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SGC of Belgium - Annual Convocation

On 18th April, 2015 I had the honour to represent the Most Excellent First  Grand Principal at the Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch  Chapter of Belgium. This was held at the Masonic Hall in Rue Royale in  Brussels.
On the evening prior to the Convocation, the visiting Representatives were welcomed and entertained to dinner as the Restaurant Aux Armes de  Bruxelles in the heart of the city.
I was welcomed not only as the  Representative of our First grand Principal but also as the  Representative of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Belgium near to our  own Supreme Grand Chapter as well as an Honorary Second Grand Principal  of their Grand Chapter.
It was noted that I had been attending the  Belgian Annual Convocation for 20 years although I had, unfortunately,  on two occasions been unable to attend. I had, however, met their First  grand Principal, M E Comp Peter Smith previous to that when I had  visited the English Speaking Royal Arch Chapter, Unicorn No. 10 and he  had called at the hotel where I was staying to conduct me to that  Convocation.
This year the senior Representative was the Most  excellent High King of the Supreme Royal Arch Chapter of Ireland, Most  Excellent Companion Michael Ward, the first occasion he had been able to attend since his Installation in Dublin in 2008 due to clashes of  dates.
Also in attendance were the First Grand Principal of The  Netherlands, M E Comp Caas van Puten and the Second Grand Principal of  Spain, R E Comp Robert Munday.
The Convocation was held in three  languages, Flemish, French and English, part being translated into all  three languages but some of the business being carried out only in the  language of the Companion of Chapter concerned.
I would like to thank the First grand Principal for honouring me by inviting me to attend  when he was unable to due to other Masonic duties.

Ian Harris PFGP
President
Committee of General Purposes.

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The Annual Communication of the SuĂĽreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of The Netherlands was held in Arnhem on 14th June, 2014.

The delegation from the GC BRAMG was led by M E Comp John Hebel accompanied by R E Comp Bill Beardmore, SGP, accompanied by M E Comp, Ian Harris  PFGP, PresCoGP and M E Comp Michael Cooper, PFGP President External  Rrelations Committee.

There were a number of other delegations present
From Ireland, led by M E Comp Michael Ward, Grand King
From Scotland, led by M E Comp Ian Fraser supported by R E Comp Grahame Smith GSE
From Belgium, led by M E Comp Peter Smith, FGP accompanied by R E Comp David Gyselynck SGP
From Greece, led my M E Comp Dimitrios Kontesis, PFGP together with M E Comp Dimitris Mamas PFGP
From Spain, led by R E Comp Robert Munday, SGP suppoted by E Comp Ashwin Sumaria.
While this was a normal AnnualConvcoation, the dominant feature of the  occasion was the retirement of R E Comp Tom Kruis from his office a GSE. Tom is well known (and well loved) by our Grand Chapter.
The evening before the Convocation we were entertained to dinner and during the  evening, The FGP, M E Comp Caas van Puten thanked Tom's wife JoKe for  the support she had given to the Grand Chapter for many years by caring  for the Ladies present and organising the Ladies programme.

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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 Freemasons’ Hall, George Street,  Edinburgh on Friday 15th March, 2013.

The event was preceded by a “Welcome  Dinner” 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 “Headquarters” 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.

 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

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- Annual Convocation - Holiday In Ratingen - December, 2nd, 2017 - 10:30 hrs -

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