The annual Provincial Officers Dinner was held on Saturday 8th June 2019 at the Stradey Park Hotel in Llanelli. This annual event is an opportunity for the Acting Provincial Officers of the year to celebrate their year in office with their fellow Provincial Officers. It also gives them the opportunity to thank their long-suffering partners for having supported them during the year. The event is always well supported, but this year it was particularly poignant as it was the final dinner which RW Bro Stephen Hookey will attend as Provincial Grand Master.
RW Bro Steve has been an Acting Officer in the Province since 2003, First as Provincial Assistant Grand Secretary, followed by Provincial Grand Secretary from 2005 until 2012. He was appointed Assistant Provincial Grand Master in July 2012 and promoted to Provincial Grand Master in July 2014. In all RW Bro Steve has served the Province continually for over 15 years, much of that service as a key member of the Provincial Executive.
Over the last 5 years, in addition to all the administrative work and phone calls he has done at home he has attended around 115 masonic meetings a year, making a total of around 575 meetings as Provincial Grand Master / Grand Superintendent. If ever there was a man who deserved the grateful thanks of the Province, it is surely RW Bro Steve.
The farewell toast to the Provincial Grand Master, was in the very capable hands of the Provincial Senior Grand Warden, W Bro Michael Roberts. W Bro Mike also happens to be a long-standing friend of the PrGM, a member of the same lodge and one of his sponsors into Masonry. W Bro Mike’s speech was amusing and touching in equal measure. Both the speech and the PrGM received a prolonged standing ovation and a hearty toast was drunk by everyone present in honour of our outgoing leader.
Following the toast, W Bro Mike made several presentations to RW Bro Steve and his good lady Angela. We wish them both a long and happy retirement together and we look forward to seeing the Past Provincial Grand Master at our meetings for many years to come.