On Monday 6th March, Massada Lodge No. 8130 meeting at Altrincham celebrated the 50th anniversary in Freemasonry of its very first initiate, WBro Joe Dwek,CBE, PProvGSwdB just three months after the Lodge celebrated its own 50th birthday.
A strong Provincial delegation led by RW Bro Stephen Martin Blank ProvGM and VW Bro Alan Glazier, PGSwdB, DepProvGM led the ceremony along with WBro Ronald Gonshaw, PProvSGD, WM of Massada Lodge.
The Lodge room was full with 88 brethren including 22 Acting and Grand Officers to witness the ProvGM accept the gavel from the WM and conduct a personal and informative ceremony for WBro Dwek. Members of the same synagogue in Hale, WBro Dwek was a Hebrew teacher to a young Stephen Blank.
Being a true captain of industry, Joe was the Chairman of Bodycote PLC, a Chair of the Mersey Basin Campaign and Chair of the North West CBI. In June 1997, Joe was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to industry and the CBI and in 1998 was made an Honorary Doctor of Science by UMIST. He is well known to national and local politicians and is still active in business. Currently he is assisting the Province as a member of the Clay Lane Development Committee and is known as a first class ritualist.
ProvGM Stephen Blank spoke of the more modest and unknown side of Joe who has done a tremendous amount for charities. Last promoted some 27 years ago, the ProvGM then promoted WBro Dwek to the rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden (PProvSGW) to the delight of all those brethren present. He was then proclaimed as such by WBro Royston Jones, ProvGDC.
A keen and lifelong golfer, WBro Dwek, PProvSGW was presented with a gift voucher to spend in the Pro’s shop of his club by the WM, WBro Ronald Gonshaw on behalf of Massada Lodge.