Northern Division
RSA Franklin acknowledges Empty Chair Ceremony

In a recent post on their facebook page the RSA Franklin commented on the Empty Chair ceremony held by the Franklin Lodge No. 58.

RSA Franklin President, Shelly Boyes, was invited to participate in the remembrance ceremony known as 'The Vacant Chair', which symbolises a fallen serviceman or woman.

The ceremony was an interesting blend of military remembrance tradition with masonic custom, to commemorate not only those who served but also the 37 fallen Franklin masonic brethren. Shelly also laid a wreath on the part of RSA Franklin together with wreathes laid by masonic representatives, The Worshipful Master of the Franklin Lodge, Stuart Harrison, and the District Grand Master, John Lukaszewicz.

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May Comments from John

District Life so far in Summary:

Grand Lodge visit to Lodge Manurewa No.222, Bro Jovantro Philip 2nd Degree

Installation of Bro Gregor Grant at Lodge Papatoetoe No.227 

Grand Lodge visit to The Franklin Lodge No.58, Bro Tommy Leigh 2nd Degree

Grand Lodge visit to The Sir Walter Scott Lodge No.15 simulated 2nd Degree

The Grand Masters visit to The Franklin Lodge No.58 Presenting 50 & 60 year Badges to VW Bro Graeme Deed P Dist GM 50 years, W Bro Ron Fausett PGS 50 years, W Bro Linton Stuart 60 years

The Grand Lodge AGM and Masters & Wardens Meeting at the Papakura Masonic Centre

Presenting a Roll of Honour to W Bro John Pettit at Lodge Otahuhu No.387

VW Bro Mike Hattie P Dist GM Presenting a Roll of Honour to W Bro Peter Durney at The Mangere Lodge No.330

Presenting 10 year Bar to RW Bro Ross Agnew’s 50 year Badge at Lodge Manurewa No.222.  

Installation of W Bro Ian Ashley at Lodge Papakura No.56 

Northern Division Conference at Alexandra Park

Installation of W Bro Alan Bartlett at Lodge Otahuhu No.387

The “Ceremony of the Vacant Chair” held by The Franklin Lodge No.58 in memory of the fallen, set the scene for the forthcoming ANZAC Day Parades.

Grand Lodge Visit to Lodge Whitianga No.443 Presentations of 50 year Badges to W Bro John Stephenson and W Bro Gary Kilmister 


VW Bro Mark Hall G Lec for the Division, has made himself available for your Lecture evenings. Please consider Mark as an option.

If you have a job at an Installation please attend rehearsal, your attendance is necessary and you will be missed by your absence.

Car-pooling is an enjoyable method of travelling to a venue, particularly if it is a fair distance away. Please contact your WM to see if he has anything organised, and if that fails, please ask our Grand Stewards, W Bro John Bennett and W Bro Allan Kelway for help – from an Entered Apprentice to a Past Grand Master

Counties Hauraki District has surpassed our expectations at Installations, GL Visits and special events by the Organisation, Quality and sheer numbers in attendance – Thank you for making those occasions special for all concerned from Myself, Geoff, John & Alan.

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