This section contains items of news gathered and sent in by Area Grand Communication Officers relating to happenings within their Areas.
Chapter Cyrus 2013 came into existence on 17 July 2013 in a special ceremony conducted by the First Grand Principal and Grand Master. This is not a chartered Chapter but rather operates under a licence. It consists of Past and Present invested Officers of the Grand Chapter and is designed to travel about assisting Chapters with work particularly in the Cryptic and Red Cross Knight Degrees.
Chapter Bankstown Unity will be hosting a District Meeting on 16 September 2013 where the Red Cross Knights Degree will be carried out.
The City of Sydney Research Chapter is about to embark on producing a regular Newsletter containing a wealth of valuable information produced by the members of this under-rated organisation. A quick read of the draft proved interesting and leaving the reader looking forward to this soon to be regular publication.
A unique event occurred on the morning of the Convocation held on 17 August 2013 when the Chapter of Retention was opened to allow Chapter Cyrus to undertake the Royal Ark Mariner Degree on 10 candidates. The Officers of Chapter Burrangong No. 1 are the Grand Ceremonial Team with the First Grand Principal and Grand Master being the First Principal. On this occasion however due to the Convocation being held that afternoon, the First Grand Principal and Grand Master delegated the duty to the Deputy. For the first time ever not only was Chapter Burrangong since becoming the Chapter of Retention opened in in the Royal Ark Mainer Degree but it was opened by the Rt Ex Comp Rob Peattie the Deputy First Grand Principal and Deputy Grand Master.
Recently the Deputy First Grand Principal and Deputy Grand Master, RtEx Comp Rob Peattie was fortunate enough to be able to attend Chapter Parramatta Daylight to congratulate personally VEx Comp Alex Pedersen on behalf of the Order and the First Grand Principal and Grand Master on attaining 100 years of age. The Deputy publicly recognised the dedication and commitment to Companion Alex who remain in office to this day and has no intention of “retiring “ from active office in the foreseeable future
Chapter University of Sydney will be hosting a District Meeting on Tuesday 17 September 2013 at Laurelbank Masonic Centre. The work of the evening will be the Cross Knight Degree.
Recently The Hills Chapter had a very successful night with 4 candidates being advanced a Mark Master Masons. This Chapter is making a comeback after a lean period and are to be congratulated on this great achievement.
Many in Area B and throughout the jurisdiction may remember Allen Falls. On the weekend of 1 August 2013 the First Grand Principal and Grand Master, The Deputy as well as several other Companions travelled to the Gold Coast to witness Allen being installed as Grand Master of Mark Master Masons of Queensland in a colourful and spectacular event.
Chapter Cyrus will be in attendance at the Wallsend Masonic Centre on Saturday 21 September 2013 to assist Chapter Hunter to carry out the four Cryptic Degrees on the one day. For more information contact Companion Ken Burns the Scribe of Chapter Hunter on firstname.lastname@example.org
Yacaaba Royal Arch Chapter has changed their Mark Installation from the August meeting to their meeting to be held on 3rd Friday 18th October at 10 am at Nelson Bay
From 1st September 2013 Area C will be expanded to include the Chapters in the former District D1 thereby taking its area up to and including Port Macquarie with 2 of the “new” chapters in the Area having their RA Installations in October. Oxley RAC 3rd Tuesday 15th at 9:30am and Hastings United M & RAC 4th Monday 27th.
Companion Ken Smith of Chapter Yacaaba has recently received an award from the Nelson Bay Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding community work.
Clarence Valley Freemasons will host a fun-raising function with the entertainment being provided by “Harbour Lights” from Coffs Harbour, who are led by Ex Comp. Col Daisley, 1st Principal Bellinger/Woolgoolga Chapter
District G 1 is to be congratulated for the way in which they have responded to the appeal and fundraising being conducted by the Friends of the Egyptian Room Committee. The very next day after the appeal was lodged their DGIW spoke on the subject at a social function with the result being an immediate donation of $200 to the fund. At the August Convocation the Committee recognised the swift and generous donation with a Certificate of Appreciation being presented to VEx Comps Michael Freeman-Robinson and Bryan Davies. The First Grand Principal and Grand Master made special mention of this District’s generosity and commitment to the Order.
Chapter Caledonia Held a successful meeting recently where they Advanced 5 candidates in the Mark Man Ceremony showing that Royal Arch Masonry is alive and well despite being unable to meet in ACT in the short term.
Caledonia Chapter recently made history when they Advanced a father and son, Daryl and Benjamin Neit in consecutive months to the Mark Degree.
Milton-Ulladulla Daylight is proof of how a daylight role has an important role to play in our Order. In September they will look to advance Keith Claxton to the Mark Degree and in November will host a District lunch.
Sturt United Chapter defied the odds and has come out of a recess of four years to function again successfully. With the support of Grand Chapter and a new First Principal in VEx Comp Roger Whitehead much is hoped for from this Chapter. All who have had a part in this Chapter’s revival hold an optimistic view for the future and are confident it will continue to grow and flourish in the Wagga area.
Area F held an extremely successful Area meeting at Forbes in the presence of Mex Comp Greg Mason PGZ. Seventeen candidates underwent the Red Cross Knights Degree. A week-end was made of it which proved extremely popular with Companions traveling from as far away as Newcastle. The Third Grand Principal RtEx Comp Warren Dews thought nothing of travelling to Forbes to support this special event and add his support to the Companions of Area F.