Many of you will be aware of the Provincial Social committee and the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust although I doubt if any of you could name all the Committee members and Trustees. Fear not, I will enlighten you in the coming months. My question now is how many of you have heard of the Executive Committee and if you have, can tell me of whom it comprises? I have asked this a number of times, even to colleagues of Grand Lodge and no one was correct.
Time to reveal all – its members are: the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Richard Boswell Puttrell and Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Dr. Rod Taylor and the Provincial Grand Secretary, Worshipful Brother Alan Oldfield; these are the Members of the Executive. Also in attendance was the Deputy Provincial Grand Secretary, Worshipful Brother Graham Cooper as Minute Secretary
What is its function? in simple terms to manage the business of Mark Master Masonry in the Province of West Yorkshire. A business it most certainly is for I calculate, using Integrity Lodge No 110 as a guide, that the turnover of the Province and its associated activities would be of the order of £400k if consolidated. The Executive is therefore analgous to a Board of Directors, managing an array of activities consuming the energy of some 1300 colleagues (borrowing a people term from ‘Asda’).
The Agenda that I witnessed at the meeting on Tuesday 15 March at the home of W.Bro. Richard (Carol had very wisely debunked to Scotland) starting 9.30, bacon sandwiches provided by mine host, covered 12 main items. Despite the skilful management of R.W.Bro. Jim it lasted over 3 hours with a focus on the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge and issues surrounding attendance for acceptance of honours, stewards for Distinguished guests and, new for our next meeting, ceremonial arrangements for the presentation of Grand Patron Gold Award Patron collarets which also involves presentation of a Gold Award collaret to a Lodge.
No surprise that there was much to talk about in regard to the launch of the West Yorkshire Mark Benevolent Fund Festival 2023 covering merchandise (and there are some superb pieces, be prepared to be excited), information for Lodge Charity Stewards, and keeping both Lodges and Brethren informed upon where they stand in respect of Honorific’s. The information path should be eased by the new Membership database being master minded by W.Bro. Graham, there I stop because he lost me after a sentence but I believe that it will make life easier, at least that is what he said. Discussion then revolved around upcoming 50th and 60th Certificate presentations, Escorted visits 2016-2017 and potential recipients of Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank.
A great deal of ground was covered in a most professional and disciplined fashion, if you were not all aware by now, be assured the Province is in very good hands but they still need our total enthusiasm and commitment to make it happen.
Smile be happy and enjoy your Mark Masonry.
W.Bro. Duncan Smith, P.S.G.D.