DISTRICT GRAND BANQUET 2015 – W Bro. Brian Kretzschmar
On Saturday the 30th May 2015, the District Grand Banquet was held in the Rainbow Room at the Johannesburg Country Club. It was a prestigious occasion. Welcome drinks, a superb three course dinner with wines followed by coffee.
It was a glittering occasion made more splendid by our ladies in their flowing formal dress. What a proud moment to be a Freemason. The highlights of the evening were the presentations of our Major Annual Donations to non-Masonic charities – on behalf of ALL the Freemasons of our District.
DISTRICT SENIOR GRAND WARDEN – W BRO. DAVE GURNEY
My Masonic journey thus far has many fond memories. Firstly my Initiation on Wednesday 26th June 1985 into Boksburg St John Lodge No. 8642 is still clear in my mind. I was privileged to serve this, my Mother Lodge, as Master in 1995 and again in 2002.
Once Passed and Raised, I joined the Cinderella Mark Lodge No. 621 on 11th April 1994, followed by the Boksburg Royal Arch Chapter No. 2480 on the 25th May 1987, and Boksburg Cinderella Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 621 on 16th May 1988. Since then I have joined numerous other orders, some only more recently.
As my Masonic journey expanded in the last 15 years I have often visited County Mark Lodges over weekends, an experience I soon started to enjoy as it provided the opportunity to really get to know other Brethren in the District.
My wife Janet has always been totally supportive and as my Masonic circle expanded, so did her understanding of the people with whom I was associating.
I was honoured to be appointed District Senior Grand Warden. This was not an Office I had ever anticipated achieving during my journey, dreamt of yes, but never expected to achieve.
The privilege of addressing the Brethren of those Lodges I visited is an experience never to be forgotten, as is the sense of camaraderie that I felt.
I now look forward to the opportunity of being called upon by the new district team in my capacity as PDSGW on occasions when my successors are unable to find that specific meeting to be within the length of their cable-tow.
DISTRICT JUNIOR GRAND WARDEN – W BRO. DRIES KRAUSE
Dries was initiated into Verona Lodge No.8187 in 1993 by James Anderson a PM of Verona Lodge, who now lives in Ramsgate. He served as the Millennium Master of Verona Lodge in 1999/2000. Dries was also Master of The Lodge of Goodwill No.711 in Port Elizabeth in 2009/10 and 2010/11 and is still a Country member.
Dries received his first Craft District appointment as District Grand Standard Bearer in 2003 and was again given the same Active Rank in 2005. In 2008, he was appointed as District Grand Standard Bearer and District Junior Grand Warden in 2010 in Port Elizabeth.
After his return to Johannesburg, he was promoted to District Senior Grand Deacon in 2012 and District Junior Grand Warden in 2014.
In Royal Arch, Dries is a PZ of Kosmos Chapter No.2768 and also a member of the Port Elizabeth Royal Arch Chapter No.711. He received his first District ap- pointment as District Grand Steward in 2009 and DG2nd Asst Soj in 2010 in the
Eastern Division, as well as DGSoj in 2013 in the District of South Africa North.
Dries, has attained the 30th degree and is a Past MWS of Corona Rose Croix Chapter. He is al- so a Past Preceptor of Johannesburg Knights Templar, Past High Priest of Kosmos KTP and a Past MPS in The Red Cross of Constantine.
Having been in the insurance industry for 44 years, he holds am Insurance Diploma and is an Honorary Member of the IISA. Having retired, Dries lives in Randpark with his wife, Jossie and
they have two daughters and a son. Dries, an ardent photographer, is also a member of the Roosevelt Park Bowls Club.
DISTRICT GRAND SCRIBE NEHEMIAH – E. COMP. JOHN STEPHENS
I was exalted into Doornfontein Royal Arch Chapter in January 1988 and joined Goldfield’s Chapter in 1999. I am presently Scribe Ezra of both these Chapters.
