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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

Greetings from Port of Spain. I arrived here on Wednesday night from Barbados. I was joined in Barbados by Grand Secretary, and we enjoyed a very productive time with the Brethren of Barbados.

The District Grand Master, Brother Andre S F Harding was very much aware that there had not been a lot of spare time over the past few weeks. That being the case, he made arrangements for us to have a relaxing day on the Thursday at the West Indies v England test Match. It was my first ever cricket match and it proved to be a very enjoyable day, especially as I was introduced to Sir Garfield Sobers.

On Friday 18th March we were taken to what used to be the Lodge Rooms in Bridgetown but now hosts a Masonic Museum on the top floor and a more general museum on the lower floor dealing with the economy and business of Barbados. Before starting the tour, I was interviewed, along with the DGM, on CBC TV. In the evening, we were taken to a cocktail reception where we met many of the Brethren and their ladies.

Saturday was the big day. We had a rehearsal at 08.00, photographs at 09.00 and straight into the Installation at 10.00. All went well and it was a delight to install Brother Andre S F Harding and his Commission into Office. The ensuing Banquet commenced at 18.30 in the evening

Sunday was the closest I came to having a day off since I left on 25th February however, in the evening we hosted a number of senior Brethren from all Constitutions to a reception.

First duty on Monday was to undergo a PCR test in preparation of our next stop in Trinidad. Thereafter, we visited Mount Gay Rum Distillery where we enjoyed a tour, lunch and private tasting In the evening, we attended the regular meeting of Lodge Scotia No 340 at which they held a Lodge of Sorrow in respect of one of their members, the late Hon Mr Justice Ethrine Garvey Husbands, PM. 

Tuesday March 22nd – Grand Secretary and I met with the Barbados Cancer Society and three members of the District Grand Lodge to discuss how the District can be instrumental in delivering a programme that will heighten Prostate Cancer awareness. It was a very productive meeting and Dawn Oliff has already been in touch with them to assist and advise based on our experience with Prostate Cancer Scotland. In the evening we had a farewell dinner on the west side of the island at the Beach House restaurant. A very enjoyable experience with the DGM and the members of his Installation Organising Committee. 

SCFS

 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6377 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1141, submitted by 361 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 369 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge.
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Aberdeen City, Fife & Kinross, Forfarshire, Perthshire West, Renfrewshire East and Ross & Cromarty.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,067,818.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

We were delighted to receive the following posts this week:

  • Brother George Rogers, PDGM, shared news of a sizeable donation made on behalf of the Scottish Masonic Charitable Foundation of Western Australia and the Daughter Lodges to the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Western Australia.
  • Brother Beng Hock Teo, PDG Secretary, posted on behalf of Brother Ng Chee Wee, PM/Almoner, detailing the excellent and prompt response by Lodge Sarawak, No. 1452, Malaysia, in the District of Middle East, to an appeal for rapid antigen test kits by the Salvation Army Boys’ Home in Kuching.
  • Brother Robert Duffney, IPM, provided information about the generous donation from Lodge Northcliffe, No.1086, in the District of Newfoundland and Labrador, to the Milltown-Head of Bay D' Espoir Winter Carnival Committee.
  • Our Overseas Membership is continuing to grow steadily. Brethren joining from Lodges in the Districts of BahamasMiddle East (Malaysia), North Island New ZealandNigeriaTrinidad and Tobago & Grenada, and Belgium (under supervision), have helped increase our Overseas Membership to 1722.
  • We also now have 1325 Brethren from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who spread news, worldwide, of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren. New members joined from 7 different Masonic constitutions: GL of Romania, GL of the Philippines, GL of the State of IsraelGL of Canada in the Province of Ontario, GL of California. In addition, further warm welcomes were extended to Brother Chris UchmanDeputy Grand Master of the GL of Alberta (who will be installed as Grand Master in June) and to Brother Sarosh DordiPast Deputy Grand Master of the GL of India.

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

Greetings from Bridgetown, Barbados. I arrived here on Wednesday night from Jamaica.

Jamaica was busy. On Wednesday 9th I attended a reception at the home of the District D of C, Brother Horace Reid and met up with Brother Jim Bell and Brother Billy Grant at the reception.

