ANTIENT, FREE, AND ACCEPTED MASONS OF IRELAND
COMMUNICATION - SATURDAY 2nd MARCH, 2002
THE ROCHESTOWN PARK HOTEL, CORK
M.W. Grand Master
Eric N. Waller, on the Throne
R. W. Deputy Grand Master
R.W. Senior Grand Warden
R. Stanley Johnston
As R.W. Junior Grand
Harvey F.J. Heavener
R.W. Grand Treasurer
Charles W. Olden
R.W. Grand Registrar
Arthur D.S. Moran
R.W. Grand Secretary
Michael W. Walker
R.W. Senior Grand Chaplain
Ven. E. Brian Snow
R.W. Junior Grand Chaplain
Very Rev. Philip J. Knowles
V.W. Senior Grand Deacon
Allen G. Megarry
V.W. Junior Grand Deacon
V.W. Grand Superintendent
of Works David T.
V.W. Grand Director of
Cecil D. Burns
V.W. Assistant Grand
D. Barry Lyons
V.W. Assistant Grand
Michael R. McWilliam
V.W. Ass. Gnd Director of
Ceremonies Marcus O. Steenson
V.W. Grand Steward
Richard H. Gray
V.W. Grand Sword Bearer
William G. Manning
V.W. Grand Stewards of
Charles A. McCullough
Dennis R. Millen
V.W. Grand Almoners
Alan R.G.R. Patterson
William M. Lee
V.W. Grand Organist
John N. Rowden
V.W. Grand Lodge Standard
Winston C. Patterson
V. W. Grand Master's
Standard Bearer William
V.W. Grand Inner Guard
Alan R. Crowe
There were also present:- M.W. Brother the Most Hon. the
Marquess of Donegall, Past Grand Master; R.W. Brother R. Eric Fenelon, Past
Deputy Grand Master; the Provincial Grand Masters of Armagh, North Connaught,
South Connaught, Londonderry & Donegal, Midland Counties, Munster, North
Munster, South Eastern and Wicklow & Wexford; the Provincial Deputy Grand
Masters of North Connaught, Londonderry & Donegal, Munster, North Munster,
South Eastern, Tyrone & Fermanagh and Wicklow & Wexford; the Provincial
Grand Master of Bedfordshire (EC) R.W. Brother Martin Foss; R.W. Brothers James
E. Weir and Daniel B. Fincher, Past Senior Grand Wardens; R.W. Brother Rt. Rev.
Samuel G. Poyntz, Past Senior Grand Chaplain; R.W. Brother Rev. W. Warren
Porter, Past Junior Grand Chaplain; V.W. Brothers Arthur T. Pollock, William G.
McElwaine, Leslie V. Johnston, R. Patrick J. Wharton, John R. Hadden, Ralph D.
Seligman and Arnold J. Cooke, Past Grand Deacons; V.W. Brother Michael R.
Bicknell, Past Grand Director of Ceremonies; V.W. Brother Arthur W. White, Past
Grand Steward of Charities; V.W. Brothers Thomas W. Nicholson, Robert J. Hunter
and Donald H. Finlay, Past Grand Master's Standard Bearers; and R.W. Brother
Douglas Wakefield, Past Grand Representative.
SISTER CONSTITUTIONS REPRESENTED
The following Grand Lodges
were represented, England, Scotland, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia,
Prince Edward Island, New South Wales, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland,
Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts,
Nebraska, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, Gabon, Guinea, Madagascar,
Mali, South Africa, China and the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio.
APOLOGIES FOR NON-ATTENDANCE
Apologies for non-attendance
were received from:- the R. W. Assistant Grand Master; the R. W. Junior Grand
Warden; R.W. Brother Rev. Canon George N. Little, Junior Grand Chaplain; the
V.W. Assistant Grand Treasurer; V.W. Brother Samuel J. Patience, Grand Steward
of Charities; the V.W. Grand Secretary for Instruction and the V.W. Assistant
Grand Secretary for Instruction; the Provincial Grand Masters of Antrim, Down
and Tyrone & Fermanagh; R.W. Brothers T. Noel Bownes and John Greer, Past
Provincial Grand Masters; R.W. Brother Leslie G. Evans, Provincial Deputy Grand
Master of the Midlands; R.W. Brothers Ven. R. Clayton Stevenson, Rev. Canon R.H.
