Dalhousie and Call Sign Lodge, No. 865 played host to visitors from the National Grand Lodge of Romania (NGLOR) with who the UGLE is in amity.
Although it was essentially a private visit, the invitation having been extended by a Lodge member, Brother Dario Venovski, relevant visiting protocols from UGLE and the NGLOR were observed and the regular Lodge meeting for Saturday 14th September was organised but with just a little more “pomp” than normal, as Dalhousie and Call Sign Lodge were to receive in the delegation the RW Pro Grand Master Ion Badea with Officers and members of Via Regis Lodge No 360 of Romania including the current WM W. Bro Dragos Iorga, other Past Masters and 3 Master Masons of the Lodge; this showing the egalitarian nature of the visit.
The particular reason for the trip was to see Brother Dario being Raised to the Third Degree.
He invited his friend in Romania to come to the UK together with other Lodge members as well.
Certainly it was an occasion to be savoured and who could have imagined that that the RW Pro Grand Master of the National Grand Lodge of Romania would come to Cole Court to see Bro Dario Raised.
Those Middlesex Masons who attend Quarterly Communications of Grand Lodge will be aware that delegates from the Romania have been received by the Pro Grand Master of United Grand Lodge.
Given the difficulties over time in eastern European countries it is refreshing to know that Freemasonry flourishes and in Romania, in particular, it has existed since the early to mid-eighteenth century and has been present in a number of guises.
However, the current manifestation of freemasonry in Romania in the form of the NGLIR has been in existence since 1993 with its headquarters in Bucharest.
The visiting party took their seats in the Lodge and were welcomed by the Worshipful Master.
The RW Pro Grand Master of the NGLOR was given the appropriate salutation by the members of the Lodge,
Guidance Notes had been issued to the Lodge Officers to ensure that the members of the Lodge put on a good show in welcoming the visitors and to observe the highest standard of ritual.
W. Bro John Taylor PSGD APGM was admitted to the Lodge, accompanied by the ProvDepGDC W. Bro Nishal Amin and escorting team together with members of the Lodge.
Before the APGM took his seat he welcomed the visiting party shaking hands with the Romanian Pro Grand Master and gave greetings from the Province of Middlesex and stated what a great day it was for all those attending.
The Raising of Brother Dario –
The focus of the meeting was the Raising.
The WM undertook the questions and was then ably assisted by W. Bro Geoff Hawkins PProvJGW who conducted the Raising which include the Grave Side Address.
No doubt the Romanian delegation would have been suitably impressed by the ritual performed by a 93 year old in the dark with appropriate melancholic music from the Lodge Organist.
The Charge after Raising and the Traditional History was given by W. Bro Clive Jarvis PProvGSwdB PPJGW and the Walking Charge by W. Bro Chas Fulsham PPGSuptWks.
Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pud –
Because it was not certain what any dietary requirements might be, the visitors were asked beforehand if they had any particular preferences and they retorted that, “was it not a tradition in Middlesex Lodges to serve Roast Beef and Yorkshire?” And so it was.
Cole Court, as ever, presented an excellent lunch and during the course of the festive board an appropriately engraved silver platter was presented to Via Regis Lodge, No. 360 by the Dalhousie and Call Sign Lodge to commemorate the circumstances and proceedings of the day.
Middlesex fire was received with looks of amazement from the visitors and surely would have been a topic of conversation on the return home.
No doubt a future reciprocal meeting might be undertaken in Bucharest thus cementing the bonds which unite us internationally as freemasons.
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