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23rd Annual Grand Lodge Meeting ---December 2016
 

23rd Annual Grand Lodge Meeting of Grand Lodge of Upper India was held on Saturday 10th December 2016 at Hotel Beckons Chandigarh. The meeting was presided over by the Grand Master, M.W. Bro. Balbir Singh Devgun. The Meetings of the Supreme Grand Chapter and Grand Mark Lodge of Upper India were held on 11th December 2016 at the Freemason’s Complex at Daun, Mohali.

 

MW the G Master informed the brethren that this year Grand Lodge had lost a senior brother, RW Bro. Joginder Singh Kalsi who was our Senior Grand Warden, and we also lost a worthy mason Bro I.P.S Mann who was the President of the prestigious Chandigarh Golf Club. Grand Lodge of South India too had lost a very senior brother MW Bro. Dr. D. Rajendran a past Grand Master. Both our Grand Lodges have suffered a big loss. Prayers were offered for the peace of the departed souls while members stood in silence for two minutes.

 

A delegation of three brethren from Grand Lodge of South India graced theGrand Festival on 10th Dec 2016. M.W. Bro Ravichandran Doraiswami, GrandMaster GLSI, R.W.Bro Shyam Venkatraman J G Warden and W.Bro Maj. Venugopalan Asst. G D. were ceremonially received. MW Bro. Balbir Singh Devgun welcomed M.W. Bro Ravichandran Doraiswami Grand Master GLSI who was then saluted. M.W. Bro Ravichandran Doraiswami thanked the brethren for their fraternal salutations. M.W. Bro. Balbir Singh Devgun re-appointed and invested R.W. Bro. Harbinder Singh Ranauta as Deputy Grand Master and R.W. Bro. Kamaldeep Singh Egan was re-appointed and invested Assistant Grand Master. R. W. Bro. Col. Shamsher Singh Dhanoa was re-appointed and invested as President of the Grand Board.

 

Grand Master MW Bro. B. S. Devgun with his Grand Officers

 

MW Bro. B. S. Devgun in the office of
RW Bro. Brig M. S. Dullat Vice-Chairman of D.S.O.I.

 
22nd Annual Grand Lodge Meeting ---December 2015
 
MW BRO. BALBIR SINGH DEVGUN O.S.M.
- INSTALLED GRAND MASTER
 

MW Bro Balbir Singh Devgun OSM, Past Deputy Grand Master and President of the Grand Board was installed Grand Master of Grand Lodge of Upper India for the term 2015-2018 on Saturday 12th December 2015 at the 22nd Annual Grand Lodge Meeting held at Hotel Beckons Chandigarh.

 

M.W. Bro. Rakesh Kumar Mittal the outgoing Grand Master opened the Grand Lodge in ample form. He installed M.W. Bro. Balbir Singh Devgun, as 9th Grand Master of Grand Lodge of Masons of Upper India for a three years term of office.

 

MW Bro B S Devgun Grand Master Addressing the Brethren

 

The Past Grand Masters

 

M.W. Bro. Ajit Singh Ranauta, MW Bro. Dr. P. S. Egan, MW Bro. Jaspal Singh Narang,M.W. Bro. Dr. Satwinder Singh Bhamraand other senior brethren graced the occasion. R. W. Bro. Harbinder Singh Ranauta was installed Deputy Grand Master and R.W. Bro. Kamaldeep Singh Egan was installed Assistant Grand Master.

RW Bro. Joginder Singh Kalsi was appointed and invested Senior Grand Warden, and RW Bro Lt Col Iqbal Singh Khara was appointed and invested Junior Grand Warden.

 

Senior Grand Warden RW Bro. Joginder Singh Kalsi

 

W Bro Maj. P.K. Venugopal and VW Bro M. Nagarajan of GL of South India and
RW Bro Col S S Dhanoa

  

VW Bro M Nagarajan addressing G L of Upper India

 

W Bro Maj. P.K. Venugopal’s portrait being presented to him by MW Bro. B. S. Devgun

 

The Grand Festival was graced by a deputation from Grand Lodge of South India Represented by V.W. Bro. M. Nagarajan, Grand Secretary and W. Bro. Major P. K. Venugopal, Asst. Grand Director of Ceremonies. A lavish banquet was hosted after the meeting. Ladies graced the banquet.

