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FIRST AN APOLOGY

DUE TO A GREMLIN IN THE WORKS SOME OF THE PHOTOS HAVE DISSAPERED - THEY WILL BE BACK

Updated 19/02/2018 New Items this week shown with a Star    




Newsletter October to January 2018

 

 

Happy New Year to you and your family,

 

I am sorry the newsletter is a little late this month but I have not been simply enjoying myself, I have been engaged in a lot of interesting thinking and planning for this year.

Last year was a very successful one for the District, highlights of which were the visit of the Grand Master, the launch of our web site, which for many months has topped the “Hits” parade in the Masonic web pages chart. In addition a number of initiatives’ and other first’s were started including the sale of firewood and support for the Edwin Fox trust, the Hospice Building support fund and the Stand up for Freemasonry Aide memoire cards.

In conjunction with my advisory team a number of things are planned. The first of which is a District Conference which is to be held  at 10.30 am on Saturday the 3rd of February at Charles Street in Blenheim. This will have on the agenda a very important discussion and resolution regarding the possible amalgamation of our District with that of the West Coast. At the conference, which is open to all Master Masons we will look at the options open to us and I plan to come to a firm decision on our future stance. I would especially ask that all Grand Lodge officers attend this conference.

The other big item we will deal with on that day are my proposals for a succession planning system for the District. This planning process will enable us to ensure that we openly recognise new talent and ability as well as respecting the input of many years work by members  who may feel that it is now their turn. In addition the conference will look at some other initiatives relating to mentoring support, coordination between Lodges on social and charity events, and also supporting our older brethren who cannot attend evening meetings. There will also be an open forum where you can ensure that any ideas or concerns you have are brought to my attention.

I will be sending out further information on this Conference to Lodge Secretaries later in the month.

On the “Speak Up for Freemasonry” and recruitment front in the District, two sets of recruitment initiatives are planned. In both Blenheim and Nelson lodges are hosting a series of events which culminate in a demonstration of the 13/14 Century, Knight Templar initiation ceremony. (This was so successful when it was done a few years ago in Nelson and not only attracted new masons, but an increase in Royal Arch numbers as well as new Knights Templar, that I fully support this initiative.). This is a colourful and interesting ceremony and we are so lucky to have such a useful general public recruitment tool in this District. Grateful thanks to the Knights for doing this. I will circulate more on this shortly.  So as you can see we are not standing still.

Another of the other big successes this last year has been the programme organised in Blenheim and Nelson of a series of morning tea and lunch meetings for partners and wives. These meetings have attracted a wide range of attendees including many of our widows who still wish to retain their connection with the lodges. Please ensure your wife/partner is told about these events and that they know that all are welcome – a warm welcome is especially open to non Masonic friends who they may wish to bring along.

Sincerely and fraternally

Ian

 

PS I have been asked by many Masons  "How can I see previous articles that have been on the web page?" You can do this by selecting the Archive panel above which will give you access to the PDF versions of previous versions of the web page.




Special Night at Victory/Wakatu Lodge

 

The meeting at Victory/Wakatu Lodge on the 13th of Feb in Nelson was a really special one in many respects.

First the master of this Lodge Gerrit Van Asche has done a remarkable job in the last two years in attracting new members to the Lodge and this continues as there is a waiting list to join!!

Second this ceremony was the raising to the third degree of Tamas Fekete the son of Robert Fekete who joined the Lodge recently.

Just in case this is not enough a special visitor attended that night  W Bro Pedro Esquenttini from The Fraternidad Manabita Lodge No. 5, in Ecuador.

 

When he entered the lodge he first clapped then saluted the WM, then the JW, then the SW then finally again WM.

 

During their meeting of his Lodge members ask permission from the wardens before they speak to the master.

 

By special permission of the WM he demonstrated this when he gave his greetings from his Lodge.

As for their aprons – well once they have done the MM degree they put a skull and cross bones on the back of the apron (see the picture below).

