Apr 30 2019
The Tri Annual meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire East took place on Monday 29th April in the premises of Lodge St John Busby No.458.
RWPGM Bro. Neil Fraser welcomed the Brethren and commented on the large turn -out. He then invited the RWM of Lodge St John Busby, Bro. Jeff Bailey, to the East and thanked him for the use of the premises.
Eulogies were given in respect of five Brethren who had passed to Higher Service. They were: Bro. Ian Beaton PM of Lodge Rutherglen Royal Arch No 116; Bro. Donnie Connell PM of Lodge Craigielea No.1218; Bro. John Munro PM of Lodge Albert Edward No.592; Bro. Brian Presswell PM of Lodge Nitshill No. 1478 and Bro, William Shannon an Affiliate Member of Lodge Douglas No.1557.
Following a minute’s silence the PGM commented on the huge contribution to this Province and Freemasonry in general that all these Brethren had made.
The PGM also acknowledged the contribution to the Province made by PDPGM Bro. Robert McPhee who resigned from Office earlier this year.
Following usual business several PGL Office Bearers and Stewards were Obligated by SPGM Bro. Gavin Burt.
Bro. Sam McNicol PM of Lodge Sir George Cathcart No.617 and Bro. Jim Robb PM of Lodge St John Busby No.458 were then called to edge of the carpet where Honorary Provincial Grand Ranks of Almoner and Junior Deacon respectively were conferred by PGM Bro. Neil Fraser.
The PGM thanked all those involved in organising the sporting events due to take place over the summer and gave his best wishes to all those taking part.
He also thanked the Brethren who had helped organise the recent coffee morning events for Prostate Scotland which had raised £800 for the charity and the Burns Supper which had raised £600 for the PGLRE 200th Anniversary Fund.
Those who had attended the recent PGLRE Divine Service and the successful Masonic Awareness Forum were also thanked for their participation.
Following the meeting, a cheque for £800 was presented to Morag Idan, Communications and Supporter Care Officer of Prostate Scotland, who thanked all the Brethren for their support and, in particular, PSPGM Bro. Chris Kerr for organising the coffee mornings which had raised the money.