The Province of Valencia
Virtual Annual Assembly 2021
On Saturday the 27th of February 2021, our Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro. Michael Anthony Shilan welcomed the Grand Master of Spain, the Most Worshipful Brother Oscar de Alfonso Ortega, and over 170 Masonic Brethren to the 2021 Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia Assembly which, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, was a virtual meeting.
Amongst those attending were 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 other representatives of the Grand Lodge of Spain were the Assistant Grand Master of Spain, R. W. Bro Barrie Roy Mansell and the Grand Secretary of Spain, R.W. Bro. Pedro Peralta Gasión. The Provincial Grand Master of Murcia, R.W. Bro Peter Kent, was also a very welcome guest.
The Provincial Grand Master wasvery pleased to note that when the roll of Lodges was called, all of his Lodges were present.
A solemn remembrance was called for by the Provincial Grand Chaplain, W.Bro. Harry Palmer who paid due remembrance to those Brethren that have passed to the Grand Lodge above since the last Assembly. A short video of that remembrance can be viewed (here…..)
The Provincial Grand Secretary, W. Bro. Ivan Beckett and the Provincial Grand Treasurer, V.W. Bro. Fred Miller both presented their reports which are available for you to read (here) (aqui) and ( here) ( aqui) respectively.
V. W. Bro William Russell and W Bro Derick Wait confirmed that the accounts had been thoroughly audited and were found to be in excellent order. The attending Brethren 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 the Provincial Junior Grand Warden, W.Bro. Keith Alcock were also reappointed by the Provincial Grand Master.
The Provincial Grand Master declared that the Provincial Grand Tyler, W. Bro J. McGuire, would be retained for a further year.
This was followed by the election of two account Auditors, V.W. Bro W. Russell and W. Bro D. Wait, who were both duly elected for another year.
Certificates for Distinguished Service to Masonry were presented to the following Brethren….
|W. Bro. James Mackintosh||Oliva La Safor Lodge No 112||55 Years|
|W. Bro. Bryan Green||Santa Faz Lodge No 48||50 years|
|W. Bro. Bernard Wilson||Oliva La Safor Lodge No 112||50years|
|W. Bro. Leo Bronsgeest||Leukopolis Lodge No 112||45 years|
|V.W. Bro. W. Russell||Javea Lodge No 40||40 years|
|W. Bro. Philip Bowick||Arenal Deportiva Lodge No 65||40 Years|
|W. Bro. John Hall||San Juan de España Lodge No 28||40 Years|
|W Bro. Gerald Kittleson||Oliva La Safor Lodge No 112||40 Years|
A further highlight was the announcement of the Mason of the Year, which this year was presented to
W.Bro. Sergio Svalina, a well deserved recipient.
Finally, we arrived at the most important point of the day, our Most Worshipful Grand Master the Most Worshipful Brother Oscar de Alfonso Ortega’s address to the assembled Brethren. His address concentrated on the help given by the Grand Lodge of Spain and the Province of Valencia, during the present pandemic. He also gave details of the forthcoming Grand Lodge virtual assembly and attendant elections.
In summary, even considering the problems caused by the pandemic, the 2022 Virtual Provincial Assembly carried on the proud tradition of this Province and of Spanish Masonry. It still managed to combine the formal aspects combined with necessary business and accountability, all supported by the fraternal good spirit enjoyed by Freemasons worldwide.
Special thanks must go to W. Bro’s Rob Crawford and Ian Crawford for their technical expertise and long hours of work preparing for the event.
All attendees then enjoyed our video ending to the event, the Provincial Grand Master’s request for you all to ‘Always look on the bright side of life’ can be viewed here…..
The final video of the day was a version of the Tyler’s Toast and can be viewed here…..