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Gerrit also reports: ”I always like to do degree work in the Lodge and in particular to see the whole Lodge working together in making it in a seamless ceremony which I believe made it a great experience for Tamas.  On the night we were missing some of our key Brothers, but great to see others stepping in to fill in. In particular Russell Dickson, who did the charge after raising even though he is not in the best of health.”

 

Posted 19th Feb 2018

 

Gerrit Van Ashe and David Marsh




Lodge Nelson has a Guess Who is Coming to Dinner night? 27th Jan 2018

Lodge Nelson Social committee organised this event, its like a progressive supper BUT with a difference you don’t know who is coming or what they are bringing, apart from its either a starter or desert. It is seen as good way for members to keep in touch bettwen long breaks like the Christmas one we have just had.

Lodge members were invited to volunteer as either Hosts or Guests. They were then (in secret) "married" up instructions issued to the guests of where they had to go, what time and what to bring.

Was it a success – judge for yourselves these were comments from some of the guests.

Being one of the organisers of the event we volunteered to do whatever was left – We went to Ken and Jenny Smith’s house avec Desert and a plus 1 as we had a Masonic guest from the west coast  staying with us. Ken and Jenny's  house is a delight as it overlooks the beach at Tahuna.

Ken and Jenny made us feel so at home, Jenni is a great cook,  and the evening meal was spent in the shade on the deck to the backdrop of a Nelson Sunset. It was a delightful evening and gave us chance to catch up on the “goings on”  in our lives over the Christmas break.

 

Thank you to our hosts very much,  David and Ronnie.

 

After spending a full day on Masonic business  around 6.30pm I left home carrying as instructed some potato chips and a bottle of  wine. Given full instructions  of how to reach my destination I arrived   with no idea of who I was going to meet but knowing it was lodge members I was enthusiastic about the forthcoming  undertaking, especially as Yvonne was in Christchurch and this  released me from cooking my own meal.

 

Having parked the car I knocked on the door to be welcomed by W Bro Ted Priest and Liz, sitting in the sun were Derek and Leanne Nees and  Mervin and Pam Barker. The evening was a round of a few glasses of wine ( accompanied with my chips), light hearted conversation , some more wine and then invited to sit down by our hosts for meal.  A delightful meal full of different flavours had been prepared by Liz and Pam and the serious conversation putting the world to right (or at least Nelson and Nelson drivers) was begun.

The evening passed all too quickly and we returned to our own homes.

Was the evening a success – yes, did we get to know our friends a little bit better –yes , would I do it again  - yes

Ian

Posted 30 Jan 2018




District Grand Master Calls a District Conference

Brethren all,

 

You will receive in the next few days the email  below from your Secretary ref the District Conference to be held in Blenheim on the 3rd of February 2018.

In addition you will also receive the remits that are to be discussed at the next Divisional Conference to be held on the 3rd of March 2018.  The District Conference will give you and your Lodge a chance to ensure the District Grand Master is aware of your lodges views on these remits

 

Brethern All, 

I intend to hold a District Conference at 10.30 am on Saturday the 3rd of February at Charles Street in Blenheim.

 

This will have on the agenda a very important discussion and resolution regarding the possible amalgamation of our District with that of the West Coast.

At the conference, which is  open to all Master Masons we will look at the options open to us and I plan to come to a firm decision on our future stance. I would especially ask that all Grand Lodge officers attend this conference.

The other big item we will deal with on that day are my proposals for a succession planning system for the District. This planning process will enable us to ensure that we openly recognise new talent and ability as well as respecting the input of many years work by members  who may feel that it is now their time to be recognised.

In addition the conference will look at some other initiatives relating to mentoring support, coordination between Lodges on social and charity events, and also supporting our older brethren who cannot attend evening meetings.

There will also be an open forum where you can ensure that any ideas or concerns you have are brought to my attention.

Brethren my apologies for the short time lead in to this meeting but finding a date on the calendar is difficult . My sincere apologies to the members of the Wakefield Quarry on using their meeting time but with my commitments if I did not use this day then  I would not have been able to hold this important conference until the end of March.

