On the 6th May 2017, the Annual Convocation of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Spain was held in the Masonic Temple in Madrid. The event was attended by 89 spanish Royal Arch Masons together with 11 visiting Dignitaries from many constitutions throughout Europe.
Following the Opening Ceremony, the Most Excellent First Grand Principal, Most Excellent Companion Óscar de Alfonso Ortega welcomed the Visitors from the Supreme Grand Chapters of Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium and the British Royal Arch Masons in Germany, together with representatives from the Province of Surrey in England.
During the meeting, the First Grand Principal was proclaimed by the Grand Director of Ceremonies as continuing as the head of the Order for a further period. This was greeted by thunderous applause by the assembled masons.
The Most Excellent First Grand Principal appointed Excellent Companion Peter Kirpensteijn as the Grand Representative of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Spain near the Supreme Grand Chapter of the Netherlands and presented him with a Diploma.
In his address to the meeting the Most Excellent First Grand Principal, Most Excellent Companion Óscar de Alfonso Ortega, thanked the companions for the continuing growth and high standard of Royal Arch Masonry in Spain.
He also gave a very warm welcome to the Visiting Dignitaries, many of whom had attended in previous years. He thanked Most Excellent Companion Bob Munday for his continuing work in establishing and maintaining strong fraternal bonds with other masonic constitutions and looked forward to his continuing work in this area.
The Most Excellent First Grand Principal thanked the Grand Scribe Ezra, Excellent Companion Ian Scambler, and the Grand Treasurer, Excellent Companion Richard Teff, for their continuing hard work and support. Finally, he thanked the Grand Director of Ceremonies, Excellent Companion Mark Peers and his team for their work in conducting a successful meeting
Following a discussion on the venue for the meeting in 2018, the Most Excellent First Grand Principal announced that it will be held on Saturday 5th May 2018 in the Province of Islas Las Canarias.
He also announced that during the year a Travelling Banner for Supreme Grand Chapter will be commissioned. This will incorporate the Royal Arch logo developed by Companion José Merello y Alvarez.
Following the meeting the Companions dined at the Holiday Inn Madrid Bernabeu.
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SUPREME GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF SPAIN
SUPREME GRAND CHAPTER ASSEMBLY
Madrid - 6th May 2017