RWPGM Bro. William C Steel


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On Thursday 21 May 2009 the RWPGM attended the Regular Meeting of Lodge Thistle and Crown No.1167 Neilston, Renfrewshire East. RWM Bro. Ian Brenchley welcomed the PGM (an Hon Mem of 1167) accompanied by the Depute PGM of Renfrewshire East, Bro. John S. Miller, into the Lodge and invited the PGM to address the brethren. The PGM delivered two short Addresses both emphasising the way we ought to behave both in the Lodge and out with it "Tae see oorsel's as ithers see us!!" Also present were the RWM's of No.275 Bro. Robert Hunt and No.1408 Bro. Fraser Craig. The Lodge presented the PGM with a Cheque for £25 for the PGL Funds which was appreciated.

On 18 May, RWPGM Bro. Archibald Chalmers headed a Deputation from Ayrshire to Lodge Old St. John No. 21. The Deputation from Ayrshire joined with a Deputation from Lanarkshire Upper Ward and the overall Deputation was headed by RWPGM Bro. Thomas Millar. The Ayrshire Deputation included DPGM Bro. Robert Little, SPGM Bro. William Steel, PG Secretary Brother Robert Stewart and Brother Stewart Cruickshank. Bro. Robert Stewart delivered a lecture on American Freemasonry. At the end of the lecture, the Brethren showed their appreciation to Robert.

On 15 May, RWPGM Bro. Archibald Chalmers accompanied by DPGM Bro. Robert Little , PGL Secretary Bro. Robert Stewart and Bro. Stewart Cruickshank, attended the Annual Past Masters Dinner at Nethan St John No 1289. After a warm welcome, Robert Stewart, ably assisted by the PGM, delivered his lecture on American Freemasonry. After the lecture, and a wonderful buffet, Robert was presented with a gift.

On Friday 1 May, the Installation of The Anchor Lodge of Research No. 1814 in the Province of Renfrewshire West took place. Bro. Alexander Galbraith was installed as RWM and invited RWPGM Bro. Archibald Chalmers to be his Depute Master and SPGM of Renfrewshire East, Bro. Kevin Pollock to be his Substitute Master.
On Saturday 25 April 2009 the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Brother Archibald Chalmers was an invited Guest at the Installation of Brother John W. West as the new District Grand Prior of the Dumfries and Galloway District. The meeting was held in the Assembly Rooms, Dumfries, with the Ceremonial being conducted by the Grand Master of the Order, Brother David A. C. Niven and the Officers of The Great Priory of Scotland. There were representatives from the several Orders of Freemasonry within the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
The RWPGM, accompanied by DPGM Bro. Robert Little, SPGM Bro. William Raeside and Bro. J Stewart Cruickshank VP of Stewards, attended the Regular Meeting of Lodge Pioneer No.1305 in Linlithgow, on Friday 17 April. The RWPGM presented a Paper -- Sir Alexander Fleming, Discoverer of Penicillin. The evening was also the Annual Visitation of the PGL of Linlithgowshire which was headed by the IPPGM Bro George Preston. Bro Andrew Shaw PM of 1305 was presented with his 50 year Membership Diploma. A most enjoyable evening was had by all.
The RWPGM attended the Annual Visitation of Lodge St Molios No.774 Lamlash, Isle of Arran on Saturday 11 April 2009. He was a guest of the RWPGM of Argyll and the Isles, Brother Douglas Craig. The RWM of the Lodge, Brother John Corbett, welcomed the large Deputation form the PGL with a special welcome to our own PGM. The Lodge worked an excellent FCD on one candidate. At the close of the Meeting and after receiving a Favourable Report from the PGL, Honorary Membership was conferred on Brother Craig the PGM of the Province. The whole day was most enjoyable with a very good attendance of visitors.
On 7 April RWPGM Bro. Archibald Chalmers attended the Masters Dinner for the PGL of Dunbartonshire. RWPGM Bro. Thomas Leckenby gave a warm welcome to our RWPGM who, after a good meal, delivered his talk on the 3 gentlemen who were responsible for starting the Burns Federation. At the end of the talk, RWPGM Bro. Archie proposed a toast to the Bard. The format of the Dinner was different this year to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns.
On 12 March RWPGM Bro. Archibald Chalmers visited Lodge Mosspark No.1329. Bro. Archie and Bro. Stewart Cruickshank entered the Lodge as part of Deputation from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow headed by SPGM Bro. Lachlan TP Simpson. RWM Bro. Robert (Magic) Fleming welcomed the Deputation into the Lodge, having previously welcomed a large number of visitors, a large number from Ayrshire. The PGL of Glasgow were in attendance to carry out their Annual Visitation and 1329 were awarded a clear minute.
On Friday 27 February 2009, accompanied by DPGM Bro Robert Little, the RWPGM attended the Annual Communication of the PGL of Dumfriesshire held in the newly refurbished Assembly Rooms, George Street, Dumfries.
The RWPGM, accompanied by DPGM Bro. Robert Little, attended the Quarterly Communication of the PGL of Stirlingshire, held at Denny, on Tuesday 24 February 2009. RWPGM Bro. John McKenzie presided. This was the first occasion that Ayrshire had formally been invited to attend.