Yours Fraternally

 

Ian

VW Bro Ian McLean

District Grand Master

Nelson-Marlborough District

e mail distgm.dist23@freemasonsnz.org

 

Posted 22nd Jan 2018

 

 




Nelson/Marlborough District Conference

 

 

 

All Brethren are cordially invited to attend the first DISTRICT 23 Conference on Saturday the 3rd of February at the Lodge rooms in Charles Street, Blenheim commencing at 10.30 AM. Four major papers will be discussed - these will be distributed at the conference.

 

Agenda

 

1.         Introduction to the Conference

The aims and objectives of the Conference, how the morning will be organised and how the resolutions agreed will be recorded and communicated to Lodges.

Chairman of the event  David Marsh.

 

2.         How each session will be organised and an introduction to the four papers under discussion today.

Ian Mclean

 Paper One - The Westland Situation

Introduction Ian Mclean

 Paper Two – Succession Planning in the District

Introduction Ian Mclean

 Paper Three – Caring/catering for our older members

Introduction Ian Mclean

 Paper Four – Mentor Support Programme

Introduction Ian Mclean

 The Divisional Conference and the remits that have been tabled.

Ian Mclean invites attendees to make any comments or suggestions that they wish to raise about the recently circulated remits that are to be discussed at the annual Divisional Conference in March.

 

Closing address and thank you

Ian Mclean

 

Posted 29th Jan 2018

 

 

 




CHANGE OF DATE - District Wives and Partners Event

 

From Yvonne Mclean

 

Could you please update your members and their Wives or Partners.

 

I have been advised by the Marlborough ladies that they have arranged a lunch in Marlborough

on the same date I had booked for Havelock.

 

Therefore the Ladies are now invited to a lunch on Saturday 24th February 12pm at Crusoe’s Restaurant, Stoke.

There’s plenty of parking and a wide variety of interesting food at under $20.

 

All Ladies are welcome and should any Marlborough Ladies wish to travel over, Opera in the Park is on that evening too!

Please advise me by 21 February if you are able to come as I need to confirm numbers.

 

Yvonne

 

Posted 22nd of Jan 2018




Meet The Master

 

Gerrit van Asch

Victory-Wakatu 40

 

 

What was/is your work profession Agricultural Consultant in New Zealand. (Helping others get the best from their farm)
Why did you choose that? I was born in the Rumpt in central Holland where I lived all of my early life on a dairy farm.  I got my agriculture knowledge and education through starting working on my parent’s farm when I was 19.  I bought the farm from them when I was 28 and started farming on my own.  I married Corrie in 1987 and we have 3 children Isch(1988), Chiel(1989) and Uke(1991). We immigrated to Canada in 1993 and started a dairy farm there. We then moved to New Zealand in 2003 where we lived in the Glen for 10 years and then moved to Hardy Street 5 years ago
Why did you become a Freemason? I was invited by my friend Heinz into Freemasonry in 2008.
What part or parts of Freemasonry do you enjoy most & why? I like the history and the traditions. It took me some time familiarize myself with how the lodge worked, this was hard work at first but after few years I really started enjoying it. I worked my way through the offices I became a Master in 2016. I really enjoy my role as Master and it has helped me to get lot better understanding of what masonry is all about. What I like about Free Masonry is the way it has helped me improve myself. I particularly like to do ritual work and the companionship that you get from your brothers. You meet so many great people that otherwise you would never meet.  I’m member of Royal Arch too
What is left on your personal "bucket list"? Coming to New Zealand did give me a great opportunity to work on my bucket list one day at the time. What is left on my list? Well I would like to do a safari in Africa and walk on the Great Wall of China. I have had a few attempts at catching a big fish (marlin and blue fin tuna) but so far unsuccessful so I still want to get that off my bucket list.