Bertram, Rev. Charles McCurdy, Rev. Walter Herron and Rev. Canon Kenneth W.
Cochrane, Past Junior Grand Chaplains; R.W. Brothers Alan S. Watt, Robert
Campbell, and W.W. Hughes, Past Senior Grand Wardens; V.W. Brothers Charles R.
Knipe, Gordon V. Bradshaw and Sq. Ldr. L.J.T. West, Honorary Past Grand Deacons;
V.W. Brothers Samuel H. Boyle, William J. Johnston, J. Ardle Agnew and Trevor
Monteith, Past Grand Stewards of Charities; V.W. Brothers Cecil G. Oakes,
Bernard V.A. Woods and David A.R. Lovesy, Past Grand Almoners; V. W. Brothers
Thomas A.D. Martin, David M. Wright and Samuel A. Mackenzie, Past Grand Master's
Standard Bearers; and the Representatives of the Grand Lodges of Saskatchewan,
New Zealand, Austria, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway,
Spain, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, New
Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, the Prince Hall
Grand Lodge of Connecticut, El Salvador, Mexico (York), Grand Orient of Brazil,
Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast, Japan, the Philippines, the State of Israel, the
Dominican Republic and R.W. Brothers T.G. Anderson and R.J.H. Scott, Past Grand
WELCOME BY THE PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER
Grand Lodge being opened, R.W.
Brother C. Edward Fleury, Provincial Grand Master of Munster, welcomed the Grand
Master, Grand Officers and Brethren to the Province of Munster which was
celebrating its 275th Anniversary just one year late because this
Communication of Grand Lodge had to be cancelled in 2001 due to the outbreak of
Foot & Mouth Disease. The Provincial Grand Master outlined the history of
the Province and said how pleased they were to be hosting this Communication of
Following his reply thanking
the Provincial Grand Master and Brethren of Munster, the Grand Master referred
to the recent deaths of R.W. Brothers George F.I Geoffroy and Edward Keag, Past
Representatives of the Grand Lodges of Quebec and Indiana, respectively. The
memory of our departed distinguished Brethren was saluted in accordance with
On the proposal of the Senior
Grand Warden, seconded by the Junior Grand Warden, the Minutes of the November
22nd, December 6th and St. John's Day December 27th,
2001, Communications of Grand Lodge were confirmed and signed.
INSTALLATION OF NEW PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER OF MUNSTER
R. W. Brother Alan J.
Campbell, Provincial Grand Master Designate of Munster, being in attendance, the
Grand Director of Ceremonies formed a procession and presented him to the Grand
Master for Obligation, Investiture and Installation as Provincial Grand Master.
R.W. Brother Campbell's sponsors were R.W. Brother C. Edward Fleury and R.W.
Brother Charles W. Olden, Past Provincial Grand Masters of Munster. On placing
him in his chair, the Grand Master proclaimed R.W. Brother Alan J. Campbell as
follows, "Brethren, I hereby proclaim that, this day, R.W. Brother Alan J.
Campbell, a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, Provincial Deputy Grand
Master, has been duly obligated, invested and installed as R.W. Provincial Grand
Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Munster"; and he was saluted.
MOTION TO AMEND GRAND LODGE LAW NO. 7
A Motion to amend Grand Lodge
Law No. 7 to discontinue the St. John's Day December 27th Installation
Communication of Grand Lodge, which had been handed in at the December 6th
2001, Communication was considered and, on the proposal of the Deputy
Grand Master, the Motion was unanimously carried. The second sentence of Grand
Lodge Law No. 7 will therefore now read "The Grand Officers elected for the
ensuing year will be proclaimed and saluted at the December Stated Communication
of Grand Lodge, when the newly elected Officers of subordinate Lodges will be
submitted to Grand Lodge for approval".
INSTALLATION OF NEW PROVINCIAL
GRAND MASTER OF BERMUDA
R.W. Brother Ralph D.
