|Posted by Allan Hutton on December 6, 2015 at 6:40 PM|
Tuesday 1st December 2015
I the RWM of Caldercruix St John 1314 Bro Allan McLaren Hutton chaired my last regular meeting as RWM of this fine old Lodge.
On this occasion I had invited Lodge Whifflet St John 963 to be our final visiting deputation.
However, before I got the chance to go up to the lounge along with my Paster Masters to toast RWM Bro Brian Martin and his deputation from Coatbridge, a deputation from New Monkland Montrose 88 headed by their newly installed RWM Bro Ian Kelttie had arrived to recapture the "Travelling Gavel"
After welcoming the deputation From 88 into the Temple I Invited RWM Ian along with his Past Masters to the East where I reluctantly surrendered the "Gavel" which our Lodge had only managed to keep for a week. I then congratulated RWM Ian and his brethren on being successful in their endeavours.
As this was my last meeting as Right Worshipful Master I felt it pertinent to express my sincere thanks to the brethren of my Mother Lodge for making it such an enjoyable experience especially to Bro Treasurer George Randell and Bro Secretary Sandy Stewart for their sterling work behind the scenes with the affairs of the Lodge. I also thanked my Past Masters, Bro Jeff Spence, Bro Billy Murray, Bro Johnny Russell and Bro Charles Ringrose for all their help and words of Wisdom throughout the year.
I then intimated that it had been an honour and a privilege to serve the Lodge as RWM for the last twelve months and thanked all the brethren who accompanied me on each of the 124 occasions that I had worn my chain of office!
I then adjourned the meeting to greet and toast our visitors in the upstairs lounge.
Once the Lodge was resumed our Bro Director of Ceremonies presented the visiting deputation to the busy Temple.
I welcomed RWM Brian Martin and his fine large and distinguished deputation which was enhanced with the presence of the RWM of Coltswood Glenboig 1067 Bro Brian Hillen into the Lodge and invited both RWM to the East.
Once the Gavel was exchanged the assembled brethren witnessed an excellent Entered Apprentice Degree conferred by the Office Bearers of 963 on our volunteer candidate who was 1314's newest MM, my son Bro Allan McLaren Hutton Jnr.
When the labours of the 963 Craftsmen were complete I proposed a vote of thanks to the RWM Brian and his brethren.
I expressed that although tonight's degree had been an exemplification of the EA degree it had still been a very worthwhile exercise as young Allan is still in the early days of his Masonic Career and will have learned from what he had experienced here this evening such was the standard of the explanation of the degree by the 963 Office bearers.
The RWM of 963 Bro Martin expressed a suitable reply and mentioned that this evening had been a fitting way to end a very successful year for both him and I as this was also his last time representing his Lodge as RWM.
Before bringing the Mallet down for the last time to close the Lodge as RWM I recalled to the assembled brethren that at the end of my very first meeting as RWM of 1314 twelve months ago, My Depute Master Bro Jeff Spence had said to me " well done Allan you've only got another 18 more meetings to go"
Therefore almost a year later I remarked " Well Bro Jeff, there you go, I've done it, My job is complete!"
I then invited all brethren to join me in the upstairs lounge for a spot of Caldercruix St John 1314 hospitality.