A Grand Promotion

A Report by The Provincial Registrar Tom Spinks

Somewhere between the resumption of normal work and the Risings at the installation meeting of York Mark TI last night, the RW PGM rose to say a few words.  He told us that when ‘e were a lad, N&E Yorkshire would get the chance of eight Grand Lodge appointments per year, but now it is five.  He explained that, allowing for recognition of those in the Secretariat etc and the need to reward those hard workers in the Province, it was difficult enough to get a foot on the ladder and even more so to get promotion.  The rank of PGJO, with the title of VW Bro, was not that easy to achieve – the author’s heart sank! – and to wait a further five years for the chance of PGSO was even harder, he could remember only VW Bro Peter Love achieving that rank, then to wait another five years for a chance of PGMO was just about beyond all of us 🙂

Waving an envelope in his hand, we knew that our dinners would not be paid for as it was a white envelope, the PGM told us that MMH had finally given in to his suggestions that they should do something about Frank!!  Removing the sheet from within, he announced an immediate field promotion for
VW Bro Francis George Woolgrove PDepPGM PGJO to the rank of PGMO.
Tears and cheers followed.

Frank gave a heartfelt and generous response to the news of his promotion, before returning to his seat with a huge grin on his face.

Brethren, this is a light hearted, and somewhat irreverent, report of last night.  The serious thing is that Frank has served this Province well, for a very long time.  His great love of both the Mark and RAM is well known, now his hard work and devotion has earned him another reward.  Well done!

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