2012 DISTRICT CHARITY BANQUET
(W Bro. Brian Kretzschmar)
The Annual Charity Banquet held on Friday 23rd March at the Wanderers Club was a splendid black tie occasion set in a glittering ballroom.
The ladies looked resplendent and the sumptuous dinner added to the ambiance of the event. Between courses, the DGM, RW Bro. Prof. Guy Charlesworth, addressed the guests on a number of topics including his new strategy for charity donations.
In line with this strategy of capital intensive projects and self sustainability, Mrs Chris Levings, the Honorary Treasurer and Secretary of G.E.M. Homes, proudly received the major donation of R800 000. This project will couple electricity savings via heat ex- change pumps to 84 cottages and water conservation via showerhead installations. A further aspect will be to create extra buildings to be used for generating income.
Supporting our Brethren is another change of direction in our charity donations. The Masonic Haven in Pretoria desperately needed a smaller people carrier to ferry their residents to doctors, shops etc. The keys to a seven seater Toyota Verso were presented to a clearly delighted Trudi Smithard, Nursing Manager of The Haven.
The DGM then announced that R100 000 was to be set aside as seed capital for a new District Samaritan Fund to be launched later in the year under the banner of Freemasonry Cares.
This year also saw the first comprehensive feedback given by one of our previous major charity recipients. Hamlet CEO, Segri Subramony, reported back on the successful Education, Stimulation and Medical Centre project. She reiterated the Foundation’s heartfelt thanks to the District for their generosity which will bear fruit for many years to come. Segri then presented RW Bro. Prof. Charlesworth with a Certificate of Appreciation for the District.
Special thanks to W Bros. Stan Elms and David Penrose as well as Bro. Pedro Silva for ensuring that the occasion proceeded flawlessly.
THE HAMLET FOUNDATION PROJECT OPENING CEREMONY (W Bro. Brian Kretzschmar)
The Hamlet Foundation was the recipient of the District’s major charity grant of R1 million in 2011. This do- nation has been put to good use and on the 5th of March 2012, members of the District were invited to the grand opening of Hamlet’s new EDUCATION, STIMULATION and MEDICAL CENTRE.
The refurbishment and extensions to this building for their intellectually disabled residents, was the first stage of the District’s new charity strategy toward capital intensive projects and recipient self sustainability.
The evening began with a tour of the facilities which include protective workshops, assembly and packaging factories and three large agricultural tunnels. Following the welcome announcements, W Bro. Rev. Vernon Van Wyk (DG Chap) blessed the building and Helen Charlesworth planted an Acacia tree which was donated by Emrys Lodge. RW Bro. Prof. Guy Charlesworth cut the ribbon and declared the Centre open.
Hamlet CEO, Segri Subrumony, made special mention of the following Brethren who had done so much to ensure the success of the project: Charles Burn, Norman Hood, John Blane, Chris Reynolds, Ray Botha, Percy Jackson and Brian Kretzschmar.
Thank you to all the Brethren of the District for bringing this project to fruition.
WELLNESS DAY 2012 (W Bro. Chris Adams)
Wits Lodge, in conjunction with Alchemy, Orphic and Vernon Lodges presented the second Wellness Day at Free- mason’s Hall, Park Lane on 10th March. This function carried the approval of the District and was under the auspices of the Freemasonry In Action committee.
Once again the attendance was not as good as expected
– this in spite of extensive marketing and an increased number of services rendered on the day.
Our collaborators and service providers offered a wide range
of tests ranging from a comprehensive Lipid and risk profile offered by a qualified General Practitioner (Alere Healthcare), a BMI and blood pressure test (Netcare). The South African National Blood Services were pleased with the 20 units of blood they collected, as was the Organ Donor foundation who signed up 16 new donors, an increase to 50 in two years.
June and Tracey were in attendance to provide colour readings. As per last year we were able to provide Podiatric and Ophthalmic services through two qualified Professionals.
A new innovation this year was the provision of various CPR demonstrations, including the use of a Auto Defibrillator machine.
Once again a significant amount of clothing and food was collected – which was taken to GEM Homes.
Our thanks to Paul McKinley and his team for keeping us fed and to the District for their support of this event.
ANNUAL INVESTITURES IN LONDON (VW Bro. Iain Fraser and W Bro. Brian Kretzschmar)
Our DGM, Professor Guy Charlesworth, flew to London at the end of April to attend the Annual Investitures of Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter. He also attended the District Grand Masters’ meeting with the Pro Grand Master and the Grand Secretary and the DGM’s Freemasonry Cares Conference organised by the Grand Charity.
He was accompanied to the Annual Investitures by several Brethren from the District who received Grand Honours. In the Craft, first appointments to PAGDC were received by W Bros. David Johnston, Brian Kretzschmar and Tony Townsend. W Bros. Graham Bendell, Ed Jordan and Chris van Gaalen received promotions to PJGD.
In the Royal Arch, E. Comps. Richard Harris and David Whitfield received first appointments to PGStB, whilst E. Comp. George Boyd received a first appointment to PAGDC. The following received promotions:
E.Comps. Cleve Wiehahn to PGSwdB, Graham Bendell to PAGSoj and John Fleming to PGStB.
Sincere congratulations are extended to all of these Brethren and Companions.
Let us give you an idea of a Brother’s programme. On Monday 23rd April several Brethren and wives undertook a tour of the splendours of Freemasons’ Hall in Great Queen Street, London. On Monday evening most of the Brethren visited South Africa Lodge to witness a First Degree working and the Investiture of Officers at the Installation Ceremony. The Festive Board was a well-attended occasion in rooms above the Freemasons Arms where our hosts gave us a ‘home from home’ welcome.
On Tuesday, our President of the District Board of Benevolence, Brian Kretzschmar, addressed the DGM’s Freemasonry Cares Conference presenting an overview of the current work being done in our District in setting-up regional Almoners and the role-out of the Samaritan Fund. The presentation was well-received with many delegates from Districts all over the World requesting copies of the power-point presentation. This presentation really put our District on the map. Well done Brian!
On Wednesday, the Grand Master, HRH the Duke of Kent presided over the Craft Annual Investiture which was followed by the Grand Festival Banquet in the Connaught Rooms. The Annual Investiture of the Royal Arch was held on Thursday morning followed by a lunch also in the Connaught Rooms. Despite the fact that this April was the wettest on record, together with 4 seasons in a day, the whole experience was unforgettable – as London yielded up yet a few more of her secrets.
MASONIC OLYMPICS (W Bro. Vaughn Williams)
The Olympic Games are upon us and for a change London isn’t on our minds due to Grand Lodge communications or appointments. We are spending time in front of the television watching talented athletes strive purposefully towards their life’s ambitions.
Apart from the medals the Games are a bonding of cultures, nations and like-minded sporting enthusiasts and with this in mind, the idea of the Masonic Olympics was borne. All lodges in our District are invited to field teams of their current members and challenge their counterparts in a friendly and sporting manner.
Sports that will be considered will be non-contact (boxing and cage fighting are a no-no) sports in which brethren of all ages can compete equally. Ideally these would include bowls, tenpin bowling, golf, clay pigeon shooting, indoor cricket/soccer and anything else that you may deem worthy of inclusion.
Please give this some thought and send me ideas of sports that we could include (email@example.com). Once I have a selection of disciplines I will send out the list to all lodges and endeavour to get the ball rolling (pardon the pun) before mid-August.
This sports event is intended to unite brethren not only in their respective lodges but in the district. It will be an excellent opportunity for brethren to get to know one another in a cordial and less formal environment whilst having some good old-fashioned fun.
DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF SOUTH AFRICA, NORTH – ACTIVE DISTRICT OFFICERS 2012/2013
DistGM RW Bro. E Guy Charleworth
DepDistGM VW Bro. Iain C Fraser
ADistGM W Bro. David B Whitfield
ADistGM W Bro. Colin R Lewis
ADistGM W Bro. Colin J Robinson
ADistGM W Bro. Chris van Gaalen
DistSGW W Bro. Bernie Krone
DistJGW W Bro. Ron T Poole
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 PresDistBoardBen W Bro. Brian J Kretzschmar
DistGDC W Bro. Graeme N Mackenzie
DistGSwdB W Bro. Eugene C Bernhardt DistGSuptWks W Bro. David W Griffiths DistDepGDC W Bro. Sean Heathcote DistDepGDC W Bro. Simon C Knutton DistDepGDC W Bro. Andre’ Ferreira
DistGMentor W Bro. Roger S Webster
DistSGD W Bro. Alan R Clothier
DistSGD W Bro. Alan M Duncan
DistSGD W Bro. Andries C Krause
DistJGD W Bro. J Arthur Bremner
DistJGD W Bro. Jean-Michel Girard
DistJGD W Bro. Andrew Hall
DistAGSec W Bro. Graham F Bradley
DistAGDC W Bro. John M G Cluver
DistAGDC W Bro. Charles W Fox
DistAGDC W Bro. Richard W Hawthorne
DistAGDC W Bro. Rory J Jones
DistGOrg W Bro. Pieter J Wessels
DistGStB W Bro. John D Dixon
DistGStB W Bro. Dawid W Faul
DistGPurs W Bro. Thom J Korff
DistGStwd W Bro. Pieter W Janse van Rensburg
DistGStwd W Bro. Richard J Rees
DistGStwd W Bro. Robby A C Rencken
DistGStwd W Bro. Leighton B Shaw
DistGStwd W Bro. Mike D Smith
DistGStwd W Bro. Richard J Woodward
DistGTyler W Bro. Frans J J Visagie
DISTRICT GRAND CHAPTER OF SOUTH AFRICA, NORTH – ACTIVE DISTRICT OFFICERS 2012/2013
G Supt E. Comp. Guy E Charlesworth
DepGSupt E. Comp. Cleve M Wiehahn
2ndDistGPrin E. Comp. Brian F McDermott
3rdDistGPrin E. Comp. Hans S C van Gaalen
PresDistComGP E. Comp. J Bradshaw Gillies
DistGSE E. Comp. David I Pickard
DistGSN E. Comp. Percy R Green
DistGTreas E. Comp. Hilly Rosin
DistGReg E. Comp. Gordon M Martin
DistGDC E. Comp. Steve A Cousens
DistGSwdB E. Comp. Richard J Lipnicki
DistDepGDC E. Comp. Derek Egerton
DistDepGDC E. Comp. Vaughn P Williams
DistPrinGSoj E. Comp. Des P Battiss
Dist1stAGSoj E. Comp. Jack L Heymann
Dist2ndAGSoj E. Comp. Brian Newton
DistAGSE E. Comp. Dave S Knoop
DistGStB E. Comp. Sean Heathcote
DistGOrg E. Comp. David A McNally
DistAGDC E. Comp. Mike Armour
DistAGDC E. Comp. Alan J Parsley
DistGStwd E. Comp. Peter Cornwall
DistGStwd E. Comp. David Fourie
DistGStwd E. Comp. Kiri Demetrios Kyriazis
DistGStwd E. Comp. Warren A Pugh
DistGJan E. Comp. Frans J J Visagie
SWAZILAND 2011 / 12 (W Bro. Vaughn Williams)
Nestled on the border between Mpumalanga, KZN and Mocambique is the picturesque little landlocked country of Swaziland. This mountainous kingdom was once the destination of many ardent gamblers who were denied their passion by the strict rules in the old Republic.
It has now become the once-a-year breakaway for a handful of Masons who, together with their wives, enjoy a 3 hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg. They are always greeted warmly and enthusiastically by the Masonic clan in both Mbabane and Manzini where 3 Installations are held annually.
The first meeting is the St George’s Lodge installation on the Friday evening which is followed by a scrumptious festive board, to which nothing in South Africa compares. The meal, conviviality and humour ensure that the evening only ends at midnight for most but well into the wee hours for the more adventurous. A 16 seater mini-bus has become the norm to both fetch the brethren from their hotels and later to drop them off safely after the festivities have ended. This prevents any brushes with the local law who do not look too kindly on drinking and driving.
Saturday morning is a lazy one, basking in the sun-shine at the pool after a wonderful breakfast. The more active couples often go on shopping sprees or do a little sight seeing and a little after mid-day it’s time to head off to Manzini which is about 20 minutes away. The majority of the brethren travel together, leaving cars behind for the wives who want to take in a little more of the wonderful Swazi hospitality.
