The 51st Annual General Meeting of the Association took place on Wednesday 6 May at the Masonic Hall, Bottoms, Todmorden when a goodly number of Members and guests were present.
Following a very pleasant repast, the Meeting was formally opened by the President, W.Bro. Clive Edwards. He had enjoyed an excellent year with numerous visits, missing only one Installation in the Association and thanked his Officers, particularly his Senior Vice and Junior Vice Presidents together with the Secretary, W.Bro. Graham Pearce and the Treasurer, W.Bro. Bev. Heywood.
One of the highlights was the Sunday lunch at Mirfield Masonic Hall and thanks go to Fearnley Lodge of Mark Master Masons for all their organisation and help. In attendance were 106 Brethren, and guests and 3 children, a delightful event thoroughly enjoyed by all
The President then invested his successor wishing him a very happy and successful year in Office, the new Team being as follows;
President W.Bro. Andrew Daly, Caldene Lodge
Senior Vice President, W.Bro. John Madigan, Dartmouth Lodge
Junior Vice President, W.Bro. John Davis, Dewsbury Lodge
Bro. Graham Pearce, upon a proposition was duly confirmed as Secretary for another year, as was W.Bro. Bev Heywood, in his absence, as Treasurer.
The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. James Steggles, who was accompanied by both the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Richard Boswell Puttrell and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master. W.Bro. Dr. Rod Taylor then addressed the meeting. He began by congratulating the new President and his Team and trusted that they would have a happy and successful year together. The subject of Masters in the Chair visiting Lodges was also mentioned with the hope that attendance would improve.
With the launch of the Mark 2023 Festival next year, if brethren have any Fundraising ideas please bring them forward, they would be welcome. Some of the funding will pass through the Cleeves and Whitehead but the Trust will be protected throughout. Finally he requested that if any Brethren joining the trip to the Grand Lodge Investiture Meeting on 9 June had not made dining arrangements, to consider the Freemasons Arms which we, as a Province, utilise. There are approximately 10 spare seats and, sadly if we do not use it, we run a serious risk of losing it, please bear that in mind.
A most enjoyable evening was had by all.
W.Bro. D. Smith P.G.S.D., P.Prov.G.J.W