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:
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.
Lodge Planning – words designed to instil fear and horror into the hardest of souls.
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”.