Members’ Awareness Forum

A Members’ Awareness Forum organised by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire East was held in the Masonic Temple, Maxwellton Road, Paisley, on Saturday, 20th April.

The theme of the event was the Mason’s journey – from joining a daughter lodge as an EA and through the Offices to RWM, leading onwards to joining Provincial Grand Lodge and ultimately Grand Lodge.

The morning began with a selection of hot rolls and tea /coffee. Bro. Gavin Burt SPGM, opened the Forum and thanked all for attending before giving a brief overview of the morning’s events.

The PGM, Bro. Neil Fraser, officially welcomed everyone and thanked the Paisley Lodges for the use of their premises and hospitality.

IPPGM Bro. John S. Miller gave a brief lecture on “The Mission of Freemasonry”.

Two new Masons then spoke of their experiences of joining the Craft. Bro. Michael Kerr, Lodge Renfrew County Kilwinning No.370 and Bro. Nial Harrison, Lodge McLaren No. 1688. Both spoke very well. and are a credit to their respective Mother Lodges. Well done.

Up next was Bro. Allan Ramsay MacGregor, RWM of Lodge Eaglesham No.1265 who gave an insight into his Masonic career and his progression through the Offices until finally reaching the “Chair”.

He strongly recommended to the newer brethren that if they had any ambition to become RWM, that they should pursue it. “It will be well worth it”, Bro. MacGregor added.

Moving on to Provincial Grand Lodge, Bro. Brian Shields, PGL Director of Ceremonies, spoke on the role of PGL and the commitment and enjoyment of being part of it.

A “Break out Session” with all the newer members was held in the PGL Library to discuss recruitment and retention issues.

We were delighted to have the PG Secretary of Renfrewshire West, Bro. Allan Beck and IPPGM Bro. John Miller join the discussion. After the completion of the breakout session we were suitably refreshed with more hot rolls and drinks.

Continuing with the Forum, Bro. William “Bud” Gauld, Grand Director of Ceremonies spoke to the assembled brethren about his career to date in Grand Lodge. He went on to explain the make-up of Daughter, Provincial and District Grand Lodges.

He continued his talk on how Freemasonry has touched most people’s lives without them knowing it. He gave a very interesting insight into famous Freemasons and their contribution to history. A very fine talk and we thank Bro. Gauld for giving us his time on a Saturday morning.
The Forum finished with a Q and A session and the PGM closed the Forum at 12 noon.

An informative and worthwhile morning during which IPPGM Bro. John Miller “recruited” at least 9 new members for his New Masons Forum!

Report from notes prepared by SPGM Bro.Gavin Burt