A most welcome Fish and Chip supper was provided to those who attended the Annual General Meeting of the Leeds and District Association of Installed Masters, which took place on Thursday, 21st July at the Masonic Hall in Wetherby.
The opening formalities concluded, the President, Worshipful Brother Craig Kidd addressed the meeting. He said that it had been a privilege to be the President and he had thoroughly enjoyed his year in Office, this was delivered with enthusiasm and suggested that given half a chance he would have gone on for another year. He had visited all the Lodges except one, coincidentally that being Ainsty Lodge of Mark Master Masons No.1739, who meet at Wetherby. A successful Social event had been well attended and he thanked all for their support. This was partially responsible for a generous cheque to the West Yorkshire Mark Benevolent Fund which was presented to the Deputy Provincial Grand Master. He then announced a new initiative in that a report of all Association meetings will be provided to all Brethren and a copy of the Bye laws given to each new candidate; sound thinking and I will be surprised if this is not followed by the sister Associations but maybe some of them do it now and I am unaware!!
In his report as Secretary, W. Bro. Richard Brown emphasised that the role of the Association Lodge Representatives is now pivotal and that it is vital that they ensure that Brethren are fully aware of developments and events related to the Festival. Additionally they should encourage Worshipful Masters and their Wardens to attend the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons West Yorkshire to be held at Bradford on Saturday, 22nd April 2017, accompanied by Brethren.
The President then invested his successor wishing him a very happy and successful year in Office, the new Team being;
President, W.Bro. Keith Harmer, Haywra Lodge.
Senior Vice President, W.Bro. Richard Brown, St Chad Lodge
Junior Vice President, W.Bro. Brian Smart, Claro Lodge.
W.Bro. Richard Brown was appointed as Secretary; yes he is going to do both jobs for one year due to unforeseen circumstances. W.Bro. Les Davy was re appointed as Treasurer with W. Bro. Ian Tillett continuing as Assistant Secretary and W.Bro. David Todd continuing as Assistant Treasurer.
Bro. Keith is a conscientious, committed Mason who is not given to leaving much to chance. Accordingly he had already prepared a detailed list of visits and Social events. These will be covered in the Association calendar which will be issued in the next 2 months. For the record , however, a Sunday Luncheon will be held at Harrogate on the 6th November, a Gala on Saturday 17th June 2017 and the Annual General meeting in 2017 will be on Thursday July 20th 2017 at Harrogate. He is also committed to attending every Installation other than Pontefract No. 878, this coincides with other Masonic business.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Richard Boswell Puttrell then addressed the meeting and began by congratulating the President and his newly installed Team; also thanking W. Bro. Craig for all that he had done over the past year. He confirmed the comments made by the Secretary in respect of the Installed Masters Associations being pivotal in respect of the West Yorkshire Mark Benevolent Fund Festival but, in addition, encouraged us all to get the Ladies and families involved. This is key for Freemasonry in general as we must be seen to embrace modern man and his family in a society far different from that when I became a Freemason back in 1981.
A most enjoyable evening, be happy.
W.Bro. Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.