Proceedings of Craft & Chapter

DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF GHANA

UNDER THE UNITED GRAND LODGE

OF ENGLAND

PROCEEDINGS

OF THE

GENERAL MEETING OF THE DISTRICT

GRAND LODGE OF GHANA

Holden at the

William Galloway Memorial Hall, Accra

on

Saturday 25th November, 2017

DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF GHANA (EC)

POST OFFICE BOX GP 409,

ACCRA

TEL: +233 30 2669250 +233 30 4317662

Email: districtgrandlodge@yahoo.com Website: www.districtgrandlodgeghana.org

ISAAC OWULAKU HOOD DISTRICT GRAND MASTER

TEL: + 233 24 4857012 + 233 20 4317662

Email: doohcaasi@hotmail.com

DENNIS K.Y. VORMAWOR DISTRICT GRAND SECRETARY

TEL: + 233 24 4382176 + 233 20 5641781

Email: dvormawor@yahoo.com

DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF GHANA

(Inaugurated 9th May, 1931)

Holden Under

THE UNITED GRAND LODGE

OF

ANTIENT, FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS OF ENGLAND

PROCEEDINGS OF THE GENERAL MEETING

Held at the William Galloway Memorial Hall, Accra

On

Saturday, 25th November, 2017

OFFICERS

 

RW Bro. Isaac Owulaku Hood

 

District Grand Master

W. Bro. Dr. William Yao Husunukpe

 

Deputy District Grand Master

W. Bro. Perry A. Adamba

 

Assist. District Grand Master

W. Bro. Emmanuel Perry Andoh Mensah

 

District Grand Senior Warden

W. Bro. Alfred Chinbuah

as

District Grand Junior Warden

W. Bro. Rev. George G. Dziekpor

 

District Grand Chaplain

W. Bro. Philip Addo- Nyarko

 

District Grand Treasurer

W. Bro. Dennis K.Y. Vormawor

 

District Grand Secretary

W. Bro. Kwasi Anokye-Yesuo

 

Pres. Samaritan Fund

W. Bro. Kwaku Owusu

 

Pres. Board of Benevolence

W. Bro. Jose Nicco-Annan

 

District Grand Dir. of Cer.

W. Bro. Reginald Nii Lante France

 

District Grand Sword Bearer

W. Bro. Anthony O’Neill

 

District Grand Supt. Of Works

W. Bro. Joseph B. Ackom Ampah

 

Dep. District Grand Dir. of Cer.

W. Bro. Dela Doe

 

District Grand Orator

W. Bro. Ebenezer Amos Sackey

 

District Grand Almoner

W. Bro. Dr. William Amanfu

 

District Grand Mentor

W. Bro. Nana Asare Yeboah

 

District Grand Junior Deacon

W. Bro. Charles William Tachie-Menson

 

Assist. District Grand Secretary

W. Bro. Frank Davies

as

District Grand Standard Bearer

W. Bro. Chris Omari

 

District Grand Standard Bearer

W. Bro. Baafuo Osei

 

District Grand Pursuivant

W. Bro. Alexander Hutton Mills

 

District Grand Steward

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Procession

RW District Grand Master and officers of the District were processed into the meeting at 10.06 am.

Opening

The District Grand Lodge was opened in due form with a solemn prayer at 10.08 am.

Salutations

The District Grand Director of Ceremonies, W. Bro. Jose Nicco-Annanproclaimed the salutations as follows:

Up standing Brethren

Brethren, I call on you to salute:

Right Worshipful Brother Isaac Owulaku Hood

Right Worshipful District Grand Master for the Masonic District of the Republic of Ghana, under the United Fraternity of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of England with seven Grand or Royal Sign

To Order ……..

Brethren, I call on you to salute:

Worshipful Brother Dr. William Yao Husunukpe

Worshipful Deputy District Grand Master of the Masonic District of the Republic of Ghana, under the United Fraternity of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of England with five Grand or Royal Sign

To Order ……….

Brethren, I call on you to salute: Worshipful Brother Perry Atawora Adamba

Worshipful Assistant District Grand Master of the Masonic District of the Republic of Ghana under the United Fraternity of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of England with three Grand or Royal Sign.

To Order……..