Brother Bell is Proxy District Grand Master of Jamaica and Brother Grant is Proxy Master of Lodge Elgin. 

On Tuesday morning we headed to the Masonic Temple in MacGregor Square where I rededicated The Glenlyon Lodge with the assistance of Brother Bell, Brother Lloyd Moore and Brother Very Rev Peter Clarke.  That was followed by a lunch hosted by the Lodge. 

At night we had a second reception at the Pegasus Hotel.

Thursday was a repeat performance at MacGregor Square, to celebrate the 250 years of the District Grand Lodge. Another lunch and another reception at night at the home of the new DGM, Brother Dr Courtney King Palmer. 

Saturday morning, we congregated in the Hotel Ballroom for the Installation Ceremony. All went well and again I was indebted to Brothers Jim Bell and Very Rev Peter Clarke for their assistance. 

This was followed by the Banquet where we were joined by the wives of the Brethren. It was a late night which made getting up at 06.30 to attend Church at 07.30 somewhat difficult but we enjoyed a stirring Lenten sermon from the Rector, Rev Franklyn Jackson. 

After the service we headed to the Sunday Brunch and Entertainment – an absolutely great event.

On Monday morning there was a courtesy call with the Governor General then we headed north to Port Maria to witness an excellent FC Degree carried out by thr Brethren of Lodge Caledonian. 

We were late back but it was up and away just after 08.00 the following morning to Newcastle Hill Military Training Unit where we joined a group of Officers (all of whom are Masons) for a traditional Jamaican breakfast and a visit to the Military Museum.

That evening we we attended the Installation meeting of Lodge St Andrew No 1684. At the conclusion of the meeting, we were privileged to be present at one of the best Harmonies I can remember in a long time. A total of 14 songs were sung as accompaniments to the Toasts.  

After just 4 hours sleep it was off to Miami where I had 6 hours before the flight to Barbados on which I was accompanied by the DGM and Depute DGM of Bahamas, both of whom were supporting me on the journey through the Caribbean.

SCFS

 
 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6364 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1129, submitted by 358 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 364 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Forfarshire, Lanarkshire Middle Ward and Ross & Cromarty.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,033,209.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

Our membership of Brethren from Overseas Lodges operating under the Grand Lodge of Scotland, and other recognised constitutions, continues to grow steadily. 

  • In this respect, reference may be made to Lodge Ophirton, No. 886, in the District of Central South Africa (RSA), and to Lodge St. John, No. 1072, located in ThailandDistrict of Middle East. Brethren joining from those Lodges helped increase our Overseas Membership to 
  • We also now have 1312 Brethren from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, such as Lodge Rosendal, No. 839, Grand Lodge of Denmark,who help spread the news, worldwide, of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren. 
  • New members recently joined from a number of different Masonic constitutions, with a notable response this week coming from Brethren under the Grand Lodge of the Philippines
  • Also worthy of mention this week are the GL of CaliforniaUnited GL of Victoria, GL of Nigeria, and UGLE(England, North Island New Zealand). 
  • We are delighted to also welcome our 1300th ICM (International Constitution Member). Congratulations are extended to Brother Marvin DeocaresWM, Emon Masonic Lodge, No. 179Grand Lodge of the Philippines.

Again, we would encourage our Overseas Lodges and Districts to continue sharing news of their good support of others and look forward to publishing posts from them … most especially first posts from some Districts. 

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

Greetings from Jamaica, where I arrived on Wednesday from the Bahamas. 

After the appearance on “Morning Sunrise” TV last week, it was a trip to Government House to meet the Governor General of the Bahamas, His Excellency Sir Cornelius Smith. He was a charming individual and displayed a real and sincere interest in all that the Scottish Freemasons were doing throughout the Bahamas. On Friday night there was another reception with Brethren and their wives.

On Saturday morning, along with Brother Tom Davidson I conducted a rehearsal for the Installation with the local Brethren who were participating. In the afternoon, over 200 Brethren gathered for the Installation of Brother Anthony Ulysees Bostwick and his Commission in the very pleasant surrounds of the Baha Mar Hotel. It was a real pleasure to see so many Brethren in the Lodge. After the Installation we enjoyed the Banquet which concluded with a spectacular Junkanoo performance, and I know that some of you have viewed that on Facebook.

