DAVID WHITFIELD – DEPUTY DISTRICT GRAND MASTER
David was born in Zeerust in 1947 to a farmer and his teacher wife. He attended Zeerust Primary School, which was dual medium up to standard two, after which he had to switch to Afrikaans for the final three years. He went to Potchefstroom High School for Boys where he matriculated in 1964.
In 1968 he graduated from Natal University with a B.Sc.Eng. (Chemical) and then worked at the Anglo American Research Labs for three years to pay back his bursary. He then joined Computer Sciences and spent the rest of his career in the computer industry. He was employed in the IT Department of Rand Merchant Bank before retiring five years ago, in 2008.
He became interested in skydiving while still at Natal University and actively pursued the sport for the next 10 years. He was awarded Springbok Colours in 1974 and again in 1978.
His introduction to Masonry occurred in 1983 when his regular snooker partner announced that he would no longer be able to play on the second Wednesday of the month. After some prodding he was proposed into First Pride Lodge. He subsequently met up with Henry du Toit whom he had known through skydiving circles and was pressed into joining Isando Lodge. He was installed into the chair of Isando Lodge in 1987 by which time he had not yet gained the first step of the ladder in his mother Lodge.
Under the guiding hand of W Bro. Brian Stredder, he was raised in First Pride Lodge in March 1984, Exalt- ed in Clarendon Royal Arch Chapter in May 1984, Installed as a Knight Templar in Park Lane Preceptory in June 1984, installed into the Red Cross of Constantine in March 1985 and St Aubyn’s Rose Croix Chapter in October 1985. Finally, he joined the Knight’s Templar Priests in November 1987. It was a great loss for both David and Masonry in the Transvaal when W Bro. Brian Stredder suddenly passed away in October 1991. David’s only regret regarding Masonry was that he had not discovered it earlier.
He became the Divisional Recorder of the Red Cross following W Bro. Brian Stredder’s death and holds
the unique distinction of being awarded Grand Rank in the Order while still in the Chair of his Conclave. He became the Intendant-General of the Red Cross of Constantine in 2006, the Sub-Prior in the Knights Templar the same year and the Grand Superintendent of the Knights Templar Priest in 2007. He was promoted to the 33rd Degree by Supreme Council in 2002 and became Secretary of the South African Branch Council.
In the Craft he was appointed as an Assistant DC in 1992, Deputy DC from 1999 to 2004, Senior Warden in 2004, Assistant DGM in 2010 and Deputy DGM in October 2013.
GRAEME MCKENZIE – ASSISTANT DISTRICT GRAND MASTER
Graeme was born in Redhill, Surrey in England in 1963 and following in his father’s footsteps, he joined Freemasonry in 1990 being initiated into Maybury Lodge No. 969 at Great Queen Street, in London, serving as Master for two consecutive years in 1997 and 1998.
Graeme initially came to South Africa in 1997 on secondment to establish two local insurance companies for banking group BNP Paribas and after returning to the UK in 1999, relocated on a permanent basis with the same company in 2001.
In 2003, Graeme founded his own financial services business providing insurance consultancy and risk services to many of South Africa’s large corporates, particularly in retail. He still runs the same company today from offices in Fourways, Johannesburg.
On returning to South Africa in 2001, Graeme looked to join a lodge on a permanent basis and after several visits and with the sponsorship of W Bro. Ray Holder and W Bro. John Wilson, he joined Kosmos Lodge No. 2768 in the November 2001, attaining the Chair in 2005.
His first District Appointment came in 2005 as a Past District Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. In 2006 he took an active appointment of the same rank. In 2007 he was appointed as District Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, a position he held until 2011 when he was appointed as the District Grand Director of Ceremonies.
Graeme is a Royal Arch mason, a member of several other Orders as well as a member of Arcadia Lodge in Pretoria.
Graeme is married to Debby and lives in Waterkloof Ridge in Pretoria. He has three children aged 21, 11 and 8. He is a keen sportsman and an avid football fan. He still plays and coaches football in the Pretoria area.
