Deputation to Lodge Firth of Clyde Gourock No 626 Monday 26th September

A deputation of 20 Brethren from No XII, led by RWM Bro Captain Allan I MacFeate visited Lodge Firth of Clyde Gourock No 626 on Monday 26th September and conferred a Fellowcraft Degree.

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RWM and RWM 626

The Degree was excellent and there was a great atmosphere in the Lodge generated by the large number in attendance.  RWM Bro Nicky Stetz of Lodge Firth of Clyde had given the No XII Brethren a really sincere welcome into the Lodge whilst remarking that it might have been the first time ever that No XII had been welcomed into 626 to confer a degree.  As far as any of us is aware this is indeed the case!

The Degree team was Prayer Bro Robert J Bain PM Chaplain Obligation RWM Bro Allan I MacFeate Secrets Bro Alan D Beck IPM Working Tools Bro J Robert Crossan WJW Tracing Board Bro Kenneth C MacDougall PM Secy. Charge Bro Allan T Glen WSW

At the conclusion of the meeting, RWM Bro Alan I MacFeate presented RWM Bro Nicky Stetz with an engraved crystal memento of the historic occasion (photograph opposite).  In accepting the gift, RWM Bro Nicky said that it would have a prominent place in the display case in the Master’s Room.

The Brethren of No XII enjoyed the renowned 626 hospitality after the meeting in Harmony.  Bro George Hopkins’ haute cuisine mince and tatties went down well!

No XII in New York

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We were on a lodge visit to Bologna back in June 2014 when it was first suggested that our next lodge outing could be to New York and perhaps even exemplify a Passing. The idea sounded wonderful at the time but this may well have been slightly influenced by the beer goggles we were all wearing that night. However it grew arms and legs and before we knew it we had successfully applied for the correct dispensation required from The Grand Lodge of Scotland and The Grand Lodge of New York to exemplify a Passing whilst visiting the Mariners Lodge No 67.

The Mariners Lodge No 67 of New York State happens to be the mother lodge of one of our Affiliate Members, Bro Barry Banks, and it was probably through discussions with him in Bologna that kicked the process off.

After many enquiries about costs etc. we ended up with eight Brethren from our Lodge, along with Bro Ricky Kennedy from Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68, embarking on the long haul over to the USA.

On the afternoon of the meeting, Wednesday July 13th we all turned up for a tour round the Grand Lodge of New York. The tour was absolutely wonderful and we did take a few photographs which you can access here.

Once the tour was over we all then made our way back to our respective hotels to get changed into our highland outfits.

We all met up back at Grand Lodge and made our way to the 8th floor where the Doric Room is situated. Following the opening of The Mariners Lodge, we were allowed in as a deputation. Leading the way was Bro Hector Macphail who piped us in magnificently. After the usual formalities, we exchanged office bearers and proceeded to astonish our hosts and visitors with our exemplification of a Passing. Originally Bro Barry Banks was to be the candidate but at short notice he was called away on business and Bro Ricky Kennedy of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68 very kindly agreed to take his place.

The degree work finished and before handing back the gavel our RWM Bro Allan MacFeate said a few words. On taking over the gavel the WM of The Mariners Lodge No 67, Bro Anthony Kofi A. Osei-Tutu then passed a few comments and in particular on speaking of our exemplification, we received a standing ovation from the 90 or so Brethren assembled.

We then changed offices once again and the lodge was put into recess. Of course they do things differently in the USA and at the recess brethren were allowed to leave the lodge. Some of us wanted to see how they closed their lodge and waited behind to witness what can only be described as completely different, if not alien to our way of closing.
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After the meeting closed we were asked to stay behind to allow some photographs to be taken, we were then invited to their version of our harmony, they call it Festive Board. Again completely different to ours, in that they had lots of drinking, eating and singing. Oh wait, guess that is pretty much what we do. However, they had more structure to their Festive Board by creating a starboard and port sides of the ‘ship’, because they are a Mariners lodge, even singing sea shanties.

Once everyone was fed and watered, our RWM rose to his feet and continued where he had left off from the meeting and spoke of the new bond between our lodges. He went on to present their WM with a few gifts from our Lodge. We had purchased a new Fellowcraft apron to take with us which we all signed and was the first of many gifts to be set free from the RWM’s case. Next up was a beautiful glass ‘Hands Across the Sea’ gift, then a wonderfully crafted (by our own Bro Robert Marshall) square and compasses to mark the occasion. He also presented a lodge 275th anniversary jewel along with 20 Mark Pennies, 20 Lodge history handbooks and 12 Scottish lapel pins.
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Bro Ricky Kennedy then presented their WM with a lovely Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68 pendant and Lapel pin.

