Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge 2011
Our Stirling Road Provincial HQ was again packed to capacity for the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, with cctv transmitting pictures on giant screens allowing all present to have a clear view of the proceedings.
The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies gave a briefing to all present prior to the opening of Provincial Grand Lodge, following which the many distinguished guests, including visiting Provincial Grand Masters, Deputy and Assistant PGMs, Grand Officers and leaders of other Orders entered the Lodge in procession, with our own Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David F Macey being escorted into the meeting by his Officers.
After opening Provincial Grand Lodge in due form the PGM remembered Brethren who had departed to the Grand Lodge above since our last meeting, referring in particular to his great sadness, after having returned from the funeral of his own father, to learn of the death of the Provincial Senior Grand Warden, W Bro "Roundy" Rudell, the previous day.
The PGM individually welcomed the distinguished guests, then everyone else present, after which various reports were presented by Provincial Officers, together with other formalities. He then re-appointed the Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, making special reference to how grateful he was to have such a strong and supportive team behind him, as had been so amply demonstrated during the previous few days.
W Bro Peter M Sorrill, who had achieved so much by establishing the Lodge Support Team, and with others the amalgamated Lodge of Hope and Saint Alphege, was invested as Provincial Senior Grand Warden and W Bro Leslie J Long, who untiringly continued his support for both the Athol and Provincial Grand Directors of Ceremonies Lodges, as well as the 2012 DWG, was invested as Provincial Junior Grand Warden. The rest of the acting Officers were re/appointed, following which Past Ranks were conferred or confirmed for the new and existing Provincial Grand Officers.
Les Long (seated) with Phil Wills (l) and Trevor Sturt.
The PGM then addressed the meeting, advising all present that the theme for this, his first as Provincial Grand Master, was very much one of thanks, which he presented effusively, urging brethren to enjoy their own freemasonry as much as he enjoyed his own.
A full transcript of the PGM' address can be downloaded PGM_address_to_AGM_May2011.pdf
2012 Festival Director W Bro Trevor Sturt gave an uplifting report on the splendid progress being made, congratulating Lodge members for their efforts so far, urging them to keep right on until the Festival Celebration on Saturday 22nd September 2012, which would be held at The Clarendon Suites.
A full transcript of the Festival Directors address can be downloaded Festival_report_to_AGM_May2011.pdf
A sumptuous festive board provided by the Clarendon Suites followed, the date of next year's Annual Meeting being Saturday 19th May 2012
David Macey with Clarendon Suites General Manager Diane Hepworth.