2nd April, 2020.
Dear Sir Knights,
We, you and I, are at times obliged to take decisions that may not please all concerned, although taken in the light of Brotherly Love.
COVID-19 PANDEMIC & GRAND COUNCIL OF KNIGHT MASONS
We have had to cancel our Spring Grand Council Stated Meeting that would have been held on Saturday, 28th March, 2020.
We now have to accept that to cancel our Summer Grand Council Stated Meeting that was planned for Saturday, 30th May, 2020, is the correct decision at this date, being supported by wide-ranging worldwide advice.
GCKM Law, Nos. 13, 14, 15, 16: traditionally, we would have accepted Nominations for Grand Officers for the year 2021 at the Summer 2020 Grand Council Stated Meeting (30.05.2020), and to be brought forward for Election for 2021 at the Autumn Grand Council Stated Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, 24th October, 2020. That long-established pattern has been disrupted this year by the COVID-19 PANDEMIC.
In order to respect the GCKM Grand Officers elected for the year 2020, as their terms have been irreversibly disrupted in the current year, I have decided that resumption of the norm will recommence as and from the Summer Grand Council Stated Meeting to be held on Saturday, 5th June, 2021 (D.V.). In other words, the elected GCKM Grand Officers for 2020 will please continue to serve for the year 2021.
GCKM Law No. 20: following tradition, the M.E. Great Chief will make the announcements of his Appointments for the year 2021 at the Autumn Grand Council Stated Meeting to be held on Saturday, 24th October, 2020 (D.V.); and to include whatever changes in personnel are deemed to be necessary for the resuscitation and development of the management of the Grand Council of Knight Masons.
GCKM Law No. 28: subordinate Councils of Knight Masons shall follow the procedure as outlined above for Grand Officers. Otherwise, requested variation from a minority of Councils may be submitted to the R.E. Grand Scribe for consideration and, if thought to be laudable, be brought before Grand Council for approval, retrospectively if apposite.
GCKM Law Nos. 29, 30: at this date assuming resumption of normal subordinate Council of Knight Masons’ Meetings in the second half of this year 2020, these Laws shall remain in force. The traditional rhythm of our Masonic Chivalric Order is to be resumed as soon as possible for all of the evident reasons.
Thank you, in anticipation of your co-operation, and wishing you and your loved ones good health, peace and happiness.
GRAND COUNCIL STATED MEETING 28th March, 2020.
Dear Sir Knights,
The Most Excellent Great Chief has decided, that due to the current situation concerning the spread of the COVID 19 virus, the Grand Council Stated Meeting due to be held on Saturday 28th March 2020 has been cancelled.
The Most Excellent Great Chief has taken this decision based on informed opinions received from a Grand Council Physician and other Senior members of Grand Council.
The health and welfare of all members of Grand Council remains paramount.
Sincerely and fraternally
R.E.S.K. Warren G. Keil
The Constitution & Dedication of the
Grand Council of Knight Masons
took place on the 18th June, 1923,
in Dublin, Ireland.
Therefore, as the Centenary is due to take place in 2023,
plans have commenced for the celebrations in Dublin, Ireland and worldwide.
All Grand Council of Knight Masons’ Provinces will plan, in due course, to hold similar suitable celebrations in their various respective lands to include the numerous Sir Knights unable to travel to Dublin, Ireland in June, 2023.
Foreword for Booklet
Constitution & Dedication 20th May, 2019
Trevor Jones Council of Knight Masons, No. 114
The welcome our Chivalric Masonic Order has received in recent years by Freemasons in many lands has confirmed to all of us that we are engaged in a laudable project for our Worldwide Fraternity and reminds me of the words written by John Milton (1608-1674):
“At last he rose, and twitch’d his Mantle blue: /
Tomorrow to fresh Woods, and Pastures new.”
I have witnessed the significant growth of our Grand Council of Knight Masons since I was invited to accept nomination for, and subsequently elected to, the Office of Grand Scribe for 1990. From the times of M.E. Great Chiefs, M.E. Sir Knights James Lutton, Arnold J. Cooke and Mervyn W. Morrison, and to date, the growth of the number of our Councils is worthy of note. The quiet and significantly effective contribution to our growth by our then R.E. Sir Knight Michael James Ward, the then R.E. Provincial Grand Superintendent for Leinster & Overseas, must never be overlooked. There are Councils of Knight Masons in fourteen Countries and now number one hundred and fourteen actively working for the enjoyment of their Sir Knight members.
The “birth” of the G. Trevor Jones Council of Knight Masons on this date in 2019 is testimony to the wonderful goodwill that is being communicated by the steadfast members of the Worton Council of Knight Masons, here in Kingston, Jamaica.
The support from distinguished Knight Masons from Bermuda, England, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica and Northern Ireland, for the Constitution & Dedication Ceremony is exceptionally generous and all of them are deserving of our unqualified gratitude.
I am so very pleased to be in a Grand Council of Knight Masons’ Grand Office at this propitious time and to have the privilege of leading the Constitution & Dedication Ceremony for the G. Trevor Jones Council of Knight Masons, to be numbered 114 on the Roll of our Chivalric Order.
Fortes fortuna juvat – fortune favours the brave.
Bernard V.A.P.J. Woods
M.E. Great Chief
Grand Council of Knight Masons
20th May, 2019
Grand Council News
New Council of Knight Masons for Kingston, Jamaica.
The Constitution & Dedication Ceremony for the
G. TREVOR JONES Council of Knight Masons, No. 114,
took place on Monday, the 20th May, 2019,
at Kingston, Jamaica.
ASSISTANT GREAT CHIEF
R.E. Sir Knight Angus P.D. Hannagan
Proclaimed at the Grand Council Stated Meeting
9th June, 2018, Freemasons’ Hall, Dublin, Ireland.
PERSIA COUNCIL OF RESEARCH
Scribe, R.E. Sir Knight Arnold Imrie, Freemasons’ Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin D02 HK50, Ireland. firstname.lastname@example.org
News of Councils Around the World
The Stated Installation Meeting of Hamilton Council of Knight Masons, No. 067 (Constituted & Dedicated 1960), Hong Kong, GCKM Province of Leinster & Overseas, was attended by the M.E. Great Chief and a number of Grand Officers from Ireland and several other lands on Monday 9th January, 2017. The visit to Hong Kong included a number of significant Masonic occasions.
TEMPLE OF JERUSALEM Council of Knight Masons, No. 109, in Athens, Greece, GCKM Province of Greece, held their Stated Installation Meeting on Friday, 10th February, 2017; and on Saturday, 11th February, 2017, a Special Meeting was held to
admit into membership a number of distinguished Companions from other European lands. The M.E. Great Chief, being a founder member of the Council, was very pleased to be present on both occasions.
ERIN Council of Knight Masons, No. 113, for the GCKM Province of Leinster & Overseas, was Constituted & Dedicated by the M.E. Great Chief and his team, on Tuesday, 17th January, 2017, at the Freemasons’ Hall, Coleman Street, Singapore.
ADELPHI Council of Knight Masons, No. 118, for the GCKM Province of Leinster & Overseas, was Constituted & Dedicated by the M.E. Great Chief and his team, on Wednesday, 18th January, 2017, at the Freemasons’ Hall, Coleman Street, Singapore.
ST. MOLAISE Council of Knight Masons, for the GCKM Province of England & Wales, numbered 112 on the Roll of Grand Council, was Constituted & Dedicated at 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday, 23rd May, 2017, at the Masonic Hall, Leyland, Lancashire, England.
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