Seligman, Honorary Past Grand Deacon and Past District Grand Master of the
Bahamas & Turks, (E.C.) being in attendance, the Grand Director of
Ceremonies formed a procession and presented him to the Grand Master for
Obligation, Investiture and Installation as Provincial Grand Master of Bermuda.
R.W. Brother Seligman's sponsors were R.W. Brothers Arthur D.S. Moran, Grand
Registrar and R. Eric Fenelon, Past Deputy Grand Master.
On placing him in his chair,
the Grand Master proclaimed R.W. Brother Seligman , as follows, "Brethren,
I hereby proclaim that, this day, R.W. Brother Ralph D. Seligman, Master of Arts
and Bachelor of Laws of the University of Dublin, Trinity College, one of Her
Majesty's Counsel, Past District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of the
Bahamas and Turks of the United Grand Lodge of England, an Honorary Past Grand
Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Ireland, has been duly obligated, invested and
installed as R.W. Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of
Bermuda"; and he was saluted.
INVESTITURE OF FOREIGN GRAND REPRESENTATIVES
The Grand Master presented
R.W. Brother George Dunlop, Deputy Grand Master, with his Patent of Appointment
and Grand Representative's jewel as the Representative of the Grand East of the
Netherlands at the Grand Lodge of Ireland. R.W. Brothers Gordon A. Thompson and
Leslie V. Johnston also being in attendance, the Grand Director of Ceremonies
formed a procession and presented them to the Grand Master for investiture and
presentation of their Patents of Appointment as Representatives of the National
Grand Lodge of Poland and the Grand Lodge of Gabon, respectively. The newly
invested Grand Representatives were conducted to their seats and were saluted.
GRAND LODGE LAW NO. 67 - PARAGRAPH 2
In accordance with the
Provisions of Grand Lodge Law No. 67 paragraph II, the Grand Secretary submitted
the list of Warrants surrendered and the names of Brethren expelled, suspended,
struck off and restored during the previous twelve months. The Grand Secretary
drew attention to the lengthy list of Brethren struck off for non-payment of
dues which seemed to be an annual event.
FREEMASONS OF IRELAND MEDICAL RESEARCH FUND
M.W. Brother Darwin H.
Templeton, Past Grand Master, having indicated his wish to resign as a Trustee
of the Freemasons of Ireland Medical Research Fund, Grand Lodge resolved to
accept his resignation in accordance with the terms of the Declaration of Trust.
TEN YEAR RULE SUSPENDED FOR CRAFT LODGES
On the proposal of R.W.
Brother Robert G. Quigley, Provincial Grand Master of Londonderry & Donegal,
seconded by R. W. Brother Geoffrey G. Ashton, Provincial Grand Master of North
Munster, Grand Lodge resolved, on the recommendation of the Grand Master's
Council, to suspend the Provisions of the Ten Year Rule concerning tenure of
Offices and appointments insofar as these apply to Craft Lodges.
REPORT OF THE GRAND LODGE BOARD OF GENERAL PURPOSES
A vacancy having arisen in the
Representation of the Grand Lodge of Idaho, the Board recommended that the name
of V.W. Brother Sydney C.A. Stephens, Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden of
Wicklow & Wexford, be sent forward for consideration by the Grand Lodge of
Idaho as a suitable Brother to act as their Grand Representative here.
Read letter from the Grande
Loge de Côte d'Ivoire submitting the name of Brother Emmanuel Djakoure as a
suitable Representative there. Recommended to Grand Lodge. Confirmed.
The Board considered a charge
of unmasonic conduct brought against Brother Joseph Irvine, a member of Lodge
No. 717, Ballinahinch, in that he was at Downpatrick Crown Court on June 27th,
2001, on his plea of guilty, convicted of 26 counts under the Protection of
Children (Northern Ireland) Order, 1978 and Offences against the Person Act of
1861 and one under the Criminal Attempts and Conspiracy (Northern Ireland) Order
1983. Read report thereon from the Provincial Grand Lodge Board of General
Purposes of Down which met to consider the matter on October 29th,
2001, finding that the charge of unmasonic conduct was proved and recommending
that Brother Joseph Irvine be expelled from the Masonic Order. The Grand Lodge
Board so recommended to Grand Lodge. Confirmed.
The Board considered a charge
of unmasonic conduct brought against V.W. Brother Isaak J.J. Botha of Lodge No.
