Firstly I take this opportunity to thank all of those who made the effort to attend our Divisional Conference and I trust that you enjoyed the day and found the content of discussion useful. I hope that you’ve been able, in particular, to share with the members of your lodge the presentation from W Bro Russell Pratt on the Divisional website. I must say, it is very encouraging to see the number of our members who are visiting the site and I am sure you are being rewarded with a wide range of useful and interesting information. I take this opportunity to thank all of those throughout the Division who have been contributing various articles and news items that have been used nationally and locally.
I recently had the opportunity of joining members from the lodge of Peace in Auckland on the occasion of their scholarship presentations. It was again another fantastic evening celebrating our charitable activity and meeting such wonderful and talented young people that give us confidence that we have such developing talent and skills ready to lead this country, our various business and innovation developments in the future.
I have more recently been somewhat busy with my St John activities, a number of which have occupied weekends and limited my ability to be out and about visiting with you. I am about to leave for South Africa on 19 May for a week of International St John business and I look forward to being more actively involved on my return.
It is encouraging to hear from our District Grand Masters that work in the districts is progressing in such a positive manner. I am pleased also to confirm the Divisional leadership team will be gathering in Auckland on Saturday, 10 June for a meeting to further synchronise our activities and support for each other.
In the meantime, I extend to you all my very best wishes and urge you to continue to “Speak up for Freemasonry” and take advantage of all those positive things that are happening around this at this exciting time.
RW Bro Gary W Salmon
Divisional Grand Master
Brethren is my intention to communicate with you through this page on our website keeping you up-to-date with my activity and visiting programme, as well as special promotions that will be of interest to the Division from time to time.
I take this opportunity to thank the members of Lodge Te Papa, in the Bay of Plenty for their hospitality last week when I had the opportunity of attending their installation ceremony and presenting the address to the Brethren.
On 1 April the members of Nau Mai Lodge in Taumaranui enjoyed the opportunity of hosting the Grand Master. I know they appreciated the commitment of MW Bro Mark Winger and his willingness to travel to Taumaranui and being received into their Lodge.
The pressure is now building as we finalise the details of our day’s activity at the Divisional Conference next Saturday and I look forward to seeing as many of you in attendance as are able to make it. We tried to make the start and finish time such that Brethren travelling from out of Auckland can do so with some ease and I hope the programme on the day will be informative and useful to all those attending.
My Fraternal Best wishes
RW Bro Gary Salmon
Divisional Grand Master