On Saturday the 29th of February 2020, the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Michael Anthony Shilan welcomed some 200 Masonic Brethren to the 2020 Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia Assembly held at the Hotel Gran Bali, Benidorm, Spain.
The Provincial Grand Master warmly welcomed representatives from the Grand Lodge of Spain as well as dignitaries from other Masonic Provinces, distinguished Brethren and all Lodges of the Province were in attendance.
The representatives of the Grand Lodge of Spain were led by the Assistant Grand Masters of Spain, R. W. Bro Lawrence Howard and R.W.Bro. Barrie Roy Mansell. A Past Assistant Grand Master of Spain, R.W. Bro Stuart John MacDonald, was also present.
It was also a special pleasure to welcome R.W. Pedro Peralta Gasión, Grand Secretary of Spain, who had not been to the hotel Gran Bali since his honeymoon there somethirty years earlier.
The Provincial Grand Master was delighted to note that when the roll of Lodges was called all Lodges rose in turn to announce their presence and the Banners of each Lodge were paraded into the Assembly.
A solemn remembrance was held for those Brethren that have passed to the Grand Lodge above since the last Assembly. A list of those worthy Brethren can be viewed (here)
The Provincial Grand Secretary, W. Bro. Ivan Beckett and the Provincial Treasurer, V.W. Bro. Fred Miller both presented their reports which are available for you to read here….
2019 Annual Report of the Provincial Secretary (here) (aqui)
2019 Annual Report of the Provincial Treasurer (here) (aqui)
In addition the Provincial Grand Treasurer presented the statement of accounts for the preceding year and the budget for the coming year which are available for your review at the end of the article.
V. W. Bro W Russell rose to confirm that the accounts had been thoroughly audited and were found to be in excellent order and the Brethren assembled voted unanimously to accept both the accounts and the budget.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V. W. Bro. Terrence Porter, and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master`s, V.W.Bro. Roy A. Mitchell and R.W.Bro. Eladio Gonzalez Jover were then reappointed by the Provincial Grand Master.
The Provincial Senior Grand Warden, W.Bro. Graham Simons and Provincial Junior Grand Warden, W.Bro. Keith Alcock were also reappointed by the Provincial Grand Master.
The elections for the Provincial Grand Orador (W. Bro A. Moreno Moreno), Provincial Grand Treasurer (V.W. Bro. F Miller) and Provincial Grand Tyler (W. Bro J. McGuire) took place and they were duly Proposed, Seconded and Elected. This was followed by the election of two account Auditors (V.W. Bro W. Russell and W. Bro D. Wait).
Provincial Grand Officers both Active and Past were appointed and a full list is available in this website and can be seen (here/aqui)
The Provincial Grand Master was then presented with all of the current serving Masters of his Lodges and each was welcomed individually as well as all Initiates who had joined the Craft since the last Assembly.
Certificates for Distinguished Service to Masonry were presented to the following Brethren….
|W. Bro. Ron Knight||Santa Faz Lodge No 48||50 years|
|W. Bro. David Hobden||Dama de Elche Lodge No 163||45 years|
|W. Bro. Graham Simons||Oliva LaSafor Lodge No 112||45 years|
|W. Bro. P. Nicholls||Javea Lodge No 40||40 years|
The Provincial Grand Master addressed the Assembly and his address is available for your review (here )(aqui). A further highlight was the announcement of the Mason of the Year which this year was presented to W.Bro. Trevor Bagnall to the delight of all present.
Alms were collected and the Assistant Grand Masters of Spain retired from the Assembly which was then closed in solemn form and all Brethren retired to enjoy a Festive Board with the normal speeches and toasts.
In summary the 2020 Provincial Assembly carried on the proud tradition of this Province and of Spanish Masonry, it combined formal ceremonial aspects along with necessary business and accountability and all supported by the fraternal good spirit annoyed by Freemasons worldwide.
The minutes of this year’s annual assembly can be found (here/aqui)
Thanks must go to Bro Micheal Huggins for taking the photographs of this event. More are below this article, and a complete selection is available by following this link ( here) should any Brother require a full (higher definition) copy of any picture please email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the reference number of the required picture(s).
The Provincial Balance Sheets, Income & Expenditure Forms, and the Budget for 2020 are available in Spanish and English below: –