Less than three weeks before my departure to London and the UGLE Tercentenary Celebrations.
I haven’t packed the bags yet, but am assembling the contents. Apart from regalia and some fancy clothes, I will be laden with gifts – an appreciation from the brethren of New Zealand for the UGLE….and as I will be meeting the Grand Master Mason in Edinburgh, he too will be presented with a gift from New Zealand….as will the Grand Master of Ireland. They will each receive a majestic Waka suitably engraved – all helping to build bridges across the world of freemasonry.
However, I also have an appointment to attend on the NZ High Commissioner in London, the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, and will be presenting him with a gift from the freemasons of his home country.
The Tercentenary is a wonderful opportunity to make our mark on the world stage and to help demonstrate the universality of our organisation. The gifts are tangible evidence of our camaraderie and support for those Grand Lodges with whom we have a special attachment and I am honoured to be representing our country on this occasion.
And, before you ask, it is likely I will be spending some time with my fellow Grand Masters from Australia – I will have some pavlova for them.
Saturday 9 Sept 2017 – on a visit to Northland District to attend the installation meeting of Okara Daylight Lodge, and to present to W Bro Jack Matthews a bar celebrating 70 year’s service, the Grand Master was taken to Whangarei Base Hospital.
All was well however – he was visiting W Bro Jack Robson – who should have been invested as Deputy Master for Okara Daylight but for the fact he had been involved in a collision – him and his mobility scooter on a pedestrian crossing, getting bowled over by a couple of cars. Jack left sore broken and grumpy! And he couldn’t attend Lodge – so the Grand Master collected some goodies from the refectory table and headed up to Ward 1 to do some almoning.
Jack Robson was delighted to know he was in our thoughts – and took the advice to hide the refectory food from the nurses…just in case… and the Grand Master headed back to the refectory to continue the Lodge celebrations.