Northern Division
LATEST COMMENTS FROM KEVIN BURCH - NORTHLAND DISTRICT
District GM Message October

Greetings to all Brethren and Ladies

Welcome to Spring & hopefully warmer,drier weather ,we may all be able to spend a lot more time outdoors , at the beach or on the water, ,me a little time under it ,anyone for scallops crayfish etc.

The last few months have been very busy with two Installations during the month of September and now we have 3 Installations in October .We have had to change the dates of four Installations during the last few months to cater for the availability of officers, members or venues. It has been quite trying at times, beyond my control, I thank you brethren for your support, we were also honoured to have a visit from our Grand Master M.W.Bro Mark Winger, on the occasion of Lodge Okara Daylights Installation& the presentation of a 70year bar to W.Bro Jack Mathews, our old friend from Dargaville. I had the pleasure of speaking about Jacks Lodge history & our Grand Master honouring Jack with the presentation of his70 yr bar to his 50 yr badge.  

The next Two are quite close together, but we do know that as Xmas approaches it will leave us all free for local Lodge festivities to take place.

Since our first Installation in March, the year has gone very quickly, we have had a very busy time making pastoral visits to most of the lodges some twice to assist with various tasks ,& admin difficulties. We have completed eight Installations covering Hokianga 69, Manganui/Kaitaia 78, Whangarei 102, Wellsford Marsden 169, Hikurangi 140, Hatea 431, Parahaki 269, and Okara daylight held on 9th September.

With three Past Masters to be Installed before the end of the year they are as follows:-

Lodge Kerikeri No 402’s Installation will be held on Tues 10 Oct 2017. W Bro Rex Graham a Past Master of Lodge Whangarei 102 returning to the chair. A practice for this Installation will be held on Tuesday 3 October.

Lodge Kororareka No 304’s Installation will be held on Saturday 14 Oct 2017 (To be confirmed) where Alastair Mitchell will be returning to the Chair. This practice will in the morning of the Installation at 11.00am.

The Installation of Lodge Kaikohe /Ohaewai 101 will be held on Wed 25 Oct 2017 with W Bro John Anderson ex Master of Lodge Kerikeri being installed.  The practise for this Installation will be held on the previous Wednesday 18th.

Ist Degree: If any Lodges are doing a first degree can you please let me know, in plenty of time so that I can add it to my Diary.

The Northern Division Website tells us a lot of information. Please see this link :-

http://www.themasons.org.nz/ndiv/createaworking.php.  If you are having any trouble seeing what other Lodges are doing, or adding your own Lodge activities just give me a call.

“Speak up for Freemasonry” is certainly working in the North.  Please keep up the good work and continue to talk every one you can about our great fraternity.

We would like to hear, about what your lodge is proposing with regard to   “Speaking up for Freemasonry”, so that others may gain by your experience. 

I wish you all the best for the coming month and hope to see as many of you as possible at the scheduled functions / Installations.

 

As always, I am only a phone call away.

 

Fraternal wishes

Kevin Burch    Dist. GM

Northland District

 

021 25 88 60       kjburch102@gmail.com




District Grand Masters Message August 2017

 

Greetings to all Brethren and Ladies

As winter takes its bite, please take care and look after yourselves.  We have many Brethren and ladies who are unwell at present.  A speedy recovery goes out to you all from Judy and myself.  As always, please do not hesitate to call me if we can be of any assistance at any time.

Brethren it has been a very busy month I have managed pastoral visits to four lodges as well as Lodge Hikurangi’s very successful Installation of W Bro Steve Bailey returning to the chair.

Several of the Installation dates and the election of the respective Masters has caused a bit of confusion mainly through lack of communication between the officers and the Brethren.

I can now report that –

Lodge Hatea No 431 Installation will be on Mon 28 August 2017 with Grahame Richards being re-installed.

Lodge Parahaki No 269 Installation will be on Thurs 7 Sept 2017 with W Bro Jock Adamson returning to the chair.

Okara Daylight Lodge No 461 Installation will be on Sat 9 Sept 2017 with W Bro Pat Severinsen being installed. This will be a very special occasion as M W Bro Mark Winger GM will be in attendance and will be presenting the 70 yr. bar to W Bro Jack Matthews.  This being a daytime Installation the dress code is Lounge Suits. This is an official Grand Lodge Visit, and would hope a good turn for Jack on the very special occasion. Brethren and Ladies, this is very rear event, very seldom do we have a member who has achieved 70 yrs. of continues active service of the craft.  Please do you best to attend and make it a special occasion.

 

Lodge Kerikeri No 402 Installation will be held on Tues 10 Oct 2017. W Bro Rex Graham having been a Whangarei 102  Past Master will be returning to the chair.

Lodge Kororareka No 304 Installation will be held on Saturday 14 Oct 2017 with Larry Taylor returning to the Chair.

Lodge Kaikohe/Ohaewai 101 Installation will be held on Wed 25 Oct 2017 with W Bro John Anderson ex Master of Lodge Kerikeri being installed.

 

To recap :-

Lodge Hatea No 431                       Mon 28 August 2017

Lodge Parahaki No 269                  Thurs 7 Sept 2017

Okara Daylight Lodge No 461         Sat 9 Sept 2017

Lodge Kerikeri No 402                   Tues 10 Oct 2017.

Lodge Kororareka No 304             Saturday 14 Oct 2017

Lodge Kaikohe/Ohaewai 101      Wed 25 Oct 2017

Secretaries – I respectively request that all Secretaries email their minutes to me after each monthly meeting so as I can be informed on your activities of your lodge and any important events which may be occurring.

I wish you all the best for the coming month and hope to see as many of you as possible at scheduled functions.

Fraternal wishes

Kevin Burch    Dist. GM

Northland District




Upcoming Northern Division Installations

Upcoming Installations

Lodge Hatea No 431                       Mon 28 August 2017

Lodge Parahaki No 269                  Thurs 7 Sept 2017

Okara Daylight Lodge No 461         Sat 9 Sept 2017

Lodge Kerikeri No 402                   Tues 10 Oct 2017.

Lodge Kororareka No 304             Saturday 14 Oct 2017

Lodge Kaikohe/Ohaewai 101      Wed 25 Oct 2017




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