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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

After a successful trip to Zimbabwe, we headed to Malawi. On our first morning in Blantyre, we visited the Mountain View School for Deaf Children, a charity that has been supported since 2008 by the Province of Ross and Cromarty. The Province has eight boxes of football strips, tools, sewing machines and other goods awaiting shipping from Scotland but are having great difficulty getting them into Malawi.

However, on this occasion we took with us loads of knitwear produced by the Scottish Women’s Institute, and hundreds of wristbands supplied by PM Charlie MacAulay of Lodge St Martin 1217.

That evening we attended a reception at the Casa Mia Hotel where we joined Brethren and their partners from the Superintendency and the other Constitutions. On Wednesday the 18th we met the Honorary British Consul in Blantyre, Krishna Savjani. a charming man with whom we spent over an hour talking about an entire range of issues. 

The outgoing Grand Superintendent, Brother Gordon Sheppard, has been a stalwart of Scottish Freemasonry in Malawi for many years and has served Grand Lodge as Grand Superintendent for 16 years. He has done an astounding job during that time and we are indebted to him for his commitment, enthusiasm and leadership during his extended term as Grand Superintendent. Brethren representing all four Lodges in Malawi, as well as the English Constitution, were present to witness Brother Peter Curtis being installed as our new Grand Superintendent. The Banquet to follow, prepared by Peter’s wife Veronica and the staff at Casa Mia, was outstanding. It was a memorable evening in great company.

Our final destination was Namibia. On Saturday 21st May Grand Secretary and I were transported to the magnificent Masonic Temple in Windhoek ready for a full day of Masonic activity.

First, we attended the Installation in Lodge Benguela which was conducted in fine style by the District Grand Lodge with the Immediate Past DGM, Brother Lionel de Haas in the Chair.

At the conclusion of the meeting, we enjoyed lunch before resuming work in the Temple. This time it was our turn to install the new DGM of Namibia, Brother Jaco van der Westhuizen. The Ceremony went well with over 40 in the Lodge – the largest number they have had since Covid struck. 

After handing the Lodge back to the District, the DGM installed his Elected Office-bearers. It was a long but very enjoyable day in the Temple. A light refreshment followed before we returned to Arrebbusch where the evening Banquet was held in the company of the ladies. Altogether a tremendous day.

Scottish Freemasonry continues to flourish in all four countries that we visited despite Covid and other serious difficulties faced by the Brethren. My sincere thanks to everyone involved in the Africa trip.

SCFS

 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6540 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1220, submitted by 371 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 384 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Dumfriesshire, Edinburgh, Lanarkshire Upper Ward, Linlithgowshire, Midlothian and Ross & Cromarty.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,303,603.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

We were delighted to receive the following posts this week:

  • Lodge Northcliffe, No. 1086, in the District of Newfoundland and Labrador, shared news of another generous donation made by the Lodge to the Community Soup Kitchen. 
  • Brother Willie Innes, SPGM of the PGL of Edinburgh,posted news about the presentation of a cheque, to the value of £500, to Brother Bob Mitchell, Proxy Master of Lodge St. Thomas, No. 576, in the District of Gibraltar, by the Lodge as a donation towards the “Make it a Million” target for Prostate Scotland. 

We continue to welcome new members to the group from our Overseas Lodges. 

  • In this respect, there was a wonderful response from the District of Bahamas this week, with Brethren joining from 5 different Lodges. In addition, Brethren also joined from the Districts of Lebanon and Jamaica which helped increase our Overseas Membership to 1399. We look forward to welcoming our 1400th Overseas Member this coming week. 
  • We also now have 1432 Brethren from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who spread news, worldwide, of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren. 
  • In this category, new Members joined from 8 geographically widely spread Masonic constitutions: the GL of Canada in the Province of Ontario, GL of Virginia, GL of Netherlands, United GL of New South Wales and ACT, GL of North Carolina, GL of Texas, GL Alpina of Switzerland, and the GL of China

** We are grateful to those Overseas Lodges and Districts who shared news of their support of others and look forward to publishing further future posts.**

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

On Friday the 13th, having returned to Harare from the Lodge of Sorrow in Chinhoyi, we were collected by Brother Fisher, our new DGM, and taken to the “Derby & Joan Masonic Homes” in Harare where we joined the residents for a delightful afternoon tea.

