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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,

Further to the information circulated last week, I can now inform you that the funeral for Past Grand Secretary, Brother David MacKay Begg, will take place at Falkirk Crematorium on Saturday 4th February at 11.15.

I hope and trust that you are all enjoying Burns Festivities this week. I had an excellent night on Wednesday at the Burns & Hogg celebration at Lodge Canongate Kilwinning where the Orator was Dr Valentina Bold. Dr Bold is a researcher and presenter, who has written books on Burns and James Hogg as well as many others. Her presentation on both poets was excellent. Last night I was at Prestonfield House where Willie Hunter, the Edinburgh Solicitor, proposed a first-class Immortal Memory. Actor David Ashton offered the Toast to the Lassies in grand style and it was responded to in hilarious fashion by comedienne, Susan Morrison.

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of chairing a meeting of the District and Provincial Grand Masters during which time Bro Will Rowan gave a presentation on the proposed Young Masons Network. Delighted to say that the DGMs and PGMs were all very supportive of the initiative which is now being progressed through the Communications Committee.

SCFS

 

This week saw Group membership rise to 7036 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.

The total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group has risen to 1527, submitted by 443 of its members.

These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 425 Lodges, from within 59 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 

This week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Linlithgowshire, Perthshire West and Ross & Cromarty.

The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,935,567.


SCFS Overseas Report

This week,we were delighted to publish news shared by Brother Robert Duffney, PM, of a very generous donation by Lodge Northcliffe, No. 1086, Newfoundland and Labrador, to the local “Grand Falls Windsor Community Kitchen”. In addition, a further donation was made by the Lodge to “Youth 2000 Centre”, a well-used Community Youth resource.

We are grateful to those Overseas Lodges and Districts who continue to share news of their support of others and look forward to publishing similar posts from others.

• Over the past number of weeks, the Overseas membership has continued to grow and, in this respect, particular mention must be made to the Districts of East Africa, Middle East, Western Australia, The Bahamas, Jordan, Lebanon, and Belgium.
• Additional members were also approved from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, such as from UGLE (South Wales, Bengal), GL of Florida, GL of Brazil, GL of Georgia, GL of the Philippines, GL of Cyprus, GL of South Australia and Northern Territory, and the GL of Louisiana. Our 1700th member is fast approaching.
 
It was a great pleasure to also welcome Brother Brad Billings, Immediate Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas.

I’m looking forward to getting the Rededication programme underway tomorrow when I visit Lodge St Enoch No 1288 to celebrate their Centenary. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the Dinner but I am delighted Past Depute Grand Master, Brother Kenneth Kennedy will take over from me in the evening while I travel to the east end of Glasgow to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow Masters Dinner hosted by the PGM, Brother Andy Mushet. Again, I am very much looking forward to the evening when I will have the opportunity to address the Brethren.

On Monday, Grand Secretary and I are heading to London to celebrate the tercentenary of the “1723 Lodges”. It looks like an interesting programme. Will give you all a report next week.

When we return, the February Communication of Grand Lodge will take place on Thursday 2nd February when I look forward to welcoming many of you to Edinburgh.

After the Communication, I will be heading to Barrhead on Friday night to a meeting of Lodge Union and Crown. Saturday morning I’ll attend David Begg’s funeral, followed by an afternoon trip to Mauchline to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Lodge St David No 133.

 

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 all be aware by now, we have, this week mourned the passing of Brother David MacKay Begg, Past Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Scotland. I am sure that you will all wish to join with me in extending our heartfelt condolences to his wife Fiona and the entire family at this time of sadness. Details of funeral arrangements will be circulated in due course by Grand Secretary.

Yesterday, we had a special meeting of Grand Committee to discuss the motion being tabled in Grand Lodge at our February meeting. I am delighted to say that Grand Committee voted that the motion was indeed competent and that it will be tabled on the 2nd February.

There is still a vast amount of work required to prepare the way for the proposals to become reality but at long last, we are finally making great and real progress in bringing Grand Lodge into the 21st century. I must convey my sincere thanks to Grand Secretary for the immense amount of work he has put into getting us to this stage in the future development of our beloved Craft.

SCFS

 
  • This week saw Group membership rise to 7027 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 1522, submitted by 443 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 425 Lodges, from within 59 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,932,261.

SCFS Overseas Report

 

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

This week,we were delighted to publish news provided by Brother Scott Bartlett, IPDGM, of a very generous donation through Lodge Tasker, No. 454, Newfoundland and Labrador, to the local Community Food Sharing Association. 

