DISTRICT TEAM - SOUTHLAND DISTRICT
District Grand Master
Russell was born and raised at Dacre, near Invercargill and took over the farm there from his Father in 1976.
The family shifted to Waikaka, near Gore, in 1992 to a larger farm which they converted to dairying in 1996. The farm has expanded since then, and the family now farms 950Ha as a self contained dairy farm.
He has been involved with Federated Farmers and various other farm-related organisations, was a Councillor on the Fonterra Shareholders Council for 3 terms and was the founding Trustee of the Southland Rural Support Trust He joined THE Mokoreta Lodge 63 in 1988, then joining Lodge Waikaka 151 in 1992, serving as Master in 1997 -1998.
He joined with two other Brethren from Southland in travelling to Communication in 1997 on motorbikes, becoming know as "Charlie's Angels" when MW Bro CD Hammond from Southland became Grand Master. Russell became a Grand Steward in 1998 and this is his first venture in to the dark blue as Dist GM.
I work as an electrician for a large company in Invercargill where I was born and lived most of my life, I have 3 children and 8 grand children.
I joined Lodge Southland 273 in 2001 and move to Lodge Waihopai 189 when it closed, I am also a member of The Baden Powell Lodge 381, The Fortitude Lodge 64 and Research Lodge of Southland 415.
I am also in a number of other Degree's. In my spear time I like to play golf or go out riding my motoorbike
WB Guillermo Tolentino Past Master of Lodge Winton #108, currently Senior Warden. Affiliated member at Hercules Lodge# 36 at Wycliffe District Otago
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