Past Grand Masters Message
Dear <<First Name>>
I feel privileged and honoured to be the Author of this lead article for the December 2016 issue of Grand Lodge eNewsletter.
What do we associate December with, may I ask? I believe it would be reasonable to expect that the majority of the responses would be Christmas. For some Christmas is a focal period in the history of your Church where you are significantly reminded of what Christmas really is about.
Christmas is that time of the year when friends and family think about the Christmases of the past and plan for the coming holiday with their loved ones in mind. As we reflect on this wonderful period, we must keep in mind that Christmas is not just any holiday, it may be the most important one of the year for some people. It is a time to remember, a time to share the goodness of your heart with others less fortunate than ourselves. A time for expressing your words and gifts with family or friend. It is an opportunity to make wishes come true and to give something from your heart. It may be the opportunity to give a message that will express love and care to those who you care about the most. As you write your messages, be it by Christmas Card or email, take the time and effort for your message to be seen as coming from your heart.
- 21th - Masonic Study Circle Awards Evening.
Grand Lodge Calendar- December.
- 27th - Lodge Kilwinning No.220 O/V.
As Freemasons, we are taught the importance of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Many Lodges as December approaches, practice those truly commendable virtues of Brotherly Love Relief and Truth by ensuing that the Widows of former Lodge members are suitably provided for, contact is made, if appropriate an invitation may be extended to an end of year function. A positive recognition of their past members, and significantly to show that as Lodge Widows they are not forgotten, particularly as the Festive Season approaches.
I am reminded of the legendary Christmas truce in December of 1914 Great War when the English and German soldiers stopped fighting one another, they met in “no man's land" between their armies, traded goods and sang Christmas carols. It is reported that they even enjoyed a game of Soccer. I find it very difficult to imagine this occurring today in the current areas of conflict in the World, but with a sincere Masonic wish of our great tenants, Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth may it occur with Peace hopefully returning. To relieve the distressed, is a duty incumbent on all men, but particularly on Freemasons.
Whilst we receive many greetings during the year, in the forthcoming holiday season we trust your message be one of hope, joy, and love. May you and your family enjoy many pleasant memories with much fun and love.
As we approach Christmas 2016, let us “dwell together in unity," in the life and support of our great Masonic institution.
MWBro John Stone PGM
List of New Members for October
The following is a list of new members who were initiated into the Craft in the month of October:
Narendra VELLELA - 2/10/2016 - PORT DARWIN LODGE, NO. 41
John STOKES - 5/10/2016 - VICTORIA LODGE, NO. 26
Elias AWKAR - 11/10/2016 - THE REGENCY LODGE NO 233
David HEINRICH - 11/10/2016 - LODGE OF FIDELITY, NO. 5
Frank GRECO - 11/10/2016 - LEWIS LODGE OF BRIGHTON, NO. 187
Nick GIROLAMO - 20/10/2016 - LEONARDO DA VINCI LODGE NO.238
Jasper SUGARS - 26/10/2016 - LODGE FOELSCHE, NO. 211
Gregory PRETTY - 28/10/2016 - LODGE OF SINCERITY, NO. 120
Note: Reminder to Lodge Secretaries, please submit your new members details to Grand Lodge ASAP.
MWBro. John Carter, G.M. of M.M.M. of SANT - To make an O/V visit to Duke of Leinster Mark Lodge No. 363 I.C.
On Wednesday 18th January, 2017 - 7:15 pm MWBro. John Henry William Carter, Grand Master of Mark Master Masons of South Australia and Northern Territory will make an official visit to the Duke of Leinster Mark Lodge No.363 Irish Constitution.
All Mark Grand Officers, Stewards and Past Grand Masters and Deputy Grand Masters are encouraged to attend.
Could you please advise your acceptance by contacting:
Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies - VWBro. D.A. Martin email@example.com
No later than Monday 19th December 2016.
MEComp. L. G. Burns,1st Grand Principal - To make an O/V visit to the Duke of Leinster Chapter No. 363 I.C.
On Wednesday 15th February, 2017 at 7:15 pm MEComp. Lindsay Burns, 1st Grand Principal Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of South Australia and Northern Territory will make an official visit to the Duke of Leinster Royal Arch Chapter No. 363 Irish Constitution.
All Chapter Grand Officers, Stewards and Past 1st
Grand Principals and Past Deputy 1st
Grand Principals are encouraged to attend.
Could you please advise your acceptance by contacting:
Grand Director of Ceremonies - REComp. W.A. Greves - firstname.lastname@example.org
or 8346 2396, No later than Friday 27th January 2017.
My invitation extends to every brother of every Craft Degree.
This means that if you are an Entered Apprentice or Fellowcraft, you (and your partner) will feel very much included.
Attending these Grand Installations both within Australia and New Zealand are occasions for our Jurisdiction to be represented, extend a hand of brotherhood across borders and most importantly – get to know each other better and just – have fun.
Jenny and I hope that you will consider joining us.
Please contact the Grand Lodge office on 8223 1633 or email : email@example.com as a matter of urgency and ask for a Brochure and Registration Form to be sent to you. Registrations close on 31st December 2016. You must therefore ensure that you have completed your registration form and made payment before this date. Read more...
Your friend and brother,
Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of SA and NT- Grand Installation - 2017
I extend a cordial and sincere invitation to all Freemasons, their families and friends to attend the Grand Installation of RWBro. David Kitching, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of South Australia and the Northern Territory of Australia.
We trust you will take this opportunity to join with us in Adelaide to celebrate this Grand Occasion that we may ‘catch up’ with our wellknown Brethren and ladies from interstate and overseas once again.
A registration form MUST be filled out for ANY function you wish to attend INCLUDING the Grand Installation for seat allocation purposes. If you attend the Grand Installation only there will be no Registration fee payable. For all functions, bus transport will be provided from and returning to the Mecure Grosvenor Hotel Only. See below for attached registration form and further information.