February 2013

Friday 22 February 2013

Gloucestershire Freemasons to donate more than £1million

With more than £1million gathered for charities, Freemasons of Gloucestershire will support now the county's necessities. Having the help of their families and friends, our Brethren will have the opportunity not only to demonstrate that Freemasonry means also charity but to prove to other Brethren across Europe and the world that this activity must remain one of our most important duties within our 21st century society.

Wednesday 20 February 2013

APMR: The Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines celebrates today his 70th birthday

Danilo D. Angeles, who saw the light of day on February 20, 1943 in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija, is the eldest in a brood of10 born in an era when the term “Family Planning” had not yet been coined. His father was a small town tailor who could hardly afford to send his children to college, but to Danilo poverty was not a bar to a college diploma; it was just a handicap which he could overcome with industry and perseverance.

After finishing high school, he hitched a ride to Manila to pursue his dream. The next years saw him doing menial jobs as janitor, furniture shop helper, service station attendant, where the hours were long and the wages low. However, the kindness of people he hardly knew lightened his load. Thus, one school president allowed him to pay his tuition fee on installment as well as his ROTC uniform. Later in life, he would discover that his benefactor was a Mason - Gonzalo T. Vales, PM of Pintong Bato Lodge No. 51.

Angeles failed to realize his dream of getting a diploma in Civil Engineering. Ever the realist, he shifted to Geodetic Engineering. He finished his course in 1965, and placed fifth in the Board examinations given that same year. Angeles started sub-contracting jobs for established geodetic engineers, and before long he established a name for himself in his chosen profession. Ably assisted by his wife, Angeling, the former Angelita Escuadro Javier, Angeles later branched out to real estate brokering.

As a Geodetic Engineer Danilo was elected by his peers as a member of the Board of Directors of their association and, in 1994, they honored him as the Most Outstanding Geodetic Engineer in private practice in Central Luzon.

Danilo joined the Masonic brotherhood in 1975 at Cabanatuan Lodge No 53. After four years he was elected Master of his lodge. Thereafter he was tapped by the Grand Lodge to serve a Senior Grand Steward, Junior Grand Lecturer and Senior Grand Lecturer. By 1995 he was Grand Master.

During Danilo’s tenure in the Grand East, Masonic activities were balanced by efforts to rationalize the administration of the Grand Lodge. All administrative positions were classified and provided with their respective job descriptions. Salaries were standardized on the basis of a new Salary Grade Structure. A Code of Ethics for employees was also adopted.

But of all his achievements as Grand Master, his theme, “By our Acts Shall Masonry be Judged” is perhaps the one that will be remembered for a long time. A gentle admonition to all Masons to be ever conscious of their acts, the theme expresses an eternal verity that will remain valid and relevant for as long as Masonry exists. This is perhaps the reason why Grand Master Samuel B. Walker of the Grand Lodge of Connecticut personally asked for Danilo in 1996 to allow his Grand Lodge to use the same theme.

Danilo is an active member of the Supreme Council 33° of the A&ASR of the Republic of the Philippines and is the SGIG for East Central Luzon. He is also an active member of the Order of DeMolay and a Life Member of the Royal Order of Scotland. He is, moreover, an Honorary Member of ten lodges in the Philippines, one in the United State and one in Australia.

The union of Angeles, and his lovely wife, Angelita, is blessed with three children: George, a civil engineer now married to the former Elvira Enriquez, a University Accountant, Mary Jane, a BSBA graduate now married to Rogelio Bustos Jr. and Mary Ann Nanette, a BSCCS graduate. He has four grandchildren, Geoffrey Adrian and Gedrick Elvin, Monicka Faye and Georginne Angela.

Angeles is a superb athlete. He is a class “A” tennis player and has won several tournaments. A health buff, he regularly lifts weights.

Aside from his Masonic membership Danilo holds membership in the Rotary Club, the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines, Inc., the YMCA , the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and the Nueva Ecija Tennis Association. In 1997, during the celebration of Cabanatuan City’s 47th founding anniversary as a chartered city, he was chosen as the “Most Outstanding Citizen of Cabanatuan City”.

Taken from the official website of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Thursday 14 February 2013

