W Bro Robert Smith receives his certificate from the Provincial Grand Master
You became a Freemason in the Great Stone Lodge no 6737 in Durham on 26th November 1968, a little over 50 years ago. You went on to become Master of the Lodge in 1977, and in so doing you had the unique distinction of having been initiated, passed, raised and Installed as WM by your father. You were appointed to Provincial Grand rank in West Lancashire in 1984, being made Provincial Junior Grand Deacon. You served the lodge as Secretary for 6 years, and went on to do a second term as WM in 1996.
You then moved to Pembrokeshire in 2000 having retired from service in Local Government. You renovated the former Italian Prisoner of War Camp in Eglwyswrw which you now successfully run as 5 star award winning Guest accommodation.
To continue with your Masonry you joined Kemes Lodge in 2004 and in the last 15 years you have established yourself as a stalwart in both the lodge and in the Province. You have twice served the Province as Organist, pausing then to be WM of Kemes in 2012 before being appointed to the high office of Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2016 followed by promotion to Past PrSGW the following year. You then also joined the Kensington Lodge of Installed Masters.
Since then you have served the Kemes lodge as Secretary.
But that is not the whole story.
You are a great organiser and activist in putting on events, raising funds in the process not only for the Lodge and for the Province but also for other organisations such as your Church in Eglwyswrw where you are Church Warden. You regularly open your home and business to hold events which are fast becoming legendary.
I know you to be a consummate Mason, faithful and dedicated not only to the Lodge and to the Craft, but also to the Holy Royal Arch where you also hold senior rank. You are a totally committed and extremely generous Freemason, and Kems Lodge and the Province are extremely lucky to have attracted such a capable and generous Brother into its ranks.
W Bro Robert, I have nothing but the deepest respect for you not only as a Mason, but also as a man. You are a fine example to the brethren, young and old alike. If every member of the Province only gave 50% of the dedication and support that you have given over many years then Masonry in West Wales would be thriving.
W Bro Robert, I commend you on your masonic career, your dedication and the example that you set to all. I thank you for your company and encouragement over many years, and I look forward to enjoying your company in the years ahead.