NEW GRAND SECRETARY
The MW The Grand Master has
appointed Brother CNR Brown to be
Grand Secretary and Grand Scribe E
with effect from 1st February 2007.
Brother Nigel Brown was born
in Lusaka in the then Northern Rhodesia
and was educated in Southern Rhodesia.
From the Royal Military Academy
Sandhurst he was commissioned into the
Grenadier Guards, retiring as a Captain.
He then spent 15 years in senior
management, and for the past 12
years has been a business consultant
specialising in advising clients on
winning competitive global tenders.
He is married with two adult children,
has been a Freemason for 19 years and
is currently serving as a Deputy Grand
Director of Ceremonies.
Freemasons are extremely generous in
their donations to charities both Masonic
and non-Masonic, national and local.
Indeed, “Relief” is one of the three great
tenets of Freemasonry.
From gift-aids to Provincial festivals,
to general charitable giving outside of the
Craft to the “fiver” at Lodge raffles and the
alms box, over a lifetime the average Mason
would probably surprise even himself about
the amount he gives to charity.
But one area that seems to miss many
Masons is the legacy – what is left to posterity
in his Will. It was to this end that the four
charities have produced a special article on
legacies (see pages 60–61) and addressed
the recent Quarterly Communication of
The Pro First Grand Principal, Lord
Northampton, has told Supreme Grand
Chapter that he has set up a working party
to examine the recruitment and retention
of members, and to report back to him by
the end of April. As with the Craft, this is
a problem in some areas.
Whilst the Craft and Royal Arch are
separate, a brother has to be a Master
Mason before he can join the other Order.
So there is a strong link. Pressuring brethren
to join other Lodges – or the Royal Arch –
should be discouraged, but explaining
the Royal Arch to the new Master
Mason should be encouraged. Certainly,
12 months after taking his Third Degree,
he should be reminded of the existence
of the Royal Arch.
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