Welcome to Tom Lamb, our new Local Secretary for the Seattle, Washington, area.
Tom is a Past Master of Edmonds Lodge No. 165 and serves as the editor for the Walter F Meier Lodge of Research. In addition, he is a Past First Principal of Snohomish Chapter No. 15, holds the 33º in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, and remains very active within the progressive orders of freemasonry.
Professionally, Tom is a retired naval architect, shipbuilder, and professor. He now spends time working as an author and editor.
Tom can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A warm welcome to Demetrios Mourelatos, our new Local Secretary in Cyprus.
Educated at the Athens School of Economics and Business, Demetrios trained as an economist and for the past 25+ years has worked as a commercial banker.
A member of Kinryas Lodge, No.3, Orient of Paphos, and Unity Lodge, No. 15, Orient of Limassol, Bro. Demetrios is an avid Masonic researcher. He is based in Paphos and is bi-lingual (in Greek and English); Demetrios can be contacted at email@example.com.
We are delighted to welcome Roger White as our Local Secretary for Eastbourne and the surrounding area.
Roger was initiated into Tyrian Lodge, #1110, in 1991, and served as WM in 1999/2000. He is currently Lodge Membership Officer and Lodge Mentor. He joined Langport Lodge, #8072, in 2021, and is currently Treasurer and Charity Steward.
Roger is active in Royal Arch and other orders, and holds Provincial Grand Rank. He has been Mentoring & Membership Co-ordinator for Sussex since 2019 and a Member of the Sussex Pathway Presentation Team. He is also Chair of the Holywell Club (Light Blues), and is active as a webmaster and in social media admin
Roger can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are delighted to welcome two new Local Secretaries: W Bro Robert Pedder, Local Secretary for Hants & Isle of Wight; and Bro Martin Davies, Local Secretary for West Lancs.
Robert is a member of Carnarvon Lodge No 804 meeting in Havant, and Carnarvon RAM No 62. He has been Secretary of his Craft lodge since 2016, is a Trustee of the Masonic Hall, and has an interest in Masonic research that began when he started to sort through the Masonic local hall and research its history.
He can be contacted at email@example.com.
Martin is a member of Greenhill Lodge No 6260 West Lancs, Corinthian Chapter No 2350 Wigan Group, and Champion Conclave OSM No 26 Darwin, East Lancs. His lodge is part of the Chorley and Leyland Group of lodges in West Lancs and he is the Publicity/Communications Officer.
Martin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to Robert Whyte, our new Local Secretary for Silicon Valley.
Robert currently serves as Junior Warden for Burlingame Lodge No. 400, Principal Sojourner for King Solomon’s Chapter No. 95, and is active within several Progressive Orders and various research societies.
Professionally, Robert retired from a rewarding career in law and now serves as Editor-in-Chief for his local Masonic circular and spearheads his Lodge’s Education Committee.
Robert can be contacted at email@example.com.
Welcome to Donald Joe, the new Local Secretary for the city of Long Beach and Los Angeles County.
Donald is an active California Mason, currently serving as a founder member and officer of Hermes Lodge, under dispensation. Additionally, Donald is a Past International Secretary of High Twelve International and as is active within Shriners International.
Professionally, Donald serves as the General Secretary for the Long Beach Scottish Rite and has a vast background in community organization and marketing.
Donald can be contacted at Secretary@lbscottishrite.org
Welcome to Bro Aubrey Charles (Chas) Black , out latest Local Secretary based in North Wales. Chas now lives in Flintshire and is a PM of Newark Lodge, No 8332; PZ of Alexander Chapter, No 1661; and PM of Fleming Chapter MMM, No 265. He is also involved with RAM, Rose Croix, and is a PM of Lodge Glittering Star, No 322, in the Irish Constitution.
In addition to being an active Masonic researcher and a member of QCCC, Chas is affiliated to the Irish Lodge of Research (CC), Bristol Masonic Society, the Manchester Lodge of Research, and the Leicester Lodge of Research.
Chas can be contacted at Chasblackuk@gmail.com and 07775446173.
We are delighted to welcome Mark Nielsen as our premiere Local Secretary for Riverside and San Diego Counties in Southern California.
Mark served as Primus Master for Novus Veteris Lodge No. 864 and is a Past Master of both Oceanside-San Dieguito Lodge No. 381 and Murrieta Lodge No. 869. Mark also served as Senior Grand Deacon for the Grand Lodge of California in 2020; he is currently its Inspector for the 941st District and Vice Chair of the Lodge Leadership Committee.
