On Saturday 1st July the Lodge of Enlightenment held an evening at the North Shore Masonic Centre to watch the All Blacks play. At the function a cheque for $50,000 was presented to the New Zealand Rugby Foundation for the benefit of severely injured players, from the Freemasons Foundation.
A full story will follow.
Picture shows legendary All Black Bryan Williams, a Trustee of the Foundation, speaking after receiving the cheque, which can be seen in the background.
Howick 26th July
Installation of Bro Tony Grimwood will be carried out by RW Bro Peter Muir JGW
The travelling Gavel at the 1st July is still with Belmont Albion
On Sunday 11th June Ponsonby Lodge No 54 undertook a quadruple first degree. All candidates were friends, two were related, and they work together. The ceremony went well, and refectory included wives and children. A highlight was the traditional haggis ceremony together with bagpipes, performed by Lodge Ponsonby No 708 (SC), the mother Lodge of Ponsonby No 54.
Lodge Ponsonby No 708 also participated in the ceremony.
A great day was had by all.
Below - The Master, Jeasy Sehgal, with his candidiates either side.
The traveling gavel moved from its starting home of The Ara Lodge to Belmont Albion. A deputation from Lodge North Harbour then quickly visited and took it.
On the 13th April the Lodge of Enlightenment visited Lodge North Harbour and took it home with them.
On 1st May a deputation of 8 from Lodge Discovery visited Enlightenment, confidently expecting to lift the gavel. However, a deputation from Brown's Bay arrived the same night, and had superior numbers. It is now with Browns Bay.
You are encouraged to take a deputation from your own Lodge to try and get it.
The last two movements have been made possible by members holding dual membership of the holding Lodge and visiting Lodge.
While technically correct, it is felt this is against the spirit of the gavel, which is to encourage visiting from other Lodges.
From now on we will need to add a couple more rules.
1. Only Brethren entering with their Master can be counted, and Brethren who are members of the host Lodge are excluded from the count.
2. In the event of equal numbers from two Lodges attending, the Lodge that has traveled the furtherest should take the gavel home.
3. If they are still equal, the result is to be decided by the toss of a coin.