4th October 2003

GRAND LODGE of ANTIENT, FREE AND ACCEPTED
MASONS OF
IRELAND

QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION
SATURDAY, 4th  OCTOBER, 2003
at
The Provincial Masonic Hall, Rosemary Street, Belfast

Present:‑

M.W. Grand Master

Eric N. Waller, on the Throne

R.W. Deputy Grand Master

George Dunlop

R. W. Assistant Grand Master

William Mawhinney

As R.W. Senior Grand Warden

Robert Campbell

R.W. Junior Grand Warden

Robert J. Thomson

R.W. Grand Treasurer

Charles W. Olden

R.W. Grand Secretary

Michael W. Walker

R. W. Grand Director of Ceremonies

Cecil D. Burns

R.W. Junior Grand Chaplain

The Rev. Canon George N. Little

V. W. Senior Grand Deacon

Richard H. Gray

V.W. Junior Grand Deacon

William G. Manning

V.W. Assistant Grand Secretary

Michael R. McWilliam

V.W. Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

Marcus O. Steenson

V.W. Grand Steward

Winston C. Patterson

V.W. Grand Sword Bearer

Alan R. Crowe

V.W. Grand Stewards of Charities

Charles A. McCullough

 

Samuel J. Patience

 

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 Bearer

Cecil P. Tilson

V.W. Grand Master's Standard Bearer

Peter D.G. Read

V.W. Grand Inner Guard

Gordon Morrison

There were also present:‑ the Provincial Grand Masters of Antrim, Armagh, North Connaught, South Connaught, Londonderry & Donegal, North Munster, Tyrone & Fermanagh and Wicklow & Wexford; R.W. Brothers William J.E. Dukelow, T. Noel Bownes and John Greer, Past Provincial Grand Masters; the Provincial Deputy Grand Masters of Antrim, Armagh, North Connaught, Down, Londonderry & Donegal, Meath, North Munster, Tyrone & Fermanagh, Wicklow & Wexford and South Africa Northern; R.W. Brothers William E. Wood and Michael R. Bicknell, Past Grand Directors of Ceremonies; R.W. Brothers The Rev. Canon Richard H. Bertram, The Rev. Charles McCurdy, The Rev. Canon Kenneth W. Cochrane and The Rev. W. Warren Porter, Past Junior Grand Chaplains; V.W. Brothers R. Ian E. Wilson, Albert Topping, Leslie V. Johnston and John N. Millar, Past Grand Deacons; V.W. Brothers Charles R. Knipe and Mervyn W. Morrison, Honorary Past Grand Deacons; V.W. Brother Ralph B. McGuckin, Past Grand Superintendent of Works; V.W. Brothers James I.A. Davison, Trevor Monteith, William J. Johnston, J. Ardle Agnew and Andrew McFetridge, Past Grand Stewards of Charities; V.W. Brothers David A.R. Lovesy, Edward C.W. Smith and Victor Whyte, Past Grand Almoners; V.W. Brothers Dr. Norman Jackson, Robert J. Hunter and S. Gordon Leathern, Past Grand Master's Standard Bearers; and R.W. Brothers C. Bamford and Robert McAuley, Past Grand Representatives.

SISTER CONSTITUTIONS REPRESENTED

The following Grand Lodges were represented:‑ Scotland, Alberta, Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Victoria, Western Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Argentina, Grand Orient of Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Sao Paolo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Guinea, the Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, the Philippines, the State of Israel, the Dominican Republic and the Prince Hall Grand Lodges of Colorado and Ohio.

