A New Chapter for Middlesex –St. Clair Chapter, No. 2902, which met at Cole Court on Saturday 2nd November celebrated the special occasion of the Consecration of the Chapter in October 1919.
Not officially a Centenary (that will come later), but an opportunity to reflect on the longevity of the Chapter and those worthy masons, no doubt divested of the implements of war (the first world with Germany had officially ceased at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919) and clothed with masonic raiment to celebrate the birth of a new Chapter.
Scribe Ezra, E. Comp David Orchard PProvDepGDC read from the Minutes of the first regular Convocation, which was held at the Albany Hotel. Twickenham on Friday the 5th of December 1919. MEZ was E. Comp E. C. Broquet PGStdB.
The business of the meeting was given as the reading and approval of the Consecration proceedings and the Exaltation of 5 new Companions all of whom were members of St Clair Lodge 2902.
The report from the bylaws committee was read and these were adopted by the Companions.
No email in those days and a postcard was included in the Summons mailing, which was to be returned to confirm dining attendance.
The Summons itself was small in comparison with today measuring just over 4 inches by 6.5 inches.
Scribe Ezra produced a facsimile copy for the members and guests.
In the Cause of Charity –
After this presentation the Officers were then installed and the Charity Steward E. Comp Stan Marut LGCR PPrAGSoj proposed that the following Charities should receive from the Chapter:-
– £200 to TS Pelican – Ruislip Sea Cadets – Middlesex
– £250 to the Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity based in Wembley, Middlesex
– £250 to Aspire (a National Charity based in Stanmore, Middlesex) providing support to people with spinal injuries nationwide
Scribe Ezra also produced celebratory table place mats containing the names of all the First Principals since 1919 to take home as a memento.
An Invitation to Join –
St Clair Chapter 2902 is a relatively small Chapter which meets on a Saturday afternoon three times a year in September, November and January (2020) – date change proposed to change to March in 2021.
It will have special appeal to those Middlesex Craft Masons who wish to join the Order but find it difficult to do a weekday meeting due to work commitments.
Equally, it may suit Royal Arch Masons who would like to be involved with another Chapter in the Province.
Any enquiry should be directed to Excellent Companion David Orchard PProvDepGDC on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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