RWPGM Bro. William C Steel


11 MAY 2013

The Installation of the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Brother Robert Little and his Commissioned Office-bearers was held on 11 May 2013 in the Walker Halls Troon.
Around 250 Brethren attended from within and out with the Province. There was a large Deputation of representatives from the Sister Provinces who were welcomed in to Provincial Grand Lodge by IPPGM Brother Archibald Chalmers. The Deputation from The Grand Lodge of Scotland, headed by the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Brother Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, was received and once the initial exchanges were complete, Grand Lodge commenced the ceremony of Installation. The MWGMM was assisted by Grand Secretary Brother David M Begg, Senior Grand Warden Brother Maurice E Wilson M.B.E. and Junior Grand Warden Brother George R Kelly Minst. L.M. DMS with Grand Director of Ceremonies Brother Ramsay McGhee M.C.M.I. directing the proceedings. The ceremony was efficiently carried out and completed to the delight and satisfaction of all present. Before presenting the Mallet of PGL to the new PGM, the MWGMM in a most humorous manner gave the new PGM some sound advice whilst passing some light hearted compliments to the IPPGM. At the close of the meeting RWM Brother Hugh Good of Lodge St Peter No.331, the Mother Lodge of the new RWPGM, presented Brother Robert Little RWPGM with a framed photograph of himself in his PGM regalia. Following on from the ceremonial the new RWPGM Brother Robert Little along with the MWGMM presented £1000 each to the Myasthenia Gravis Association, RNIB Ayrshire Vision Appeal, Ayr Sea Cadets and £300 to susan Alexander of the Special Olympics.
The Brethren then retired to the dining hall where the festive board was held. The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Brother Robert Little welcomed everyone to the dinner and grace was said by the Provincial Grand Chaplain Brother Ian Benzie. Lapels badges were given to each Brother attending from the RWPGM. This was a very thoughtful gesture and much appreciated by the Brethren.
DPGM Brother William Steel toasted the Grand Lodge of Scotland to which the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason gave a fine reply laced with humour, sincerity and dignity. Brother Thomas Davidson RWPGM Lanarkshire Middle Ward toasted PGLA in a most eloquent manner whilst the RWPGM replied. SPGM Brother Sam Peden toasted the Daughter Lodges to which Brother Colin Bunyan RWM St Thomas Kilwinning No.433 replied suitably. After singing Auld Lang Syne the company dispersed with the memories of another special day in the history of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire.
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