Lodge Enterprise No.400 – September 2016 Installation Meeting
Monday, 26th September 2016 was our Installation meeting and on this occasion Wor. Bro. Geoff Williams was re-installed as Worshipful Master with over 60 in attendance. Although it has been many years since his last term in the chair, Geoff appears to have taken a firm hold on the reins of the Lodge. I think I can safely say our Installation meeting was an unqualified success, and I would like to congratulate Wor Bro Arthur Rolph for his outstanding effort as Installing Master and the musicians for their excellent harmony. Of particular note, we had three Master Masons presenting the Working Tools to the new WM and they all were a credit to themselves.
The representative of the Most Wor Grand Master, Rt Wor Bro Alan Owen GJW was well supported by other Grand Lodge Officers and we had many visitors from lodges of the Newcastle and Hunter Valley area including a Fraternal Visitation from Lodge Port Stephens No.522. One special visitor was Bro Billy Baker from Lodge Laurel Wreath No. 149, Maryland USA.
Particular thanks must be extended to Gail Marshall and her assistants for again supplying us with a fine Installation Banquet. I am not sure what we are going to do without her in the future as she is moving to Tasmania in November. The Wor Master made a special presentation to the kitchen staff at the festive board, and offered sincere thanks to Gail for her invaluable assistance over the past few years.
The team of Lodge Officers supporting our new WM contains a couple of new faces and old faces in new positions: Wor Bro Arthur Rolph has moved directly to Director of Ceremonies, Very Wor Bro Warren Mitchell is our Senior Warden, Very Wor Bro Terry Holstein has taken up the important position of Junior Warden and Wor Bro Charlie Copas is going to guide our candidates around as Junior Deacon. Very Wor Bro Kevin Goodwin is moving inside the door at last from Tyler to be our new WM’s left hand man to act as IPM. Other new faces will be Bro Mark Wolff as our new Inner Guard and Bro Stephen Woolston our new Tyler. A combined team effort will see us through another successful year.
We are fortunate to now have two newly initiated Entered Apprentice Freemasons but we need to be actively looking for prospective candidates by promoting our belief in Freemasonry.