As Chairman of the Middlesex Masonic Sports Association (MMSA), in this our 65th year, I am pleased to announce that at our recent AGM, R.W.Bro Peter Baker Pro Provincial Grand Master of Middlesex accepted the role of President of the MMSA. Peter has a long association with the MMSA and in particular the clay pigeon shooting section where he is a regular attendee. Despite his heavy workload, I know Peter is keen to attend many of our events and our annual dinner in February. We all wish him well in all his endeavors.
Since its inception in 1953, the MMSA has been an integral part of our Masonic structure. It is the oldest association in the Province with a proud history of achieving its objective of “Promoting Freemasonry Through Sport.” In fact, it was at a cricket match arranged at the old Princess Alexandra Home, that as a young cricket player I was first introduced to Freemasonry. That was over 30 years ago and the sports section is still attracting likeminded individuals into our wonderful fraternity.
Over the last 65 years, the activities of the various sports sections together with membership donations, have enabled the MMSA to raise and donate over £350,000 to worthy causes, particularly sports related charities.
Next year, we will be arranging a number of sporting events including another chance to represent your centre in the British 10K run around the heart of London.
We are also arranging an exciting new project to raise money for the 2020 Festival and, in particular, the children who will benefit. Our sponsored canoe race and day out should be great fun and more details can be found under future events. Please revisit the web site throughout the year for more details of all our events and how to get involved.
Our new President and I look forward to meeting many of you at our annual dinner at Moor Park on Friday 22nd February 2019, where the guest speaker, yet to be announced, will be another inspirational speaker from the world of paralympian sport.
Finally, I hope 2019 is a great year for you and your families. If you get time to relax why not come along to one of our events next year and share in that comradery that only team sports and events can deliver.