Mark is active in many of the Progressive Orders and will shortly serve as First Principal of Jerrold A. Wohlfarth Chapter No. 130 while also serving the Grand Council of R&SM of California as its Grand Standard Bearer. He is also active in other jurisdictions with the USA.
Mark is an active researcher whose primary research interests reside in the genesis of American freemasonry and Anglo-ritual development.
Professionally, Mark has a long-proven track record in the field of Information and Financial Technologies and owns and operates his own wellness company with a focus on personal training, nutrition services, and physical therapy.
Mark can be reached at MNielsen.QCCC@gmail.com
We are fast approaching the beginning of QC’s new Masonic year. Our next Lodge meeting on Thursday 11 November will be our Installation Meeting with Chris Powell installed as Master for 2021/22. His installation lecture is titled ‘Never let the truth get in the way of a good story’. Masonic and musical myths, and the importance of consulting primary sources.
The meeting will be at Freemasons’ Hall in London and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Details of the meeting can be accessed here; a copy of the Lodge Summons can be downloaded from the same webpage.
Further information on attendance and dining is available here.
We have put together an excellent programme of lectures this year and hope that you will be able to attend in person, if possible. For those who can’t, we intend to make most of the lectures available on our YouTube channel.
The Shop at Freemasons’ Hall has now taken delivery of the first batch of QC regalia, including our ties, lapel pins, cufflinks, and the breast jewel, and these have now been added to their website. QC regalia is also available for purchase in person at FMH.
We are delighted to be able to let you know that AQC 134 is currently being proof read and that printing will begin in a few weeks. The book will be mailed to members of QCCC in December/January and if you have any doubts as to whether you have renewed your membership of QCCC or wish to confirm that your subscription is up-to-date, you can check your membership status by going to Find My Account. In all cases, please ensure you have Registered: an automated email will confirm or reconfirm your membership and you should log in using that information. Please also check that we hold your current postal address or your copy of AQC may be delayed.
If you have any problems, email our subscription service provider Warners Group, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call them on 01778 392023 (+44 1778 392023 if calling from outside the UK).
Preparations for the 2023 Cambridge Conference are moving forward apace. We will be providing more information over the coming six months, including the full programme and booking information.
Finally, can we thank all our Regional Secretaries and Local Secretaries who have done so much to support QCCC over the past year. Your input and support is much appreciated.
With warm fraternal regards,
Ric Berman, Andreas Önnerfors, Martin Faulks
New Regional Secretaries for North America, Continental Europe, Asia, and Oceania
The newly formed QCCC Communications Committee have appointed the following new Regional Secretaries:
Michael Ramos – Regional Secretary for North America
Mircea Bucin – Regional Secretary for Continental Europe
Shree Sinha – Regional Secretary for Asia
Each are well known to us from their time as Local Secretaries, and we now look forward to them continuing their hard work for QCCC as Regional Secretaries.
In addition, Felix Pintado has been appointed as the new Regional Secretary for Oceania. Felix is a Past Master of The Sunshine Wisdom Lodge No. 226, and currently serves the United Grand Lodge of Victoria as its Grand Chaplain. Felix holds membership in several lodges and Masonic units within the Progressive Orders across several international masonic jurisdictions.
Professionally, Felix has over 30 years of experience in health and aged care, currently serving as a Chief Executive in the field and as the President of the Masonic Care Alliance. Felix’s Masonic research focuses on the genesis and development of freemasonry in the Philippines. Felix can be contacted at email@example.com
Martin Cox’s Expanded Role
Martin Cox’s service as a Regional Secretary has expanded in geography and now covers the whole of the British Isles including England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and the Channel Islands.
New Local Secretary for the San Francisco Bay Area
Jonathan Prestage is joining the growing set of Local Secretaries in the San Francisco Bay Area, focusing his attention on the East Bay/Oakland locale, while Marty Cusing will continue to serve San Francisco and the Peninsula. Jonathan is a Past Master of Templum Rosae Lodge No. 863, a Past First Principal of Siminoff-Daylight Chapter No. 163, holds the 33° in the AASR SJ, and as of 1 September will serve the Valley of Oakland as the Personal Representative to the Sovereign Grand Inspector General for the Orient of California. Professionally, Jonathan works for the Grand Lodge of California as its Deputy Secretary of Fraternal Affairs.
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