Donations to Charity Sir George Clark Memorial Masonic Lodge No. 669 finished their year 2018 Charity fundraising drive with another record total of almost £3,000 donated to a range of charities and to our Lodge widows. Action Cancer, Diabetes N.I, Belfast Masonic Charity Fund included. The Worshipful Master in 2018 W. Bro. Romeo Godines thanked everyone for their continued support and generosity. He asked the Brethren the give the same support to W. Bro. Paul Francey, our Worshipful Master for 2019.
Our new Worshipful Master W. Bro. Paul Francey was installed on Saturday 26th January 2019. The Lodge was honoured by the presence of the Deputy Grand Master of Ireland R. W. Bro. Rodney McCurley, and Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Antrim R. W. Bro. Ivan Gillespie, and other distinguished Brethren.
The Installing Officer W. Bro. Genesis Nazareth was congratulated by all on an excellent Installation ceremony.
The W. Master then installed his Lodge Officers for 2019 in an exemplary manner and he and his officers received fraternal greetings and very best wishes from visiting Brethren representing twelve Lodges.
At the Festive Board after the meeting, our two Pipers W. Bro. William Cardwell and W, Bro. David Beggs piped the W. Master, and Deputy Grand Master into dinner. Fifty-five Brethren and guests enjoyed an excellent meal, with Toasts, and enjoyable speeches. The master’s song was beautifully sung by
W. Bros. Rennie and Gardiner McGrath of the Belfast Lodge 651.A charity collection and raffle in aid of Masonic charities was generously supported by all.
This an important time of the year for many Brethren in setting goals and resolutions for the year to come. What goals have you set for yourself in the lodge? Is there a piece of ritual that you would like to learn?
Is your goal to be a more active lodge member?
Is there a friend that you plan to talk to about becoming a Freemason?
Of course, many of us don’t always follow through on their resolutions and within a couple of weeks, they are largely forgotten. But as a Freemason, whatever your particular goal or resolution might be, you have a great advantage. In our Fraternity, there is always a trusty brother waiting to assist you. Perhaps you are that brother who will be asked to assist.
One of our purposes is to make good men better. I can’t think of any better way to do this than helping another brother achieve a goal!
I hope that your 2019 or 6019 A.L. is a prosperous one in achieving both your personal goals and Masonic goals.
Sincerely & Fraternally,
W. Bro. Romeo Godines
W. Master Lodge 669
Lodge Brethren, family, and friends enjoyed an excellent traditional Christmas meal, and a special visit from Santa Claus with gifts for the children, ladies, and staff.
Cameron Beggs entertained us with his bagpipes.
Sunday 11th November 2018, the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice marking the end of the first world war.
In Belfast W. Bro. David Beggs our Lodge Almoner placed a wreath at City Hall on behalf of all the Lodges meeting at Freemasons’ Hall, Arthur Square Belfast.
Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the Belfast Masonic Widows Fund, Belfast Masonic Charity Fund, The Trustees of Freemasons’ Hall, Arthur Square.
Act of Remembrance was held on Friday, 9th November 2018 at 12 noon in the Grand Lodge Room, Freemasons’ Hall, Dublin
The Royal British Legion took part in the Act of Remembrance and Standards from the Royal British Legion were on parade.
The Act of Remembrance included a wreath-laying ceremony led by the Grand Master. and senior Officers including the Prov. Grand Master of Antrim. .Our Lodge Chaplain W. Bro. Patrick Elliott laid a wreath on behalf of the W. Master and Brethren of Sir George Clark Memorial Lodge 669 Irish Constitution.
Only in all things recall, It is Fear, not Death that slays.
From little towns in a far land we came,
To save our honour and a world aflame.
Bro. Rudyard Kipling