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Updated 21/04/2018 New Items this week shown with a Star    




Lodge Nelson welcomes a new Fellow craft

On the 18th of April Lodge Nelson’s meeting was a special one for two reasons.

First it was the annual Grand Lodge official visit which this year was carried out by VW Bro Chapple as Ian MacLean is in Australia supporting the Grand Master at a number of events over there.

VW Bro Roger had asked the Director of Ceremonies who had worked with him during his term as District Grand Master to be the DC that night. So there were lots of smiles all round as Derek came in to announce the attendance of VW Bro Chapple. Roger’s reply to the toast to the District Grand Master was a very interesting one, as it revolved around the importance of Ritual. Roger explained that it was one of the major things that separated Freemasonry from other worthy societies and in essence was the common DNA that we all shared. As a relatively new member of the Lodge from England I recognised that personally as it was the Ritual which helped make me feel so at home so readily when I first came here.

The major event of the evening was the passing of Brother Liam Taylor to the degree of a Fellowcraft Freemason.  Liam is really enjoying his experience in Freemasonry as he works his way through the craft degrees. His smile and happy face told us all he was feeling at home in his new guise as a Freemason.

 

W Bro Bob Llewellyn, Bros’s Steve Hindley (The senior Fellowcraft in Lodge Nelson),Liam Taylor and VW Bro Derek Nees

 

We look forward to him taking the next step later in the year.

 

David Marsh

Posted 21st April 2018




It was a cold night in Westport but the welcome was warm.

 

 

(View from our Motel - Taken on the morning of the meeting of Bucklands Peak, part of the mountain range that connects to  the Paparoa range which extends down to Greymouth) 

On Tuesday the 17th of April Kawateri Chapter in Westport had its April meeting. There is a close cooperation between the Chapters in Blenheim, Nelson and Westport and at most meetings members from these chapters often visit and take part in each other’s ceremonies. This meeting was no exception as Bro Philip Brewer was advanced to become a Royal Arch Companion by Vex Companion Dick Williams and the team from Kawateri chapter .

Two of the senior members of the Victory chapter in Nelson, David Marsh and Roger Chapple traveled down to visit and also help. Roger most ably taking on the role of H and David the first Sojourner.

The meeting used a number of the pieces of the new explanatory materials that Supreme Grand Chapter has recently developed to assist Philip to understand both the ceremony and what the Royal Arch degree seeks to help it members attain.  One of these is the use a set of questions and answers to topics about the degree that was worked that night. There were a number of very experienced Companions who had a “Oh that’s what that’s about” moments as a result of the use of those Q and A’s.

 Job Done I say.

 

PDGS Dick Scaddon, Companion Phillip Brewer and  the 1st Principal of the Chapter Dick Williams

 

As always the refectory at Westport was excellent and Companion Phillip looked very comfortable as its latest member.

 

David Marsh

Posted 21st April 2018

 

 




Nelson Freemasons Help Keep Harold Rolling On

Nelson Freemasons recently received a letter from the Local Life education Trust asking for help.  Their locally based educator urgently need some help in the form of a reliable motor car to carry out this important work in the area. 

Within days the Lodges in the Nelson area had combined together to donate $2000 dollars to assist them in this hour of need. This appeal was led by the Victory/Wakatu Lodge 40 who collected the contributions from Forest Lodge 116, Motueka Bays 117, Golden Bay 144, Nelson 288 and the Freemasons Charity. 

The Lodge received this email

Hi Alistair

Please convey our sincere thanks to your fellow Freemasons for the donation of $2,000 towards a new car for our Educator.  Without this donation we would struggle to provide our programme to the children of the Nelson Tasman Region.  Our Educator Ingrid is an excellent teacher and engages the children wholeheartedly, along with Harold, in the Life Ed message.  

Cheers Fiona 

Fiona Morrison

Life Education Trust Nelson/Tasman

PO Box 3031

Richmond 7050

nelsontasman@lifeedtrust.org.nz  Tel 03 541 8910

 

So what do the Life Education  do?  Well more information is available from their web site www.lifeeducation.org.nz and no doubt you have seen the ads on TV. However this is a brief resume of what they provide for the Children of the area.

For 30 years Life Education has been teaching health in New Zealand schools!

Life Education helps children to:

Purpose

To educate and inspire generations to embrace positive choices for a healthy mind and body.

Philosophy

Their philosophy is the essence of everything that we do, our three philosophical principles are:

You are unique – we aim to make each child comfortable with their identity. In the whole world there will never be another you. You are unique, you are special. It's OK to have freckles, be tall or short, have big ears or nose, different coloured skin or hair. We keep reinforcing to little children "you are very special."

The human body is magnificent –we show children the magnificence of the human body – its sensory, circulatory and digestive systems, showing how the body functions and what its needs are – food, oxygen and water. We illustrate how the earth provides these needs and teach how we should protect our internal and external environments.

We need to support and respect each other – because of the delicate and complex nature of life itself, we need to support and respect each other and every other person, regardless of sex, race, religion or beliefs.  (Sounds just like Freemasonry!)

 

Posted 20th April 2018

David Marsh

 




Divisional Grand Master Joins with the Widows Sons to Lead from the Front

Rob Angelo, the Southern Divisional Grand Master is taking part in the 2019 TRANZ ALPINE SCOOTER SAFARI

 

The Scooter Safari is a charity event involving 250 motorized Scooters riding 250kms Coast-to-Coast over the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Hokitika to raise funds for the NZ Cancer Society - Canterbury / West Coast Branch

It's an awareness-raising and fundraising event for the survivors, families of those with cancer and those committed to making a difference. By raising funds for the Cancer Society they are helping them continue their amazing work making sure those people living with cancer, their family, friends and colleagues as well as the health professionals that support them get access to information and support, from the moment of diagnosis right through to treatment and recovery.

It's not a race or for the faint hearted -  it is designed to be the coldest, longest, hardest, most grueling and uncomfortable test of endurance on a city scooter to raise money and awareness for cancer sufferers. The organisors said " We're doing this to show our support for the hardship those living with cancer go through during their treatment - the Safari is nothing compared to that"!

Started in 2009, the Scooter Safari was created by Jayne and Mike Rattray, born in support of a friend diagnosed with Bowel Cancer. 

The 'Originals' ... creators of the Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari. ....Mike Rattray, Damion Haines, Jayne Rattray, Ben Walker and Wayne Cook.

 

From humble beginnings, the first ride saw 32 riders make the maiden voyage raising $14,000 in donations for the Cancer Society. Since then the event has snowballed with over 250 scooters taking part each year and raising over $789,000 for the cause. The 2018 ride will the 6th biennial ride where they hope to reach 1-Million.

Rob has a personal reason for doing this event – He said As many of you know my wife has been unfortunate and has been afflicted with a brain tumour. She had an operation in October 2016 and subsequent radiation and chemo treatment which has to date maintained her life. But with all such conditions, you never quite know what or how the outcome will emerge.

Therese is not the only one that has suffered from this and one of the things that I have realised when we make the monthly visit to the hospital to see the oncologist, is the line up of patients.  Not all for a brain tumour but one of the many other forms of cancer that invade the body.

From the very first diagnosis, the Cancer Society were there to give us support, help or just a kind word to guide us through the issue and when one sees the number of people that they help, their commitment is enormous.

I enjoy a ride on a motorcycle and when I saw the “Scooter Safari 2018” project to support the Cancer Society, I just had to be in. Not for the ride but to be able to raise funds for a Society that helps so many people.

I will be riding with others from the “Widows Sons” our Freemason motorcycle group, and this is one of our projects to raise funds for others in distress.

You and your Lodge can donate to his sponsorship page at

https://scootersafari2018.everydayhero.com/nz/rob

 

Acknowledgement - This article is based on copyright material from the Scooter Safari 2018 web site whose copyright is acknowledged 

 

Posted by David Marsh 16th April 2018

 





 

                                                     

 

 

 

Article and Photo from 2015 Nelson event

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR RE-Enactment  5th April Blenheim

The Lodges of Blenheim and surrounds have designed and implemented a major recruitment drive for the Lodges in their area. The Worshipful Masters of the Lodge in Blenheim (who meet on a regular basis) have combined their resources and have put together a local programme of events designed to attract new members.

This culminates in the Nelson Priory of Knight Templars giving their re-enactment of an initiation ceremony of a Knight Templar in the 12th Century. This will take place at the Masonic Hall in Blenheim on Thursday the 5th of April at 7.30pm. Admission is open to all non-masons, masons and family and friends.

This event was so popular in 2015 (see photos above) when it was performed in Nelson that the Masonic Hall was full to capacity with over 130 visitors attending.

 

It is hoped that the Nelson Lodges may well do something simlar in the near future!

 

 

Chris Williams and David Marsh

Posted 26/3/18




Newsletter March to May 2018

 

 

Fraters all,

This month’s newsletter is all about achievement and the future of our District.

First the news now first released on this web site that we have made a 50,000 dollar contribution to the new Nelson Tasman Hospice building fund is an amazing event.

First - Because we did it.

Second the level of co-operation between the Lodges in the area including the EC has been remarkable and finally the short time scale from the proposition being put forward to the completion of it was astounding.

We as Freemasons should be rightly proud of what we have achieved and work is in hand to ensure the wider world knows about it too.

Second the District Conference held on the 6th of February was a major success and the indications given by the attendees as to the future direction and initiatives they would like me to undertake has been heart-warming. We are now ensuring that those Nelson Lodges (who sadly were not at the conference) have an opportunity to look at the suggestions and the recommendations the attendees made. Once this round of consultation has been completed in March I will be putting in place a plan of action to make these things happen. They won’t all happen at once as we need to make sure that each of the changes is set up properly and can be sustained.

I have been told by the District Web Master that the supply of articles from Lodges has dried up. Please get back to sending me or David materials for the web site especially those relating to charity projects you have undertaken big or small.  Let’s be proud of what we do and ensure the District as a whole knows what each Lodge is up to. Also those Lodges whose Masters have NOT featured on the Meet the Master section of the web page – Please do so. This section is designed to show the world that we are men of the community and is a vital tool in our recruitment campaign.

Talking of recruitment the Blenheim Lodges are undertaking recruitment campaign which involves all the Lodges co-operating together. A series of events are underway and culminates (in April) with a demonstration of the Knight Templar Initiation Ceremony. My congratulations and best wishes goes to the organising team and also our grateful thanks to the Marlborough and Nelson Priories for undertaking the re-enactment.

This month is a mega month for me in terms of ceremonial duties at installations and visits to Lodges. If you see me at one of the events I would like to hear any views you have on our future plans for the District.

Sincerely and fraternally

Ian

 

Posted 28th Feb 2018

 

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.




Lodge Nelson 21st of March 2018

At the regular Lodge Nelson meeting held on the 21st of March 2018 there were two items on the agenda. The first was a review of the papers discussed at the recent District 23 Grand Masters Conference. The Chairman of the conference, W Bro David Marsh, explained that this was the opportunity for the Lodge Nelson Freemasons to add their comments to those already made at the conference. Each of the four papers (which had been previously circulated together with the notes of the proceedings) was discussed and a number of useful comments and suggestions were made.

W Bro Mclean then explained the next steps that will be used to convert the discussion papers and the comments received, into action.

The “main event" of the evening however was the explanation of the first degree Tracing Board to Bro Liam Taylor. This was ably presented by VW Bro Roger Chapple assisted by the Lodge Nelson Director of Ceremonies. The explanation of the three Tracing Boards are an important steps in every Freemason’s progression in "The Craft". The history behind the use of these valuable teaching aide is a very interesting subject in its own right and well worth exploring.

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                                     VW Bro Roger Chapple,                Bro Liam Taylor,          W Bro Bob Llwellyn (WM Lodge Nelson) 

 

David Marsh

Posted 22nd March 2018




Happy Times At Havelock

 

W Bro Regan was installed as Master of Havelock Lodge 104 on 17 March 2018. The Installation was carried out by W Bro Ian McLean assisted by Grand Lodge Officers. This is a very interesting Lodge room as it was moved to its present location on the back of a lorry. "Moveable Jewels" eh!

The lodge room was full, with good support with brethren from around the District and visitors from Christchurch.

The photo shows W Bro Regan with his wife Lorraine (wearing her pendant made in the ladies afternoon)  at the refectory function after the afternoon installation ceremony.

 

Alter the ceremony there was an additional surprise for the brethren when RW Bro Angelo Div Grand Master presented a merit certificate to W Bro Andy Wrighton PG Swd B for his services to the Lodge as secretary over the past 16 years.

 

Whilst the Installation was on the ladies has a very interesting time making jewelry and then crafting greetings cards and there was also  a lovely afternoon tea.

Thanks to Lorraine (and her daughter Alice) for arranging such engrossing activities.

Ian and Yvonne Mclean 

Posted 22/3/2018




Ladies and Partners Events

On 24 Feb 2018 12 Ladies from Nelson Lodges met for lunch at Crusoe's Café.