Sunday morning was spent at St Agnes Church where the Minister, Archdeacon Keith Cartwright, gave a very powerful sermon based on the 1st Sunday in lent. After the service we made our way to the building site which will eventually be the new Masonic Temple, but which had been transformed with tents and used for a barbeque for Brethren and their wives. I had to leave early to go for another antigen test to travel to Grand Bahama the following day. On Grand Bahama, I met with the Minister for Grand Bahama, Mrs Ginger Moxey with whom we discussed ways in which the Freemasons could further engage with the community.  I was then shown some of the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian before enjoying the working of a truly excellent FC Degree by the Brethren of Lodge St Andrew in the evening.

Another early morning flight, and we arrived back in Nassau where I had the chance to catch up with emails and such before starting to pack for the trip to Jamaica. However, before Jamaica, it was a visit to Lodge St David 1741 where I witnessed an excellent EA Degree. The standard of ritual in Bahamas is extremely high. Next week – the Jamaican experience and onward to Barbados.

SCFS

 

When the “Scottish Constitution Freemasonry Supports” Facebook Group was created in May 2020, to provide Brethren, Lodges, Districts and Provinces operating under the Grand Lodge of Scotland with a means of sharing the support being provided at home and abroad during the Covid-19 pandemic, it was anticipated that it would be a relatively short initiative. Now almost 2 years later, with examples of support being widened to encompass all support (not restricted to Covid-19 specific), the submissions to the group have been, and continue to be, overwhelming … resulting in yet another significant milestone being reached. As of today, the value of the examples of this support, both monetary and in kind, which have been published, has exceeded £2M … with £2,032,309 having been recorded within the group.

The Group saw its membership rise to 6342 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world. This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1125, submitted by 357 of its members. 

These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 364 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Forfarshire, Glasgow, Lanarkshire Middle Ward, Linlithgowshire, Perthshire East, Renfrewshire East and The Scottish Borders.

 

SCFS Overseas Report  

 

Our membership of Brethren from Lodges located outside Scotland continues to grow steadily and the new members whom we have recently welcomed demonstrate the wide reach of the SCFS group. Included in that number were Brethren from Overseas Lodges operating under the Grand Lodge of Scotland and also Brethren from other Lodges working under Grand Lodges which are in amity with the GLoS, such as Beverly Hills Lodge, No. 528, Grand Lodge of California.

In this respect, reference may also be made to Lodge St. John, No. 1062, in the District of Barbados, and to Lodge of Togo, No. 1677, located in TokoinTogo. Brethren joining from those Lodges, and from Lodges in the Districts of Central South Africa, LebanonFar East (Hong Kong), and Sierra Leone and The Gambia, brings our Overseas Membership to 1714. 

We also now have 1296 Brethren from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who spread news, worldwide, of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren. New members recently joined from 10 different Masonic constitutions: GL of New Zealand, GL of Florida, GL of the Philippines, GL of California, GL of Ireland (South Africa Northern), GL of PennsylvaniaUGLE (England, North Island New Zealand), United GL of Victoria, GL of Idaho, GL of Sweden.

A special welcome was extended to Brother Jorge Aladro, Past Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Florida. 

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

Greetings from The Bahamas. I arrived here yesterday afternoon after three very special days in Bermuda. 

It was a bad start to the tour with British Airways cancelling all flights on Saturday morning due to an IT failure. As a result, I was two days late in getting to Bermuda. However, we certainly made up for lost time and on Tuesday 1st March, I had the immense pleasure of installing Brother Martin Paul Weekes as our new Grand Superintendent in Bermuda. He is undoubtedly a worthy successor to Brother David Cook who has carried out his duties with great success over the past five years. Brother Weekes is an extremely active and committed Freemason. He has some very positive ideas as to how to take the Superintendency forward and I look forward to seeing his progress. Scottish Freemasonry in Bermuda is in a very healthy state.