 

The Banquet table

 

Brethren from Amritsar enjoying refreshments

 

Ladies at the Banquet

 

Ladies enjoying refreshments

 

The Junior brigade

 

Brethren enjoying fellowship and refreshments

 

Supreme Grand Chapter and Grand Mark Meetings -2015

The Meetings of the Supreme Grand Chapter and Grand Mark Lodge of Upper India were held on 13th December 2015 at the Freemason’s Complex at Daun, Mohali. The Grand Festival was graced by a deputation from Grand Lodge of South India.

GRAND MASTER MW BRO BALBIR SINGH DEVGUN O.S.M.

MW Bro. Balbir Singh Devgunis a mason of over 22 years, having been initiated into freemasonry on 9th January 1994 in Lodge S. A. S. Nagar No. 291 (GLI -now No.3 GLUI). He worked his way up performing proficiently in each office and was installed W. Master of this Lodge in November 1997. He is a founder W. Master of Lodge Blazing Star of ResearchNo. 8 G.L.U.I. He was decorated by the Grand Master with his Order of Service to Masonry (OSM) in December 2014.

Besides the craft degree, is also a member of H. Royal Arch Chapter, Mark Master Masons, Royal Ark Mariners and Order of the Secret Monitor (Brotherhood of David and Jonathan). He has been installed into the eastern chair of each of these degrees.

He was exalted in H. R. A. Chapter ChandigarhNo.1 G.C.U.I. on 9th September 1995 and later installed its Principal Z on 7th July 2002.

He was advanced in the Mark Degree in the Mark Master Masons Lodge Chandigarh No. 1 G.M.L.U.I., on 29th August 1999 and later joined Mark Lodge Devi Das No. 1277 E.C. H was installed W. Mark Mater first of Mark Lodge Chandigarh No. 1 G.M.L.U.I. on 4. 07. 2004 and then of Mark Lodge Devi Das No. 1277 E.C. on15. 04, 2008

He was elevated in Royal Ark Mariners degree in R. A. M. Lodge Chandigarh No.1 G.M.L.U.I., on 22nd January 2000 and later installed its W. Commander N on 26th April 2005. He also joined R.A.M. Lodge Devidas No. 1277 E.C.

He was inducted in the Order of Secret Monitor in Conclave Chandigarh No. 355 E.C. on 13th January 1999. He joined Conclave Yadavindra No. 448 E.C. on 17th April 2002.and was installed its Supreme Ruler on 15th February 2006.

 

 

MW Bro Balbir Singh Devgun OSM addressing the Grand Lodge

 

MW Bro. Balbir Singh Devgun was born on 9th September 1941 in a village in Punjab; his family shifted to Delhi in 1950 where he completed his schooling in 1959. Balbir took up apprenticeship immediately in National Physical Laboratory and started studying for engineering with Institution of Engineers (India) of which he is a Fellow Member.

In 1965 he moved to Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute Durgapur to join a team developing India’s first Agricultural Tractor. He developed a unique Hydraulic Control system for Tractors and obtained International Patents for the same. He was awarded a Cash Prize by Invention Promotion Board at the hands of Vice President of India Shri V.V. Giri.

In 1970 he moved to Chandigarh, to Punjab Tractors Limited to help production of Swaraj Agricultural Tractors under license from CMERI. He was responsible for establishing a large number of ancillary units in Mohali and Chandigarh. The Company (Punjab Tractors) was awarded a shield by ASSOCHAM for this achievement.

In 1983, Balbir was assigned to a new venture of PTL to set up a unit to manufacture Light Commercial Vehicles. His involvement started with selecting a collaborator, localization, and ancillary development. He worked in different capacities as head of Purchase, Marketing and RND divisions.

He was responsible for running Swaraj Automotives Ltd., an ancillary unit at Nabha as Director in Charge. After an eventful career spanning 41 years, Balbir retired from Swaraj Group in 2011 as Special Advisor to Managing Director.

Balbir is a widely travelled person having been to Yugoslavia, Hungary, Spain, Ukraine, Japan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and U.K. He is an active Rotarian and a keen Golfer.

He is happily married to Harbans Kaur for 51 years and they have three daughters. - a Child Psychologist, an Artist and a Dentist.

V.I. Bro. Philippe Douillette recovers good health

Two years back when V.I. Bro. Philippe Douillet (33* S.G.I.C. AASR), attended the 19th Annual Grand Lodge Festival of Grand Lodge of South India on 26th May 2013, he was walking with difficulty and with the help of a cane stick. On the occasion he was honoured and presented a ‘Siropao’ or a ‘Robe of Honour’. This year when he attended 21st Annual Grand Lodge Festival of Grand Lodge of South India on 24th May 2015, all were happily surprised to see him walk freely without the aid of a walking stick and was very fit. He attributed his recovery to the “Siropao” that we presented to him along with prayers and blessings of good health and long life. Appreciating our prayers he presented a letter of thanks to the brethren. We continue to pray for his good health. May the “Siropao” continue to protect him.

