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RW DGM Theo Devagnanam
 

RW DGM Theo Devagnanam

Brethren, 25.02.2017

Let me welcome all of you to the Annual Investiture Meeting, our first meeting in the Tercentenary year of the Grand Lodge. I trust that the Brethren of Lodge Southern Brotherhood have seen to your accommodation and comfort.

I am extremely pleased to welcome R.W.Bro. N.N.Gupta, P Dy GM, P Dy RGM, representative of the Regional Grand Master of the Regional Grand Lodge of Southern India and his delegation.

Brethren, the Regional Grand Master R.W.Bro. Abraham Markos has personally conveyed his apologies for his inability to be with us today, as he has other commitments. As most of you know it was just two weeks ago that he was installed as Regional Grand Master and I request you R.W.Bro.Gupta to please convey our congratulations to him. R.W.Bro. Markos is not only a member and initiate of Lodge Cochin No.4359 but also a Past District Grand Officer in our District.

It is indeed a pleasure to receive W.Bro. Sankar Lall Banerjee,P A G St B, Deputy District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of Bengal who is here representing his District Grand Master R.W.Bro. K.S. David. Welcome to you Bro. Sankar Lall Banerjee and thank you for travelling all the way from Calcutta to be with us at this meeting.

I am also pleased to welcome W.Bro. Geneindran Sinnathamby, Assistant District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of the Eastern Archipelago who is here representing his District Grand Master and has travelled all the way from Ipoh.

Grand Lodge

Celebrations to mark the tercentenary of the Grand Lodge actually commenced last year but the greater number of celebrations will take place during the course of this year. The tercentenary was celebrated by our region, in Bombay, on the 27th and 28th of January this year. The meeting was well attended but, more importantly, the District Grand Master’s present had an extremely useful meeting with the Deputy Grand Master.

Brethren, the main and the last event in these celebrations is the meeting at Royal Albert Hall on October 31st this year. The meeting will be followed by dinner at the Battersea evolution. For these events the Grand Lodge has allocated our District 18 places at the meeting and 7 places at dinner. There will, however, be a separate dinner at the Connaught Rooms. We have had 27 Brethren express their interest in attending the meeting and the dinner. While all 27 names have been sent to the UGLE we don’t know if we will get any seats in addition to the 18 already allocated to us. We will, therefore, have to choose 18 out of the 27 who will receive the seats allocated to us. I think it is only fair that the first opportunity be given to the Rulers. I would therefore like to allocate two seats to V.W.Bro. Abdul Jifri and W.Bro. D. Rajasekaran. This will leave 16 seats for the remaining 25 applicants. In order to ensure that the selection process is both completely fair and completely transparent it has been decided that the selection will be made by lot. Lots will be drawn for all 25 applicants and their names will be recorded on a document in order of selection. The first 16 names in the list will immediately be allocated the seats that we have for the meeting and first 5 will be allocated the seats that we have for the dinner at the Battersea evolution. The remaining applicants will receive any additional seats that we might get. I am sure Brethren that you will agree that this method is absolutely fair. We will draw the lots soon after we have announced the names of Brethren who have been appointed to the other committees of the District Grand Lodge.

Brethren, during the quarterly communication of the Grand Lodge held in December last year Rule No.125 was once again reiterated for the information of Brethren visiting Lodges in other constitutions and for Lodges receiving visitors from other constitutions and I request all of you to please make yourselves completely familiar with the provisions of Rule 125.

One of the concerns of the Board of General Purposes, for the last couple of years, has been the use of social media and the Board has now come out with a comprehensive lists of do’s and don’ts when using social media in connection with Freemasonry. The District Grand Lodge office will circulate this document to all Lodges and I request the Lodges in turn to send copies to every member.

The Prestonian Lecturer for this year is R.W.Bro. Dr. J.W. Daniel, Past Senior Grand Warden and the title of the Lecture will be, “The Grand Design”.

