Provincial Grand Almoner
David Hudson – Provincial Grand Almoner
It is a privilege to be appointed to the office of Provincial Grand Almoner. I intend, with the support of the Lodge Almoners to continue the excellent work carried by my predecessors.
I am aware that the work involved by the Lodge Almoner can be time consuming, frustrating, and sometimes upsetting. But there is a reward in the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped a Brother or Companion and his dependants in their hour of need.
Another important part of our commitment is Pastoral Care, involving telephone calls and visits, not only to Widows but also to absent Brethren.
As the Provincial Grand Almoner, working alongside the Welfare Officers, members of the Benevolence and Comforts Fund Committees, and with the excellent support of Julie Ward and Karen Hall we are all part of a dedicated team ready to help and offer advice.
As Lodge Almoner when a case arises and support is required, the first point of contact is myself, I will then liaise with the relevant persons to go forward with the enquiry.
Thank you for your continued support as Lodge Almoner and I look forward to meeting you all in 2019.
Provincial Grand Almoner
Address to Almoner
You are charged by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master to have responsibility to the Lodge for the welfare of all its members, dependents and its widows. You are required also to ascertain those who may be in need and to dispense Masonic relief as necessary.
The understanding of the benefits that each of our Masonic charities can bestow, together with the process for obtaining the necessary assistance, is most important. The Deputy District Chairman acts in the capacity of District Almoner and he will be pleased to assist you in any way he can, especially in relation to the Provincial Support Services, which can be used by you in your particular role.
You will need to establish a bond of trust and discretion between yourself and those for whom you have the duty of care.
Brethren of the Lodge, I would remind you that it is your duty to help the Almoner by bringing to his attention every matter of possible interest, and to assist him at all times.
Brother Almoner, the Worshipful Master has appointed you to one of the most important and rewarding offices in the Lodge.
He has entrusted to your care the duty of ensuring that every needy case is satisfied.
I wish you every success and personal satisfaction as you carry out your important duties.