Sunday, February 26, 2012

'Lunch with Trevor'

Bro. Trevor Stewart, ever in the spotlight.
One of the changes made at Masonic Week this year was the addition of a Friday luncheon. It was hosted by the Grand Council of Knight Masons, which seems determined to liven up things a bit. Like an idiot, I slept through the Grand Council's annual meeting at eight in the morning (in all fairness, I had just driven down to Virginia, arriving at the hotel at 6 a.m., and I was bushed), which included degree work under the guidance of Cousin Rob, art director extraordinaire, and other "must see" attractions. But I wasn't about to miss lunch, especially with Trevor Stewart slated to speak!

(If you haven't attended a Grand Council of Knight Masons annual meeting at Masonic Week before, then you cannot appreciate how necessary the changes wrought at this meeting are. It was at the 2011 meeting, approximately three-quarters through an intricately detailed financial report of some 30 minutes, that I cried out "Eli, Eli lama sabachthani?")

This luncheon was another Cousin Rob success, as shown by the production value from start to finish. The officers entered the dining room in a formal procession, led by a bagpiper. (Knight Masonry originates in Ireland, and our degrees are dubbed "The Green Degrees.") A talented harpist provided perfect music for ambiance. Dull formalities were minimized. Host and guest exchanged presents. And of course there's Trevor.

He spoke on the nature and history of knighthoods, mentioning some — it probably is not possible to list them all — of the knighthoods among the many colorful titles in Freemasonry, before explaining the more general and historical purposes and meanings of various knighthoods. I didn't take notes, but I did shoot some photos:

From left: our harpist, Past Great Chief Kevin Sample, Trevor, Cousin Rob, and Cousin Aaron.

Cousin Rob, providing some much needed direction.

Our bagpiper. (Sorry, didn't catch his name.)

The exchange of gifts: Kevin gave Trevor a beautiful fountain pen, and Trevor reciprocated with a copy of his book Looking Back, Looking Forward, his 2004 Prestonian Lecture.

Trevor Stewart is one of the best speakers on the Masonic scene today.

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