Chronicle 2006-2016

09.09.2006

Election of Grand Master


On 24th June 2006 at a meeting of the Grand Lodge of Poland voted for the new Grand Master for the new term 2006 - 2009 and Worshipful Brother Marek Zlotek-Zlotkiewicz was unanimously elected as unopposed. The brethren also elected new officers of the Grand Lodge.

On the 9th September 2006 before representative delegates of Grand Lodges of England (Most Worshipful Assistant Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England - David Williamson), Germany, Austria, Israel, Belgium, Czech Republic, Madagascar, Lithuania and Ukraine the Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Poland was installed in the presence of Emeritus Most Worshipful Grand Master Ryszard Siciński and Most Worshipful Assistant Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England David Williamson.
This was a unique meeting because for the first time ever we had official visits from the GM of Germany, GM of Lithuania and also the Grand Master of Ukraine, among other very important guests from the national Grand Lodge of England, who addressed the brotherhood and graciously granted us permission to quote his address below:

Most Worshipful Grand Master and Brethern, Brother Englefield and I are delighted to be here representing United Grand Lodge of England on his special occasion. Bro Englefield has the edge on me in that he was with you last year and has very happy memories of your wonderful hospitality. This is my first visit to your Country and I thank you for your kind welcome and generous hospitality. Most Worshipful Grand Master, my first duty is to bring you the congratulations and good wishes of my Grand Master, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, and the members of the United Grand Lodge of England on your being installed into the highest office in your Grand Lodge. We wish you health, strength and, above all, enjoyment in carrying out your responsibilities. Our two countries have a long history of friendship and cooperation. Doing a bit of homework, I was delighted to find that our two countries had a Masonic connection as long as 1781 when the Grand Master of England issued a patent appointing one Count Halsen as Provincial Grand Master of Poland. (…) our resident historian at Grand Lodge tells me that such appointments were often made in the hope of stimulating the setting up of Lodges. The Count certainly did act on his patent and formed the original Grand Lodge from which you descend today.
Your history as a Grand Lodge has not been an easy one. One of things that impresses English brethren today, who have never suffered any persecution or state interference in the working of our Lodges, is the tenacity shown by bretheren such as your members after your Grand Lodge was closed in 1938. Their determination to hold onto their Freemasonry and keep it going by any means possible, regardless of the real danger to themselves, is a marvelous lesson to us all. In today's changing world we need to keep in mind their sacrifices and strength, and have a determination to preserve and pass on to our successors what they so selflessly fought for.
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Most Worshipful Grand Master, Bro Englefield and I are delighted to be here to re-cement the link made over two hundred years ago. We hope that it will be the start of a renewed and long and happy relationship between our two Grand Lodges and that You will find the time to visit us in London.
We wish you every success in you term of Office.


Grand Archivist GNLP
Tadeusz Cegielski