Central Division
LATEST COMMENTS FROM JIM WATT - DIVISIONAL GRAND MASTER

 

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.





Another year has flown past and as Lodges wind down for Christmas it is a good time to reflect on the year.

Regrettably we have lost to the Grand Lodge above many worthy Masons and their partners and to their families we offer out thoughts and prayers for their first Christmas without the ones they love.

2018 has been a sterling year for Freemasonry with many Lodges initiating candidates. Some Lodges are even facing the issue of there not being enough meetings in the year for them to conduct all the degree ceremonies that they have ahead of them. Brethren are “Speaking Up” about Freemasonry and things are starting to happen. There is a positive vibe in the Division and 2019 is shaping up to be even better than this year.

Regrettably we lost two Lodges in the Division, but I am pleased to report that a number of Lodges that a couple of years ago looked like they would be handing in their Charter, have now turned themselves around and are starting to grow.

We rolled out the much-promised Secretaries website portal earlier in the year and it is hoped that the Master’s and District Grand Masters portals will be up and running early in the new year. We just await some final work on the data base from the National Office.

We are going to replace next years Divisional Conference with a series of District Workshops which we will run in late February early March. Keep an eye out for dates in late January.

Once again, the 2019 Grand Installation is to be held in the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington over the weekend of 15/17 November 2019 and we will be calling for volunteers to assist with the running of this.

Penny and I are heading off for a white Christmas with family and we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Relaxed New Year.





 

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.                                          

                                                           

 

 





I posted the following back in August of this year and felt it was a good time to revisit Lodge Planning.

Nothing has changed. If you want your Lodge to survive then you need to put in place a Lodge plan. Your District Grand Master has the resources to assist you, give him a call and get starting on securing the future of your Lodge.

Lodge Planningwords designed to instil fear and horror into the hardest of souls.

Not True.

A Lodge Plan is simply a road map for your Lodge, a GPS readout for those who have forgotten what a map is.

It is a simple directional tool for your Lodge – something to keep your Brethren on track and to help them work towards and focus on those things that you as the members of the Lodge feel are important. A simple documenting of the culture and DNA of your Lodge.

Has your Lodge got one?

If you have, when was the last time you reviewed it?

We now have in place a helpful presentation on Lodge Planning, your secretary has the link and templates to help you prepare a Lodge Plan and your District Grand Master is ready and able to help your Lodge through the planning process.

It really is a simple question – does your Lodge want to survive?

If it does, then the first step is a Lodge Plan.





How Much Value Do You Put on Your Freemasons Charity

Over recent months I have noticed how proud we all are to “Speak Up” about all the good work that our Freemasons Charity does in the community, but I have noticed that we are still very hesitant to dig deep into our pockets to contribute towards that same Charity.

The only collection I know of for the Freemasons Charity is at a Lodges Installation meeting, and even then, some Lodges fail to forward these funds to the Charity.

Did you know that annually Lodges only contribute $57,500 to the Freemasons Charity, but in return the Freemason Charity supports Lodges to the tune of $379,500.

So, my question is “How much value do you put on your Freemasons Charity” and from where I personally sit “not enough” is the answer.

The Freemasons Charity funds grew from the prudent work of our forebears who contributed and invested funds for the future of all Freemasons.

So, I ask, are we really paying our way or are we just coasting along on our forefather’s coat tails?

Consider a Gold Coin collection at every meeting of your Lodge!!

Add $20 to you next dues notice when you pay and let the Lodge Treasurer know it is for the Freemasons Charity!!

How much value do you put on your Freemasons Charity”.