I am very honoured to be addressing you as the new Chairman of the Middlesex Masonic Sports Association (MMSA) in this our 65th year.
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.
With this in mind and in our 65th year, the MMSA thought it would be appropriate to arrange a special event, which we are hoping that all Lodges and Chapters will get behind and support.
On 7th June 2018, we will be arranging and sponsoring an event at Brunel University where all children aged between 12 and 18, that are wheelchair users and live or go to school in the Province of Middlesex, will be invited to a junior sports camp. With the assistance of the full team at “Wheelpower” (British Wheelchair Sport) coaches, and several paralympians, we will introduce the children to Wheelchair sports such as tennis, basketball, hockey and many others. Events will be held on the track and in the main sports hall. The National Paralympian clay pigeon shooting squad have also expressed a desire to attend and set up their laser training equipment for the children to try out. I hope you agree, this will be a wonderful and inspirational opportunity for the children.
Who knows we may discover the next great paralympian living in Middlesex.
We have traditionally raised funds, to support our activities by asking for a donation for your membership cards. Over a number of years, the costs of producing these cards and the net profits from the donations have not made this a particularly viable option. We have, therefore, decided to do away with the cards, particularly as all Middlesex Masons are members. However, we still need your support and if you are one of those Lodges or Chapters that have always supported us, thank you. If you have not supported the MMSA for a while, please consider making a small donation from your Lodge or Chapter. All monies will help us run this year’s event and, hopefully, many others into the future.
Please look at our web site, mmsasports.uk (or through the link on the Provincial web site) for more details of all our events and how to get involved.
I look forward to meeting many of you at our annual dinner at Moor Park on Friday 23rd February 2018, where the guest speaker will be Rachel Morris, a two time paralympian gold medallist. Her story is truly inspirational.
Finally, I hope 2018 is a great year for you and your families. If you get time to relax why not come along to one of our events and share in that comradery that only team sports and events can deliver.