Grand Lecturer Convention

Richmond District

April 26, 2018

           The annual convention of the Richmond District was held on April 26. The convention was held in Tompkins Temple and was hosted by Great Kills No. 912.   The convention began with a tribute to VW Tom Payero as this function also served as the homecoming as the Assistant Grand Lecturer. This conflict occurred due to the original March 21st snowstorm which caused the district to reschedule the GLC. Afterwards RW Michael Delucca; the Grand Lodge Staff Officer presented two Brothers with certificates for completing the Masonic Development Course.

The convention began with a ritual update and a highlight of the past three years of conventions. I informed all that the edict for certification to open and close lodge with only the elected and installed members of the lodge by memory was still in force. I also explained that the focus on the additional proficiency in open lodge was still going to be a focus of this year’s work. It was also explained that new changeover ritual was also going to be introduced if the amendment to open on any of our degrees passes for a second time.

It was explained that part of the rationale of opening on all three degrees dove tails nicely with the new North Star Project. Brothers proceeding through the lines will be encouraged to expand their depth and breadth of our ritual as opposed to rapidly being moved through the chairs.  This should help produce more informed Brethren and stronger lodges. Our mantra of quality over quantity will have added credibility as we progress in a more measure pace with our new Brethren.

I was pleased to be able to present The Potts Award to Staten Island 66, Huguenot 381, and Great Kills 912 for their perfect attendance in 2017 convention. Huguenot 381, Beacon Light 701, and Great Kills qualified for the Potts Award this year. In addition both Huguenot 381 and Tompkins 471 received the Meacham Award for their outstanding ritual performance.

This was my last Grand Lecturer Convention and I could not have chosen a better district in which to close out my four years. There is always excitement and great comradery throughout the district. They are great hosts and practice Masonry as it should be lived. Kudos to the outstanding leadership of RW Richard Huss; DDGM and RW Michael Delucca, GLSO. It was also announced that Mike will be the DDGM for the next two years. I cannot wait to come back to Staten Island!