Oct 25 2018
Two Past Masters of Lodge Georgetown No.1170 who have together given 90 years service to their lodge were presented with Distinguished Service Diplomas on Wednesday, 3rd October.
Bro. Jim McEwen PM Treasurer and Bro. Ian Morton PM were presented with their well-deserved Diplomas by DPGM Bro, Robert McPhee.
The presentation was made, most appropriately, on an evening when the lodge held a MM Degree and raised Jim McEwen’s grandson, Bro. Gordon McEwen as a Master Mason.
Bro. Jim McEwan who was Initiated, Passed and Raised in 1972 and had his Mark Ceremonial in 1973 served his lodge as RWM on three occasions 1998, 2002 and 2010. He has been Treasurer from 2003 to the present.
Bro. Jim has also been an Installing Master on five occasions, including for 2 of his 5 sons – whom he initiated into the craft.
He also took the lead in organising the lodge’s recent Centenary Celebrations – which were a great success.
PM Bro. Ian Morton who was Initiated, Passed, Raised and received his Mark Ceremonial in 1974 served as RWM in 2005 and 2007 and has been the lodge’s Bar Manager for a number of years.
Bro. Ian is a great fund raiser and has been responsible for helping to raise thousands of pounds – which has contributed greatly towards keeping the lodge in a healthy financial position.
Along with his wife Luz, they dedicate many long hours maintaining the lodge premises, including cleaning, and allowing lets access for functions and events.
In conjunction with the lodge Bro. Ian has also helped raised thousands of pounds for the children of the Philippines – which he visits regularly to donate items such as: clothes, shoes, pencils, jotters and other essentials to school children in the country.
Much of the money raised is done through Freemasonry and by organising events hosted and supported by the brethren of the lodge.
Making the presentations, DPGM, Bro. Robert McPhee told them: “I am absolutely delighted and honoured to present you both with the very rare and great honour of Distinguished Service – for the work you do on behalf of your lodge and the dedication and commitment you have given over all these years. It is very fitting that this happens during your Centenary Year celebrations.
“Charity work is an important aspect of our great craft and it also bonds us closer together in our quest to help others.
“Bro. Jim and Bro. Ian, we offer our sincere congratulations and utmost respect for everything you have done and continue to do for your lodge, for your community and the magnificent charity work that you continue to support.”