The Annual General Meeting of the South Yorkshire Association of Installed Masters took place on Wednesday 3 September at Tapton Masonic Hall There were 54 Mark Masons present from across the Province including Representatives from both the Leeds and District and the Huddersfield , Halifax & Districts Installed Masters Associations.
The Meeting was formally opened by the President, W.Bro. David Spivey and, after the usual formalities, sadly including a number in the obituary report, he gave his address. He had undoubtedly represented the Association with enthusiasm during his year, with numerous visits to Lodges in Sister Associations. These he had much enjoyed and he emphasised that this must be built upon. To that end, all Representatives are now being encouraged to attend at least two Association visits, if possible accompanied by the Worshipful Master and Wardens of their Lodge. They should actively promote the Association and remind their Worshipful Masters to visit other Lodges when possible. To further this ambition a meeting of all South Yorkshire Association Representatives will be convened in January to assess and review progress. To encourage a good attendance it is planned that a pie and pea supper will be served.
The President then invested his successor wishing him a very happy and successful year in Office. The new team are:
President W.Bro. Jim Stanley, Gothic Lodge
Senior Vice President, W.Bro. Jim Reynolds, Escafeld Lodge
Junior Vice President, W.Bro. Alec Geddes, Vulcan Lodge
Secretary W.Bro. Mike Nowell
Treasurer W.Bro.John Cooper
The Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles then addressed the meeting, beginning by congratulating W. Bro. Jim Stanley, the President, and the rest of the team upon their appointments and wishing them a happy and successful year. He also warmly thanked W. Bro. David Spivey for all his efforts and contribution in a year of some change for the Associations .He reminded all present of the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners which is to take place on Saturday 11 October at Tapton Hall also the Provincial Sunday lunch to be held at Greenhead, Huddersfield on the 26 October. Finally to the surprise of all (well almost all), present he announced that both the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Very Worshipful Brother Robert Corfield, P.G.J.O. and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Very Worshipful Brother John Fred Clough P.G.J.O. would be standing down in November. They would be replaced by Worshipful Brother Richard Puttrell , P.G.S.D. as Deputy Provincial Grand Master and Worshipful Brother, Dr. Rod Taylor, P.G.J.D. as Assistant, Provincial Grand Master. Our grateful thanks are due to V.W.Bro’s Bob and John for all their unstinting efforts for Mark Masonry in general and the Province of West Yorkshire in particular. Our congratulations to W. Bro’s. Richard and Rod upon their appointments which will take place at Wetherby Masonic Hall on the 27 November under the banner of Integrity Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 110. A very singular honour for the latter as it is the first time in its history, all 120 years plus, that Integrity Lodge has had a member become a Ruler.
A night full of surprises, be happy and enjoy your Mark Masonry.