Brethren, I call on you to salute Grand Officers with three Grand or Royal Sign

To Order……

Summons

RW District Grand Master directed that the summons convening the meeting, having been printed and circulated should be taken as read.

Roll Call of Lodges

RW District Grand Master directed that the roll call of Lodges be deferred and urged all brethren to sign the attendance book.

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Confirmation of Minutes of the Annual Communication held on 25th March, 2017.

W. Bro. Dennis K.Y. Vormawor, District Grand Secretary moved that the minutes of the Annual Communication held on 25th March, 2017, having been printed and circulated be confirmed. The motion was seconded by W. Bro. Charles Tachie- Menson, Assistant District Grand Secretary and was carried unanimously.

Confirmation of Minutes of the Especial Communication held on 23rdSeptember, 2017.

On a motion by W. Bro. Dennis K.Y. Vormawor, District Grand Secretary and seconded by W. Bro. Charles Tachie-Menson, Assistant District Grand Secretary, the minutes of the Especial Communication held on 23rd September, 2017, which had been printed and circulated was confirmed after the following corrections were made: “Insert (i)RW Bro. Kow Abaka Quansah, Past District Grand Master of the Masonic District of Ghana, after the name of RW Bro. H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, Grand Senior Warden” among High Rulers Present on page 1 of the printed Minutes, and (ii) RW Bro. Kow Abaka Quansah, Past District Grand Master of the Masonic District of Ghana after the name of RW Bro. H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, Grand Senior Warden in the procession of HIGH RULERS on page 2 of the printed Minutes”

Correspondence

The District Grand Secretary announced that apologies have been received from the following brethren:

W. Bro. Dr. Cyrille Komi Tagbor W. Bro. Dr. William Brandful W. Bro. George Amissah

W. Bro. Kingsley Ampoful

W. Bro. Kojo Egyir Danso

W. Bro. Richard Ohene Manu W. Bro. Martin Ako Addo

W. Bro. Michael Segbefia

W. Bro. Kojo Taylor Appiah

W. Bro. Samuel K. Forson

W. Bro. Benjamin Offei Birikorang W. Bro. E.A. Kalitsi

W. Bro. Edward Hayford

W. Bro. Richard Hayford

W. Bro. Desmond Osafo

W. Bro. Charles Osafo

W. Bro. Christian Osafo

W. Bro. Moses Asiamah W. Bro. J.B. Wallace Winful

Executive Summary of the Report of the District

On behalf of the President of the Board of General Purposes, W. Bro. Dr. William Amanfu, District Grand Mentor presented the following report of the District:

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE REPORT OF THE DISTRICT REPORT OF THE BOARD OF GENERAL PURPOSES PRESENTED TO THE GENERAL MEETING OF THE DISTRICT HELD ON 25TH NOVEMBER, 2017

RW District Grand Master and Brethren,

I have the honour to present the Executive Summary of the reports covering the activities of the District since the Annual Communication held on 25th March, 2017, on behalf of W. Bro. J.B. Wallace Winful, President of the Board of General Purposes, who unavoidably is unable to attend the General Meeting.

The summary comprises the reports of the District Board of General Purposes, The District Board of Benevolence, and the District Grand Almoner.

THE DISTRICT BOARD OF GENERAL PURPOSES

The Board held one regular meeting – on 23rd May, 2017 and five emergency meetings on 8th June, 26th June, 6th July, 1st November, and 9th November,2017 respectively to consider matters concerning the celebrations of the tercentenary of UGLE by this District.

At the regular meeting held on 23rd May, 2017, the Board acknowledged the successful development of the District website (www.districtgrandlodgeghana.org).

Brethren are encouraged to visit the site so as to stay abreast with developments in the District. You will also find useful information on Lodges and Chapters in the District, their meeting dates, venue, and contacts of Secretaries etc.

The Board also approved the framework proposed by the Ghana District Grand Lodge Stewards Lodge for the celebration of the tercentenary celebrations. RW District Grand Master, I am happy to report that the tercentenary celebrations recorded overwhelming success.

At the last emergency meeting held on 9th November, 2017, a proposal for the revision of the Annual Subscriptions was agreed upon to be laid before you for consideration.

DISPENSATIONS

During the period April, 2017 to November, 2017 twenty (20) dispensations were granted to Lodges for several stated reasons.

