Two New Members for Riverside Council No 212

The September Meeting of the Council was held at on Tuesday, 6th at Guildford Masonic Centre and was opened at 5.00pm by the Presiding Officer, W Bro John French, who was standing in for Worshipful Master, W Bro Michael Mello.

After the opening, RW Bro Raymond Hussey, District Grand Prefect for Surrey was received and welcomed into the Council on the occasion of his Annual Visit. He was accompanied by 9 of the District Officers of the year which included W Bro Frank Powell, Deputy District Grand Prefect.

The principal business of the evening was to Admit 2 new members into the Order - Bro Bill Barr & Bro Paul Kerswell. They were conferred with the Degree of St Lawrence the Martyr by W Br John French and the Lecture on the Degree was given in a faultless manner by W Bro Jack Love.

Both members then received the Degree of Knights of Constantinople with W Bro Graham Rawlinson as Presiding Officer. The Lecture on the Degree was given by Bro Mark Guzam also in an excellent fashion.

This being the Election Meeting, Bro Graham Beer was declared Master-elect and W Bro Lionel Mee was declared Treasurer-elect. Bro Graham thanked the members for their confidence in electing him as Worshipful Master. W Bro Lionel also thanked the brethren for re-electing him as Treasurer.

The District Grand Prefect presented Grand Council Certificates to Bros Mark Guzam, John Sivill and Michael Fisher in a most interesting manner.

Bro Bill Barr & Bro Paul Kerswell later thanked the brethren for welcoming them into the Order and said how delighted they were to have been received with so many of their Masonic friends in attendance.

A total of 22 members and visitors attended the meeting and 19 brethren later enjoyed a convivial Festive Board where the usual Masonic Toasts were honoured.

The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday, 18th February 2017 which will be the Installation Meeting.

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