As we settle in to the Year of 2018 we can all use this time to reflect on what we have experienced in the past, consider what those experiences have taught us and, hopefully, determine how we can improve for the future. We have to deal with what ”life” brings us and make the best of what we have.
I am pleased to say that some Brethren and Companions have received letters from Provincial Office to inform them that they have received preferment in Provincial Grand Lodge or Provincial Grand Chapter, either a First Appointment or a Promotion. They are to be congratulated and I am sure their Appointment or Promotion will have brought happiness to both themselves and their friends in Masonry. As Group Chairman I am always delighted to receive their telephone call informing me of their good news and sharing in their happiness. .
The Group has been especially honoured this year with the Appointment of Barry Dickinson to the office of Provincial Junior Grand Warden. I am so proud of this Appointment. The last time a member of the Wigan Group was Appointed to the office of Provincial Grand Warden was in 1997, 21 years ago. Barry will be a good ambassador for the Province, the Group and his Lodge. Congratulations Barry from all of us.
We are now well into the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival and I urge you to get behind your Lodge or Chapter Festival Representative by committing to the Festival and thereby qualifying to wear the Festival Steward’s Jewel; and wearing it with Pride. If you have not yet committed to the Festival I can only ask “why not”? We should all be mindful of those less fortunate than ourselves.
Whilst cheerfully embracing the Provincial Grand Master’s call to support the Festival we must never forget the work of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and continue to provide the support it requires. The Group Executive is grateful for the work carried out by the Almoners and the Provincial Care Team. Their work is carried out behind the scenes; mostly unknown yet vital when required. We should all continue to care for each other.
I have had the pleasure to attend a number of Initiations recently and I am encouraged by the enthusiasm shown by the brethren at the arrival of a newly made brother. I welcome you all into your particular Lodge, the Wigan Group and the Province of West Lancashire. I am reminded of my own Initiation and the warm welcome I received, Our new brethren have a wonderful future to look forward to in Freemasonry.
Life is to be celebrated and, as Freemasons, it is our duty to show to the world the happy and beneficial effects of our Institution. We should be prepared to share that enjoyment with everyone throughout the whole year.
With the continued support of the Group Vice-Chairman and Group Secretary we can look forward to a happy 2018 and I do hope we will have many occasions when we can all celebrate events in our Lodges, throughout the Group and across the Province.
I do hope that each and every one of you continues to enjoy good health to enable all of us to further enjoy our Freemasonry,
I sincerely hope for a Healthy and Happy 2018 for us all.
Geoffrey M Porter