December 2005

GRAND LODGE
of
ANTIENT, FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS OF IRELAND

QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION ‑ THURSDAY 1st DECEMBER, 2005
at
Freemasons' Hall, Dublin

Present:‑

M.W. Grand Master

Eric N. Waller, on the Throne

R.W. Deputy Grand Master

George Dunlop

As R.W. Senior Grand Warden

Charles W. Olden

R.W. Junior Grand Warden

T. Noel Bownes

R.W. Grand Treasurer

Charles W. Olden

R.W. Grand Registrar

Arthur D.S. Moran

R.W. Grand Secretary

D. Barry Lyons

R.W. Senior Grand Chaplain

The Rev. Canon George N. Little

R.W. Junior Grand Chaplains

The Ven. John G. Murray

 

The Rev. Selwoode Graham

VW. Senior Grand Deacon

Cecil Tilson

VW. Junior Grand Deacon

Gordon Morrison

VW. Grand Superintendent of Works

David T. Young

VW. Grand Steward

Kenneth Abernethy

VW. Grand Sword Bearer

Robert J. Robinson

V. W. Grand Stewards of Charities

Roger Matthews

 

Robert Bankhead

 

Robert T. McCaffrey

VW. Grand Almoner

William T. H. Balmer

VW. Grand Organist

John N. Rowden

VW. Grand Lodge Standard Bearer

Frank R. L. Arnold

VW. Grand Masters Standard Bearer

Brian Kearon

VW. Grand Inner Guard

John L. Frazer

VW. Grand Secretary for Instruction

Michael J. Ward

VW. Assistant Grand Secretary for Instruction

Robert J. Armstrong

 

There were also present:‑ the Provincial Grand Masters of Antrim, Armagh, North Connaught, South Connaught, Down, Londonderry & Donegal, Meath, the Midland Counties, Munster, North Munster, South Eastern, Tyrone & Fermanagh and Wicklow & Wexford; the Provincial Deputy Grand Masters of Antrim, Armagh, North Connaught, South Connaught, Down, Londonderry & Donegal, Meath, Munster, North Munster, Tyrone & Fermanagh and Wicklow & Wexford; the Provincial Grand Inspector for Gibraltar; R.W. Brother R. Stanley Johnston, Past Senior Grand Warden; R.W. Brother Michael W. Walker, Past Grand Secretary; R.W. Brother Allen G. Megarry, Past Grand Director of Ceremonies; R.W. Brothers the Rev. Canon Richard H. Bertram, the Rev. Charles McCurdy and the Rev. W. Warren Porter, Past Junior Grand Chaplains; R.W. Brother J. Kenneth Dunne, Past Provincial Grand Master; R.W. Brother Cyril R. Foster, Past Provincial Deputy Grand Master; VW. Brother Ralph B. McGuckin, Past Grand Superintendent of Works; VW. Brothers Terence O. Read, Leslie V. Johnston, J. Noel Millar and Norman Humes, Past Grand Deacons; VW. Brothers Arnold J. Cooke, Charles R. Knipe, Mervyn W. Morrison and Samuel H. Boyle, Honorary Past Grand Deacons; VW. Brother Cecil Taylor, Past Assistant Grand Treasurer; V.W. Brothers Charles A. McCullough, Samuel J. Patience, William J. Johnston and Dennis R. Millen, Past Grand Stewards of Charities; VW. Brothers Brian Sheridan and Samuel Scott, Honorary Past Grand Stewards; V.W. Brothers Bernard V.A. Woods, David A.R. Lovesy, Victor Whyte and Maurice W. Lee, Past Grand Almoners; and VW. Brother Norman Jackson, Past Grand Master's Standard Bearer.

SISTER CONSTITUTIONS REPRESENTED

The following Grand Lodges were represented:‑ Scotland, Alberta, British Columbia, Canada in Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Saskatchewan, New South Wales, Victoria, Austria, Belgium (Regular), Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Cuscatlan of El Salvador, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mato Grosso, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, South Africa, the Philippines and the Prince Hall Grand Lodges of Massachusetts and Ohio.

APOLOGIES FOR NON‑ATTENDANCE

Apologies for non‑attendance were received from:‑ the Assistant Grand Master; the R.W. Senior Grand Warden; the VW. Grand Almoner, Richard Ensor; R.W. Brothers Daniel B. Fincher, Robert J. Thomson and Robert Campbell, Past Senior Grand Wardens; R.W. Brother the Rt. Rev. Samuel G. Poyntz, Past Senior Grand Chaplain; R.W. Brothers the Rev. Canon Kenneth W. Cochrane and Philip J. Knowles, Past Junior Grand Chaplains; V.W. Brother Michael R. McWilliam, Past Assistant Grand Secretary; R.W. Brother W.W. Hughes, Past Provincial Grand Master; the R.W. Provincial Deputy Grand Master of the Midland Counties; R.W. Brother Thomas G. Anderson, Past Provincial Deputy Grand Master; V.W. Brothers Trevor Monteith, H.A. Walsh and Andrew McFetridge, Past Grand Stewards of Charities; V.W. Brother T.A. Derek Martin and Samuel A. Mackenzie, Past Grand Master's Standard Bearers; the Representatives of the Grand Lodges of New Zealand, Belgium, Croatia, Luxembourg, Yugoslavia, Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Costa Rica, BrazilGrand Orient, Peru, Venezuela, Guinea and R.W. Brothers Clarence Bamford, Harold Ross and Douglas Wakefield, Past Grand Representatives.

