The Waikato University Scholarship applicants were interviewed on 5thMarch and again, there was a very high standard of Students who I am sure will make us proud in the future.
The terrible events in Christchurch on 15thMarch have highlighted the need for a more tolerant society. Freemasonry can set an example in our Members and support those who show strong leadership. Our Prime Minister was a recipient of a Freemason’s Scholarship.
A very successful visit by the Grand Master to Lodge Nau Mai took place on 6thMarch.
The Musical Installation at The TeAroha Lodge was a good occasion. Also good was the Taupiri Lodge hosting most of the Waikato District Masters on the 20th. Thank you Merv Wallis for organising it.
Both Lodge Tawhiri and the Almoners Association held “Good Yarn” workshops to assist Almoners and members recognise depression. I hope they found the workshop helpful.
The Grand Master will be visiting the Waikato District at The Alpha Lodge on 9thApril. I would like all Waikato Lodges to be represented there.
We will be operating a stand at the Waikato Show 5th– 7thApril.
Tony Dixon will be running an Education night with a Narrated 1stDegree at Lodge Tawhiri on Tuesday 7thMay. Please encourage all recent new members to attend this evening. We have recruited a large number of new men and now we must ensure their interest is maintained.
There will not be a Divisional Conference this year. Instead a National Conference will be held in Wellington as part of the Grand Installation in November.
Therefore, each District in the Northern Division will hold a District Conference. Waikato and Bay of Plenty Districts will combine on the 11thMay at a venue in the Waikato which is yet to be decided. Keep the date free.
Wednesday 3rdApril- Lodge Piako No 160 Installation of WBro Ross McHardy
Friday 5 April - Sunday 7thApril – Waikato Show
Monday 8thApril - Lodge Pukemiro No. 301 Grand Lodge Official Visit.
Tuesday 9thApril- The Alpha Lodge No.81 Grand Master Official visit to present a 70yr Badge.
Friday 3rdMay Lodge Copernicus No. 505 Official Visit
Wednesday 8thMay Lodge Waipa No. 119 Official Visit
Saturday 11thMay Waikato and Bay of Plenty combined District Meeting.
Tuesday 14thMay The Alpha Lodge No. 81 Installation of Bro Alan Read.
District Grand Master.
At the Installation Meeting of Lodge TeAroha No. 52 Saturday March 16th.
Brethren stood in silence out of respect to the victims of the Christchurch tragedy.
In the refectory afterwards the Brethren were reminded of the important role Freemasonry has to play in today's society.
We stand for Brotherly Love, respect for all human beings regardless of their faith and for obedience to the laws of any country that affords us it's protection.
Now is a time for all Freemasons to speak up for our beliefs and offer our society a better way to live.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Muslim Community.
Don Seath DGM
Wbro Todd Saunders WM Bro Evan Donnelly MWbro Mark Winger GM VWBro Don Seath DGM
MWBro Mark met Evan casually and, true to his own "Speak-Up" campaign, spoke of freemasonry to him.
After giving Evan time to consider, Mark asked him if he was interested in joining. He was and Mark duly proposed him into Lodge Kauri.
Evan then moved to Taumarunui and joined Lodge Nau Mai before he had completed his 3 degrees. Mark asked the Waikato District Grand Master, Don Seath to keep an eye out and advise him when he would be raised. This was done and on Wednesday 6th March 2019, Mark travelled from Auckland to Taumarunui to witness Evan's raising to the 3rd Degree.
Mark was formally received as Grand Master with appropriate dignity and the 3rd degree ceremony was well performed by Lodge Nau Mai with assistance from the visiting Grand Lodge Officers.
The Grand Master invested Bro Donnelly with his Master Mason's Apron.
In the Refectory, where the traditional warm Nau Mai hospitality was enjoyed, the Grand Master charged the Brethren to continue to Speak Up for Freemasonry, and most importantly to take good care of new members.
The Official Visit by The Grand Master to the Waikato District at Lodge Nau Mai was a great occasion. It was also a good example of our Grand Master's leadership qualities. He is prepared to go out of his way to practice "Speak Up".
Furthermore, our Grand Master will be ensuring that Bro Donnelly receives ongoing mentoring support.
Triple Second Degree ceremony conducted by the Waikato District Grand Lodge Officers at the Lodge Alpha No 81 on Tuesday October 9thfor Bro’s Anaru Maniapoto, Toko Samuals & Hone Touau.
WM WBro Peter Saunders, G.Swd.B
DM VWBro Jim McLaggan, PDGM
JW VWBro Warwick Roberts, PDGM
SW WBro David Shearer, GS
SD WBro Logan Packer, PGS
JD VWBro Mark Fraser G.S.C
IG Peter Kimber, PGS
Tyler Dave Watson, PGIG
DC Len Jeffrey, DGDC
Chaplain VWBro Bob Monson G.ALM
Organist WBro David Landells, PGBB
Test questions - WBro Lou Bristowe, PGS
Obligation- WBro, Warren Merrilees, PGS
Secrets - WBro Murray Loft, GS
Investiture - WBro David Shearer, GS
Charge after Investiture - WBro John Evered, PDGDC
Charge in the S.E - WBro Brian Cowley, PGS
Working Tools - VWBro Warwick Roberts, PDGM
Tracing Board - WBro David Landells, PGBB
Charge after Passing - VWBro Jim McLaggan, PDGM
Prompt - VWBro Jim McLaggan, PDGM
This was a great night with the Grand Lodge team putting in a great team effort.
We went into the ceremony a little unsure as three candidates at the same time was a big ask, but on the night, everything went to plan, and our three candidates had a smooth dignified ceremony.