I have passed through the First Principal’s chair on more than one occasion and am a founder member of the First Principal’s Chapter.
I was initiated into Coronation Lodge in June 1983, which means I have been associated with Craft and Royal Arch for thirty two years and twenty seven years respectively. I have served as Master of Coronation Lodge on four different occasions, I joined Witwatersrand Lodge in 1986 and served as Master in 1997.
I hold the rank of PDSGW and a Grand Officer in both the Mark and Royal Ark Mariner. I hold the 31st Degree in the Rose Croix.
I have found this year to be very fulfilling and rewarding.
I believe it is very important that all Freemasons complete pure and Antient Freemasonry which consists of the Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason including the Royal Arch.
I have benefited from what Freemasonry has taught me and made it part of my way of life, listening to the piece of ritual related to the square and compass, the way it reflects on your masonic progress and development in life. Likewise in your progress through the various orders you are instructed in and deem to have graduated in the whole Masonic system from the foundation stone of initiation to the keystone of the Holy Royal Arch and to have raised a super structure, perfect in its part and honourable to the builder.
GRAND LODGE AND SUPREME GRAND CHAPTER APPOINTMENTS 2015
-W Bro. David Pickard
The Right Worshipful District Grand Master Prof E Guy Charlesworth wishes to inform all the Brethren of the District of South Africa, North and offer congratulations on their behalf, to the following Brethren who have received Grand Rank Promotions and 1st Appointments this year.
Grand Lodge Appointments:
W Bro. Frank Bender PAGDC, Kensington Lodge No. 4893
W Bro. Richard Fahrenheim PAGDC, Kosmos Lodge No. 2768 W Bro. David Gamble PAGDC, Roodepoort Lodge No. 2539
W Bro. Gordon Martin PJGD, Prosperity Lodge No. 2607 W Bro. Ivor Sander PJGD, Corona Lodge No. 2731
Supreme Grand Chapter Appointments:
- Comp. Dennis Hammond PGStB, St Michael’s Chapter No. 8643
- Comp. Markus Zbinden PAGDC, Swaziland Chapter No. 7035 Promotions:
E Comp. Ernie’ Kleingeld PGStB, Liberty Chapter No. 2485
SETTING THE SCENE IN THE HOLY ROYAL ARCH – E. Comp Tim Smith
As the Deputy Grand Superintendent, I have the success of every Chapter in the District at heart. However, I am very concerned that many members leave the Royal Arch or don’t attend their Chapter meetings because they don’t understand the exaltation ceremony.
The ceremony undergoes various location changes; from a building site in Jerusalem, to a hidden subterranean vault, to the Grand Sanhedrim (the council which sat together to govern the temple and the religious life of the Jews), but these take place without any physical change to the equipment or layout of the Chapter room itself.
In an attempt to overcome this problem, our Grand Superintendent has given permission for the issuing of a script which I hope will be of assistance in “setting the scene” during the exaltation ceremony. This will form part of the ritual and will be read to the members, during the natural intervals when the sojourners and candidates have retired from the room.
We cannot afford to lose any of our members and must do all we can to help them appreciate what is happening during the ceremony, so that they can enjoy and participate in it. I believe the introduction of a Janitors card will be invaluable to the candidate in understanding where they are when the blindfold is removed. In this instance, the candidate is in fact no longer a “candidate”, but represents one of those exiles returning to Jerusalem as a sojourner or journeyman builder who discovers that the Temple and Holy City are in ruins. Together with his colleagues, he offers assistance in building a new temple which leads to the discovery of great importance.
My goal is to ensure that all of our candidates leave their exaltation ceremony satisfied that they have joined something rather special and are given as much information as possible about the order. I believe that “setting the scene” will achieve this.
FEEDBACK – THE CORNERSTONE IS READ INTERNATIONALLY
This is a letter received in response to W Bro. Dr Ron Poole’s article “A Masonic Journey” published in the 8th edition of the Cornerstone.
