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11. This will replace the Masonic Centres Advisory Committee and I wish to thank all those brethren who have been involved in that Committee since it was established.
12. Last October I consecrated the Rugby Bastion Lodge; and later this year I will consecrate the Brevity Lodge; and the Chequered Flag Lodge. There is great interest in forming other special interest Lodges and more will follow later this year or in 2016.
13. Happily, we have many Lodges thriving as never before – taking part in all the activities arranged in their Area and reaping the benefits through a supply of Candidates who join and enjoy their Masonic experience. Indeed last year I issued a Dispensation enabling a Lodge to initiate 4 men on the same evening. We have Lodges whose main concern at the moment is managing the number of candidates applying for membership. I would urge all our Lodges to follow the lead of such Lodges and Plan their future. Embrace all that is going on in your Area; get involved in the Social Events, the Light Blues Clubs, and Social Media. It works.
14. All Lodges should recognize that men join Freemasonry, not a
Lodge. Those Lodges with a surfeit of candidates should consider whether some of their brethren would be better placed, or directed, to another Lodge with whom it could form a relationship for the benefit of both Lodges, the brethren, the Area, and Freemasonry.
15. Planning is the key. We have a number of Lodges which were in difficulty now seeing a renaissance in their fortunes following their agreeing an Action Plan with the assistance and support of the Area team. The emphasis of such plans is enjoyment, involvement, recruitment, engagement, and retention. Take advantage of the Area Structures which have been established. They will not seek to impose a Plan on a Lodge – the Lodge and its members must have the will to progress and embrace the opportunities offered by the Area structure.
16. I now turn to our Festival Appeal which is entering the final stages.
In a couple of meetings from now, some of our Lodges will be closing for the summer recess and when they resume, there will be just 1 year left to maximise their giving for the Festival. So wherever your Lodge is in the overall scheme of things – from bronze to platinum, can it do more for the RMTGB? I ask all Lodges to make a final push over the next 12 months to ensure that we can all be proud of the total raised.

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