Over the past years, we have enjoyed the ladies night, which I hope will continue in the future.
The Ladies Night was a great success raising £600 for Diabetes NI.
– W.M. Romeo Godines
Lodge 669 finished their year 2017 Charity fundraising drive with a grand total of £2,682 donated to a range of charities and to our Lodge widows.
Diabetes UK NI, Autism NI, Belfast Masonic Charity Fund included.
The W. Master in 2017 W. Bro. Luis Fred Presbitero thanked everyone for their immense support and generosity.
He asked the Brethren the give the same support to W. Bro. Romeo Godines, our Worshipful Master for 2018, and already that is happening!
Donations have been made so far in 2018 to Belfast Masonic Charity Fund and Action Cancer totaling almost £1,000.
Diabetes UK will be the next charity recipient after our summer Filipino Festive event 23rd June in 45 Club, Park Avenue, Belfast, and our Ladies Night formal dinner dance on 20th October at the Park Avenue Hotel, Holywood Road, Belfast.
Full details of these events available from [email protected]
Members with guests traveled by train from Belfast to Grand Lodge of Ireland, in Molesworth Street Dublin.
It had been arranged by Grand Lodge for Lodge 669 to use the Grand Lodge room for our May meeting.
We were joined in Dublin by local Freemasons, also a Brother from Iceland, and another from England.
The hall porter Barry Fawcett gave us an excellent, and informative guided tour of the building and all its magnificent rooms.
W. Bro. Romeo Godines was installed as Worshipful Master of Sir George Clark Memorial Masonic Lodge No. 669 on Saturday 27th, 2018 in the presence of the Deputy Grand Master of Ireland R. W. Bro. Rodney McCurley, and a packed Lodge room of Freemasons from Lodges in a variety of Masonic Provinces and Constitutions.
At the Festive Board, in response to a Toast made to him by the Immediate Past Master W. Bro. Fred Presbitero, the W. Master said:
“Thank you, W. Bro. Fred Presbitero for those kind words and encouragement, and thank you Brethren for all your support. Many thanks also to our trio of singers from the Belfast Lodge 651 W. Bros Rennie and Gardiner McGrath, and Mark Bowman for the Worshipful Master’s song.
A beautiful song, very emotional, and indeed a great memory of this day.
I should, first, express my heartfelt gratitude to W Bro. Ferdinand Gallo for his presentation of the W. Master’s degree today, certainly the best I have ever seen!
Thanks also to our Director of Ceremonies W. Bro. George Megaw for this evenings meeting and his years of excellent service to L669.
Thanks are due to all the Officers and Brethren of Sir George Clark Memorial Lodge No. 669 who have guided me in every way, in this same hall where they initiated, passed, and raised me, to the sublime degree of Masonry, and who trusted, believed and supported me on my journey to the Master’s chair.
Brethren on this the 80th Anniversary of Lodge 669, we remember that unbroken line of Masons who have been installed into the Lodge 669 Master’s chair and led our Lodge forward.
I assure you, that I, in turn, will try with my utmost ability to administer the affairs of our lodge, as well as to promote the interest of our craft and to work for its enlargement and advancement”
The W. Master’s confirmed his chosen charities for support in 2018 are The Belfast Masonic Charity Fund and Diabetes N.I.
Our singers W. Bros. rennie McGrath, Mark Bowman, and Gardiner McGrath from Belfast Lodge 651