A large crowd was drawn to The Pakuranga Lodge recently, to acknowledge the major Masonic birhdays of three Brethren, with the Grand Master presenting two 60-year jewels, and a 50-year jewel.
The first presentation was to VW Bro Alan Bevins, who, including his time in a Lodge under the English Constitution, has actually been a Freemason for 52 years.
Jim Laurenson also received a 60-year jewel.
Morrin Cooper is well known, particularly around the Auckland District for his work as Herald at Installations, received his 60-year jewel, and at the same time was promoted to the rank of Past Grand Deacon.
A report from Roger Carson on his recent trip to the South Island, which included the presentation to Brody Goodall of his 50 year Badge,
Yesterday we returned from a week in the South Island where we landed in Nelson, Tuesday in Motueka for Brodie’s 50 year Badge presentation, then on to Greymouth to visit Shantytown and Advance Mawhera Lodge No 61, then on the Tranz-Alpine train where it snowed at Arthur’s Pass, on the way to Christchurch where I was involved in a working of a Musical 3rd Degree for the United Forces Lodge No 245.
My wife and I were accompanied by W Bro Ray & Fay Potter, VW Bro Brian Crone and his with Jan, W Bro Arthur Batty and his wife Sharon and VW Bro Mark Hall and his wife Diane and a great time was had by all.
W Bro Brodie’s meeting and presentation was a most enjoyable event, and I was honoured to be the one to present his 50 year service badge to him.
Next year marks his 50 years as a member of the Royal Arch.
An Auckland Philharmonia concert supported by the Freemasons Foundation.
The event was truly magnificent, with about 130 musicians on stage. Among them was W Bro Rangi Hall, a University musical student and member of the Lodge of the liberal Arts, playing the French Horn.
The Big Play In is an annual event as part of the Inspire Partnership Programme. Advanced level secondary school and university music students, as well as Auckland Youth Orchestra players, are invited to join the APO in an intensive orchestral workshop experience that culminates in a public performance.
Participants are seated one-on-one next to APO players, so they receive feedback throughout the workshop which features core orchestral repertoire.