Christmas Message 2017
I don’t know about you but 2017 has passed by in a flash!
It has been a remarkable year with our celebration of the tercentenary of Grand Lodge. I think it is fair to say it has been the busiest the Province has ever experienced.
My grateful thanks to everyone who was involved with the arrangements for the events we put on in Surrey. The culmination of our celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall on the 31st October was amazing.
The performance was entertaining and inspiring. If you have not seen it please look out for details of how you can obtain a DVD or the online version, it is well worth watching.
Looking to the future we have another very busy year ahead.
We will continue the momentum we have created by running events, stands and the like, coupled with community engagement projects.
It is vital we continue to talk about our membership, how Freemasonry benefits the community and how enjoyable we find it.
We are running an exciting recruitment pilot, which is being led by Sam Anahory.
I believe this together with all the other work on recruitment will bear fruit in 2018. Please make sure you have some of the ‘Want to know more’ business cards, which your secretary should have a stock of.
These are perfect to give to someone who you have talked to about freemasonry.
We are about to enter the final year of our Festival Appeal and are one million pounds short of our goal.
I therefore ask that your Lodges and Chapters please give the Festival your top priority if we are to achieve this landmark.
The quality of the care of the RMBI is truly remarkable and something we should all be very proud of.
Now is the time to turn our thoughts to the residents of the RMBI whether in a RMBI home or being supported at their home.
They deserve our full commitment to keep them safe and secure in a caring environment.
Reflecting on the last 12 months reminds me of what a wonderful organisation this is.
I am so very proud of what we do and what we have achieved, all through the hard work of an army of volunteers, whether that is in your Lodge / Chapter or on behalf of the Province.
Thank you for everything you do. Please continue to enjoy your Freemasonry.
I wish you and your families a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year
Sincerely and fraternally,
Ian. M. Chandler