Swaziland Royal Arch Chapter host the first meeting which is always pre- ceded by drinks and a huge lunch of various snacks which cater for absolutely all tastes. Once the Royal Arch Installation is over we all head back to the Chapter entrance to change regalia and as if by magic, there is even more food. The Swaziland Craft Installation follows and at about 6pm we make the short trip back to Mbabane. The past 2 years have seen the Swaziland RA and Craft festive board at the Mantenga Lodge (which is where most of the travelling brethren stay) so there is no need for a bus to transport the somewhat happy revellers.
There are so many raffles that you have to be extremely unlucky not to win something and the chances are, whatever you win will be consumed at the table. The evening is long with many laughs and stories which get funnier as the night goes on.
Sunday morning is a lot more sombre with breakfast being consumed with an air of sadness as the brethren prepare for the short journey back to South Africa. It is a weekend not to be forgotten and one which I urge as many brethren as possible to undertake. Our hosts don’t allow us to pay for anything and are the perfect embodiment of Freemasonry. To the Brethren and Companions of Swaziland, thank you so much for receiving us and entertaining us every year, it is an absolute pleasure to visit your lovely country.
HAVE YOU COMPLETED PURE AND ANTIENT MASONRY – FROM INITIATION TO EXALTATION?
(E Comp. Cleve Wiehahn)
What is Pure and Antient Masonry? The Pro First Grand Principal who presided at the annual Grand Chapter investiture investiture in London in April called it a “strapline” from “initiation to exaltation”.
The first degree initiation, the second degree passing, the third degree raising and finally the Royal Arch exaltation.
After having been raised to the third degree the newly raised Master Mason may well ask, what do I do next?
The question of what to do next should never have arisen in his mind for a shortly after his initiation, he should have been informed of the existence of the Royal Arch by his Proposer and Personal Mentor. The Second Grand Principal, George Pippon Francis, said in an interview; “I would like to see that every new initiate is informed about the existence of the Royal Arch at a much earlier stage, so that the newly initiated candidate clearly appreciates both its place and importance in Masonry”.
The new-made Master Mason needs to understand from the beginning that only one of the many Masonic degrees available forms part of and is indeed the completion of his Craft masonry, authoritatively it is known as the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch. As stated by the preamble in the Book of Constitutions, “By the solemn act of Union between the two Grand Lodges of England in December 1813, it was declared and pronounced that Pure and Antient Masonry consists of three degrees and no more viz. those of the Entered Apprentice, the Fellowcraft and the Master Mason including the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch.”
Thus the Royal Arch is the only Order indissolubly linked to the Craft. This is reaffirmed by the Grand Master, His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, who is also the First Grand Principal. In our District, the District Grand Master in the Craft is also the Grand Superintendent in the Royal Arch.
The Regulations governing the Royal Arch are published as part of the Craft Book of Constitutions and the preamble to the Regulations expressly states that: “In all cases for which special provision is not made by the following Regulations, the Order of Royal Arch Masons of England shall be considered as bound by the Constitutions of the Antient Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons.”
The Royal Arch breast jewel must always be worn in a Craft lodge and in our Constitution it is the only jewel besides craft jewels that are permitted to be worn in a Craft lodge. The Royal Arch tie produced by Grand Chapter, may be worn in a Craft lodge and our District Grand Master has given permission and encourages Royal Arch masons to wear the tie at lodge meetings. A further indication of the indissoluble link between the Craft and the Royal Arch.
I would like to record the comments made by our Grand Master and other dignitaries:
Grand Master: “I consider the Royal Arch a most beautiful degree, the culmination of the candidates journey through Pure and Antient Masonry. The Board believes that it is a matter of common ground that the teachings of the Royal Arch enrich those of the Craft and visa versa. Properly considered therefore, each is inextricably interwoven with the other, with the result that no Brothers Masonic experience can be considered truly complete unless he has been exalted into the order of the Holy Royal Arch.”
Pro First Grand Principal: “Members of the Craft who are not members of the Royal Arch, still need a greater awareness of the indissoluble link between the Craft and the Royal Arch. It is the strapline from initiation to exaltation”.
Laurence McDermott (Past Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of the Antients): “The Royal Arch is the root, heart and marrow of Freemasonry.”
Our DGM RW Bro. Prof. Guy Charlesworth (at our Annual Meet- ing): “As an English Freemason, the Brother has the right and in- deed is expected to join the Royal Arch before any of the additional orders of Freemasonry.”
RW Bro. McAdam (a former District Grand Master and Grand Superintendent): “The man who stops at the third degree is like a man who has erected an edifice without the coping stone. He is neither just to himself nor earnest in his search for truth. The ceremonies and teachings of the other degrees are full of significance yet they cannot be compared to the Royal Arch. They speak of time, the Royal Arch speaks of what will be when time shall be no more. It carries us across the boundary into the presence of the infinite.
In our Craft Masonry we are taught the practical tenets by which we can live a life pleasing to God and the service of mankind. But man is not simply a practical being, he also has a vital spiritual aspect to his nature.
The Royal Arch leads us to contemplate on the nature of God and our spiritual relationship with Him. Thus the Royal Arch gives us the unique opportunity to combine the practical with the spiritual aspect of our Ma- sonry.”
John Hamill (Grand Secretary’s Office): “But above all, joining the Royal Arch will increase your enjoyment of Freemasonry.”
The Royal Arch is the culmination of Pure and Antient Masonry.
Brethren I am sure that you will see the need to be exalted into the Royal Arch and in so doing complete your journey in Pure and Antient Masonry from initiation to exaltation.
WHAT IS FREEMASONRY? (W Bro. Dick Glanville)
Freemasonry is a fraternal organisation which accepts all men regardless of creed or social status. It helps good men to become better.
Freemasonry originated in England in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, descending directly or indirectly from the craft of mediaeval stonemasons.
Directly, by operative lodges accepting non-operative members who gradually took over or transformed the lodges into purely speculative ones.
Indirectly, by a group of men interested in promoting tolerance in an intolerant age, coming together and adopting the stonemason’s tools and customs as allegorical aids to teach their precepts.
The early Masons brought with them an organisation with discipline and care. They had their own leaders, primarily the Master and they appointed him and others to rule the early lodges. This would include the Treasurer and Almoner.
In those days these extremely important individuals oversaw day-to-day life in what was effectively a very large commune of working men and their families.
From this hierarchal society, slowly evolved what today is known as lodges of “not operative Masons but rather Free and Accepted or speculative Masons”
Masonry has a long and proud tradition – one which should be nurtured and carried forward as time and circumstances evolve.
RW BRO. EDWARD THOMAS ‘TED’ ABLETT (VW Bro. D.L. de Beer)
26 January 1918 to 7 May 2012
Edward Thomas Ablett was born in South Shields, Durham, England, just before the end of the First World War. He took a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in Chemistry at Durham University and then obtained a Diploma in Education.
He came to South Africa in 1945 to join a company formed to manufacture chemicals for timber treatment and eventually became Managing Director in 1953. He married Doris shortly before coming to South Africa, and they had a son, Michael and daughter, Susan. Ted was a keen family man and left a proud legacy of two children, four grand children and two great grand children.
Ted was initiated into the Westoe Lodge Nº 4750 in South Shields in 1939 and upon settling in South Africa, joined Roodepoort Lodge Nº 2539 where he went through the Chair in 1953.
After various District appointments, Ted became the District Grand Master of the Transvaal in 1978.His first Grand Lodge appointment was as PAGDC in 1967, followed by promotions to PJGD in 1972, PG.Swd.B in 1974 and Dist.GM in 1978. He joined only two other Masonic Orders: In the Rose Croix he had been M.W.S. of Holy Rood Chapter and a founder member of Omega Chapter. He was promoted to the 32nd Degree in 1988.
In the Red Cross of Constantine, he joined Omega Conclave in 1982, was M.P.S. in 1990, and received a first appointment to Grand Rank as P.G. Prefect in 1996.
Ted Ablett was a strong leader and had a very successful eleven year term as Dist. G.M, and a seven year term as G.Supt., when he generously stood down to give Douglas Vieler four years as head of the Royal Arch in our District.
He launched the Heritage Appeal Fund when he became Dist.
G.M. and one of his initiatives was to encourage pairing between town and country lodges, in what is the biggest District in the world.
Ted will be remembered as a well respected and highly effective District Grand Master and Grand Superintendent.
W. BRO. KOENRAAD WILLEM ‘KOEN’ ROORDA (W Bro. David Whitfield)
Koenraad Willem Roorda grew up in Johannesburg of Dutch parents. He was a true and loyal South African but remained a Hollander at heart. Koen was a Rand pioneer and wore the tie of that organisation proudly on many occasions.
Koen never married, but remained very closely attached to his sister and her children. He was an amazingly gentle and kind person, even tempered and uncritical of others. These attributes made him a great leader in several Masonic Orders.
He was initiated into Columbia Lodge in 1952 and exalted into Columba Royal Arch Chapter less than a year later. He received Grand Rank in both the Craft (PAGDC in 1987) and RA (PAG Soj. in 1995).
Koen’s other Masonic involvements were very exten- sive and varied. He was a member of all 12 Orders, obtained the equivalent of Grand Rank in all of them and received unprecedented awards in four of the orders. Koen was promoted to the 33rd Degree in the Rose Croix and held the office of Inspector General for 15 years.
Koen’s biggest achievement in the Rose Croix, inter alia, was being one of the founders of the South African Branch Council, which he chaired for 5 years, and in 1988 he was honoured with the award of the Eagle and Rose by the Supreme Council in England.
In the Knight’s Templar, Koen held the highest active office in Great Priory Rank ever awarded to a non UK resident, that of 1st Great Constable, awarded in 1990 followed by promotion to the very high office of Knight Commander of the Temple awarded in 1996. A remarkable achievement.
Koen will be remembered by his many Masonic friends as a true gentleman with a warm and generous heart.
TRAVERS STANTON PENROSE (W Bro. Graham Bendell)
5 October 1923 – 17 June 2012
Travers Stanton Penrose was born in Johannesburg on October 5th 1923, married in Johannesburg and lived in Kensington all his life. He was educated at Jeppe High School where he excelled in boxing, soccer and ice‐skating.
In addition to being a South African Ice Dancing Champion, Traviers also played tennis at provincial level and was very involved in bowls as a player, umpire, coach and finally the President of the Transvaal Bowling Union. In November 2011, he became the Victor Ludorum of the Belgravia Bowling Club at the age of 89!
He and his wife, Beryl, had been happily married for 66 years and had 2 sons, Clifford who recently passed away and Kevin.
Travers came from a Masonic family, his grandfather, a Cornish‐ man, was a member of Boscawen Lodge No: 699 in Chacewater, Cornwall. His father was a member of Kensington Lodge and Travers joined Clifton Lodge in March 1949. Travers was delighted when his son Kevin was initiated in Corona Lodge in 1991.
Travers belonged to 13 Masonic Orders, holding the rank of PJGD in the Craft, PAG Soj. in Royal Arch and he was a Past District Grand Master in the Royal and Select Masters as well as a Past Provincial Grand Master of the Royal Order of Scotland.
In addition to all the work that Travers did in his various Masonic Orders, he was ready at all times to give help to any Order by assisting them in the ceremony or by taking the Chair. He also used his workshop talents to make items such as candlesticks, Working Tools, Gavels, or any other wooden implements or bits of furniture that may have been required.
Travers Penrose was a true gentleman who was always willing to assist and guide his Brethren and I am sure that when he arrived at the Grand Chapter Above, he was met with those welcoming words “Well done thou good and faithful Companion”.
MESSAGE FROM THE RW DISTRICT GRAND MASTER
I am sure that we are all looking forward to the Christmas Season with all the festivities leading up to Christmas Day when we celebrate the birth of Christ.
Christmas is not only a time of goodwill, but one of giving. At this time we are mindful of the
Three Kings or Wise Men or Magi who brought their gifts for the Christ- Child. With this in mind, we also exchange gifts as an expression of our goodwill and affection for one another. However, please don’t forget those who are less fortunate than ourselves.
I wish you and your Family a Blessed Christmas and a safe journey for those who are travelling. May the New Year bring peace, joy and good health to you and your loved ones.
FATHER AND SON CHAINS IN OUR DISTRICT
(VW Bro. Iain Fraser)
W Bro. Hans van Gaalen stood down as ADistGM at the Annual Meeting on Saturday 1 October 2011 when W Bro. Chris van Gaalen was invested by the DGM as the new “Chain” in that posi- tion.
Hans had a very successful six year term as ADistGM travelling widely throughout our District, visiting most if not all of the Country Lodges, several of them on an annual basis. He proved to be a popular and well respected ADistGM.
