Albert Victor Chapter No 117 - Report : 28th Feb 2019
The meeting was held at Sindlesham and there were in attendance 25, including the Inspector General, V\Ill\Bro. Roy Stone 33°, and 6 Guests, namely Ill.Bros. Graham Hutton 30°(252), Peter Wood 30° (252), Lindsay Maskell 30° (811), Brian Cook 30° (613), and E & P Bros Mike Gibson 18° (613) and John Kent 18° (341).
The District Recorder had tendered his apologies for absence, he was in Australia celebrating the birth of a new Grand Daughter with his wife Barbara and their family.
The MWS, E & P Bro. David Robinson 18°, opened the Chapter, with Ill\Bros. Brian Cook 30°(613) and Graham Hutton 30° (252), acting as Second General and Capt of Guard respectively , Ill\Bro. Jimmy Edmundson 30°, acted as DC and Ill\Bro. Raymond Head 32° as ADC.
E & P Bro. Colin Smith 18°, delivered a moving Eulogy in respect of E & P Bro. Frank Barker 18°, who had been called to the Grand Chapter Above on 13th December 2018.
The MWS, E & P Bro. David Robinson 18°, formally welcomed the Guests and offered the Inspector General the Baton, which was graciously declined.
The minutes of the previous meeting, held on 22nd October 2018, having been previously circulated, were proposed for adoption by Ill\Bro. Jimmy Edmundson 30°, seconded by Ill\Bro. Raymond Head 32° and approved by the members.
A Ballot was held in respect of Bro. John Alan Teague as a Candidate for Perfection, which proved in his favour.
There then followed a good Perfection Ceremony of Bro. John Teague, conducted by the MWS, ably assisted by Ill\Bro. Raymond Head 32°, Introduction to the Intermediate Degrees, E & P Bro. David Colchester 18°, the Intermediate Degrees, Ill\Bro. Reg Austin 30°, the First Point and Ill\Bro. Anthony Howlett-Bolton OBE 30°, the explanation of the Collar, Signs and Words.
The Inspector General carried out the Accolade.
The Recorder, Ill\Bro. Reg Austin 30°, then advised, with no other nominees, the following officers for the ensuing year:
1. MWS E & P Bro. David Robinson 18° ( continuing in office)
2. Treasurer Ill\ Robert Faulkner 32°Both duly thanked the members for their confidence.
The Recorder proposed Ill\Bros. Raymond Head 32° and Rod Bancroft 31° as the Account Examiners for the ensuing year. This was seconded by Ill\Bro. Jimmy Edmundson 30° and carried by the members.
Ill\Bro. Jimmy Edmundson 30° proposed, the newly appointed Marshall & Raphael serve on the Chapter Permanent Committee for the ensuing year. This was seconded by Ill\Bro. Raymond Head 32° and carried by the members.
Ill\Bro. Raymond Head 32° presented E & P Bro. Stephen Michael Gaesser 18°, with his Supreme Council certificate.
The Almoners report was presented, following which the Alms were collected.
The Risings were conducted, wherein the Recorder delivered an appraisal of all correspondence received from Supreme Council and the District of Berkshire.
The Recorder announced the resignation of Ill\Bro. Tony Clark 31°.
The Treasurer gave Notice of Motion at the next meeting he will propose Ill\Bro. John Rigby 32° for Honorary Membership, following his 45years service to the Chapter.
The meeting was completed by the MWS performing the Third Point and the Closing of the Chapter, which was followed by an excellent Festive Board where the usual Toast List was honoured.