W. Bro Frank O’Keeffe, a member of the Provincial Media Team looks at Jubilee Chapter, No. 8822 and how lockdown communications have kept the Companions in contact.
Such a Companion is Gerry Inow of Jubilee Chapter, No. 8822.
The Chapter has been active during the lockdown, staying in touch via regular Zoom meetings.
Indeed, this has been a common theme throughout the Province.
But not everybody is familiar with the Zoom platform, and many of the Companions still prefer written communication.
So it was that the Chapter Newsletter was born.
Now in its second edition, the newsletter is emailed to all Companions, and covers a wide range of topics.
With links to the Solomon website (https://solomon.ugle.org.uk) and suggestions for online lectures and viewings, it provides a valuable source of stimulus and interest for those who may be locked down at home.
It was also a great opportunity to mention those who have received Craft, or Royal Arch Appointments and Promotions, and the four Craft and four Royal Arch members (well done chaps!) who were duly honoured.
Masonry as part of our lives –But the newsletter also recognises that Masonry is a part of life, not the whole of life itself.
As recommended in the Charge after Initiation “a well – regulated course of discipline as may best conduce to the preservation of your corporeal and mental faculties in their fullest energy” should be aimed for.
So, the newsletter mentions various local activities such as walking, swimming, or dusting off the old bike.
One of the Members sent in some photos of his visit to a Cornish tin mine, with a link to the Wikipedia page for those who were interested in learning more about these ancient mine workings, which run for miles under the sea bed. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botallack_Mine ) if you’re interested yourself).
And for those who wished to get a little more serious about those corporeal and mental faculties, the recommendation to read “The Lazarus Strategy” by Dr. Norman Lazarus.
Information and Stimulation –
With further reading material suggestions, and some recommendations from Netflix, the whole newsletter is a good mixture of masonic and non-masonic information and stimulation, centred around the Chapter and Lodge.
I am sure that each edition is avidly awaited by the membership, and it will grow and mature in the same way that your Provincial information has done over the past couple of years.
Well done Gerry, and the Principals and Scribe E of the Chapter for getting it off the ground at a time when it is likely to be both needed and appreciated.
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