W Bro. Williams,
Having been rooting about the internet, I discovered the SA North’s website and read with interest Ron Poole’s account of his visit to London last April for the Grand Investiture and the subsequent Grand Festival.
He mentions that to be invested with Grand Rank “[he was] carefully collected by Grand Stewards who walked [us] with great decorum to the Grand Master himself.”
There are 19 Lodges in England who, each year, each have the right to put up a brother to be appointed a Grand Steward, the so-called “Red Apron Lodges”. (The reason for these lodges’ privilege is a very old story, dating back to 1728, and which is told here: http://grandstewards.org/History.aspx). Suffice to say that, last year during Ron’s visit, I was a Grand Steward, and so there’s a 5.2% chance that it was I who escorted Ron up to be invested by the MW the GM, HRH the Duke of Kent.
In the evening, the Grand Festival takes place. This is the responsibility of the Grand Stew- ards. Ron notes that “The Stewards cherish their positions and incur much expense for the privilege, including having to sojourn through France to seek out and buy suitable wines for the following banquet.” But I’m afraid that he’s not entirely correct.
The primary responsibility of the 19 Grand Stewards is to arrange the Grand Festival each year, at which some 500 brethren from around the world are fed and watered. This does take a lot of organising and, focussing on one of my core skills, I had the privilege of being chairman of the Wine Committee. As you may imagine, we, the Wine Committee, laboured hard – very hard – to discharge our duties: tasting, re-tasting, and tasting again and again! But where Ron is in- correct is his assertion that we had to sojourn through France to seek out the good stuff. If only! The truth is that we chose an excellent local wine merchant (Majestic Wine Warehouse) who did us proud, I very much hope.
Having grown up in Jo’burg, and gone to school in the KZN Midlands, I would have very much liked to have served Waterford Chardy 2008, followed perhaps by Rustenberg Peter Barlow 2000, with Vin de Constance 1998 to provide stuff with which to propose the toasts! But it was not to be: we kicked off with Heidsieck’s delicious Monopole Brut, then at the table had Nicolas Potel’s excellent Bourgogne Blanc 2011, followed by Chateau Peyrabon 2003, a fantastic, fully mature cru bourgeois that punched well above its weight (or cost, to be more accurate!).
It’s Grand Festival time again in a few weeks’ time, and I look forward to seeing how my successors have got on! I will try to locate any SA North brethren to say hello!
With all good wishes, Guy Leadbeater
Grand Master’s Lodge No.1
Past Grand Steward
Metropolitan Grand Sword Bearer
THE ORDER OF ST JOHN – W Bro. Brian Kretzschmar
Most of us only know the Order of St John’s Ambulance, as first aid at sports matches. Not so. I was surprised to learn from W Bros. Glanmore and Spiller, that their work encompasses much more.
Over and above their sports connections, St John’s offers First Aid and Home Care training to commerce and industry, the military, schools and government departments. They also give courses to the general public so that they can assist in times of emergency at home and work. Their range of courses is designed to cater for the advanced first aider down to young school children. St John’s also has a programme for those individuals with limited reading and writing skills.
During the year ending March 2013, they had trained 23 326 South Africans.
In recognition of their admirable work, the District donated an 8.4m x 2.8m gazebo – their most urgent need.
WOODLANDS “ALL SAINTS” LODGE 3668 – W Bro. Richard Fahrenheim
The Brethren of the Woodlands Lodge No. 3668EC have decided to update the vision and nature of the Lodge and to align its membership on the basis of alumni, parents and teachers of “Johannesburg Saints’ Schools”. This means that they are looking to provide a Masonic home to past pupils, parents of past or current pupils and past or present teachers at any of the “Saints” schools in the greater Johannesburg area. This would include, amongst others, the likes of St. Benedicts, St. Davids, St. Johns, St. Peters and St. Stithians.