BRIAN MCDERMOTT – ASSISTANT DISTRICT GRAND MASTER
Originally from Scotland, Brian came to South Africa in 1971. At school he was a keen sportsman, playing rugby, hockey and athletics. Later football, squash and scuba diving became his sports of choice. Brian’s love of dogs has seen him involved with dog training for over 20 years and when the weather is fine on Sundays, you will more than likely find him riding his old Suzuki motorbike. As a Manufacturing Jeweller by trade, Brian has been making all types of jewellery since 1979. Masonic rings, jewels and swords are among the most popular. He is a true artificer of metals.
Initiated in United Services Lodge No. 2967 in 1989, Brian quickly rose through the ranks and was installed Worshipful Master in 1995. He has served as the Worshipful Master of this Lodge four times and was honoured when the Brethren elected him to be the Centenary Master in 2003. An active and dedicated mason, Brian belongs to five other Lodges, is a Past Master of three (the Transvaal District Grand Stewards Lodge, Corinthian and Hartbeestpoort) and a member of Arcadia and Premier Diamond Lodge of the Transvaal. He has held a number of District appointments; the first was in 1997 as District Grand Steward, then District Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, District Grand Pursuivant, District Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, District Grand Director of Ceremonies and District Senior Grand Warden. He received Grand Rank in 2006.
He was Exalted into Pretoria United Royal Arch Chapter and is also a member of Norwood Chapter. He is currently the 2nd District Grand Principal and holds the rank of Past Grand Standard Bearer.
In the Order of the Secret Monitor, he is the District Grand Supreme Ruler (the head of the order) and is a member of Arcadia Conclave.
In the Rose Croix, Brian is a member of Pretoria Chapter and is a 31st Degree Mason. He is also a member of Transvaal Preceptory where he is currently the Preceptor Elect.
DAVE GAMBLE – DISTRICT SENIOR GRAND WARDEN
Dave was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia on 31st December 1948 and though finally educated in South Africa, immigrated to, and became a South Africa Citizen after completing his Rhodesian Military Service in the 1970’s.
His interest in Freemasonry was engendered by his Father who was an English Constitution Freemason. His fore- bearers were also Masons, but as they mostly lived in different countries and towns. It was only in 1986 that he was initiated into Freemasonry in this District. Roger Rudd and the late Barrington Goudge being his Proposer and Seconder for Initiation into Royal George Lodge No. 2643.
He is a Past Master of: Royal George Lodge 2643, New Horizons Lodge 8703, Transvaal District Grand Stewards Lodge 8192 and Roodepoort Lodge 2539.
His first District appointment was that of District Grand Steward in 1997. He progressed well, being promoted to DistAGDC, PDJGD, PDJGW and in 2013, District Senior Grand Warden.
Having been exalted as a Royal Arch Mason in Royal George Royal Arch Chapter in 1988, he progressed equally well in parallel with the Craft; viz DistAGDC, DistDepGDC, DistGDC, Assistant to the District Grand Principals and at- tained Grand Rank as PGStdB in 2007.
He is also active in the following orders:
- A 32nd Degree Mason in the Ancient and Accepted Rite, Past Most Wise Sovereign of St. Aubyn’s Chapter, also member of Klerksdorp and St.Vitus Chapters and also Past District Recorder in SANW
- Knights Templar: Johannesburg Chapter and Past Provincial Chaplain
- Knight Templar Priests: Kosmos Tabernacle and Past Grand II Pillar
- Red Cross of Constantine: Omega Conclave and Divisional Grand Std B (L)
- Royal Order of Scotland: Provincial Grand Lodge of the Transvaal and Provincial Grand Guarder of the Tower
Dave is Senior Tribologist with Anglo American, and has spent most of his working life involved in the Pe- troleum and Mining Industries. He is an Executive Committee Member of the SA Institute of Tribology, serves on the Petroleum Products Committee of the SABS/SANS and lives in Fairland, Johannesburg with his wife, Barbara. Whilst no longer active in sports, he lives and promotes Freemasonry at every opportunity.
FRANK BENDER – DISTRICT JUNIOR GRAND WARDEN
Frank was born in Athens, Greece in 1946. His father was a military serviceman serving in Athens. When he was six months old the family returned to London, his father’s birth place. On completion of his secondary education, his first job was in the Production Department of the Ingersol watch company. With their help Frank was able to attend one of the London Polytechnics to further his career prospects.
He then joined a subsidiary of General Electric, which had many interests in South Africa. After working for this company for a number of years, he transferred to a sister company in South Africa during 1983, bringing Jacky, his wife and their two daughters with him.
After a short stay with the company, an offer of employment from Zeiss (South Africa) as a Product Manager was too tempting to ignore. During 1993 an opportunity to become a partner in a plastics extrusion company encouraged Frank to leave Zeiss and become his own boss.
Through a work colleague at Zeiss, Frank joined Kensington Lodge in June 1987, becoming the W.M. in 1994. He is also a member and has been through the chair of Denver RA, Kensington Rose Croix, Cinderella Mark and Transvaal District Grand Stewards Lodge. He has recently joined Jeppestown Allied Council.
Frank is also responsible for the running of the Kensington Masonic Hall which does not leave him much time to pursue other hobbies. He always finds time to visit his daughters, one of whom resides in Windhoek and the other in England with two grandchildren and his mother.
Whenever he can, he likes to get away with Jacky to “the bush” where he can relax and enjoy the tranquillity of an unhurried life.
CENTENARY MEETING OF LION OF THE NORTH LODGE No. 3640.
– VW Bro. Iain Fraser
Lion of the North Lodge held their Centenary Meeting on Saturday 13 July 2013, at their Masonic Hall in Munnik Street, Louis Trichardt (now renamed Makhado).
The DGM, RW Bro. Prof. Guy Charlesworth, presented the Centenary Warrant to the Lodge and Centenary Jewels to the members. He was supported by the “Chains” and a large District Delegation.
W Bro. Malcolm Tucker, PDistJGW, prepared and presented a very interesting abridged history of the Lodge, with accounts of life in the old Transvaal in the early days.
Lion of the North, a strong Country Lodge, has been “paired” with Corona, a strong City Lodge, since the early 1980s and the two Lodges continue to visit one another and enjoy joint Workings as well as family weekends in the Kruger Park.
The Brethren have recently carried out extensive repairs to their hall and can be proud of the results.
The Meeting was followed by a very enjoyable Centenary Dinner at the Adams Apple Hotel, on the N1 motorway south of the town, which was well attended by the ladies and visitors.
FREEMASONS ASSIST MED-STEP TO TAKE A BIG STEP – W Bro. Brian Kretzschmar
Two years ago, Elaine Pickard made an appeal for static and fold-up wheelchairs for the MOTHWA MED- STEP (REHABILITATION) CLINIC. Through the good offices of W Bros. John Blaine and Neville Hose, we were able to deliver 5 chairs. Elaine subsequently invited me to a walkthrough of the Clinic which was then housed within their frail care/dementia/old age home. Their dream was to separate the CLINIC from the home – into an allocated area next door, on the same property. Such a project would entail extensive renovations but would meet the criteria of the District’s CAPITAL EXPENDITURE with necessary selfsustaining aspects. After careful planning and financial scrutiny, the project was accepted for the 2013 – 2014 Masonic year. A plan was formulated under the direction of W Bros. Iain Fraser (Architect), Dave Griffiths (Supt. of Works) and Charles Burn (Treasurer).
The transformation was nothing short of spectacular: 28 wards (18 private), new admin offices, a new electricity back-up generator, reception, computer/patient systems and screens, gutter and facia boards renewed, as were the entrance, parking area, boom and security hut. Suction units, beds, curtains, cabinets and a small TV were allocated to each ward. Cams at the front door and main gate were fitted to improve security. The whole building has been repainted including the exterior walls. Outdoor gazebos with seating areas have been created for the well-being of patients and staff.
The entire Clinic has been re-floored, painted and two gyms (physical and neurological) have been built. Kitchens, sluice rooms, staff rest-rooms, etc. have also been upgraded. Every facility from cleaning dispensers in each ward to the garden have been transformed. This is truly a project for every Freemason in the District to be proud of.
As a token of respect to Elaine Pickard who has been seeing to our Masonic Regalia needs for many years
– plus the fact that she has held high office in the MOTHWA for many years – the main corridor of wards has been named after her in gratitude.
On October the 21st, the refurbished Rehabilitation Clinic was officially opened by our RW District Grand Master and a plaque unveiled.
The MOTHWA Trust Executive, Staff, including the Manager, Mrs Stephanie du Toit, have expressed their thanks and deepest gratitude to all the Freemasons in our District for making their dream a reality.
ROYAL ARCH ISLAND STYLE – E. Comp. Brian McDermott
Following the consecration of the Friendship Chapter in Mauritius in September, the Grand Superintendent was conscious of the fact that all the members of the Chapter were Scottish Royal Arch Masons and had never witnessed an English Royal Arch ceremony. E. Comp. Leighton Shaw and I were asked by the Grand Superintendent to go to Mauritius and assist the Chapter with their first meeting. This gave the new Chapter the best possible start and afforded the Companions the opportunity to see and become familiar with how the ritual is conducted the English way.
We arrived on the Friday evening and drove straight from the airport to the lodge at Phoenix where we had a quick walkthrough with the Companions before we opened the Chapter. E. Comp. Leighton took the First Principal’s Chair and I filled the office of Principal Sojourner. We then exalted W Bro. Robin Mardemootoo as the first Candidate of the Chapter. E. Comps Ramloll, Putten and Adamjee assisted with the lectures.
The next morning we exalted the Worshipful Master of Friendship Lodge, W Bro. Juddoo and we then called off for lunch; after lunch we exalted two senior Brethren, W. Bros. Gepaul and Dr. Veerafimy. By now the Companions were accustomed to the English ceremony. The Principal Sojourner of the Chapter, E. Comp. Jivanji was keen to be involved and assisted with the first part of the ceremony.
Subsequently, two candidates, W. Bros. Ho Fong and Bhageerutty were exalted and after a short break for refreshments, we exalted Bro. Ramlackhan and one of the youngest Master Masons on the island, Bro. Lallah.
All the Companions, especially the Candidates, enjoyed the ceremonies. Friendship Chapter in Mauritius is now well established and we wish them every success in their future endeavours.
CHAPTER OF FRIENDSHIP CONSECRATION – E. Comp. Tim Smith
The Chapter of Friendship no.1696 was consecrated on Saturday the 14th of September 2013 at the Phoenix Masonic Hall in Mauritus.
The consecrating principals were:
Z – E. Comp. Prof. Guy Charlesworth, M.E Grand Superintendent H – E. Comp. Cleve Wiehahn, Deputy Grand Superintendent
J – E. Comp. Brian McDermott, second District Grand Principal
With 10 other Grand and District Grand Chapter Officers in attendance.
The ceremony commenced with the Chapter being opened at 09h00. The consecrating officer addressed the Companions on the importance of the meeting, concluding with a request to the consecrating J to give the opening prayer. The consecrating DC announced the Charter of Constitution authorising the founders to form and open a regular Chapter of Royal Arch Masons to be known as the Chapter of Friendship.
Consecrating Scribe E read the Charter. The Oration was delivered by E. Comp. Cleve Wiehahn and the Invocation by E. Comp. Prof. Guy Charlesworth. The Chapter was then consecrated in due masonic form.
The dedication and prayer was given by E. Comp. McDermott who perambulated three times around the Chapter with a censer. The constitution of the Chapter was finalised by E. Comp. Charlesworth followed by the patriarchal benediction by the consecrating J (E. Comp. McDermott).
The induction of the Principals followed; Z – E. Comp. Randhir C. Ramloll, H – E. Comp. George J. R. Faustin and J – E. Comp. Ambedkar A. Putten.
E. Comp. Ramloll then appointed and invested the officers of the year, who were all founder members.
The by laws of the Chapter were approved and the election was taken for honorary membership. The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent gave his address, after which the Chapter was closed. The ceremony was followed by an informal lunch at the Masonic Hall.
CORONA LODGE’S CHARITY CONTRIBUTION – VW Bro. Iain Fraser
At their Installation Meeting on 06 November 2013, Corona Lodge donated a total of R 320 450.00 to Charity.
Part of this was made up by two cheques to District, one of R 80 000.00 and a second one of R60 000.00, to be paid to nominated Charities through the District.
The Lodge also made three direct payments to their own Charities, for a total of R 17 200.00, and paid a further R 163 250.00 to the Lodges which assist them with their annual Gentlemen’s Box and Dine. The Lodges which booked more than ten seats for the event where returned a substantial portion of their ticket money, for re-distribution to their own Charities.
Congratulations to Corona Lodge for another outstanding achievement, in spite of the fact that they did not host a Golf Day during the year. We are all very proud of the Lodge’s major Charity contributions to the District over many years.
NEW DISTRICT APPOINTMENTS
BI-CENTENARY OF THE SUPREME ORDER OF THE HOLY ROYAL ARCH
– E. Comp. Cleve Wiehahn
The Supreme Grand Chapter celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch at Great Queen Street, London on 16th October 2013. This date coincided with the Union of the two Grand Lodges in 1813, now known as the United Grand Lodge of England. Celebrations were held throughout the Provinces and Districts and our ME Grand Superintendent attended the celebration in London.
The occasion was celebrated in our District on Saturday 30th November 2013. Earlier in the year, E. Comp. Brad Gillies, President of the Committee of General Purposes, took on the role of planning co-ordinator. He meticulously set up a programme for wives and non Royal Arch Masons to be taken on a guided tour through the upper level of Park Lane.
At 10h30 guests assembled upstairs in the atrium where they were served sherry and soft drinks. The guests were taken into the dining and Lodge rooms where they were given an explanation of various items by a team of senior masons. There were many questions raised, testing the knowledge of the leaders. Explanations were given on some of the aprons adorning the walls of dining rooms of particular interest was shown in one of the dining rooms, where Rodney Grosskopff’s sketches were displayed.
Having completed a tour of the rooms, the guests gathered in a dining room, where E. Comp. Brad Gillies gave a short talk on Masonry. As this was a Royal Arch celebration, he directed his talk on the history of the Royal Arch, which the guests found most enlightening.
The second part of the celebration was a demonstration of The Passing of the Veils Ceremony. Today in England, the ceremony is solely authorised for use in Chapters in Bristol and no demonstration of a Veils Ceremony may be given without the authority of the Grand Superintendent.
E. Comp. Tim Smith was the co-ordinator of the demonstration of the ceremony. Rehearsals com- menced as early as June. The team consisted of MEZ; Haggai; Joshua; Scribe N; Prin Soj; 1st and 2nd Assist.Soj; Janitor and a candidate. Tim Smith was the Narrator. Much work had to done at rehearsals as none of the team had seen a Ceremony of the Veils.
On the day of the demonstration a total of 110 Companions gathered in No. 1 Lodge room to witness the demonstration and were enthralled with the performance.
E. Comp. Tim Smith and the team are to be congratulated and thanked for the tremendous amount of work they put into making this a memorable ceremony.
Following the demonstration, a finger lunch was enjoyed by the masons and guests.
Our District can be proud of the way in which we celebrated the Bi-Centenary of the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch.
We thank our Grand Superintendent for the opportunity of demonstrating this unique .
SOUTH AFRICA LODGE ASSOCIATION
South Africa Lodge No. 6742 was founded shortly after World War II by a group of South African Freemasons who were living and working in London. For over sixty years, the Lodge has provided a South African Masonic experience for brethren living in England or visiting on holiday.
There are currently more than a million South Africans in the UK and many of them still have ties to South Africa. South Africa Lodge seeks to become the Lodge of choice for young South African men living in London and the Home Counties who wish to become Freemasons. The best way we can do that is to ensure that all South African Freemasons are aware of South Africa Lodge, so that they can recommend it to their friends and family members in the UK.
South Africa Lodge already has a membership of expats or brethren who are somehow strongly associated with Africa. Several are the sons or nephews of prominent local Freemasons. Since its consecration, South Africa Lodge has conducted its ceremonies according to the traditions of South African Lodges, where the workings are divided among the members rather than being conducted by the Master alone. The Lodge also prides itself on practicing typical South African friendliness and hospitality, all visitors are assured of a warm greeting, sociable company and conversation.
Many of our South African visitors wish to maintain a permanent link with South Africa Lodge, however our subscription, at the current exchange rates, makes membership very expensive for SA Masons who may only visit London infrequently. To circumvent this, South Africa Lodge has formed the South Africa Lodge Association. Membership of the Association is open to all Freemasons, of any recognised Constitution, resident in South Africa. Members will receive copies of the Lodge summons and minutes of every meeting and the quarterly Lodge newsletter. In addition, we will distribute copies of the Metropolitan Grand Lodge magazine. Association Members will be specially welcome at our meetings should they be able to visit. In addition, the Lodge will give whatever assistance it can to Association Members who encounter any difficulties while in London. Although Association Membership does not confer the same rights and privileges as normal subscribing membership and Association Members may not propose, second or vote on any proposition put before the Lodge, Association Members may recommend Candidates for Initiation or Joining and we will expedite the processing of such recommendations.
Lastly, Associate Members of the Lodge will receive a special South Africa Lodge lapel pin. The cost of As- sociate Membership is only R100 per annum.
For further details please contact our South Africa Lodge member nearest you:
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DEMYSTIFYING THE CHERUBIM – W Bro. Richard Glanville
Freemasons are often accused of worshiping devils! So where on earth did this ridiculous and unfounded assertion originate? We can only speculate, but it may, in part, have stemmed from the depiction of the Coats of Arms of the United Grand Lodge of England and that of the Grand Lodge of Ireland. These are both very similar and to the eyes of the ill-informed seem to depict devilish figures supporting a central crest. The winged figures, have the bodies of men, with legs of cloven hooved animals.
These figures are NOT “devils”, they are Cherubims. The Cherubim had the face of a person, the wings of an eagle, the mane of a lion and the feet of a calf. They are described (in the book of Ezekiel) to represent a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle. They represent the nature and ministry of angels. The lion’s form signifies strength, generosity and majesty; that of an ox, constancy and assiduity in executing the commands of God; by their human shape, humanity and kindness; and by an eagle, agility and speed. This will also in- terest members of the Order of the Holy Royal Arch … but that’s another story.
The Ark of the Covenant is depicted at the head of the two crests, supported by the cherubim.
One of the most interesting and least understood features of The Ark of The Covenant are the two cherubim which were designed as part of the covering lid of the Ark itself. While there has been much speculation, little is actually known about Cherubim.
In Hebrew Theology, they are intelligent beings created long before man and considered a unique order of the celestial beings known as angels.
In Scripture, they are most often associated with the awesome descriptions of The Glory of The Lord and His movement among man (Ezekiel 1:29 and Ezekiel 10:18 for example). “And He rode upon a cherub, and did fly; yea, He did fly upon the wings of the wind.” Psalm 18:10.
The Book of Ezekiel, chapters 1 and 10, give a vivid and detailed description of them as Ezekiel views The Glory of The Lord. They first appear in Scripture in Genesis 3:24; guarding the way to the ‘Tree of Life’ with flaming sword lest man “…put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.”
Cherubim are not mentioned again until the design of The Ark of The Covenant is given by God to Moses. We often see God referred to as “Thou that dwellest between the cherubim” (In the prayer of King Hezekiah in 2 Kings 19:15, and in The Psalms of David in Psalm 80:1 and Psalm 99:1) – a direct reference is made to The Ark of The Covenant and God’s Presence among the children of Israel.
The writer himself has been accused of “devil worship” by individuals who were extremely ill-informed in making such incredulous assertions. The “accusers” relied upon, a publication originating in the USA, produced by some religious fanatics, who were sadly, poorly read and educated and wallowing in sensational- ism. The situation “devil worship” was resolved by imparting much of the above information.
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