The following morning, after a rehearsal for the Installation, we walked to the Burton Road Masonic Home complex at the rear of the Masonic Hall. There we met with staff and residents and enjoyed morning coffee with them. 

We returned to the hotel to get ready for the installation of Brother Robert MacDougall Fisher as DGM of the District Grand Lodge of Zimbabwe.

At the Lodge, it was heartening to see that all Lodges in the District were present. The Ceremony went well with Grand Secretary doubling up as Grand D of C. Having installed Brother Fisher as DGM, I thereafter installed Brother George McGhie as Depute DGM, Brothers Harry Moan and Peter Leondios as Substitute DGM’s, Brother Marinus Grau as District Secretary and Brother Bryan Hofmann as Chaplain.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, we had the opportunity to gather for a drink and a light buffet.

In the evening, we were joined by the ladies at Sabre Lodge for the Installation Banquet. Guests were piped into the reception by a few members of St John’s College – a truly memorable experience.

SCFS

 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6527 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1212, submitted by 369 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 383 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of East Lothian, Edinburgh, Forfarshire, Lanarkshire Middle Ward, Linlithgowshire and Midlothian.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,299,553.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

We were delighted to receive the following posts this week:

  • Brother Rinus Grau, DG Secretary, shared news of an excellent donation made on behalf of the District Grand Lodge of Zimbabwe, and presentedto Brother Ramsay McGhee, GMM, as a contribution towards the “Make it a Million” target.
  • Brother Craig Jessop, DDGM, provided information of a Geisha Valentine’s Tea resulting in a donation to Buffelsfontein Old Age Home by Lodge Good Friendship, No. 1800, in the District of Eastern Province of the Cape of Good Hope
  • Brother Scott Bartlett, IPDGM, provided information about the sponsorship, and this year’s recipient, of the Patrick Tasker Scholarship Award by the District Grand Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador.

We continue to welcome new members to the group from our Overseas Lodges. 

  • In this respect, reference may be made toLodge Dunedin Star, No. 1454, Lodge Lusaka, No. 1368, and Lodge Fisk Hoek, No. 1390, in the Districts of Namibia, Zambia, and Western Province of the Cape of Good Hope  Brethren joining from those Lodges helped increase our Overseas Membership to 1391. We look forward to welcoming our 1400th Overseas Memberin the near future. 
  • We also now have 1424Brethren from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who spread news, worldwide, of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren. 
  • In this category, new Members joined from 10 geographically widely spread Masonic constitutions: the GL of Alberta, United GL of Queensland, GL of British Columbia and Yukon, GL of Louisiana, GL of Spain, GL of SwedenGL of OhioUGLE, and the GL of Quebec
  • In addition, a further warm welcome was extended to Brother John May, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Alaska. 

** We are grateful to those Overseas Lodges and Districts who shared news of their support of others and look forward to publishing further similar posts.**

As I write the report this week, I’m in the airport at Johannesburg waiting for our flight to Namibia where I will be installing Brother Jaco van der Westhuizen as DGM.

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

Last Friday night, accompanied by the Depute Grand Master, Brother Jim Bell, and Grand Secretary, Brother Willie Semple, I attended the District Grand Chapter of East Africa Annual Convocation in Nairobi. It was an excellent meeting during which I was able to convey greetings and best wishes from the 1st Grand Principle, MEC Dr Joseph Morrow. At the conclusion of the meeting, we enjoyed a most convivial harmony organised by the Companions of Orient Royal Arch Chapter No 437.

The following morning, we three returned to Freemasons’ Hall in Nairobi to attend a District Grand Lodge Committee Meeting. Thereafter we had a rehearsal for the Installation Meeting. 

