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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

At long last, I am delighted, following the meeting of Heads of Orders, that I could announce earlier in the week that Lodge meetings in Scotland can resume forthwith. From the feedback I have received so far, the announcement has been welcomed but we must remember that there will be Brethren who for health or other reasons will still be cautious or unsure about returning at present. Their position must be acknowledged and fully accepted – no one should feel under any pressure whatsoever to return at this time. Likewise, we must proceed in a manner that ensures that we all strictly adhere to the Scottish Government guidelines – as the guidelines change from time to time, so must we. The Strategy Group will monitor the guidelines and advise the Administration Committee of any changes – that information, once examined by the Administration Committee will be circulated to all Scottish Lodges.
At this time of rejoicing that we can once again meet and restart our programmes, we must also be mindful of our Brethren in many of our Districts who are still a long way from being able to re-open, in many cases due to the lack of vaccines in the country. We all hope and pray that their varying situations will improve sooner rather than later, and I give them all the assurance that they are very much in our thoughts during these difficult times.
Brethren, both at home and abroad, we are on a journey, and it is imperative that we all work together to ensure the success of the journey. We just don’t know what we will encounter in the months ahead, but I am sure that proceeding with caution and common sense we will be able to overcome all the difficulties and take this great fraternity of ours through the 21st Century in as strong and vibrant way as is humanly possible.
 

SCFS

 
➢ The Group saw its membership rise to 5517 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 892, submitted by 301 of its members.
➢ These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 327 Lodges, from within 55 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge.
➢ This week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Glasgow, Lanarkshire Upper Ward, Midlothian and Perthshire West
➢ The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £1,391,101.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

• Our Overseas Membership has now risen to 1550 Brethren. This is thanks to new members joining us from Lodges in the Districts of the Bahamas and the Middle East (Malaysia, Thailand)
• The largest increase in membership was from the District of the Middle East.
• It was an additional pleasure to welcome Brother Claudius R. Walker, Past District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of the Bahamas.
• Our membership of Brethren who belong to Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with GLoS continues to grow. We now have 784 Brethren spreading news of the wonderful support featured in the posts on the main SCFS page and on the increasingly popular SCFS-Showcase, throughout their constitutions. We look forward to welcoming our 800th ICM.
• During this week, the expanding reach of SCFS was seen by the fact that Brethren joined from 7 different Masonic Constitutions, including: United GL of New South Wales and A.C.T., GL of Canada in the Province of Ontario, GL of Indiana, UGLE (England, Nigeria, South Africa North), GL of Virginia, GL of Greece, United Grand Lodges of Germany, GL of Ireland (Thailand).
• It’s always a pleasure to receive news from our Districts and we look forward to receiving and sharing further posts from our Overseas Brethren this week, still eagerly awaiting the first ones from a number of Districts.
 
As we resume our meetings here in Scotland, can I take this opportunity to thank, in the sincerest of terms, Grand Secretary and the staff of Grand Lodge for all they have achieved on our behalf over the past eighteen months. They have worked extremely hard to ensure that the day-to-day business has continued with minimum disruption. I would also pay tribute to Mrs Dawn Oliff, her Home Managers and the staff in both of our Masonic Homes for the tremendous job they have done and continue to do under extremely difficult conditions.
Finally, my sincere thanks to all District and Provincial Grand Masters and their Office-bearers, our two Superintendents and to all Lodge Masters and Office-bearers at home and abroad for their efforts over the past eighteen months. We are winning the battle but there is still some way to go for all of us. Keep up the good work that you are doing and, 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

On Wednesday I attended the Benevolence and Care Committee and was once again totally impressed by the amount of good work carried out by the Committee under the expert chairmanship of Bro Marcus Humphrey greatly assisted by Grand Almoner, Brother Tom Davidson and our Benevolence and Homes Manager, Mrs Dawn Oliff.

