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“Getting to know you” Team Visit a Resounding Success
The full Provincial Team led by RW Bro John Arthur The Provincial Grand Master got 2019 underway with a visit to Tyne Dock Lodge No 4218 in South Shields.
After the usual salutations, The Worshipful Master, Graeme Watson, on behalf of his Officers and Brethren welcomed the many visitors whose attendance had helped ensure a full Lodge Room on this very special occasion for the Lodge.
The Provincial Grand Master then proceeded with a “getting to know you” session, in which he opened with a brief introduction of his masonic and professional background, he then went on to talk passionately of his vision of freemasonry within Durham, and in particular the need for all to recognise that a Brothers regalia although displaying rank, should not because of colour or grandeur be mistaking for superiority, as masons and equals, we are collectively brethren within the Province.
He then gave a brief outline to the newly formed Team replacing the former executive and explained the role of his Team in the day to day administration of the Province, with specific importance put on the involvement and integration of the Chapter.
This was further expanded on by the Deputy Grand Superintendent of the Chapter. The Deputy Provincial Grand Master and the Assistant Provincial Grand Masters then introduced themselves individually and expanded on their specific roles and areas of responsibilities within the structure.
This was followed by further explanations and introduction of other Officers from the Wardens through to the Sword and Standard Bearers. The Provincial Grand Master concluded the presentation and hoped that the Brethren present had enjoyed this first ever getting to know you session.
The Worshipful Master thanked the Provincial Grand Master and his Team for their presentation and the Brethren responded with applause.
The Festive Board seating arrangements reflected the Provincial Grand Masters emphasis on the integration of the higher-ranking Brethren amongst the members of the Lodge to encourage dialogue and friendships.
The evening was brought to a close, after the usual toasts were observed, and all were left to reflect on this special visit which was a first in many ways. A special mention of Worshipful Brother Edwin Hooper a past Master of Hedworth Lodge No 2418 who responded to the visitor’s toast and stated that in all his years he had never seen a full Deputation of Provincial Officers and was highly impressed by the new Team and their vision of the future for the Province of Durham.
Thank you, Tyne Dock.
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”