonry is a place where, within moral and civil guidelines; free thought, free speaking and the spiritual growth of man can grow into its fullest potential.

3.  Masonry is a place which provides the opportunity to meet, know, and call brother, outstanding individuals from all walks of life that I would not otherwise have met.

4.  Masonry is a place to be a part of an organization that has for its principle tenets ---Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.

5.  Masonry is a place that provides self-development opportunities, leadership training and experience, and to improve public speaking skills.

6.  Masonry is a place you can go to give support as well as seek it.     

7.  Masonry is a place where moral virtues are taught and through these teachings a regular reinforcement of the moral virtues is experienced.

8.  Masonry is a place to spend time with a group of brothers, who, by acting as good men, make me want to become a better man.  Not better than others, but better than I would otherwise have been.

9.  Masonry is a place to become better prepared to serve church and community.

10. Masonry is a place to meet with established members of the community and to become a part of the community.





 

Grand Installation 2019

12 Months to go till the next Grand Communication and Grand Installation.

Time to start planning to attend.

All Lodges should be saving to pay for or at least assisting their Master and Wardens in attending. The Grand Installation is our triennial showpiece, where a new Grand Master and his officers are installed and if you have never attended one then now is the time to go online and register.

 

NOTE: This is open to all Masons and their partners.

 

Entered Apprentices and Fellowcraft Freemasons are especially encouraged to attend.

 

Go to the Grand Lodge website to register: www.freemasonsnz.org/grandinstallation

Once again, the Grand Installation is being held in Wellington at the Michael Fowler Centre on Friday 15 November till Sunday 17 November 2019. There is a full programme of events, with the Grand Communication and Grand Installation both being free to all Masons:

Friday 17 November         -           Grand Communication (Business Session)

                                                           Ladies Afternoon function         

                                                           Welcome Cocktails

Saturday 18 November    -           Grand Installation

                                                           Grand Banquet and Ball

Sunday 19 November       -           Church Service

                                                           Farewell Lunch

The event is being run by the masons of the Central Division and I will be going out in early February next year for volunteers to help.