You will by now have seen notice of my intention to resign as your Provincial Grand Master at midnight on Monday 6th November.
It has been my privilege and pleasure to serve you and this great Province since my Installation in September 2013. During the intervening 8 years, I have enormously enjoyed travelling throughout Yorkshire, West Riding and meeting many, if not most of you, on my travels.
I have been served and supported by excellent teams of Rulers and Senior Officers, including colleagues in WRMCL, all of whom I wish to thank for their dedication, commitment, creativity and friendship.
Above all, I have enjoyed the unstinting support of my dear wife Rita, without whom the role would not have been manageable, let alone enjoyable. She, too, has made many friends on our travels around Yorkshire, and we are both eternally grateful to you all for the kindness and hospitality shown to us on our visits.
I shall, of course, leave the way clear for whoever is to replace me on a permanent basis and, in the meantime, have offered my help to my Deputy, who will take temporary charge until a successor is announced.
I hope at some point in the not-too-distant future to be able to say thank you in a more personal way, but for now:
“Happy have we met - Happy have we been - Happy may we part - Happy meet again.”
With friendship and gratitude,
Yours sincerely and fraternally,
David S Pratt