Remembrance Day Ceremony and Dinner – 11 November 2010

Remembrance Day 2010 ProgrammeThe Remembrance Day Ceremony and Dinner was an outstanding success and I have received a number of calls congratulating the Association on the Service. In particular, the Address by RW Bro Commander Derek Robson, AM, PDGM, RAN Ret’d was inspirational and thought provoking. It is intended to forward a copy of RW Bro Robson’s Address to all members of the Association.

I was also impressed with your Address of Welcome to those present. It highlighted the importance of the occasion and set the scene for what was to follow in RW Bro Robson’s Address.

A sad note to the evening was the death of Mrs Hazel Hely, wife of RW Bro Rev Dr Jack Hely, CBE, PJGW, Grand Chaplain, on 10 November. RW Bro Hely was to have given the Prayer for the Fallen and the Benediction and because of his absence, thoughtfully forwarded both prayers for presentation by RW Bro Robson.

The wreath laying and poppy ceremonies touched the hearts of all present. Wreaths were laid by:

  • Association/UGL Wreath – RW Bro D Grigg President SGW & RW Bro G Eley DGM
  • Masonic Club Wreath – RW Bro G Berry President SGW & MW Bro A Lauer APM Patron
  • RSL Wreath – RW Bro Commander D Robson AM PDGM & VW Bro Major D James PDGDC

A personal wreath was laid by Mr and Mrs W Nash in memory of their late son who was killed in Afghanistan.

One cannot let the moment pass without commenting on the Last Post and Reveille played by VW Bro Ian Cox, Grand Director of Music and a Lament by W Bro Pipe Major Sam Young, NSW Police Pipes and Drums.

The Masonic Club turned out to be an ideal location for the function. The President, RW Bro Graham Berry, PSGW and his staff were extremely helpful and contributed greatly to the success of the night.

It has to be said that the number attending the function was disappointing and in particular those attending from the Association and the 2020 Masons. The event was well publicized and personal letters were sent to 2020 Masons in the CBD area. Although many promised to attend, the promises failed to eventuate.

Unfortunately, the evening resulted in a financial loss due to the low numbers attending (the budget was based on an expected attendance of 100) and possibly the fact that the cost should have been set at $80 instead of $75. A summary of income and expenditure is attached and full details together with invoices from the NSW Masonic Club have been forwarded to treasurer Mark Arenson.

For those who may not be aware, the Association initiated a Masonic Remembrance Day Service and Dinner in 2008. The function was held at the SMC and resulted in more than 100 attending the dinner. Unfortunately, the initiative was allowed to fall by the wayside in 2009. I was so pleased when you agreed to reinstate this most important event as an Association function and offer you my congratulations for so doing. I sincerely hope that it will remain and important Association function in future years.

I wish you and members of the Committee of Management every success in the Association’s future endeavours and hope that the festive season will provide an opportunity to relax and enjoy time with your loved ones.

Yours sincerely

Yvonne McIntyre, PhD

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