District Grand Masters and their accompanying officers, who were in London for the Grand Investiture in April, met the four central masonic charities.
The event provided an introduction to ‘Freemasonry Cares’, the charities’ joint communications initiative, in a move that signalled an important step towards the charities and districts working more closely together.
Approximately 30 District Grand Masters and accompanying officers attended the event despite the clouds of volcanic ash disrupting air travel that week. Also in attendance were the charities’ four presidents and chief executives.
‘Freemasonry Cares’ raises awareness of the help available to Freemasons and their dependants. Hugh Stubbs, President of the Masonic Samaritan Fund, gave an introduction which paved the way for breakaway groups to discuss how the initiative, currently being rolled out in provinces across England and Wales, could be adapted to meet the needs of individual District Grand Lodges.
It was agreed that a repeat of the day’s event, or similar meetings, would be welcomed in the future to ensure better communication between the districts and charities. The next meeting is planned for 26 April 2011, when the charities hope that more districts will be represented.