  • Once again, the Overseas membership continues to increase and, in this respect, particular mention must be made to theCaledonian Lodge of Kampala, No. 1815, Uganda, East Africa. 
  • Additional members were also approved from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, such as from the Grand Lodge of New Jersey. We now have 1687 of such members and look forward to welcoming our 1700th. 

Accompanied by the First Grand Principal, MEC Joe Morrow, along with Brother Tom Smith, Past Depute Grand Master and his wife Susan, Ann and I attended the Burns Supper organised by Linlithgow Royal Arch Chapter on Wednesday night. What an excellent time we had. Albeit we three had to work for our supper. Tom addressed the Haggis, Joe proposed the Immortal Memory and I had the privilege of presenting the Toast to the Lassies. Our sincere thanks to the organising committee for a tremendous night.

We are now getting well into the Burns season and next week I am looking forward to the Burns and Hogg evening in Edinburgh; the following night I am a guest of Prostate Scotland at a Burns Supper in Prestonfield House, and the week concludes with the Strathpeffer Burns Club celebration at which our Assistant Grand Secretary, Brother Duncan McFadyen will be proposing the Immortal Memory.

Over the next few months, we are going to be busy with Installations and Rededications both at home and overseas. Could I appeal to all Lodges / Districts / Provinces to return all necessary paperwork to Bro Lenny Pederson as soon as is practicable in order that we can confirm the paperwork and give the Deputations as much advance notice of their various duties as possible. Your assistance with this will ensure that we can provide the best possible celebration for you.

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,

The New Year Festival of the Order of Danish Freemasons was an outstanding event.  Over 500 Brethren were present to witness the ceremony in the magnificent home of Danish Freemasonry. The procession of visiting Grand Masters, Sovereign Grand Commanders and other dignitaries was accompanied not only by Grand Organist but a full-blown orchestra. The ceremony itself, while conducted in Danish, was nevertheless a tremendous event in which to be involved. Brother Douglas Gray, Grand Master of Ireland and I were very impressed by the Ceremony of Light. This involved the Grand Master, Brother Walter Schwartz, taking the light of Freemasonry, in the form of a candle, and lighting the candles of each of his Provincial Masters so that they in turn could take that light back to their respective Provinces. A very moving and poignant ceremony.

The dinner following the ceremony was equally impressive during which we were entertained by the Danish Girls’ Choir of Fredensborg Chapel. The choir, which consists of 20 girls aged 13–20, under the direction of Cille Buch, who is an active opera singer and actress in her own right, was one of the highlights of the weekend. The singing was of the highest order and their rendition of the Irish Blessing was superb.

The festival concluded on the Sunday afternoon with an orchestral concert in the main chamber of the building. 

Also present from Scotland were M∴P∴ Sovereign Grand Commander Bro Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont 33˚ and M∴Ill∴ Grand Secretary General Bro Alexander Galbraith 33˚

SCFS

 

 

This week saw Group membership rise to 7024 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.

The total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rose to 1519, submitted by 442 of its members.

These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 424 Lodges, from within 58 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 

This week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Fife & Kinross, Linlithgowshire, Midlothian, Perthshire East and Perthshire West.

The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,931,411.

SCFS Overseas Report

We were delighted to publish information this week of a most important donation to the Cape Maclear Clinic, towards the prevention of the spread of the Cholera outbreak in the area, by Lodge Viphya, No. 1571, Blantyre, Malawi

  • The Overseas membership continues to increase and now sits at 1884. This week, for new members joining, particular mention must be made to Lodge Sir Walter Scott Breadalbane, No. 859 (Western Australia), Lodge Melacca, No. 1851 (Malaysia, Middle East)and Lodge Allegiance, No. 1465 (Belgium).
  • Additional members were also approved from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, such as from the GL of Minnesota, and the GL of New Jersey.
  • A special welcome was extended to Brother Fatih Sahin, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Ukraine.

 

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

This has been a very productive week in Grand Lodge. The special meeting of the Admin Committee went well on Wednesday as a result of which the proposals for the Motion to be tabled in Grand Lodge in February will all go forward to Grand Committee next week.

The Heads of Orders meeting yesterday was both informative and positive. All present gave updates on various aspects of the work being carried out, the state of membership and IT Integration among the Orders. The current initiative by Grand Lodge on Young Masons was welcomed and the meeting concluded with an excellent lunch hosted by the Royal Order of Scotland.