APOLOGIES FOR NON-ATTENDANCE

Apologies for non‑attendance were received from:- M.W. Brother Lord Donegall, Past Grand Master; R.W. Brother R. Eric Fenelon, Past Deputy Grand Master; the Provincial Grand Masters of Down, Meath, the Midlands, Munster and South Eastern; the Provincial Deputy Grand Masters of Antrim, Armagh and South Connaught; R.W. Brothers David McKee and Michael J. Ward, Past Grand Directors of Ceremonies; R.W. Brother The Rt. Rev. Samuel G. Poyntz, Past Senior Grand Chaplain; R.W. Brother The Rev. Walter Herron, Past Junior Grand Chaplain; V.W. Brother Arthur T. Pollock, Past Grand Deacon; V.W. Brothers Arnold J. Cooke, Gordon V. Bradshaw and Samuel H. Boyle, Honorary Past Grand Deacons; V.W. Brothers William W. Hughes, Arthur W. White and Herbert A. Walsh, Past Grand Stewards of Charities; V.W. Brother Bernard V.A. Woods, Past Grand Almoner; V.W. Brothers David M. Wright and Donald H. Finlay, Past Grand Master's Standard Bearers; the Representatives of the Grand Lodges of British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Tasmania, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Alpina of Switzerland, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Cuscatlan El Salvador; and R.W. Brothers Henry Robinson, Harold Ross, Norman Lush, Douglas Wakefield and Thomas G. Anderson, Past Grand Representatives.

OBITUARY

Grand Lodge being opened, the Grand Master referred to the recent deaths of R.W. Brother Reginald John Burton, Honorary Past Grand Deacon, and Past Provincial Assistant Grand Master of Zimbabwe; V.W. Brother Harold St.L. Taylor, Honorary Past Grand Deacon, South Africa Northern; and R.W. Brother Robert C.N. Johnson, Representative of the Grand Lodge of the State of Washington, whose memory was saluted.

WELCOME BY THE PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER OF ANTRIM

R.W. Brother Adam J. McKinley, Provincial Grand Master of Antrim, welcomed the Grand Master, Grand Officers and Members of Grand Lodge to the Province of Antrim on his own behalf and on behalf of the Province of Down whose Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Brother Robert J. Armstrong, was unavoidably absent. The Grand Master, in reply, thanked R.W. Brother McKinley for hi's welcome and indicated his regret that R.W. Brother Robert Armstrong could not be present as he was recovering from an operation.

MINUTES

It was proposed, seconded and passed unanimously that the Minutes of the Quarterly Stated Communication of Grand Lodge held on June 5th, 2003, as circulated, be taken as read, confirmed and signed.

INVESTITURE OF NEW GRAND REPRESENTATIVES

R.W. Brothers Alexander McL. Spiers, Robert G. Simpson, Robert Winters, Edward T. Preston, Victor Chambers and William C. Colhoun, being in attendance and having produced their Patents of Appointment, 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 Grand Lodges of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Minnesota, the Grand Orient of Brazil, Peru and Madagascar, respectively. The newly invested Grand Representatives were conducted to their seats and were saluted.

GRAND OFFICERS FOR 2004

The Grand Officers for 2004, as nominated by the Grand Lodge Board of General Purposes at the June Communication of Grand Lodge were elected, along with the Auditor of Grand Lodge accounts for the year 2003:-

M.W. Grand Master

Eric N. Waller

R.W. Senior Grand Warden.

Robert J. Thomson

R.W. Junior Grand Warden

John Greer Past Provincial Grand Master of North Connaught

R.W. Grand Treasurer

Charles W. Olden

R.W. Grand Registrar

Arthur D.S. Moran

R.W. Grand Director of Ceremonies

Cecil D. Burns

R.W. Senior Grand Chaplain

The Rev. Canon George N. Little Past Junior Grand Chaplain

R.W. Junior Grand Chaplains

The Ven. John G. Murray Archdeacon of Cashel & Ossory

 

The Rev. Selwoode Graham Provincial Grand Chaplain, Londonderry & Donegal

V.W. Senior Grand Deacon

Winston C. Patterson

V.W. Junior Grand Deacon

Alan R. Crowe

V.W. Grand Superintendent of Works

David T. Young

V.W. Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

Marcus O. Steenson

V.W. Grand Steward

Cecil P. Tilson

V.W. Grand Sword Bearer

Gordon Morrison

V.W. Grand Stewards of Charities

Roger Matthews Past Master of Lodge No. 760

 

Robert Bankhead Past Master of Lodge No. 754

 

Robert T. McCaffrey Past Master of Lodge No. 334

V.W. Grand Almoners

Alan R.G.R. Patterson

 

William M. Lee

V.W. Grand Organist

John N. Rowden

V.W. Grand Lodge Standard Bearer

Kenneth Abernethy Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden,Down

V.W. Grand Inner Guard

Robert J. Robinson Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden,Armagh

W. Brother Peter H. Mullock, F.C.A. Past Master of Lodge No. 395, Dublin, was elected Auditor of the Grand Lodge Accounts for the year 2003.