Chris follows in his father’s footsteps as ADistGM and is also well known throughout the District. He has served as Dep DistGDC for three years, prior to his very successful two-year term as DistGDC.
Hans was invested as Third District Grand Principal at the Royal Arch Annual Meeting and so will continue as a “Chain” in our District.
TIM SMITH – DISTRICT SENIOR GRAND WARDEN
Tim came to South Africa in 1983 and joined Park Lane Lodge in 1986. His mentor, Dougie Cook was the Dist JGW and a Grand Officer. He is very proud of the fact that he has held every office in Park Lane Lodge in his progression to the Chair and be- came a Royal Arch Mason four weeks after being raised. Tim belongs to the Fairview Royal Arch Chapter.
Tim’s first District appointment was to Dist GStwd, with promotion to Dist G Pursuiv the following year. He has also held the offices of Dist SGD and Dist GSwdB before being promoted to his current posi- tion as Dist SGW in 2011. During this period, Tim was invited to join District Grand Steward’s Lodge of which he has subsequently become a Past Mas- ter. His mentor at this time was Graham Granger.
Tim has also been very successful in the Royal Arch being promoted to Dist GStwd, Dist AGDC and Dist DGDC before taking up his current office of Dist GDC. This office gives Tim a tremendous amount of pleasure and satisfaction.
He received Grand Rank in the Royal Arch in 2009.
Tim is an active Past Master in Witwatersrand Lodge. He is also a member and Past Master of Hillbrow Mark Lodge and is a District Officer in the Mark. Tim is a Past MW Sovereign of St. Aubyn’s Rose Croix Chapter and holds the 30th Degree.
Tim has been a financial advisor with Liberty Life for the past 25 years. He is married to June and they live in Sandton.
He enjoys all aspects of Masonry and is proud to be called a Freemason.
MARC LUCIEN JOSEPH GEORGE BURTON – DISTRICT JUNIOR GRAND WARDEN
Marc, the District Junior Grand Warden for the year, was born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1943.
He holds a Masters Degree in Applied Economics from the University of Brussels, joined IBM in 1968 and arrived in South Africa after a two year assignment in Ghana for IBM World Trade. His career with IBM spanned over 24 years in Systems Engineering, followed by the position of Account Executive for the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Spoornet. Marc was a Director and founder of ValuePlus consulting with clients such as the SCMB, ABSA etc.
Marc was initiated into St. Michael’s Lodge on the 12 June 1975 and became Master in 1986. He is a Founder Member of St. Michael Royal Arch Chapter, PZ and Past District Grand Sword Bearer.
He joined the Golden Harvest Lodge in September 2004 and occupied the chair in 2007 and 2011. Marc is also a member of the Golden Harvest Royal Arch Chapter, where he is Third Principal. In addition, he enjoys other Masonic orders such as the Red Cross of Constantine (Division of South Africa – Transvaal, Orange Free State and Northern Cape), where he is the Deputy Intendant General. In the Knights Templar he is the Vice-Chancellor for the Provincial Priory of the Transvaal (equivalent to the District Grand Secretary). Recently, Marc was promoted to Great Priory rank as Past Great Herald.
Finally, Marc is a member of the Alpha Chapter Rose-Croix and holds the 30th Degree.
Marc has family both here and in Belgium. He is married to Michelle and their daughter Danielle is studying Architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand.
He thoroughly enjoys his duties as District Junior Grand Warden, which give him the opportunity to visit Lodges, to meet many new Brethren and to participate actively in the District.
CENTENARY MEETING OF VEREENIGING PEACE LODGE No. 3461 (VW Bro. Iain Fraser)
Vereeniging Peace Lodge held their Centenary Meeting on Saturday 25 June 2011 at Freemasons Hall in Rhodes Avenue, Vereeniging . The DGM presented the Centenary Warrant to the Lodge and Centenary Jewels to the members, he was supported by the “Chains” and a large District Delegation.
The Dist. G. Chaplain, W Bro. Rev. Dr. Vernon van Wyk gave a very in- teresting presentation on their new Centenary Banner, which he dedi- cated, and W Bro. Dr. Ian McCullough prepared and presented the his- tory of the Lodge.
The meeting was followed by a very enjoyable festive board in the Hall, which was also attended by the ladies.
PRESIDENT LODGE – A NEW MEMBER OF THE UNIVERSITIES SCHEME (W Bro. Chris Adams)
President Lodge No. 8053 of our District of South Africa North has been accepted into the Universities Scheme of the United Grand Lodge of England. We become the 50th lodge in the scheme – the second out- side the United Kingdom. The Scheme is headed up by the Assistant Grand Master, RW Bro. David Ken- neth Williamson and it was with much pride at our meeting in November that a letter from him was read welcoming us into the Universities Scheme. As new members of the Scheme, we are fully aware of the great deal of work ahead of us to comply with the requirements of the Scheme.
The spirit of the Universities Scheme was summed up by the Grand Master, HRH the Duke of Kent, who at the 2010 Annual Investiture of Grand Lodge stated “A real benefit the Scheme confers, is having young in- telligent men joining us who will, we hope, contribute greatly to the future of the Craft, as potential leaders and sources of inspiration.”
So why the Universities Scheme ?
There has been in our experience an upsurge in interest in Masonry from a much younger group of candi- dates. They are University Students and as with all students, have a unending thirst for knowledge and in some cases limited budgets to pursue their interests. The Universities Scheme of the UGLE was set up in 2005 with the following objective: “To establish and/or enhance arrangements and opportunities for under- graduates and other University members to enjoy Freemasonry.”
From a financial perspective, all under-25s benefit from the recent decision by Grand Lodge to halve their dues in order to make Freemasonry as accessible to as wide an audience as possible. A similar decision concerning District dues was made in October at our Annual Meeting of District Grand Lodge.
The search was thus directed to find a Lodge that could be used to promote the aims of the Universities Scheme. The search culminated with President Lodge 8053 who originally met in Carletonville and was ex- periencing difficulties regarding membership. With a lodge identified, we needed a team to move forward. The team under the guidance of the DGM and the leadership of our Lodge Preceptor W Bro. Chris Van Gaalen started to take shape.
The Lodge was moved to Park Lane and W Bro Chris Adams was elected W Master. W Bros Mustapha Adamjee and Dirk Norton with their proven administrative skills, have taken-on the offices of Treasurer and Secretary respectively. W Bros Roland Dunstan and Andries Butzbach, both current Masters of Apollo and Goldfields Lodges have been appointed Wardens and other senior members include W Bros Bernie Krone, David Taylor, Tom Cross and Philip Venn who form the core of the newly re-established Lodge.
One of our first activities of the Lodge was to set-up a guided tour of Park Lane for University students by the District Grand Mentor, W Bro Roger Webster, who also gave an address on Freemasonry to the group of visitors. From this early initiative, two confirmed applications were received to join the Lodge. The Exsequi website has also attracted another five possible candidates and in January another tour of Park Lane and an open talk is planned for non-Masons.
At our installation in October, the remaining Past Masters of the Lodge were voted as Honorary Members. We know that W Bros Rodney Dennett, Malcolm Kiernan, Johan Liebenberg, Barry Worrall and Bryan Price will give us every support.
In respect of our schedule, in November we met at Park Lane and initiated our first candidate Mr Reneoue Kortjaas, a 22 year old student in the Commerce Faculty of the University of Johannesburg. The meeting was chaired by W Bro. Mustapha Adamjee and floor workings were performed by Entered Apprentices and Fellow Crafts from Witwatersrand Lodge. To give you an idea of the levels of enthusiasm. Two weeks later, Bro. Reneoue attended the Goldfields open evening at Park Lane with a prospective candidate who in time will be joining President Lodge!
On the same evening Bro. Francois van der Merwe of President Lodge was passed by King Edward Lodge in Potchefstroom. We look forward to the occasion to raise Bro Francois to his third degree. We will be un- dertaking a double initiation on the first Monday in February at Park Lane and look forward to the support of Brethren who would like to visit our Lodge.
THE ROYAL ARCH (E. Comp Cleve Wiehahn)
SENIOR APPOINTMENT AND PROMOTION
Excellent Companion Richard Moore, PGSwdB, decided to stand down as Deputy Grand Superintendent after holding the office for the past 5 years. The Grand Superintendent has made the following appointment and promotions:
Deputy Grand Superintendent – Excellent Companion Cleve Wiehahn (promotion)
2nd District Grand Principal – Excellent Companion Brian McDermott (promotion) 3rd District Grand Principal – Excellent Companion Hans van Gaalen (appointment)
EXCELLENT COMPANION RICHARD MOORE PGSwdB
Excellent Companion Richard Moore received his first appointment to active office in 1995 and progressed to being appointed Deputy Grand Superintendent in 2006.
He has always been extremely passionate towards the Royal Arch and his dedication and enthusiasm is unquestionable. Richard has been instrumental in doing away with local additions to the ritual and is adamant that our ceremonies are conducted strictly in accordance with the ritual. He has introduced many innovative ideas for the improve- ment of the Order. He has an outstanding knowledge of the history of the Royal Arch and has given many lectures. He has the ability to encourage and motivate Companions to give of their best to the Order. He is continually encouraging Brethren who were not
members to join the Order and complete their journey in pure and ancient Masonry.
Richard will not be lost to the Royal Arch. I am sure that he will continue to assist whenever possible and contribute to the wellbeing of the Order. Thank you Richard for your dedication to the District.
GOOD NEWS FROM GRAND CHAPTER
Extract from Pro First Grand Principal’s address:
“Companions as you are well aware changes were made to the general practice of the Royal Arch in 2004 affecting the ritual, together with certain permitted ritual alternatives. As a result, I wonder how many of you are like me and become thoroughly confused when deciding which version of the ritual to use. With this in mind, it is proposed to use 2013 as the catalyst to publish new ritual books, which would have the permitted alternatives as the main version and the original version printed out separately.”
I am sure that we are all looking forward to this new ritual.
CLEVE WIEHAHN – DEPUTY GRAND SUPERINTENDENT
Cleve was initiated into Freemasonry on the 13th of April 1970 in Octahedron Lodge No 1417 EC. At that time, the Lodge was situated at Barkly West on the northern bank of the Vaal River and is the second oldest Lodge north of the Vaal River. The lodge celebrated its Centenary in 1971 and Cleve was fortunate to be present at the celebrations.
On the 27th April 1971 Cleve was exalted in Men- delssohn Chapter No 3142 EC at ULCO (Union Lime Company near Barkly West) in whose grounds the Chapter was situated. The Chapter also met regularly at Sydney-on-Vaal on the southern bank of the Vaal River when the Com- panions were ferried across the river in their vehi- cles. Consumption of alcohol at the festive board was limited as one did not want to be ferried back with two wheels on the ferry and two wheels in the water!
Cleve relocated several times before settling in Johannesburg. He was approached by a col- league to affiliate to Lodge Friendship No 95 GLSA and became Master in 1991. In 1992 he was appointed Provincial Grand Steward and three years later promoted to Past Provincial
Grand Inner Guard. Finding his duties in the English Craft and Royal Arch becoming more time consuming he resigned from the GLSA in 2002.
Cleve joined Benoni Lodge No 3157 EC in 1982 and was Master in 1986. He joined Transvaal District Grand Stewards Lodge No 8192 EC in 2000 and served as Master in 2006. He has held several District appointments culminating in 2003 as DistSGW.
Together with W Bro. Albie Vermoter, DistJGW they attended over 100 Installations during their year as Wardens. He continues to support the District on a regular basis. He was awarded the Grand Rank of PAGDC in 2005.
In the Royal Arch, Cleve joined Doornfontein Chapter No 2585 EC in 1982 and was First Principal in 1987 and again in 2000. In 2003, he joined Germiston Chapter No 2498 EC to lead its resuscitation, serving as First Principal in 2003; 2004; and 2005.
Cleve has held several active District appointments including the senior appointments to Assistant to the District Grand Principals (2002), Third District Grand Principal (2004), Second District Grand Principal (2005) and is currently Deputy Grand Superintendent (2011).
He was awarded the Grand Rank of PGStB in 2002. Cleve has been a member of the Board of Benevolence for the past 10 years. He is also a member of the Masonic Services Committee (Masonry in Action) for the past 30 years and serves as Chairman every 4th year. As can be seen from the above he is a dedicated Mason who certainly enjoys his Masonry and the fellowship of his fellow Masons.
DES DAVIS-HANNIBAL – DISTRICT GRAND SCRIBE NEHEMIAH
Des began work in the Telecommunications industry in January 1954 and retired as Manager, Switching and Transmission, TELKOM SA, in March 1993.
Des was initiated into Doornfontein Lodge in July 1983. For many years, Doornfontein Lodge was known as the K9 Lodge because of the number of dog-lovers. He was in- stalled as Master on 3 occasions, the first being in Novem- ber 1989.
Des has a particular affection for the Royal Arch, and has served as First Principal of the Doornfontein Chapter three times, and is proud to have been elected an Honorary member of the Jeppestown Chapter.
Des has always had a particular interest in pure bred dogs and has been involved in the breeding, showing and organisational aspects, particularly with the English Bulldog.
He has been actively associated with the Gold Fields Kennel Club for over 30 years, the latter part as Vice Chairman. It was through friendships developed in the Kennel Club that he was introduced into Freemasonry.
Des was married to Val for 44 years, from 4th July 1954 until her death in October 2003. They have been blessed with a son, a daughter, a grandson, 3 grand-daughters, and a great grand-daughter.
Des is extremely proud to have been appointed as DistGSN for the current year.
KING SOLOMON’S TEMPLE: FACT OR FICTION (W Bro. Roger Webster)
In biblical archaeological terms it is well known that the site, and or remains, of King Solo- mon’s Temple has never been discovered, but there are some tantalizing clues in history which may allude to a different type of Temple altogether.
In the 16th Century, the guilds in England had been operative for over two centuries, and they took a keen interest in religious, political and social issues outside the limits of their Craft. They had, already at this stage, attained the privilege of self government whilst the rest of Europe was still in turmoil.
These various guilds set up, and paid for, what was referred to as “The English Miracle Plays”, which you can read about in Dunmore’s “History of Warwickshire” published in 1656. Each guild or society would generally retain itself to a specific portion of religious scripture for the subject of the annual drama and the plays were put on in various cities throughout England. Thus, the Tanners would put on “The Fall of Lucifer” in Chester, the Drapers, “The Creation”; the Dyers, “The Deluge”; the Shearmen of Coventry, “The Nativity” and the Cappers, “The Resurrection and the decent into Hell ” and so on.
It seems, therefore, very possible that the ritual, later associated with the different degrees of Freemasonry, may very well have been suggested by these various guild dramas. If so, “The building of King Solomon’s Temple” would have been a most appropriate theme for the Company of Stonemasons.
Further research indicates that Dr Robert Fludd, a Doctor of Medicine from Oxford and a prominent mem- ber of society, was a practising Rosicrucian. He was regarded by many as one of the founding fathers of Modern Freemasonry. Dr Robert Fludd writes: “The Rosicrucians were wise men, who, like Architects, erected their House of Wisdom!” In the Talmud, we find “Wise men are called builders, because they are always engaged in the building of the World”. Lastly, the Essene sect, of which Jesus was a member, were referred to as Bonaim, or Builders, because it was their duty to perfect the spiritual temple in the body of man.
“Built without metal tools….fitting ourselves as living stones for that spiritual building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens ”… certainly makes you think!
Could it be allegorical for the Temple of the body, and could the very tools that killed the Master Builder of that Temple, be the varying temptations we are faced with during our term here ? For they certainly have the power to destroy us.
THE 24 INCH GAUGE (W Bro. Dick Glanville)
With most of the modern world using the deci- mal system, how shall we “moralise” on the 24 inch gauge when we have to deal with centi- metres instead of inches?
We must look further and beyond the English custom of the Imperial method of measure- ment. The 24-inch gauge is moralised upon in many French ritual workings, and in those French rituals that use that tool and explain its symbolism, centimetres are not mentioned, and English practice is followed. They use the old French word for inch, which is pouce: thus la règle de vingt-quatre pouces….
Indeed some German Grand Lodges adopt the same practice using the word zoll, which means inch, and both pouce and zoll are in- deed much older than the metric system in modern usage.
So rest assured, even when the entire world has “gone metric or decimal”, Masonry will not give up the 24-inch gauge!
Having looked at the language aspect of the 24-inch gauge, let’s briefly look at its symbolism in the beauti- ful wording of the 1st degree working tools. The advent of the “24-inch gauge” provides an interesting exam- ple of the rather slow development of English symbolism or in speculative ritual. This piece of symbolism can be traced back in Masonic ritual to circa 1724 when it was merely referred to as a “Rule” with no men- tion of subdivisions! Sadly very little or nothing is known of Masonic ritual developments between the years 1730 to 1760, but from those intervening years the Gauge with its 24 inch subdivisions emerged when it is referred to in the now famous 1760 Exposure Three Distinct Knocks where it appears for the first time in quaint old English, in catechetical form in the Entered Apprentice catechism or Lecture.
Ans. I was set down by the Master’s Right-hand, and he shew’d me the Working Tools of an enter’d Apprentice. Mas. What were they?
Ans The 24-Inch Gauge, the Square and Common Gavel, or Setting Maul. Mas. What are their uses?
Ans. The Square to square my work, the 24-Inch Gauge to measure my Work, the Common Gavel to knock off all superfluous Matters, whereby the Square may sit easy and just.
Mas. Brother, as we are not all working Masons, we apply them in our Morals which we call spiritualising: explain them.
Ans. The 24-Inch Gauge represents the 24 hours of the Day. Mas. How do you spend them Brother?
Ans. Six Hours to work in, Six hours to serve God, and Six to serve a Friend or a Brother, as far as lies in my Power, without being detrimental to myself or Family.
From these questions and answers we seem to be missing six hours but I suppose we must assume that those were for peaceful rest and slumber!
The symbolism displayed in these exchanges in the eighteenth century were so advanced and so familiar, that it would be hard to believe that they were entirely composed for their appearance in the Exposure Three Distinct Knocks, and were probably the product of an evolutionary process from the preceding thirty years of usage.
I found a fitting quote which could be an excellent lesson to Masons of today in relation to the 24-Inch Gauge. It reads as follows (it originates from, I understand, Lodges in the Philippines):
“ it (the 24-Inch Gauge) teaches us that all men are gifted with some good measure of time each day to dis- charge all their duties in life, as well for work, refreshment and rest, but they remind each other that a 30- day month contains 720 hours”.
So that the bare minimum involvement in a Masonic meeting, if it contains 4 hours, would demand of only half of one percent of your time! Hopefully we will continue in the wording of our own beautiful rituals, so rich in practical and esoteric teachings and from the latter quote also, to teach us ever to bear in mind our duties to the Craft.
The Lyceum Lodge of Research No. 8682 will be holding the following seminars which will take place at Park Lane during 2012.
- New made Mason – 25 January, 23 May and 25 September
- New Masons & prospective candidates – 22 February and 24 July
Masters in the making – 17 April and 22 August Please visit http://lodge.org.za for more information
LODGE OF FRIENDSHIP No. 1696, PHOENIX, MAURITIUS (VW Bro. Iain Fraser)
A party of 22, including 9 ladies, from our District flew to Mauritius to enjoy a week on the island before the Lodge Installation Meeting on Saturday 10 September 2011.
The package was kindly arranged again by Cindy Knutton and included the return flights and accommodation at the Hilton Hotel in Flic-en-Flac on the west coast of Mauritius.
The Brethren of Lodge of Friendship were extremely hos- pitable and arranged two din- ners, including one at Domaine Anna, a large Chinese Restau- rant in the cane fields on the west side of the island, and a sumptuous Installation Banquet at the Sofitel Resort Hotel on the Saturday night.
The outgoing Master, W Bro James Ho Fong, had an outstanding year in office. The Lodge had nine regu- lar meetings in which they carried out three initiations, five passings and two raisings. They also welcomed three joining members, arranged many visits to Lodges of the other Constitutions and held social and fund- raising events. He also headed a delegation of 16 Brethren on a Masonic week in Malaysia and Singapore in April 2011, where they were well received at three E.C. Lodges including Makepeace Lodge No. 3674 in Kuala Lumpur.
From the proceeds of a charity dinner with a fund raising auction and raffle, the Lodge collected about R 70 000.00 (Rs 250 000.00), which they donated for the installation of solar water heaters at 4 charitable institutions.
The new Master, W.Bro. Ajay Nunkoo and 5 brethren including W.Bros Wilfred Koon Kam King and
James Ho Fong attended our District Annual Meeting on Saturday 1st October 2011. They also attended several Lodge Installations during their visit and were hospitably received by members of Universal Friend- ship Lodge, their paired Lodge. They enjoyed a Rand Club dinner, as well as a luncheon arranged by our District at the Country Club Johannesburg in Auckland Park.
Those of us who were first time visitors to the island would encourage as many of you as possible to con- sider enjoying a week long visit in September 2012. You really will enjoy wonderful hospitality, friendly people and magnificent beaches and scenery.
WITWATERSRAND LODGE : FUNDRAISING CLAY PIGEON SHOOT (W Bro. Chris Adams)
This year saw the hosting of the eighth, Wits Two-Pillars Clay-Shooting Day. Was the event good fun? Was it successful? Is it sustainable? The answer is a resounding “Yes ! ” – we are growing from strength to strength.
So what is the recipe that has taken this event from 16 to 80 participants over the past eight years? “The answer revolves around a number of P’s :
Passion – a few keen shooters organised the event, without which it would not have started. Positioning – This event has its own niche in our District. It is unique and because of that we are able to attract participants for an unusual fun day.
Planning – This event is planned from one year to the next in detail, with keen volunteers putting a lot of effort into their portfolios.
Presentation – Our adverts are professionally put together, our email list grows, our facebook event page is kept up to date and we are constantly looking to increase our exposure.
Prizes – There are great prizes for a number of our shooters; from top guns in the open, junior and ladies categories, to top novice and even for lowest gun (generally a gardening book ! ). The prizes in our post- shoot raffle have been magnificent and this year included a pair of Diamond earrings donated by one of our brethren valued at R5 000.00.
Play – It is a fun event that allows you and your friends, family and colleagues to do something that you may always have wanted to do. It is held in a supervised environment with all the elements such as Shot- guns, Ammunition and Lunch provided.
After all is said and done, we have had great support from numerous Lodges, Brethren from Emrys, University, Orphic, Johannesburg, Exsequi and of course the Pro’s from Semper Vigilans Lodge who have won the trophy nearly every year! This support is sincerely appreciated. However, this year, 30% of our field were newcomers, with a bundle of juniors shooting and the numbers of ladies on the up and up. Also gratifying is the number of non-Masonic friends that are enjoying the day with us.
We are really looking for- ward to our ninth event to make this occasion one of the Premier events in the District – Watch this space!
CAN WE TEACH THE ALL BLACKS AND WALLABIES A THING OR TWO?
(W Bro. Rodney Grosskopff)
Rodney and Eileen Grosskopff have just returned from an exhausting three month Masonic lecture tour of Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania and Singapore.
It all began when Rodney was asked to deliver a Key-note address at the 2008 Keller- man Conference in Canberra, Australia, hosted by ‘The Australia, New Zealand Masonic Research Council ‘(ANZMRC) of which our Lyceum lodge is an affiliate member. On that occasion he spoke on ‘The Masonic Presidents of the Orange Free State’. His talk was so well received that he was invited to speak again and was appointed by the ANZMRC as ‘Touring Lecturer’ for 2011. ANZMRC is a group of some 30 Research Lodges or Research circles, as well as affiliates, mainly in Australasia, but has spread elsewhere around the globe.
The Grosskopff’s visited 31 towns and Rodney spoke to 25 lodges (Bangkok was cancelled due to the floods). He was Key-note speaker at a symposium and attended 10 Masonic meetings.
“Was the tour hectic?” I asked,
“ Look it was tough and tiring at times, but I was glad we did it “.
“We were put-up in Brethren’s homes most of the time. Lovely people who really looked after us. They were family, hosts and tour guides but it was a bit of a strain, being on one’s best behaviour all the time.”
“ It was ‘Hell ‘ living out of a suitcase for so long and some times, the accommodation was limited “. Eileen said, “ We were also ill for much of the time, from travelling in aircraft and the extreme temperature differ- ences we experienced.”
“Can we teach them a thing or two?” .
“Well in rugby apparently not much, but what about Masonry ? ”
“ I think that we can offer them something but we can learn a lot from them as well“.