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,

A Good New Year to you all. May 2023 bring you health and happiness.

Yesterday in Grand Lodge I had several very useful and productive meetings. First was a meeting with Assistant Grand Secretary and Brother Lenny Pedersen to confirm the “Team Lists” for the forthcoming Installations and Rededications. The lists will be forwarded to Grand Lodge Office-bearers and to the respective Lodges and Provinces next week.

That was followed by a Zoom meeting with the Brethren in Sri Lanka where I will be Consecrating a new Superintendency and installing their first Grand Superintendent, Brother Dharmin Perera, next month.

Thirdly, another in-house meeting to get updates on the progress being made in respect of the District Grand Lodge Installations in February and March which was followed by a visit to the chemist to ensure that all inoculations etc., are up to date.

This weekend I am travelling to Denmark to participate in the New Year Festival of the Order of Danish Freemasons. This not only cements our relationship with Denmark, it is also an ideal opportunity to meet up, at the beginning of the year, with all the European Grand Masters.

SCFS

 
  • This week saw Group membership rise to 7018 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • The total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rose to 1512, submitted by 441 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 424 Lodges, from within 58 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • This week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Glasgow and Perthshire West.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,929,861.

SCFS Overseas Report

We were delighted to publish the following posts this week, celebrating our first examples of Masonic support of 2023.

  • Brother George Rogers, PDGM, Western Australia, advised of a very generous donation of over £17,000 by the Scottish Masonic Charitable Foundation of WA, the District Grand Lodge, and the Daughter Lodges in the District of Western Australia, to the Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Brother Craig Jessop, DDGMEastern Province of the Cape of Good Hope, shared news of the continued support by the District of the Old Folks’ Home in Buffelsfontein, getting the year off to a wonderful start by delivering 300 helpings of food to the residents.  
  • The Overseas membership continues to increase. This week, particular mention must be made to Lodge Scotia, No. 1003, Middle East (Malaysia), from which the final new member of 2022 came, bringing our Overseas membership for the year to a very successful conclusion. 

Additional members were also approved from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, such as from UGLE (England, Trinidad, and Tobago), GL of Western Australia, GL of the Philippines, and the GL of Louisiana. 

Next week in Grand Lodge we have a special meeting of the Administration Committee to discuss the necessary changes to the Constitution and Laws which will be required in respect of the proposed changes to the governance proposals. 

That will be followed on Thursday with the annual meeting of the Heads of Orders.

I will finish the week off with a visit to Lodge St Nicholas No 93 on Saturday and the Divine Service of the Lodges based in Inverness on Sunday.

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 hope and trust that you have all enjoyed the Christmas festivities and are looking forward to the New Year.

As we approach the end of 2022, we can look back with much satisfaction. During the year, we have witnessed our Lodges at home and overseas returning to something approaching normal after two years of lockdown. Much hard work has taken place to ensure that our lodge rooms are safe to be in and I thank everyone for their efforts. It is so good to be back

We have all experienced a difficult two years and no doubt 2023 will continue to present challenges at all levels of our organisation but I am confident that with determination, commitment, and a widespread will to make our Craft fit for purpose for the 21st Century we will overcome the challenges.

May you all, along with your families, have a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2023. Lets’ start the year with words of wisdom from that legend of Scottish rugby, the late Doddie Weir – “Whatever your situation, make the most you can of each day; be nice to people and laugh as much as possible”.

A good New Year to you all.

SCFS

 
 
  • This week saw Group membership rise to 7007 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 1507, submitted by 439 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 424 Lodges, from within 58 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • This week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Ayrshire, Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife & Kinross, Galloway, Glasgow, Kincardineshire, Linlithgowshire, Perthshire East, Ross & Cromarty and Stirlingshire.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,912,311.

SCFS Overseas Report

We were delighted to publish the following posts this week:

  • Brother Scott Bartlett, IPDGM, advised of very generous donations by Lodge Humber, No. 1475, in the District of Newfoundland and Labrador, to the Deer Lake Regional Foodbank and also to the local Ecumenical Food Sharing Group, which provided hampers and hot Christmas dinners to those in need. 
  • Brother Nico Volckeryck, PM, Lodge Wellington, No. 1385 (AntwerpBelgium), posted news of a wonderful donation of 4000 presents, delivered to the homeless on Christmas Eve, which the Lodge was greatly involved in. 
  • The Overseas membership continues to increase, particularly helped by new members joining from Lodge Midland Junction, No. 972(Western Australia), Lodge Darul Takzim, No. 1836 (Middle East - Malaysia)andLodge St. Andrew, No. 1756 (Bahamas)Additional members were also approved from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS such as from the Grand Lodge of Virginia

During January, I will be representing Grand Lodge at the following meetings –

7th January - New Year Festival organised by the Danish Order of Freemasons in Copenhagen. 

