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December 2006

GRAND LODGE
of
ANTIENT, FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS OF IRELAND

ST. JOHN'S DAY COMMUNICATION ‑ WEDNESDAY 27th DECEMBER, 2006
at
FREEMASONS' HALL, DUBLIN 

Present:‑

M.W. Grand Master

George Dunlop

R.W. Deputy Grand Master

Douglas T. Grey

R.W. Assistant Grand Master

Leslie V. Johnston

As R.W. Senior Grand Warden

Robert J. Armstrong

R.W. Junior Grand Warden

Charles R. Knipe

R.W. Grand Secretary

D. Barry Lyons

R.W. Junior Grand Chaplain

The Ven. John G. Murray

V.W. Senior Grand Deacon

Kenneth Abernethy

V.W. Junior Grand Deacon

Robert J. Robinson

V.W. Grand Superintendent of Works

David T. Young

V.W. Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

Ivan A. Meldivm

VW. Grand Steward

Frank R. L. Arnold

V.W. Grand Sword Bearer

John L. Frazer

V.W. Grand Almoners

William T. H. Balmer

 

Richard Ensor

V.W. Grand Organist

John N. Rowden

As V.W. Grand Lodge Standard Bearer

S. Gordon Leathern

As VW. Grand Master's Standard Bearer

Noel Simpson

V.W. Grand Inner Guard

Rodney L. McCurley

V.W. Assistant Grand Secretary for Instruction

Robert J. Armstrong

There were also present:‑ the Provincial Grand Masters of North Connaught, South Connaught, Down, Londonderry & Donegal, Meath, the Midland Counties, North Munster, South Eastern and Tyrone & Fermanagh; the Provincial Deputy Grand Masters of Armagh, North Connaught, South Connaught, Londonderry & Donegal, Meath, Midland Counties, Tyrone & Fermanagh and Wicklow & Wexford; R.W. Brother Alan Megarry, Past Grand Director of Ceremonies; R.W. Brothers the Rev. Canon Richard H. Bertram and the Rev. Charles McCurdy, Past Junior Grand Chaplains; R.W. Brothers J. Kenneth Dunne and Geoffrey Ashton, Past Provincial Grand Masters; R.W. Brother Cyril R. Foster, Past Provincial Deputy Grand Master; V.W. Brothers Terence O. Read, J. Noel Millar, John McLean, Norman Humes, Richard H. Gray and Gordon Morrison, Past Grand Deacons; V.W. Brother Samuel H. Boyle, Honorary Past Grand Deacon; V.W. Brother John Torley, Honorary Past Grand Sword Bearer; VW. Brothers James I.A. Davison, Charles A. McCullough, Samuel J. Patience, William J. Johnston and Roger Matthews, Past Grand Stewards of Charities; V.W. Brother Samuel Scott, Honorary Past Grand Steward; V.W. Brothers David A.R. Lovesy, Victor Whyte and Maurice W. Lee, Past Grand Almoners; V.W. Brothers Norman Jackson, Donald Finlay and William J. Dixon, Past Grand Master's Standard Bearers; and R.W. Brothers A.W. Coid and D.J. Long, Past Grand Representatives.

SISTER CONSTITUTIONS REPRESENTED

The following Grand Lodges were represented:‑ Manitoba, Newfoundland & Labrador, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Victoria, Western Australia, Austria, Belgium (Regular), Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Nebraska, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Argentina, Mato Grosso, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, Japan, and the Prince Hall Grand Lodges of Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Ohio and Caribbean & Jurisdiction.

APOLOGIES FOR NON‑ATTENDANCE

Apologies for non‑attendance were received from:‑ the Immediate Past Grand Master; the R.W. Senior Grand Warden; the R.W. Grand Treasurer; the R.W. Grand Registrar; the R.W. Senior Grand Chaplain; V.W. Junior Grand Chaplain, Selwoode Graham; V.W. Grand Stewards of Charities; V.W. Grand Lodge Standard Bearer; V.W. Grand Master's Standard Bearer; and the V.W. Grand Secretary for Instruction; the Provincial Grand Masters of Antrim, Armagh, Munster and Wicklow & Wexford; the Provincial Deputy Grand Masters of Munster and South Eastern; Past Provincial Grand Master of Tyrone & Fermanagh; R.W. Brothers Daniel B. Fincher, Robert Campbell, R. Stanley Johnston and Robert J. Thomson, Past Senior Grand Wardens; R.W. Brother Michael W. Walker, Past Grand Secretary; R.W. Brother the Rt. Rev. Samuel G. Poyntz, Past Senior Grand Chaplain; R.W. Brother the Rev. W. Warren Porter, Past Junior Grand Chaplain; V.W. Brothers Arthur Pollock, Arnold J. Cooke and Mervyn W. Morrison, Past Grand Deacons; V.W. Brother Cecil Taylor, Past Assistant Grand Treasurer; V.W. Brother Michael R. McWilliam, Past Assistant Grand Secretary; V.W. Brothers Trevor Monteith and Richard Reid, Past Grand Stewards of Charities; V.W. Brother Bernard V.A. Woods, Past Grand Almoner; V.W. Bro. T.A. Derek Martin, Past Grand Master's Standard Bearer; the Representatives of the Grand Lodges of Scotland, British Columbia, New South Wales, Tasmania, Croatia, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, Cuscatlan El Salvador; Mexico, Sao Paulo, Guinea, Ivory Coast, and R.W. Brothers Douglas Wakefield and Herbert Meeke, Past Grand Representatives.