One of the highlights of the meeting was the announcement that the contribution from Scottish Freemasonry to Prostate Scotland has now reached £767,220 – a fantastic achievement and one that we should be exceedingly proud of. I have had comment from time to time that this is a predominantly Scottish initiative and doesn’t really include our Districts. Can I emphasise that the monies raised through Scottish Freemasonry are significantly impacting on research into this disease which can affect men no matter where they are and that the results of the research will undoubtedly benefit men throughout the world. This is a vitally important programme for us all and I encourage Brethren throughout the Scottish Constitution to continue their support of the charity.

Another scheme which was given the green light at the meeting was the Queen’s Green Canopy. It was agreed that trees will be planted at both our Homes to mark Her Majesty’s 70th Jubilee Celebrations. I have already mentioned the scheme in the 4th June update but I would again appeal to all Lodges at home and abroad to give serious consideration to participating locally.  For those of you who have not heard of the programme, it is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people, individuals and organisations, from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.” The tree planting at home should start to take place in October. There is an excellent Queen’s Green Canopy webpage which can be accessed at – https:// queensgreencanopy.org – I commend the page and the initiative to you.

SCFS

 
  • The group was delighted to welcome Bro. Billy Forsyth, Worshipful Junior Warden of Lodge Fraser, No. 267 in the Province of Aberdeenshire East as its 5500th
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 884, submitted by 301 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 327 Lodges, from within 55 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • This week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Edinburgh, Fife & Kinross, Midlothian, Moray & Nairn, Ross & Cromarty and Stirlingshire.
  • With the addition of £30,520 during the course of last week, the total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £1,388,221.

SCFS Overseas Report  

  • Our Overseas Membership has now risen to 1547 This is thanks to new members joining us from Lodges in the Districts of Jamaica, Lebanon, Middle East (Thailand) and Nigeria. 
  • The largest increase in membership was from the District of the Middle East, with the most Brethren joining from an individual Lodge, this week, coming from Lodge Lane Xang, No. 1632, Bangkok, Thailand, in that District. 
  • It was an additional pleasure to welcome Brother Col. Lemuel LindoPast District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of Jamaica. 
  • Our membership of Brethren who belong to Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with GLoS continues to grow. We now have 772 Brethren spreading news of the wonderful support featured in the posts on the main SCFS page and on the increasingly popular SCFS-Showcase,throughout their constitutions.
  • During this week, the expanding reach of SCFS was seen by the fact that Brethren joined from 11different Masonic Constitutions, including: GL ofBolivia, GL of Chile, GL of Western Australia, GL of California, GL of Denmark, UGLE (England, Eastern Archipelago, South America), GL of Arizona, GL of Japan, United GL of New South Wales and ACT, and the GL of
  • In addition to the above, Brother Noel GeorgeGrand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador,also joined as an ICM. 

We look forward to receiving and sharing further posts from our Overseas Brethren this week and eagerly await the first ones from a number of Districts. 

On Monday night I thoroughly enjoyed a Zoom meeting with the Brethren of Lodge St Thomas 306 in Larkhall. Many thanks for your kind invitation and warm welcome.

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

We might still be living under restrictions, but time certainly does not stand still. Here we are at the end of July ready to start not only a new week on Sunday but a new month. Hopefully August will bring with it good news about the fight against Covid and the re-opening of Lodges.

In accordance with the reduction of Government protection levels the Grand Lodge shop at Freemasons’ Hall will once again be open to customers from Tuesday 3 August 2021.  Customers will be limited to a maximum of four in the shop at any time and they must wear face coverings when inside Freemasons’ Hall.  No other part of the building will be open, but it’s a step in the right direction.

The weekly update is featuring a first this week – the announcement of the winners of the Grand Lodge June Draw.

Number

Name / Lodge

Amount

     

1278

Robert J Edgar

£600

6612

Lodge Unity No 682

£500

6407

The United Lodge of Dunkeld No 14

£400

5100

Lodge St John Operative No 37

£300

3170

Lodge Oak No 877

£200

 

Congratulations to all the winners – if your Lodge has not taken out tickets or you personally haven’t taken a ticket, now is the time to do so. The Draw is open to everyone at home and abroad – it is a bit of good fun – give it a go.  Get details from Grand Lodge on 0131 225 5577.

