Companions, after nine years in the several positions of giving my reports to Grand Chapter and Companions it is with some feeling of sadness or loss that I present this my final report of Grand Committee for the period May, 2016 to November, 2016

Grand Committee has met on five occasions since the Grand Convocation in May, and all have been well attended. I thank all members of Grand Committee for their continued commitment to our Order and their dedication to their duty.  To those members of Grand Committee, who like myself, finish their term in Grand Chapter I sincerely thank them for their efforts. To the remaining members, I wish them all the best with their future deliberations for the future of the Order.

I particularly wish to thank The Grand Scribe Ezra, Rt Ex Comp John France, and his able assistant Mrs. Tetty Mackinnon who continue to keep Grand Committee functioning smoothly. I am sure that we are the envy of other States for the proficient way our administration is run.

I congratulate The First Grand Principal on his term of Office, and a job well done.  I also welcome The First Grand Principal Elect and his Deputy First Grand Principal elect and wish them all the best in their future roles in the Order. I will be only too happy to give any help at any time.   

For Grand Chapter to continue to perform its responsibilities, particularly in the south-east corner of the State, it requires a larger commitment from the members in that area. If you are qualified and feel you would like to become part of the Grand Chapter team you can apply either through your Chapter Scribe Ezra or directly through the Royal Arch Office. Active Grand Chapter Office is very rewarding as you get to meet many very interesting people and go to places you would not probably visit.

Membership continues to be of concern as there are some Chapters that will close soon and this usually results in loss of membership as not all members rejoin another chapter or Transition Chapter. However, with increased numbers coming into Craft Masonry we must be ready to present them with material that will tell the complete story and arouse their interest in the furtherance of their journey in Freemasonry.

It is up to the individual Chapters to do all they can to get new members by always looking for perspective members. Grand Chapter can only do so much but are always ready to give support and advice through the Grand Educators who are doing a great job.

Our Hard-Working Grand Treasurer, V Ex Comp Kirby Leeke our First Grand Principal elect does a commendable job in keeping Grand Committee abreast of the financial position and the relevance to the budget each month. He is working with decreasing figures due to decreasing numbers of members.

Royal Arch in Queensland celebrated its one hundred and fifty years early in 2015 and I thank all those who made this such a success for this important landmark to be celebrated and V Ex Comp Ian Ross for preparing the history in a somewhat similar manner to UGLQ. As there are still some of these books available I would urge you to purchase one to read and keep in your library

Finally Companions I would like to sincerely thank everybody who has been involved in making my journey through Grand Chapter enjoyable. I have together with my wife Moya met and made some great friends throughout Australasia which we cherish very much. May the “New Team” enjoy the success I feel we have achieved, and I wish you well for the future while I get used to being let out to pasture to enjoy other pursuits.

I commend this Report to you.

Jonathan Nantes,

President of Grand Committee (2013- 2016.)



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