OBITUARY

Grand Lodge being opened, the Grand Master referred to the recent deaths of R.W. Bro. Thomas George Francis Stoney, Past Foreign Representative; R.W. Bro. Ivan H. Tyrrell, Foreign Representative of North Dakota; V.W. Bro. Charles A. McCullough, Past Grand Steward of Charities; R.W. Bro. Geoffrey J. Brown, Provincial Deputy Grand Master of New Zealand and Honorary Past Grand Deacon; V.W. Bro. Jacob W.B. Kophanu, Honorary Past Grand Deacon; and R.W. Bro. Bartholomew Armstrong, Past Foreign Representative. The memory of our departed distinguished Brethren was saluted in accordance with ancient custom.

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 illness and arrangements made prior to the revival of this date for the Installation Ceremony.

MINUTES

On the proposal of the R.W. Senior Grand Warden, seconded by the R.W. Junior Grand Warden, the Minutes of the October 7`" Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge, which had been circulated, were taken as read, approved and signed.

INSTALLATION OF THE GRAND OFFICERS FOR 2007

The Grand Master, M.W. Brother George Dunlop, was proclaimed and saluted. The Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Brother Douglas T. Grey, was proclaimed and saluted. The Assistant Grand Master, R.W. Brother Leslie V. Johnston, 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. 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 Charles R. Knipe to the Grand Master for investiture as Senior Grand Warden. R.W. Brother Knipe was installed and was saluted.

INVESTITURE OF THE GRAND OFFICERS

In the unavoidable absence of a number of Brethren the following were then invested or proclaimed, and saluted, as the Grand Officers for 2007:‑

R.W. Grand Treasurer

Charles W. Olden

R. W. Grand Registrar

Arthur D.S. Moran

R.W. Grand Secretary

D. Barry Lyons

R.W. Grand Director of Ceremonies

William J. Dyer

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

V.W. Senior Grand Deacon

Frank Arnold

V.W. Junior Grand Deacon

John L. Frazer

V.W. Grand Superintendent of Works

David T. Young

V.W. Assistant Grand Treasurer

Arnold W.J. Smith

V.W. Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

Ivan A. Meldrum

V.W. Grand Sword Bearer

Rodney L. McCurley

V.W. Grand Steward of Charities

Dennis R. Millen

 

Diarmuid McNulty

V.W. Grand Almoners

Richard Ensor

 

William T.H. Balmer

V.W. Grand Organist

John N. Rowden

V.W. Grand Lodge Standard Bearer

Douglas Thompson

INVESTITURE OF FOREIGN GRAND REPRESENTATIVE

R.W. Bro. Shadrach Bailie being in attendance and having produced his Patent of Appointment, the Grand Director of Ceremonies formed a procession and presented him to the Grand Master for investiture as Representative of The Grand Lodge of Argentina. The newly invested Grand Representative was conducted to his seat and was saluted along with the Representatives of all Foreign Grand Lodges with which the Grand Lodge of Ireland is in amity.

CERTIFICATES OF PAST GRAND RANK PRESENTED

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

V.W. Brother Kenneth Abernethy - Past Senior Grand Deacon

V.W. Brother Robert J. Robinson - Past Junior Grand Deacon

W. Brother Trevor Hanna, Past Master of Press Lodge No. 432, Belfast was presented to the Grand Master for presentation with his Certificate of Honorary Past Grand Deacon.

GRAND LODGE CHARITY MOTION

The Grand Secretary, R.W. Brother D. Barry Lyons, 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 one Annual Return was 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 Lodge providing the Annual Returns were submitted, found to be correct, and that all dues and fees had been paid.