On Thursday 19 February 2009 the RWPGM, accompanied by DPGM Bro. Robert Little, Bro. Stewart Cruickshank VP of Stewards and William McIntosh D of Music, attended the Regular Meeting of Lodge Cumberland (Kilwinning) No.217 in Port Glasgow. This is the OLDEST purpose built Masonic Lodge in the World. The meeting was the Annual Visitation by the PGL of Renfrewshire West, headed by the RWPGM Bro. James W. Miller, who was pleased to grant the Lodge a Clear Minute. The main purpose for attending was to witness the presentation of a 50 year membership diploma to Bro Archie Hoey PM 217 and also a PM of The Anchor Lodge of Research No.1814. Archie is also a Past SPGW of Renfrewshire West and is a Grand Steward in Grand Lodge. To mark the occasion Bro Hoey presented the Lodge with a framed Lodge Banner. The RWPGM of Renfrewshire East was also in attendance. The RWM of Lodge 217 was delighted to have the three PGM's in the Lodge.

On Tuesday 17 February 2009 the RWPGM, accompanied by a number of PGL Office-bearers, attended the half-yearly Communication of the PGL of Kilwinning. 10 reigning PGM's were in attendance.

PGL Kilwinning February Communication
Bro. Archie Hoey PM 50 Year Diploma
The Temple Cumberland (Kilwinning) No. 217
RWPGM Brother Archie Chalmers attended the Installation of the new RWPGM of Lanarkshire Upper Ward, Brother Thomas P. Millar, within the Masonic Lodge in Carluke on Saturday 14 February 2009. He had the pleasure of heading the Deputation of Sister Provincial Grand Lodges and also of Proposing the Toast to the PGL of Lanarkshire Upper Ward at the Dinner afterwards. The ceremonial was conducted by the MWGMM Bro. Charles Ian Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, in a first class manner, this being his debut at such an occasion. PGL of Ayrshire was represented by the RWPGM, DPGM Bro. Robert Little, SPGM Bro. Drew Rankine and PG Secretary Bro. Robert Stewart. The entertainment was by Bro. Liam Stewart WJW No.331 and his friend Bro. Andrew Kain of No.21.

The RWPGM attended the Installation of Elected Office-bearers of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West, held within the premises of Lodge Greenock St John No.175, on Friday 6 February 2009. The RWPGM headed the Deputation of Sister PGL's and was accompanied by Depute PGM Brother Robert Little. Brother James W. Miller the RWPGM of Renfrewshire West was delighted to welcome the Deputation into his Province and trusted that the friendships amongst the Provinces would be further cemented. The RWPGM's of Renfrewshire East, Kilwinning and Lanarkshire Middle Ward also being in attendance.

The RWPGM attended the 185th Anniversary Dinner of Lodge Union and Crown No.307, Barrhead, on Tuesday 3 February 2009. RWM Brother Colin Hamilton presided. The RWPGM of Renfrewshire East, Brother David Reid was also in attendance.

After the Dinner RWPGM Brother Archie Chalmers proposed a Toast to the Lodge. This was followed by a very entertaining look at the life of a Football Referee as experienced by Mr John Rowbottom. Also in the group photograph is Brother George Munn, RWM of Lodge Randolph No.1434.

On 31 January the RWPGM Bro. Archibald Chalmers attended the Installation of Office Bearers at the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire East. RWPGM Bro. David Reid welcomed the Deputation from the Sister Provinces headed by Bro. James Smithers RWPGM Dumfries and Galloway. Bro David then welcomed a Deputation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland headed by RW Depute Grand Master Bro. Archibald McGowan.The Installation was held at the premises of Lodge Prince of Wales No.426. following this a meal in the style of a Burns supper was held with several recitations.
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