We, in the Grand Lodge of Ireland mark long and distinguished service to our Order with the presentation of a Golden Jubilee Certificate on completion of some 50 years service. This is accompanied with a 50 years service star which is usually inscribed with the name and details of the recipient. This Jewel and Certificate marks a significent milestone in the Masonic Career of a Brother and is greatly treasured by its recipients. Further awards follow for Brethren who reach their 60th year of servive, 65th year of service and 70th year of service.
In my Mother Lodge Number 280 Moyarget, one of our longest serving Brethren Wor Bro Ernie Shields has now given some 50 years service to our Lodge, the Province of Antrim and the Irish Constitution as a whole. Ernie received his Entered Apprentice degree on the 15th February 1965, and went on to play his part in the life of our Lodge. Sadly, Ernie has not been enjoying the best of health in recent times, so a number of us went to visit him in the Bohill Care Home where we had the great pleasure to present him with his jewel and certificate, and as you can see, he was delighted with same.
Our Most Wor Grand Master and Officers of The Grand Lodge of Ireland recognise the valued contributions of all Brethren such as Bro Shields, and their service is recorded in the quarterly issues of the Grand Lodge News-sheet for all to see. Here in the March 2015 edition of the News-sheet at page 4, you will find the names and Lodge details of some 46 Brethren, who between them, have give just over 2300 years of service to Irish Freemasonry.And in the midst of this list is the name and details of Wor Bro Samuel Ernie Shields.