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A Golden Jubilee Celebration is the most frequent of the special occasions held within the Province of East Lancashire. The attainment of 50 years service to Freemasonry is, however, a very special achievement and the celebration is a unique event for the Brother and the Lodge concerned.
Freemasonry should provide fun and enjoyment whilst at the same time, we should derive satisfaction and fulfillment from a ceremony carried out to the best of our ability.
With these objectives in view, hopefully, the following information will assist in achieving a very enjoyable and memorable celebratory evening for the Brother, the members of the Lodge and their guests.
2.1 The attainment of 50, 60 or 70 years of continuous personal service to Freemasonry is recognised and acknowledged by the provision of an Illuminated Certificate containing the Provincial Seal and duly signed by the RW Provincial Grand Master (PGM).
2.2 The Brother need not have given all of his service to the same Lodge or the same Province but he must be a current (subscribing) member of the Province of East Lancashire.
2.3 When a Brother is not a subscribing member of the Province, a “Local Certificate” may be prepared by the relevant District at the discretion of, and duly signed by, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master with special responsibility for that District.
PRESENTATION OF THE ILLUMINATED CERTIFICATE
3.1 The Assistant Provincial Grand Master (APGM) with special responsibility for the District concerned is usually the Principal Officer at a Golden Jubilee Celebration [50th] and will make the presentation of the Illuminated Certificate.
3.2 The Deputy Provincial Grand Master (DPGM) is usually the Principal Officer at a Diamond Jubilee Celebration [60th] and will make the presentation of the Illuminated Certificate.
3.3 The PGM is usually the Principal Officer at a Platinum Jubilee Celebration [70th] and will make the presentation of the Illuminated Certificate.
The PGM is usually the Principal Officer at a Personal 50th or a Personal 60th Celebration of a Chain Bearer and will make the presentation of the Illuminated Certificate.
OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR A GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION
4.1 THE APGM
4.1.1 The APGM is the Principal Officer at a Golden Jubilee Celebration and he determines the Delegation.
He is normally accompanied by a Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, as indicated in Team M, together with members of his District Team.
4.1.2 If, the PGM or the DPGM is in attendance, the APGM is responsible for sending to the Provincial Secretariat the appropriate information and data relating to the event, and the details of the Lodge and its members, for onward transmission to the PGM or the DPGM within a given timescale.
4.2 THE PROVINCIAL GRAND DIRECTOR OF CEREMONIES
4.2.1 The ProvGDC will allocate a Deputy or an Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies to accompany the APGM.
4.2.2 The ProvDepGDC or the ProvAGDC will be the Director of Ceremonies whilst the APGM is present during the Ceremony and the Festive Board.
4.3 THE DISTRICT SECRETARY
4.3.1 The District Secretary is usually the ‘Lead Officer’ and Principal Administrator.
4.3.2 He is responsible for the collation and the dissemination of information as required by the APGM, Provincial Secretariat, Lodge Secretary and ProvGDC.
4.4 THE LODGE SECRETARY
4.4.1 The Lodge Secretary is responsible for providing the necessary information required by the APGM, via the District Secretary; Provincial Secretariat, ProvGDC or his nominee and Lodge Members.
4.5 THE LODGE DIRECTOR of CEREMONIES
4.5.1 When the APGM is present the ProvDepGDC, will be responsible for the procedure during the evening, however, the Lodge DC will take responsibility at all other times.
4.6 THE PROVINCIAL GRAND SECRETARY
4.6.1 The ProvGSec is responsible for the:
‘Illuminated Certificate’ and the ‘Letter of Congratulations’ duly signed by the PGM;
maintenance of the Schedule, data and recording of the Personal Celebrations.
4.6.2 When the PGM or the DPGM is in attendance the Provincial Grand Secretary has overall responsibility for the administrative arrangements, including the Provincial Deputation.
September 2006 – Copyright © 2006, Provincial Lodge of East Lancashire