OBITUARY

Grand Lodge being opened, the Grand Master referred to the recent deaths of R.W. Brother Malcolm P. Banks, Representative of the Grand Lodge of Kansas; R.W. Bro. John A. Kuti, Hon. Past Grand Steward of Charities and V.W. Bro. Vincent B. Nyana, Hon. Past Grand Superintendent of Works. The memory of our departed distinguished Brethren was saluted

WELCOME BY THE GRAND MASTER

The Grand Master welcomed all Brethren attending Grand Lodge indicating he was aware that there were a number of Brethren unable to attend due to various circumstances including bereavement. He welcomed, in particular, two delegations of our Overseas Brethren led, respectively, by VW. Brother Austin Akosa, Provincial Grand Secretary, Nigeria and R.W. Brother Joseph Chiara, Grand Inspector, Gibraltar. He also welcomed W. Bro. Frederick K. Ansah, Ghana.

MINUTES

On the proposal of the Senior Grand Warden, seconded by the R.W. Junior Grand Warden, the Minutes of the October l". Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge, which had been circulated, were taken as read, approved and signed.

INSTALLATION OF THE GRAND OFFICERS FOR 2006 The Grand Master, M. W. Brother Eric N. Waller, was proclaimed and saluted. The Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Brother George Dunlop, was proclaimed and saluted.

APPOINTMENT OF PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTERS AND INSPECTORS

The Grand Master announced that he was re‑appointing all Provincial Grand Masters and Grand Inspectors overseas, with the exception R.W. Bros. Adam McKinley, Antrim and Geoffrey Ashton, North Munster, both of whom were retiring after many years of excellent service to their respective Provinces. He would be installing their successors, R.W. Bros. John Dunlop and Hugh Milne, in the new year. The Grand Master also announced his appointment, in October last, of R.W. Bro. Brian Johnstone as Provincial Grand Master of Southern Cape Province, mentioning also his indebtedness to R.W. Bro. Wyndham Morgans, the previous incumbent.
The Provincial Grand Masters and Grand Inspectors were saluted.

INSTALLATION OF THE SENIOR GRAND WARDEN

The Grand Director of Ceremonies formed a procession and presented R.W. Brother T. Noel Bownes to the Grand Master for investiture as Senior Grand Warden. R.W. Brother Bownes was installed and was saluted.

INSTALLATION OF THE JUNIOR GRAND WARDEN

In like manner the Grand Master invested and installed R.W. Brother Charles R. Knipe, Hon. Past Grand Deacon, as Junior Grand Warden. R.W. Brother Knipe was conducted to his seat and was saluted.

INSTALLTION OF THE GRAND DIRECTOR OF CEREMONIES

The Grand Director of Ceremonies formed a procession and presented R.W. Bro. William J. Dyer, Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, to the Grand Master for investiture as Grand Director of Ceremonies. R.W. Bro. Dyer was conducted to his seat and was saluted.

INVESTUITURE OF THE GRAND OFFICERS

The following Brethren were then invested or proclaimed, and saluted, as the Grand Officers for 2006:

 

R.W. Grand Treasurer

Charles W. Olden

 

R.W. Grand Registrar

Arthur D.S. Moran

 

R.W. Grand Secretary

D. Barry Lyons

 

R.W. Senior Grand Chaplain

The Rev. Canon George N. Little

 

R.W. Junior Grand Chaplains

The Ven. Archdeacon John G. Murray

 

 

The Rev. Selwoode Graham

 

VW. Senior Grand Deacon

Kenneth Abernethy

 

VW. Junior Grand Deacon

Robert J. Robinson

 

V.W. Grand Superintendent of Works

David T. Young

VW. Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

Ivan A. Meldrum

 

VW. Grand Steward

Frank Arnold

 

VW. Grand Sword Bearer

John L. Frazer

 

VW. Grand Steward of Charities

Dennis R. Millen

 

VW. Grand Almoners

Richard Ensor

 

 

William T.H. Balmer

 

VW. Grand Organist

John N. Rowden

 

VW. Grand Lodge Standard Bearer

Noel A. Drain

 

V.W. Grand Inner Guard

Rodney L. McCurley

 

 

R.W. Brother Cecil D. Bums -

Past Grand Director of Ceremonies

 

VW. Brother Cecil Tilson -

Past Senior Grand Deacon

 

VW. Brother Gordon Morrison -

Past Junior Grand Deacon

 

VW. Brother Roger Matthews -

Past Grand Steward of Charities

 

VW. Brother Robert Bankhead -

Past Grand Steward of Charities

 

VW. Brother Robert T. McCaffrey -

Past Grand Steward of Charities

 

VW. Brother Brian Kearon -

Past Grand Master's Standard Bearer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INVESTITURE OF FOREIGN GRAND REPRESENTATIVES

R.W. Bros. M.O. Steenson, P.C. Stewart, M.W. Walker, W. Barnett, G. Topping and P.S. Grosse 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 as Representatives of The Grand Lodges of Spain, Lithuania, Malta, Massachusetts and Michigan and of the State Grand Lodge of Mato Grosso, respectively.

