Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland
Vernal Equinox Convocation
15th March, 2013
I was honoured by the M E First Grand Principal with the request that I should represent him at the Vernal Equinox Convocation which was held in Freemasonsâ€ Hall, George Street, Edinburgh on Friday 15th March, 2013.
The event was preceded by a â€śWelcome Dinnerâ€ť for the visiting Companions plus the Grand Officers together with their Ladies. About 100 people were present and the event was hosted by M E CompanionIan Fraser. This was held in the MasonicBuilding in the â€śHeadquartersâ€ť Building in St John St. After the meal we were entertained firstly by a visit to and a talk referring to, the oldest Lodge Temple where Robert Burns was initiated, a painting of the occasion being on display, and then to a short concert using the organ in the building.
The actual Convocation was opened by the Depute First Grand Principal, M E Companion Archie McWatt, who greeted all the visiting Companions. I was supported by R E Companion Bill Beardmore, SGP and R E Companion Peter Murgatroyd, PTGP GSE. Among the assembled Companions were E Comp Ian Livermore, GDC, E Comp Ron Cairns, PGSE and E Comp Jimmy Paterson PGSN all three of whom were, in this occasion, representing Celtic Royal Arch Chapter. No 746 SC which meets in Moenchengadbach.
The main business of the Convocation was to re-install M E Comp Ian Fraser as re-elected M E First Grand Principal, together with the officers of the year.
I first met M E Comp Ian Fraser in 2003 when, as Depute First Grand Principal to M E Companion the Lord Elgin, M E First Grand Principal SCRACS, he invited me, then Second Grand Principal, to represent our Grand Chapter in Inverness at the Installation of R E Comp George Black, PTGP GCBRAMG to be Grand Supervisor for Invernessshire within the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland.
It was, therefore, a pleasure to be greeted by a Companion whom I have come to consider a good friend.
Â Ian Harris PFGP
Masonic Order of the Holy Royal Arch
The Grand Chapter of Belgium.
Annual Convocation, 20th April, 2013.
I was honoured by the request from the M E First Grand Principal M E Companion P. John Hebel, to represent him at the Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Belgium which took place on Saturday 20th April, 2013.
I first attended the Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Belgium in 1994 when I was invited to accompany the then R E Third Grand Principal,
R E Companion John Woodhouse (now M E Comp John Woodhouse, PFGP)
I was at that time GSE and that first visit was followed immediately by an invitation from the then GSE Belgium, M E Comp Maurice Verbist PFGP, to attend a Convocation of Unicorn Chapter, the English-speaking Chapter in Belgium. It was arranged that I would be taken from my hotel by E Comp Peter Smith.
Since then I have only missed five Annual Convocations in Belgium. I am their Representative near to our Grand Chapter and I also hold honorary Past Second Past Principal in their Grand Chapter.
However, this year was particularly important to me as that same E Comp Peter Smith was to be Installed as M E First Grand Principal.
In Friday 19th April there was a welcoming dinner for the visiting companions, the Constitutions represented being England, Scotland, The Netherlands, Spain and Greece besides our own team, myself and M E Comp Michael Cooper PFGP, our Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. I was given the opportunity to address the visitors and explain my connection to R E Companion Peter and also to the outgoing First Grand Principal, M E Comp Alain van Lembergen who followed the above mentioned M E Companion Maurice Verbist as GSE. This was also fitting as, with the attendance of M E Comp Michael Cooper, we had either separately or together represented our Grand Chapter at the Belgian Annual Convocations for twenty years, a period exceeded only by the Netherlands in time, but not with the same two Companions being involved.
The Installation followed the usual polished performance by the installing Companions and, as usual, the three languages, Flemish, French and English, were used, the speakers slipping easily from one to another without hesitation or the need to refer to the printed word for guidance.
I would like to thank the M E FGP for offering me the opportunity to attend in Brussels once more.
Ian Harris FG