On Wednesday 2nd March Brother Weekes and I toured the island and visited all three Lodges. I thereafter had another antigen test before spending a very enjoyable evening in the Officers Mess at Police Headquarters.

The remainder of Wednesday evening was spent trying to get a Bahamas Health Visa which I eventually succeeded in doing at 11.30 pm. 

I am now in Nassau and look forward to installing Brother Anthony Ulysees Bostwick as the new District Master on Saturday.

This morning I was on Bahamas Breakfast Television talking about Scottish Freemasonry and the support we are giving to Prostate Cancer Research. Later today I have meetings with both the Governor General and the Prime Minister and tonight a reception with Brethren and their wives.

I will endeavour to give you brief updates each week which will eventually lead to a full-blown account of the trip in the 2023 Yearbook.

SCFS

 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6327 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1115, submitted by 354 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 363 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Forfarshire and Orkney & Zetland.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £1,951,659.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

This week, we were delighted to receive a very interesting post from Bermuda. 

  • Brother John Skinner, Lodge Civil and Military, No. 726, posted information on the contribution of the three Scottish Lodges in Bermuda … Lodge St. George, No. 200, Lodge Civil and Military, No. 726, and Lodge Somers Isles, No. 1505, all part of The Freemasons Fund for Bermuda, which recently donated $2,500 (£1850) each to PALS (support of cancer patients and families) and Vision Bermuda (helping people with no or low vision to maintain independence).

This week we welcomed 29 Brethren from Lodges located out with Scotland.

  • Our Overseas Membership of Brethren from Lodges under the GLoS continues to grow steadily … now standing at 1707, with new members joining from the Districts of Lebanon, Central South Africa (RSA) and Middle East (Malaysia). 
  • In addition, we now have 1275 Brethren from many other Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who spread news, worldwide, of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren. New members joined from 9different Masonic constitutions this week: GL of the State of Israel, GL of Ireland (Bermuda), GL of Poland, GL of the PhilippinesUGLE (England, Western Cape, South America Southern Division, Bahamas and Turks), GL of Hawaii, United GL of Victoria, GL of New South Wales and ACT, GL of Alberta.
  • Again, we would encourage our Overseas Lodges and Districts to continue sharing news of their good support of others and look forward to publishing posts from them … most especially first posts from some Districts. 

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

As you read this week’s update, I’ll be heading to Edinburgh Airport on the first part of my journey to Bermuda. On Tuesday I will have the pleasure of Installing Brother Martin Weekes as the new Grand Superintendent of Bermuda. Brother Weekes and his Brethren have put a very comprehensive programme together for both before and after the Installation which I am looking forward to. During my stay in Bermuda, I’ll have the opportunity to visit all of our Lodges and meet with the Brethren. I was delighted to read in Brother Jim Ellis’s report this week that the Superintendency have donated the magnificent sum of $2500 to various local charities. I’ll be in Bermuda until Thursday 3rd March when I’ll head for the Bahamas via Miami to carry out the District Grand Lodge Installation there.

SCFS

 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6311 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1111, submitted by 354 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 363 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Ayrshire, Glasgow, Lanarkshire Middle Ward, Linlithgowshire and Ross & Cromarty.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £1,950,659.

SCFS Overseas Report  

This week, we were delighted to receive a very interesting post from Bermuda. 

  • Brother John Skinner, Lodge Civil and Military, No. 726, posted information on the contribution of the three Scottish Lodges in Bermuda … Lodge St. George, No. 200, Lodge Civil and Military, No. 726, and Lodge Somers Isles, No. 1505. All are part of The Freemasons Fund for Bermuda, which recently donated $2,500 (£1850) each to PALS (support of cancer patients and families) and Vision Bermuda (helping people with no or low vision to maintain independence).

This week we welcomed 29 Brethren from Lodges located outwith Scotland.

  • Our Overseas Membership of Brethren from Lodges under the GLoS continues to grow steadily … now standing at 1707, with new members joining from the Districts of Lebanon, Central South Africa (RSA) and Middle East (Malaysia). 
  • In addition, we now have 1275 Brethren from many other Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who spread news, worldwide, of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren. New members joined from 9different Masonic constitutions this week: GL of the State of Israel, GL of Ireland (Bermuda), GL of Poland, GL of the PhilippinesUGLE (England, Western Cape, South America Southern Division, Bahamas and Turks), GL of Hawaii, United GL of Victoria, GL of New South Wales and ACT, GL of Alberta
  • Again, we would encourage our Overseas Lodges and Districts to continue sharing news of their good support of others and look forward to publishing posts from them … most especially first posts from some Districts. 