Masonic Multi State Spring Reunion in Kansas City

Thursday April 25th 2013
  • The temple will open during the day for everyone as needed beginning at 8:00 am.
  • Rehearsal and Technical Coordination of Degree’s by Visiting Valleys.
    • Kansas City Valley, Director of the Work will coordinate time availability.
    • Kansas City Valley technical support personnel will be on-hand.
  • 7:00 pm Welcome Reception Westin Crown Center
    • Brothers and their Ladies are invited to attend a reception in their honor. Cash Bar and Free Appetizers!
Friday April 26th 2013
  • 6:00 am Temple Opens
  • 6:30 am Breakfast served in the Temple dining room
    • $7.00 per person at the door (advance tickets available for reduced rate)
  • 8:00 am Formal Opening of the Four Bodies
    • Degree Work to immediately follow opening
  • 12:00-1:00 pm Lunch served in the Temple dining room
    • $7.00 per person at the door (advance tickets available for reduced rate)
  • Degree Work resumes until 6:00 pm
  • Dinner with friends “On your Own”
  • Ladies Program Information: Agenda
Saturday April 27th 2013
  • 6:00 am Temple Opens
  • 6:30-7:45 am Breakfast served in the Temple dining room
    • $7.00 per person at the door (advance tickets available for reduced rate)
  • 8:00 am Degree Works resumes
  • 12:00-1:00 pm Lunch served in the temple dining room
    • $7.00 per person at the door (advance tickets available for reduced rate)
  • Following the completion of the Degree Work and Capping Ceremonies, KC Scottish Rite would like to invite you to attend our Gala Banquet: 7:00 pm in the Temple dining room.
  • Ladies Program Information: Agenda

Wednesday 13 February 2013

Wednesday 6 February 2013

The dispute between Peru and Chile was presented at the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Chile by Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno

According to APMR, on January 11, 2013, the Grand Lodge of Chile hosted a conference held by Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno. The minister presented the current situation discussed at the International Court in The Hague regarding the dispute between Chile and Peru. The conference was presided by Grand Master Luis Riveros Cornejo.

Monday 4 February 2013

Message of the Regional Grand Master of Western India on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations and Annual Investiture Meetings of Regional Grand Lodge of Western India at Bhopal

My dear Brethren,

I extend to you all a very warm and cordial invitation to attend the Golden Jubilee Celebrations and Annual Investiture Meetings of Regional Grand Lodge of Western India at Bhopal on 8-9-10 February, 2013. 
M. W. Bro. Vasudev J. Masurekar, O. S. M., M. W. the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of India, has very kindly consented to grace the Golden Jubilee Celebrations and Annual Investiture Meetings and on behalf of the Masonic Fraternity of Western India, I accord a very special welcome to him and the officers of the Grand Lodge of India at Bhopal. I also cordially invite distinguished Past Grand Masters, my esteemed and loving colleagues from North, East and South, illustrious Past Regional Grand Masters and Heads of Sister Constitutions to Bhopal to participate at the Celebrations and Annual Meetings.
Brethren of Bhopal had conveyed to me very keen desire of Fraternity at Bhopal to host the Annual Meeting of the Regional Grand Lodge of W I months ahead of my Installation as RGM of W I and I am very confident that the freemasons of Bhopal will rise to the occasion and put in their best efforts for success of the events.
My brethren, our Regional Grand Lodge has logged in 50 years of Service to freemasonry which naturally calls for a celebration. This event will give us an opportunity to salute and appreciate the wisdom and sagacity of our leaders who have led from the front to promote growth and stability of freemasonry in the Western Region. We will also recognize and appreciate leaders from our Region who adorned the highest office and very successfully led the Grand Lodge of India. A Coffee Table Book is being very meticulously compiled by W Bro Arun Phadke that will also be released. I am sure the brethren of Bhopal will strive hard to make the Golden Jubilee Celebrations a memorable event.
The Annual Investiture Meetings of your Region will set forth the Masonic agenda for the coming year. Your active participation in large numbers will give a positive thrust and mandate for the successful culmination of the activities planned for the coming year. I hope and pray that each Masonic body of Western Region will be represented at these meetings. Please respond to this invitation by registering in large numbers for Golden Jubilee Celebrations and Annual Investiture Meetings.
Brethren still cherish their visit and have vivid memories of warmth and hospitality of Bhopal fraternity which organized Annual and Special Meeting of the Western Region during the years 2005 and 2007. Beautiful City of Bhopal once again beckons you during its best season to thoroughly enjoy the hospitality of Bhopal Fraternity during your entire stay. The venue for the meeting and celebrations is one of the best in the State of Madhya Pradesh. I assure you that the arrangements for your comforts will not be compromised at any stage.
I once again extend a hearty welcome to one and all and convey my best wishes to the Organising Committee and the Fraternity of Bhopal for the success of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations and Annual Investiture Meetings of Regional Grand Lodge of Western India.
Zawareh H. Wadia
Regional Grand Master
Grand Lodge of Western India

Ghana's South-East PGM Otwasuom Osae Nyampong VI to assume the office of Grand Master in May 2013

According to the Masonic Press Agency, on 11 May 2013 will take place the installation ceremony of the newly elected Grand Master of Ghana (Grand Lodge of Ghana). The Masonic ceremony where MW Otwasuom Osae Nyampong VI (RW Past Provincial Grand Master - South East) will be installed will take place in Accra, at the Ghana's State House (9.30 AM).

In his first mandate as PGM, Otwasuom Osae Nyampong VI took care of the 21 Masonic Lodges in the province (one of which is a French speaking Lodge). Ghana's Immediate Past Grand Master is Brother Charles William Stanley-Pierre (first administration).