Immediately following his election, the Grand Master announced that he was re-appointing R.W. Brother George Dunlop as his Deputy Grand Master; R.W. Brother William Mawhinney as his Assistant Grand Master; and W. Brother Samuel W.J. Craig, a Past Master of Richhill Lodge No. 328, as his Standard Bearer for 2004. The Grand Master's announcement was greeted with acclamation.

MOTION TO AMEND GRAND LODGE LAW NO. 163

Grand Lodge approved a Motion, notice of which was handed in at Grand Lodge in June 2003, in the name of the Grand Lodge Board of General Purposes, to amend Grand Lodge Law No. 163 to upgrade the precedence of Provincial Grand Directors of Ceremonies to keep them in line with the Grand Director of Ceremonies following the amendment to Grand Lodge Law No. 5, by inserting in line 19, after the word "Secretaries" the words "Directors of Ceremonies".

REPORT OF THE GRAND LODGE BOARD OF GENERAL PURPOSES

The Board noted with regret, for reporting to Grand Lodge, the return of the Warrants of Lodges Nos. 207 and 880, The Mount.

Vacancies having arisen in the Representations of the Grand Lodges of India, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Norway and Venezuela the Board recommended that the names of R.W. Brother William Mawhinney, W. Brother Robert E. Patterson, V.W. Brother R. Victor Whyte, V.W. Brother William J. Johnston and W. Brother Thomas H. Beattie, respectively, be sent forward for consideration by the above-mentioned Grand Lodges as suitable Brethren to act as their Grand Representatives here. Recommended to Grand Lodge. Confirmed.

Read letter from the National Grand Lodge of Denmark, submitting the name of R.W. Brother Jens E. Lassen, Grand Chancellor, as a suitable Brother to act as our Grand Representative there. Recommended to Grand Lodge. Confirmed.

Read letter from the National Grand Lodge of Iceland, submitting the name of R.W. Brother Thordur Oskarsson, Grand Secretary, as a suitable Brother to act as our Grand Representative there. Recommended to Grand Lodge. Confirmed.

Read letter from the Grand Lodge of Kansas, submitting the name of Brother Christopher D. Tomlinson as a suitable Brother to act as our Grand Representative there. Recommended to Grand Lodge. Confirmed.

The Board considered a request for the suspension imposed on a Brother of Lodge No. 323, Benoni, South Africa Northern, in March 2002, to be lifted. Recommended to Grand Lodge. Confirmed.

The Board considered a request for dispensation under the terms of Grand Lodge Law No. 118, submitted by Lodge No. 1003, Dublin. Recommended to Grand Lodge. Confirmed.

The Board considered a charge of unmasonic conduct brought against Brother Joseph McCready of Lodge No. 203, Magherally, and Brother Gilbert Beck of Loyal Blue Lodge No. 119, Banbridge, in that they were both accused of stealing alcohol and/or money from the Banbridge and District Masonic Social Club. Following a letter dated February 17th, 2003, from the Banbridge Masonic Institute, advising the Provincial Grand Lodge of Down that the two Brethren had both accepted Adult Cautions from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Provincial Grand Lodge Board of General Purposes met on the 9th April, 2003, to consider the case. Read report thereon from the Provincial Grand Lodge Board, recommending that Brothers McCready and Beck both be expelled. The Board so recommended to Grand Lodge. Confirmed.

The Board considered a charge of unmasonic conduct brought against W. Brother Howard A.D. Reid of Tyre Lodge No. 724, Newtownards, in that he had been convicted on eight counts of making indecent photographs of children contrary to the Protection of Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 and sentenced to three years imprisonment, suspended for eighteen months. Read report thereon from the Provincial Grand Lodge Board of General Purposes recommending the expulsion of Brother Reid. The Board so recommended to Grand Lodge. Confirmed.

