On 7th October the Grand Master was officially received into the Ara Royal Arch Chapter. We understand this was the first time that a Grand Master has been received into a Royal Arch Chapter in New Zealand. As can be seen from the photos, the event was well supported by a large number of Brethren and Companions.
MW Bro Mark Winger was received by the First Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Zealand, M Ex Companion Brian White. Both were introduced to sitting First Principals of the Auckland District Chapters, as well as the sitting Masters of Auckland District Craft Lodges.
This was followed by an address entitled “The six degrees of Freemasonry” which outlined the recognition of Royal Arch Masonry as part of “pure and ancient Freemasonry” and the important advantages of Brethren going through all six degrees.
In Refectory, the Grand Master spoke about the place of the Royal Arch in Freemasonry and steps that Grand lodge were going to be taking to help the Royal Arch and Craft get closer together.
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The first heat pump, which the Foundation provided funding for, has been installed, and four more are under way.
At the recent Belmont Albion Scottish night, Lodge St Andrews No 418, Scottish Constitution, took home the travelling gavel, narrowly beating Lodge Browns Bay. This is the first time the gavel has gone to another constitution, but it is great to see, and a credit to them that they went to the meeting in larger numbers than any New Zealand Consitution Lodge, other than the host Lodge.
The challenge now is to see which Lodge can visit them in sufficient numbers ot take the gavel. I am sure they will welcome a large number of visitors.
The photo shows VW Bro Johnson Uyseco, Master of St Andrews Lodge, accepting the gavel from W Bro Sean Neely Master of Lodge Belmont Albion.
A large number of Freemasons and friends attended Evensong at St Mary Holy Trinity Cathedral on Sunday 17th September. The service acknowledged the contribution that Freemasons have made to the church over the year, and in particular our major support of the organ resoration . As most were in regalia, it made an impressive sight.
Readings were made by MW Bro Mark Winger, Grand Master, Freemasons New Zealand, and W Bro Michael Chopping, Assistant District Grand Master, North Island New Zealand, United Grand Lodge of England.
It was great to see so many Brethren there, representing most of the Lodges in Auckland, as well as South Auckland. Thank you all for making the effort.
The service was followed by refreshments sponsored by the Freemasons Foundation.
Photos taken at the Evensong Service, featuring the Grand Master, MW Bro Mark Winger, Bro. Ryan Caraig, Bro. Angelino Panahon, WBro Mark Pagulayan, and WBro. Glenn Clark,
At their September 14th meeting, Lodge North Harbour carried out a double second degree using Masters, and past Masters from 17 Lodges around the Auckland District, including one from South Auckland.
The combined meeting was very successful and brought together around 80 Brethren from all over the new enlarged Auckland District, and was a credit to Lodge North Harbour, and its Master Glenn Clark.
The Entered Apprentices were from Lodge North Harbour and Browns Bay.
These two were joined by a further five Fellowcrafts for the Tracing Board.
Refectory was very enjoyable, and made even more memorable by a charitable presentation to a very worthwhile student.
At the combined meeting held at Lodge North Harbour, a cheque was presented to a 16 year old Westlake student who is a para athlete, to enable her to buy a new running blade.
Although losing her leg below the knee to cancer, she is actively involved in sport and school life. She has done very well at athletics, winning a number of NZ titles, and New Zealand records, at the Secondary Schools para athletic championships, as well as representing New Zealand overseas at a junior level. Her ambition is to represent New Zealand at senior level and the new blade will help her do that.
She has an extremely positive outlook, and in addition to her busy sporting and school life, has been helping with fund raising and mentoring at Canteen, the organisation which helps teenagers with cancer.
The fundraising for the new blade was started by Lodge Albany Takapuna, and has been picked up by Lodges on the North Shore. This has been helped by the Freemasons Charity.
Some Lodges have indicated that they cannot make a decision to help until their next meeting, and it is hoped that when they do, a fund will be able to be established at Lodge Albany Takapuna to help with future travel or equipment.
The traveling gavel was initially presented to the oldest Lodge in New Zealand - Ara No 1. Since then it has been moving around the Auckland District.
You are encouraged to take a deputation from your own Lodge to try and get it.
Please note the following 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.