Woodlands Lodge is a relatively old Lodge in the District. It was founded in 1913 and named the Sachsenwald Lodge after the forest of the same name which covered the townships of Parktown North and Rosebank. In 1915, it changed its name to Woodlands Lodge, which today, appropriately represents Johannesburg’s urban forest.
As the only “Old Boys” Lodge in the District, we are keen to maintain contact with the Saints Schools and would, wherever possible, conduct one working a year at each school. Regular meetings will continue to take place at Freemasons’ Hall.
In terms of charity, we would like to focus on education and will be looking at offering bursaries to students in need of financial assistance.
For more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|ADistGM||W.Bro. Bernie Bernard Krone|
|ADistGM||W.Bro. Brian F McDermott|
|ADistGM||W.Bro. Chris van Gaalen|
|ADistGM||W.Bro. Graeme N Mackenzie|
|DistSGW||W.Bro. Richard N Fahrenheim|
|DistJGW||W.Bro. Richard J Lipnicki|
|DistGChap||W.Bro. Vernon H van Wyk|
|DistGTreas||W.Bro. Charles N Burn|
|DistGReg||W.Bro. Gordon M Martin|
|PresDistBoardGP||W.Bro. Mike S Edy|
|DistGSec||W.Bro. David I Pickard|
|W.Bro. Brian J Kretzschmar|
|DistGDC||W.Bro. Simon C Knutton|
|DistGSwdB||W.Bro. Alan R Clothier|
|DistGSuptWks||W.Bro. Christopher C Reynolds|
|DistGAlm||W.Bro. Mike E Armour|
|DistDepGDC||W.Bro. Andre’ Ferreira|
|DistDepGDC||W.Bro. Richard W Hawthorne|
|DistDepGDC||W.Bro. Sean Heathcote|
|DistGOrator||W.Bro. Dick R Glanville|
|DistGMentor||W.Bro. Philip Heydenrych|
|DistSGD||W.Bro. Lance A Epstein|
|DistSGD||W.Bro. Rory J Jones|
|DistSGD||W.Bro. Woody J Woodward|
|DistJGD||W.Bro. Ajay S Nunkoo|
|DistJGD||W.Bro. Mike D Smith|
|DistJGD||W.Bro. Serge Obradovich|
|DistAGSec||W.Bro. Davey W Faul|
|DistAGDC||W.Bro. Bill J Hynds|
|DistAGDC||W.Bro. O Martin M Smit|
|DistAGDC||W.Bro. Paul A Spencer|
|DistAGDC||W.Bro. Peter W Veal|
|DistGOrg||W.Bro. Pieter J Wessels|
|DistGStB||W.Bro. Jean F de Coriolis|
|DistGStB||W.Bro. Thys J Snyman|
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|DistGStwd||W.Bro. Andries D Butzbach|
|DistGStwd||W.Bro. Carl P de Montille|
|DistGStwd||W.Bro. John M M Mehliss|
|DistGStwd||W.Bro. Patrick B Shortt|
|DistGStwd||W.Bro. Roland Dunstan|
|DistGStwd||W.Bro. Steve A Stratford|
|DistGTyler||W.Bro. Frans J J Visagie|
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|DistGStB||E. Comp. Bryan C Price|
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|DistAGDC||E. Comp. Leighton B Shaw|
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|DistGStwd||E. Comp. Dale S M McLean|
|DistGStwd||E. Comp. Ross S V Cole|
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SCHOOL REBUILD – VANUATU – W Bro. Brian Kretzschmar
Charity certainly is the distinguishing characteristic of a Freemason’s heart and this is being amply illustrated by W Bro. Russel Chilton and the members of Lodge of Discovery in Vanuatu, as they rebuild a school ripped apart by a tropical cyclone.