That afternoon, I had the immense pleasure of installing Brother Kalpesh Prabhulal Shah into the Office of District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of East Africa along with his Commissioned Office-bearers. I was assisted in the ceremony by our Depute Grand Master Brother Jim Bell who took on the role of Grand Director of Ceremonies. What a tremendous job he did and coped with some names that were, to say the least, a challenge to us all! Grand Secretary was likewise tremendous carrying out not only his own duties but those of Grand Chaplain. At the conclusion of the Installation of the DGM and his Commission, we thoroughly enjoyed sitting back to witness the Installation of the Elected Office-bearers carried out by the DGM and Brother Michael Craig.

At the close of the meeting over 120 Brethren assembled in the refectory where we enjoyed a superb meal followed by good speeches and the opportunity to catch up with friends – old and new.

SCFS

 
The Group saw its membership rise to 6518 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1203, submitted by 368 of its members.
These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 382 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Edinburgh, Fife & Kinross, Glasgow, Linlithgowshire, Renfrewshire West and Stirlingshire.
The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,209,319.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

We were delighted to continue welcoming new members to the group from our Overseas Lodges. 

• In this respect, reference may be made to Lodge Tullibardine-in-the-East, No. 1118, Lodge Lusaka, No. 1368, and Lodge Northern Province, No. 1576, in the Districts of Middle East (Malaysia), Zambia, and Central South Africa (RSA) respectively. Brethren joining from those Lodges helped increase our Overseas Membership to 1388. We look forward to welcoming our 1400th Overseas Memberin the near future. 
• We also now have 1409 Brethren from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who spread news, worldwide, of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren. 
• In this category, new Members joined from geographically widely spread Masonic constitutions: the GL of Texas, UGLE, GL of India, GL of Cuba, GL of Arizona, and the GL of Japan. 

We are aware of a number of excellent charitable and support activities which have recently been undertaken by some of our Overseas Lodges and Districts and look forward to receiving and publishing posts about them.

As I finish off this week’s report, Grand Secretary and I have arrived in Zimbabwe where, last   night we attended a Lodge of Sorrow at Lodge Lomagundi No 1075. It was a very moving ceremony to which the ladies and relations of the deceased, Brother Battiss, were included in the proceedings. Tomorrow we will be installing the new District Grand Master, Brother Robert MacDougall Fisher in Harare

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

Last Thursday evening, accompanied by our Substitute Grand Master, Brother Jim Peddie, and the Provincial Grand Master of Glasgow, Brother Andrew Mushet, Ann and I attended the Yom Hashoah event in Giffnock Synagogue, Glasgow. Also called Holocaust Remembrance Day, it commemorates the lives of the six million Jewish people who died in the Holocaust of World War 2. It is a very moving ceremony which acts as a history lesson, too, reminding us all of man’s inhumanity to man. Over 200,000 Freemasons were killed during the Holocaust, leading to the evolution of Freemasons wearing the forget-me-not badge as a secret sign of membership. The badge is now worn by Freemasons around the world to remember all who suffered in the name of Freemasonry, especially those during the Nazi era.
 

SCFS

 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6494 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1196, submitted by 368 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 382 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of East Lothian, Galloway, Glasgow, Lanarkshire Upper Ward, Linlithgowshire, Midlothian and Orkney & Zetland.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,196,404.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

Now that we’ve begun our 3rd year, it is heartening to note that membership of Brethren from Lodges outside Scotland is still growing steadily and the new members whom we have recently welcomed demonstrate the wide reach of the SCFS group.

