On Thursday 10th April 2013, the Grand Master and GDC elect attended a combined meeting

of all lodges in the south east, namely Mount Gambier Lodge No. 35, Mount Gambier Lewis Lodge No. 183, Naracoorte Lodge No. 42 , Tatiara Lodge No. 68, Millicent Lodge No. 88, Kingston Lodge No. 161 and Penola Lodge No. 181.

 

Unfortunately the WM of Mount Gambier Lodge, Don Hamilton, was unable to attend due to an appointment in Adelaide.

 

This was the first occasion when all of these lodges were present at a combined meeting which included a lodge meeting with the Grand Master present.

 

After discussing the points from the previous District Meeting, each lodge representative gave a report of the happenings within their lodge, following which the Grand Master was invited to address the gathering.

 

The theme of his address was “communication” between Grand Lodge and lodges and individual brethren, stressing

  • The importance of the Grand Lodge Website and lodges regularly and continually updating their information on it. Generally, Secretaries throughout the jurisdiction are very slow to do so perhaps because they have forgotten how to log on which a ‘phone call to Rosa in the office can quickly solve.
  • The Grand Lodge Newsletter and the need for brethren to register their email address with Grand Lodge in order to receive it and their own personal circulars from the Grand Lodge office.
  • The importance of the Freemasons Foundation Newsletter and the new pamphlet which has just come out which refers to the changes which the Foundation is making to its operations.
  • The Masonic Homes newsletter which details the happenings and progress within the Homes.
  • The importance of Strategy 2020 and the Appraisal Process which all lodges are required to participate in.

The District Grand Superintendent Graham Hutchings who organised the occasion and its “style” of presentation, was delighted with the full attendance of some 50 brethren and the enthusiasm shown by them. It was agreed that the next District Meeting will follow the same style at a lodge room to be decided.