ME Grand Superintendentís address in District Grand Chapter Convocation 0n 11th February 2012
I am immensely pleased to welcome all of you to this yearís
annual investiture meeting. Last evening we celebrated a historic event in our
District, the Bi-centenary celebrations of the School of Plato Chapter which is
attached to the Lodge of Perfect Unanimity. It was an extremely special occasion
as this Chapter is older than the Supreme Grand Chapter which celebrates its
Bi-centenary next year.
It is with great pleasure that I welcome the representative
of ME the Grand Superintendent, E. Comp. George Pipon Francis, ME II Grand
Principal of the Supreme Grand Chapter, who is accompanied by E Comp. Oliver
Lodge, the Grand Director of Ceremonies to our festivities. This is also the
first time one of the Grand Principals is attending the District Grand Chapter
Annual convocation in Madras and I am thankful the ME II Grand Principal for
being with us today.
I also welcome the Regional Grand Superintendent E Comp.
Retnaraj Sushilraj, of the Regional Grand Chapter of Southern India, E Comp. and
E Comp. V Nagarajan, Grand Superintendent of Northern India, for taking time to
be with us to day.
It is my pleasure to welcome E Comp. Bomi S. Mehta, Past
Grand Superintendent of Grand Chapter of United Scottish Royal Arch Freemasonry
in India & Ceylon, the representative of M E Grand Superintendent of Grand
Chapter of United Scottish Royal Arch Freemasonry in India & Ceylon and R E
Comp. Dr. K K Varma, Past District Grand High Priest and representative of M E
the District Grand King of District Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Ireland in
The District Grand Chapter continues to be run well with a
membership of a little under than six hundred and it is my earnest desire that
we energize our efforts to enhance membership to at least seven hundred by the
end of the year. This being an exalted degree we should urge our newly raised
members to join this wonderful degree.
Grand Chapter News
We had undertaken to contribute a sum of £6,000/- to the
charities of the Supreme Grand Chapter. We have run into some difficulty in
transferring this amount owing to the continuing controls on foreign exchange
transactions imposed by the Government of India. We, together with the Supreme
Grand Chapter, are trying to sort this matter out and we sincerely hope that it
will soon be concluded.
The following Companions represented me at the Installation
Convocations of the following Chapters and inspected the records.
E.Comp.S.Sampath Chapter John Miller No.1906 10.10.2011
Chapter Minchin No.2710 26.11.2011
Chapter Cochin No.4359 10.12.2011
Chapter Universal Charity No.273 25.01.2012
Chapter School of Plato No.150 31.01-2012
Chapter No.2188 22.10.2011
Chapter Ampthill No.3682 16.12.2011
It is now my saddest duty to inform you that the following companions have
been called to the Grand Lodge above.
E.Comp.Kirit P.Asher, PDDyGDofC Kerala Chapter No.2188 23.90.2011
E.Comp.V.R.Seshu, PDG IA Sojr, Chapter Southern Brotherhood No.3311 25.09.2011
Comp.Dr.P.T.Cherian, Chapter Quilon No.5839 22.11.2011
Comp.K.Gopakumar Chapter Minchin No.2710 5.01.2012
Comp. A N Macleod Chapter Pitt MacDonald.
I once again thank our distinguished visitors for being with
us today and I invite them to join us in our proceedings this evening and the
I would like to place on record my thanks to E. Comp. S.
Ponnaiya, our District Grand Scribe Ezra, E. Comp. N.D. Achiah, our District
Grand Treasurer and E. Comp. M. Chellappa, President of the Committee of General
Purposes, for their hard work and support during the year.
Last but least a very big thank you to the Companions of the
School of Plato Chapter and the Brethren of the Lodge of Perfect Unanimity for
having spared no effort to make our stay comfortable and our celebrations
enjoyable. I shall address you, at greater length, this evening.