Donations to Charity Sir George Clark Memorial Masonic Lodge No. 669 finished their year 2018 Charity fundraising drive with another record total of almost £3,000 donated to a range of charities and to our Lodge widows. Action Cancer, Diabetes N.I, Belfast Masonic Charity Fund included. The Worshipful Master in 2018 W. Bro. Romeo Godines thanked everyone for their continued support and generosity. He asked the Brethren the give the same support to W. Bro. Paul Francey, our Worshipful Master for 2019.
Our new Worshipful Master W. Bro. Paul Francey was installed on Saturday 26th January 2019. The Lodge was honoured by the presence of the Deputy Grand Master of Ireland R. W. Bro. Rodney McCurley, and Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Antrim R. W. Bro. Ivan Gillespie, and other distinguished Brethren.
The Installing Officer W. Bro. Genesis Nazareth was congratulated by all on an excellent Installation ceremony.
The W. Master then installed his Lodge Officers for 2019 in an exemplary manner and he and his officers received fraternal greetings and very best wishes from visiting Brethren representing twelve Lodges.
At the Festive Board after the meeting, our two Pipers W. Bro. William Cardwell and W, Bro. David Beggs piped the W. Master, and Deputy Grand Master into dinner. Fifty-five Brethren and guests enjoyed an excellent meal, with Toasts, and enjoyable speeches. The master’s song was beautifully sung by
W. Bros. Rennie and Gardiner McGrath of the Belfast Lodge 651.A charity collection and raffle in aid of Masonic charities was generously supported by all.
This an important time of the year for many Brethren in setting goals and resolutions for the year to come. What goals have you set for yourself in the lodge? Is there a piece of ritual that you would like to learn?
Is your goal to be a more active lodge member?
Is there a friend that you plan to talk to about becoming a Freemason?
Of course, many of us don’t always follow through on their resolutions and within a couple of weeks, they are largely forgotten. But as a Freemason, whatever your particular goal or resolution might be, you have a great advantage. In our Fraternity, there is always a trusty brother waiting to assist you. Perhaps you are that brother who will be asked to assist.
One of our purposes is to make good men better. I can’t think of any better way to do this than helping another brother achieve a goal!
I hope that your 2019 or 6019 A.L. is a prosperous one in achieving both your personal goals and Masonic goals.
Sincerely & Fraternally,
W. Bro. Romeo Godines
W. Master Lodge 669
Lodge Brethren, family, and friends enjoyed an excellent traditional Christmas meal, and a special visit from Santa Claus with gifts for the children, ladies, and staff.
Cameron Beggs entertained us with his bagpipes.
Sunday 11th November 2018, the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice marking the end of the first world war.
In Belfast W. Bro. David Beggs our Lodge Almoner placed a wreath at City Hall on behalf of all the Lodges meeting at Freemasons’ Hall, Arthur Square Belfast.
Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the Belfast Masonic Widows Fund, Belfast Masonic Charity Fund, The Trustees of Freemasons’ Hall, Arthur Square.
Act of Remembrance was held on Friday, 9th November 2018 at 12 noon in the Grand Lodge Room, Freemasons’ Hall, Dublin
The Royal British Legion took part in the Act of Remembrance and Standards from the Royal British Legion were on parade.
The Act of Remembrance included a wreath-laying ceremony led by the Grand Master. and senior Officers including the Prov. Grand Master of Antrim. .Our Lodge Chaplain W. Bro. Patrick Elliott laid a wreath on behalf of the W. Master and Brethren of Sir George Clark Memorial Lodge 669 Irish Constitution.
Only in all things recall, It is Fear, not Death that slays.
From little towns in a far land we came,
To save our honour and a world aflame.
Bro. Rudyard Kipling
Over the past years, we have enjoyed the ladies night, which I hope will continue in the future.
The Ladies Night was a great success raising £600 for Diabetes NI.
– W.M. Romeo Godines
Two other McRoberts sons joined us for an excellent Festive board after the October 2018 meeting. Congratulations to the McRoberts family circle!
Lodge 669 finished their year 2017 Charity fundraising drive with a grand total of £2,682 donated to a range of charities and to our Lodge widows.
Diabetes UK NI, Autism NI, Belfast Masonic Charity Fund included.
The W. Master in 2017 W. Bro. Luis Fred Presbitero thanked everyone for their immense support and generosity.
He asked the Brethren the give the same support to W. Bro. Romeo Godines, our Worshipful Master for 2018, and already that is happening!
Donations have been made so far in 2018 to Belfast Masonic Charity Fund and Action Cancer totaling almost £1,000.
Diabetes UK will be the next charity recipient after our summer Filipino Festive event 23rd June in 45 Club, Park Avenue, Belfast, and our Ladies Night formal dinner dance on 20th October at the Park Avenue Hotel, Holywood Road, Belfast.
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Members with guests traveled by train from Belfast to Grand Lodge of Ireland, in Molesworth Street Dublin.
It had been arranged by Grand Lodge for Lodge 669 to use the Grand Lodge room for our May meeting.
We were joined in Dublin by local Freemasons, also a Brother from Iceland, and another from England.
The hall porter Barry Fawcett gave us an excellent, and informative guided tour of the building and all its magnificent rooms.
W. Bro. Romeo Godines was installed as Worshipful Master of Sir George Clark Memorial Masonic Lodge No. 669 on Saturday 27th, 2018 in the presence of the Deputy Grand Master of Ireland R. W. Bro. Rodney McCurley, and a packed Lodge room of Freemasons from Lodges in a variety of Masonic Provinces and Constitutions.
At the Festive Board, in response to a Toast made to him by the Immediate Past Master W. Bro. Fred Presbitero, the W. Master said:
“Thank you, W. Bro. Fred Presbitero for those kind words and encouragement, and thank you Brethren for all your support. Many thanks also to our trio of singers from the Belfast Lodge 651 W. Bros Rennie and Gardiner McGrath, and Mark Bowman for the Worshipful Master’s song.
A beautiful song, very emotional, and indeed a great memory of this day.
I should, first, express my heartfelt gratitude to W Bro. Ferdinand Gallo for his presentation of the W. Master’s degree today, certainly the best I have ever seen!
Thanks also to our Director of Ceremonies W. Bro. George Megaw for this evenings meeting and his years of excellent service to L669.
Thanks are due to all the Officers and Brethren of Sir George Clark Memorial Lodge No. 669 who have guided me in every way, in this same hall where they initiated, passed, and raised me, to the sublime degree of Masonry, and who trusted, believed and supported me on my journey to the Master’s chair.
Brethren on this the 80th Anniversary of Lodge 669, we remember that unbroken line of Masons who have been installed into the Lodge 669 Master’s chair and led our Lodge forward.
I assure you, that I, in turn, will try with my utmost ability to administer the affairs of our lodge, as well as to promote the interest of our craft and to work for its enlargement and advancement”
The W. Master’s confirmed his chosen charities for support in 2018 are The Belfast Masonic Charity Fund and Diabetes N.I.
Our singers W. Bros. rennie McGrath, Mark Bowman, and Gardiner McGrath from Belfast Lodge 651