Posted 9 January 2022
Jo and I wish you and your families a belated, but heart-felt Happy New Year, we hope the year brings health, prosperity, and joy.
We still have about five weeks to go before the 2022 masonic year restarts, but I would like to inform you of a few meetings:
Manawatu Royal Arch Chapter’s 26th Summer Lecture, will be held on Thursday, 27 January 2022 at the Freemason's Centre, Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North. The Chapter will tyle at 7.00 pm with visitors admitted at 7.30 pm. This is a social event open to Craft Masons and friends. A buffet supper will follow, and it is anticipated that people will be heading home around 9.00 pm. The speaker on this occasion will be E Comp Edward Teece, a director of New Zealand Pharmaceuticals and a member of the Chapter.
In January Wharite Lodge usually meets on the 19th, then we are into February when all lodges apart from Wharite are active after the break. Of course we have two installation meetings in February, namely Lodge Rangitikei No. 38 and The Petre Lodge No. 457, I am sure those Lodges would appreciate good attendance at their most important meeting of the year.
Of course, there is no getting away from the fact we are all in the COVID-19 orange zone and the importance of good health practices in line with the Lodge plans continues. You only have to look at the news to see what is going on overseas and how this virus continues to be contagious, so we must continue to be vigilant in all our masonic meetings.
Divisional Web Site
I have started a new comments page on the website for this year’s blog, you can look back at 2021 here. Please continue to visit the page from now until November to see what I have reported on.
If you want to know what Lodges are doing, I will send out a calendar as soon as possible at the beginning of each month, of course, you can also go to the calendar on the website. If you have trouble accessing the calendar, I’d be happy to send you an updated version, just let me know.
In my Last Year
There is still much I would like to do in this my final term as District Grand Master, I feel very disappointed that due to circumstances beyond my control I have not achieved the things I set out to achieve. So I need to pick up the pace in 2022 and make sure that I remain focused on our Lodges and continue to support our members as much as possible.
I would like to thank all those that supported me through last year and those who worked hard for the benefit of their lodges and others, without you this job would not be so rewarding as it has been. The masters of our Lodges must be congratulated, they have worked under extraordinary conditions for the betterment of their Lodges, we have seen some real highs last year and I am especially pleased that Masters have been thinking of ways to improve their member's enjoyment.
This is a brief message for your wives and partners.
Ladies, thank you for brightening last year with your presence, it has been so good to see many of you attend with your husbands and partners the many meetings and events that were held. Lodges are waking up to the fact that you are an integral part of our masonic lives and hopefully we can continue this through 2022. I know Jo is keen of getting the Speculative Guild of Ladies (SGL) to do more together this year and promote fun and enjoyment outside of Freemasonry. We have been discussing a few ideas which we feel will work, so watch that Facebook page for information. Oh and well done for making it into the Freemasons magazine, awesome to see.
It has always been my goal for Freemasonry in the Ruapehu District to be where individuals come to experience an amazing lifelong journey of self-discovery and learning. Feel a sense of challenge and curiosity, connect, share laughter among friends. Build and support communities together. It is only with everyone’s input we can achieve this, Freemasonry to so many means so much, but at the end of the day the core value must be simple enjoyment, companion enjoyment, personal achievement enjoyment, and enjoyment of being part of a great organisation. The only way to make this work is to support your masters and be part of the team of three hundred and thirty Freemasons in this district.
And as we return to our Lodges and ask ourselves questions like “How will we get more enjoyment, fun and greater satisfaction from our Freemasonry?” “How’s our Lodge doing?”, “How are we attracting members?” and “Is the Lodge growing?” Hopefully, together we will work on some of these questions over the next twelve months.
Media, Food for Thought
Freemasonry is more open now than it ever has been. Social media platforms have become an increasingly popular channel for communication in the 21st century. They provide ways to share content with a wide audience and as such, are excellent tools for sharing information about Freemasonry and Masonic activities. As well as allowing Freemasons to communicate with each other, social media platforms also make it easy to engage non-masons. Social media platforms are therefore excellent for increasing awareness and attracting potential new members, as shared content will be available to anyone searching using masonic keywords. That is to say, someone who is connected to a Freemason on social media may see something masonic they have shared, which may prompt them to learn more about Freemasonry and perhaps enquire about membership.
Until next time