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Mike Martin

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  1. Hi Dave and welcome to the Forum. I'm afraid that you're going to be on a hiding to nothing with regard to joining Freemasonry in Indonesia, it was banned there in 1965 and I cannot find any reference to its government having reversed the decision to date. The closest Lodges to you seem to be in: Australia, Malaysia, Singapore or the Philipines.
  2. Nice article, it's a shame that the journalist decided to spice it up in a couple of places but still a nice article.
  3. To be honest there’s nothing about that to make it “Masonic” or related. The OES star as above is very specific in the marking of its 5 points whereas that isn’t, it could be just about anything really.
  4. Hi David and welcome to the Forum. Can't believe I missed this
  5. The reality of Freemasonry is answered in your second question. You can resign from Freemasonry (just like any membership organisation) at any time and for any reason. Therefore it is quite obvious that you can’t be made to do anything that you don’t want to do.
  6. Dear all, You may know that the MCF released a video series, called “Making Memories”, earlier this year which featured the Liversidge family and the Bendrigg Trust; a masonic family and charity that have both received MCF funding. It transpires that it has been nominated for an award at the International Short Film Festival! It is currently second in the running but it would be very nice if it were to win. If you haven't watched it yet, you can do so here: https://mcf.org.uk/making-memories/ If, after watching it, you felt minded to cast a vote for the series – the link is below and it’s a very simple process. https://theaudienceawards.com/films/making-memories-191283 It is possible that these awards will spread the name of the Masonic Charitable Foundation and gain recognition of its work internationally.
  7. Welcome to the Forum. Have a look around there's tons of interesting stuff on here and get involved
  8. Welcome aboard Ian. ps I've just shifted your topic.
  9. Started watching this American TV series a couple of weeks ago, Ichabod Crane is resurrected into modern day Sleepy Hollow and continues his struggle against the headless horseman. All was going well then in episode 6 it turns out the Ichabod is a Freemason 😎
  10. I randomly found this on the Net and thought it might be interesting. I was particularly struck by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's entry: http://freemasonry.london.museum/it/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Sportsmen-in-English-Lodges-Aug-2016.pdf
  11. No point in private questions as the members here are just as able to share their knowledge and opinions with you as I am Also if you're resident in Turkey, you could contact the Grand Lodge of Turkey for guidance: http://www.mason.org.tr/web/en_index.html
  12. Hi Matheo and welcome to the Forum. I am afraid there's not much that we can do for you as this Forum (along with the majority of its members) is actually based in the UK. However it will be even more difficult for you as Freemasonry is not a very well established pastime in Syria with no more than a handful of Lodges established under the Grand Lodge of New York. I suspect that they will have ceased operating since the war began. The only info I could find was this: https://nymasons.org/site/districts-lodges/district-grand-lodge-syria-lebanon/
  13. Trouilligan and Sontaran have raised exactly the issues this raised for me. Although we're all in the UK and can't actually advise you I think it would be nice to have a better idea of what you're actually proposing. I remember an American Lodge handing its Warrant back to its Grand Lodge in order to go it alone a few years ago and that didn't end too well as no one wanted to interact with it except the Grand Orient of the United States which I think has also crumbled nowadays.
  14. It may be more straight forward to put him in contact with the Province: http://www.pglforfarshire.org/
  15. I find that hard to believe, during my past involvement with the armed forces personnel always tended to show great happiness when someone turned their lives around for the better. I find it even harder to imagine that any veteran, let alone one who is also a Freemason, wouldn't have the ability to recognise the change of character someone would have to undergo to get where these chaps are now especially if their start to life was so negative.
  16. I agree with Trouillogan, in my humble opinion all that is really needed is to remove this almost obsessional belief (amongst some of our number) that somehow "Degree work" is the ONLY work and get back to understanding that the real "work" of a Lodge is to a) help its members to understand the content of the Ceremonies by working the Lectures of the Degrees and providing an advancement in wider Masonic knowledge by encouraging the delivery of talks on other Masonic subjects in open Lodge and b) to enjoy the fellowship of their Lodge and its many vistors.
  17. To this in the end as MCF duty called me to the Isle of Man. However, the double Initiation of, not one but, two current VC holders into Queensman Lodge No. 2694 deserves to be noted: http://queensmanlodge.co.uk/index_files/Page453.htm
  18. The UGLE launched the Members Pathway initiative last December and a copy of the booklet arrived with Freemasonry Today, some details here: https://www.freemasonrytoday.com/ugle-sgc/ugle/the-launch-of-the-new-members-pathway
  19. Did you send it to Office@metgl.com ? If yes it will be picked up as long as you remembered to mention your UGLE Lodge too, otherwise it will be forwarded to the UGLE to deal with.
  20. I believe that Joselito is still a member of a Lodge under the UGLE so the strict requirements of international contact is not necessary, in the same way that I can contact a DGL before travelling abroad he is able to contact Provinces or MetGL here without need of an intermediary.
  21. See item 2 of the fuller summary of proposals: http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/17/italy-s-coalition-programme-plan-point-by-point
  22. That's the magic of film Roy, although the storyline is set in the Hague a big chunk of the indoor sequences filming was done right here in Great Queen Street. https://filmfixer.co.uk/2017/08/06/action-comedy-capered-about-camden-the-hitmans-bodyguard/
  23. If you've not heard anything for a month from the online form I would suggest giving them a ring using the number supplied on the website and just enquire as to the usual procedure and how long it normally takes. Absolutely nothing wrong with a polite enquiry. The thing to bear in mind is that most Provincial Offices are staffed part-time by volunteers so contact being made between it and the Secretary of a Lodge who is even more part-time can take a while but as I said above absolutely no harm in a polite enquiry regarding progress. In fact what might work even better is to contact the Lodges direct and start a dialogue yourself. If you go to the "About Freemasonry" tab you'll see it gives you a "Lodges" option which lists the Lodges with their meeting places if you click on each of the Lodges you know about it will give you contact details.
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