12th January – Heads of Orders Meeting in Edinburgh.

14th January – Lodge St Nicholas No 93 in Aberdeen.

15th January – Inverness Lodges Joint Divine Service

16th January – Overseas, External Affairs and Special Purposes Committee

19th January – Special meeting of Grand Committee

25th January – Burns & Hogg Evening – Lodge Canongate Kilwinning No 2

28th January – Lodge St Enoch No 1288 Centenary

28th January – Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow Masters Dinner.

30th and 31st January – Tercentenary of the 1723 Lodges - London

                                                         

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

 

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

Brethren, as we are fast approaching Christmas Day, may I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New year.

I would like to thank the Past PG Masters, Commissioned and Elective Office-bearers of PG Lodge together with the Daughter Lodges for all their support during 2022.

I was delighted that the Province was again able to support many local and national organizations and charities and would congratulate everyone for their generosity and their outstanding efforts.

As we approach the end of 2022 and the start of a new year, we have a number of important events to look forward to.

On Sunday 29th January 2023, a Provincial Grand Lodge Divine Service will be held in Lyle Kirk, Greenock at 2pm. The service, which will be conducted by the Revd Jonathan Fleming, assisted by Past PG Chaplain Revd Bro David Mitchell and PG Chaplain Bro George J Carson, is open to all brethren and their families.

This will be an In Memoriam service, serving as a tribute to, and a record of, every brother of the Province who passed to the Grand Lodge Above during the Covid 19 pandemic.

At the beginning of February our PG Master Designate Bro John W Black and his team of Commissioned Office -bearers, commence their 5 Year Commission . With the Annual Communication of Provincial Grand Lodge being held within Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68, in Port Glasgow on Friday 3rd February 2023.

The Installation of the new PG Master Bro John Black and his Commissioned Office-bearers will take place on Saturday 18th March 2023 in Greenock Town Hall, full details of the Installation will be issued shortly by PG Secretary .

Brethren, I hope that you all have a very enjoyable festive period and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Please stay safe and look after yourselves.

 

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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 Christmas Day approaches, I read again Brother Rev Dr Angus Kerr’s Advent message which is truly a message of hope for the future. A message of hope that we can all reflect on and a message of hope that will undoubtedly mean different things to each of us. 

Having just returned from the Holy Land where I had meaningful meetings with Brethren of many faiths, my hope as we move forward into 2023 is that the world may take notice of Freemasonry. As Brother, HRH the Duke of Kent stated at the 250thanniversary of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, our beloved Craft is one of very few places in the world where men of all creeds, colours, religions can meet in Brotherly Love, Peace and Harmony. How wonderful it would be if the world would follow our example and end man’s inhumanity to man which exists in so many places today.

I hope too, that all the good community work our Brethren and their families involved themselves in will continue as we face another difficult year in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic. May I take this opportunity to thank you all, at home and overseas, for all you have done in the past year to keep the light of freemasonry burning brightly by your endeavour within your communities. 

Within our organisation there is also hope that the work being undertaken by our Grand Secretary to change the governance structure will come to fruition thereby ensuring a brighter and more efficient way ahead for the Craft in general.

I pray that all Brethren and their families will have a very happy, blessed and enjoyable Christmas and that 2023 will bring you all that you wish for.

May you all have the spirit of Christmas, which is Peace, the gladness of Christmas, which is Hope, and the heart of Christmas, which is Love and that 2023 will, through the values of Freemasonry, see that Peace, Hope and Love make the world a happier and healthier place. 


SCFS

 

Another significant milestone has been reached within the group and many congratulations are extended to our 7000th member … Brother Andrew (Andy) Mclean. Brother Mclean is Senior Warden in Lodge The Gael, No. 609 in the Province of Glasgow. 

This week saw Group membership rise to 7006 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.

The total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group has risen to 1476, submitted by 430 of its members.