During the December quarterly communication of the UGLE the Board addressed the matter of the standard of dress worn by Brethren and concluded that there should be relaxations in the rules. They have accordingly advised the following :

  • In Grand Lodge the Brethren should wear traditional morning wear together with either one of the two versions of the Craft tie or a plain black tie with no design whether in the weave or not.
  • On all other occasions District, Provincial, or Royal Arch Ties may be worn.
  • Unless it is the custom of a Lodge or District, (such as ours) to meet in evening dress, traditional morning wear or dark lounge suit with black shoes appears to be the appropriate dress.
  • The Board also concluded that the Craft tie may be worn in everyday life.

District

Brethren, I am very pleased to report that our District continues to be in good shape both administratively and financially. As you probably know Freemasonry throughout the world is shrinking, although slowly. The decline in numbers has been a matter of great concern to the Grand Lodge over the last few years and they have done a lot of work towards addressing this matter. We, in the District of Madras are fortunate in that we are not shrinking but, perhaps, growing marginally. While we are still growing it is most important for every Lodge to focus on the needs of its members, particularly the younger members, and find the best way to meet those needs so that we continue to attract young members and that the young members continue to enjoy Freemasonry. The number of members in our District has been a rather steady 1100 and odd over the past few years.

The next half yearly meeting of the District will be held in Chennai on the 10th , 11th and 12th of August 2017 under the banner of Lodge St. George and will be an occasion on which our District celebrates the Tercentenary of Grand Lodge. We will hold a concert of Mozart’s Masonic Music at the Museum Theatre in Chennai and will also bring out a Coffee Table Book on the history of the Freemasonry in Southern India. Brethren neither of these events is going to be cheap and the District will need money to finance them. The Coffee Table Book, which will really be a reference book on the history of Masonry in this part of the world, will be sold at a price of Rs. 2,000/- and I appeal to each one of you to purchase one book in order to help us defray the cost of producing it. I am sure the book would have great value to you and I request each Lodge to please contact every member to ascertain his willingness to purchase a book, collect the money and send it to the DGL Office. As soon as the book is released the required number of copies will be sent to each Lodge.

The Tercentenary meeting in our District will be graced by the presence of our Assistant Grand Master R.W.Bro. Sir David Hugh Wootton and others who will accompany him from Grand Lodge.

The report of the Executive Council of the District Grand Charity is in your hands and this will give you a clear account of the monies that have been collected and disbursed and the charity work done by your District.

The Cornwallis Masonic Home, herein Bangalore, has been leased to the Great Eastern Management Schools Pvt. Ltd. where they are running a college for Hotel Management and Catering. They have completely spruced up the premises and it is not only looking great but is earning us a steady income for our charities.

I must, Brethren, at this point, personally congratulate our District Grand Steward for Masonic charities, W.Bro. Praveen Khanna who has out done himself in his efforts to collect for our charities. He has achieved an all time record of collection in excess of Rs. 2 Million for the year. Bro. Praveen Khanna has certainly set new standard for incoming Stewards and I sincerely hope that his successors will be equally dedicated. Those of you who were present at last year’s Investiture Meeting will recall that Bro. Praveen Khanna wasted no time in commencing the discharge of his duties. In fact he started on the very night that he was invested. I think Brethren all of us can learn a lesson from this and I am sure that Bro. Praveen Khanna’s efforts will encourage all of us to take our Masonic duties as seriously as he has done.

Brethren apart from my sincere thanks to Bro. Praveen Khanna, I would like also to place on record the very hard work and dedication put in by W.Bro. Selvaraj Ponnaiya, our District Grand Secretary, who has spared no effort to make sure that the District has been administered efficiently. My thanks to our District Grand Treasurer, Wor. Bro. Viji Joseph who has been extremely careful in taking care of the District’s various financial matters including those of the District Grand Charity. I would also like to thank W.Bro. V.J. Bharath, the President of the Board of General Purposes, W.Bro. Sukesh Menon, President of the Executive Council of the District Grand Charity and W.Bro. Sunil Koliyot, our District Grand Director of Ceremonies who have all given of their time and effort in supporting and assisting me in all matters concerning our District and its working.

