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THE ANNUAL MASTERS' DINNER 2008

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The Annual Masters Dinner was held on Thursday 24 April 2008 within the Masonic Club, London Road, Kilmarnock. The FIRST Masters Dinner was held within the Masonic Club, Bank Street, Irvine in 1973. The next was held in 1979 and has been an annual event ever since. It was the idea of Brother Thomas Armour McColl who has left us this annual event as a tribute to his ability to bring the brethren and their partners together to socialise free from the encumbrances of Lodge Meetings.
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Jim Gibson with the Burns Mallet
Over the years their have been many varied entertainers, after dinner speakers, singers etc. This year the RWPGM, Brother Archibald Chalmers chaired his first Masters Dinner and all went very well indeed.
Nearly all the Daughter Lodges of the Province were represented as well as the RWM of the Mother Lodge and his partner. The Guest Speaker was Brother Jim Gibson MM of lodge St Andrew No.126.
Brother Jim is a Past President of Kilmarnock No. 0 Burns Club, a Past President of the Ayrshire Federation of Burns Clubs and a Past President of the Robert Burns World Federation Limited. His address was based on Robert Burns and some of his Kilmarnock connections which was very well presented and greatly appreciated by the audience.
One of the highlights of the evening, especially for Brother Jim, was the display of the Mallet gifted by Robert Burns to Lodge St John Kilwinning Kilmarnock No.22 on the occasion of him being made an Honorary Member of the Lodge on October 26th 1786.
The catering for the event was excellent, as usual, as was the Bar Service. In a change from having a guest singer the RWPGM had printed a brochure for every one present. On it was the words of four well known Burns songs. Those present enjoyed a bit of community singing led by Brother Bill Garrety PM Lodge Troon Navigation No.86, Honorary Provincial Grand Lodge Organist.
Brother William Steel, Substitute Provincial Grand Master, proposed a Vote of Thanks at the close of the evening. (Brother Steel is the current President of Kilmarnock No.0 Burns Club and the RWPGM is the Vice-President.)
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