My sincere thanks to the Brethren of Renfrewshire East whose warm welcome and hospitality were greatly enjoyed last Saturday on the occasion of the Installation of Brother Ronnie Fraser and his Commission.

Likewise, our Depute Grand Master, Brother Jim Bell was greatly impressed by the welcome and hospitality he and his Deputation received in Lodge St Skae of Ferryden. 

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

For many of us, at home and abroad, the past few days have been somewhat turbulent with regard to the storms that are making their presence felt. I hope and trust that wherever you are, the effects of the storms have not been too damaging.

They certainly affected my travel plans to and from London this week for the annual Tripartite Conference. The Conference was good with a wide array of topics discussed. One issue highlighted by UGLE was the success of their online, searchable repository of Nuggets, Papers, Presentations, Demonstrations, Q&As and Quizzes called Solomon.  It is free and open to anyone, accessed via your laptop, tablet or smartphone. It is well worth a look and can be accessed at - https://solomon.ugle.org.uk

I’m looking forward to travelling down to Renfrewshire on Saturday to install Brother Ronnie Fraser and his Commission as the new Provincial Master of Renfrewshire East. 

While I am in Renfrewshire, Depute Grand Master, Brother Jim Bell will be on the east coast celebrating the Centenary of Lodge St Skae of Ferryden. 

SCFS

 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6279 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1105, submitted by 351 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 361 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Glasgow, Inverness-shire, Linlithgowshire and Perthshire West.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £1,945,159.

SCFS Overseas Report  

We were delighted to receive the following post from the Philippines:

  • Brother Cameron Sloan,a PDDGM of Far Eastshared news of an excellent donation of £800 from Lodge Perla del Oriente, No. 1034, to the Tzu Chi Charity Foundation. It was presented to the Foundation to assist in its relief efforts for victims of the recent super typhoon Odette (international name Rai) which devastated areas in the south of the archipelago.
  • Our Overseas Membership continues to grow steadily … now standing at 1704,with Brethren joining from the Districts of BotswanaCentral South Africa (RSA), Eastern Province of the Cape of Good Hope, Far East (Hong Kong), Middle East (Singapore), Newfoundland and Labrador, Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada … which was the District which had the largest number of new members joining from it this week.
  • Congratulations are extended to Brother Andy Baker, Lodge Naval and Military, No. 848, Hong Kong, in the District of Far East, who is our 1700th Overseas Member … another milestone for the group. 
  • We now have 1251 Brethren from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who spread news, worldwide, of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren. 
  • New members joined from 13 different Masonic constitutions this week: Symbolic GL of Paraguay, GL of Indiana, United GLs of Germany, GL of Georgia, United GLs of New South Wales and ACT, GL of New Jersey, United GL of Victoria, GL of Pennsylvania, GL of Newfoundland and Labrador, GL of Massachusetts, GL of IndiaGL of Ohio, GL of Western AustraliaUGLE(North Wales), GL of Tennessee
  • We would encourage our Overseas Lodges and Districts to continue sharing their good support of others with us and look forward to publishing posts from them … most especially first posts from some Districts. 

The Grand Secretary is heading to Milwaukee this weekend to participate in the North American Grand Masters Conference. We wish him a safe journey and a successful Conference.

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

 The” Make it a Million” Facebook page has now launched and already we have over 700 members – a fantastic start. If you haven’t already joined, have a look, and sign up. I have, in the past week, read two testimonies from Brethren who have suffered from Prostate Cancer but, through the work that had already been supported by Scottish Freemasons, they have both received state of the art treatment and are both on the road to recovery. 