“ They face the same problems as we do, an increase in the number of Candidates but a steady reduction in the membership. Most of the Leaders I met, put their fingers squarely on ‘Education’ as the solution. They have very good material and are anxious to get it across to their membership. In some States, they run correspondence courses and some Grand Lodges even try to insist that Officers qualify before promo- tion. They normally give Candidates ‘handouts’ to read. How many Masters do you know who have read the Book of Constitutions ? I told them about our ‘Workshops’ which I think struck a chord. “
“What did you talk about?”
“Well the Committee, knew my subject topics, and that’s what I gave them.
I offered 23 talks; the lodges had the choice and chose six. These were published in a ‘tour book’, which was unfortunately sold out before the end of the tour. They are running a reprint and I have ordered 10 for Johannesburg.
‘How the Medieval way of life effected our rituals ‘ was asked for more than any other of my talks, but ‘The Boer War ‘ and ‘The Jameson Raid ‘ were by far, the most well-received as they are full of Gung-ho stuff, of Masons making a difference in war.
The word spread that the talks should not be missed. Brethren travelled long distances to be there and in South Island, Brethren followed-on to the next venue to learn more. They came with their own research, medals of their Grandfathers and in Hobart, three Brethren came dressed in the uniforms of the day, with Martini Enfield rifles and butts carved by Boer Commandos on the battlefield. One bloke even showed me a medal from the ‘Siege of Ladysmith.’ How exciting is that?
“What did you do while this was happening, Eileen?”
“ I was included often and on other occasions the ladies entertained me. Believe me, it was sometimes a delight to just be on my own. There was always washing ! I often longed for Mapula, my maid. Most of the time we were billeted in homes of the Brethren, often with widowers. Rodney and I felt that we wanted to do our share, so we shopped and prepared a South African meal for the family at each stop and sometimes we invited new friends.”
“Did you enjoy billeting?”
“Most of the people were wonderful and we took what was offered, but it was tiring making conversation, being polite, and on your best behaviour when all you wanted to do was to put your feet up. We must have explained South Africa’s situation a hundred times. Sometimes the accommodation was less than comfort- able. I asked one Brother, Don, what Irma his wife had said when he announced that we were coming to stay , ‘Oh bugger ! ’ was his reply.”
“Over-all was it a success?”
“I think so. Apart from meeting so many wonderful people, I was thrown into the melting pot of Masonic thought. Colin Heyward, The Secretary of ANZMRC wrote that we had been wonderful ambassadors for The ANZMRC , South Africa and Masonry in General. For me that’s enough. Add to that, contacts with the finest Masonic research minds in that part of the world must be a
“Your new book, ‘Raised on Gold’ , How’s that being received?”
“Well, you know it was launched at our Annual meeting on the 1st of October, my mates Brad Gillies and Tony Hudson did that for me, for which I am grateful. They sold 59 books, since then I have posted off 21 to Australasia as well as 19 of the first book, ‘Carved in stone’ and still need to package about a dozen.
I spoke at the Boksburg Historical Society last Saturday, I rather diffidently took 10 books along with me and they were all sold.
The most exciting news for me is that ‘Lewis-Masonic’ will be marketing ‘ Carved in Stone ‘ worldwide, launching in England.”
ANOTHER MASONIC MIRACLE (W Bro. Brian Kretzschmar)
The Annual U.G.L.E. District of S.A. North Banquet was held at the Johannesburg Country Club in early March 2011.
It was a truly glittering occasion at which the brethren and their ladies had the opportunity of renewing acquaintances and enjoying friendships.
The dulcet sound of the piano filled the conversational lull which descended as each succulent course of the superb meal was presented.
The pinnacle of the evening and indeed the fund raising events of all the lodges in the District, was the presentation of a cheque for ONE MILLION RAND by our R.W. District Grand Master to
the C.E.O. of the Hamlet Foundation.
Besides the hundreds of thousands of Rands donated and the work done for charities by lodges
around the District each year, this major award is derived from funds forwarded to the District
and distributed at the DGM’s discretion. This is not a matter taken lightly.
Any brother in the District may submit a proposal accompanied by a full set of audited financial
statements. The final decision is the culmination of much effort by the President, W Bro. Colin
Beggs and the Board of General Purposes.
This year, it is the Hamlet Foundation who since 1954, have been doing exceptional work in developing people with intellectual disabilities, to their full potential. Freemasonry, being a progressive science, relates to the principles and objectives of the Foundation as explained by the C.E.O. and Chairman in their acceptance speeches at the banquet. Their grateful description of our donation was “a miracle at just the right time.”
Their first project which is already in progress, is the refurbishment and extension of a building which will allow them to move from a 30m² Stimu- lation Area to a 300m² centre for that purpose. This centre will facilitate training these folk to develop to their full potential. A project that will bear fruit for many years to come. A last glass of wine or cup of coffee and all too soon the evening was over.
Sincere thanks to: our hosts, RW Bro. Prof. Guy Charlesworth and his wife Helen, W Bro. Mike Edy for arranging another superb event at the JCC, W Bro. Stan Elms (District Grand Secretary and his team) for the background work to ensure the success of the evening, W Bro. David Penrose and his wife Pat for the flowers, photos from W Bros. Dirk Norton and Chris Adams and finally, our Director of Ceremonies, W Bro. Chris Van Gaalen who, with his usual aplomb, ensured that the evening flowed smoothly.
THE HAMLET STORY (W Bro. Brian Kretzschmar)
……as told by Segri Subrumony, C.E.O. of the Hamlet Foundation: Today
The Hamlet, Place of Hope, as it is known today, is just that, our philosophy being to provide an environment and opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disability to reach their full potential as individuals. Through the encouragement, respect and support given by the staff we have had the privilege of witnessing personal growth and development in our people beyond our wildest dreams. At the Hamlet miracles do happen!
We are a vibrant dynamic and professional organisation whose people are proof of its success. The intellectually disabled children and adults of the Hamlet have developed confidence, self-esteem and a level of independence that we would not have thought possible. At school, the children are taught life skills and the skills needed for their work in our workshops. The adults are a work force to be reckoned with. They take full responsibility for their jobs, meet deadlines and provide a quality of work that has kept clients happy for over 10 years. There have been promotions to supervisors and assistant supervisors for some, taking full responsibility for production lines.
Independent living has almost become a reality for some, where the minimum of supervision is given, this includes shopping and the preparation of some meals. One couple are living in a flat of their own, on our property, totally independently but still within the protective environment.
This year two of our young men have begun new career paths in jobs in the open labour market where they are earning market related salaries. They are managing exceptionally well and will be moving into their own homes in the near future.
One couple are living and working in the community and coping with the strong support from their families and the Hamlet.
I would call this as ‘normal’ a life as possible, which proves that not only are our goals being met but our DREAMS ARE COMING TRUE.
It all began in 1954:
Born out of the need of a group of caring and loving parents desperate to help their children to have as ‘normal’ a life as possible, including training, development, socialization and the all-important opportunity to make friends.
The Hamlet’s first home was a house in Bertrams, Johannesburg, but due to the enormous need at the time, it soon outgrew these premises and a house in Parktown, was purchased.
In the new premises in Parktown a formal training centre, partially subsidized by the Department of Educa- tion, was established. In 1976 to meet the need for a similar facility in the South of Johannesburg, another training centre, with hostels, was opened.
The need for an adult facility, for those who had completed their training (aged between 18 & 21) resulted in protective workshops, being run as an extension of both schools, doing various types of handwork.
In 1985 due to the decision of the Department of Education to rationalize their hostel service and close our children’s hostels, we were given the opportunity to open a much-needed adult residential centre in January 1986. Through negotiations with the Department of Education a school building in Turffontein was made available to us in 1991, enabling us to amalgamate our two schools. This had a two-fold benefit. The Parktown Property, now very valuable, could be sold providing a capital base, which would make the future of the Hamlet more secure and the property in Klipriviersberg became available for the further development of our adult facility.
Meanwhile, the development of the adults in our residential centre and protective workshops had progressed to such an extent that we recognized the need to provide a real work opportunity for our people. In January 1990, our workshop was transformed into a factory doing assembling and packaging for companies on a contract basis, adopting business principles throughout. In 1994 a suitable factory was built enabling us to develop a vibrant business.
The Hamlet is totally multiracial. Our service is to all sectors of the community and we are proud of the fact that nobody has ever been turned away due to their inability to pay.
Future development in the Hamlet:
The Hamlet Foundation is the recipient of the R1,000,000 charity cheque this year. We are already hard at work preparing the first project on our agenda: the expansion of the Stimulation Area. This new 300m² area will be used to teach motor skills to even more students in a series of steps and stimulate the perseverance and concentration necessary to perform a job effectively. These steps also improve self esteem and confidence.
When capable, people are promoted from the Stimulation Area to the first factory area. There they do repetitive volume work like packing, folding and simple assembly of products for commercial companies.
Those that show greater potential move to a second factory area, where they assemble and package more intricate products. All jobs pay a wage which offsets their cost of board.
From W Bro. Brian Kretzschmar:
The Foundation is staffed by a highly professional team whose ethics, dedication and patience are reciprocated by the warmth of the affection shown by all who benefit from their care.
How refreshing to still find an organisation such as this, where good governance and financial discipline are accompanied by the delivery of capable service.
ANNUAL INVESTITURES IN LONDON
Our DGM, Professor Guy Charlesworth, flew to London at the end of April to attend the Annual Investitures of Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter, and also attended meetings of the Provincial and District Grand Masters arranged by the Grand Secretary.
He was accompanied by several of those who received Grand Honours.
V.W Bro Albert Spencer and W Bro’s Bruce Finnemore and Glyn Williams were in London and attended Grand Lodge.
In the Craft, First Appointments were received by: W Bro Piet Slabbert as P.G.St.B.
W Bro David Griffiths as P.A.G.Supt.Wks. W Bro Carl Hamel as P.A.G.D.C.
And promotions were received by: W.Bro George Buchanan as P.J.G.D.
W Bro Colin Robinson as P.J.G.D. W Bro David Whitfield as P.J.G.D. W Bro Hans van Gaalen P.S.G.D.
V.W Bro Iain Fraser as P.G.Swd.B.
In the Royal Arch, First Appointments were received by:
E.Comp. Iain Fraser as P.G.St.B and E.Comp. Hans van Gaalen as P.G.St.B.
We congratulate the above Brethren and Com- panions and wish them well for many years of services.
BREAKING NEWS – SENIOR DISTRICT APPOINTMENTS
The District Grand Master is pleased to announce the following senior District appointments which will become effective from 1 October 2011. Other acting District appointments and reappointments will be announced at the Installation meeting of Universal Friendship Lodge on Monday 18 July.
W Bro. Chris van Gaalen as Assistant DGM (W Bro Hans van Gaalen steps down) W Bro. Mike Edy as President of the Board of General Purposes.
W Bro. Brian Kretzschmar as President of the Board of Benevolence. W Bro. Charles Burn has been nominated Treasurer.
E Comp. Cleve Wiehahn as Deputy Grand Superintendent (EComp. Richard Moore steps down) E Comp. Brian McDermott as 2nd District Grand Principal
E Comp. Hans van Gaalen as 3rd District Grand Principal. E Comp. Hilly Rosin has been nominated Treasurer.
OUR DISTRICT GRAND MENTOR’S BUSY SCHEDULE (VW Bro. Iain Fraser)
W Bro. Roger Webster has had a busy year so far. He represented our District at the second one day Conference of Provincial Grand Mentors in London on 02 March 2011, which was chaired by the Grand Secretary, VW.Bro Nigel Brown.
The Grand Secretary’s opening address was followed by several group discussions which, for the 90 delegates proved to make this a very interesting and informative Seminar.
The role of the Mentor is to lead by example, but his group also saw the Mentor as the vehicle in the process of making all masons ambassadors for the Craft, by teaching them correctly. The official motion at the end of the Conference was to request the Board of General Purposes to create the office of Lodge Mentor as an additional office in the Lodge. In England most Provinces already have Regional Mentor co-ordinators and Provincial Grand Mentors.
He has also arranged, co-ordinated, made presentations to, or spoken at the following events:
- A very successful Open Day for the Lodges in the Western Transvaal, held in Klerksdorp on Saturday 09 October 2011. 61 people attended as well as 13 non Masons. A meeting and discussion in the Lodge Room was followed by a braai.
