At the recent Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia Provincial Assembly held on the 25th of February 2017, the Grand Master of Spain, R.W.Bro. Oscar de Alfonso Ortega (left) oversaw the Installation of the new Provincial Grand Master of Valencia, R.W.Bro. Michael Anthony Shilan (right) to serve for a period of three years.
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25th of February 2017 – 25 de febrero de 2017
The 22nd Annual Province of Valencia Provincial Assembly
With yet again more than 250 Masons from across the province as well as many visitors from other Provinces in Spain the 22nd Province of Valencia, Provincial Assembly was held at the Hotel Gran Bali on the 25th of February 2017.
After the Provincial Assembly was opened by the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro Norman Leslie Wheatley, the assembled Brethren warmly welcomed two of the Assistant Grand Masters of Spain, R.W.Bro. Barrie Roy Mansell and R.W.Bro. Lawrence Howard followed by the Grand Master of Spain, M.W.Bro. Óscar de Alfonso Ortega.
The meeting then followed a strict agenda of taking a roll-call of Lodges present as well as Provincial Officers present.
A very poignant point in the proceedings was the reading of a list of Brethren who have passed to the Grand Lodge above since the last Provincial Assembly.
Following reports from both the Provincial Grand Secretary and Provincial Grand Treasurer and the approving of the accounts for 2016 we came to the Installation of the new Provincial grand Master and his Deputy and Assistants.
R.W.Bro. Michael Anthony Shilan was Invested as the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Valencia to serve for a period of three years and R.W.Bro Michael Anthony Shilan then took over the running of the Assembly and after warmly thanking his predecessor the Provincial Grand Master then Installed his Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Rodney Charles Bignell.
The next item was to Invest the two Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, W.Bro. Roy Alan Mitchell and V.H. Eladio González Jover. Pictures of these worthy Brethren can be found in the ‘Provincial Executive’ section of the ‘Members Area’ of the website.
The assembled Brethren then voted to adopt the 2017/18 budget, the election of Orador, W.Bro. Alberto Moreno Moreno and Provincial Grand Tresurer, W.Bro. Fred Miller as well as the election of Provincial Grand Tyler, W.Bro. Trevor Bagnall and two Auditors for the ensuing year.
The Provincial Grand Master then appointed and Invested his Provincial Senior and Junior Wardens, V.W.Bro. Jeffrey Steven Hyde and W.Bro. Ronald Charles Knight.
The Provincial Grand Master then Invested the Provincial Grand Officers and Provincial Grand Stewards for the ensuing year, a full list of which can be found in the ‘Members Area’ along with a list of the Past Provincial Grand Officers that were Invested.
Another highlight was the Provincial Grand Master personally greeting the Initiates that were present and who had joined Masonry since the last Provincial Assembly.
The various Committees required for the smooth running of the Province were announced, a full list of which is available here
The Provincial Grand Master then presented certificates for long service and distinguished service to the Craft and addressed the Assembly refecting on how he himself had been an Initiate into Spanish Masonry not so many years ago and had risen from an Initiate to become Provincial Grand Master.
Following the collection for Alms and Closing the Brethren all enjoyed a fine Festive Board with Toast, Speeches and Masonic Harmony.