My sincere thanks to our District Grand Mentor W.Bro. M.S. Duleep and our District Grand Orator W.Bro. A.K. Nair who have both been visiting Lodges and working with their members. I would request those Lodges who have not had the benefit of their visits, to please make good use of their willingness to devote time and effort to their responsibilities, as, I am sure each Lodge visited by them will benefit greatly from these visits.

A word of thanks is also due to Wor.Bro. P.B. Shankar and his team at the DGL Office for their hard work and co-operation in running our District.

I would like to congratulate those of you who have been invested with active and brevet ranks this evening, and would like to reiterate that these ranks have not been given to you in recognition of past services to Masonry but more to encourage you to take on greater responsibilities in the District and contribute more to Freemasonry in the future. I am sure that all of you will make an effort to set an example for the younger Brethren to emulate.

Brethren, it is with great happiness that I place on record that two of our Brethren have completed 50 years of service to Masonry during the past year. I presented the citation and lapel pin to W.Bro. Deepak Banker at the regular meeting of the Archibald Campbell on 27th July last year. W.Bro. Deepak Banker, a Past District Junior Grand Deacon was initiated in the Archibald Campbell Lodge on the 23rd of April, 1966.

I presented the citation and the lapel pin to W.Bro A.I. Kurian at the regular meeting of Lodge Cochin on the 22nd of October last year. W. Bro. A.I. Kurian, Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, Past Assistant District Grand Master, was initiated on the 28th of October 1966 in Lodge Cochin.

I was represented by the following Brethren at various Installation meetings :

W.Bro. D. Rajasekaran, Lodge Cauvery on 9th July, 2016, Lodge St. George on 23rd September, 2016, John Miller Lodge on 16th November, 2016, Pitt Macdonald Lodge on 10th January 2017, Lodge of Rock on 12th January 2017 and Lodge of Perfect Unanimity on 13th January 2017
R.W.Bro. K.R.N. Menon, Archibald Campbell on 26th October, 2016. The records of this Lodge were inspected by W.Bro. Sunil Koliyot.
V.W.Bro. Abdul Jifri, Lodge Southern Brotherhood on November 28, 2016, Kerala Lodge on 7th January 2017, Lodge Quilon on 14th January 2017 and Lodge Cochin on 21st January 2017.
V.W.Bro. S. Sampath, Lodge of Universal Charity on 21st December and St. John’s Lodge on 27th December, 2016.
W.Bro.Sukesh Menon, Lodge Ampthill on 21st January 2017.
W.Bro.N.Madhuudan, Golconda Lodge on 17th February 2017.

I would like to thank them all for representing me and for inspecting the records of the Lodges and reporting back to the District.

Brethren, I had the pleasure of attending the Installation meeting of Lodge Anchor of Hope No.1093 on the 8th of February this year and I would like to thank W.Bro. N. Narayanan Kutty for inspecting the records of this Lodge.

Brethren it is with a great sense of grief that I inform you that the following Brethren have been called to the Grand Lodge above :

W.Bro. Dr. M.P. Manomohan, PDJGW of Lodge Minchin on 8th July, 2016.
W.Bro. K. Badrinarayanan, Past District Grand Chaplain of Lodge Faith Hope & Charity and Lodge Anchor of Hope on 25th October, 2016.

I request you Brethren to rise and observe a moment’s silence in memory of these Brethren.

Last but least, I must say a special thanks to Wor.Master and the Brethren of Lodge Southern Brotherhood for the extremely hard work they must have put in to make this such an enjoyable week end for all of us. I thank you all Brethren of Southern Brotherhood and wish you every success in the future.

Farewell Brethren, until we meet in August.

 

Most Excellent. Grand Superintendent’s address at the District Grand Chapter
meeting on 25.02.2017 - Morning.

