The Eastern Bay has been hit pretty hard with flooding over recent days. You are all undoubtedly aware of the devastating damage caused in Edgecumbe. This has dominated in the media and is extremely serious. However this has overshadowed a number of other areas also severely affected. This damage now combined with another weather front approaching will cause even more stress and damage.
I have had discussions with the Grand Almoner, the Divisional Grand Almoner and Tom Becker District Charity Officer. Emergency funding is available to those in need, as always those requiring this assistance need to be identified. Should you encounter a resident requiring this assistance please communicate details to either, Tom or myself. Please use the proper channels and, please do not make promises.
In the longer term assistance will also be available with local lodges leading, supported by the district and nationally.
07-04-17 Installations this year to date have been;
W Bro Malcolm Kidd RH installed for another term for Meridian Lodge 449
W Bro David Wilson for The Waikato Lodge of Research 445
W Bro Mark Kerins installed as master of Lodge Te Papa 316, we were honoured to have our Divisional Grand Master in attendance for Marks installation and our only full installation ceremony so far this year.
W Bro Brian Purvis P G Std B has again taken on the masters role for Kawerau 422.
Installations coming, Thur 27th April Lodge Te Puke # 261 W Bro Fred Read
Mon 1st May Lodge Waihi # 112 V W Bro Ivan Smith
Notice of district 7 meeting to be held in Tauranga at Hairini Friday 17 Feb 2017 @ 7.30 start, cuppa prior if in time. Let me know if you have any item for inclusion on the agenda. Open to all.
I wish you all the very best for the festive season, stay safe be it on the land, sea or in the air, may you have an enjoyable Christmas and a happy New Year.
We have now had the Grand Installation in Wellington and MW Bro Mark Winger has been installed as our new Grand Master. During the conference MW Bro Winger spoke of his intentions for the craft encompassing the next few years. Briefly covered they are centred around, communication, membership and financial stability.
The major initiative being titled; “speak up for freemasonry” the initial challenge associated with this campaign is; each and every brother is challenged to speak to someone who is not a freemason once a week about freemasonry. This simple task equates to 52 people who are not freemasons be they man or woman, being more informed about freemasonry by the end of a twelve-month period. Now multiply that by every member of your lodge. We as an organisation and more particularly your lodge, should see some real positive spin off if this simple initiative is acted upon.
The new active Grand lodge team for the Bay of Plenty consists of myself, W Bro Glen Harris as Grand Director of Ceremonies, W Bros Ivan Perry and David Johnstone as Grand Stewards. W Bro Bruce F Scott has been appointed to the position of Grand Sword Bearer and W Bro Colin Wilde has been honoured with the rank of Past Grand Sword Bearer. I congratulate these brethren and sincerely wish them well, in their new positions.
We also have two distinguished brothers from the Bay of Plenty receiving recognition in the form of, Roll of Honour. This honour is not bestowed lightly and W Bro Malcolm Kidd and W Bro John Lewis are deserving recipients. Presentation to these well deserving brothers will be made when suitable arrangements are able to be put in place. Initially attempts were made to have these presentations in combination with the investitures of the Grand Offices unable to be invested at Grand Installation. Unfortunately circumstances prevented this from happening.
23rd Nov, Lodge Apanui, Official GL visit investiture of Grand Officers
28th Nov, Lodge Arawa, Quiz night
29th Nov, Lodge Te Papa, Annual exchange visit with Lodge Te Puke, second degree