The Board considered a charge of unmasonic conduct brought against W. Brother Herbert Grant of Ulster Star Lodge No. 133, Comber, in that the Lodge charged the named Brother with misappropriation of Lodge funds. The Provincial Grand Lodge Board met on the 4th September, 2003, to consider the case. Brother Grant did not attend the hearing but copies of correspondence from him were read to the meeting. Following deliberation the Provincial Grand Lodge Board recommended that Brother Grant be expelled. Recommended to Grand Lodge. Confirmed.

The Board considered a request to extend the boundaries of the Province of Jamaica to include the Bahamas now that Providence Lodge No. 928, will be constituted in November, 2003. Local Brethren from all Constitutions were in favour of this move. The Board recommended approval. Confirmed.

ELECTION OF THE BOARDS OF MANAGEMENT OF THE BENEVOLENT INSTITUTIONS

Grand Lodge approved the election of the Brethren, as nominated by the Grand Lodge Board of General Purposes, to form the Boards of Management of the following Masonic Benevolent Institutions:-

The Management Committee of the Masonic Girls Benefit Fund in accordance with paragraph 4(d) of the Scheme for the Regulation of the Charity.

B. Bradshaw

R. Mark

P. Mullock

W.T. Brown

D. McNulty

J.W. Patching

S.J.P. Holt

I. Miller

D.H. Weir

The Management Committee of the Masonic Boys Benefit Fund in accordance with paragraph 4(d) of the Scheme for the Regulation of the Charity.

T.H. Beattie

G.E.J. Field

Rev. E. Hunter

T. Monteith

J. Bell

D.H. Finlay

L. Johnston

T.A. Wilson

R. Ensor

G.F. Ginnelly

D.J. McIntyre

L.N. Woods

L.G. Evans

E.G. Hodgett

T. McNeill

 

The Board of Governors of the Victoria Jubilee Masonic Benevolent Fund in accordance with Rule 3(b).

W.T.H. Balmer

I. Gawley

D.R. Millen

W.W.T. Shortland

A. Barklie

R. Gordon

JR.P. Mitchell

K. Spring

W. Dickson

N. Humes

J.W. Nicholson

J. Stanley

N. Fenton

J. Kelly

R.J. Patterson

R.V. Whyte

J. Finkel

N. McElwee

R.W.J. Robertson

D. Williams

 

The Board of the Masonic Welfare Fund.

D. Atkinson

R.R. Gyles

B. O'Byrne

A. Treadwell

D. Benson

J.R. Hadden

A.R.G.R. Patterson

D.C. Webster

J. Crowley

W.J. Johnston

C.E. Ruttle

S. Weafer

J.I.A. Davison

T.C.B. McBain

W.W.T. Shortland

J.F. Wood

B.A. Eve

D.R. Millen

J. Strong

 

GRAND LODGE OF INSTRUCTION

Grand Lodge approved the election as members of the Grand Lodge of Instruction of V.W. Brother James Gilchrist, Past Master of Lodge No. 659, Belfast; and V.W. Brother John A. McKay, Past Master of Lodge No. 940, Coleraine.

NOTICE OF MOTIONS

The Grand Treasurer handed in Notice of Motions to subscribe 2,500 to the Masonic Charities under the Provisions of Grand Lodge Law No. 29; and to increase the Grand Lodge dues from E22.50 to 25 as from January 15th, 2004.

CONFERRAL OF HONORARY GRAND RANK

The Grand Master with the concurrence of Grand Lodge conferred the following Honorary Ranks:

Past Junior Grand Warden

R. W. Bro. Ralph D. Seligman

Past Provincial Grand Master of Bermuda, Honorary Past Grand Deacon

Past Grand Deacon

V. W. Bro. Wyndham G. Morgans

Provincial Grand Master, Southern Cape.