 

Good morning Companions and welcome to Bangalore,

This is the first Masonic meeting of our District in the Tercentenary year of the UGLE. I trust that the Companions of Chapter Southern Brotherhood and the members of The Lodge of Southern Brotherhood have seen that you are all comfortably accommodated and well provided for.

I have great pleasure in welcoming E.Comp. Gopal Rao Prasanna, Past Deputy Grand Registrar, Past Regional Grand Second Principal who is here representing the M.E. Superintendent of the Regional Grand Chapter of Southern India, and his officers.

I am also very happy to receive E.Comp. GeneindranSinnathamby, Past Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, representative of the M.E.Grand Superintendent of the District Grand Chapter of the Eastern Archipelago.

We also have amongst us this morning E.Comp. Shankar LallBannerjee, Deputy Grand Superintendent of the District Grand Chapter of Bengal, who is here representing his Grand Superintendent. It is a pleasure having all of you with us and we sincerely hope that you will enjoy our activities over this week-end.

Grand Chapter

Companions, I would like to once again emphasize the amendments made in the Royal Arch Rules 66A, 66B and 69. I did explain this at our last Convocation and would like to remind you that any Companion who is no longer a subscribing member of a Craft Lodge will automatically cease to be a member of all Royal Arch Chapters, that he is a member of.

Statistics recently published by the Supreme Grand Chapter indicate that in the last 11 years about 10% of the working Chapters have closed. Between 2006 and 2015 the number of working Chapters dropped from 3345 to 3040 and this decline in membership is of serious concern to the Supreme Grand Chapter and so should be to us. Coming to our District we continue to have a strength of just under 600 members in Royal Arch Masonry. While this, as a percentage of the number of members of the Craft, is quite reasonable, we still have scope for further growth. I would, once again, urge all our 15 Chapters to appoint Royal Arch representatives in their respective Craft Lodges with the representative’s responsibility being that of educating newly made Master Masons in the importance of the Royal Arch and ultimately recruiting them.

Companions, I am pleased to inform you that our District Grand Chapter continues to function efficiently and that our finances are sound.

E.Comp. Dr. R. Arunagiri Chapter Rock No.260 on July 2nd, 2016.
E.Comp. K. Muralidharan Chapter Minchin No.2710 on November 26, 2016
Chapter Cochin No.4349 on December 10, 2016
Chapter Ampthill No.3682 on December 22, 2016
Chapter Universal Charity on January 30, 2017
E.Comp. S. Sampath Chapter John Miller No.1906on October 5, 2016
Chapter School of Plato on January 17th, 2017
E.Comp. Abdul Jifri Kerala Chapter No.2188 on November 5, 2016
E.Comp. V.J. Bharath Pitt Macdonald Chapter No.1198 on December 19, 2016
E.Comp.A.K.Nair Chapter Southern Brotherhood on February 1st 2017
Chapter Quilon on February 17, 2017

I would like to thank them for representing me and for inspecting the records of the various Chapters.

Companions, I sadly inform you of the passing away of the following Companions since we last met :

E.Comp. Dr. M.P. Manomohan, PDG Reg. Chapter Minchin on July 8, 2016.
E.Comp. K. Badrinarayanan, PDG ScN, Chapter Excelsior and Chapter Benson on October 25, 2016.

Companions, we rise and observe a minute’s silence in their memory.

Finally, Companions, I must place on record my sincere thanks to E.Comp. Viji Joseph, District Grand Treasurer, E.Comp. S. Ponnaiya, District Grand Scribe Ezra, E.Comp. Sunil Koliyot, District Grand Director of Ceremonies, E.Comp. Sukesh Menon, President Committee of General Purposes together with E.Comp. P.B. Shanker and his team at the District Grand Chapter office. All of them have given their time and effort in supporting me and seeing that the District has been managed efficiently in terms of administration and finances.

I will be addressing you at greater length this evening until then, farewell.

