Scotland - West
Deputy V∴Ill∴Bro. Alexander McMillan 33°
It is my
very great pleasure to provide my sixth Annual Report. I attended all of the meetings within the
Province, with the exception of one. This happens each year because we have
two meetings on the
same evening, on the third Friday
of February, when both Glasgow and Lanarkshire Sovereign Chapters
meet. Each of the Sovereign Chapters and Councils
continue to be run smoothly, with meetings well attended,
good quality ritual work, a steady
supply of suitable candidates, and very good camaraderie among the
membership. Four of the Sovereign
Chapters/Councils have their Installation Ceremonies in the Springtime,
now have two recently installed MWS, and two Grand Commanders “raring to go”
for the new session
starting in September. Both Lanarkshire and Glasgow
Sovereign Councils now have a new Secretary in place.
I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to Graeme Smith and
Robert Stewart who gave many years
of faithful service in running their
respective Sovereign Councils. Likewise,
I would like to welcome Bill Paton
and Tom Leckenby as their replacements, and
thank them for taking on these roles. Both are very experienced
I look forward to working with them.
I was delighted
to learn of the recent introduction of a 40 year membership Diploma. Already a few Diplomas
have been presented in
Glasgow to Bill Shepherdson, John NP Ford, Alex Galbraith, and Raymond Innes.
So, my personal congratulations to each of
small number of further presentations of the Diploma are
likely to follow in
Lanarkshire and Lennox in due course.
It is a matter of great sadness to
have to record the passing of Rev John Clark, of Dumbarton, to higher service,
at age 92. Rev.
John was a great servant of the Rite, serving as High Prelate at Lennox, and as
at Glasgow Sovereign Council, for many years. He
had a wonderful sense of fun, but I could always rely on
his wise counsel, as a
member of my Consultative Committee. He is sadly missed.
As usual, the grim reaper has been in our midst, with Argyllshire
particularly badly hit with the recent passing
of Sandy Cameron,
Ardrishaig, Dougald McIntyre, Millport,
and Douglas Craig, Oban. Each was a senior
member of the Craft, and a stalwart
of our Rite.
Congratulations to Alex Watson, Eric Brown, and Frank Mapes on promotion
to the 32°, and to Ian McMillan,
Alex Kelly and Douglas Philand
on promotion to the 31°.
All the normal Charity donations were made by the Chapters/Councils, and
I was especially pleased to note
that Glasgow Sovereign Council saw fit this
year to make a donation of 2500 pounds to the Supreme Council
“Scottish Association for Children with Heart Disorders”. Well done! So, all in
all, the Province
is certainly thriving.
As ever, my thanks to Fiona and Jemma for all their “ever so willing” help and assistance. Each of the
Secretaries in the
West also “sing their praises”. Thanks also to GSG.