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Address by the RWPGM - Saturday 12 October 2013
Brethren I do not propose to detain you for much longer. I think that we all have a very good idea concerning the happenings within the Province and know of the events that take place. We have a very good information service on PECs and also on the beautifully constructed web page designed by our Webmaster W.Bro David Fink.
I therefore wish to pay thanks to you all for turning up today. I have to thank those brethren who set up and pull down the Lodge, who manage the sound and the visuals. Brethren your work is a show of dedication to the Province and I thank you. May I also thank my fellow chain bearers or as some of you call us the Chain gang. We have between us visited 39 Lodges, presented 21 Long Service Certificates and Dedicated 3 New Banners. I have had the great pleasure of Dedicating a new Masonic Building in Bangor, having previously laid the Foundation Stone. It was a wonderful occasion and my thanks go to those Brethren of the St. David's Lodge who carried on their determined struggle for nearly 12 years. Brethren it is worth a visit.
I also look forward to Dedicating a New Lodge in Rhyl next month. It is a Past Master's Lodge and it will be a day time Lodge called Cambria Meridian Lodge of Installed Masters No. 9876.
There are others whom I must thank. Of course the Office staff and the Provincial Grand Secretary and my Director of Ceremonies, who is always at my side. Also all those Brethren who work up and down the Province in raising money by their own efforts for our Festival and local or National Charities. Your work is much valued as is your ingenuity in creating wondrous ways of arranging activities. I also thank the Lodge Treasurers, Secretaries, Almoners and Charity Stewards for the work they undertake and their willingness to attend Forums. Finally I must thank my Group Chairmen and Representatives. The work you carry out is excellent and you have been so willing to adapt to change.
I have great pleasure in announcing that I have appointed W.Bro. David Charles Thomas, PPSGW as the new Chairman of the Dyffryn Clwyd Group of Lodges and Chapters due to the retirement of W.Bro. Harry Davies following his promotion to my Assistant Provincial Grand Master. Thank you Brother Davies for all your hard work and support over the years. I congratulate the following Brethren on being appointed Officers of Grand Lodge:- W. Bro. Roger Corbett-Jones, W. Bro. Hywel Wyn Jones, and Henry Llewelyn Williams, all of whom received the rank of Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, and W. Bro. David James Phillips who was promoted to the rank of Past Junior Grand Deacon.
Our membership is down from last year, this is an improvement on last year which was down 73. We had fifteen fewer Initiates; there were 153 resignations which was an improvement of 19 on the previous year and 46 Brethren died. There is nothing we can do about the deaths but we can do a great deal about the other figures. Were the 153 resignations Mentored? Are we still open in our Masonry and do we carry on telling people what we do and why we are such a good Society? The matter rests in your hands and I am confident that I can leave the matter with you.
Personally may I thank the 17 Lodges I visited for their kindness and welcome to me and the Provincial Officers who attended with me. You made it all worthwhile.
I congratulate all the Brethren who have been appointed or promoted today. I hope that you enjoy your rank and continue with the good work you have so far engaged in.