This is the 5th event we have attended and as usual it attracted many wives and partners of masons and also those who hold the broken column pin.

The wide ranging and interesting menu was a real challenge – however as always fish and chips was one of the most popular. The equally attractive desert menu only had one taker as the rest of us were too full from the first course!

The next Ladies lunch will be 12 May at a restaurant in Richmond, research is underway.

I and some other ladies from Nelson/Marlborough attended the Southern Division Conference in Methven last weekend. (March 3rd)

This had a dedicated ladies programme which included both unusual and interesting sessions.

The first on cheese making demonstrated how the attendees could “brew” their own Halloumi, Camembert and Ricotta.  The ladies then went on to taste some that had been made earlier along with some very tasty home-made grain only crackers (very yummy!)

 

While the cheese emerged from the whey we were engrossed in learning some very clever paper flower folding techniques.

 

After lunch there was wine tasting from a collection of mainly European wines with some South African and Australian produce followed by a lingerie party! Quite a day.

My thanks to the organisers of the programme for such varied and enjoyable activities.

I would encourage other partners from Nelson/Marlborough to come to future events.

Yvonne McLean
 

Posted 12/03/2018




A COOL SOLUTION TO A HOT PROBLEM!

At Lodge Awatere's Christmas Meeting on 21st December 2017 Wor. Bro. Hole presented a letter from the Awatere Early Learning Centre with a request for assistance  in obtaining an air conditioning system for their premises in Seddon.

Their 47 enrolled families come from the top of the Awatere Valley to the lower Dashwood in the North and to the Clarence Valley in the South.

 

 

In November 2016 the premises were hit by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake. 

The staff have been amazing since the quakes and went well above their duties in providing huge support to the distressed families in the months following the quake.

They still deal with children and parents on a daily basis who are struggling to cope with the earthquake.

There was a desperate need to sort the airflow in the main body of the building which is a rented older style wooden church with few opening windows.

Members of Lodge Eckford No. 334 were at the meeting and promptly offered to assist Lodge Awatere in providing this assistance.

To avoid any delay that may be caused by fund raising it was decided that each Lodge would contribute an equal amount from their accumulated Lodge charitable funds.

With the generous assistance of The Freemasons Charity on a dollar for dollar basis we were able to provide for the supply and installation of suitable air conditioning, a sum of over $6,000.

The air conditioning has proved to be more than capable of dealing with 30 degree days and of course can be used as a heating source in the winter.

It is so designed that it can be shifted to a purpose built Early Learning Centre in due course.

At a morning tea function in early February the Awatere Early Learning Centre hosted Wor. Bro. Chris Williams W.M of Lodge Eckford, his Secretary Wor. Bro. Azher Mir and Wor. Bro. Ian Plummer W.M. of Lodge Awatere, Wor. Bro. Justin Stevens and Bro. Pete Barker of Lodge Awatere when they presented the centre with a cheque and saw the unit in action.

 

Masters and members of Lodge Awatere No. 292 & Lodge Eckford No. 334

(With just some of the mothers, teachers and toddler’s at the Awatere Early Learning Centre.
Photo reproduced by Kind Permsion of the the Sun Newspaper, Blenheim

 

Thanks are due to Wor. Bro. Mike Hole of Lodge Awatere who lives in Ward and has suffered considerable damage to his own home in Ward on two occasions and also to his Engineering business in Seddon on both occasions. Also to Wor. Bro. Allan Beck, our District Charity Officer, who assisted throughout despite the busy time of year.

It was quite an achievement for the Lodges involved to have the entire project completed in such a short time. Although the Christmas and New Year holidays could have delayed things the co-operation of the successful tenderer for the air conditioning equipment and others meant that the

Awatere Early Learning Centre was able to start the New Year in real comfort and look forward to cooler summers and warmer winters. A job well done.

 

Bruce Youngman

Posted 10/03/18

 




Nelson Tasman Masons Provide a Massive $50,000 Support Package for the New Nelson Tasman Hospice

 

 

In 1867 the Nelson Freemasons were present at the laying of the foundation stone for the new Nelson Hospital.

 

One hundred and fifty years later the Nelson Tasman Hospice made an appeal for funds to help them complete the building of a new purpose built complex in Nelson. 

The Hospice had $8.5M but still required $2.5M from the community.

