May saw two Installations with W Bro Mark Aguila being re-installed as Master of Lodge Erewhon and W Bro Peter Rusbatch taking over the leadership of the Methven Lodge and by the time you read this V W Bro Alex Solomon will be re-installed as Master of The Caledonian Lodge.
It was very humbling to be able to state that the lodges of Mid-South Canterbury and North Otago as well as two English Constitution Lodges were able to raise four thousand dollars ($4000) for the Charlee McLachlan appeal which with the Freemasons Charity contribution will help with her
rehab and the many trips to Dunedin Hospital. As her mother Anna said in an E-mail to one of our members:-
“We can not thank the Freemasons enough for what you have done for Charlee. I cried a great deal when I opened the E-mail and sent a photo of it to Duncan straight away as he was with Charlee in hospital when it arrived. We do not know how to thank the members as we were completely lost for words on how much you all managed to give”.
Thank You Brethren, have a good month and keep warm.
It was pleasing to see The Mackenzie Lodge have a stand once again at their local show in a prime position where the public could see them and having Brethren from throughout the Island come and make themselves known. It can only do good for the organisation.
Next month May we have two Installations, the first is at Ashburton on the 4th May when W Bro Mark Aguila is re-installed at Lodge Erewhon No 200 and then the next week on the 10th May.
W Bro Peter Rusbatch takes charge of the Methven Lodge No 51. It would be great to have a good turnout at these Installations.
On the 12th April Methven Lodge No 51 held a Vacant Chair ceremony which was well attended and a report on this well attended meeting was on the last issue of the carousel updates.
The Divisional Conference is over for another year and it is good to hear how some progressive Lodges are attracting members. One of the best conferences I have attended, good popular topics discussed in a cheerful and good masonic way.
Our next installation is at the Waimate Lodge Rooms on the 20th April when Mr James Annear RH is reinstalled for Lodge Timaru No 196. Jim is a popular member of our Organisation and an inspiration to all of us. At ninety years of age and one of our elder Masters in the country he can still at a couple of days notice do any of the charges in the three degrees including the Tracing Boards. He is a person that keeps his brain very active and has no worries about those problems that some older people have like loss of memory. It would be great to see a good turnout of Brethren at this Installation.
It is also good to see the Lodges supporting the appeal for Charlee McLachlan, thank you for that.
Have a good month.
To those lodges that were waiting to hear from me re the collection for the four year old twin Charlee Mclachlan from Duntroon in Nth Otago who has to raise $120000 to travel to America for an operation for cerebal paisy I can advise that Lodge Kurow has given us the OK to proceed. I understand that the girls Grandfather was a Past Master of Lodge St Augustine No 99 in the 1980s and the girls mother spent a fair bit of time in Mid-Canterbury.
Lodge Kurow has approached the other Lodges in Nth Otago and between them and the lodges in the Midland District hopefully we may make a difference to this young girls life.
The Sophia Street Car Park Trust has already made a generous donation of one thousand dollars to set this appeal going, and any donation will be thankfully received.
We are at the stage with our websiten where everything is staring to happen and George Currie has the whip out and it is starting to hurt.
December was tken up with quite a few Christmas functions for our widows and older brethren and it was good to see good numbers at these functions.
January was reasonably quiet Lodge wise, but Methven, Waimate who normally meet on the same night and cannot visit each other joinwd forces with the United Forces Lodge from Christchurch, a former 2nd Wed night Lodge and worked a second degree, with the usual large turn out for a January meeting, (69 present).
February brought with it a busy month with most Lodges working degrees and it is gratifying to see a good number of nominations coming through.
This month of March we install Robin Gourdie into the chair at the Midland Lodge of Research #436 at Winchester Lodge rooms and it would be good to see good numbers there.
Later this month we have the Southern Divisional Conference at the Methven Resort Hotel in Methven, and after a slow start numbers are starting to pick up, and looks like it will be very worthwhile.
The Hall next to the Lodge rooms in Timaru is about to get the roof on after thw disasterous fire 10 months ago, and it will be good when we can get back into our Lodge rooms again, it can't come soon enough.
Brethren this web page is for you and the more material we get to put on it the betterit will be. You will either make or break it, so any thoughts, opinions or anything else will be gratefully received.
Have a great month.