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Bro. Theo Devagnanam, is the fifth District Ruler since Independence, and by far the youngest to hold this office. Bro Theo Devagnanam was installed the RW DGM of the District Grand Lodge of Madras on 13th August 2011 at Tiruchirapalli.
 
DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF MADRAS
Address of R.W.Bro.T.A.Devagnanam, RWDGM
At The Half yearly Meeting on 13th August 2011 at Tiruchirapalli

Brethren, let me first welcome all of you to Trichy. The Brethren of Lodge Rock have spared no effort in organising this half yearly meet of the DGL, and I am sure that all of you have been well received and taken care of. I take this opportunity to thank the brethren of Lodge Rock for their kind hospitality.

Before I proceed with reporting on the regular news, I must, first, thank the M W the Grand Master, for the confidence that he has reposed in me, in appointing me as the DGM of this district.

I thank R.W.Bro. K.R.N. Menon, for having invested me with this high office and can only hope that the GAOTU will give me the wisdom to discharge the duties of that office to the benefit of the whole District. R. W. Bro. K.R.N.Menon, whom I have known, since I was but a lad, has been a close friend of my family, for many years. After the untimely death of my Father, he has been a great source of support and encouragement for me, particularly in Freemasonry. The standards that he has set will not be easy to live up to and I can only hope that I am able to meet them. I must, however, tell you that my administration will not deviate from the excellent administrative policies that R.W.Bro. K.R.N. Menon brought into the District. The policies, of transparency in administration, the recording of all discussions, and the absolute shunning of politics, will continue. The chief objectives of the administration will be the preservation of the principles of masonry, and, as we are told at every installation meet ing, the business of being happy, and communicating happiness.

Brethren, I am a third generation Freemason, and our host Lodge, Rock, holds a personal significance for me. It was in this Lodge, in 1922, that my Grandfather, W. Bro. Samuel Devagnanam, was initiated. He went on to become the Master of this Lodge in 1946. After his retirement, from Government service, he settled in The Nilgiris and joined the Lodge of Faith, Hope and Charity, where he installed my Father as W. Master in 1960. My Father, W. Bro. Theo Devagnanam installed me in the same chair in 1985, and I had the pleasure of installing my Son, W. Bro. Theo Devagnanam III, in the same chair, earlier this year. My installation, as DGM, under the banner of this Lodge, is very special to me.

I will do everything that I can to support all of you, and our institution, and call upon you for your support, not only in spirit, but also by active involvement in our initiatives.

We have many Visitors this evening and I think that their presence, is a tribute to the relationships that my predecessor has strived to establish. I must thank, profusely, our important visitors this evening;

  1. Regional Grand Lodge of Southern India - R W.Bro .Retnaraj Sushilraj, R.W.Regional Grand Master

  2. District Grand Lodge of Eastern Archipelago - W Bro. Dr.Jenagaratnam Sinnathampy, PAGDC , Asst. District Grand Master

  3. District Grand Lodge of Bombay - V.W Bro.Arun Jaganathrao Deshmukh, P G Swd Br Dy. District Grand Master

  4. District Grand Lodge of Sri Lanka - R W Bro.Milroy Sherwin Perera R.W.District Grand Master

  5. District Grand Lodge of Hong Kong and The Far East - R W Bro. Peter Wong Hong Yuen R.W.Past District Grand Master

I thank all for having taken the time and the effort to be with us on this occasion.

I have also been blessed by the presence of some of my personal friends who have travelled vast distances to be with us this evening. R.W.Bro. H.Y.Wong, PDGM of the DGL of HK and the Far East, I thank you so much for being such a positive influence on my Masonic career. You were present at my first Installation, as W. Master in 1985, you have visited our Lodge since and you were present at the Installation of my Son, Theo, earlier, this year. You have been a close friend of my Family for about forty years, and your presence this evening is of very special significance to me.

We also have with us, this evening, W.Bro. Benny Lo, and W.Bro Edward Wen Tai Hey, also from Hong Kong. W. Bro. Benny’s family and mine go back almost 50 years. Benny’s Father In Law and my Father first met, and started to do business together, in 1962. It is wonderful to have you, Benny, with us this evening.