The newly invested Grand Representatives were conducted to their seats and were saluted along with the Representatives of all Foreign Grand Lodges with which the Grand Lodge of Ireland is in amity.

PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES OF PAST GRAND RANK

The following Brethren were then presented to the Grand Master for presentation with their Certificates of Past Grand Rank:

INVESTITURE OF ASSISTANT GRAND INSPECTOR

The Grand Director of Ceremonies formed a procession and presented VW. Brother John Bugeja to the Grand Master for investing as Assistant Grand Inspector for Gibraltar. VW. Brother Bugeja was conducted to his seat and was saluted.

CHARITY MOTION

The Grand Treasurer, R.W. Brother Charles W. Olden, proposed a Motion that Grand Lodge make a donation of 3000 to the Masonic Benevolent Institutions. The Motion was passed unanimously.

ANNUAL RETURNS OF OFFICERS OF SUBORDINATE LODGES

The Grand Secretary submitted the Returns of Officers of subordinate Lodges and the names of Representatives on the Grand Lodge and Metropolitan Boards of General Purposes, for approval, confirming that eleven Annual Returns were outstanding and that the remainder had been checked and found to be correct. Grand Lodge approved the Returns and empowered the Grand Secretary to issue Leave to Install to the outstanding eleven Lodges providing the Annual Returns were submitted, found to be correct, and that all dues and fees had been paid by the end of December..

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. 266, Ballymacarrett; 433, Ballymacarrett; 752, The Mount; and 159, South Africa Northern.

The Board agreed to the amalgamation of St. George's Lodge No. 166, Belfast and Kinahan Lodge No. 229, Arthur Square.

A vacancy having arisen in the Representation of the Grand Lodge of Iceland, the Board recommended that the name of W. Bro. John Bonner, PM of Lodge 87, The Mount, be sent forward to the Grand Lodge of Iceland, as being a suitable Brother to act as their Grand Representative here. Confirmed.

A vacancy having arisen in the Representation of the Grand Lodge of Estonia, the Board recommended that the name of W. Bro. James Jones, PM of Lodge No. 812, Crawfordsburn, be sent forward to the Grand Lodge of Estonia, as being a suitable Brother to act as their Grand Representative here. Confirmed.

Read letter from the Grand Loge Nationale Francaise, submitting the name of R.W. Bro. JeanClaude Tardivat, Assistant Grand Master, as a suitable Brother to act as our Grand Representative there. Recommended to Grand Lodge. Confirmed.

The Board considered requests for dispensations, under the terms of Grand Lodge Law No. 118, as submitted by Lodges Nos. 6, 25, 124, 488, 877, 933 and 2000 (Internet). It also considered a request for dispensation under Grand Lodge Law No. 123 submitted by Lodge No. 918, Gaborone. On consideration of these and receiving explanations thereon, the Board recommended that Grand Lodge grant the requested dispensations in each case. Confirmed.

GRAND LODGE CHARITY GRANT

Read report from the Grand Lodge Committee of Charity recommending a grant of 700 to the wife of a Brother of Garrison Lodge No. 730, Dublin, the Committee having already awarded her the maximum permissible of 500. Confirmed.

THE GRAND MASTER'S ANNUAL REPORT

The Grand Master then presented his Annual Report on the progress of Irish Freemasonry during 2005 including his plans for the coming year. The Grand Master's address was greeted with acclamation and will be printed in full in the Annual Report of Grand Lodge for the year 2005.

CONFERRAL OF HONORARY RANKS

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

Past Grand Deacon

V.W. Bro. Derrick E.W. Chivers         ‑               On promotion.

 

Past Grand Steward

V.W. Bro. Dusan Kermavner              ‑               Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden

V.W. Bro. Dilip T. Desai      ‑                               Provincial Director of Ceremonies

V.W. Bro. Manhar Patel      ‑                               Provincial Grand Secretary

W. Bro. Glendall Phillips     ‑                               Provincial Grand Treasurer, Bermuda.

 

Overseas District Grand Rank

W. Bro. Timothy P. Morton               ‑               Past Master of Kgale Lodge No. 918, Botswana

CHARITY COLLECTION

The Grand Master announced that he was donating the Charity Collection between the two organisations Arthritis Ireland, Dublin and Arthritis Research Campaign, Belfast. The Charity Collection amounted to 1,240.

GRAND LODGE CLOSED

Grand Lodge Closed, following which some 100 Brethren lunched in Freemasons' Hall, where the Deputy Grand Master proposed a toast to the health of the Grand Master.