 
SCFS
 

  • The Group saw its membership rise to 5475 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 875, submitted by 299 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 324 Lodges, from within 55 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge.
  • This week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Edinburgh and Linlithgowshire.
  • During the course of the pandemic posts have been shared on a weekly basis highlighting the sterling work which has been undertaken by the Young Ashlars and latterly the Edinburgh Masonic Food Initiative.  This initiative which has been running since the spring of 2020 drew to a close this week with a total of 25,813 meals having been cooked, prepared and delivered to Masonic Brethren and vulnerable persons throughout Edinburgh.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £1,357,701.
 
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

  • Our Overseas Membership has now risen to 1541 This is thanks to new members joining us from Lodges in the Districts of Barbados, Central South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada. Interestingly, this week, all new Members came from different Lodges. 
  • Our membership of Brethren who belong to Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with GLoS continues to grow. We now have 755 Brethren spreading news of the wonderful support featured in the posts on the main SCFS page and on the increasingly popular SCFS-Showcase,throughout their constitutions.
  • During this week, the expanding reach of SCFS was seen by the fact that Brethren joined from 12 different Masonic Constitutions, including: GL ofIreland, GL of Quebec, GL of Russia, MWGL of the Philippines, GL of California, GL of South Carolina, GL of Indiana, GL of Texas, UGLE (England, South Africa North), GL of Ghana 
  • In addition to the above, the list of Grand Lodges represented by Brethren from within them joining as ICMs had the GL of Mauritius and the GL of Hawaiiadded to it. 
  • A special welcome was extended to Brother Frank CondelloPast Grand Master, of the Grand Lodge of Hawaii. 
  • Brother Martin Weekes, PM/Secretary, Lodge St. George, No. 200, Bermuda, shared a most interesting post about the Lodge’s support of the charity “Meals on Wheels Bermuda.” 
  • We look forward to receiving and sharing further posts from our Overseas Brethren this week.

On Monday night I thoroughly enjoyed a Zoom meeting between the Proxy Masters and their respective Lodges in the District of East Africa. Both the District Grand Master and District Grand Secretary were present, and we had six out of the ten Proxy Masters which was good for a first attempt. It was good for everyone to be able to put faces to names, learn a bit about each other and their respective Lodge. An exercise we will certainly be repeating and one I would recommend to all Proxy DGM’s.

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 recent spell of good weather has brightened everyone up – it’s good to see people with a smile on their face again. The beaches here on the Black Isle have been full of tourists enjoying the sun, the sand and the Moray Firth dolphins – hopefully it will continue for a few weeks yet.

A few weeks ago, our Depute Grand Master, Brother Tom Smith organised a zoom meeting between the Proxy Masters of our Lodges in the District Grand Lodge of the Middle East and the Brethren of the Lodges – it was very successful with only two Proxy Masters unable to be present. I am hosting a similar meeting this Monday with the Lodges in East Africa but am struggling to get any more than four responses from the Proxy Masters which is disappointing to say the least. The Proxy Master system plays a vital role in communication between our Lodges abroad and Grand Lodge and very many brethren get immense pleasure and satisfaction communicating with their Proxy Lodges – keeping them up to date, helping where they can and, when we get back to normal, meeting up with members of the Lodges when they visit Edinburgh.

Brother Jim Jack has done an amazing job in bringing the system up to date, but its success depends solely on the commitment of those who put themselves forward as Proxy Masters.

With products like Zoom, it makes contact with Lodges much easier and exercises such as we will have on Monday night enable the Brethren of the Lodges to put a face to the name. The Brethren in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are all looking forward to Monday night – it will be a first for us all – but will, I’m sure go a long way in cementing the relationships between East Africa and Edinburgh.

