A visit from 617

Posted by Allan Hutton on November 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Tuesday 17th November 2015.

On the occasion of hosting my penultimate meeting as RWM of Caldercruix St John 1314 I had the very great pleasure of welcoming from the Province of Renfrewshire East a deputation from Lodge Sir George Cathcart 617 into the temple to confer an exemplification of the Fellow Craft Degree.

It was a real delight to meet and greet our visitors and their recently installed RWM Bro Alexander Cruixshanks McAleer into the Lodge as this first time visit from 617 had been almost six years in the making.

It was through my association with my friend and brother from 617 Bro Willie Hamilton and visiting his lodge from time to time over the past six years since I took my first step in Freemasonry that I got to know the brethren of Sir George Cathcart, then eventually in my year as RWM have the opportunity to invite them to my lodge to confer a degree.

Once our Director of Ceremonies Bro Scott Haviland had presented the 617 deputation to the Lodge I invited RWM Bro Alex to the East where we exchanged the gavel.

Thereafter we witnessed an excellent and instructive working of the Fellow Craft Degree on our volunteer candidate for the evening Bro Alex Kerr.

When the labours of the Sir George Cathcart craftsmen were over and the gavel returned I proposed a vote of thanks to the 617 brethren for the quality and dignity of their degree work.

I then invited RWM Bro Alex to reply however Alex explained that it was customary in 617 for the RWM to delegate that duty to another brother, so therefore PM Bro Gordon Fleming expressed a suitable reply.

This was the RWM of 617's first ever meeting since he was installed in the Chair of King Solomon and has to be commended for the manner in which he carried out his new duties.

Before concluding the business of the evening I once again thanked RWM Bro Alex and his deputation for coming along at my request and invited him and his brethren to join my brethren and I in the upstairs lounge for the usual 1314 hospitality and harmony.

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