  • In this respect, reference may be made to Lodge of the Highlands, No. 1439; Lodge Royal Albert, No. 420; Lodge St. John, No. 1072; Lodge Perla del Oriente, No. 1034 and Lodge Allegiance, No. 1465 in the Districts of East Africa, Western Province of the Cape of Good Hope, Middle East, Far East and Belgium (under supervision)  Brethren joining from those Lodges helped increase our Overseas Membership to 1385. 
  • We were delighted to welcome our first Overseas Member of our 3rd year who is Brother Steven Chan, MM, Lodge Perla del Oriente, No. 1034, located in the Philippines in the District of Far East.
  • We also now have 1402 Brethren from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who spread news, worldwide, of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren. Our 1400th ICM joined this week – Brother Jimmy Maneckshaw, WM, Lodge Ashok, No. 122, Grand Lodge of India.
  • In this category, new Members joined from 12 different Masonic constitutions: the GL of India, as mentioned above, plus the GL of South Africa, GL of Ireland (Natal), GL of China, GL of California, UGLE, GL of Croatia, GL of Montana, GL of the Philippines, GL of Victoria, GL of Mississippi, GL of Japan.

We would encourage our Overseas Lodges and Districts to continue sharing news of their excellent support of others and look forward to publishing the first post of our 3rd year from them.

Last Saturday, I had the honour and privilege of installing Brother Andrew McIlwraith as the new Provincial Grand Master of Galloway along with his Commissioned Office-bearers. The Installation also coincided with the 275thanniversary of the Province of Galloway. It was a most enjoyable day and the welcome and hospitality extended by the Province was of the highest order.

This Saturday, I’ll be doing another Installation a wee bit further south than Stranraer. Tomorrow along with the Depute Grand Master, Brother Jim Bell and Grand Secretary, I’ll be installing Brother Kalpesh Shah as the new District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of East Africa in Nairobi. 

The District Grand Lodge of East Africa encompasses three countries – Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

As you will read further on it is now two years since we started the SCFS Facebook page followed a year later with SCFS Showcase. Can I thank everyone at home and abroad who has supported the pages – little did we think that two years down the line we would still be running, and the stark truth of the matter is that communities are needing to rely more and more on the assistance we take to them. That trend will continue for the foreseeable future so, again, my sincere thanks to you all for all that you do for your communities and to promote all that is good in Scottish Freemasonry.

Of course, two Brethren, Jim Ellis and Dougie Fergie assisted by several others, have been instrumental in running the Facebook pages. Their contribution over the past two years has been tremendous and I thank them both most sincerely for all their hard work, enthusiasm and input to the initiative.

SCFS

 
  • This Sunday, 1st of May, will see the Scottish Constitution Freemasonry Supports Facebook Group celebrate its second birthday, with its sister public facing Facebook Page celebrating its 1st birthday.
  • At its inception two years ago, the team behind the SCFS Group did not envisage how it would be perceived, develop and ultimately receive such widespread support.
  • To date the Group has attracted 6462 members from all four quarters of the globe, not only from Scottish Constitution Lodges, but also from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are recognised by the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
  • The 1185 posts highlighting the wide and varied examples of support being provided by Districts, Provinces, Lodges and individual Brethren has been overwhelming, with 368 members representing 386 of our Lodges sharing their wonderful examples of charity and benevolence.
  • This has resulted in contributions with an identifiable monetary value of £2,192,609 being recorded.
  • The success of the Group would not have been possible without the support of its members and the team at SCFS would like to thank all Brethren who have contributed to this success by posting, commenting, liking and sharing.
  • With the introduction of the SCFS-Showcase Facebook Page, this has enabled the levels of support being given to be shared with the wider public and the team are equally grateful to those who participate and share these posts.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

In the final week of the Group’s second year, it’s heartening to reflect upon the overseas membership position which has been arrived at.  

  • Currently, we have 1379members from our Lodges in the various Districts etc., that number including this week’s new members from the District Grand Lodges of the Bahamas, Barbados, Lebanon, Middle East (Singapore) and Nigeria.
  • In addition, the number of Brethren (ICMs) from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who are spreading news, worldwide, of the outstanding support being shared in the posts to the Group , has now reached 1381. Included in that number this week were Brethren from Lodges such as the interestingly named Lodge Mystic Tie, No. 222, in Mississippi, and our first member from the Icelandic Order of Freemasons. We also welcomed Brethren from the following Grand Lodges: GL of Ohio, GL of Sweden, GL of AlbertaUGLE, GL of Japan

In extending our thanks to them for previous posts, would encourage our Overseas Lodges and Districts to continue sharing news of their excellent support of others and look forward to publishing the first post of our 3rd year from them.

