The 52nd Annual General Meeting of the Association took place on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 at the Masonic Hall, Slaithwaite with 38 Members and guests present, a 33% increase on last year.
A most delicious 3 course meal of Pate, Lasagne and salad followed by Crumble was eagerly despatched by the assembled company, just proves ‘tha cant ge wrong in Slawit’. The Meeting was formally opened by the President, Worshipful Brother Andrew Daly who thanked all for their attendance particularly as the room was full, he could not have entertained more. He had enjoyed an excellent year with numerous visits stressing that encouraging visiting was the raison d’être of the Association. He paid tribute to the hard work of 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. The point was properly made that you will only get something worthwhile out if you put something in, therefore visit and you will find you will have visitors.
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. John Madigan, Dartmouth Lodge
Senior Vice President, W. Bro. John Davis, Dewsbury Lodge
Junior Vice President W. Bro, Stephen Spooner, Peace Lodge
Bro. Graham Pearce, upon a proposition was duly confirmed as Secretary for another year, as was W. Bro. Bev Heywood, as Treasurer.
The President gave notice of the visits and events which will be detailed in the Association Calendar which, hopefully, will be to hand shortly but I can confirm that a Sunday Lunch will be held at Slaithwaite on 2 April 2017. He also acknowledged that the Huddersfield, Halifax and Districts Installed Masters Association does not have its own Constitution and that he intends to form a Committee to remedy in the next 12 months. R.W. Bro. Steggles pointed out that both Leeds and the South Yorkshire Associations already possess the document and suggested that they be contacted for assistance. Incidentally, a big disappointment that there were no representatives from any other Association present. Next year’s A.G.M. will be held at Dewsbury Masonic Hall on the 24 April 2017, the Monday after Provincial Grand Lodge, good timing.
The Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles G. M.R.A.C., who was accompanied by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Richard Boswell Puttrell and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Dr. Rod Taylor, then addressed the meeting. In summary he congratulated the new President, W. Bro. John 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 mentioned with the Provincial Grand Master reminding all that it is a prime responsibility of a Masters in the Chair to represent their Lodge not only around the Installed Masters Association, but also the Province and the Annual General Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge of West Yorkshire to be held at Bradford on Saturday, 22 April 2017. Perhaps they could also be joined by their Senior and Junior Wardens; I nurture the hope that if I say this enough times that there will be a significantly higher response in 2017.
Note for your diaries;
- Carl Whitehead Royal Ark Mariner Lodge No. 110 Installation 14/5;
- Provincial Sunday Lunches to mark the Festival, 15/5 at Consort Suite Rotherham and25/10 at Greenhead Masonic Hall;
- Xmas Fayre 27/11 Greenhead Masonic Hall and
- Annual carol Service 11/12 at Brighouse Methodist Church.
A most enjoyable evening. Smile and be happy.
W.Bro. D Smith, P.S.G.D.