Johnstonian Lodge Strikes Gold!
Johnstonian Lodge’s June meeting saw The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Stephen William Walker lead an Area Team Visit to mark the membership’s outstanding achievement of reaching their 2021 Festival Gold Award.
After Stephen was warmly welcomed in to the Lodge Room by John Dodson, as Worshipful Master, the main work of the evening began by Raising Bro Trevor Goodwin of The Spirit of Rugby Lodge 9910. After a faultless, and most enjoyable ceremony, Trevor took his seat with those assembled in the Lodge including members of the ‘Durham Light Blues Club’ (DLBC) who were also lending their support on the evening.
Stephen then took the opportunity to congratulate the members of Johnstonian Lodge upon their outstanding collective achievements in attaining their Gold 2021 Festival target, with eighteen months of the 2021 Festival still remaining. On behalf of the Provincial Grand Master, John Arthur, Stephen reminded those assembled of the exceptional progress that the Province as a whole continues to make towards the overall 2021 Festival target and thanked those assembled for their continued support.
After the formalities in the Lodge Room came to an end, the Festive Board saw Stephen stand respond to the Toast and again recognise Johnstonian Lodge’s huge achievement in raising 100% of their Festival target. He formally presented the Gold Certificate to John and expressed his thanks for a further two generous cheques that were presented on the evening, again in support of the 2021 Festival. Stephen also pointed out that as a former Durham Johnston student himself he was particularly delighted to be able to share in the evening’s celebrations.
Stephen went on to thank the Deputation who had accompanied him for their support and also asked the members of the visiting DLBC, including their Chair, Matthew Pearce, to rise in order for those assembled to express their appreciation of their attendance. Stephen explained that the DLBC is a new group set up to enhance the feeling of brotherhood, camaraderie and fun both inside and outside the Lodge Room. It is is open to all Masons who hold a rank between an Entered Apprentice, to a current or Past Master who has not yet received Provincial rank.
Stephen then reminded those present of the wide variety of ways that individuals and Lodges as a whole can continue to support the Festival and the great friendships that can result from such activities in particular, as well as the Craft in general.
Upon the closure of the Festive Board many of those in attendance remained to enjoy the company and fellowship of old and new friends. Congratulations to all of the members of Johnstonian Lodge on their charitable endeavors which continue to make a huge difference to the lives of others.
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”