RMTGB Special General Court
On 16th April 2015, the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys held a Special General Court to inform members about exciting proposals to restructure the charity.
Over 250 Patrons, Grand Patrons and representatives of Patron Lodges travelled from across England and Wales to Rickmansworth to attend the meeting.
The proposed changes are outlined in full on the RMTGB website, but, in summary, the proposal is to consolidate the activities of the four existing central Masonic Charities and to create a new overarching charity with a President, Chief Executive and Trustee Board, a single staff structure and a single brand. It is believed that these changes will help reduce current duplication of effort and improve efficiency across the central Masonic Charities, resulting in improved, simpler and streamlined support for beneficiaries.
Over the past 227 years, the RMTGB has continually evolved to provide the best possible support for its beneficiaries and to improve the way it interacts with and benefits the Craft, as well as society in general. The future changes set out at the Special General Court will ensure that central Masonic Charity not only survives, but thrives in the years ahead.
The meeting was held in the spectacular chapel at the Royal Masonic School for Girls, which is nestled within the stunning grounds of Rickmansworth Park. Five key speakers gave an interesting and informative presentation outlining the proposals: Mike Woodcock, President; Keith Emmerson, Deputy President; Les Hutchinson, Chief Executive; and Council members Tony Harvey and Mike Codd. The presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session.
At the end of the meeting, Mike Woodcock asked for a show of hands to see how many of those attending were in support of the proposed changes. Every single person in the chapel indicated that they were. The formal vote will take place at the Annual General Meeting of the charity on 5 October 2015.
To find out more about the Special General Court and the proposed changes to the central Masonic Charities, visit the RMTGB website.
The Special General Court marked the launch of a formal consultation period during which members will be welcome to ask questions, raise queries or express support for the proposed changes.
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Posted in Charity News on April 29th, 2015 by David Clough