323, Benoni, South Africa Northern, in that on November 16th 1999,
when acting as Director of Ceremonies, he interfered or tampered with the ballot
for an affiliate member and that he failed to carry out proper normal and
accepted procedures in the execution of the ballot. Read report thereon from the
Provincial Grand Lodge Board of General Purposes of South Africa Northern which
met to consider the matter on January 7th, 2002. The Provincial Grand
Lodge Board of General Purposes found that the charge was proven and recommended
that V.W. Brother Isaak J.J. Botha be suspended during the pleasure of Grand
Lodge. The Grand Lodge Board so recommended to Grand Lodge. Confirmed.
The Grand Secretary outlined the situation as obtaining
in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Bermuda and, in particular, in connection with
Hannibal Lodge No. 224. He reported that the matter was now hopefully near to
settlement and this had been greatly facilitated by the input of the Provincial
Grand Master Designate, R.W. Brother Ralph D. Seligman QC. Having considered the
matter, the Board agreed that if the terms of settlement were finalized and a
Consent Order signed and a Court Order issued that Grand Lodge would give final
approval at the March 2nd Communication so that matters could return
to normal in Bermuda; and Hannibal Lodge No. 224 could recommence meeting.
A copy of the Consent Order,
signed by the respective Attorneys for the Plaintiffs and the Defendants and by
a Judge of the Supreme Court of Bermuda, being to hand, Grand Lodge approved the
revocation of the Order suspending 17 Brethren of Hannibal Lodge as promulgated
on the 6th December, 1999, and agreed that the Brethren concerned be
restored to membership of Hannibal Lodge No. 224, in their former ranks and
seniority. It was further agreed that notice to this effect be posted on the
Grand Lodge website for a period. The newly installed Provincial Grand Master of
Bermuda indicated that he would be visiting his Province in early April when he
planned to preside at an Emergency Meeting of Hannibal Lodge so that matters
might return to normal at the earliest possible opportunity. ,
NOTICE OF MOTIONS
Grand Lodge Law No. 7 having
been amended, as previously recorded, the Grand Secretary handed in Notice of
Motions to amend Grand Lodge Laws Nos. 43, 119, 121 and 148 which were thereby
affected and also to amend Grand Lodge Laws Nos. 47 and 49 dealing with
procedure for the election of the Grand Master.
CONFERRAL OF HONORARY RANK
The Grand Master, with the concurrence of Grand Lodge,
conferred the following Honorary Rank:
Past Grand Director of Ceremonies
- V.W. Brother John G, Mitchell - Past Master of Lodge No. 32, Waterford, and
long-time Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies of the Provincial Grand Lodge,
GRAND MASTER'S COMMENTS
The Grand Master in his report
referred specifically and especially to the resolution of the problems in
Bermuda and he thanked all concerned for their input in resolving the
difficulties saying that he hoped all this could now be put behind us and that
we should go forward, looking to the future, in Peace, Love and Harmony and
without rancour. The Grand Master indicated that he wished this matter to be
recorded on the Grand Lodge website and he asked the Web Master, V.W. Brother
Richard Gray, Grand Steward, to arrange this.
The Grand Master also referred
to the recently introduced Grand Lodge News Sheet saying that he was very
pleased with the first edition and he hoped that subsequent editions would now
be issued with the notices for the Quarterly Communications of Grand Lodge and
be distributed widely.
Lastly, the Grand Master
referred to the work of his Grand Master's Council noting that a subcommittee
had now been formed to consider the whole matter of membership and hoping that,
in due course, this would have a positive effect.
THANKS TO ORGANIZING BRETHREN
The Grand Master thanked V.W.
Brother Wilfred Baker and all the many Brethren involved in helping with the
arrangements for the meeting, the forthcoming banquet and the preceding
reception and luncheon for Grand Officers at the Tuckey Street Masonic Hall.
The Charity Collection amounted to €1612.
GRAND LODGE CLOSED.
Later that evening a gathering of more than 400,
including Brethren, their Ladies, friends and relatives attended a most
enjoyable Celebratory Banquet in the Rochestown Park Hotel to mark the 275th
Anniversary of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Munster.