 

On 24th May 2015 at Coimbatore, V.I. Bro. Philippe Douillet handing his Letter of Thanks to MW Bro Dr PS Egan in presence of (l to r) MW Bro Dr Satwinder Singh Bhamra, MW Bro Ajit Singh Ranauta, MW Bro Rakesh Kumar Mittal, RW Bro Col Shamsher Singh Dhanoa, MW Bro Michel Singer and RW Bro Lt Col Iqbal Singh Khara

 

Letter of Thanks handed over by V.I. Bro. Philippe Douillet

 

21ST ANNUAL GRAND LODGE MEETING ---13th  December 2014

The 21st Annual Grand Festival of Grand Lodge of Upper India was held on 13th December 2014 at Hotel Beckons, Chandigarh. The Meetings of the Supreme Grand Chapter and Grand Mark Lodge of Upper India were held on 14th December 2014 at the Freemason’s Complex at Daun, Mohali.

A delegation of two brethren from Grand Lodge of South India graced the Grand Festival on 13th Dec 2014.  M.W. Bro Philip Fowler, Grand Master GLSI, and M.W. Bro K. Alagiriswamy Past Grand Master GLSI   were ceremonially received. MW Bro. Rakesh Kumar Mittal welcomed M.W. Bro Philip Fowler Grand Master GLSI who was then saluted. M.W. Bro Philip Fowler thanked the brethren for their fraternal salutations.

M.W. Bro. Rakesh Kumar Mittal appointed and invested   R.W. Bro. Col. Shamsher Singh Dhanoa as Deputy Grand Master and R.W. Bro. Harbinder Singh Ranauta was appointed and invested Assistant Grand Master. R. W. Bro. Balbir Singh Devgun was appointed and invested as President of the Grand Board.

RW BRO.BALBIR SINGH DEVGUN ELECTED GRAND MASTER AND CONFERRED O.S.M.

M.W. Bro. Rakesh Kumar Mittal announced that the Electoral at in its meeting held on Wednesday, 17th September, 2014 had unanimously elected RW Bro Balbir Singh Devgun Past Dy. Grand Master and President of the Grand Board as the Grand Master for the ensuing term 2015-2018.

 

RW Bro. Balbir Singh Devgun OSM

 

RW Bro Balbir Singh Devgun was also conferred the Order of Service to Masonry. The Grand Master declared that for his well-known zeal and enthusiasm for Masonry, and by the valuable services he has rendered over a long period of years to the Craft in general and the Grand Lodge of Upper India in particular, he has inspired confidence in him to decorate RW Bro Balbir Singh Devgun with the Order of Service to Masonry. R.W. Bro. Balbir Singh Devgun was presented the jewel of Order of Service to Masonry and a Certificate.

 
 
NOUVELLES de la Grande Loge
 

22ème Convent Annuelle de la Grande Loge de L’Inde du Nord - Décembre 2015

 
Le Très Respectable Fr:. BALBIR SINGH DEVGUN O.S.M.
– devient Grand Maître de la Grande Loge de L’Inde du Nord
 

Le Très Respectable Fr:. Balbir Singh Devgun OSM, passé adjoint du Grand Maître et Président du Grand Conseil a été installé Grand Maître de la Grande Loge de l’Inde du Nord pour l’année 2015-2018 le Samedi 12 Décembre 2015 au 22ème Assemblée Annuelle de la Grande Loge tenue à L’Hotel Beckons, Chandigarh.

Le Très Respectable Fr :. Rakesh Kumar Mittal le Grand Maître sortant a ouvert la Grande Loge de manière formelle. Il a investi le Très Respectable Fr :. Balbir Singh Devgun, 9ème Grande Maître de la Grande Loge des Franc-maçons de L’Inde du Nord pour un mandat de trois ans. Les Très Respectables FFr :. Ajit Singh Ranauta, Dr P. S. Egan, Jaspal Singh Narang, Dr. Satwinder Singh Bhamra ainsi que d’autres frères ainés ont gratifiés la cérémonie par leur présence. Le Trè Respectable Fr :. Harbinder Singh Ranauta a été installé comme Grand Maître Adjoint et le Très Respectable Fr :. Kamaldeep Singh Egan a été installé Assistant Grand Maître.