- A visit to Premier Diamond Lodge in Cullinan on Thursday 17 February, followed by an Open Day on Saturday 21 May
- The first Masonic Dance in 30 years in Jan Kempsdorp, on Saturday 19 March 2011, under the auspices of Royal Edward Lodge. A live band played for the 55 masons and friends who attended this happy
- A meeting at Boksburg Lodge and presentation to Jeppestown Lodge followed by an Open Meeting called “New Made Mason” arranged by Lyceum lodge of Research, on Monday 23 May 2011. This was attended by 48 people including wives, partners and people interested in joining Masonry, and was followed by snacks, drinks and a lively
W Bro. Roger Webster feels strongly that the new “Open” policy concerning Masonry is the way forward for our District and for the drive to increase both membership and enjoyment of our Order. His enthusiasm and energy have already started making a difference, and we wish him every success in his endeavours in the months and year ahead.
A CHALLENGE TO ALL – LYCEUM LODGE OF RESEARCH 8682 EC
Entered Apprentices, Fellow Crafts and “newer” Masons, in the District of South Africa, North.
You are challenged to submit to The Lyceum Lodge of Research, Your thoughts & ideas regarding Masonry. Keep it brief, concise & to the Point, just your thoughts or ideas in reasoned brevity; essentially constructive & thought provoking.
The Lyceum Lodge of Research will invite the Brother whose submission is adjudged the best (with his lodge and Masonic friends) to submit his presentation in person.
That Brother will receive a memento in recognition of his endeavours, as a reward, presented by The Ly- ceum Lodge of Research
Submissions should be sent urgently to the Secretary, The Lyceum Lodge of Research, W Bro. Dick Glanville on firstname.lastname@example.org
WITS WELLNESS DAY (W Bro. Chris Adams)
With the blessing of the DGM, Wits Lodge in conjunction with Vernon and Alchemy Lodges, organised a “wellness day” at Park Lane in March. In attendance were a Mini Lab , the SA National Blood Services, an Ophthalmologist, a Podiatrist, a Biokinetist, the Organ Donor foundation, Netcare Nursing Staff and Huana Technologies (Natural Therapy practitioners).
The day was a resounding success and resulted in some excellent results. The National Blood Services secured 15 units of donated blood, the Organ Donor Foundation enlisted 33 new donors (a huge achieve- ment for them), all of the medical professional were able to impart their knowledge to the visitors. Some medical conditions, which may not have otherwise been
found, were identified and the patients will require further tests and treatments. The Netcare sisters expressed some anxiety about the average blood pressures that they encountered – so lets all be careful out there!
Many of us discovered a new side to ourselves with the aid of Tracey and June of Huana Tech and most importantly the Masonic Services accumulated a huge amount of clothing that will be donated to worthy causes.
My thanks to the District for their permission to hold this (hopefully annual) event, to the organisers, the medical professionals who gave of their time and expertise and most of all the participants.
MORE ‘WHY THE ROYAL ARCH?’ (E Comp. Richard Moore)
In the first edition of “The Cornerstone” I endeavored to open the discussion as to why the Royal Arch. I wish to continue with this theme.
I offer the following compelling reasons:
- The Book of Constitutions contains the Craft and the Royal Arch – and no other
- The Grand Master and The First Grand Principal (RA) is one and the same person, H.R.H. The Duke of Kent.
- In our District, the District Grand Master and the Grand Superintendent (RA) is one and the same person, E Comp. Guy .
- In many instances a Lodge and a Royal Arch Chapter bear the same
- The District Annual Year Book makes reference to The Craft and Royal Arch only.
I would like to take this opportunity to repeat the comments of two Past District Grand Masters of our Dis- trict who had enormous affection for the Royal Arch:
Charles Maple-Polmear:“The Brother who stops at the Third Degree is like a man who erected an edifice without a coping stone. He is neither just to himself nor earnest in his search for truth. The ceremonies and teachings of the other degrees are beautiful and full of significance, and yet they cannot compare to the Holy Royal Arch. They speak of time, this speaks of what will be, when time will be no more. It carries us across the boundary into the presence of the infinite.”
Vernon Fairbrass:“It perplexes me that so many Master Masons still promise to assist in repairing a loss which they themselves have never discovered.”
All Masters (and Past Masters) have taken the following Antient Charge:
You promise to pay homage to the Grand Master for the time being, and to his Officers when duly in- stalled, (the District Grand Master), AND STRICTLY TO CONFORM TO EVERY EDICT OF THE GRAND LODGE.
The Grand Master and Grand Lodge over the past few years have issued innumerable crystal clear communications with regard to the Royal Arch. At last years Annual Meeting the District Grand Mas- ter stated “as an English Freemason the Brother concerned has the right and indeed is expected to join the Royal Arch BEFORE any of the additional orders of Freemasonry.” It is incumbent on every Master and Past Master as they guide the younger Brethren to be faithful to their obligations.”
In the next edition of “The Cornerstone”, I will focus more closely on the Biblical reference to the Royal Arch.
MORE HONOURABLE THAN THE GARTER (W Bro. Dick Glanville)
These time honoured words come with the investiture of the Apprentice apron, but who knows what they mean? I fear precious few! I was asked recently by some fairly senior Masons, the meaning and interpretation of this. The full wording, “more Ancient than the Golden Fleece or Roman Eagle, more Honourable than the Garter…”
So let’s look at this statement.
The Golden Fleece:
In Greek mythology, the Golden Fleece is the fleece of the gold-haired winged ram. It features in the tale of Jason and his band of Argonauts who set out on a quest, by order of King Pelias, for the fleece in order to place Jason rightfully on the throne of Lolcus in Thessaly. The story is of great antiquity. It was current in the time of Homer (eighth century BC) – and consequently it survives in various forms.
In more practical terms, in times of antiquity, a sheepskin was used to strain the water from a pan, when panning for gold and the gold residue would be trapped in the fleece thus a golden fleece. There is also a German Order of the Golden Fleece, a Knightly Order of Chivalry dating from the early 15th century, but I think we are more probably looking at Greek Mythology for our Masonic origins.
The Roman Eagle:
The Roman Eagle was quite simply the standard carried at the head of Roman Legions and was their rallying banner. (Much as in later years the black and white Beauceant banner, or battle flag, was the rallying banner of the Templars.)
The Order of the Garter:
The Most Noble Order of the Garter is an order of knighthood originating in mediaeval England and is the pinnacle of the honours system in the United Kingdom. It is senior in age and precedence to any other Order. “The Founders of the Order of the Garter”, state that the order was first instituted on 23 April 1344 and is restricted to the Monarch, the Prince of Wales, and no more than twenty-four members.
The order’s emblem, depicted on the insignia, is a garter with the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (Old French: “shame upon him who thinks evil upon it”, or not quite so accurately, “evil to him who evil thinks”) in gold lettering. Members of the order wear such a garter on ceremonial occasions.
Various legends account for the origin of the Order, founded by King Edward III in 1344. The usual and most popular involves the Countess of
Salisbury. Whilst she was dancing with or near King Edward at Eltham Palace, her garter is said to have slipped from her leg. When the surrounding courtiers sniggered, the king picked it up and tied it to his leg, exclaiming, “Honi soit qui mal y pense,” (“Shamed be the person who thinks evil of it”), the phrase that has become the motto of the Order
The original colour of the Order was light or sky blue but in later years was changed to dark blue. This too coincides with the colour of Masonic aprons. The original colour – light blue – was the colour of the Garter Order but when that changed to a darker hue, so did the colour of the aprons of more senior masons (or so it is reported).
Thus the “script writers” or compilers of Masonic Ritual are telling the new made Ma- son that he has joined a society whose origins, or at least ethics, predate time honoured symbols (The Gold Fleece and Roman Eagle) and whose precepts are even more honourable than the oldest Order of Chivalry that exists (the Order of the Garter). This gives us a secure and moral foundation to Freemasonry. I have examined both Irish and Scottish rituals and their wordings on this very subject are substantially similar.
The Lodge Apollo held their Centenary Meeting at Park Lane on Tuesday 22 February 2011. The DGM, RW Bro. Professor Guy Charlesworth, presented the Centenary Warrant to the Lodge and the Centenary Jewels to the members. He was supported by the “Chains” and a large District Delegation. W Bro. David Taylor read a very interesting Lodge history prepared by our Dist.G.Sec, W Bro Stan Elms. The meeting was followed by a sumptuous festive board.
Cornwall Lodge held their Centenary Meeting at Park Lane on Saturday 12 March 2011. The DGM presented the Centenary Warrant and Centenary Jewels and was once again supported by the “Chains” and a large District Delegation. The Lodge history was prepared and presented by the Centenary Master, W Bro. Trevor Thomas who had last been the WM in 1964-65 and in 1997-98. The meeting was also followed by a very enjoyable and festive board.
A SON AND BROTHER PAYS TRIBUTE TO RW BRO. MERTON FREEMAN (W Bro. Howard Freeman) (1 MAY 1920 –22 JAN 2011)
To say he was born in 1920, is far too numeric for such a momentous statement – so to say he was born 2 years after the end of the First World War perhaps places the significance of the life we are celebrating into appropriate context.
Let’s indulge ourselves in a brief retrospect of the journey of nearly 91 years:
On 1st May 1920, Merton Freeman was born in the upstairs bedroom of his home in Beaufort Road, Kingston on Thames in Surrey, about 40 minutes outside of central London. Born to Addy Freeman, the most loving of women and Edward Isaac Freeman (PG Primo, England), a significant character full of charities and occasional eccentricities. Particularly in his choice of gifts to bring home – my Grandmother’s story about the goat in the garden was a regular topic for a laugh.
While still at school, the next key to my Dad’s life manifested in his love for flying and at age 16, through a fortuitous slip of a pen regarding date of birth, he flew his first solo in a Cirrus Moth, the predecessor to the Tiger Moth. This love for flying would shape much of his life to come and even those of his friends and family and it was only in late 1994, at the age of 74 that he pulled the mixture to lean for the final time and gave up his cherished flying license. More references to the flying later.
The 2nd World War came about and in December 1939, my Dad joined the Royal Air Force – perhaps the fact that his eyesight disqualified him from being a fighter pilot is one of the reasons we are lucky enough to still have had him after the war. His time in the RAF was devoted to keeping the aircraft in good flying order, especially the engines and finally after 2 and half years in India, he returned home in March 1946.
Less than favourable conditions in England after the war, lead to he and his brother Harold’s decision to leave and their ship brought them to South Africa in 1948. They went directly to Johannesburg after arrival.
He married his beloved Lila in 1953 and I was born in 1956, my brother Robert in 1958 and sister Carol in late 1959 and so the Freeman family of Swansea Road, Park- wood was complete.
By this time, my Dad was already involved in what would become one of the key areas in his life and of those he affected – Freemasonry. In his quiet but proactive way he moved through his Lodge and into the District where, after filling the key Director of Ceremonies role, he became the District Senior Grand Warden. This led to his appointment as Assistant District Grand Master in 1976, then Deputy in 1984 and finally in 1989, District Grand Master of English Freemasonry in the Transvaal, the biggest district in the World outside of the UK.
His love for cars also manifested itself very early in his life with an active involvement in motorsport right back to the days of the famous Coopers, who still lend their name to modern Mini’s and other cars. The wonderful W.O. Bentley that he shared with Harold, lead to Daisy De’Soto, our much adored family Vintage Car and it is wonderful to note that there are many reading this who had Daisy as an integral part of their wedding day. Dad was a founder member of the VVC and still attended the monthly meetings in Oaklands until November 2010 with the De’Soto occupying a pride of place in the display area.
There are many other significant events and achievements, his success in business, his able stint as Presi- dent of the Executives Association, his little known participation in the first real initiatives by SANTA in their fight against Tuberculosis amongst others.
For me, and I know the majority of his friends and family will agree with me – his crowning glory has been and is, the love and generosity he has always shown his family and friends and in turn, the love and affection he has enjoyed in return. I know how much love he has given to us, our wives and children – and quite frankly he still saved our butts from time to time until the end. He shared a love and affection beyond com- pare with my Mother and even recently, when we went to Louis Trichardt, Messina or Freemason’s Hall, the affection that his Brethren displayed towards him, is all the confirmation you might need, for a truly worthy man.
We are confident that the timing of his passing was in his best interests but will of course miss him terribly. We know that his ascension to the Grand Lodge Above will be peaceful and complete.
My brother Robert and sister Carol join me in thanking you all for your kind wishes following Dad’s passing.
TURNING ADVERSITY INTO OPPORTUNITY
Bernhard Becker is a 49 year old disabled person who lost his leg as a result of a work injury. His injuries were compounded by wounds received during a brutal armed robbery in 2004. Since the assault, Bernhard has been left disabled and destitute and is permanently wheelchair bound. His lower left leg was amputated in 2009 and two months later he suffered multiple blood clots on the lungs and a subsequent heart attack, he also has a badly damaged right knee joint.
