Master’s Millennium Cup Golf Competitio
The overall winner was
W.Bro. Kingsley McGowan, of. Aberfoyle Lodge No.784 (Londonderry and
The winner in the
Masonic category was W.Bro. Kenneth Firth, of Rosemount Lodge No. 702
(Province of Down).
The cup – for the winning Masonic Province – was accepted on behalf of the
Province of Londonderry and Donegal by Very Worshipful Brother Desmond
The prizes were
presented by the Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother George
Dunlop, in the presence of the Provincial Grand Masters of Antrim, Armagh
and North Connaught and the Provincial Grand Master-designate of Tyrone
Tributes were paid to
the organiser of the event, Very Worshipful Brother Noel Simpson, and his
wife, Pauline, for their efforts. Thanks were also expressed to the
secretary-manager of Killymoon, Valerie Wilson, for the use of the club
More than £3,000 was
raised on the day, which will be donated to a number of charities.
As the first year of my
term of office is almost ended, I realise how quickly it has passed. I
greatly appreciate the warm welcome and friendship which was extended to
me wherever I travelled and especially when I was accompanied by my wife
Pam. Irish Freemasonry is a wonderful jewel which we must nurture and
protect so that it can continue to be enjoyed by future generations.
Every Brother has a part to play. We must all take that responsibility
Pam & I extend warmest
greetings and best wishes for the good health, happiness and prosperity
during 2003 of all Brethren, their families and friends wherever you may
be located throughout the Irish Constitution and may Peace, Love and
Harmony prevail in all facets of your lives.
Eric N. Waller Grand Master
Should We Say - If Asked About Freemasonry ?
When questions arise
about Freemasonry our response will undoubtedly influence the mental
attitude of our friends towards ourselves and the Craft in general.
Our Order is a
fraternal organisation, based on the belief in the Fatherhood of God, the
Brotherhood of Man and the Immortality of the Soul. We are a voluntary
association where those who are interested come of their own free will and
accord; where peace, love and harmony are promoted and discussion of
religion and politics forbidden.
We should make it known
that Freemasonry, in its every effort and purpose, strives to do
charitable work within its membership and for society in general, and,
through its teachings, seeks to make good men better.
Be proud to proclaim
that Freemasonry is a band of men bound together in Brotherly Love and
Affection that extends throughout the world and be prompt to make it known
that Freemasonry is not a ‘secret society’ as many may surmise; in effect,
we are a force for good.
You can proudly state
that the basic ethical principles, as exemplified in our ritual and Lodge
work, are such as are most acceptable to all good men.
To sum it all up,
Freemasonry is kindness in the home, honesty in business, courtesy in
society, fairness in work, pity and concern for the
toward the wicked, help for the weak, forgiveness for the penitent, love
for our neighbour and, above all, reverence and love for God.
Abridged and Adapted
from The Grand Lodge of Ireland Newsletter - Autumn 1991.
Masonic Lodge No. 835
MS Director, Mrs Ann Walker accepts a cheque for £1,000 from W. Master
Raymond McFarland at Saintfield Masonic Hall. The money was raised by
members and friends of Ardmore Masonic Lodge No. 835 through a Pub Quiz
held in the Rosie Bar, Saintfield. Looking on are:- Sam McFarland
(Secretary). George Lutton (Steward of Charities), Robert Moore (Quiz
Master), Past Masters Bertie McClenaghan and Nigel McFarland.
is my pledge….
the foreword to the dinner brochure marking my installation as the 51st
Worshipful Master of Press Lodge – 33 years ago – I reflected on events of
those times and commented: “We live in a troubled world – a world of
violence and confusing change”.
Those words ring just
as true today and the significance of the contributions which,
much-maligned Freemasonry can make to the common good in such disturbing
circumstances remains undiminished.
To quote again from my
1969 epistle: “By treating all his fellow-men as he would a Brother, the
Mason will be carrying into his daily life the fraternal spirit of the
worthy principles on which our Order is firmly founded”.
Falling membership and
dwindling attendances threaten the very existence of many Lodges and Press
Lodge No.432 has been no exception.
It is a tribute to
the dedication and determination of the Officers and a nucleus of
supportive Brethren – not least, the exemplary and distinguished
leadership of our Immediate Past Master, W.Bro. Ronnie Teague that the
continuity of the Lodge is assured at least for the foreseeable future.