SO MOTE IT BE
At every meeting we say it, we chant it, if there is music in the lodge, we sing it, over and again
– and yet very surprisingly I’ve only ever been asked once, what is “So Mote it Be”, what does it mean and from whence does it originate? So here goes..…
The oldest Masonic expression is “So Mote it Be.” It is used in and outside the Lodge as a general response to Masonic prayer. It derives from the famous Regius Poem, sometimes called the Halliwell Manuscript and is said by experts to have been written circa 1390 by a monk who had access to Operative Masonic documents. This document was discovered by a citizen of London, a non-mason, Mr J.O. Halliwell Phillips, in about 1839 in the British Museum where it was catalogued under the title “a poem of moral duties.”
The poem, written in Chaucerian English, is the oldest Masonic document in existence, the unknown monk who composed it showed remarkable clarity of understanding about the fraternity of Freemasons of the times, who were of course operative workmen.
He lists the rules which govern the Craft, the relationships between Masters and workmen, the moral will, occupational and religious duties of the Craftsmen. Nearly all the articles in this ancient document, over 600 years old, are as applicable today (in substance) as they were when they were written so long ago.
The final words of the poem are –
“Amen and Amen! So mote it be! May we all live in charity.”
“Mote” is an Anglo-Saxon word originally derived from the Saxon word “motan” meaning “may”. The phrase “so mote it be” literally means “so be it” and was used in the middle ages in England as a pious finale to blessings. It should be noted that the medieval formula began with the Hebrew word “Amen” nowadays more often than not omitted from Masonic usage. The word “Amen” has a range of meanings and related to fidelity, constancy, sureness, trust, and when used at the end of prayers and blessings, it was a formula of acquiescence and confirmation as though to say “Truly, we believe that is [or will be] so.”
Thus, though the “Amen” and the “so mote it be” did not originally have the same meanings, they have acquired the same meaning in the course of time of centuries, and that possibly explains the modern Masonic omission of the word “Amen.”
So, “So Mote it Be” is the ancient “Amen” of the Freemason!
So Mote it Be !!
ULTRA DISTANCE RUNNING UNDER THE BANNER OF FREEMASONRY CARES
– W Bro. Brian Kretzschmar
Phil Waudby started running 8 years ago when he raised R40 000 in aid of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. The event was the 250km Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM), which is run over 7 days with daily distances ranging from 28km to 80km (day/night sections).
Following on from his first success, Phil conquered the Comrades Marathon, raising R60 000 for the Starfish Foundation.
In 2011, Phil took on his greatest challenge by running to
the start of the KAEM Marathon from Benoni. He covering a distance of 933km in 12 days. After just one rest day, he
then completed the 250km race and raised R130 000 for the Sunflower Fund.
Phil was signed up to run for CHOC (Children’s Haematology Oncology Clinics) last year, but was unable to complete the race due to medical reasons. The District Grand Lodge of South Africa North still fully supported Phil’s effort and presented CHOC with a cheque for R30 000.
Phil’s next project will be running for OSCAP – Outraged SA Citizens Against Poaching – in 2016.
ENERGY SAVING & GREEN IDEAS PROJECT FOR SCHOOLS
– W Bro. Brian Kretzschmar
Schools in Cosmo City, Diepkloof, Diepsloot and the East Rand have been challenged to write essays on: renewable energy, tidy homes, streets, cleaning rivers and any lateral thinking green earth ideas. Grades 5, 6 and 7 compete to win one of 10 soccer board games per school.
In association with Green Beings, 10 schools have already participated, with over 500 children entering the competition. A further sponsor supported this initiative by donating a stationary pack to each competing student.
ULTRA DISTANCE RUNNING UNDER THE BANNER OF FREEMASONRY CARES
BIENNIAL VIELERIAN LECTURE – W Bro. Dick Glanville
Lyceum Lodge of Research recently hosted W Bro. Michel Jaccard, 33 degree PhD member of the Grand Lodge Alpina of Switzerland, who presented a lecture entitled “The Biennial Vielerian Lecture”.
The event was a resounding success with approximately 130 brethren from both the English and Sister constitutions in attendance. It was an especially memorable occasion for the 17 Entered Apprentices who attended.