Whilst his physical injuries were severe, they were not as devastating as the realisation that all of the qualifications he had acquired over the years are now useless and his prospects of finding employment are virtually zero. Finding and training for a new career is made even more daunting when one has to survive on a government Social Disability Grant. Training for disabled people, especially of an older age group is almost non-existent and when you do find training, it is of a very low standard.
During this difficult time, Bernhard found solace, in building Museum scale model ships, some of which have even found their way into the Imperial War Museum in London. This hobby has sparked Bernhard’s creativity and through a friend, he began pen crafting.
This is the art of creating pens by purchasing the inner working parts and then turning up the outer parts of a pen from wood and other materials. These pens are then sold to members of the public.
Having done some market research, Bernhard has decided to establish a small company called SANSCRIPT PEN INDUSTRIES. The first pens have already been produced and have been well received. Bernhard has a vision to expand his business by offering employment to other paraplegic people, making these pens a means of gainful employment. The entire business will be run by people with disabilities, improving their chance of finding employment in the private sector. Bernhard aims to establish small workshops across the country.
Bernhard started the business with his Social Disability Grant and the proceeds from the sales are being put back into the business for the importation of more pen kits. By doing this, the business can be self-funded, until expansion and more capital goods are required
Bernhard is a member of Fraternity Lodge.
INSTALLATION OF PROF GUY CHARLESWORTH AS DISTRICT GRAND MASTER OF, AND GRAND SUPERINTENDENT IN AND OVER, SOUTH AFRICA, NORTH.
In April this year, the Pro Grand Master, MW Bro Peter Lowndes accompanied by the Grand Secretary, VW Bro Nigel Brown arrived in South Africa for the installation of Guy Charlesworth as the new District Grand Master and Grand Superintendent. The event took place on Saturday 17 April 2010 in the Great Hall at Wits University, after our distinguished guests had first visited Brethren in KwaZulu-Natal earlier in the week. On the Friday evening prior to the Installation, a cocktail party was held at the Country Club Johannesburg, which allowed our distinguished guests the opportunity of meeting Brethren and their wives. Both the Craft and Royal Arch Installations were well-attended by our members, Heads and Representatives of other Constitutions including many of our District Grand Masters and Grand Superintendents of southern Africa. In the Craft, the new District Grand Master appointed W Bro Iain Fraser as his Deputy and re-appointed W Bros Hans van Gaalen, David Whit-field, Colin Lewis and Colin Robinson as Assistant District Grand Masters. He also confirmed the re-appointment of the remaining District Officers.
In his address, the District Grand Master pointed out that as Freemasons we have an important role to play in the development of our diverse Soci-ety. Not only do we need to improve communication with our own members, but we need to reach out and communicate with our local communities. The District Grand Master thanked RW Bro Gerald Fotinakis for his outstanding service as District Grand Master for the past 16 years and wished him well in his retirement. In the Royal Arch, the new District Grand Superintendent re-appointed E Comp Richard Moore as District Deputy Grand Superintendent and E Comps Clive Wiehahn and Brian McDermott as Second and Third District Grand Principals respectively. He also confirmed the re-appointment of the remaining District Officers. In his address, the Grand Superintendent stated that whilst it appears that retention of our younger members is sound, the loss in membership is mainly from our older members. However, what is disturbing is that only 32% of the Craft membership belongs to the Royal Arch. He emphasised that it would be his duty to encourage our Craft members to complete their Royal Arch degrees.
The above photograph is somewhat unique as you will notice that the Pro Grand Master is wearing the regalia of a Past District Grand Master and the Grand Secretary, that of a Past Grand Deacon. This came about as the two Deputy Directors of Ceremony who were due to fly out from London for the installation bringing regalia with them, were unable to leave the UK. Flight restrictions were imposed because volcanic ash clouds emanating from Iceland closed down much of western Europe. As a consequence, our District DC teams, led by WBro Chris van Gaalen, DistGDC in the Craft and E Comp Tim Smith, DistGDC in the Royal Arch, were asked to step in at the last minute and under the direction of the Pro Grand Master carried out superb ceremonial workings. Congratulations to Chris and Tim and their teams for a job well done. A well-attended Gala Banquet was held on the Saturday evening in the ballroom at the Wanderers Club, following the Installation Ceremony. Our sincere thanks are extended to Pat and David Penrose who was mainly responsible for organizing an excellent menu and attractive table settings.
The Pro Grand Master and Grand Secretary were presented with gifts to mark the occasion from our District, by the District Grand Master. The Pro Grand Master was presented with a globe of the World constructed from thin wafers of semi-precious stones, many of which come from South Africa and the Grand Secretary was presented with a small box of polished South African stones from the Northern Cape.
Unfortunately, the flight restrictions had not been fully lifted for the return flight to London. The challenge of getting our distinguished guests back to London in time for the April Investiture in Grand Lodge was taken up by W Bro Colin Robinson and his travel agent. Having explored possible flights via Dubai, Egypt, Libya and Namibia, last minute seats were secured on a flight to Lisbon via Angola. After a mad dash to the airport, our visitors began another eventful journey. The transfer in Luanda from the Johannesburg to the London leg was not straightforward. Demands were made for non-existent Angolan visas from our passengers in transit. Nevertheless, after some skilful diplomatic negotiations, our intrepid travellers eventually boarded the flight for Lisbon. Thanks to the proficient planning of Louise Watts, PA to the Grand Secretary in Lon-don and the help from Brethren in the Inspectorate of Portugal, our travellers were driven on a 10-hour trip to Bilbao in Spain. Following an overnight stay in Bilbao and a pick-up in a twin-engine turboprop by one of the Brethren in Essex, our travellers eventually landed on a grass airfield in Essex and finally with great relief made it home.
As we approach the Festive Season, I would like to take this opportunity of thanking each one of you for the time, effort and commitment you have made in your Masonic activities.
As our Brethren of the Ancient Faith are already celebrating the festival of Chanukah, let us all be reminded of this celebration of light over darkness. This is also an important occasion of giving – especially to Children. I wish you and your Family a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year and may the coming year bring you peace, good health and prosperity, not forgetting those less fortunate than ourselves. I look forward to continuing to work with you all for the greater good of Freemasonry.
Tony, the District Senior Grand Warden for the year, was born in Polokwane in 1946, and Matriculated at Parktown Boys High in Johannesburg in 1964. He joined the South African Air Force in 1965, and qualified as a pilot in that year. He became an Instructor in 1967 at Central Flying School, Dunnottar, on what was then the East Rand, and was later transferred to Langebaan in the Cape where he instructed on Impalas. He left the S.A.A.F in 1970 with the rank of Lieutenant in order to join South African Airways as a pilot. His career with the Airline spanned nearly 40 years, and when he retired in 2009, he had reached the rank of Senior Check Captain on Boeing 747-400’s. During this time he studied at Unisa, obtaining a B.A. Degree majoring in Psychology and Geography in 1998.He is presently studying Philosophy at Unisa.
Tony was initiated into The Lodge Apollo in 1983, and later joined Isando Lodge where he is a member at present. His first District appointment was as PDAGDC in 1994.He is a Past Z. in the Apollo Royal Arch Chapter and received an appointment as Past District Grand Sojourner this year. He is also a member of several other Masonic orders, including the Rose Croix where he has attained the 30th degree, the Knights Templar where he has attained the rank of Past Great Herald, the rank of Past Grand Third Pillar and District Director of Ceremonies in the K.T.P., and Past Grand Junior Overseer in the Mark, and is joining the Red Cross of Constantine in December of this year.
He is a member of the Rand Club and is married to Dirkua. They both enjoy travelling and fly overseas as often as they can get away. They have two grown-up sons Charl (30 years old) who is working in England and Anthony (21) who will complete his B.A. degree in Psychology and Philosophy at the end of this year.
He lives in Kempton Park on the East Rand near the Airport. He is thoroughly enjoying his year as Senior Warden of the District and especially the visits to Country Lodges where the hospitality is renowned.
Brian, our current District Junior Grand Warden, was born in Johannesburg in 1947. Junior and High schooling was at King Edward VII School in Houghton. Completing a coerced B.Com was enough for him to opt out and regain his sanity in the bush as a Game Ranger for two and a half years.
Back in the big smoke, Brian had a sojourn into the world of surgical instruments before falling into the insurance industry. He worked his way through accounting, actuarial, data processing and administration divisions and finally into marketing. Several diplomas were completed over the years. He moved into Middle, Senior and finally General Manage-ment before breaking the mould and opening his first business twenty years ago. He is a recipient of multiple National and International marketing awards.
Happily married to Juné for over 38 years. They have two married daughters – Traci-Jean and Samantha – who run their own successful businesses. Further blessings are great sons-in-law and two very special grandchildren.
He was initiated into Freemasonry in February 1990. The Emrys Lodge has a varied membership of young and old – mainly entrepreneurs. The fabric of work, mutual respect, support and fun have knitted the brethren into a happy unit that achieves its goals. No mean feat to keep up these standards during his Master-ship in 1996/7. Treasurer for ten years, Charity Steward for two, Lodge Centenary Chairman and District honours, are highlights culminating in his current position of District Junior Grand Warden.
Brian is a member of Goldfields R.A. Chapter and a 30th Degree member of three Rose Croix Chapters: Rosepark, Rosa Sine Spina and St Vitus, where he takes an active role in higher degree productions. He is on the Masonic Services Committee and assists with their charity work. Brian actively assists in food parcel distribution to 81 old folk each month; serves on the food aid committee and fundraisers; involved in alleviating the plight of squatter families; markets and promotes fundraising events to assist the Honorary Game Rangers in their counter-poaching efforts.
Brian has played many sports over the years but regrettably now only has time for the mysteries of golf and the pure joy of fly-fishing for trout. He enjoys classical music, painting in oils, collecting and reading books and is slowly writing a book on esoteric theology for men – a subject he has been studying for 40 years.
Greatest blessing: the unequivocal and total support his wife Juné has given him in all his endeavours – especially Freemasonry.
His final comment: “It is an absolute honour to serve this wonderful District in whichever capacity deemed appropriate.”
RW Bro. Neil Molver was installed as District Grand Master and Grand Superintendent for Zambia in Kitwe, Zambia on Saturday 13 November 2010. RW Bro. Pierre Malan, the Dist. GM of South Africa, Eastern Division presided at both ceremonies and RW Bro. Professor Guy Charlesworth at-tended with a delegation from our District, including VW Bro. Albert Spencer and W Bros. Richard Fahrenheim, Peter Stephens and Willem van Heerden of Kosmos Lodge. RW Bro. Neil Molv-er is a Past Master of Kosmos Lodge and is MEZ of Kosmos Royal Arch Chapter. He is a keen ritualist and particularly loves the Royal Arch. He is also active in other Masonic Orders in our District. He has business interests in Zambia, and spends up to half of his time there every month. We congratulate him and wish him well for a rewarding and successful term of office. We also hope that he will continue to be active in our District.
CORONA LODGE’S CHARITY CONTRIBUTION
At their Installation Meeting on 03 November 2010, Corona Lodge gave a cheque for R170,000.00 to the Dist.GM, as their contribution to District Charities.
Corona Lodge held its 31st annual Gentleman’s Box and Dine Evening in June this year and has consistently been able to make record-breaking charity contributions. W. Bro. Kit Markotter, the Dist G Swd. B. has been involved from the beginning in arranging the bouts with the Southern Transvaal and later the Gauteng Amateur Boxing Association.
W Bro. Bernie Krone, the Charity Steward, together with his Boxing Committee has involved several other Lodges in the organisation of the evening and has contributed generously to their Charity Funds over the years.
W Bro. Vernon Botha arranged another very successful golf day, which included the raffle of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle with customised paint work, raising well over R280,000.00. Corona Lodge’s total charity contribution this year was R609,700.00, distributed as direct donations, as specified donations through the District and to the other Lodges involved.
Congratulations to Corona Lodge for another outstanding achievement this year.
Belfast Lodge held their Centenary Meeting in Belfast on Saturday 26 June 2010. The Dist.GM RW. Bro. Professor Guy Charlesworth presented the Centenary Warrant to the Lodge and Centenary Jew-els to the members of the Lodge and was supported by the “Chains” and a large District Delegation. W. Bro. Pieter Wessels read a very interesting history of the Lodge.
