What a great night of Celebrations we all enjoyed at WLMC on Friday 20th May. W Bro Tom Quinn and a Delegation of Provincial Grand Officers were really in for a treat when we were made so very welcome – as always – by all the Members of Equator Mark & RAM. W Bro Rohit Pattni, (the WM) was in fine form as we were entertained by a demonstration of the Advancement Ceremony in true Equator style. At the end of the Mark Meeting we enjoyed a very happy and memorable Festive Board with W Bro Rajiv Tanna’s Father being presented with a Birthday Cake for his 75th Birthday. During the Festive Board W Bro Tom Quinn said his goodbyes as APGM to the Members of Equator and wished his successor, W Bro Tim MacAndrews, as much enjoyment and fellowship he has experienced through his association with the Lodge. The Members and Guests in like manner expressed their best wishes to Tom in his new role of Deputy Provincial Grand Master which he takes up on July 14th at the Provincial Annual Meeting.
At the end of the R.A.M. Ceremony of Installation, when W. Bro. Rajiv Tanna installed his successor, W. Bro Abhaya Soneji, in a most impressive manner, there was a further surprise in store for everyone – especially Rajiv!
To commemorate his significant achievement as W. Commander during the Demonstration of the Elevation Ceremony in Freemasons Hall, at the Grand Master’s Lodge of Instruction Festival in April this year, The Provincial Grand Master has conferred upon Rajiv, Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank. On behalf of the PGM, Tom invested Rajiv with his collaret in open Lodge as a “field appointment”. This was met with tremendous acclamation by the Equator members and the many other Brethren present, several of whom were Rajiv’s fellows from the Grand Master’s LOI.