It is the end of the year and the time for reflection, celebration and anticipation.
My wish is for all my Brethren and their loved ones to enjoy a happy and peaceful Festive Season. May great joy be with you all as we enjoy the Festive Season and consider the year ahead.
2018 Was A Very Good Year - 2019 Will Be Even Better!
Updates on Objectives
The Membership Pathway - Early Successes Reported
Following the delivery of the Workshops, I am now being told of some great work being undertaken by Lodges!
Yes, we all know that ultimately each Lodge must take action as appropriate to their own circumstances and that there is no magic solution other than planned and applied effort.
Last month I mentioned that I am seeking to target the untapped potential of new population growth areas in the Province. Now I am ever the optimist and am delighted to have been informed that one or even two new Lodges may be established in these new areas.
That will be wonderful! So there can be no doubt, I am always pleased to consider a Petition for a new Lodge providing that there is a sound business case and that Candidates have been identified. New Lodges? Old Lodges? It is always a shame for a Lodge to close and to return its Warrant. However, these things happen for many reasons. History has shown that enterprises come and go and there is always room for the new at the same time acknowledging the superb work undertaken by Lodges that have decided to close.
Raising our Civic Profile - Making a Difference!
Provincial Grand Master’s Fund (PGM’s Fund) & West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd. (WRMCL)
Two splendid additional donations and “Business as Usual” demonstrating that generosity is at the core of Freemasonry:
Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA)WRMCL have agreed on a donation of £20,000 for a pair of night vision goggles for YAA. This will enable the helicopters to operate during the hours of darkness. How Much! Yes, Brethren that’s what it costs, and I am always struck when I see the cost of even the smallest part of a helicopter. Still, it’s a price well worth paying to keep this fantastic voluntary service to the Community operational.
The University received a major grant in 2018 for equipment for cancer research.
WRMCL has now approved a supplementary grant to provide an accessory to upgrade the equipment to perform even quicker.
Minor Grants - Business as Usual
The details of the latest round of minor grants from the PGM’s Fund have been published showing a healthy and eclectic mix of worthy causes supported in our own local Communities.
These grants make such a difference, and I appeal to all Lodges (and Chapters) to look hard locally to seek out worthy causes for consideration of a grant from the PGM’s Fund.
Enhancing Member Experiences
Provincial Office - Great Work!
I am placing on record my appreciation of our Team in the Provincial Office for all their hard work during 2018. It has not been an easy year with personnel changes and also internal promotions. Well Done Team! You have kept the ship steady, and your efforts are appreciated by all of us!
SOLOMON - The Masonic Learning System
I do hope that Brethren have registered on the SOLOMON System?
There are many stimulating information packages contained therein.
You may have already read the excellent introductory article in the recent edition of “Freemasonry Today”
The Provincial Learning & Development Team is now considering how best to include SOLOMON into our well respected Provincial Programme of “Masonic Light”.
Defibrillators - Vigilance Please!
It is just great to have defibrillators in Masonic Buildings however such equipment must be maintained. My appeal to every Brother is just to take a look at the maintenance record when you pass any defibrillator and to report any issues to the local management.
Raffles - Clarification of Proceeds Recipient
I have noted an increasing trend to introduce raffles at Festive Boards with the phrase: “For Masonic Charity”. This description alone is not sufficient to identify the intended recipient.
The details of the intended recipient must be made perfectly clear as it is the prerogative of any Brother not to participate in a raffle and this information a will ensure that an informed personal decision can be made to purchase tickets or otherwise.
Grand Secretary/CEO’s Address at the December Communication of Grand Lodge
This was genuinely inspirational demonstrating the clear vision of Grand Lodge in respect of the future of Freemasonry and especially the enhanced use of technology to make things simpler regarding administration.
And Finally: Reflections on my December Diary
Installation Meeting, St. Laurence Lodge, Pudsey No: 2330
Yet another wonderful occasion in good company. I congratulate all concerned.
Closure Meeting, Lodge of Thanksgiving, Leeds No: 6212
A “Sad/Happy” occasion as always when a Lodge closes and returns the Warrant.
The productive work undertaken by the Lodge that was founded by Brethren in thanks to God for the end of the terrible Word War 2 was celebrated in style.
My Fraternal & Festive Greetings and Regards to you and all your loved ones!
“2018 – Best Year Ever - 2019 Will Be Even Better!
.......And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year
And God send you a Happy New Year!
RW Bro. David S. Pratt - Provincial Grand Master
David S. Pratt
Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Yorkshire West Riding