 
SCFS
 
 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 5442 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 871, submitted by 299 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 324 Lodges, from within 55 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 Edinburgh, Midlothian and The Scottish Borders.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £1,356,632.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

  • Our Overseas Membership has risen to 1534 This is thanks to new members joining us from Lodges in the Districts of the Far East(Philippines) and Lebanon.  
  • Our membership of Brethren who belong to Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with GLoS continues to grow. We now have 736 Brethren spreading news of the wonderful support featured in the posts on the main SCFS page and on the increasingly popular SCFS-Showcase,throughout their constitutions.
  • During this week, the expanding reach of SCFS was seen by the fact that Brethren joined from 8different Masonic Constitutions, namely: GL ofSpain, MWGL of the PhilippinesUGLE (England, Bombay, South Africa North), GL of Canada in the Province of Ontario, GL of Pennsylvania, GL of Georgia, GL of Maryland.
  • In addition to the above, the list of Grand Lodges represented by Brethren from within them joining as ICMs had the GL of Ghanaadded to it. 
  • Brother Gopala Krishnan Dass, Almoner, Lodge Scotia, No. 1003, Penang, Malaysia, in the District of the Middle East, shared a post, via Brother Beng Hock Tao, PDG Secretary, showing the Lodge’s support of 50 local fishermen’s families in the form of providing food packages. 

My sincere thanks to the Brethren of Lodge Polkemmet for their very warm welcome on Monday night. It was a real pleasure to meet with you.

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

It has been a busy week in Grand Lodge – at long last the fibre optic cable was installed last Sunday – a massive step forward for the IT Department. There is now a fair bit of work for the main contractor to do so that we have wi-fi throughout the building and the computer network brought into the 21st century.

Last Tuesday, the Strategy Group met and had a lively discussion about the revision of the advice to Lodges for re-opening. The main changes look to be (provided the proposed Scottish Government dates come to fruition) a reduction in social distancing, but we will still require to wear masks and take all other necessary precautions. It has also emerged that we may be required to appoint Covid Officers in every Lodge – this is already happening in many other organisations such as bowling clubs, golf clubs etc., and by all accounts is working well. Full information including the role and duties of Covid Officers will be included in the revised guidance notes.

 
SCFS
 
 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 5420 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 864, submitted by 299 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 324 Lodges, from within all 32 Provincial Grand Lodges, 23 of its 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 Edinburgh, Midlothian and The Scottish Borders.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £1,354,811.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

  • As the group moves towards 5500 total membership, our Overseas Membership has risen to 1532 This is thanks to new members joining us from Lodges in Gibraltar, Lebanon, Mauritius, Middle East (Thailand), North Island New Zealand, and Zimbabwe. 
  • The largest increase in membership was from the District of Zimbabwe, with the most Brethren joining from an individual Lodge, this week, coming from Lodge Scotia, No. 1323, in that District.
  • Our membership of Brethren who belong to Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with GLoS continues to grow. We now have 724 Brethren spreading news of the wonderful support featured in the posts on the main SCFS page and on the increasingly popular SCFS-Showcase,throughout their constitutions.
  • During this week, the expanding reach of SCFS was seen by the fact that Brethren joined from 17different Masonic Constitutions, namely: GL of Kentucky, GL of Nevada, GL of Massachusetts, GL of Louisiana, GL of the District of Columbia, GL of Quebec, GL of New South Wales and ACT, United GL of Victoria, United Grand Lodges of Germany (American Canadian GL), Most Worshipful GL of the Philippines, GL of Peru, GL of Western Australia, GL of Mexico, GL of JapanUGLE(KwaZulu Natal, Nigeria, South Africa), GL of Canada in the Province of Ontario, GL of Ireland (Gibraltar)
  • A very special welcome was extended to Brother Jim Vitug Gipson, who is the Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Japan. 
  • Brother Albert Revagliatte, PM, Lodge St. Thomas, No. 576, shared an introductory post on behalf of the recently formed Widows Sons Gibraltar Chapter which showed the excellent charitable support which the Chapter has already given. 

I am looking forward to being with the Brethren of Lodge Polkemmet No 927 in the Province of Linlithgowshire on Monday evening.

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 current rise in Covid 19 cases in Scotland is concerning to say the least. As I write this report at least three hospitals, including Raigmore here in the north, have gone into Black Alert which again is concerning but if much of the rise relates to recent football activity, we will hopefully see the number of cases drop over the next few weeks as the vaccination programme accelerates.