OBITUARIES

Brethren, during the period between the last Annual Communication and today, seven (7) Brethren of the District have been summoned to Grand Lodge above; they were:

W. Bro. Joseph Amonee Dawson, PDSGW

W. Bro. Lawrence Kwame Anane Berko, PDSGW

W. Bro. Dela Ashiagbor, Dist.Gd. Steward

W. Bro. Robert Affail Cudjoe, PDSGW

W. Bro. Derick Nii Armah Aryee, PDJGW

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W. Bro. John Buckman Essuman-Gwira, PDSGW

W. Bro. Vishinu Lalwani, PDJGD

The Board conveys its condolences to their families and respective Lodges. Brethren please be upstanding to observe a minute’s silence in their memory.

May their souls rest in peace.

THE DISTRICT BOARD OF BENEVOLENCE

The Benevolent Fund continues to be constrained by persistent default by many Lodges in settling the stipulated levy of GH¢ 20.00 per month per lodge. Concurrently there has been an effective freeze on the release of the stipulated fifty percent shares of installation and communication alms to the Fund by the District at a time when interest on invested funds has also declined significantly.

2017 to date

 

2016

2015

Income

GH¢ 6,890.00

GH¢ 6,740.00

GH¢ 12,740.00

Donations

13,400.00

13,810.00

13,810.00

Alms

8,251.00

4,554.00

Total

20,390.00

28,801.00

31,104.00

Expenditure

 

 

 

Widow/aged

20,400.0

19,910.00

Funeral

5,500.00

4,500.0

5,500.00

Medical

7,000.00

11,315.00

6,000.00

Sundry

1,000.00

1,000.00

Total

 

12,500.00

37,215.00

 

32,410.00

Excess/Deficit

7,890.00

(8,414.00)

 

(1,306.00)

Balances

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bank

Cash

Investment

Cash

Investment

Cash

Investment

Ecobank

1,610.00

62,927.00

1,609.00

56,239.00

1,570.00

45,090.00

ADB

1,725.00

22,600.00

113.00

7,766.00

6,853.00

12,780.00

BOA

429.00

28,742.00

430.00

25,819.00

451.00

20,710.00

Total

3,764.00

114,269.00

2,152.00

89,824.00

8,874.00

78,580.00

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*It should be noted that an expenditure to the tune of GH¢ 25,000 is due to be made shortly in respect of end of year donations to widows and aged/infirmed brethren.

This implies that the positive results reported as at date (GH¢ 7,890.00) will turn into a huge negative outrun by the close of the year unless our entitlements due from the District are paid to us before the close of the year.

Acknowledgements

The Board hereby acknowledges the contributions of all brethren who continue to support the Fund.

The following brethren however deserve special mention for their contributions in

2017:

 

 

W. Bro. Bennet Hanson

GH¢ 2,000.00

W. Bro. Tony El Radi

GH¢ 1,000.00

W. Bro. Alex Markin

GH¢ 1,000.00

W. Bro. H.E. K. Papa Owusu Ankomah

GH¢

600.00

W. Bro. Michael Bartlett-Vanderpuye

GH¢

500.00

W. Bro. Laud Afrifa

GH¢

500.00

W. Bro. Peekay Mathani

GH¢

500.00

The following Lodges are also of special mention for mobilizing their members

during the year to make contributions as follows:

 

Lodge of Perfection

GH¢ 1,500.00

Mfantsipim Lodge

GH¢ 1,450.00

THE DISTRICT GRAND ALMONER

RW District Grand Master and Brethren, as reported earlier, the District lost seven

(7) of its illustrious members during the period under review. The various emergency meetings held in their memory were very well attended.

I visited some of our aged/infirmed brethren and some widows in the Greater Accra Region during the period under review.

RW District Grand Master and brethren, we shall soon embark on the payment of Christmas tokens to our widows and aged/infirmed brethren.

I wish to appeal to the Almoners of Lodges to provide me and the President of the Benevolence Fund with the list of their widows and aged/infirmed brethren so that the tokens could be extended to all qualified brethren and widows.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

RW District Grand Master, on behalf of my colleagues, President of the Board of Benevolence, President of the Committee of General Purposes and the District Grand Almoner I wish to thank you, RW District Grand Master, for the confidence reposed on us by our respective appointments as well as for your support over the period.

RW District Grand Master and Brethren, I greet you well.

