Ladies and Brethren
2018 got off to a good start , Sat 10th march we installed Wor Bro Dave Kearns back into the chair of Lodge Hokianga at Rawene ,numbers were down considerably , the practice pretty rough, but the Installation went well ,thanks to the help of several experienced GL officers. The friendliness of the local members always takes a lot to beat. All the best Dave to you & the lodge for the next 12 months.
Sat 17th March, nine Northland members travelled to the Installation of Bro Alan Wilkinson at Morrinsville into the chair of Lodge Te Aroha No 52. Alan, a past member of Parahaki, was installed with the help of Bros Jock Adamson & Peter Cains as his presenting officers. Several other Northland members also took a part in the Installation. Well done guys and thanks for supporting Wor Bro Allan & our district.
Tuesday 20 th March, I had the honour of presenting Wor Bro Ivan Berryman with his 60yr jewel or to be more correct a 10 yr Bar to his 50yr jewel. A great attendance by the town Lodges, certainly the largest gathering at Lodge Hikurangi in recent years. Well done Ivan. It was also a great way for yours truly to celebrate his Birthday, I turned 7 on the day that Ivan was initiated, at Lodge Maurewa No222 20th March 1958.
On a sad note, Jude & I attended the funeral of Rt Wor Bro Tony Smith Immediate Past Div Grand Master in Auckland last Tuesday. Tony will be sadly missed by all those brethren who knew him, our deepest sympathy to his wife & family.
Our next installation is on Sat 28 th of April in Kaitaia. Wor Bro Roy Scarhill, will be installed as the 1st Master of the Mangonui Lodge No 78. Yes the name has been changed. The Lodge now also becoming a travelling Lodge, holding a peripatetic charter which enables them to travel to other areas to hold their meetings. We are hopeful that a number of keen masons in the district will join them to not only assist, but to enjoy the comradeship & social occasions that this will generate. The lodge has struggled with low numbers in recent years, and we all hope that this move will increase membership and fellowship etc as it has done with Lodge Coromandel.
Brethren the Divisional conference is on Saturday 21st April, in Auckland at Alexandra Park. All members are welcome. It is a conference for all Mason’s, not just Grand Lodge officers or Lodge Masters. So come along see what the craft is up to & see what you are able to learn, participate in
or personable gain from this conference.
We have just informed of the passing of Bro Alan Burns, a longstanding member of the Hikurangi Lodge, we pass on our condolences to his family ,& to the Lodge Alan was an absolute gentleman, a well-regarded member of the Lodge& will be sadly missed.
V W Bro Kevin Burch DGM