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  • Bay of Plenty Masonic Centre
  • 33 Hairini Street, Tauranga
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  • As a child in England I remember our next door neighbour going out in the evening in tails and wondered where he was going. He was a kind gentleman always ready to help others during the difficult times of the Second World War. Eventually I came to NZ and about 25 years ago joined a Lions club as a way of giving back to my community. There I met a man who seemed to be the “go to person” who everyone held in high esteem, and one evening he asked me I had thought about becoming a Freemason. I said no as I was very involved in Lions at the time, but I read information he gave me and whatever else I could find about the craft good and bad and promptly forgot about it!

    Years later at a JP evening I was approached by three colleagues all of whom were Lions and was asked if it wasn’t about time I had another look at Freemasonry!!. I agreed, and there followed a series of meetings where the history, and aims of the craft were explained to me and the concept of fellowship, service to others, education and self-improvement were in line with my life goals. I have not been disappointed.

    John Denne

  • First of all, we are a fraternal organization.  In fact the oldest still active in the world.  That meant something very special to me.

    The Juxtaposition of ancient masonry and modern or speculative Freemasonry is incredibly interesting to me.

    In the middle ages, the powers to be; royalty, nobility, and churches were the source of major building projects; Castles, Churches, and Holds were all projects that required the services of  Architects, Craftsman, Builders, Project Managers, and skilled labour.  Freemasons started as the source and control of these skills.  I think of it as a skilled middle class.  As the source of this special knowledge; the group became more than a trade organization.  It became moulders of men.  The Craft was responsible for bringing young men through the learning and moral teaching that was required to complete building projects that took special knowledge and years to complete.  

    Thus Freemasons became the repository of the crafts knowledge and methods.

    Modern Freemasonry uses symbols, rituals and ceremonies’ that outsiders often do not understand, but they are the tenants, tools, ceremonies, and symbols of the present Craft.  Our rituals are meant to honour our past and history and as teaching moments for new members as they pass through the stages of Freemasonry. We are still an organization with the goal of moulding young men into good moral sons, brothers, husbands and citizens.  That has been very important to me.

    This is why I am and will stay a freemason.   William Kennedy

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