I also welcome V.W. Bro. Shegar Balakrishnan who is visiting us from the Irish Province in Singapore.  Shegar is also a close friend and is, in fact, related to my wife.  Thank you very much for making the effort to be with us.

I shall now move on to my report of the Masonic happenings since we last met.

Grand Lodge Affairs

M W Bro HRH the Duke of Kent was reelected MW the Grand Master for the 44th successive year and we are very fortunate to have his continued guidance. The annual investiture meeting of the united Grand Lodge of England was held on the 27th day of April, 2011 and M W the Grand master in his address, amongst other things, called attention to the following:

The Mentoring Scheme:  The mentoring scheme set in motion is designed eventually to mentor members at all stages of their Masonic progress. The aim is to have as many members as possible to act as ambassadors for freemasonry. He drew attention to the working group under the Chairmanship of the Grand Secretary and Provincial and District Grand Masters to ensure that the mentoring messages are consistent.

M W the Grand Master also referred to the address by the Head of Disaster Management of the British Red Cross, during the March quarterly communication, and the immediate help rendered by the Grand charity to the affected Districts.

At the Investiture meeting, I was promoted to the rank of Past Grand Sword Bearer. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the meeting. Our Asst. District Grand Master, W.Bro. D P Marshall, who attended the meeting, received the rank of Past Asst. Grand Director of ceremonies. We congratulate him.

District Grand lodge Matters

On July 27, this year our district had the privilege of organising the Prestonian lecture, which was delivered by W Bro. James Campbell. The event was sponsored by The Archibald Campbell Lodge. Wor Bro. Campbell, a member of the Archibald Campbell Lodge, is the Grand son of W.Bro. Archibald Campbell whom the Host lodge is named after. M W the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of India attended the lecture and the banquet thereafter.

Harmony between the brethren of sister constitutions in our District is excellent. R W Bro. K.R.N. Menon, as R W DGM, attended the Universal Brotherhood day celebrations organised by The Regional Grand lodge of Southern India, on 24th June, 2011. He also attended the Half yearly meeting of the Regional Grand Lodge of Southern India at Thanjavur on 6th August, 2011.

The mentoring activities of the district are spearheaded by       W. Bro. M. S. Duleep, District Grand Mentor, and W. Bro. T. V. Srinivasan, District Grand Orator, who are both giving of a lot of their time and effort towards the success of these activities, and I request every one of you to give them your support and encouragement.

W Bro. S Sampath, PAGDC, on his appointment as the Deputy District Grand Master, is succeeded by W Bro. S .Ponnaiya as the District Grand Secretary and we wish both of them success in their new positions.

District Grand Charity News

The lease on the Cornwallis Masonic Home has been renewed for a further period of two years. The building is in good repair thanks to our administrator and his team.

At the last meeting of the Executive Council of the District Grand Charity, Dr. Srinivasan of the Jeevan Blood Bank and Research centre, made a presentation of the organization, and its activities. It is basically the first public stem cell bank in India. He appealed for financial assistance. Following the meeting, the Trustees decided to donate a sum of Rs.15,00,000/- to this organization. This amount will go towards the collection of further units of cord blood.

Charity contributions, towards scholarships, pensions and Medical relief have been dealt with, in detail, in the half yearly report already circulated. It is, however, encouraging to see that the number of Scholarships is now in the region of 145.

The goal, of creating a Corpus Fund of Rs. 50 lakhs each for the Masons Welfare Fund and Masonic & Heritage Buildings Trust, is likely to be reached by Novenber, 2011.

Madras Freemasons Hall, Library and Auditorium

In an effort to support the Masonic mentoring activities we have created a separate fund for the library. We intend to have the Library fully functional, with all the support material for the mentoring programme, in as short a time as possible.

In order to augment the income of the Madras Freemasons Hall Trust, the auditorium will be put to use for various Masonic, and non-Masonic functions.