But the increase in cases is not confined to Scotland. This past week I have been in touch with our brethren in Zimbabwe where travel is very much restricted and in neighbouring Zambia our District Grand Master, Brother Frank McCully, tells me that the situation has deteriorated to such an extent that there will be no meetings for the remainder of the year and that the 4th International Conference in 2023 may well have to be postponed again.

Despite the setbacks at home and abroad, I remain optimistic that we will get back to our meetings in the autumn. The Strategy Group are meeting next week to review all the guidance that has already been distributed with the task of updating it – as soon as the Administration Committee and Grand Committee agree to the updates, Grand Secretary will arrange to have the information circulated to all Lodges. Given that our No 1 priority has to be the health and welfare of our Brethren, it is imperative that all Lodges take cognisance of the guidance.

The 2021 Yearbook is now available from the Grand Lodge shop. Another excellent publication and is well worth the £12 cost. The Yearbook is packed with useful information and interesting articles – something that every member of the Craft should have.

The link to order the book is - https://www.grandlodgescotland.com/product/year-book-2021/

In response to feedback from Members, and in order to provide a greater understanding of mental health issues, a Mental Health and Wellbeing Zoom Event was organised with the aim of breaking down barriers and signposting sources of help and support for those who need it.   With the agreement of all participants, the Event was recorded and is available to view via the following link - https://www.grandlodgescotland.com/2021/07/09/wellbeing/

 
SCFS
 
 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 5385 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 860, submitted by 296 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 322 Lodges, from within all 32 Provincial Grand Lodges, 23 of its 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 Edinburgh, Glasgow and Midlothian.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £1,352,761.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

  • Our Overseas Membership has now risen to 1522 Interestingly, this week, three lodges shared the distinction of having the most Brethren joining from an individual Lodge, and they were Lodge Wolmers, No. 1506, Jamaica, Lodge Darul Takzim, No. 1836, Malaysia, Middle East and Lodge Progress, No. 812, Chile. 
  • It is very heartening to witness the growing recognition of the SCFS page amongst Brethren who belong to Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS. The wonderful posts demonstrating various examples of support, as featured on the main SCFS page and on the increasingly popular SCFS-Showcase,are clearly making an impression, globally,throughout many constitutions. 
  • As our ICM (International Constitution Members) membership has now grown to 701, the milestone of welcoming our 700th ICMwas reached this week. Congratulations are therefore extended toBrother Barry Brome, Alpha Lodge, No. 116, under the Grand Lodge of New Jersey, who has been welcomed as our 700th ICM. 
  • This week Brethren joined from 8different Masonic Constitutions: GL of Alberta, Most Worshipful GL of the Philippines, GL of New Jersey, Grand East of the NetherlandsUGLE(England, Bombay), United GL of Victoria, GL of Ireland (Singapore), GL of Canada in the Province of Ontario.  

Last week I reported that we have a new Assistant Grand Secretary – this week I’m delighted to report that we also have a new Assistant Grand Treasurer, Brother Les Livingstone who has settled in well and is getting to grips with the intricacies of the role.

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

I hope and trust that you are all enjoying the recent spell of good weather. Last Saturday I was on a zoom call with the District Grand Lodge of Central South Africa and for once I was able to tell Brother Jim Kerr that the temperature in the Black Isle was the same as it was in Johannesburg. The meeting was excellent with well over 100 attendees. Brother Kerr conducted the business in a brisk and efficient manner giving a very detailed account of all that has been happening in the District. It had been hoped to have a conventional gathering but there has been another spike throughout South Africa hence the need for a Zoom meeting. My sincere thanks to Brother Kerr and the Brethren for their very warm welcome.

Back in Edinburgh, Grand Secretary has been busy and this week, after interviewing four excellent candidates, has appointed Brother Duncan MacFadyen as the new Assistant Grand Secretary. Brother MacFadyen brings with him extensive experience in the commercial world both at home and abroad and his appointment almost brings the staffing levels in Grand Lodge back to full strength. This is good news and augurs well for the future.

