Annual District Meeting - 3rd December 2016
The Annual Meeting of the District was held at the Croydon Masonic Centre on Saturday, 3rd December 2016 with RW Bro Raymond S H Hussey, District Grand Prefect for Surrey presiding. The meeting was conducted in a highly professional and convivial manner and everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed the proceedings.
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Among a total of almost 100 members and guests there were more than 35 Honoured Guests who were senior members of the Executive from many other Districts around the UK - a number of whom had travelled long distances from as far afield as Lancashire, Yorkshire, The Midlands, South Wale, Devon and Cornwall.
During the meeting, the District Grand Prefect re-appointed W Bro Frank Lucas Powell, PGStB as his Deputy District Grand Prefect and he also appointed and invested the Active District Officers for the ensuing year.
In his Annual Address to the brethren, the District Grand Prefect outlined a new recruitment initiative – every member of the District has been given a napkin bearing the Surrey Allied Logo. This is to be worn at Mark meetings to raise awareness of the Order of the Allied Masonic Degrees and to attract recruits. He also made special mention of the retiring District Grand Secretary, W Bro Lionel Mee, PGJD, PDistGSW, and thanked him for having served the District for a total of 10 years - as District Grand Director of Ceremonies for 6 years, District Grand Senior Warden for a year and District Grand Secretary for the past 3 tears. He also thanked W Bro Gerry Yockney, PGIG for his having served as District Grand Treasurer for the past 10 years and was pleased to confer a "Field Promotion" of Past District Grand Senior Warden on W Bro Gerry for his dedicated service.
In concluding his Address, the District Grand Prefect announced that after having served as District Grand Prefect for 10 years he would be retiring in 2017 and that this would be his last Annual Meeting as District Grand Prefect for Surrey. He received a standing ovation upon completion of his Address.
After the meeting there followed a pre-lunch Drinks Reception and 81 members and guests enjoyed an excellent and convivial Festive Board.
Photographs by Bob Tuthill and Chris Eley