What a splendid time we had in Aberdeen last Friday and Saturday. On Friday night I had the pleasure of Installing Brother Ian Williamson and his Commissioned Office-bearers and on Saturday we celebrated 350 years of freemasonry in The Lodge of Aberdeen No 1 ter.

On Saturday, we were joined by a large Deputation of Brethren from Warwickshire headed by their PGM, Brother Philip Hall. They made a presentation to the Lodge of Jewels that had come into their possession in 1928 but which were The Lodge of Aberdeen jewels – a beautiful gesture and by all accounts the Warwickshire brethren thoroughly enjoyed their sojourn north.

My sincere thanks to the members of the Grand Lodge of Scotland Clay Shooting Association who attended at Grand Lodge on Thursday to present a cheque for £2500 toward the “Make it a Million” appeal. A fantastic effort and a great boost to the kitty.

As I am sure you are all aware, Freemasons’ Hall is now fully reopen and Tours of the Grand Lodge Museum will be recommencing with effect from Tuesday, 3rd May 2022.

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

I mentioned last week that there had been zoom meetings with the District Grand Masters and the Provincial Grand Masters. These meetings are important for various reasons – they afford the opportunity to seek assistance to issues or problems; they provide a platform to discuss forward planning at all levels of the organisation; they offer the chance to promote new ideas and share successful projects or initiatives that could effectively be used by others. I am hoping that as we move forward the meetings with the District and Provincial Grand Masters will become more formalised and give them a greater say in the strategic planning of the Scottish Craft.

Some of the issues that were raised a week past Saturday included the setting up of Working Parties in each District and Province to tackle specific issues in that District or Province. The composition of the Working Parties would be at the discretion of the District and Provincial Grand Masters, but it would be expected that Brethren with appropriate skill sets would be invited to participate. 

Given that some Lodges are experiencing difficulty in electing Administrative Office-bearers, it was felt that training days for Secretaries and Treasurers at District or Provincial level or inter Provincial or District level would be beneficial to all. Grand Lodge would be happy to support such training days in whatever practical way was felt necessary.

It is also important at this time that all Lodges ensure that they have an effective Almoner and that all Almoners are given appropriate support to carry out their duties. In particular, the Care and Benevolence Committee are aware of the rise in mental health issues and have produced excellent wallet-sized pamphlets containing useful information about where and how help can be accessed. 

The pamphlets can be made available to the Districts, but each District would need to produce its own version with information appropriate to its area. If your District or Province has not yet seen or actioned the pamphlet, please contact Mrs Dawn Oliff at 96 George Street and copies will be sent to you.

It was interesting to learn that one of our Districts has decided that if men won’t go to prostate clinics, “we’ll take the clinic to you”. They have commissioned a van appropriately logoed that goes out into communities to encourage men to undergo testing and by all accounts has had much success. Food for thought!

I’m looking forward to being in Aberdeen this weekend to reinstall Brother Ian M Williamson as Provincial Grand Master of Aberdeen City on Friday night. In the same venue on Saturday, we will Rededicate the Lodge of Aberdeen 1ter to celebrate their 350th Anniversary.

SCFS

 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6444 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1175, submitted by 365 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 381 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Fife & Kinross, Forfarshire, Lanarkshire Middle Ward, Linlithgowshire, Perthshire East, Perthshire West and Ross & Cromarty.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,188,954.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

  • With the focus this week being on sharing the wonderful examples of support being provided by our Brethren at home and in our Overseas Lodges and Districts, it is very heartening to note that the number of Brethren (ICMs) from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who are spreading news, worldwide, of this outstanding support, has now reached 1373, with the 1400 milestone quickly approaching. Included in that number this week were Brethren from Lodges such as the wonderfully named Singing River Lodge, No. 633, in Mississippi, and Trevor Mold Lodge, No. 3293, in 
  • We welcomed Brethren from the following: United GLs of Germany, GL of California, GL of MississippiUGLE, GL of Virginia, GL of India.
  • Equally heartening are the comments from our Overseas members (Overseas membership is currently 1734) and ICMs (from other Masonic Constitutions) on published posts. This feedback has been very encouraging and really appreciated by those Brethren, Lodges and Districts who have taken the time to share news of their support within the immediate, and for the wider, community.

