Updated 12/04/2017 New Items this week shown with a Star
Greetings to you all Brethren.
Welcome to my second newsletter, the last two months have been a very steep learning curve for me as your new District Grand Master. The first of the many new challenges that faced me was getting the installation ritual under my belt. It will come as no surprise that learning a ritual for the first time even though you have heard it many times is not easy. As you get more mature the task does not get any easier I can assure you. My first few installations were not easy but due to the support I received at those installations I am now getting a little more comfortable with the task.
The big surprise was the amount of behind the scenes work that is required as District Grand Master. These requests, duties and problems to be dealt with came thick and fast. Some were easy to deal with, others required me understanding a whole new world of protocols between constitutions and also the NZ book of constitution as well. Many a happy hour was spent digging through these I can assure you
The final and perhaps most personal surprise was the change that I found in how even old friends now regard me. Before my appointment as District Grand Master I was just W Bro Ian or just Ian, now I am DGM folk regard me as the District Grand Master. It’s not that they are any less friendly, just a little more guarded as they are now talking to me in my new persona.
My initial series of meetings within the Nelson and Blenheim Lodges was to consult you in relation to the stand up for Freemasonry campaign. I have received some feedback from that presentation and also further information from Grand Lodge. Accordingly I have updated the information I distributed at those talks and I have prepared a small card as an Aide Memoire which is at the bottom of this news letter.
What I plan to do is to prepare copies of this Aide Memoire for you all which will be sent to your Lodge Secretary. It is not all I want you to say, or what you must say, it’s the start of a conversation so you may feel more comfortable in responding to others. I know that if you use these as guidelines it will help you in deciding what to say. Also in June you will receive a new booklet “Simple answers to leading questions” included in your Freemasons magazine. The Aide Memoire together with this new Grand Lodge booklet will provide you with an excellent way of discussing Freemasonry with interested individuals.
I also commend to you the new District web site pages which are within the Southern Division part of the Grand Lodge web site. (The address is first go to http://www.themasons.org.nz/sdiv/ then click on District Grand Masters Comments – then Nelson Marlborough). The site is regularly updated with the reports I receive from the meetings and also it contains a list of the meetings and social events coming up in the next month or so and which ones I plan to attend. So if you are having a meeting please take a photo and write a few lines about what happened and send it to me so I can let others know what we are up to.
I am also particularly interested in ensuring social events are reported and given the publicity that your efforts so richly deserve.
What does becoming a Freemason commit me to?
For further information see the booklet “Simple Answers”
Speak Up for Freemasonry
An Aide Memoire
What is Freemasonry
Freemasonry is a brotherhood of good men meeting and working in harmony.
The Benefits of being a Freemason
The Scouts hold an annual fun day for kids on the banks of the Opawa River in Blenheim. The main attraction consists of two water slides. The kids use inflatable rafts, inner tubes – or just body-slide. Thanks to Chris Bowhill - Havelock Lodge No 104 and his supporters, this year the Freemasons of Marlborough turned up in force to assist the organisers deliver the equipment to the site, set things up and supervise the event. It proved very popular and Scouts New Zealand were very happy to have our support.
The Scouts have been running this event for the past five years or so, and it usually runs in February. There are a number of physical activities (trampolines, gymnastics, water activities plus sausage sizzle, drinks etc), so there is a lot to organise. Like everyone else, their organisers are stretched pretty thinly, so the offer of help from us was gladly accepted. We have the advantage of a fairly diverse group of people and a wide age range from within Freemasons New Zealand. It was a great opportunity for some of our younger members to be seen to pitch into something tangible and to 'Speak Up for Freemasonry'.
Photos - Max Currie
Credit - Chris Bowhill and Max Currie
Max Currie, Brian Cameron, Ian Cameron, Peter Craig
On Tuesday 18th of April The Marlborough Royal Arch Chapter (14) made two brothers Mark Master Masons. This unusual event was presided over by Peter Craig the J of the Chapter and Worshipful Mark Master and the Grand Superintendent for the District, Max Currie. It is a complicated ceremony and given the necessity to fill roles extempore it went very well. This is was the first meeting since the Chapter Installation and the new team of Gordon Berry who is Z (who is doing a second year and Ian Plummer who is H, seem well at home in their new roles.
Also present that night was Bro Scott Pickering who was made a Mark Master in February 2017. This is the first time he has seen the ceremony and to see a double one would have helped him understand this rather complicated part of the Royal Arch degree.
Lodge Victory - Wakatu had a really special event on Tuseday the 11th of April when W Bro Gerrit Van Asch carried out the Initiation of Tamas Fekete. Last month his father Robert, received his Master Mason degree so now the Lodge has a Lewis in its midst. It has been a busy week for the WM of Lodge Nelson (Gerald Lavercome) who attended together with representatives of the Forest and Motueka Bays Lodges. Robert Fekete gave the charge after the apron, his first charge in a Lodge which I am sure made it a very special evening for his son. Later in the Refectory Tamas delivered the shortest response to the new brother toast I have ever heard – “Thank you very much”. Well done that man!
|Gerrit Van Asche, Tomas Fekete, Robert Fekete, Gerald Lavercome|
Golden Bay Lodge was the host to Lodge Nelson on the 10th of April when the WM (Gerald Lavercome) and three of the brethren went over the “marble mountain” of Takaka hill (270 plus bends) with the tracing board for a special event. It’s always a joy going to the Takaka lodge rooms because of the warm welcome you get from its members and to see that very special carpet.
One of the Lodge Nelson brethren, Jim Kennard, spends a lot of time away from Nelson working on a survey boat in the middle of nowhere, so it has been a tricky scheduling problem to give him the explanation of the second degree tracing board. The Secretary of Lodge Nelson (Derek Nees) made arrangements with the Secretary of Golden Bay (also Derek Nees) to do the explanation at their April meeting. The presentation was given by George Stone who did it in an exemplary manner and even demonstrated some of the details of the size of the Pillars in that presentation using a huge pair of compasses which he has in his hands.
Photo has : Murray Rolton WM of Golden Bay, George Stone and Jim Kennard
BTW George is six foot three and Jim six foot six!
Ian and Sue Plummer at Ian’s installation dinner for the Awatere Lodge No 292 held at the Redwood Tavern. Ian is taking the chair for a 2nd year and has just had surgery on his back which makes him feel like a rejuvenated person. With the continued support of a very experienced team within the lodge and several new brothers Ian expects the lodge to go forward with great vigour and enjoyment to the members. Ian is well known for his research into, and the presentation of unusual and special versions of well known charges, and we look forward to hearing some more of these over the next year. Also in the pictures above - The most important guests of the day - were the wives and partners who attended the dinner after the installation.
Nelson Masonic Hall is used by all the NZC lodges in the area and during the day part of the Hall car park is used to provide economical parking for local businesses. In addition the Hall Company also allow the local school, (Central School) which is just across the road, to use the car park for the parents to use while they are picking up the children. Thus making it safer for the children and other road users.
The Hall Management Company recently received this letter.
On Saturday the 18th of March 2017 I installed Chris Bowhill as the new Worshipful Master of the HAVELOCK Lodge.
This was performed in the Lodge rooms at Brayshaw Park in Blenheim. It is always a great pleasure to do such ceremonies in this historic Lodge room which was moved from Havelock to Blenheim on the back of a lorry many years ago. The Lodge room has wonderful, but tricky to get the best out of, acoustics. Chris’s ceremony was followed in the refectory by the presentation of a wonderful cake. In the picture Chris and his partner Rebecca Allen are seen ceremonially cutting the cake which was enjoyed by all.
If you have never visited Havelock then please do so. I wish Chris a successful year in this one of the special Lodges of my District
|For the WM of Victory Wakatu, Gerrit van Asch, it was the first time he had seen a third degree presented in his Lodge since he himself was the candidate. Robert is originally from Hungary and is a recent New Zealander. So the ceremony was truly international. To hear a Dutchman giving an obligation in English to a Hungarian gave us all a reminder of the international appeal of freemasonry. Gerrit has more candidates in the pipeline (including Robert’s son) and said he was looking forward to doing another third degree soon! (Brian Rodley was the Junior Deacon and John Connor the Senior Deacon).|
|The presentation to W Bro Rodley of the 60 year bar was carried out by V Wor Bro Roger Chapple. Roger had previously invested Brian with his fifth year badge for the Craft and his 40th for the Royal Arch. At the craft ceremony Brian had asked if Roger would do the presentation of his 60th year bar. Roger said he would only if they were both alive. Well they are and looking very well indeed. Roger and Brian exchanged many smiles during the presentation ceremony – it is so good to see such friendship in Freemasonry. Did Brian ask Roger to do the 70th bar presentation –I hear you ask - Well sort of!|
This week has been a very busy one with Lodge Nelson meeting on the 15th of March 2017 to carry out the raising of Bro Herb Heskwith to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. For many masons this was the third meeting in the same week as Golden Bay had its meeting in the 13th and Victory/Wakatu on the 14thHerb’s ceremony was conducted by W Bro Gerald Lavercome who is having a second term as Master of Lodge Nelson some 21 years after his first in 1995/96.Herb had obviously received some excellent coaching on the test question answers from his mentor as he answered them with an accuracy and confidence rarely heard in Candidates. Gerald was assisted by a number of the past masters with W Bro Blundell who proposed Herb as a member taking over the role of inner guard that night.