 

 

 

Posted 19th Jan 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




A Grand Day Out

 

Nelson Marlborough District was honoured to receive a visit from the Grand Master R W Bro Mark Winger on Saturday 9th of December 2017.

The Grand Master’s visit was organised by the District Grand Master Ian McLean ably assisted by the Waitohi and Eckford lodges. It was an early start and the Grand Master’s  plane was delayed by an hour and so some rapid re-scheduling was needed.

The first stop was a visit to the Edwin Fox to see how the recent donations from the District and Grand Lodge of NZ were being applied. Mark was joined on this visit by the Master of Waitoi Lodge and other local Freemasons and their wives. This ship is an important part of New Zealand’s history and the way in which it was salvaged by the local community and its conversion into a major tourist attraction is a great credit to the locals. The assistance provided by the  Freemasons will enable the preservation of ship to continue (A full explanation of the project will be put into the Archive version of this web page as its too big to include here).

 

The Grand Master then had morning tea and an informal chat with nearly all the serving masters in the District. This was carried out in such a relaxed manner that we were left in no doubt that the election of the Grand Master had been a very good decision.

The afternoon centred around the Grand Lodge visit to Lodge Eckford and the award of a special promotion to R W Harry Halliday in respect of his many years of service both at local, provincial, and district level and also on Grand Lodge committees and boards. Harry was awarded the rank of Past Grand Warden.  After the formal ceremonials the Lodge was closed and wives, partners and friends admitted to view the investiture.

 

The award ceremony and the testimonials that were given showed the high regard that Harry is held in our district. This ceremony was attended by many Freemasons who had travelled to the event and their wives and partners. Lodge Eckford and the rest of the District’s Freemasons felt great pride that the life time of work by Harry had been so well and worthily recognised by Grand Lodge.

 An afternoon tea followed and I got chance to talk to  the Grand Master about the way the internet will continue to be major plank in the Speak up for Freemasonry Campaign. Mark was very pleased with how our Web page has helped and will continue to help in that campaign.

After tea the Grand Master returned to the Airport. In in the evening a dinner was held at the Woodburn Tavern to celebrate the event some more.

It was truly was a grand day out for the Grand Master and the rest of us.  A big thank you must go to Marlborough Freemasons whose hospitality did us all proud

 

David Marsh

 

Posted 16/12/2017




Lodge Waitohi Visit The Edwin Fox Project - “A bit of a Do it Upper?”

For the November meeting of the Waitohi Lodge the Master Vaughn Machon organised an evening and supper at the Edwin Fox in Picton . 30 Masons and partners and children attended a very well organised function.

 

 

Wor Bro Dale Webb gave a great explanation of the ship in situ as well as a very good visual display of some of the salient points of Marlborough history.

If you are in Picton this display is well worth a visit. Thanks to Vaughn and Sue for the great effort.

 

Ian Plummer Posted 9th December 2017




Nelson and Victory reunited for their Christmas Meal

On Wednesday the 22nd of November the Nelson Lodge and Victory Chapter shared a meal together with thier wives/partners and friends at the Rata Rooms in Nelson. It was attended by 30 plus folk who enjoyed three courses and some excellent wine. Menu envy was very apparent as we saw the size of the Prawn starters. The Master of Lodge Nelson ,Bob Llewellyn, welcomed everyone and wished us all a Happy Christmas. Regrettably Derek Nees, the first Principal of the Victory Chapter, was detained in New Plymouth airport (courtesy of Air New Zealand) . His wife, Lianne, like the rest of us,  sat down to enjoy the companionship and atmosphere of the evening. In fact I enjoyed it so much (the company and the wine was great) I forgot to take a photo even though I had taken my trusty camera!

 

Enough said

 

David Marsh

Posted 24th November 2017

 









District Workings Feb 2018 to Mar 2018

Report produced 22 Jan 2018 14:03:38

Date

Lodge/Chapter

District

At

Visitors & Dress

Cost

Working

Tue 06 Feb

Lodge Eckford No 334

Nelson Marlborough

BC

8:00 PM

M

 

No Information at this stage

Wed 07 Feb

The Forest Lodge No 116

Nelson Marlborough

N

 

SC

 

DOMESTIC Meeting to discuss Lodge workings/directions.

Tue 13 Feb

Marlborough Lodge of Unanimity No 106

Nelson Marlborough

BC

7:45 PM

S

 

Emulation 3rd Degree Ceremony

Tue 13 Feb

The Victory-Wakatu Lodge No 40

Nelson Marlborough

N

7:30 PM

L/E

 

3rd Degree Bro. Tamas Fekete

Thu 22 Feb

Victory Chapter

Nelson Marlborough

N

7:30 PM

L

 

Mark Degree - Robert Fekete.

Thu 22 Feb

The Waitohi Lodge No 111

Nelson Marlborough

P

8:00 PM

SC

 

Presentation. 60 year Service Badge to V.W.Bro.Clive Smith, P.G.Chap.

Mon 26 Feb

Top of the South Research Lodge No 470

Nelson Marlborough

N

6:00 PM

E

$20.00

Dinner 6pm lodge 7pm INSTALATION MEETING

Wed 28 Feb

Motueka Bays Lodge No 117

Nelson Marlborough

Mo

 

L/E

 

To be advised

Tue 06 Mar

Lodge Eckford No 334

Nelson Marlborough

BC

8:00 PM

M

 

No information at this stage

Sat 10 Mar

Motueka Bays Lodge No 117

Nelson Marlborough

Mo

3:00 PM

M

 

Installation. Refectory Charge to be advised

Tue 13 Mar

Marlborough Lodge of Unanimity No 106

Nelson Marlborough

BC

7:45 PM

M

 

3rd Degree Bro WIlliams

Thu 22 Mar

The Waitohi Lodge No 111

Nelson Marlborough

P

8:00 PM

M

 

Working to be advised





NELSON MARLBOROUGH (23) 

2018 LODGE MEETING DATES  (as at 9-10-2017)  

Blue Shaded is Installation 

Yellow Sade Grand Lodge Offical Visit

 

NELSON

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Golden Bay 144

 

10

12

9

14

11

9

13

10

13

12

10

Victory-Wakatu 40

 

13

13

10

26

12

10

14

11

9

13

11

Forest 116

 

7

7

4

2

6

4

1

5

3

7

5

Nelson 288

 

21

21

18

16

20

18

15

15

17

21

12

Motueka Bays 117

 

28

10

25

23

27

25

22

26

25

22

 

                               

MARLBOROUGH

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Eckford 334

 

6

6

3

1

5

3

7

25

 

2

6

2

Unanimity 106

 

13

13

10

8

12

10

11

11

9

13

11

Havelock 104

 

8

17

12

10

14

12

9

13

11

8

13

Awatere 292

 

15

15

7

17

21

19

16

20

19

15

20

Wairau 42

23

27

27

24

22

23

24

28

25

23

27

 

Waitohi 111

25

22

22

28

24

28

26

23

27

25

22

12








Forthcoming Events

 

Wednesday 7 February 2018 at 6.00pm

Forest Lodge Invite Masons and thier families to a BYO   Bar-be-que at  Faulkner Bush - with a visit to the tree at Baigent Reserve

With family, friends and anyone else you may wish to bring.

 

Please let Paul Nisbett know if you are coming 

 

Saturday 10th February 2018

Golden Bay Lodge invite Masons and thier familes to  the  annual BBQ/ Grand Lodge Visit Meeting

Lodge Tyles at 2.30 pm.

2-45pm Visitors

2-50pm Grand Lodge

Ladies and friends can meet in the hall or enjoy the sunshine outside

Dress: Tidy casual – What you would wear to a BBQ

Dinner:   Lodge will provide meat and drinks.

Schwindle: Please also bring a couple of prizes for the Schwindle to boost our Benevolence account

 

Please let Derek Nees Know if you are coming

 




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