And now RW District Grand Master, I beg to move that the Executive Summary of the Report of the Board of General Purposes be entered onto the minutes.

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The motion was seconded by W. Bro. Amos Sackey, District Grand Almoner and unanimously carried.

Report of the President of the Samaritan Fund

The President of the Samaritan Fund, W. Bro. Kwasi Anokye-Yesuo presented the following report on the activities of the Samaritan Fund:

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE REPORT OF THE SAMARITAN FUND

BY W. BRO. KWASI ANOKYE-YESUO,

PRESIDENT, DISTRICT SAMARITAN FUND

Right Worshipful District Grand Master (1st Trustee), Worshipful the Deputy District Grand Master (2nd Trustee), the President of the District Board of General Purposes (3rd Trustee), Members of the Samaritan Fund and Brethren, I am happy to present the Executive Summary of the Report of the Samaritan Fund for the period 1st April, 2017 to 30th September, 2017.

9TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE SAMARITAN FUND

This was held on 11th April, 2017 and The Reports and Accounts of Samaritan Fund for the Year Ended 30 June, 2016 were approved by members. W. Bro.Emmanuel Abraham Folson was elected Auditor for the ensuing year following the retirement of W. Bro.Joseph Biney Winful and W. Bro. Albert Ocansey as Auditors.

CONTRIBUTION

Right Worshipful District Grand Master, the sum of contribution for the period under review was GH¢15,050.00 as compared to GH¢ 28,905.00 for the previous period. The approximately 48% decrease in contribution may be due to seasonal variation because most of the Lodges have their Installation Meeting during the second half of the year. We thank members for their contribution.

DISBURSEMENTS

Disbursements during the period under review sum up to GH¢10,314.00 as compared to GHc 6,839.00 for the previous (6) six months period ended 31stMarch, 2017.

The breakdown of the disbursement is as follows:

 

GH¢

Scholarships

4,016.00

Medical Assistance

4,395.00

Financial Assistance

1,000.00

Sundry

903.00

Total

10,314.00

We could not meet all the demands for disbursement due to limited resources.

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SPECIALAWARDS

Brethren, as you are aware, special recognition is given to members who contribute a minimum of GH¢5,000.00 to the Fund. This has become part of the Samaritan Fund rewarding system.

Unfortunately, none of the Brethren qualified during the period under review.

PRESENTATION OF JEWELS

R. W. District Grand Master, the Board has deferred this to the next Annual Communication.

NEW LEVELS OF CONTRIBUTION FOR JEWELS

Brethren are reminded that in view of the rising cost of Samaritan Jewels, the Board after lengthy discussions approved the following levels of contribution to qualify for the various ranks with effect from 1st April, 2015.

 

Level of Contribution

Rank

Certificate

 

 

 

/Jewel

 

 

 

 

A

GH¢500

Patron

Certificate

 

 

 

 

B

GH¢500

Samaritan

Certificate

 

 

 

 

C

GH¢1000

Grand Samaritan

Grand Samaritan

 

 

 

 

D

GH¢2000

Grand Samaritan

One Star

 

 

 

 

E

GH¢2500

Grand Samaritan

Two Star

 

 

 

 

F

GH¢3000

Grand Samaritan

Three Star

 

 

 

 

G

GH¢5,000 & above

Special Award

 

 

 

 

It is envisaged that these levels will be sustained within the foreseeable future. The Board has commenced issuing Statement of Accounts to individual members of the Fund to enable them know the required contribution to qualify them for the next rank in relation to the new levels.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

During the Six (6) months period under review, members of Harmonic Lodge made the highest contribution to the Fund.

Right Worshipful District Grand Master, in summary, the overall results are as follows.

St. Georges (Hall Stone) Lodge No. 3851 is the best Lodge in the District in terms of contributions to the Samaritan Fund. The second position still goes to the Taquah Lodge No. 3356. It would be recalled that during the previous period, Nzima Lodge No. 8673 lost the third position to Three Pillars Lodge No. 4867 to be in the forth position and the situation is still the same..

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The Board is grateful to these Lodges for their regular and immense contribution to the Fund.

I must also acknowledge Volta Chapter for being the only Chapter which contributes to the Samaritan Fund. Other chapters should emulate their example.

RW District Grand Master (1st Trustee) the Deputy District Grand Master (second Trustee) and the President of the District Board of General Purposes (3rd Trustee) on behalf of the Board and on my own behalf, I thank you for your support, encouragement and guidance. I greet you well.

And now, RW Dist GM, I beg to move that the executive summary of the Report of the Samaritan Fund of the District Grand Lodge of Ghana for the period 1stApril, 2017 to 30th September, 2017 be adopted and entered on the minutes.

Revision of Annual Subscriptions

The District Grand Treasurer, W. Bro. Philip Addo-Nyarko’s motion below was seconded by W. Bro. Dennis K.Y. Vormawor. District Grand Secretary and was unanimously carried:

MOTION TO REVIEW ARTICLE 54 (B)(a) (iv) OF THE DISTRICT GRAND

LODGE BY LAWS

RW District Grand Master and Brethren,

After extensive deliberations on the Finances of the District, the Board of General Purposes has come to the conclusion that the annual subscriptions should be reviewed.

Therefore on behalf of the Board of General Purposes, I beg to move that the rate of annual subscriptions contained in schedule of Article 54 (b)(a) (iv) of the District Grand Lodge By Laws be reviewed as follows with effect from 1stJanuary, 2018:

ii. Membership of one or two Lodges

GH¢ 150.00 per annum per Lodge

iii. Membership of any additional Lodge

GH¢ 75.00 per annum

iii. Members of age 70 and above

GH¢ 75.00 per annum

iv. Student members

GH¢ 75.00 per annum

Address by RW District Grand Master

RW the District Grand Master, RW Bro Isaac Owulaku Hood, addressed brethren as follows:

My Dear Brethren of the District and our Visiting Master Masons,

I have had to call this General Meeting, special as it may seem, because we were unable to hold our stipulated September 2017 Half-Yearly Communication. Naturally, the Especial Communication of Grand Lodge in connection with the Tercentenary Celebration justifiably took precedence over that scheduled meeting.

You will notice that we have not invited any visiting brethren from other constitutions, basically because I would want us to have this formal platform to ourselves to enable me share some thoughts with you as family, on a miscellany of issues

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pertaining to the general well-being of the District and its Lodges and, of course, Chapters.

The Journey So Far

Brethren, at my installation and at the ensuing Half-Yearly communication in Tamale, you will recall that I declared my determination to Build a Strong Bond of Friendship and Unity among Masons. That resolution is very much alive and binding, and in acknowledgement of the participatory role you have played in keeping the torch burning, I would like to thank all of you most sincerely. You have kept me alive to my declared vision and to my responsibilities as District Grand Master, through various levels of advice, remarks, comments (both positive and negative), and guidance regarding the administration of our District. I here wish to make special reference to the solidarity, commitment, and unity of purpose exhibited during the months immediately preceding, and at the actual climax of the local celebration of the UGLE Tercentenary Anniversary.

I was indeed overwhelmed; and once again I say thank you to both organisers and the general body of brethren who participated actively in the various events that culminated into the undoubted success of this special celebration. To those who were able to accompany me to London for the final show down of the Tercentenary celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall, I thank you sincerely, and expect you to give very vivid narrations to the rest of our brethren who could not make it to this great event of a lifetime.

Brethren, after that successful event, and upon sober reflection, I need to air a few concerns as we gear up towards the end of my second year in office. The focus is on individual commitment that I believe should be the source of all efficacies in the general administration of the District and its Lodges and Chapters, for which purpose I intend to highlight certain aspects relating to the performance of the administrative structure and its appendages, and, of course, attitudes and general comportment of brethren of the District. Brethren, these are my comments, these are my views, which I make in all honesty, believing that they would make the necessary impact in rallying us together to attain the objectives for which my declaration was made.

District Board of General Purposes

I must first of all thank the President and entire membership of the District Board of General Purposes for their accepted role as my advisory and consultative Board. I however have a few concerns pertaining to their critical responsibility “for the Management of the District Grand Lodge” as stipulated in Section 38 of the District’s revised By-Laws. I intend, therefore, shortly after this General Meeting, to have a special interaction with the Board to streamline issues, moving forward.

Meetings with Rulers and Supervisors

Brethren, as part of my open-door policy, I have established regular sessions of meetings with my Rulers and Supervisors of Lodges, the objective being to maintain constant touch with them as the vital links between the District and its Lodges. So far, attendance has been fairly good, with discussions centering on how to make the Lodges vibrant by first of all, getting them out of debt to the District and to Grand Lodge. My disappointment, however, is that some supervisors are not regular at

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meetings. They do not send any apologies or notifications of their absence, and if they attend at all, they are often late. Obviously, this does not show that level of commitment that I am soliciting from my Rulers and Supervisors.

Brethren, I call your attention to Sections 5 and 7 of our District By-Laws that make reference to District Grand Lodge Communications and Meetings, with a further allusion to such other meetings as may be called by the District Grand Master. Section 5, to me, gives adequate signal, in terms of the reference to the penalty of admonition, should an officer fail to attend a meeting without reasonable cause.

My dear Brethren, I am not about to start issuing admonitions for non-attendance.This is only a claim on your unalloyed commitment, and a gentle reminder of provisions in our own By-Laws for your guidance.

The Samaritan Fund

I congratulate the handlers of, and thank all regular contributors to the Fund. You will appreciate the fact that the Samaritan Fund is the Flagship Medium by which the District is able to raise and build up funds for its external charity work. I urge those who hardly ever contribute, to begin to show positive proof of the virtue they have professed to admire, by donating freely and regularly to the Fund.

District Benevolent Fund

Brethren, I am very unhappy to note that the Benevolent Fund, the principal source of our internal charity, is not receiving the attention it deserves. It has been stated time and again that the token GH¢20 expected from each Lodge per month (or GH¢240 per annum for the entire Lodge), is hardly forthcoming, with only a few Lodges keeping faith and making the donations. Yet, we are quick to notify the District on our bereavement for the expected ’emolument’, not taking account of the source of funding. The President of the Benevolent Fund gave previous indications that Lodges that do not contribute should logically not expect to benefit from the Fund; but, strictly, should we travel in that direction? Brethren, let us come together to support each other. In this regard, I expect Lodge Supervisors to make it their duty of ensuring collection of this basic contribution.

Responsibilities of Lodges

The responsibilities of Private Lodges are always recycled and religiously narrated at installations, in the form of addresses to the Master, Wardens and Brethren, and during the investiture of officers. It would appear that these have over the years been reduced to mere ceremonials. It goes without saying that administratively, a lot depends on the Secretary and Treasurer of the Lodges, the key issues of which I need not recount here, but suffice it to point out three areas of headache caused by the Lodges to the District, and for which the age-old reminders are always given:

1.Indebtedness and prompt settlement of subscriptions to the District and Grand Lodge,

2.Delayed and non-submission of Annual and Installation Returns,

3.Non-submission of Lodge Audited Accounts’

Brethren of my Private Lodges and my dear Supervisors, it is about time we found a final solution and antidote to these perennial problems, and I am relying on you to make it happen within the short-term.

I wish here to add that, it has come to my notice that some Lodges and Chapters do

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not have bank accounts, to the extent that the Lodges’ finances are handled from the pockets of Treasurers and Secretaries. You will agree with me, Brethren, that this is not good practice, and does not make for effective financial management and audit. It also does not augur well for that basic understanding and harmony among Brethren regarding how their monies are used and managed. I therefore direct, for the sake of good order, and as per Rule 153 of the Book of Constitutions, that all Lodges should, with immediate effect, have bank accounts whose details should be made known to all the Brethren. I accordingly charge all Supervisors of Lodges and Chapters to ensure that those who do not have the accounts do so, and report consequently to the District Grand Secretary. It will also be the responsibility of Supervisors to ensure that elected auditors actually do an audit and submit the standard audit report. In this regard, a circular will soon be issued giving further details of all related issues and actual timelines.

Seminars for Secretaries, Treasurers, Directors of Ceremonies, and Almoners.

My only comment here is to task the District Board of General Purposes to ensure resumption of this vital training program for the listed office holders of Lodges and Chapters. It started a few years back, but somehow, hit a dead end. It needs to be revived.

Lodges of Instruction

Brethren, you will agree that the several Lodges of Instruction which a few years ago were buoyant are now moribund, if not completely dead. The result is the numerous lapses we witness in the performance of ceremonies at regular and installation meetings. The District, to fill the gap, established the District Lodge and Chapter of Instruction to assist Master Masons, principally, to understand the full import of the rituals and other Masonic tit-bits, so as to put up good performance at meetings and support Masonic Education. Unfortunately, attendance has not been encouraging, even for Lodges and Chapters that want to use the platform for their rehearsals. Again, I look up to the Board of General Purposes to address the issue.

Membership Drive

The issue of our membership structure and declining trend has been highlighted on numerous occasions. I am citing it here by way of encouraging each and every one of us to make a concerted effort at looking for and introducing young and progressive people into the Fraternity. What we are seeing currently is a flood of requests from undesirable elements who are ‘bombarding’ us daily with e-mails to the District and to Grand Lodge, and further making personal contacts for membership based on their own fantasies of what and who we are. We need to arrest this issue of dwindling numbers and the quality of those we bring in. I am quite open to all manner of ideas that would seek to bring the young and old together, so we can all enjoy the benefits and privileges of this Noble Institution.

Preferment

Brethren, it is a legitimate expectation of every brother to make steady advancement in an organisation such as ours, and indeed in any organisation that one belongs to, be it professional or societal. A number of brethren have been anxious and waiting at the approach of every administrative year, for the pleasant news of first appointment to District or Grand Rank, and for promotions in the District or Grand Lodge.

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My dear Brethren, the District Grand Master would actually love to extend preferment to as many brethren as he can point to. Unfortunately, however, this s not possible, as we operate on a quota basis, both in terms of the District and Grand Lodge. The situation is worsened by our dwindling numbers, forcing down our allotment of ranks and positions. Additionally, the District Grand Master is limited by the fact that he may not know each and every brother in terms of his contributions to the progress of the District. He has to rely on recommendations from the Lodges, but these are almost always very slow in reaching the District, if submitted at all.

I wish therefore to appeal to all brethren to personally ensure that recommendations for preferment are actually discussed at Committee meetings, should fall in line with the formats sent from the District, and must not be left entirely to the discretion of Lodge Secretaries.

Charity Works

It is with much joy and pride that I announce to you the successful presentation of medical equipment – a Fluoroscopic Machine, which we are informed would greatly assist the Urology Unit of the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences. This has been the second presentation of such magnitude in 13 years to the nation’s largest health facility. It received adequate publicity, and I wish to thank you all for your selfless contributions that made it possible.

On the issue of Charity, I wish to remind Lodges that not much has been heard from them of late in respect of public charity. I know a few Lodges have indeed made presentations to needy institutions recently. These Lodges will soon receive letters of commendation from the District as a token of appreciation. Those Lodges that appear to be asleep, I urge you to wake up and raise the banner of Freemasonry high through public shows of charity, and in any case, with due notification to the District.

Personal Integrity and Issues of Discipline

Brethren, let me leave this last thought with you for your sober reflection. At our last Annual Communication in March this year, I called attention to the need for us to exercise high levels of integrity and personal discipline, as taught by the very principles and tenets of the Institution we cherish so much. I similarly appealed for the use of our own Masonic platforms in matters of dispute and grievance resolution.

Brethren, I believe there is no one short cut to resolving all issues. While some cases might be so quickly disposed of, others might not be so easily resolved. I, as District Grand Master, am available for personal consultation with any brother on any issues, and I am equally open to considering suggestions that might yield workable and peaceable solutions. Unfortunately, what has come to my notice is a litany of references to past occurrences and a veiled threat to escalate issues to Grand Lodge.

I do not have any further comments now, but Brethren can be assured that this will not take away my unshaken resolve to continue to ingrain and promote that brotherly love, peace and harmony, which are the undisputed recipes of my vision for a strong bond of unity and friendship among Masons.

My dear Officers and Brethren of the District, I thank you most sincerely for your continued support, and I look forward to an even greater co-operation from you.

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As the year gradually (or is it speedily) runs to a close, let me wish you all a Merry Christmas in advance and all the good tidings for a brilliant upcoming New Year 2018.

Brethren, I greet you well.

Alms

Alms collected amounted to GH¢ 797.00

Attendance:

 

Officers (Acting)

22

Other District Grand Officers

123

Master Masons/Visitor

15

 

160

Closing

District Grand Lodge was closed in due form at 10.40 am. The first verse of the National Anthem was sung.

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