We would encourage our Overseas Lodges and Districts to continue sharing news of their excellent support of others and look forward to publishing posts from them.

My sincere thanks and that of my Deputation for the very warm welcome and generous hospitality we received from the Master, Office-bearers and Brethren of Lodge Scoon & Perth No 3 and congratulations on the working of an excellent Master Mason Degree.

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

It has been another busy and productive week.

Last Friday afternoon, I, along with a small Deputation from Grand Lodge, rededicated Lodge Hopetoun St John at the seventh attempt. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day, and, in the evening, I travelled from Linlithgow to Dalkeith where the Brethren of Lodge Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10 hosted a dinner to mark Brother Thomas Constable Smith’s term as Depute Grand Master. 

The following morning, I chaired a zoom meeting of Provincial Grand Masters and in the afternoon repeated the exercise with our District Grand Masters. Both meetings were well attended, and I was heartened by the reports from home and abroad. Most Lodges have resumed work, and many of the reports indicated a rise in the number of candidates coming forward. There was general agreement that where Lodges have an abundance of candidates it would be good to invite Lodges who don’t have candidates to work some of the Degrees. 

The charitable works in the Provinces and Districts continue and I was delighted to hear of the support for the “Make it a Million” initiative. There has been a slow take-up to the “Spirit of Grand Lodge” project, but the indication was that many more Lodges are going to participate, and I would encourage you to do so – it basically entails organising a raffle with the prizes being the Grand Master Masons Choice whisky, gin, and vodka. If it is not happening and you would like it to happen – speak to your Provincial or District Grand Master.

The Administration Committee had a special meeting on Wednesday at which considerable progress was made in the long overdue quest to reorganise the governance structure of Grand Lodge to make it more efficient, effective, and fit for purpose for the 21st Century.

On Thursday, we had a lengthy meeting of the Overseas, External Affairs and Special Purpose Committee. The agenda was wide ranging covering topics and issues relating to no fewer than 15 countries as well as a few home matters. A full report will go to Grand Committee on Thursday 28th April.

SCFS

 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6434 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1164, submitted by 362 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 374 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Dunbartonshire, Edinburgh, Fife & Kinross, Inverness-shire, Lanarkshire Middle Ward and Orkney & Zetland.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,083,004.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

Our membership of Brethren from Lodges located outside Scotland continues to grow steadily and the new members whom we have recently welcomed demonstrate the wide reach of the SCFS group. 

  • In this respect, reference may be made to Lodge Kirkwood Kilwinning, No. 1393, Lodge Imperial Service, No. 978, Lodge St. Andrew, No. 1139, and Lodge Benguela, No. 1616, in the Districts of the Eastern Province of The Cape of Good Hope, Jamaica, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Namibia Brethren joining from those Lodges helped increase our Overseas Membership to 1734.
  • We also now have 1366 Brethren from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who spread news, worldwide, of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren. 
  • Included in that number this week were Brethren from Lodges such as Unity Lodge, No. 4, from the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia, and Lodge Naoshir Chenoy, No. 187, from the Grand Lodge of India.
  • In this category, new Members joined from 12different Masonic constitutions: the above plus the GL of Ireland, GL of Georgia, GL of Canada in the Province of Ontario, GL of South Africa, GL of Nigeria, GL of the Philippines, GL of Illinois, GL of New South Wales and ACT, GL of Missouri, and UGLE(England, Nigeria) 

We would encourage our Overseas Lodges and Districts to continue sharing news of their excellent support of others and look forward to publishing posts from them.

It was with great sadness that we learned last weekend of the Death of Brother James Ironside, our District Grand Master in New Zealand South Island. Our sincere condolences are extended to Brother Ironside’s family and to the Brethren of the District.

