11 Nov A Special Double Exaltation for Welcome Chapter
In October, the Companions of Welcome Chapter No 5055 were pleased to Exalt two Candidate from Welcome Lodge, Bros. Robert Hendry and Dan Woolloff. They were also pleased to welcome E.Comp. Kevin Todd, ProvDepGSwdB, their Official Visitor.
E.Comp. Chris Eley, PGStB, PAProvGP, was invited to share the ceremony as he has known the Candidates for quite a while and was present when they were both advanced into the Mark Degree.
After the regular business of the Lodge was completed a ballot was taken for Bros. Robert and Dan. This proved in their favour and they were admitted individually and Obligated by the MEZ, E.Comp. Kevin Woodward.
The MEZ invited E.Comp. Chris to conduct the remainder of the Ceremony and to invest the newly Exalted Companions with their robes, sashes and aprons.
The Principal Sojourner was E.Comp. Bob Woolloff, PPGSoj, Dan’s father
It was a most enjoyable ceremony conducted in an excellent manner by E.Comps. Kevin and Chris, who welcomed Comps. Robert and Dan into Welcome Chapter.
The signs were explained by the Chapter Janitor, E.Comp. Eric Tate.
They were then congratulated by E.Comp. Kevin Todd who welcomed them into the Order and the Province of Surrey and then presented them with a copy of the Newly Exalted Companions Guide.
The Companions then got together for a group photo to remember this very special family day in the Chapter’s history.
Afterwards, the Companions of Welcome Chapter and their guests sat down to a most convivial festive board at the Sutton Masonic Hall where the Toast to the Newly Exalted Companions was given by a proud dad.
Article and photographs by Chris Eley