As the year progresses and I am writing a report for an August posting I begin to realise just how close it is to the end of my term of office. I continue to work closely with VW Bro Mike Hattie on all matters that relate to the functioning of the division and there will be no surprises for him when he takes office.
In the past couple of weeks, I have had the privilege of being formally received by VW Bro Don Seath into the Waikato District, at Lodge Waikato, of which I am a member. It was on the occasion of their installation and it was a great night and I did appreciate the very warm welcome offered by the district and the lodge.
The district also celebrated a visit from the Grand Master and the promotion of VW Bro Dene Richards, to the rank of Past Grand Warden, now of course, RW Bro Dene Richards. The evening was further enhanced by the appointment of Bro Norm Weir with an “Order of Freemasonry” – Norm has been the lodge organist for a consecutive 48 years. That is a remarkable service to freemasonry and members of his own lodge and from throughout the district came in good numbers to celebrate with him.
Appointment of new Grand Lodge Officers
The District Grand Masters are now progressing arrangements for the announcement of the new Active teams and other Grand Lodge promotions and appointments during the first two weeks of August 2019.
I take this early opportunity to congratulate those who are to progress in masonic rank and I am sorry for those who will be disappointed they were not able to achieve a position on this occasion. Please don’t give up, we had such a lot of nominations and it’s so hard to choose just a few.
Training and Induction for the new Active teams
A day of induction and training has been arranged for all the new active Grand Lodge team members to be followed by a dinner with partners and the current divisional team members. This will signal the end of our term of office as we turn our final attention to the Grand Installation in November.
I am looking forward to being in Whakatane on Saturday the 3rd of August on the occasion of the Grand Masters visit. There will be a strong representation from the district and divisional Grand Lodge teams and we look forward to a grand occasion with the local members.
I am looking forward to my formal reception to the Auckland District at Lodge Arawhaiti’s Installation on Wednesday the 7th of August. I have been invited to be the installing officer and the ceremony will include a full board. As a member of this lodge it is a wonderful invitation and I am most grateful to the lodge and to the District Grand Master VW Bro Dennis Waller.
Brethren, I continue to remind you of the Grand Installation in Wellington this November and that registrations are now open and time is of the essence. I do hope that you will take the opportunity to celebrate with our new team members as they are invested in their roles and to enjoy the great time being with Freemasons from all over New Zealand and Australia.
I am looking forward with great anticipation to our visit to Lodge Calliope in Samoa on the occasion of their Installation at the end of August. W Bro Greg Taylor is the lead member of the organising team and I am looking forward to being part of the New Zealand Grand Masters contingent and supporting him.
As always I look forward to visiting your lodges and enjoying your company as time and circumstances permit.
Thank you again for all that you continue to do for Freemasonry in your area.
RW Bro Gary W Salmon
Divisional Grand Master