ISSUE 2, July 2002
Brothers in endurance: Sir Ernest Shackleton
Travel: Florida
Jack the Ripper: Exploring the Masonic link
Quarterly Communication: Annual Investiture address by the Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes and Report of the Library and Museum Trust
Masonic News: Order of Service to Masonry; Grand Lodge deficit; Alvin Coburn pioneer photographer; Royal Masonic Variety Show
   Royal Arch News: Concern over falling exaltations
Charity News: Masonic relief grants launched; New RMBI video; Help is at hand through the NMSF; RMBI challenges and change; Update on RMBI projects; RMBI resident Jessie is Britain's oldest person; Grand Charity grant to National Asthma Campaign; TalentAid
Masonic Homes: Proud and independent
Library and Museum news: Recent library acquisitions
Book reviews

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Order of Service to Masonry

The Order of Service to Masonry is the highest honour the Grand Master can confer on any member of the Craft. Instituted in 1 945, it is in the personal gift of the Grand Master, and is an acknowledgment of exceptional services to the Craft.
    The Order is limited to 12 holders, confers no precedence on them, but entitles them to place the letters OSM after their names, preceding the initials of any other Masonic rank they may hold.
    The Order is a neck decoration in the form of a Garter blue ribbon from which hangs the jewel of the Order.
    At the Annual Investiture the Grand Master conferred the Order on W Bro Francis McCormick, PSGD. Resident in Rio de Janeiro, Bro McCormick was initiated in Royal Edward Lodge No. 5566 in 1952.
    His exceptional service to the Craft has been principally in the field of external relations, particularly in maintaining good relations with the Grand Orient of Brazil and other Grand Lodges in South America.
    At the Quarterly Communication on 12 June, the Pro Grand Master, on behalf of the Grand Master, invested two further recipients of the Order. RW Bro James V.L. Phillips began his Masonic career in 1952 in Travellers Lodge No. 6758, Accra and served the District of Ghana as District Grand Master and Grand Superintendent from 1988 to 1998.
    When he took up those offices, Freemasonry in Ghana had been under attack, and the government had seized its properties.
    Bro Phillips convinced the authorities of Freemasonry's loyalty to society and obedience to the laws of the state, secured the return of the properties, restored the good name of Freemasonry and increased his District by 11 Lodges and eight Chapters.
    W Bro Major General Rudolph G.E. Green, CD, ADC, PDepGSwdB, became a Freemason in Moore Keys Lodge No. 251 9, Kingston, Jamaica, in 1959. He served as Deputy District Grand Master for Jamaica and the Cayman Islands from 1978 to 1988, since when he has been President of the District Board of General Purposes.
    In addition to the Craft and Royal Arch, he holds high office in many other Masonic Orders.
    A loyal, discreet and dependable adviser, blessed with an exhaustive knowledge of Freemasonry, backed by many years of experience, he has given service unstintingly not only within his own District, but is regarded as a valuable adviser in neighbouring Districts.

Grand Lodge deficit for 2001

Grand Lodge made a loss after taxation of 121,900 for 2001 compared to a surplus after tax of 863,100 the previous year, Lord Cadogan, President of the Board of General Purposes said in his report of the accounts.
    Repairs to two investment properties cost 407,400 with costs of 132,000 on special publications. There was also a cost of 76,700 on archiving some records and 80,227 on the development of the computer system. This, said Lord Cadogan, was partially offset by a 119,000 increase in rent received on investment properties.
    He added: 'During the year we have incurred net losses to the value of our investment portfolio totalling 422,900 of which only 38,400 were realised. We showed gains amounting to 170,300 during the corresponding period the year before: Gifts were made to the Library and Museum Charitable Trust and the Centre for Masonic Studies at Sheffield University of 327,600 and 35,000 respectively.
    Lord Cadogan emphasised, however, that despite this expenditure, the Board was satisfied that the finances of Grand Lodge were in good order. A revaluation of one of the investment properties had given rise to an additional revaluation surplus of some 5.76 million.

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