Le Très Respectable Fr:. Joginer Singh Kalsi a été nommé et investi Premier Grand Préfet et Le Très Respectable Fr :. Lt Col Iqbal Singh Khara a été nommé et investi Second Grand Préfet. Le Convent a été honoré par la présence d’une délégation de la Grande Loge de l’Inde du Sud représentée par le Très Respectable Fr: M. Nagarajan, Grand Secrétaire et le Très Respectable Fr:. Major P. K. Venugopal, adj. Grand Maître des cérémonies. Un somptueux banquet a été organisé pour cloturer la séance. Les Dames ont honoré le banquet.

Les réunions du Grand Chapitre Suprême et du Grand Mark – 2015
Les réunions du Grand Chapitre Suprême et le ?Grand Mark" Loge de l’Inde du Nord ont eu lieu le 13 Décembre 2015 au complexe de la franc-maçonnerie à Daun, Mohali. Le Convent a été honoré par la présence d’une délégation de la Grande Loge de l’Inde du Sud.

Le très Illustre Frère Philippe Douillet retrouve la santé
Deux ans auparavant, le très Illustre Frère Philippe Douillet assistait au dix neuvième convent de la Grande Loge de l’Inde du Sud, le 26 mai 2013. Il se déplaçait avec difficultés et marchait avec l’aide d’une canne. A cette occasion, il fut honoré et nos Frères de l’Inde du Nord lui remirent un « Sirapao » ou une « robe d’honneur ». Cette année à son retour lors du Convent de l’Inde du Sud du 24 mai 2015, tous les présents furent surpris et heureux de le voir marcher librement et sans aucune aide technique. Il attribua son retour à une meilleure santé au « Sirapao » que nous lui avions remis avec nos prières et nos meilleurs vœux de rétablissement de bonne santé et de longue vie. En remerciement de nos vœux, il présenta à tous les Frères présents une lettre de remerciements. Nous continuons de prier pour sa santé. Que le « Sirapao » continue de le protéger.
21ème Convent annuel 13 décembre 2014
Le 21ème convent de la Grande Loge de l’Inde du Nord se tenait le 13 décembre 2014 à l’Hotel Beckons de Chandigarh ( Pendjab ).
Les réunions du Suprême Grand Chapitre et de la Grande Loge de la Marque de l’Inde du Nord se sont tenues le 14 décembre au Temple maçonnique de Daun à Mohali..

Une délégation de deux Frères de la Grande Loge de l’Inde du Sud était présente lors de ce Convent. Le Très Respectable Grand Maître de la Grande Loge de l’Inde du Sud, le Frère Philip Fowler ainsi que le Très Respectable passé Grand Maître, le Frère K. Alagiriswami furent reçus avec les honneurs maçonniques. Le Très Respectable Grand Maître de la Grande Loge de l’Inde du Nord, le Frère Rakesh Kumar Mittal accueillit la délégation avec les salutations d’usage. LE Très Respectable Frère Philip Fowler remercia les Frères pour leurs salutations fraternelles.

Le Très Respectable Grand Maître, le Frère Rakesh Kumar Mittal nomma et installa le Très Respectable Frère Colonel Shamsher Singh Dhanoa en tant que Très Respectable Grand Maître adjoint et le Très Respectable Frère Harbinder Singh Ranauta fut nommé et installé Assistant Grand Maître. Le Très Respectable Frère Balbir Singh Devgun fut nommé et installé en tant que Président du Grand Conseil.

Le Très Respectable Frère Balbir Singh Devgun élu à la Grande Maîtrise
 

Le Très Respectable Grand Maître Rakesh Kumar Mittal a annoncé que les Frères ont élu à l’unanimité le Très Respectable Frère Balbir singh Devgun, passé Grand M aître adjoint et président du Grand Conseil à la charge de Grand Maître pour un mandat de trois ans ( 2015 – 2018 ).

 

Le Très Respectable Frère Balbir Singh Devgun a aussi reçu l’Ordre du Service à la Franc maçonnerie. Le Grand Maître a déclaré que pour son engagement et son enthousiasme pour la Franc maçonnerie, ainsi que pour les innombrables services rendus pendant de longues années, il avait été convaincu d’honorer le Très Respectable Frère Balbir Singh Devgun en lui remettant cette distinction. Ainsi, l’Ordre du Service à la Franc Maçonnerie lui a été remis avec sa médaille et le diplôme attenant.

 

 
 
 
 
 

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