DISTRICT TEAM - MIDLAND DISTRICT
District Grand Master
I am seventy two years young, a widower with two children, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
I have been an active Freemason for thirty nine years being initiated into Lodge Kurow No. 164 in 1977. After passing through the various chairs I was Worshipful Master in 1982-83.
After shifting to Fairlie I joined the MacKenzie Lodge No. 93 in 1995 and was Worshipful Master in 1998-99. I am a Past Master of the Midland District Lodge of Research and at present hold the office of Worshipful Master of the MacKenzie Lodge.
I achieved Grand Rank in 1999 and prior to my recent promotion was a Past Grand Standard Bearer.
Other Masonic interests include being a Past First Principal of the Temuka Royal Arch Chapter and the Timaru Royal Arch Chapter.
I am a Grand Standard Bearer of the Grand Chapter.
I am also a Supervisor of the Sophia Street Car Park.
Interests outside of Freemasonry include being Treasurer of the local IHC Committee and assisting with the running of the Central South Island Charity Bike Ride, something I have assisted with for the last five years.
Worked for CFM/PPCS/Silver Fern Farms from 1962-2012 (50 years)
48 years I was employed all year round (Permanent Staff)
The last 30 years as Fellmongery Foreman
Wool Classing Certificate from Lincoln College 1970
Played Representative Rugby for Mid- Canterbury including Senior
Played for Allenton and coached under 18 grade plus Senior Reserve
A Life Member of Ashburton Preservation Society
Hold Traction Engine Drivers Certificate
Have been involved with Exchange Students for 12 years
And have visited them in their home countries. (Japan, Germany, Switzerland.)
Joined Freemasonry in 1978
Master of Thistle Lodge No 113 in 1989, 1998, & 2014
Grand Steward in 2006
Grand Superintendent in the Royal Arch Chapter 2009
Grand Director Ceremonies in the Royal Arch Chapter 2005-2008
Thrice Illustrious Master in the Cryptic Council 2001
Worthy Supreme Ruler in the Secret Monitor of New Zealand. 1988
Past G.D.C. Secret Monitor (Now Grand Counsellor 2015)
Ven. Preceptor in the Knights Templar 1996
MW Sovereign in Rose Croix 2008
30 Degree in the Rose Croix 2010
Admitted to the Royal Ark Mariners and Red Cross Degrees 1992-93
District Grand Director of Ceremonies
Joined The Mackenzie Lodge 93 in 2014.
Operates a fattening farm finishing Angus cattle in particular for the Anguspure brand.
Dabbles in a little bit of snow skiing and mountain biking plus actively involved with Crossfit.
I am excited and looking forward to taking on the office as GS in the Midland District and feel very honoured to have been given this opportunity.
Being a lewis and following in my fathers footsteps as he was a grand lodge officer is awesome.
On 28.3.2002 W Bro L C Hansen joined Lodge St Martin No 162 as a Lewis, 15 days following his 18th birthday. He followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Carl Erik Hansen who also had joined Lodge St Martin No 162 as a Lewis. This created a family of Brothers in Lodge St Martin where W Bro Lars C Hansen’s father, VW Bro E D Hansen as well as his grandfather also were members. Following advancement through the offices of the lodge W Bro Lars became worshipful master in 2009 to 2011, when regrettably the lodge surrendered its charter.
After the closure W Bro Lars joined The Caledonian Lodge No 16 as well as being a foundation member of Lodge Arowhenua No 473 where he was its first worshipful master in 2012-13. Following this mastership W Bro Lars became worshipful master of The Caledonian Lodge for 2015-16. Through his masonic career W Bro Lars has been an avid and regular visitor of lodges within and outside the Midland district.
During W Bro Lars’s masonic career, he has been involved with Royal Arch, Secret Monitor and is at present librarian for the local masonic library. For the past five years he has been working at the Smithfield Freezing Works and recently became engaged to Robyn who is studying in Dunedin to become an occupational therapist. Robyn fully supports W Bro Lars in his masonic duties as does his parents.