REPORT OF GRAND COMMITTEE – NOVEMBER 2013
Companions, it is with some feeling of sadness or loss that I present this my final report of Grand Committee for the period May, 2013 to November, 2013.
Grand Committee has met on five occasions since the Grand Convocation in May, and all have been well attended. I thank all members of Grand Committee for their continued commitment to our Order and their dedication to their duty. To those members of Grand Committee, who like myself, finish their term in Grand Chapter I sincerely thank them for their efforts. To the remaining members, I wish them all the best with their future deliberations for the future of the Order.
I particularly wish to thank The Grand Scribe Ezra, Rt Ex Comp John France, and his able assistant Mrs Tetty Mackinnon who continue to keep Grand Committee functioning smoothly.
I congratulate The First Grand Principal on his term of Office, and a job well done. I also welcome The First Grand Principal Elect and his Deputy First Grand Principal Elect and wish them all the best in their future roles in the Order.
For Grand Chapter to continue to perform its responsibilities, particularly in the south-east corner of the State, it requires a larger commitment from the members in that area. If you are qualified and feel you would like to become part of the Grand Chapter team you can apply either through your Chapter Scribe Ezra or directly through the Royal Arch Office. Active Grand Chapter Office is very rewarding as you get to meet many very interesting people and go to places you would not probably visit.
Membership continues to be of concern as there are some chapters that will close soon and this usually results in loss of membership as not all members re-join another chapter or Transition Chapter. However with increased numbers coming into Craft Masonry we must be ready to present them with material that will tell the complete story and arouse their interest in the furtherance of their journey in Freemasonry.
Our hard Working Grand Treasurer, R Ex Comp Kirby Leeke, does a commendable job in keeping Grand Committee abreast of the financial position and the relevance to the budget each month. He is working with decreasing figures due to decreasing numbers of members.
Royal Arch Masonry in Queensland celebrates its one hundred and fifty years early in 2015 and preparations are being made for this important landmark to be celebrated. R Ex Comp Ian Ross is heading the committee preparing the history in a somewhat similar manner to UGLQ. I would urge any member who may be able to assist in this very important task to contact the Grand Scribe Ezra who will only be too happy to hear from you.
Finally Companions I would like to sincerely thank everybody who has been involved in making my task enjoyable. May the “New Team” enjoy the success I feel we have achieved, and I wish you well for the future while I get used to being let out to pasture to enjoy other pursuits.
I commend this Report to you.
President of Grand Committee (2010- 2013.)