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DemetriosDemetrios A. Drossos, MD – Internet Lodge Member

On Tuesday 24th of January 2017, (A.L. 6017), at 18.00 hours, at the Masonic Headquarter of the Grand Lodge of Greece in Athens.

The Consecration of ALEA ATHENA Lodge No. 181 in the Orient Of Tegea (ArKadi) was performed by the M.W. Grand Master of Greece assisted by the RtWs officers of the Grand Council.

Our Brother Demetrios is very honoured to have become the new Lodge’s Worshipful and Founding Master.

Alan Turton WM optW.Bro Alan Turton was installed as the 19th Master of the lodge at the annual installation ceremony in Manchester U.K. on 19th March 2016.

The Provincial Grand Master was represented by W. Bro. Chad Northcott, APGM, Past Senior Grand Deacon of the United Grand Lodge of England.
Read the message of W. Bro Chad Northcott here

 

You can read Alan's Inaugural Address here

  

 

 Officers for 2016

Officers for 2016

(Back Row) Cristian Pocol, Petar Damnjanovic, Chris Hegarty, Cristian Mihutoui, Dave Hedley,

David Starbuck Philip Harris,Peter Van Oosten,Claudiu Ionescu.

(Front Row) Ben Allen, Carl Freeland, Alan Turton, Peter Clark, Roy Morris, Jeff Robins.

 HOS7145 JPGBro Carl Freeland, the current Charity Steward of the lodge, was presented with the ESDPEUPOL Afghanistan medal on 5th May 2014.

Bro Freeland was formerly based in Kosovo but is now stationed in Kabul where he is Supply Chain Coordination Officer, European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan

The lodge congratulates Bro Freeland  and is proud to recognise his work in this most difficult scenario.

 

CarlFreeland1The election has taken place for the selection of the Junior Warden for 2015/16.

Voting opened on 1st September and the poll remained open until 30th September.

There were two very able candidates and as usual the members made their choice based on a Manifesto submitted by the candidate describing his intended program for 2017/18 when the elected candidate is expected to be installed as Worshipful Master.

The brethren selected Bro Carl Freeland from Kabul in Afghanistan. Bro Carl is already looking forward to being in the chair of the lodge for the UGLE tri-centenary celebrations.

This unusual method of selecting the senior officers of the lodge has been adopted since the consecration in 1998.

Frank HarrisWhen the late W.Bro Frank Harris passed the Grand Lodge above it transpired that in his will he had made a bequest to the Lodge of $10,000

Frank enjoyed travel, visiting other countries, meeting fellow travellers, nationals of the country he was visiting and most of all being in the company of other Masonic Brethren.

A committee was set up to determine the use of the fund and the unanimous recommendation was to use the Legacy to assist one Brother, who had been unable to visit the lodge for five years, to attend our Installation Meeting in Manchester (or such other location as may be determined) for as long as the Legacy has sufficient funds to action this recommendation.

Terry RyanHaving taken into consideration the distribution across the globe of our Brethren, we came to the conclusion that the opportunity should be open to all Lodge Members wherever they are domiciled; we believe this to be the fairest way to ensure that no one is disadvantaged by the process.


We are delighted that the first winner, selected randomly, was Bro Terry Ryan of New South Wales, Australia and even more delighted at Terry's acceptance of the award and his decision to travel to Manchester in March 2014.

 

After the installation Bro Terry wrote :-

"I wish to thank Internet lodge for the honour conferred on me, being the first recipient of the Bro Frank Harris legacy.
I had a wonderful time in Manchester, March 2014, and it was an experience I shall not forget.
The highlight for me was, so many Masons took the time to make me welcome, and I met Masons from all over.
Once again, thank you all, and I hope the next person drawn for the Frank Harris legacy, has as much fun warmth as I received
Regards
VW Bro Terry Ryan
NSW Australia "

Frank's Legacy to the Internet Lodge No: 9659



Frank HarrisWhen the late W.Bro Frank Harris passed the Grand Lodge above it transpired that in his will he had made a bequest to the Lodge of $10,000.

Accordingly the then  WM commissioned a small committee of Lodge members charged to make a recommendation as to how we should use the Legacy.

The WM appointed Roy Hodgson to chair the committee.

The Committee did consult with some senior Lodge members and it was clear from comments received that the Legacy ought not to be donated to charities. Frank enjoyed travel, visiting other countries, meeting fellow travellers, nationals of the country he was visiting and most of all being in the company of other Masonic Brethren.

The unanimous recommendation therefore was to use the Legacy to assist one Brother, in each year, to attend our Installation Meeting in Manchester (or such other location as may be determined) for as long as the Legacy has sufficient funds to action this recommendation.

Having taken into consideration the distribution across the globe of our Brethren, we came to the conclusion that the opportunity should be open to all Lodge Members wherever they are domiciled; we believe this to be the fairest way to ensure that no one is disadvantaged by the process.

Currently there are 150 Brethren who have been unable to attend any Internet Lodge Meeting and the hope is that this Legacy may permit some of these Brethren to experience their Lodge Installation Ceremony.

Frank's $10000 has been converted to Sterling and thus the Legacy expressed in Sterling is £6,400. Capping the benefit at a maximum of £600 will enable the fund to assist one Brother each year and should last for up to ten years. The benefit will be paid to the successful brother in Sterling and upon his arrival at the hotel.

We believe that the system will be relatively easy to administer and is a fitting memorial to the late W.Bro Frank Harris.