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Hawke's Bay Daytime Lodge No 453 Installation

While the Ladies went off on an excursion in the Art Deco Bus, WBro Tony Rich PGS was Installed for the third - and he claims final - time as Master of the Hawke's Bay Daytime Lodge No 453, on Thursday 28th February. Tony has previously served two terms as Master of the former United Lodge of Napier No 21 and claims that five a good enough number of times to be Installed as Master.

The ceremony was conducted by VWBro Phil Wagener P Dist GM, in a pause between his retirement job duties driving Ab608 "Passchendaele" on the Marlborogh Flyer, assisted by Worshipful Brethren of the New Zealand Railway Craftsmen's Association. VWBro Mike Kendrick G Alm acted as Dist GDC; VWBro Malcolm Stone PGDC as Inner Guard; WBro Warren Merrilees PGS presented the Warrant, Book of Constitution and By-Laws; RWBro Dave Marshall P Dep GM Addressed the Wardens and WBro Vic Ives presented the Working Tools of a Fellowcraft Freemason.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merriment in Refectory as VWBro Phil Wagener P Dist GM replies to the Toast to the New Zealand Railway Craftsmen's Association

(photo credit WBro Nigel Friggens Dist GDC)

Mark these future Installations in your diary:

Wednesday 20 March Lodge Omarunui No 216

Saturday 6 April Lodge Gisborne No 233

Thursday 11 April The Woburn Lodge No 25

Saturday 13 April The Lion Lodge No 114

Saturday 18 May Lodge Rawhiti No 66

Tuesday 25 June Scinde Lodge No 5




Rawhiti Lodge No 66 Initiations

The Rawhiti Lodge has had a busy time of late Initiating men into Freemasonry.

At the October 2018 Regular Meeting Lolito Dorotan was Initiated, followed by Jerry Lim in November. The new year has started even busier with Kelvin Divina Initiated at the February Regular Meeting and Mark Feliciano at an Emergency Meeting on Tuesday 26 February, where Bro Rod Ascuncion presented the Charge After Investiture. The Lodge has plenty of work ahead educating and passing the Entered Apprentices, with a social programme to keep everyone involved between meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bro Jerry Lim, Bro Kelvin Divina, Bro Lolito Dorotan, Bro Mark Feliciano, WBro Geoff Waterworth, Bro Rod Ascuncion and VWBro Ian Hunt Dist GM (photo credit WBro Nigel Friggens Dist GDC)




Lodge Haeata No 272 Installation

The 2019 Installation season got underway with the Installation of WBro Don Casagranda, a Past Master of Lodge Windsor No 377, as Master of Lodge Haeata No 272, on Saturday 23rd February. Don was born in Scotland of Spanish ancestory, emigrated to Canada as a boy before emigrating to New Zealand for work purposes. Now retired, he and his wife Eve run On Arrival New Zealand providing relocation and resettlement services for families migrating to New Zealand.

Don has plans for a very active year for Lodge Haeata - both Masonically and socially - with two candidates awaiting Initiation into the Lodge and monthly social events with the Ladies under way.

VWBro Ian Hunt Dist GM welcomes WBro Don Casagranda into the Chair of Lodge Haeata No 272

Mark these future Installations in your diary:

Wednesday 20 March Lodge Omarunui No 216

Saturday 6 April Lodge Gisborne No 233

Thursday 11 April The Woburn Lodge No 25

Saturday 13 April The Lion Lodge No 114

Saturday 18 May Lodge Rawhiti No 66

Tuesday 25 June Scinde Lodge No 5




Long Service Recognised at Hawke's Bay Daytime Lodge No 453

Long Service to Freemasonry was recognised at the June Meeting of Hawke's Bay Daytime Lodge No 453, with the presentation of a 25 Year Service Badge to WBro Colin Hinks and a 50 Year Service Badge to VWBro Ken Edney PG Lec.

WBro Colin Hinks was Initiated in Napier Lodge No 268 and progressed to Senior Warden before that Lodge handed in it's Charter to become part of the United Lodge of Napier No 25. When that Lodge too closed he joined Hawke's Bay Daytime Lodge No 453, where he was finally Installed as Master in February of this year.

VWBro Ken Edney was Initiated into Lodge Ruapehu No 128 while employed as a psychiatric nurse at Lake Alice. Long time Masonic friend RWBro Colin Johnson P Prov GM made a surprise visit from Whanganui to once again chew the fat with Ken and "interview" him about his early days in Freemasonry. Ken recalled thinking after his Raising, "is that it?" A year later he joined the Royal Arch to complete the story and has has been an ardent supporter of that Order ever since.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VWBro Ian Hunt Dist GM, VWBro Phil Wagener P Dist GM, WBro Colin Hinks, VWBro Ken Edney PG Lec, RWBro Dave Marshall P Dep GM and RW Colin Johnson P Prov GM




Bush Brothers - A History of the Ruahine Lodge No 80 Woodville 1886 - 2015 Book Launch

Using their perpatetic charter The Hawke's Bay Research Lodge No 305 held an Emergency Meeting at Woodville Racecourse on Saturday 5 May, to facilitate the launch of Paula McCool's book Bush Brothers - A History of the Ruahine Lodge No 80 Woodville 1886 - 2015.

The Lodge Tyled at 11:00am to formalise the day then Closed. Proceedings moved to the dining area where the Brethren were joined by non-Masonic visitors for the launch of the book, which was attended by Taraua District Mayor Tracy Collis. Following a catered lunch, the group adjourned to the historic Gorge Cemetery where Brethren of The Hawke's Bay Research Lodge read biographies of ten selected Freemasons at their grave site, dispensation having been granted for the Brethren to wear their regalia during the book launch as well as at the Gorge Cemetery.

WBro Kerry Nicholls PGS, Master of Hawke's Bay Research Lodge No 453 reads a brief biography at the grave of a former member of Ruahine Lodge No 80.

WBro Nigel Friggens Dist GDC, a Past Master of Hawke's Bay Research Lodge No 453, also reads a brief biography at the grave of another former member of Ruahine Lodge No 80, which handed in it's Charter in 2015.

 




Anneke Mayhead - Heartland Bank Freemasons Scholarship, Central Division

Anneke Mayhead was presented with the Heartland Bank Freemasons Scholarship, Central Division, at the recent Divisional Conference in Palmerston North. The Scholarship not only recognises Anneke's acaedmic achievement in first year medicine at Otago University, but also her commitment to service in the community. 

Parents Jill Metz and WBro Adrian Mayhead PGS of Lodge Waikaremoana No 158 can be justly proud of their children. In 2015 Anneke's brother Rian was the recipient of the Heartland Bank Scholarship.

WBro Adrian Mayhead PGS and Jill Metz, Anneke Mayhead and Brett Hewson of Heartland Bank




Meeting with MWBro Mark Winger GM

A great pleasure to meet with MWBro Mark Winger GM at Grand Communication in Wellington and to hear him expound his vision that we all need to Speak Up for Freemasonry.

Article and photo from Hawke’s Bay Today.