V.W. Bro. Derrick V. McKoy

Provincial Grand Master, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

V.W. Bro. Sitansu B. Chatterjee

on promotion from Past Grand Steward, India

V. W. Bro. Rabindra N. Mitra

on promotion from Past Grand Steward, India

V.W. Bro. William A. Ramsden

on promotion from Past Grand Steward, Natal

Past Grand Steward

V.W. Bro. Dr. Dant C. Anath

Past Master of Lodge No. 925, Mauritius

V.W. Bro. Lindsay Descombes

Past Senior Grand Warden, GLNF, Mauritius

V.W. Bro. Dr. Ram Bhageerutty

Past District Junior Gd. Deacon, Transvaal, (UGLE) Mauritius

V.W. Bro. Arnold B. Walton

on promotion from ODGR, Adelaide.

V.W. Bro. Arthur W.J. Wood

Provincial Grand Warden, Zimbabwe

V.W. Bro. Mario Vella Gatt

on promotion from ODGR, Malta.

V.W. Bro. Benjamin Muscat

on promotion from ODGR, Malta.

The Grand Master indicated that, in addition to the names already put forward, he wished to add his personal recommendation for the conferral of the Honorary Grand Rank of Past Grand Steward of Charities on W. Brother Trevor Morrow, Past Chairman of the Victoria Jubilee Masonic Benevolent Fund, whose years of diligent work on that Committee had led to the present very satisfactory situation with regard to the treatment of, and help provided for, our widows and distressed Brethren. Grand Lodge approved the Grand Master's recommendation with acclamation.

REPORTS ON THE MASONIC CHARITIES

R.W. Brother William W.T. Shortland reported on the work of the Victoria Jubilee Masonic Benevolent Fund and the Masonic Welfare Fund; R.W. Brother Leslie Johnston reported on the work of the Masonic Girls Benefit Fund and the Masonic Boys Benefit Fund; R.W. Brother Cecil P. Tilson reported on the work of Masonic Havens Limited; and R. W. Brother Dennis R. Millen reported on the final distribution of monies collected under the Grand Master's Millennium Fund. The reports of all four Brethren will be printed in the Annual Report of Grand Lodge for the year 2003.

REPORT BY THE GRAND MASTER

The Grand Master, in his personal report to Grand Lodge, thanked the Brethren who had reported on the Masonic Benevolent Institutions, remarking that these Funds were in good order and he wished them well in their important and valuable work. The Grand Master regretted that consideration of proposals concerning the operation of the Funds had been somewhat delayed through the unfortunate indisposition of R.W. Brother Sam Boyle but he hoped and expected that Brother Boyle would soon be able to resume the remit, as his appointee, to oversee direction of the Masonic Charities and that progress would recommence.

The Grand Master went on to outline to the Brethren his attendance at various functions since his report in June covering such items as the Round Ireland Tractor Run in support of charity, the Press release by the Police Service of Northern Ireland with regard to registration of notifiable organizations, the Masonic Golf Competition, his visit to the Provincial Grand Lodge of North Munster which meeting had been held in the almost completed new Masonic Centre there, the Constitution by him of Oracle Lodge No. 1003, in Dublin only two days before and his making himself available to the media including the BBC Talk Back Show and the Press on the previous day. The Grand Master ended his report by thanking the Provincial Grand Master for allowing him to use his office for the media meetings on the day before and he encouraged the Brethren to attend the Installation Communication of Grand Lodge to be held at 12 noon in Freemasons' Hall, Dublin, on Saturday December 6th.

The Grand Master welcomed in particular, R.W. Brother Cecil F.M. Bates, Provincial Deputy Grand Master, South Africa Northern, to this meeting of Grand Lodge and R.W. Brother Bates, in reply, conveyed the greetings and loyalty of the Brethren in the Province of South Africa Northern.

THANKS TO ORGANIZING BRETHREN

The Grand Master thanked V.W. Brother John L. Frazer, Provincial Grand Secretary, and the many Brethren involved in helping with the arrangements for lunch and this meeting of Grand Lodge.

DONATION TO THE MASONIC BENEVOLENT INSTITUTIONS

The Grand Secretary reported that he had received a cheque for 250 from W. Brother David O. Donaldson, Chairman of the Masonic Bowling Association, for application to the Masonic Benevolent Institutions. This was the second half of the Masonic Bowling Association's contribution to the Charities, the first and equal moiety having been presented via Supreme Grand Chapter two weeks earlier.

CHARITY COLLECTION

The Charity Collection amounted to 996.

Grand Lodge closed.