Their WM reciprocated and presented all of us with a Lodge Mariners No 67 lapel pin and a lovely boxed coin.

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Then it was back to more drinking, eating and merriment. The Festive Board finished at 11pm and we were informed that the building needed to be empty by midnight. Of course we had to be almost the last out after a few more photographs and exchanging of yet more stories.

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As some of us were still feeling a little thirsty, we then went into the bar right next door to the Grand Lodge, for a few more sherbets. Most of us made it back to our hotels at around 2am.

The next day, some of us had booked to go and visit the 9/11 Museum and Memorial at 1pm. The museum was quite an emotional experience, after this we then ventured up the One World Observatory, which had lifts that take you from the ground up to the 102nd floor in 60 secs !! The OWO is the 4th tallest building in the world and you can see some more views here.

Arrangements had been made with The Lodge of Mariners No 67, later that night to meet up at a restaurant call Lombardis, which was the first pizza restaurant in America!  Unfortunately, a few of our guys could not make it along but the rest of us, with our families met in the restaurant. We had a fantastic meal and then headed of towards our hotels, hoping to find a place to get our sweet as the pizza restaurant did not cater for this. We found a small place and all had tea, coffee and sweets, and a few more refreshments. We all then said our goodbyes and headed off to our hotels. Our USA visit had come to an end.

Everyone had a wonderful time visiting our new friends at The Mariners Lodge No 67 and look forward to welcoming them over to Scotland at some future date.

The Grand Lodge of New York

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The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York was established in 1781/1782.

Reverend William Walter was elected the first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New York.

The Bible used when George Washington was the first President sworn into office is now used in the ceremony swearing in the Grand Master in New York and the President of the country in Washington DC.

The Masonic Hall was built in 1913 by architect Harry P. Knowles, a Master Mason himself, but the current lodge meeting rooms were restored by the interior restaurateur Felix Chavez from 1986 to 1996. We were shocked to learn that each strikingly ornate room is actually all painted plaster: from imitation stone to reliefs to frescoes, we were certainly tricked by Chavez’s manipulation of plaster to resemble high quality materials

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The Renaissance Room is the pride of the Masonic Hall of New York. Here, the detailed ornament in the Renaissance style is so striking that it’s easy to forget that it is all plaster and paint posing as stone and gold.

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Fun Fact about the Corinthian Room is that they used up their budget and had to leave each panel a plain colour forgoing the decorative plans Chavez had devised.

12 GL Doric Room

The Doric Room, where the meeting was held, has imitation marble engaged columns that are strikingly realistic.

14 GL French Doric Room

Not to be confused with the Doric Room, the French Doric Room has some additional “French” touches…

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The Empire Room.

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In the Gothic Room, the ceiling is painted with the stars of the night sky symbolizing the unity and equality of all men in the universe.

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The motif of the Chapter Room is quite obviously reminiscent of Ancient Egyptian architecture and ornament.

The Masonic Hall is actually two connected buildings, one on 23rd St. with commercial tenants to help fund the organization and the other on 24th St. with rooms for lodge meetings.

To view all photographs that were taken on our trip click here.

Greenock Wanderers RFC Trophy Presentation 2016

The recent Juniors/Minors Rugby Festival at Greenock Wanderers Rugby Football Club, Fort Matilda, Greenock. Our RWM presented the Greenock Kilwinning No XII trophy to the P6's coach Murray Hendry.

He also presented the club President, Steve Anderson, with a cheque from the lodge charity drive for Player/Coach sponsorship for season 2016/2017.

Included below are a few photographs from the above events.

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Marcus Humphrey Home

To complete a weekend of celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Marcus Humphrey Home, the annual BBQ was held on Sunday 12th June. Two cheques were presented on behalf of the Province, firstly a cheque for £1,000 being the proceeds of the annual Homes Degree and which was presented by RWM Brother Paul Docherty of Lodge Sir Michael No. 989 and RWM Brother Nicky Stetz of Lodge Firth of Clyde, Gourock No. 626 on behalf of all the Lodges in the Province and secondly a cheque for £1000 was presented on behalf of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No. XII from the
proceeds of their annual charity Burns Supper.



Sad News


Sad News....

Brother Bob Bain PM has advised me that Brother Hugh Paton passed to the Grand Lodge Above last night at 22.30

Please note that Bro Hugh Paton's funeral will be held at the Greenock Crematorium on Monday 9th of May at 1pm.

It would be nice to see as many No XII brethren and any other brethren from sister lodges to come along.



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