Installation Meetings

R W Bro. K R N Menon attended the installation meetings of the following lodges, as DGM

Lodge Minchin No.2710  on 5.3.2011
Lodge Faith Hope & Charity No.1285    on 12.3.2011

The records, of both Lodges, were inspected by W.Bro. Sukesh Menon.

The RW District Grand Master was represented at the installation meetings of other lodges as follows

W Bro. S. Sampath- Golconda lodge No.3249 on 18.2.2011.
Myself- Lodge Anchor of Hope No.1093 on 19.2.2011
W Bro. A C Patel- Lodge Cauvery No.3848 on 9.7.2011.

Very sadly, since we last met, Bro. J.Venugopalan Nair, Master Mason of Lodge Minchin No.2710 was called to the Grand Lodge above on 11th March, 2011. We will stand and observe a minute’s silence in his memory.

I would like to place on record the excellent work done by the DGS, W. Bro. S. Sampath, the DGT, W. Bro. N. D. Achiah and the rest of the District Grand Lodge officers who have contributed generously of their time and knowledge in the governing of the District. Thanks, are also due to the staff of the DGL Office, ably led, by Bro. Shanker.

DISTRICT GRAND CHAPTER OF MADRAS
Address of E.Comp.T.A.Devagnanam, MEGS
At the Half yearly Convocation on 13th August 2011 at Tiruchirapalli
Companions,

Welcome to Trichy.  I trust that all of you were well received and are comfortably accommodated.  I shall be addressing you at greater length this evening and will, therefore, restrict this address to general news.  Before, however, I proceed with reporting on those matters I must first thank the ME The First Grand Principal  for having appointed me to the position of Grand Superintendent of this District.

I would also like to thank Excellent Companion K.R.N. Menon for having invested me as the Grand Superintendent, and for all the guidance he has given me over the past several years.

Excellent Companion Menon, I am sure that I will always continue to review valuable advice and wise counsel from you.

Let me also take this opportunity to thank the several visitors who are present this morning and who have taken the trouble to visit us from, not only various parts of the country,  but various parts of the world.

  1. Regional Grand Chapter of Southern India - E Comp. Retnaraj Sushilraj Grand SuperintendentDistrict Grand Chapter of Eastern 

  2. Archipelago - E Comp.Theivanthiran Sinnathampy, PG Swd Br Dy. Grand Superintendent

  3. District Grand Chapter of Bombay - E Comp. Arun Jaganathrao Deshmukh, P G Swd Br Dy. Grand Superintendent

  4. District Grand Chapter of Srilanka - E Comp. Milroy Sherwin Perera Grand SuperintendentDistrict Grand Chapter of Hongkong 

  5. and The Far East - E Comp. Peter Wong Hong Yuen 

Past Grand Superintendent

At the Convocation of the Supreme Grand Chapter in London in April this year the Most Excellent The First Grand Principal, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, KG,  saw fit to promote me to the rank of Past Grand Sword Bearer.  Very unfortunately I was unable to attend the Convocation.

The District Grand Chapter continues to be run well both from the administrative and financial points of view.  The private Chapters continue to function well and I can only encourage each Chapter to make a concerted effort to increase membership through recruiting of newly made Master Masons into the individual Chapters.

During the period under report the following Companions represented the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent at the Installation Convocations of the following Chapters:

  1. E Comp. S. Sampath – Chapter School of Plato No.150 on 15.02.2011

  2. E.Comp. A.I. Kurien – Chapter Quilon No.5839 on 25.02.2011

  3. E.Comp. K.V. Srinivasan – Chapter Cauvery No.3848 on 5.3.2011

  4. E.Comp. V.J. Bharath – Golconda Chapter No.3249 on 7.3.2011

  5. E.Comp. R.V. Raghavan – Chapter Excelsior No.1285 on 10.3.2011

  6. E.Comp. D. Rajasekaran – Chapter Rock No.260 on 2.7.2011

     Valediction


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