With staffing levels back to where they should be, we are in a good position to action the recommendations that the strategy group submitted to the Administration Committee, and which are now going forward to Grand Committee for their support and approval. There is much to be positive about as we see a light at the end of the tunnel that we have been travelling through for almost 18 months. I see the months ahead as exciting and providing us all with the opportunity to drive forward Scottish Freemasonry in a fresh and stimulating way.

 
SCFS
 
 
 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 5362 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 856, submitted by 295 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 322 Lodges, from within all 32 Provincial Grand Lodges, 23 of its 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 East Lothian, Edinburgh, Lanarkshire Upper Ward and Linlithgowshire.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £1,349,191.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

  • Our Overseas Membership has now risen to 1519 This is thanks to new members joining us from Lodges in Belgium, Central South Africa (South Africa), Far East (Philippines, Hong Kong), Jamaica, Lebanon, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.
  • The largest increase in membership was from the District of Jamaicawith Brethren joining from 9 different Lodges. 
  • The most Brethren joining from an individual Lodge, this week, were from Lodge Wolmers, No. 1506, Kingston 5, Jamaica.
  • The milestone of welcoming our 1500th Overseas Member was reached this week. Congratulations are extended to that member … Brother Clement Hamilton, IPM, Lodge Mico, No. 1583, Jamaica
  • A very warm welcome was extended to Brother Chrispin Bishop DeighDistrict Grand Master of Sierra Leone and The Gambia. 
  • Our membership of Brethren who belong to Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS (International Constitution Members) continues to grow ... we now have 688 Brethren spreading news of the wonderful support featured in the posts on the main SCFS page and on the increasingly popular SCFS-Showcase,throughout their constitutions.
  • This week Brethren joined from 7different Masonic Constitutions: GL of India, Most Worshipful GL of the PhilippinesUGLE, GL of Texas, GL of Canada in the Province of Ontario, GL of Japan
  • A special welcome was extended to Brother Paolo Corallini, who is the Assistant Grand Masterof the Most Serene Grand Lodge of the Republic of San Marino. 

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

I was very much heartened by a story that Brother Jim Ellis related to me. He received a message from one of our brethren in Cape Town stating that one of the positive things to come out of Covid is the fact that it has, through the weekly updates and Zoom meetings, brought the Brethren in the Districts much closer to Grand Lodge and to other Scottish Brethren than in the past. It has indeed been good to witness zoom meetings between Proxy Masters and their Lodges, meetings with the District Grand Masters and the ability to join in meetings throughout the world. Tomorrow, I’ll have the privilege of joining our Brethren in South Africa when they meet for their District Communication. Zoom is here to stay, and I have no doubt that it will continue to enable us to forge stronger links with our Lodges scattered throughout the globe.

On Monday evening I had the pleasure of giving a presentation to the Young Masons in the Province of Renfrewshire East and have asked them to make contact with another thriving Young Masons group here in the Province of Ross and Cromarty. There are no doubt similar groups in other Provinces and Districts – how good it would be to have greater inter Province and District meetings between such groups who are, after all, the future of our Craft. If those Brethren who organise Young Mason Groups drop Grand Secretary a line with their contact details he’ll happily arrange to have a list compiled and circulated to all the groups.

 
SCFS
 
 
 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 5316 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 849, submitted by 295 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 322 Lodges, from within all 32 Provincial Grand Lodges, 23 of its 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 Dumfriesshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh and Linlithgowshire.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £1,347,091.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

  • Our Overseas Membership has now risen to 1496 This is thanks to new members joining us from Lodges in the Bahamas along with Sierra Leone and The Gambia. 
  • Our membership of Brethren who belong to Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS (International Constitution Members) continues to grow ... we now have 678 Brethren spreading news of the wonderful support featured in the posts on the main SCFS page and on the increasingly popular SCFS-Showcase,throughout their constitutions.
  • This week Brethren joined from 8different Masonic Constitutions, namely: GL of Ireland, Most Worshipful GL of the PhilippinesUGLE(England, South America, Bombay), GL of Canada in the Province of Ontario, GL of Pennsylvania, National GL of Romania, Most Serene GL of the Republic of San Marino, Worshipful GL of Japan
  • A very special welcome was extended to Brother Massimo Tumiettowho is the Grand Chaplainof the Most Serene Grand Lodge of the Republic of San Marino. 
  • A most interesting post was received from Brother Horace Gock, JD, on behalf of Lodge Polynesia, No. 562, Suva, Fiji, sharing the Lodge’s remarkable, ongoing active support in assisting those families in the local community who have been most severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. 