In addition to the Lodge Nelson members present (20) the Lodge had many visitors including the Masters of Torea (west Coast), Golden Bay, Victory/Wakatu. There was a large contingent of visitors from Victory/Wakatu who came with their newly raised Master Mason Robert Fekete.
The presentation of the third degree tracing board was ably carried out by W Bro Quentin Barridge from the Forest Lodge and Robert Fekete was invited to sit alongside Herb for that presentation.
(Quentin and Herb work together.)
Following on from the very successful afternoon Tea organised last month Yvonne McLean is organising another such event.
Nelson and Blenheim Ladies are warmly invited to share lunch together followed by a bush walk for those who would like to do so.
This is a change of venue to the location previously advised due to poor road conditions.
Car-pooling would be ideal to foster fellowship and reduce our carbon footprint!
Please RSVP Yvonne McLean by clicking here.
SPECIAL SOCIAL EVENT June 7th 2017 6.00 for 6.15pm
Victory Chapter are organizing special social event which is open to all Freemasons and their family and also any friends they would like to bring along. On the 7th of June they are organizing a special meal at the NMIT RATA rooms in Nile Street. The RATA room is where the students at the NMIT, who are trainee chefs and undertaking hospitality training, practice and polish their skills on the paying guests. Several of the Chapter members have attended such events before and on their recommendation the Chapter is organising an evening where if we get 30 or more bookings we will have the whole restaurant to ourselves. The cost is 36 dollars per person plus local wines and drinks (which is provided almost at cost price). The three course meal comes with four choices on each course. So Freemasons its time to give the specail people in your life a real treat of a night out.
Register your interest by contacting David Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: If you would like to see a recent review of the Rata room use this link:
|Sat 01 Apr||Lodge Awatere No 292||Bb||3:00 PM||M||$22.00||Craft||Installation. W.Bro. Ian Plummer. PM. Refectory at Redwood Tavern. Served meal choice of 2 mains+sweets.Ladies program, meet at Lodge room at 3.00pm.|
|Tue 04 Apr||Lodge Eckford No 334||Bc||8:00 PM||E||Craft||1st Degree Tracing Board.|
|Wed 05 Apr||The Forest Lodge No 116||Nn||8:00 PM||M||Craft||Simulated 1st Degree|
|Sat 08 Apr||Nelson Priory 31||Wp||2.00 PM||L||KT||Open meeting - Lecture on Chartres Cathedral|
|Mon 10 Apr||Golden Bay Lodge No 144||Tk||7:45 PM||M||Craft||Presentation of 2nd TB to Bro Jim Kennard, Lodge Nelson|
|Tue 11 Apr||Marlborough Lodge of Unanimity No 106||Bc||7:45 PM||M||Craft||Grand Lodge Official Visit.Discussion: Lodge Office Bearers' roles and goals|
|Tue 18 Apr||Marlborough RAC||Bc||7:30 PM||M||Arch||Mark Degree (double)|
|Wed 19 Apr||Lodge Nelson No 288||Nn||7:45 PM||M||Craft||Raising Bro David Bayliss All welcome|
|Sat 22 Apr||The Waitohi Lodge No 111||Pt||2:00 PM||M||$25.00||Craft||Installation. Bro Vaughan Machon SW & Investiture of his Officers. There is a Ladies Program. Banquet bookings essential to email@example.com|
|Wed 26 Apr||Motueka Bays Lodge No 117||Mo||7:45 PM||L/E||Craft||First Degree Tracing Board|
|Thurs 27 Apr||Victory Chapter No 12||Nn||7.30 PM||L||Mark||Mark Degree Ken Smith|
|2nd||Lodge Eckford No 334||Bc|
|3rd||The Forest Lodge No 116||Nn|
|8th||Golden Bay Lodge No 144||Tk|
|9th||Marlborough Lodge of Unanimity No 106||Bc|
|17th||Lodge Nelson No 288||Nn|
|18th||Lodge Awatere No 292||Bb|
|25th||The Waitohi Lodge No 111||Pt|
|26th||Motueka Bays Lodge No 117||Mo|
|Venues||Bc Blenheim Charles Street. Bb Blenheim Brayshaw Park. Nn Nelson Nile Street. Pt Picton. Tk Takaka. Mo Motueka. Wp Westport.|
|Dress||E Evening. L Lounge. M Masonic. S Summer. SC Summer Casual. TC Tidy Casual. L/E Lounge Evening. L/S Lounge Summer.|
District Grand Master to attend
|5th||Forrest Official visit|
|11th||Unanimity Official visit|
|19th||Nelson Official visit|
Victory Wakatu Installation
Eckford Offical Visit