On Saturday 26 September the East Midlands District for Royal & Select Masters held a Virtual Business Meeting in place of the Annual District meeting.
A total of 56 brethren logged into the Video Call and the District was honoured by two special guests in the persons of Most Illustrious Kessick John Jones, Grand Master, and Illustrious Companion Dan Heath, Assistant Grand Recorder.
The meeting was opened at 11.00 a.m. by the District Grand Master and the letter granting permission for the Virtual Business Meeting was read out to the Companions by the District Grand Recorder. The District Grand Master welcomed everyone especially the Grand Master and the Assistant Grand Recorder.
The business of the meeting took place which included the approval of minutes from the last District Meeting, Annual Accounts, Election of the Treasurer, Auditors and members to the Executive Committee.
The District Grand Master then announced that the District would not be charging any Annual Dues as a result of the Councils not having met since the very early part of the year and to ease any potential financial burdens that they find themselves in later in the year.
The District Appointments were confirmed and the Grand Master stated that he wished to congratulate those members and also those that had received Grand Rank earlier in the year although Grand Council had not been held.
Following a brief address the District Grand Master then closed the meeting. There was a brief interlude and members then came back together for a social gathering with a suitable liquid refreshment.
On Monday 8 June what should have been the date of Leicester Councils meeting, due to the COVID-19 and the suspension of Masonry, they were not able to meet at London Road, Leicester, but instead they decided to hold a social get together via Zoom and timed so that they could remember absent brethren at 9.00 p.m.
A total of 18 members joined in plus both the District Grand Master and the Deputy District Grand Master as well as a candidate who had been balloted but had not yet been ‘chosen’. The Video call lasted approx 30 mins with a brief update of matters given by both the Thrice Illustrious Master and the District Grand Master.
It was a very happy and informal get together and the next virtual meeting is planned for a months time.
On Thursday the District Grand Master accompanied by a number of District Officers made a visit to Huntingdon Council where they witness the ceremony of Super Excellent Master followed by the Installation of Companion Robert Taylor by Illustrious Companion Michael Jolly.
On Thursday 12 March a delegation from the Carillon Council in Loughborough delivered the Travelling Trowel to the Huntingdon Council at their Installation meeting. Pictured left to right are Companion Mark Meade, Illustrious Companion Ray Ellis, Illustrious Companion Terry Weston and Companion Bob Stephens
On Tuesday 11 February 2020 the District Grand Master accompanied by all but three of his District Officers visited Northampton Council. The meeting was a Select & Royal degree which was performed to a high standard by all of the Council Officers. There were a number of Heads and Past Heads of Orders present including the Provincial Grand Master, Max Bayes, Past Provincial Grand Master, Barrie Hall, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent (also TIM of the Council), Jim Boughton, Inspector General for Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire, Nick Edwards, Past Inspector General for Northamptonshire Tony Avery & the Assistant Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons Steven Davison. Pictured is the District Grand Master with his District Grand Officers.