These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 421 Lodges, from within 58 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 

This week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of East Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife & Kinross, Glasgow, Kincardineshire, Lanarkshire Middle Ward, Linlithgowshire, Orkney & Zetland and Ross & Cromarty.

The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,902,761.

SCFS Overseas Report

  • Brother George Rogers, PDGM, District Grand Lodge of Western Australia, posted news of the excellent support given by the Scottish Masonic Charitable Foundation of Western Australia (SMCFWA) to the “Surf Life Saving WA - Youth Program” through its Personal Development Leadership Skills camp for 55 youth members. In addition, the SMCFWA was involved in supporting veterans in Western Australia with Christmas gift cards and Christmas puddings, this support totalling over £8000. 
  • Brother Tony Mansfield, Master, Lodge Ponsonby, No. 708, shared news of the sponsorship of over £2500 by the brethren in the District of North Island New Zealand of a young piper in order to progress her musical development. 
  • Brother Scott Bartlett, IPDGM, advised of a very generous donation by the District Grand Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador to the Hurricane Fiona Relief Fund. 
  • The Overseas membership continues to increase, particularly helped by new members joining from Lodge Pythagoras, No. 1841, (Lebanon), and Lodge Jordan, No. 1339, (Jordan). Additional members were also approved from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS such as the GL of North Carolina, GL of Spain, and the Regular GL of Italy.

Our hearty congratulations are extended to our Immediate Past District Grand Master of the Bahamas, Brother Joseph Curry, who, last Thursday, presented his Letters of Credentials to Pope Francis, accrediting him as Non-Resident Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the Holy See. This is a type of assignment where the State and the Church work together in the local and international community for the advancement of mankind; peace and security; and a better quality of life for all citizens of the world. We wish Brother Curry every success in his new Office.                                                          

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,

Have just returned from a very productive week with our friends in Jordan. Due to the sensitivity involved in that country at the moment, I can only report that all is going well and that I was looked after very well indeed. During the week I was taken first of all to Mount Nebo where Moses died and was buried. Later, I was introduced to Rustom Mkhjian the Director General of the Baptism Site Commission who gave me a very informative tour of the site and took me to the spot where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist. 

I can also say that the weather was a bit warmer than you have been experiencing at home. On the way home from a meeting on Monday night it was nineteen degrees about 23.30 hours – which, for the Jordanians, was cold.

Hopefully as things change, I will be able to give a full account of my visit in the new yearbook.

Today I will hopefully get down the A9 to join the staff at 96 George Street for their Christmas Lunch. I’m sure that you would wish me to convey our thanks to them for all that they have done during the year and pass on our Christmas greetings to them all.

SCFS

 
Bumper week for SCFS this week, 27 posts, 10 new contributors and another 6 Lodges having posted for the first time.
 
The Group saw its membership rise to 6991 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 1452, submitted by 426 of its members.
These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 418 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 Provincial Grand Lodges of Aberdeen City, Dumfriesshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife & Kinross, Kincardineshire, Lanarkshire Middle Ward, Linlithgowshire Renfrewshire West, and The Scottish Borders.
The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,861,031.
 

SCFS Overseas Report

We were delighted to publish information from Brother Andre Wissler, who shared news of the very prompt donation by Lodge Turffontein, No. 1556, in the District of Central South Africa, of urgently required food provisions to Epworth Children’s Home and also cooked food to St. Mary’s Children’s Home.

• Brother Keith Thomas shared news of the Lodge Christmas Supper, hosted by Lodge Carbonear, No. 1043, in the District of Newfoundland and Labrador, for brethren, members of the local community and widows of former members, during which a financial donation to St. Vincent du Paul Foodbank was presented. 
• Brother Scott Bartlett, IPDGM, also advised of a further financial donation to the same local Foodbank in Carbonear by Lodge Heart’s Content, No. 1275.

• The Overseas membership of the SCFS group continues to increase and now stands at 1874 brethren.  

• In addition, this week, new members were approved from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS such as the GL of PennsylvaniaGL of Mississippi, GL of the Czech Republic, and the GL of Japan. This brings our ICM membership to 1672 brethren. 

** We are grateful to those Overseas Lodges and Districts/Superintendencies which have recently been very supportive in sharing news of their charitable activities and look forward to further publishing similar posts from them and others. **

I am well aware that many Lodges are having family activities over the next week or so. I hope and trust that you all have a very happy and enjoyable time at all events.                                                                                                   

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

 

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason