An enjoyable morning at the District Conference, covering a wide range of topics. Over 50 Brethren attended.
A new District Charitable project was launched. The Books in homes project aims to give books to young children who have few or no books of their own. The aim is for each Lodge in the District to be able to make a presentation of 300 books to a school in their area that students like this attend.
The District Grand Master is making visits to Lodges explaining the project.
A well attended Divisional Conference was held at Alexandra Park. Reports were presented, remits considered, and addresses given by the President of the Board of General Purposes, the new Chief Executive and the Grand Almoner, in addition to our own Divisional Grand Master.
Wives and partners went on a boat trip to the Riverhead Tavern, and had an enjoyable morning, then joined the conference in the afternoon.
HIghlights of the day were presentations to St Johns for youth activities and Mobility Dogs. These were fundraising projects initiated by RW Bro Gary Salmon and VW Bro mIke Wyse when they were Auckland district Grand Masters.
The Grand Master was formally received at Ara Lodge No 1 on the occassion of their 175th birthday. He was accompanied by 44 officers of Grand Lodge. In addition to the presentation of commemorative medals to members of the Lodge by the Grand Master, the first degree tracing Board was delivered. As you can see from the photo a large number of Entered Apprentices were in attendance.
Sunday 4th March 2018 saw a Freemasons team entered into Round the Bays. This was initiated by Mark Pagulayan Master of the Titirangi Mount Albert Lodge. His enthusiasm and drive saw a team of 105 runners and walkers, including men, women and children take part of all abilities.
A team of 40 supporters gathered to welcome the participants at Madills Farm, where a marquee had been hired, and food and refreshments organised by Bruce Tretheway, Master of Lodge Discovery, were provided.
A great day for all, and hopefully the first of many.