My grateful thanks to the members of the Young Masons Group in the Province of Renfrewshire East for their very warm welcome to their meeting last Monday.

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

I’m delighted to be able to tell you that the immense amount of hard work carried out by the strategy group and the five working parties has been recognised by the Administration Committee. They have given their support to the reports from the strategy group, all of which will now go to Grand Committee to take forward.

On Wednesday evening I had the privilege of attending a zoom meeting regarding Mental Health issues. The initiative has come from the Province of Fife and Kinross as a follow on to their Dementia initiative and is being supported by our Benevolence and Care Committee through Mrs Dawn Oliff. 23 of our 32 Provinces were represented but there will be a follow up and a new fact sheet is being prepared for dissemination to the Provinces and to our Districts. The meeting will also be available to download soon. It is vitally important that our Almoners, in particular, but all members in general can identify when a Lodge member is struggling with mental health issues and be in a position to offer help – the fact sheet will assist in this process. There has also been an offer to extend the Mental Health First Aiders training to any Province that would like to participate.

So sorry to learn this week of the deaths of two past Provincial Grand Masters – Brother Dixon J Drye, Past PGM of Renfrewshire East and Brother Andrew J Mitchell, Past PGM of Aberdeenshire West. Our sincere condolences are extended to their families and to the Provinces.

At the strategy group meeting on Tuesday, it was agreed that the members of the group will undertake a full review of the Covid advice and recommendations previously circulated as a result of the ever-changing political situation. Any changes will be notified to all Lodge Secretaries as soon as is practical. 

 
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  • The Group saw its membership rise to 5302 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 842, submitted by 293 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 322 Lodges, from within all 32 Provincial Grand Lodges, 23 of its 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 Edinburgh, Fife & Kinross, Linlithgowshire and Perthshire West. In addition, several posts were submitted on behalf of the Widows Sons Scotland East Chapter.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £1,338,991.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

  • Our Overseas Membership has now risen to 1494 This is thanks to new members joining us from Lodges in the Eastern Province of the Cape of Good Hope, Lebanon and Nigeria. We are now only 6 new Members away fromwelcoming our 1500th Overseas Member. 
  • The largest increase in membership was, once again, from the District of Lebanon, with the most Brethren joining from an individual Lodge, coming from Lodge Mount Lebanon, No. 1312.
  • Our membership of Brethren who belong to Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS (International Constitution Members) continues to grow with another 21 new ICMs joining this week ... we now have 669 Brethren spreading news of the wonderful support featured in the posts on the main SCFS page and on the increasingly popular SCFS-Showcase, throughout their constitutions.
  • This week Brethren joined from  9different Masonic Constitutions, namely: the GL of Japan, UGLE (England, Bombay, Uruguay), GL of South Africa, United GL of Bulgaria, Most Serene GL of the Republic of San Marino, United GL of Victoria, Most Worshipful GL of the Philippines, GL of Greece, GL of India. 
  • A very special welcome was extended to Brother Emidio Troianiwho is the Grand Master of the Most Serene Grand Lodge of the Republic of San Marino. 
  • A most interesting post was received on behalf of Lodge Mulu, No. 1821, Sarawak, in the District of the Middle East, sharing the Lodge’s active support in rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine in Malaysia. 
  • The immediate response of Lodge Dural Takzim, No. 1836, also in the District of the Middle East, to a personal appeal by the Malaysian Red Crescent Society, resulting in a substantial donation of PPE support, was also published. 

 

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

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason