Lodge Homewood

Ahdut Coah Hi - Strength Through Unity
Founded 6th August 1983
Central Division's Living Masonic "Treasure": 1st Degree Tracing Board
This article is copied from the Central Division website.
Lodge Homewood is such a proud Lodge - and no wonder given the 'powerhouse' of talent below the hood of this Lodge who had its early roots in Karori.
Craig Fraser has done such an accomplished job of raising the profile of this Lodge in the District. He has not done it by talking the talk, but by walking the walk. Everything this Lodge does - it does with aplomb - and so it was with the recent 1st Degree Tracing board delivered by Past Grand Lecturer, VWBro Murray Alford.
The evening also marked the annual fraternal visit with Lodge Te Puni - so it was a delight to welcome Rick Masterton, District Grand Master of the Hutt Wairarapa Distrcit (pictured with Murray) back into District 19. He really is "family". The Lodge was also blessed with a visit from Bro Michael DeMers all the way from North America.
Murray's delivery of the 1st Degree Tracing Board takes around an hour, which seems like a long time, however you could have heard a pin drop as he delivered the most beautiful recitation of this charge I have ever heard. The 3 Entered Apprentices present knew by the end of the ceremony that they had experienced something very special. I class Murray as a masonic living "treasure". Despite being a freemason for more than 35 years I was truly "moved" by his exemplary performance.
More photos are on the Central Division website here.
Rick Masterton and Murray Alford
Rick Masterton and Murray Alford
Installation 2017 - Craig Fraser
On September 2nd, Worshipful Master-elect Craig Fraser was officially installed as the new Worshipful Master of Homewood Lodge No. 447.
The installation took place at the Wellesley Boutique Hotel in central Wellington at 5:30. The ceremony was well attended by the Lodge Brethren, visiting Brethren, the District Grand Master and his Officers, representatives from the Grand Lodge of Scotland, as well as the surprise attendance of the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mark Winger himself. Lasting about three hours, the ceremony went smoothly and included the investing of the Worshipful Masters officers for the year. The distinct Scottish items added to the air for a wonderful ceremony.
Following the ceremony, the Brethren joined wives and family downstairs for the banquet; also, well attended with around eighty people. There was a distinct Scottish flavour to the night with bagpipes bringing in the Worshipful Master. The piping for this occasion was by Craig’s son, Douglas with a wonderful tune he’d written. A humorous and well-acted Ode to the Haggis, complete with Scottish accent, was performed by Kevin Nelson. The video for this can be found on our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/homewood447. Scotland the Brave was played by Craig’s other son, Callum, to honour the Haggis and pipe it out to the kitchen for serving. Another excellent meal was served by the Wellesley staff, while speeches and toasts kept the guests amused throughout the evening. The meal wrapped up around eleven with a few stragglers leaving some time after this.
More photos are on the Central Division website here.
Craig and his sons
2017 Master and his Sons2017 Master and his Sons
White Ribbon
The White Ribbon ambassador, Jackie Adams, spoke at our last meeting with partners and family along for the evening. The information provided was sobering to hear and certainly gives us all something to think about. The statistics in our beautiful country are just not acceptable and I hope all those who attended can help in some way. The hardest part is telling someone they need help. Jackie gave a fantastic presentation around how to do this and how we can all speak up when it is needed.
This campaign is a fantastic thing to have in New Zealand and we all really appreciate the work put in by White Ribbon and the likes of the Widow’s Sons and the members of the Royal Arch who coordinated the presentation.
Pictured from left to right: Bill Shugg PM, Geoff Davies (First Grand Principal of the Royal Arch), David Ryan (WM Lodge Homewood), Ken McQueen (Grand Superintendent of Works of the Royal Arch), Jackie Adams, and Neil McKee (WM Trentham Lodge).
If you would like to purchase a metal white ribbon, you can do so at www.whiteribbon.org.nz and you can also find there many useful tools and information about the campaign.
Master with Widow's Sons
White Ribbon
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