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FROM THE DISTRICT GRAND MASTER November 2019

Dear Brethren

 

There were two Installations during October; Lodges Waipa and Taupiri where WBo Jeremy Earl and WBro Frank Greene were Installed. Both were very enjoyable occasions.

Gary Salmon, Paul Sutcliffe and I had the honour of presenting a 70 year Badge to Bro John (Jack) Rutherford at the Kensington Rest Home where he now lives. Jack is a member of Lodge Eckford No.334 in Blenheim and has been living in Hamilton for several years. Jack also celebrated his 95th Birthday on the 3rd October. It was a privilege to be able to help out Lodge Eckford and meet Jack.

I attended the Constitution and inaugural Installation of Lodge Matariki No. 476 in Auckland on Saturday 19th October. It seems we have started something here in the Waikato which is being taken up as a concept elsewhere. Further consolidation of Lodges is likely if these new Lodges prosper. I wish Lodge Matariki every success. 

  

Yours Fraternally

Don Seath

 

 

Coming up:

 

Saturday 2nd November       Lodge Nau Mai No.177 Installation of RWBro Dene Richards

 

Tuesday 5th November         Lodge Tawhiri No.166 Installation of Bro Bryan Bevege

 

Friday 8th November            Lodge Copernicus No.505 Installation of WBro Trevor Hickmott

 

15th – 17th November            Grand Installation, Wellington

              

Don Seath

District Grand Master.

 

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FROM THE DISTRICT GRAND MASTER October 2018

 

30th September 2019

 

Dear Brethren

 

During September we Installed WBro Tom Martin in the Chair of Lodge Pukemiro and a very enjoyable daytime meeting it was, with a good attendance.

We had an Official visit to Lodge Piako where, combined with The TeAroha Lodge, the Strategic Direction was given a good discussion and airing. I am encouraging all Waikato Lodges to give me a written and agreed plan for me to hand over to my successor at the end of my term. So far, most Lodges have responded favourably and they will reap the benefits in the years to come.

Susan and I enjoyed the Alpha Lodge Formal Dinner and a very interesting guest speaker.

The Almoner’s Association is in the process of enhancing the packaging and distribution of Hospital Packs. To this end, a successful application was made to the Freemason’s Charity via Lodge Pukemiro. The Occupational Therapists at Waikato Hospital are in the process of transferring the operation to the OPR 1 Unit where it is hoped the patients will get some benefit from the packing exercise. The Association will advise Lodges if further financial support is needed.

The new team of Waikato Grand Lodge Officers have attended a training session in Auckland and are preparing well for their roles for the next 3 years.  

  

Yours Fraternally

Don Seath

 

 

Coming up:

 

Monday 14th October             The Beta Waikato Lodge No.12 Grand Lodge Official Visit

 

Wednesday 9th October        Lodge Waipa No.119 Installation of WBro Jeremy Earl

 

Wednesday 16th October      The Taupiri Lodge No.118 Installation of WBro Frank Greene

 

Saturday 2nd November       Lodge Nau Mai No.177 Installation of RWBro Dene Richards

 

Tuesday 5th November         Lodge Tawhiri No.166 Installation of Bro Bryan Bevege

 

Friday 8th November            Lodge Copernicus No.505 Installation of WBro Trevor Hickmott

 

15th – 17th November            Grand Installation, Wellington

              

Don Seath

District Grand Master

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Explanation of the First Degree

From left to right

John Stewart, Bailey Wilson, Ogechi Okoro, Jacob Wallace, Tony Dixon, David McNab, Christopher Anderson, Mark Orton.

    Tawhiri        Tawhiri                Tawhiri          Waikato            Tawhiri         Tawhiri                 Copernicus               Beta Waikato

     166.               166.                    166.              475.                 166.             166.                           505.                          12

 

A great turn out for an explanation of the First Degree put together by WBro Tony Dixon District Education Officer, held at Lodge Tawhiri 166 in Barton street May 7th.

 




FROM THE DISTRICT GRAND MASTER  SEPTEMBER 2019

FROM THE DISTRICT GRAND MASTER 

30th August 2019

 

Dear Brethren

 

August has been a relatively quiet month for Grand Lodge activities although I have still been quite busy visiting Lodges in an unofficial capacity and working at some of them.

I attended and worked at WBro James Brasell’s Installation in Lodge Tuakau. The Waikato District was well represented at Lodge Arawhaiti’s Installation in Auckland. RWBro Gary Salmon conducted the ceremony and Lodge Waipa were there as well to maintain their long-standing bond with Arawhaiti.

