Freemasons from the South Island Division gathered at the Methven Resort Hotel for their Annual Conference on 25 March, 2017. The Hotel proved to be a perfect venue with outstanding facilities and food.

Highlight of the day was the presentation of the Heartland Bank Freemasons Charity Scholarship. Recipient Emily Boyle who attended Christchurch Girls High School offered a magnificent CV that included peer tutoring and Reader/Writer Selected to attend Emerging Leaders Conference and intends to study a double degree in Law and Science at Otago University. Her community involvement was Riding for the Disabled as a volunteer
Emily’s sporting prowess included Hockey, Soccer, Equestrian Team CGHS, and her Music abilities are singing, and plays the flute, saxophone and guitar.

Wide ranging topics were discussed at the Conference including the surge in membership growth in our own Midland District here in Mid and South Canterbury.

Local organiser of the Conference John Kinvig said this could be attributed to a variety of reasons including public awareness via the electronic medium and the Freemasons Charity.                

Joining members are of a younger age today. He was very happy with the attendance of 100, including members who had travelled from Southland and Nelson.

Freemasons from the National Office including the Grand Master for New Zealand MW Bro Mark Winger were present and gave a good report on Freemasons activities and Charities in New Zealand.

Ladies were entertained with a bus tour around the District tourist sites and despite the wet day it was enjoyed by all.

(Story and Photo: Noel Lowe)