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Our provincial masonic year commences at our Annual Meeting in July when I appoint our Provincial Officers for the year. These brethren are all experienced masons and have an important role to play in advancing freemasonry within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and moving the Province towards achieving its mission statement which is:
To establish a thriving Craft as part of the Community of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
The Craft will only thrive if it is accepted as part of the community. Acceptance will come with an understanding of who are we, what do we do, and why. But as a pre-requisite to public understanding, we need to continue to dispel the myth of secrecy which has surrounded the organisation for far too long. The organisation itself has never been secretive, but as a result of freemasons being persecuted across Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, they understandably became secretive about their membership of the organisation. It speaks volumes for the organisation that they did not leave it in their droves, but simply became secretive about their membership. The organisation itself did not change.
Recently I was interviewed by the editor of Solent Life magazine, which is distributed freely across our southern area. The editor had no pre-conceived ideas, save he understood that freemasonry was a secret society! He now has a different understanding. His refreshing report of the interview was featured in Solent Life and is distributed with this issue of Insight. Solent Life have kindly agreed that the article may also be reproduced for distribution to members of the public when
our exhibition unit is on display in town centres and at country shows etc. I hope that the article will give all those who read it a better understanding of freemasonry.
Earlier in the year, I was interested to see a video on YouTube which also encapsulated freemasonry and is a very good starting point for anyone who wants to know more about us; back to who are we, what we do and why. Just search YouTube for “Introduction to Freemasonry” and you will get answers to your questions in a video which lasts for less than 4 minutes. How good is that?
Within the Province we have organised a number of social clubs open to masons and non-masons; we arrange “Dine-a-Friend” evenings when non-masons can join us for dinner and learn more about freemasonry; we invite non-masons to join us at an after meeting dinner for the same purpose, and we open our masonic centres (including the lodge room) on an annual basis to those who wish to learn more, or just satisfy their curiosity.
If you wish to know what is going on, perhaps with a view to getting to know more, visit our website www.hampshirefreemasonry. com; ‘like’ our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.
In conclusion, our members derive enormous pleasure from being part of the organisation, whilst improving their own moral standards, individual character, and self confidence. They have a good time and excel in benevolence and charitable giving. If they can take that into the community, then the community itself and all within it will benefit.
Michael J Wilks
@MichaelWilks2 - follow the Provincial Grand Master on Twitter
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Published by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Hampshire and Isle of Wight, 85 Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hants SO53 2GG
For all membership enquiries, contact the Provincial Office on 023 8026 1555.
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