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.
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.
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:
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
Saturday 18 November - Grand Installation
Grand Banquet and Ball
Sunday 19 November - Church Service
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.