 

The Nelson Masons have long been established in their help of the present Hospice by creating a garden bar b que area and ongoing maintenance of outdoor furniture, general painting, restoration of tables, window cleaning, gardening etc.

In August 2017, V W Bro McLean, the District Grand Master for Nelson Marlborough, proposed that the five Nelson Tasman Lodges in the District combined to donate $5,000 to the project.

 

The day after the email was sent to the Lodges, the Motueka Lodge replied that they were going to donate a substantial sum to the Hospice and were willing for this to be included  in the District appeal.  As word spread, other Lodges started to pledge sums of money.

A presentation was prepared by Bro Tam Hazan, Charity Officer and VW Bro Mclean and given to the Lodges in the district. It became evident that together, by combining the contributions of the Lodges and their members, we would be able to donate the $50,000 required to become one of their “significant benefactors”.

This size of donation ($50,000) also gave us the naming rights of one of the courtyards in the new complex.

This massive charity donation is made up of money from individual masons, their Lodges, the local English Constitution Lodge, and an additional contribution from the Freemasons Charity, Wellington.  

Now we have together raised over the $50,000, we are in discussion with the Hospice to arrange for the NZ and EC constitution Freemasons to place a symbolic stone/plaque in the new Freemasons courtyard we are also discussing the garden plants for  the courtyard garden and we are hoping the plans will include an “acacia tree” and some” forget-me-not”.

 

This sort of co-ordinated action from the local Lodges should make us all feel very proud of being a Freemason.

Posted 28th Feb 2018

Tam Hazan and Ian Mclean




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

 





Nelson/Malbrough Workings Mar 2018 to Apr 2018
Report produced 28 Feb 2018 16:46:50
Date Lodge/Chapter District At Visitors & Dress Cost Working
Tue 06 Mar Lodge Eckford No 334 Nelson Marlborough BC 8:00 PM M   60 year bar presentation to Bro. Nelson North. Emulated 1st Deg
Wed 07 Mar The Forest Lodge No 116 Nelson Marlborough N 7:30 PM L   Talk by well known Brother that will be of interest to all.
Sat 10 Mar Motueka Bays Lodge No 117 Nelson Marlborough Mo 3:00 PM M $25.00 Installation of W Bro Rob Shand PGIG. Bookings for Dinner to follow required by no later than Saturday 3rd. March. No Ladies Programme
Tue 13 Mar Marlborough Lodge of Unanimity No 106 Nelson Marlborough BC 7:45 PM M   3rd Degree Bro WIlliams
Tue 13 Mar The Victory-Wakatu Lodge No 40 Nelson Marlborough N 7:30 PM L/E   3rd Degree. Bro Sylvain Filliol
Thu 15 Mar Lodge Awatere No 292 Nelson Marlborough BB 8:00 PM M   Second Degree Emulation. W.M's Last night in the Chair.Visiting W.M's will take the Officers Chairs for the working.
Sat 17 Mar The Havelock Lodge No 104 Nelson Marlborough BB 2:00 PM M $30.00 This the Installation Meeting for The Havelock Lodge No 104
Thu 22 Mar The Waitohi Lodge No 111 Nelson Marlborough P 8:00 PM M   W.Bro. Vaughan Machon's last night. Simulated 2nd Degree, assisted by Masters/members of other Marlborough Lodges.
Tue 27 Mar The Wairau Lodge No 42 Nelson Marlborough BC 8:00 PM M   First Degree Tracing Board. Third Degree Test Questions
Tue 03 Apr Lodge Eckford No 334 Nelson Marlborough BC 8:00 PM M   No information at present
Wed 04 Apr The Forest Lodge No 116 Nelson Marlborough N 7:30 PM L   ANZAC lecture by V.W.Bro.Williams, P.G.Lec.
Tue 24 Apr The Wairau Lodge No 42 Nelson Marlborough BC 8:00 PM M   Second Degree Working
Wed 25 Apr Motueka Bays Lodge No 117 Nelson Marlborough Mo 7:45 PM L/E   To be advised
Thu 26 Apr Vic tory Chapter 12 Nelson Marlborough N 7:30 PM L   Excellent Master Degree
Sat 28 Apr The Waitohi Lodge No 111 Nelson Marlborough P 2:00 PM M $25.00 Installation of Bro S.Pickering S.W. The Working will be carried out by members of The Railway Craftsman's Association. Ladies welcome in refectory.




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

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