Mrs Oliff received a letter from a lady who, on visiting Grand Lodge with her husband, picked up a leaflet which she read on the train heading back south. Having digested the information she recognised symptoms that he was displaying. She pushed him to go to the Dr and, sure enough, he was suffering from Prostate Cancer. However, the good news is, that the early diagnosis has resulted in a full recovery – thanks to one of our leaflets.

The work that we are supporting will make a long-lasting difference to thousands of men, not just in Scotland, but world-wide.

My sincere thanks to everyone who has embraced the appeal – you are making a substantial difference.

SCFS

 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6234 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1099, submitted by 349 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 361 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Forfarshire, Galloway, Linlithgowshire & Midlothian.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £1,942,243.

SCFS Overseas Report  

  • Our Overseas Membership continues to grow steadily … now standing at 1695, with Brethren joining from the Districts of Central South Africa, Eastern Province of The Cape of Good Hope, and Western Australia. We look forward to welcoming our 1700th member from one of our Overseas Lodges in the very near future. 
  • The Lodge which had most new members joining from it was Lodge Caledonia, No. 796, in the Eastern Province of The Cape of Good Hope, closely followed by Lodge Sir Walter Scott-Breadalbane, No. 859, in Western Australia. 
  • We now have 1229 Brethren from Lodges throughout the world whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who spread news, worldwide, of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren. 
  • New members joined from 10 different Masonic constitutions this week: GL of the State of Israel, United GL of Queensland, GL of India, GL of Quebec, GL of Japan, GL of South Africa, GL of Wisconsin, GL of Kansas, UGLE (South Africa), GL of Maryland. 

We would encourage even more Brethren in our lodges abroad to join the SCFS group and we look forward to publishing posts from them in addition to first posts from some Districts. 

Over the past number of months, we have managed to catch up on the backlog of Provincial Masters having to be Installed. We are now turning to the substantial backlog of District Grand Masters. On 25th of this month I will be heading for Bermuda to install our new Grand Superintendent and from there will make for Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada and finally Guyana to install each of the District Grand Masters thereby reducing the backlog by six.

My sincere thanks to all those now stepping down from Office and my best wishes to all new District Grand Masters and Grand Superintendent’s  - may you and your Commissioned Office-bearers enjoy a very happy and productive term in Office.

Today, accompanied by several Past Grand Master’s I will be attending the funeral of Lady Burton, widow of the Late Grand Master Mason, Lord Burton. The past few years have been difficult for her with failing health. May she now rest in peace.

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

Can I start by thanking those of you who have been so kind in sending messages as a result of me succumbing to the Covid virus! Have no idea how or when I got it – could have been a number of places. I have it and there is nothing I can do but sit it out until I get a clear lateral flow test. It was a massive disappointment missing the Communication yesterday but I am again indebted to Brother Charles Iain Wolrige Gordon who stepped in on my behalf. On the positive side, isolation has enabled me to catch up on a load of paperwork and a few other jobs that have been put aside time and again.

The Benevolence and Care Committee, on Wednesday, gave the Working Party the go ahead to publicise the “Make it a Million” campaign for Prostate Cancer Scotland. The new Facebook page will be launched, hopefully this week, and it can be used to publicise events that are about to happen in Lodges and Provinces and likewise to report back on successful fund-raising events. The more information we can get on the page, the more likely others will follow and try out new fund-raising approaches in their own areas. There will also be details of events being organised by the Working Party as they materialise such as - another Zip Slide – if you missed out first time round, here’s your chance – white water rafting – tandem skydiving to name but a few. In moving toward the £1million, let’s not concentrate on the money alone. Let all the events be enjoyable, let’s have fun in the process, while welcoming the public to as many of our events as possible. We can not only raise money but raise awareness of the good we do, and all that Scottish Freemasonry stands for.

Under Ken Kennedy’s chairmanship, the Conference Committee continue to make good progress. The Committee Secretary, Bro Kalpesh Shah is receiving lots of declarations of interest from home and abroad which is most encouraging. The various sub-committees are all working hard in their respective roles and will be meeting again on 10thFebruary to report on progress. 

SCFS

 
 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6208 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1092, submitted by 349 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 358 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Ayrshire, Orkney & Zetland and Linlithgowshire.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £1,939,178.