Unanimity Lodge held their Centenary Meeting in Potgietersrus on Saturday 23 October 2010. The Dist.GM presented the Centenary Warrant and Centenary Jewels and was supported by the “Chains” and a large District Delegation. The Lodge history prepared by W. Bro. John Fleming was read at the meeting.
WHY THE ROYAL ARCH? (Ex.Comp Richard Moore)
Too often the question ‘why the royal arch?’ is answered too simplistically for the enquiring minds of our younger members. They will not be fobbed off with what might be described as platitudes.
What would be your response should a younger fellowcraft approach you and ask why he should take his third step and be raised? I suggest that your response would be one of compelling enthusiasm. Why not the same keenness when questioned about the RA?
It is a fact that in our District and in English Freemasonry as a whole, only one third of Master Masons join the RA. Why? It is also a fact that in our District we have achieved an excellent 20% compound growth in exaltees over the past 3 years. And yet as a result of 79 exclusions and resignations last year our overall growth was a net 3. Why?
May I quote one or two comments made by the Grand Master; with the result that no brother’s Masonic experience can be considered truly complete unless he has been exalted into the Order of the Holy Royal Arch.
“I consider the RA a most beautiful degree – the culmination of the candidate’s journey through pure antient masonry – the climax of Craft Masonry.” “…that this RA tie and jewel can be worn in craft lodges, the clear reason for this is the indissoluble link between the Craft and the RA.”
Our own Grand Superintendent has stated:
“…as an English Freemason the brother concerned is expected to join the RA before any of the additional orders of Freemasonry’.”
Let us dig a little more; If we accept that in the first three Craft degrees we are instructed in, and are en-couraged to practice the duty of love to your fellow man. A Master Mason is not left in possession of the ultimate information – but a substitute for it – “a tale partly told”. A loss without discovery would surely be an absurdity.
So where does the Royal Arch fit into this picture? The Order teaches us reverence for God and leads us to reflect on the nature of God and our relationship with Him. In so saying it is not an alternative to the practice of your own religious convictions.
Richard Sandbach put it this way: “The Craft requires him to follow the teachings of his religion here on Earth; the Chapter reminds him that he lives and practices that teaching in the context of eternity.”
The RA jewel is profound. On the obverse of the jewel we find, the following inscriptions:
On the base of the triangle “we have found”
On the scroll “nothing is wanted but the key”
On the outer rim “if thou cans’t understand what follows thou knowest enough.”
The word comprises all the tenets, precepts, and principles of Freemasonry and everything that Masonry teaches.
The ceremony is rich both in historical and symbolical meaning for those companions who wish to under-take the appropriate research. The history is amply explained in the books of Ezra, Nehemiah and Chroni-cles. The symbolism is there for any discerning Companion to see. There is not a feature of our Chapter that does not have a significant symbolical meaning. Let me again quote Richard Sandbach, “…when the candidate is restored to light he sees a carefully contrived tableau” and he concludes, “never allow the magic of the moment to be lost.”
Some recent decisions:
- The Grand Superintendent has very kindly instituted his first RA certificate of service.
- We are currently exploring a district RA tie.
- In line with Grand Lodge, the District Grand Master will be appointing to active District rank only those who are also members of the RA.
Membership of the RA also qualifies a brother to become a member of a number of additional degrees.
I trust that this article will encourage membership of the Royal Arch.
THE CONNAUGHT CLUB (Bro. James Veal)
The Connaught Club of South Africa North will be launched on Saturday, 22nd January at Freemasons Hall, Park Lane. The establishment of such a Club in the District has come about at the express wish of RW Bro Guy Charlesworth, DGM who wishes to provide a social environment for Masons under the age of 35.
W Bro Colin Robinson, Asst. DGM, was asked by the DGM to give oversight to the project and Bro James Veal subsequently accepted the challenge of launching this exciting concept. James has made contact and had important discussions with Brethren in London on the founding of such a Club and is playing a major role in setting-up the Club locally.
History of the Connaught Club
The Connaught Club originated in London following a successful reception held in June 2007 by the Metro-politan Grand Lodge, for Freemasons under the age of 35. In its first two years of existence, the Con-naught Club has grown to become the focal point and central meeting place for young Freemasons living in and around London.
The Club now has its own dedicated lodge, BURGOYNE LODGE No. 902 with all the principal offices be-ing filled by brethren under 35 years of age.
Qualifications for membership
Eligibility to join the Connaught Club in our District will follow the rules of the Club in London and is based on two basic principles:
Membership of the club is open to any Freemason of 35 years of age or younger, secondly, he must be a subscribing member of a Lodge or Chapter under The District of South Africa North.
Connaught Club Objectives
The purpose of the Connaught Club is to give young Freemasons a means to socialise with likeminded people of similar ages. Aside from social functions, the Club will act as a representative body for the views of the younger generation of Freemasons. The views and suggestions emanating from Brethren in the Club will then be referred to District through appropriate channels.
The Club will endeavor to encourage and support participation in our Lodges within the District. It will also promote openness and pride in membership of the Craft and stress the contemporary role Freemasonry plays in modern society, with particular emphasis placed on its relationship to the younger generation.
Benefits of membership
Members of the Connaught Club will have the benefit of:
- Member-only events
- Being able to invite non-Masonic friends to functions to meet members
- Smaller, informal ‘beer after work’ get-togethers arranged on an ad-hoc basis
- Social events for the family
- Guest speakers on a variety of Masonic and Non-Masonic topics
- Participation and organization of sporting events
- An on-line forum for general Masonic discussions
- The ability to arrange inter-visitation to other Members’ Lodges and Chapters.
Members will also receive a Connaught Club tie and lapel pin.
Cost of membership
The membership fee will be disclosed at the opening function on 22nd January 2011.
Primarily these fees will pay for overheads incurred in setting-up and running the planned activities throughout the year.
The Connaught Club is not in any way a profit-making organization. At the end of each financial year the committee will decide upon a sensible level of working capital to take forward for the next year’s event bookings. The remainder of the surplus funds in the club accounts will be donated to Masonic charities.
The opening function will be a Gala Dinner to be held on the 22nd January 2011 for prospective members and their partners at Freemasons Hall, 8 Park Lane, Parktown, Johannesburg.
A full agenda of the evening’s proceedings will be made available during early December.
If you are eligible to join the Connaught Club and wish to attend our opening function please contact: James Veal, email: email@example.com or call 082 679 3354.
Furthermore, if you are eligible and interested but unavailable to attend on the gala night, please register your interest with a call or an e- mail to the above contact address.
Connaught Club for Young Freemasons in London: http://www.connaught-club.org.uk
MASONS IN MAURITIUS (W Bro. Simon Knutton)
We all listened to that line in the North East corner address that speaks of “a society so widely extended as Freemasonry”; well it could be no truer than in the District of South Africa, North. Encompassing the old “Transvaal”, Leso-tho, Swaziland and Botswana, it also includes the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. Originally falling under the direct control of England, Lodge of Friendship, 1696EC was transferred to our District when RWBro.Ted Ablett was District Grand Master. It is probably the largest Lodge in the District and celebrates its Installation meeting on the second Satur-day in September.
More recently and in response to a request from the Mauritian masons, the Vereeniging Mark Lodge was “moved” to the Island in 2005, followed by the Vereeniging Royal Ark Mariner in 2008. In view of the number of active Mark Masons required for the first installation ceremony, W.Bro Graham Bendell, District Grand Secretary of the Mark, put together a package for Mark Masons to visit the Island and to get involved with the installation. To make the trip as effective as possible, it was planned that the Mark Installation should coincide with the same week as the Craft meeting. Hence, the Vereeniging Mark and RAM have their Installations on the Monday of the week in which the Lodge of Friendship have their Craft meeting.
In 2009, the Order of the Secret Monitor was also “moved” to Mauritius under the ever watchful eye of W.Bro. Pieter Wessels. They now have their Installation meeting on the day after the Mark and RAM.
Mauritius is a country of diverse culture and numerous religions – at the Craft installation, there are no fewer than four VSLs open on the Master’s pedestal. It is also a country of breathtaking scenery and beauty – the beaches and tourist destinations are such that you could visit the Island on numerous occasions and always find something new to do.
In 2010, the newly Installed District Grand Master, RW Bro Guy Charlesworth, was the presiding chain for the Craft installation. As an active Mark Mason and Past Commander in the Royal Ark Mariner, and a Grand Officer in the Secret Monitor, his week was filled with a perfect combination of Masonry and social events, interspersed with the essential tourist trips. On one such outing, the DGM accompanied by his DC, W.Bro. Chris van Gaalen and the ADC for the meeting, W.Bro. Simon Knutton, managed to extract over 70kg of game fish from the Indian Ocean – so strenuous was the activity that copious amounts of liquids were consumed during and after the fishing!
The Installation Banquet is an outstanding event. The incoming Master, W.Bro. James Ho Fong arranged a superb reception at the 5-Star Hilton Beach Resort, which was also the home for the week of the party of 16 Masons and their wives who travelled from RSA for the various meetings.
If you have never seen Mauritius, nor spoiled your wife or partner, why not consider taking a week’s holiday next September, Sunday 4th to 11th Sept? A week filled with relaxation, great food, good company, diverse cultures and of course, Masonry. W.Bro. Simon Knutton (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be the ADC for the next Craft visit and may be contacted for more information.
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SO MOTE IT BE (W Bro. Dick Glanville)
At every meeting we say it, we chant it, if there is music in the lodge, we sing it, over and again – and yet I’ve only ever been asked once, what is “So Mote it Be”. What does it mean and from whence does it origi-nate?
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 occurs in 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 and the occupational and religious duties of the Craftsmen. Nearly all the articles in this ancient document are over 600 years old and are applicable today as when they were first written.
The final words of the poem are –
Amen and Amen! So mote it be! Say 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 and that possibly explains the modern Masonic omission of the word “Amen.”
In conclusion, “So Mote it Be” is the ancient “Amen” of the Freemason!
So Mote it Be!
DEATHS: (W Bro. Stan Elms)
It is with regret that we record the calling of the following District Officers to the Grand Lodge above.
|W.Bro.A M Alberts||PJGD||Letaba||29/05/2010|
|W.Bro.M W Fels||PJGD||Gladwys||12/07/2010|
|W.Bro.P G Roberts||PAGChap||Lyceum Lodge of Research||12/05/2010|
|W.Bro.J A M Garnett||PDistSGW||Golden Harvest||30/10/2010|
|W.Bro.F C Kirby||PDistSGW||Protea||12/07/2010|
|W.Bro.L Labuschagne||PDistSGW||Premier Diamond||15/11/2010|
|W.Bro.H A R Meyer||PDistSGW||Fairview||20/07/2010|
|W.Bro.R E Otridge||PDistSGW||Clifton||22/08/2010|
|W.Bro.B H Thompson||PDistSGW||Lion of the North||04/01/2010|
|W.Bro.J A Thomson||PDistSGW||Doric||03/08/2010|
|W.Bro.D W Upfold||PDistSGW||Temperance||01/11/2010|
|W.Bro.A J van der Niet||PDistSGW||Vereeniging Peace||26/08/2010|
|W.Bro.W J Adams||PDistJGW||Doornfontein||09/11/2010|
|W.Bro.W J Andrews||PDistJGW||St Michael’s||31/05/2010|
|W.Bro.W D Green||PDistJGW||Doric||04/07/2010|
|W.Bro.W H Smith||PDistJGW||Lyceum Lodge of Research||30/06/2010|
|W.Bro.F W Thompson||PDistJGW||Alchemy||21/06/2010|
|W.Bro.M E Wrigley||PDistJGW||Aviation||24/06/2010|
|W.Bro.P J Sand||PDistSGD||Civil Service||21/06/2010|
|W.Bro.J B Aitken||PDistJGD||Emrys||25/06/2010|
|W.Bro.R G Human||PDistJGD||Minerva||22/09/2010|
|W.Bro.W C Ingersent||PDistJGD||Pretoria||15/05/2010|
|W.Bro.D I Hornsby||PDistAGDC||Union||13/10/2010|
|W.Bro.A P Pretorius||PDistAGDC||First Pride||17/06/2010|
|W.Bro.A P Couvaras||PDistGStB||Tvl District Grand Stewards||17/02/2010|
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|RW Bro. Guy Charlesworth|
|W Bro. Dick Glanville|
|W Bro. Simon Knutton|
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|W Bro. Stan Elms Bro. James Veal|
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