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

Despite delayed flights, missed connections and airport incompetence, I’m glad to report that Grand Secretary and I arrived home safely from the Caribbean and South America trip during which we installed five new District Grand Masters and one new Grand Superintendent, rededicated one Lodge and one District, attended ten Lodge Meetings, one District Grand Lodge Communication and a joint Q&A session. 

I attended two Church services, had four Television and one radio interviews, met a President, two Governors General, one Minister of State and a High Commissioner, visited a hilltop military base and even attended the Test Match between West Indies and England at which I was introduced to the legendary Sir Garfield Sobers.

It is with great delight that I can report that our Superintendency in Bermuda and our District Grand Lodges in Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago & Grenada and in Guyana are all in good spirits. I witnessed degree work in all Districts and without exception it was of the highest standard. 

Our new Grand Superintendent and our five new District Grand Masters are all men who are committed to Scottish Freemasonry and who have the energy, the desire and the ability to take Freemasonry forward in a very upbeat and positive way. I am confident that they will all be a great credit to the Craft in their new roles.

During my trip it became abundantly clear that we have many men in the Districts who have a wealth of experience in many different disciplines and who would clearly be a tremendous asset in all of our Standing Committees. We seriously need to make urgent progress in realigning the governance structure of Grand Lodge so that we can tap into their expertise – and importantly, they are keen to become involved. With the advances in technology, there is no reason why they cannot do so.

Overall it was a first class trip during which much was achieved and I am indebted to Grand Secretary, to Brother Jim Bell, Depute Grand Master and Brother Tom Davidson, Grand Almoner for their support and likewise to Brother Anthony Ulysses Bostick, DGM of Bahamas who accompanied me throughout the entire trip.

Unfortunately, I have to end on a sad note. Whilst in Trinidad, I had the privilege of installing Brother Martin Hatem as Senior District Grand Chaplain. This weekend past, Brother Hatem was killed in a tragic accident. I’m sure you would all wish to join with me in sending our deepest condolences to Brother Hatem’s family and to the District Grand Master and Brethren of the District Grand Lodge of Trinidad and Tobago & Grenada.

SCFS

 
 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6414 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1157, submitted by 362 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 372 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Forfarshire, Glasgow and Perthshire West.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,076,784.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

Our membership of Brethren from Lodges located outside Scotland continues to grow steadily and the new members whom we have recently welcomed demonstrate the wide reach of the SCFS group.

  • In this respect, reference may be made to LodgeBon Accord, No. 965, in the District of Eastern Province of the Cape of Good Hope, and to Lodge Peglerae, No. 1749, located in RSA, District of Central South Africa. Brethren joining from those Lodges helped increase our Overseas Membership to  
  • We also now have 1350Brethren from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who spread news, worldwide, of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren. 
  • Included in that number this week were Brethren from Lodges such as Lodge Illawarra, No. 59, from the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales and ACT, and Aomori Lodge, No. 10, from the Grand Lodge of Japan.
  • In this category, new Members joined from 11 different Masonic constitutions: the above plus the GL of thePhilippines, GL of South Australia and Northern Territory, GL of Japan, GL of India, GL of Canada in the Province of Ontario, GL of South CarolinaUGLE, GL of the State of Israel, GL of Washington, GL of Louisiana

We would encourage our Overseas Lodges and Districts to continue sharing news of their excellent support of others and look forward to publishing posts from them.

Can I remind you all, at home and abroad, if you haven’t registered for the Conference, please get your application in as soon as possible! The Conference will be limited to 300 and the numbers are creeping up – so don’t delay.

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

Greetings from Georgetown. Grand Secretary and I arrived here on Monday night from Port of Spain. Last Wednesday we arrived in Trinidad where we were joined by a large Deputation from the Province of Ross and Cromarty along with DGM Anthony Bostwick who has accompanied me throughout the tour. On Thursday morning a large number of brethren attended a meeting in Chaguanas at which they were invited to question Grand Secretary and me. It was an interesting morning – two hours of good, intelligent questions and discussion after which we partook of a first-rate Indian lunch.

