A report from Ill. Bro. Michael B Squires on a visit to Johannesburg.
From the 19th - 25th November of this year I was in South Africa in my capacity as Grand Treasurer for the Operatives: 4 days in Cape Town and 3 days in Johannesburg. Whilst there, I was invited to attend a Rose Croix meeting at Freemason’s Hall, Park Lane, Johannesburg which turned out to be even more interesting than I had anticipated.
I had originally expected it to be an “ordinary” Rose Croix meeting but, in the event, it turned out to be a meeting of the North West District of the South African Branch Council at which 7 Candidates received their 30°. Clearly, it is not realistic for local Brethren eligible for their 30° to travel to Duke Street in London to receive their degree, so the local District have authority from Supreme Council in the UK to carry out these ceremonies on their behalf.
I was in awe at the distance some of these Brethren had travelled to receive their degree. One candidate came from Concordia Chapter No 758 which meets in Swaziland - a distance of some 5 hours by car! The ceremony was of a very high standard and just as you would expect to see it in Duke Street.
I was greeted warmly as an honoured guest by the Inspector General, V. Ill. Bro. C van Gaalen, 33°, who in his greeting explained to the Brethren that I was a member of one of the oldest Chapters in the World: Vernon Chapter No. 5, and got a laugh at my expense by saying he did not think I was a Founder Member! An excellent meeting was concluded with a very enjoyable Festive Board.
Michael Squires, 32°
Vernon Chapter No. 5