Our New Lodge Enterprise No.400
by V.Wor.Bro. Barry Stephenson, Wor. Master
Monday, 25th November, 2013 is the First or Consolidation meeting of the “New” Lodge Enterprise 400. It marks the start of a new era for all members of both Lodge Enterprise 400 and Lodge Friendship 158 who will now meet together on the 4th Monday of each month (except December).
There will of course be a transition period where we have to establish new and different ways of doing things which might have been considered ‘traditional’ in the past. All members will have to co-operate and assist in the new procedures both within the Lodge room and elsewhere.
All current Lodge Enterprise office bearers will continue for 2013/14 with back-ups provided by former Lodge Friendship members. The renowned Enterprise Orchestra will also continue to impress.
Monday nights will be our new focus. The 4th Monday is meeting night and other Mondays will be available for practice nights or management meetings.
Instead of a New Year Meeting we will have a Robert Burns Night whose birthday was 25th January. Naturally haggis will still be on the menu. Anzac Day will be close to our April meeting night.
The Installation meeting will now be the 4th Monday in September instead of the 1st Wednesday in October, only about a week earlier.
We hope that our Sydney Visits will continue with The Leichhardt Lodge 133 into the future and the consolidation should not affect current arrangements.
Perhaps the most important new item is the New Lambton Masonic Centre previously under the control of Lodge Friendship and now to be managed by Lodge Enterprise. The current NLMC Management Committee has agreed to continue but obviously new members of this Committee will have to become involved to ensure the Centre is properly managed and maintained.
One aspect of the new Lodge Enterprise requiring development is the Social Club. With increased numbers and resources it is hoped that more social events can be organised involving both the ladies and families where appropriate. By selecting a suitable venue or event and giving plenty of notice, it should be possible to get sufficient attendance. If the event is successful, and all enjoyed themselves, a repeat would then more possible in the future.
Finally, it may take several months, even twelve months, for all the different aspects and matters to become established but Lodge Enterprise No.400 is looking forward to the future with confidence. New members, joining or affiliating, are always welcome as are our visitors.