The 50th Annual general meeting of the association took place on Wednesday 7 May at the Masonic Hall West vale when a goodly number of Members and guests were present.
After a very pleasant meal of Soup, Gammon, Egg, chips, mushrooms & peas followed by apple pie (very reminiscent of Fearnley RAM without the Bread), the Meeting was formally opened by the President, W.Bro. Richard Brooke. He had enjoyed an excellent year with numerous visits and thanked his Officers, particularly his Senior Vice and Junior Vice Presidents, both of whom were moving upward, the Secretary, W.Bro. Graham Pearce and the Treasurer, W.Bro. Bev. Heywood, who sadly could not be present.
He had also been pleased to oversee the introduction of change in the Stewardship of the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting which now resided within the purview of the Installed Masters Associations. With HHDIMA being the first in line, all had appeared to go well at this year’s meeting, with sufficient volunteers to ensure smooth running. He strongly made the point that he felt that the Association should support Lodges when candidates were being advanced, this would enhance the experience for the candidate and emphasise the harmonious and supportive nature of Mark Masonry.
The President then invested his successor wishing him a very happy and successful year in Office, the new Team being:
President W.Bro. Clive Edwards, Eland Lodge
Senior Vice President, W.Bro. Andrew Daly, Caldene Lodge
Junior Vice President, W.Bro. John Madigan, Dartmouth
Secretary, W.Bro. Graham Pearce
Treasurer, W.Bro. Bev. Heywood
The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. James Steggles, then addressed the meeting congratulating W.Bro. Clive and his team and paying tribute to the excellent work by W.Bro. Richard Brooke during his period in office; particularly the success of the Provincial Grand Lodge stewardship initiative. He also stressed that there remained much to do to ensure the continued health of the Fraternity. It was particularly necessary for Masters of Lodges to recognise their responsibility to represent their Lodges at Association visits, Installations and other important meetings. In my experience there has been a significant drop of in the last two years in this regard.
A most enjoyable evening was had by all.
W.Bro. Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.