“We live in the best of times, we live in the worst of times”, to borrow and rearrange Charles Dickens opening words from his book “A Tale of Two Cities”. I contend it is up to each of us to work out which part of the rearranged quote we wish to live by. I take the former and remain very upbeat about our Order and its progress. What part do you take?

Since my last report in November last year we have lost R.Ex.Comp Adrian Wakeling as a DGE but now welcome V.Ex.Comp Bob Ruddell as his replacement in Cairns. Also settling in as new DGE’s are R.Ex.Comp. Ian Hay (welcome back Ian) in Brisbane Central, R.Ex.Comp. Des Soley in Sunshine Coast, V.Ex.Comp. John Hook in Capricornia, and R.Ex.Comp. Victor Clarendon in Whitsunday. They, and our existing DGE’s have a most important role in our Order as they support and encourage our Chapters and their members.

Ritual Reading It is a matter that apparently most Chapters are having challenges with. I have taken this matter to Grand Committee and it has been discussed. One of the concerns that came up was what are we doing to assist members with different ways of learning Ritual. Outcome was that it should be known that Grand Chapter does not support the practice of reading Ritual however it is realised that in certain instances such as age and very late notice to an officer it may be necessary for reading to occur and in those rare instances we should be seen to be supporting the officer. As well we will use the Red Pages of the Freemasons Magazine to include articles on suggestions on how to learn ritual. For those members who are reading it is imperative that they receive productive feedback from their Chapter members as to the quality of their reading.

Use of Technology Please note that for a Charge to be presented with the use of Technology the presentation must be approved by Grand Committee. At present approval has been given for Jewel Lecture, Mark Alphabet and Mark Tracing Board and these are available from Grand Chapter Office on Flash Drives. What Chapters will need to make use of these is a laptop computer and projector and screen or suitable wall. A valuable hint is that it should not be used unless (a) it has been practiced before any ceremony and (b) equipment is ready and in place before the ceremony. Please note if you are or you are aware of a Companion who is skilled in producing lectures you or he should be encouraged to do so - just ensure that before use they are sanctioned by Grand Committee.

Membership We must all be aware of the need to seek out good quality candidates, A Candidate revitalises our meetings as we refresh our memories of the Ritual and its meaning, we have the opportunity of Mentoring a Companion and it means that our Order stays alive. If we stagnate we will slowly wither away. Be positive in your search for new Candidates – opportunities are all around us. In every Craft Lodge there must be at least one Brother in search of knowledge.

Web-site How long has it been since you have visited our Royal Arch Web-site? We have updated a number of items of late under the Education box. Log on and have a look.

Finally, as “I consider we live in the best of times” maybe it is because we have such a hardworking and talented team of DGE’s working for the Companions of our Order. I thank them for their efforts. As well I place on record our appreciation and thanks to Grand Scribe Ezra John France and Office Administrator Tetty Mackinnon.

Companion Vernon Flood

Grand Educator


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