REPORT OF THE GRAND LODGE BOARD OF GENERAL PURPOSES

The Grand Secretary made reference to the Installation Ceremony of the new Grand Master on November 23rd last and referred to correspondence received from Brethren with bona fide tickets who had been refused admission, erroneously, to the event. He apologised to these Brethren and told the Board he would be writing to them individually in due course.

The Board noted and approved a Motion coming forward to Grand Lodge in the name of the Grand Treasurer that a grant not exceeding 3000 be made to the Masonic Charities under the Provisions of Grand Lodge Law No. 29.

The Board noted with regret, for reporting to Grand Lodge, the return of the Warrants of W.T. Braithwaite Lodge No. 441, Belfast; Premier Lodge No. 529, Belfast; Fidelis Lodge No. 577, Rosetta, Belfast; Hugh M. Jackson Lodge No. 673, Belfast and St. George's Lodge No. 1016, Carrickfergus.

Read memorial for the issue of a new Warrant to establish an Installed Masters' Lodge in the Province of Antrim to be called City of Lisburn Lodge and to be numbered 112. Recommended to Grand Lodge. Confirmed.

The Board considered requests for dispensations, under the terms of Grand Lodge Law No. 118, for a Brother to serve the office of Secretary in two Lodges in 2007: Lodges Nos. 63 & 939; 124 & 296; 2 & 511; 683 & 2000; 6 & 1003; 354 & 930; 688 & 917 and granted same.

The Board considered requests for dispensations, under the terms of Grand Lodge Law No. 118, for a Brother to serve as a Principal Officer in two Lodges in 2007: Lodges Nos. 748 & 877; 104 & 930; 144 & 488; 175 & 615; 141 & 877.

The Board considered and approved requests for dispensation under the terms of Grand Lodge Law No. 123, for a Brother to serve as a Secretary though not a Past Master, in Salem Lodge No. 62, Kenmare and in Kgale Lodge No. 918, Gaborone.

The Board considered and approved a request for the issue of a Duplicate Certificate for Lodge No. 734, Belfast, the original having been lost.

Reported a recommendation from the Grand Master's Council Meeting of October that the Candidate Application Forms be made mandatory for all Masonic Provinces in Ireland. This was proposed, seconded and passed. Recommended to Grand Lodge. Confirmed.

Read letter from the Grand Inspector of Gibraltar recommending the reinstatement of Honorary Grand Rank to a Brother previously suspended for a short time by Grand Lodge. Agreed and recommended to Grand Lodge. Confirmed.

The Grand Secretary read report from the Grand Lodge Charity Committee, recommending a grant of 700 to the widow of a deceased Brother (Kingstown Lodge No. 510), Dublin. Confirmed.

THE GRAND MASTER'S ANNUAL REPORT

The Grand Master then made a short address, details of which will appear in the Grand Lodge Annual Report for 2006.

CONFERRAL OF HONORARY RANKS

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

Past Grand Deacon

 

V.W. Bro. Barrie W. Sergay -

On promotion from Hon. Past Grand Steward

V.W. Bro. Stephen Samuelson -

On promotion from Hon. Past Grand Steward

V.W. Bro. John Bugeja -

On promotion from Hon. Past Grand Steward

Past Grand Superintendent of Works

 

V.W. Bro. Garth E. Leech -

Past Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, S.A.N.

V.W. Bro. Cecil B.R. Stewart -

P.M. of Lodge No. 368, Southern Cape

Past Grand Steward

 

V.W. Bro. Stephen F. Sweetnam -

Past Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, North Connaught

 

V.W. Bro. Ernest R. Wynne -

Past Provincial Grand Lodge Chaplain, S.A.N.

Past Grand Sword Bearers

 

V.W. Bro. John D. Knox -

P.M. of Lodge No. 610, Southern Cape

V.W. Bro. Francois J. Van Hoogshaten -

P.M. of Lodge No. 722, Southern Cape

V.W. Bro. Edgar Johnson -

P.M. of Lodge No. 610, Southern Cape

Past Grand Inner Guard

 

V.W. Bro. Gideon C. Volschenk -

P.M. of Lodge No. 608, Southern Cape

W. Bro. Stephen J. Stanbridge -

Member of Lodge No. 722, Southern Cape

Overseas District Grand Rank

 

W. Bro. Charles A. Noguera -

P.M. of Lodge No. 325, Gibraltar

W. Bro. James Lagares -

P.M. of Lodge No. 325, Gibraltar

CHARITY COLLECTION

The Grand Master announced that he was donating the Charity Collection between the two organisations The Salvation Army in the South and St. Vincent de Paul in the North. The Collection amounted to 1,438.58.

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.

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