In the evening we attended a meeting of Lodge Arima No 899. We were made very welcome by the Master of the Lodge, Brother Dante Selman-Carrington, who, along with his Office-bearers conferred an excellent FC Degree on behalf of two Candidates – Brothers Previn Reid and Michael Buckmire.

Next morning at 05.30 we headed to the Television Studios. The first show which was done in the studio went well but the second down the line interview was beset with technical problems. Next on the list was a radio interview followed by a visit to the Mayor of Port of Spain, Joel Martinez. We spent a very enjoyable hour in his company and learned much about the on-going development of the City under his leadership.

That evening we were guests of Lodge United Brothers to witness their unique EA Degree. Brother Damian A Lyder, Master of the Lodge and his Office-bearers did a fantastic job and those present who had not witnessed it before were very impressed by it.

Saturday 26th March saw 200 Brethren assemble in the Ballroom of the Radisson Hotel to witness the Installation of Brother Louis Jean Baptiste as District Grand Master of Trinidad and Tobago & Grenada along with his Commissioned Office-bearers. Immediately after the Installation, both Grand Secretary and I had to go for yet another antigen test in preparation for our visit to Guyana. In the evening, we were joined by the Ladies in the ballroom which had been transformed once again for the District Grand Lodge Banquet.

After the activity of the Installation and Ball, we travelled to Blanchisseeuse on the Sunday morning to the home of the Master of Lodge United Brothers, Senator Damian A Lyder, for a Brunch.

On Monday we left Trinidad and arrived in Guyana where we enjoyed a welcome reception. On Tuesday we met with the DGM and members of Lodge Alpha No 1594 for lunch before returning to the hotel to prepare for a visit to Lodge Alpha in the evening. The Brethren, under the leadership of the Master, Brother Ronald K Thorne, worked an excellent MM Degree for no less than five candidates. It was a delight to witness the Degree after which we joined with the Brethren in Harmony.

On Wednesday morning we had a meeting with the British High Commissioner, Her Excellency Jane Miller and in the evening I had the honour to install the new DGM of Guyana, Brother Sean Ronald Noel and his Commissioned Office-bearers after which we enjoyed an excellent Harmony. Today is our last day in Guyana – another antigen test at 10 then a meeting with the President of Guyana at 13.00 followed by the quarterly meeting of the District. We leave the hotel at 03.00 for our 06.00 flight to Miami. Will sum up next week.

SCFS

 

The Group saw its membership rise to 6398 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.

This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1154, submitted by 362 of its members.

These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 371 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge.

During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Aberdeenshire West, Edinburgh, Fife & Kinross, Forfarshire, Lanarkshire Middle Ward, Lanarkshire Upper Ward, Linlithgowshire and The Scottish Borders.

The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,075,514.

 

SCFS Overseas Report  

This week, we were delighted to receive an interesting post from the District of the Bahamas. 

  • Brother Pédro Turnquest, Secretary, Lodge San Andreas, No. 1835, shared news of a donation by the Lodge to the “Boys and Girls Club of San Andros” as the Lodge supported the group’s first Annual Cancer fundraiser. 
  • Our Overseas Membership is continuing to grow steadily. Brethren joining from a variety of Lodges have helped increase our Overseas Membership to 1728. 
  • The Lodge which had most new members coming from it was Lodge Peglerae, No. 1749, Transvaal, in the District of Central South Africa (which was the District from which most new members came this week). Reference must also be made to the District of Jamaica in terms of new members. 
  • We also now have 1335 Brethren from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who spread news, worldwide, of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren. New members joined from a wide geographical spread of 11 different Masonic constitutions: GL of New Zealand, GL of JapanGL of Mississippi, GL of NigeriaGL of Canada in the Province of Ontario, GL of Peru, GL of the Philippines, GL Alpina of Switzerland, GL of Alberta, GL of North Carolina, GL of Ireland

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason