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Most Excellent, Grand superintendentís speech at DGC Annual Investiture convocation on 8.2.2014

Dear Companions,

Welcome to the City of Coimbatore!!

I am sure that the Brethren of Lodge Ampthill have made sure that you are comfortably accommodated and well cared for. They have made a huge effort to host these celebrations and our thanks are due to them.

Companions I have great pleasure in welcoming M.E. Comp. R Somasundaram, PIIGPr. PRIIGPr, and his delegation, who are here representing The M.E.G.Supdt of the RGC of Southern India, who was unable to be here in person

I also welcome E. Comp. Dr. Vengakalachulu Suppiah, P.D.Asst. G. Soj. of the District Grand Chapter of the EasterrnArhcipelago, who has travelled all the way from Kuala Lumpur to be with us today.

Supreme Grand Chapter

This is the first District Grand Chapter convocation that is being held after the Bi Centenary celebrations of Supreme Grand Chapter.

It is a matter of great pride for us to that our Supreme Grand Chapter is now over two hundred years old. To mark this event a meeting of the Supreme Grand Chapter was heldat Freemasonís Hall, in London, with M.E.Comp. HRH the Duke of Kent in the chair.It was attended by Grand Supdtís from all over the world. I was not able to attend but our Dy. Grand Supdt,,E.Comp. S.Sampath, was present. An amount of 1.35 million pounds was donated to the Royal College of Surgeons.

District Grand Chapter News

The affairs of the District Grand Chapter are in good order and our strength in the Royal Arch continues to be about the same as it was a year ago. There is a need, and there is scope, for us to increase the number of members that we have in the Royal Arch in our District. Every Lodge is being requested to appoint a Royal Arch Mentor, who will be able to explain the significance of this beautiful degree to every new made Master Mason in his Lodge. Hopefully, this will increase the interest in this degree. Ideally every Master Mason in the District should also be in the Royal Arch.

Companions, let me, at this stage, convey my personal congratulations to all of you who have received Ranks or Promotions this morning. I sincerely hope that these honours will provide the necessary encouragement to all of you.

Installation Convocations

I attended the Installation Convocation of Chapter Rock No: 260 on 6th July, 2013, and the records of the Chapter were inspected by E.Comp. SukeshMenon.

The following Companions represented me at the Installation Convocations of the Chapters listed below on the dates noted against each and inspected the records of the Chapters.

E.Comp.SivrajBoriah†† Chapter Benson No.1093†on†23.08.2013
E.Comp.S.Sampath Chapter John Miller No.1906 on†01.10.2013
Chapter Universal Charity No.273†on†23.01.2014
E.Comp.K.Ravindran Kerala Chapter No.2188 on 02.11.2013
E.Comp.K.P.Surendran†††††††† Chapter MinchinNo.2710 on†23.11.2013
††Chapter CochinNo.4359 on††14.12.2013†
E.Comp.V.J.Bharath† Pitt Macdonald ChapterNo.1198†on16.12.2013
Chapter Universal Charity No.273 on 23.01.2014
E.Comp.SukeshMenon Chapter Ampthill No.3682††on†21.12.2013
E.Comp.GeorgeJayaprakash Chapter Southern Brotherhood No.3311 on 30.01.14

Obituary

It is my saddest duty to inform you of the passing away of two of our companions and I request all companions to stand and observe a minute of silence in memory of

E.Comp.I.S.Sethna PDG Std Br Golconda Chapter No.3249  on 15.09.2013
E.Comp.S.Unnikrishnan Nair PDG Swd Br Chapter Minchin No.2710 on 10.11.2013
E.Comp.G.Yesodharan PDG Std Br Chapter Quiolon No.5830 on 24.01.2014

Acknowledgements

I would like to convey, my sincere thanks to E.Comp. Viji Joseph, District Grand Treasurer, E.Comp. S.Ponnaiya, District Grand ScribeEzra, E.Comp.SukeshMenon, District Grand Director of Ceremonies and the District Grand Chapter office team for their excellent support in the administration of the District.

Companions, I will address you at greater length this evening. Till then....

 

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