Last night was the Installation of WBro Denis Sharpe into the Chair at Lodge Waitomo, conducted by RWBro Dene Richards. It was good to experience the good cheer, some banter and good King Country fellowship.

Grand Lodge Promotions and Appointments for 2019-22 have been announced as follows:

 

            District Grand Master -           WBro John Evered PDistGDC

            District GDC -                        WBro Brian Jeffs PGBB

            Grand Steward -                      WBro Jeremy Earl

            Grand Steward -                      WBro Mike Tribe

 

            Roll of Honour -                     WBro Frank Greene

            Roll of Honour -                     WBro Ross Murray

 

Previously announced:

 

            Past Grand Warden -                          VWBro Dene Richards PDist GM

            Order of Service to Freemasonry -     Bro Norm Weir

 

I congratulate all of these Brethren and wish them every success in their new roles. I am confident that the Waikato District will be well served by the new Officers in the 3-year term starting in November.

  

Yours Fraternally

Don Seath

 

 

Coming up:

 

Wednesday 4thSeptember   Lodge Piako No.160 Official Visit.

 

Monday 9thSeptember         Lodge Pukemiro No.301 Installation of WBro Tom Martin PGBB

 

Monday 7thOctober             The Beta Waikato Lodge No.12 Grand Lodge Official Visit

 

Wednesday 9thOctober        Lodge Waipa No.119 Installation of WBro Jeremy Earl

 

Wednesday 16thOctober      The Taupiri Lodge No.118 Installation of WBro Frank Greene

              

Don Seath

District Grand Master.

 

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                                Wbro Todd Saunders WM        Bro Evan Donnelly                MWbro Mark Winger GM                   VWBro Don Seath DGM

 

MWBro Mark met Evan casually and, true to his own "Speak-Up" campaign, spoke of freemasonry to him.

After giving Evan time to consider, Mark asked him if he was interested in joining. He was and Mark duly proposed him into Lodge Kauri.

Evan then moved to Taumarunui and joined Lodge Nau Mai before he had completed his 3 degrees. Mark asked the Waikato District Grand Master, Don Seath to keep an eye out and advise him when he would be raised. This was done and on Wednesday 6th March 2019, Mark travelled from Auckland to Taumarunui to witness Evan's raising to the 3rd Degree.

Mark was formally received as Grand Master with appropriate dignity and the 3rd degree ceremony was well performed by Lodge Nau Mai with assistance from the visiting Grand Lodge Officers.

The Grand Master invested Bro Donnelly with his Master Mason's Apron.

In the Refectory, where the traditional warm Nau Mai hospitality was enjoyed, the Grand Master charged the Brethren to continue to Speak Up for Freemasonry, and most importantly to take good care of new members.

The Official Visit by The Grand Master to the Waikato District at Lodge Nau Mai was a great occasion. It was also a good example of our Grand Master's leadership qualities. He is prepared to go out of his way to practice "Speak Up".

Furthermore, our Grand Master will be ensuring that Bro Donnelly receives ongoing mentoring support.

Don Seath

Dist.GM Waikato 

 

 

 

 




Triple Second Degree

 

Triple Second Degree ceremony conducted by the Waikato District Grand Lodge Officers at the Lodge Alpha No 81 on Tuesday October 9thfor Bro’s Anaru Maniapoto, Toko Samuals & Hone Touau.

 

WM                 WBro Peter Saunders, G.Swd.B

DM                  VWBro Jim McLaggan, PDGM

JW                   VWBro Warwick Roberts, PDGM

SW                  WBro David Shearer, GS

SD                   WBro Logan Packer, PGS

JD                   VWBro Mark Fraser G.S.C

IG                    Peter Kimber, PGS

Tyler               Dave Watson, PGIG

DC                  Len Jeffrey, DGDC

Chaplain         VWBro Bob Monson G.ALM

Organist          WBro David Landells, PGBB 

           

Test questions - WBro Lou Bristowe, PGS

Obligation- WBro, Warren Merrilees, PGS

Secrets - WBro Murray Loft, GS

Investiture - WBro David Shearer, GS

Charge after Investiture - WBro John Evered, PDGDC

Charge in the S.E - WBro Brian Cowley, PGS

Working Tools - VWBro Warwick Roberts, PDGM

Tracing Board - WBro David Landells, PGBB

Charge after Passing - VWBro Jim McLaggan, PDGM        

Prompt - VWBro Jim McLaggan, PDGM  

  

 

This was a great night with the Grand Lodge team putting in a great team effort. 

We went into the ceremony a little unsure as three candidates at the same time was a big ask, but on the night, everything went to plan, and our three candidates had a smooth dignified ceremony.