St Augustine does the Double!
On Monday the 4th November in the presence of the ME GSupt, Neil Hamilton Johnstone, St Augustine Chapter 972 celebrated the exaltation of its youngest member, Companion Matthew Edson, who is only 20 years old and the presentation of a 50th years certificate to a founder member of the Chapter, Gordon Holter who is 89. A span of almost 70 year between the two companions.
MEComp Neil Hamilton Johnstone the Grand Superintendent with his DC and an escort of 12 Active Officers were welcomed into the Chapter before Matthew, who is a universities scheme member of St Augustine Lodge, was exalted by the Principles. The ceremony was exceptional, and congratulations should go to the MEZ Milan Antonijevic and his team for a brilliant ritual
Following in the exaltation the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Neil Hamilton Johnstone, presented the 50th Certificate to Gordon Holter. He outlined the long service that Gordon had given to St Augustine, Bertha Chapter and the Province, being Exalted into Bertha Chapter in 1969 and then becoming a founder member of St Augustine Chapter when it was formed in 1975. Gordon become Z in 1983 held various Provincial ranks before being appointed to Grand Rank as PAGDC .
The Grand Superintendent Neil Hamilton Johnstone presents Gordon Holter with his 50 Year certificate.
Neil went on to talk about Gordons life.
Gordon Holter was born in 1930 Educated at Sale Hayne Agricultural College and the Institute of Botany at Cambridge. After which he joined his family firm of Agricultural merchants.
He was soon caught up in his 2 year stint of national service with the RAF,which lead to a 30 year involment with the Royal Observer Corp cumulating in him being awarded the Lord Lieutenants Certificate of Meriteous Service and the R.O.C Medal.
The Royal Observer Corps (ROC) was a civil defence organisation intended for the visual Britain. It operated in the United Kingdom between 29 October 1925 and 31 December 1995, when the Corps’ civilian volunteers were stood down (ROC headquarters staff at RAF Bentley Priory stood down on 31 March 1996). Composed mainly of civilian spare-time volunteers, ROC personnel wore a Royal Air Force (RAF) style uniform and latterly came under the administrative control of RAF Strike Command and the operational control of the Home office.
Gordon then thanked the Neil Hamilton Johnstone for presenting the certificate and the Chapter for the help and support he has had over the years.
The celebrations for both Matthew and Gordon at the festive board.
Article from of Chris Sanford.