The Annual General Meeting of the South Yorkshire Association of Installed Masters took place on Wednesday, 6th September, at Tapton Masonic Hall. Sadly by its own standards, there was a modest attendance and whilst there were members of other Associations present none of the senior figures from the other three Associations were in evidence, very disappointing when the raison d’être of the Associations is to foster visiting.
The Meeting was formally opened by the President, Worshipful Brother Alex Geddes who welcomed the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles G.M.R.A.C. together with the Assistant Provincial Grand Master Dr. Rod Taylor. W. Bro. Alex then delivered his report saying that he had thoroughly enjoyed hi year and thanked the Brethren of the Association for their support and particularly the Secretary, Worshipful Brother Mike Nowell and his team. W. Bro Alex had been particularly pleased with the success of the Gala Dinner and Ball which also celebrated his golden wedding anniversary.
W.Bro. Mike Nowell then gave his Secretary’s report, emphasising that whilst the events had been well attended, it was generally the same people and we must endeavour to encourage more of our Brethren to become involved, another 30 couples would make a world of difference. He also stated that it was his intention, having completed 7 years as Secretary, to relinquish the appointment upon the completion of 10 years so providing thought to be given to a successor… It crossed my mind that all this was a bit presumptuous, how does he know we would continue to vote him in at the next two meetings!!!
The President then invested his successor, wishing him a very happy and successful year in Office, the new Team being;
President, W .Bro. Matthew Brelsford, Aire Ferry Lodge
Senior Vice President, W. Bro. Chris Watson, Britannia Lodge,
Junior Vice President, W. Bro. Alan Corbridge, Integrity Lodge.
W.Bro.Mike Nowell, upon a proposition was duly confirmed as Secretary for another year, with Brother Steven Hides as Treasurer.
In his address the Provincial Grand Master. Began by congratulating W.Bro. Matthew and the rest of the team upon their appointments, with a particular reference to the Secretary, W.Bro. Michael Nowell for all his efforts and he wished them all a happy and successful year. He then reminded us all that there now was a new Team at the head of the Grand lodge of Mark Master Masons who will be looking for our continued support. This applies to the Mark Benevolent Fund with a major spend to renew 52 Ambulances and support vehicles for St John Ambulance. A new Royal Ark Mariner Lodge is to be consecrated, based at Thornfield house in Morley; it will be moored to the Rugby League Mark Lodge, established in the Province of East Lancashire.
Notes for your diaries;
Saturday 7th October: Provincial Grand Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners meeting held under the banner of the Carl Whitehead Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 110, Tapton Hall.
Ladies Sunday Lunch Greenhead Masonic Hall Sunday 29th October.
Evenings at Pontefract Masonic Hall with W. Bro. John Whitworth, 28th Oct. and 4thNov.
Xmas Fayre, Greenhead Masonic Hall, Sunday, 26th November
Second Northern Masonic Variety Show, Bradford Grammar School, Saturday 14th April 2018
Barbecue, Bankfield Hotel, Shipley Sunday 5th August 2018.
Annual Meeting S.Y.A.I.M Wednesday, 5th September 2018
Gala Ball, Bankfield Hotel Shipley, Saturday, 1st December 2018
Also mentioned was the Annual Carol Service that will again be held at Brighouse Methodist Church on Sunday, 10th December.
Much to keep you occupied and entertained over the next year, What a joy to be a Mark Master Mason but particularly in West Yorkshire, Smile and be happy.
Bro. Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.