SCFS Overseas Report  

  • Brother Horace Gock shared news of an excellent donation of £1035 from Lodge Polynesia, No. 562, in Fiji, to assist and support the unfortunate victims of the tsunami which affected so many people in Tonga, as they continue their efforts to rebuild their homes. 
  • Our Overseas Membership is growing steadily … now standing at 1687,with Brethren joining from the Districts of Bermuda, Bahamas, Lebanon and the Western Province of the Cape of Good Hope. The Lodge which had most new members coming from it was Lodge Protea, No. 1578, in the Western Province of the Cape of Good Hope
  • We now have 1217 Brethren from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who spread news, worldwide, of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren. Congratulations are extended to Brother Greg FellowsLodge Beaudesert, No. 379, United Grand Lodge of Queensland, who is our 1200th ICM (International Constitution Member).
  • New members joined from 13 different Masonic constitutions this week: GL of New South Wales and ACT, GL of New Zealand, GL of Texas, GL of Louisiana, United GL of Victoria, United GL of Queensland, GL of the Philippines, GL of India, GL of Vermont, Symbolic GL of ParaguayUGLE(England, Bermuda), GL of Newfoundland and Labrador, GL of Queensland 
  • Special welcomes were extended to Brother Anthony BuccaDeputy Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Victoriaand toBrother Michael Smith, DGM of the DGL of Bermuda (UGLE)

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

Can I start by wishing our many Chinese Brethren a very happy and prosperous New Year when you commence your celebrations on Tuesday!

Yesterday, the second meeting of the Conference Committee took place. The Committee have a monumental task in front of them but are perfectly capable of bringing it all together timeously. However, to assist in the planning process, Grand Secretary will be circulating a note to all Districts and Provinces very shortly asking District and Provincial Grand Masters to give an early indication of numbers that they anticipate will wish to participate. Once that information is to hand much of the forward planning can effectively take place to ensure that the 4th International Scottish Masonic Conference lives up to the high standards set by the previous three conferences.

The “Make it a Million” project is making progress – the Whisky Raffle has raised over £1000 so far and there is still time to get your tickets from John Muir. Jim Beattie, the PGM in Caithness has raised a marvellous £1700 by cycling round the four Lodges in his Province – great result from one of the smallest Provinces in the country. They are also the most northerly Province on the Mainland. Congratulations and I look forward to the other Provinces following them.

A full report of the potential fund-raising ideas has been submitted to the Benevolence and Care Committee and they will hopefully give the go ahead to the working party to get things moving. There will be a dedicated Facebook page in which information about upcoming events will be publicised and stories and pictures from all the events will be displayed – that will be getting launched very shortly. It has also been suggested that we have an indicator on the Facebook page showing a running total of monies donated.

Last Saturday I had a very productive meeting with the District Grand Masters and while I fully appreciate that they have their own priorities and charities which is only but right, I am most grateful for the support which was shown. We will, together, Make it a Million.

SCFS

 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6176 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1087, submitted by 347 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 358 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Galloway, Linlithgowshire, Perthshire West and Stirlingshire.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £1,851,201.

SCFS Overseas Report  

Our membership of Brethren from Lodges located outwith Scotland continues to grow steadily and this week we welcomed another 19 Brethren to the SCFS group. 

Included in that number were Brethren from Overseas Lodges operating under the Grand Lodge of Scotland and also Brethren under other Grand Lodges which are in amity with the GLoS. 

  • In this respect, particular reference must be made to Lodge Felicity, No. 1681, in the District of Trinidad and Tobago & Grenada. By absolute coincidence, our Overseas Membership is now standing at 
  • We also now have 1195 Brethren from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who spread news, worldwide, of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren. We look forward to welcoming our 1200th ICM. New members joined from 14 different Masonic constitutions this week: GL of California, GL of Florida, National GL of Romania, GL of Massachusetts, GL of Ireland, UGLE (Bombay), GL of Canada in the Province of Ontario, GL of Washington, GL of Denmark, GL of Utah, GL of British Columbia and Yukon, GL of Alabama, GL of India. 
  • A special welcome was also extended to Brother Leandros Lefakis as Past Assistant Grand Master of the National Grand Lodge of Greece. 

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason