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Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Surrey
Report of the Provincial Grand Registrar

I have great pleasure in presenting my annual report as Provincial Grand Registrar.

Membership.
As at 28th February 2016 there are 748 Subscribing Members in the MARK Province of Surrey. When membership of more than one MARK Lodge in the Province of Surrey is included, this figure is 980 lodge memberships, (232 members belong to more than one MARK Lodge. E.g. Stewards 1726 or Installed Masters 1219).

In the RAM there are 602 Subscribing Members in the Province of Surrey. When membership of more than one RAM Lodge in the Province of Surrey is included this figure is 716 lodge memberships, (114 members belong to more than one RAM Lodge. E.g. Installed Commanders 1219).

There are 161 MARK Grand Officers who are subscribing members of MARK Lodges in the Province of Surrey and 153 holders of RAMGR.

An analysis of Membership Numbers over the last four years is shown below:

MARK Lodges 01.09.2015 - 31.08.2014 01.09.2013 - 31.08.2014 01.09.2012 - 31.08.2013 01.09.2011 - 31.08.2012
Advancements 53 31 35 42
Joining Members (i) 46 20 15 22
Resignations (ii) 38 37 58 50
Exclusions 2 8 2 4
Deaths 19 15 16 16

RAM Lodges 01.09.2015 - 31.08.2014 01.09.2013 - 31.08.2014 01.09.2012 - 31.08.2013 01.09.2011 - 31.08.2012
Advancements 26 25 27 30
Joining Members (i) 24 15 11 16
Resignations (ii) 25 25 37 37
Exclusions 2 7 2 2

There are currently 43 MARK Lodges in the Province of Surrey. Of these, 39 have Royal Ark Mariner Lodges attached to them.

80% of subscribing members of a Surrey MARK Lodge are also subscribing members of a Surrey Royal Ark Mariner Lodge, (81% last year). There are 7 Surrey Royal Ark Mariner Members that are not Members of a Surrey MARK Lodge.

Database
During this past year the Provincial Grand Secretary and I have been able to undertake a 'data' reconciliation exercise with GLMMM’s Keystone Online Database. We have been able to correct and update a number of discrepancies in the Membership Records, so as to ensure the best possible alignment and precision. However, as the continued accuracy of our Provincial Database is dependent on getting accurate and timely information from the Secretaries and Scribes of the Lodges, I should again like to thank you all for the providing me with your support and assistance in this regard.

Year Book
The 2015-16 Provincial Year Book was again distributed on schedule in September, this time in batches of 5 per Lodge, (rather than 10, as previously), so that Lodges would be able to make a 60% saving on the cost of the Year Book. Once again, my sincere thanks to all the Secretaries and Scribes who ensured that the Lodge documentation was returned in time to achieve the print deadline. Lastly, it would be appreciated if Lodges could let me know before 31st May 2016 of any errors or omissions in the Year Book so these can be corrected in time for the printing of the 2016-17 Year Book.

Tim Ford
Provincial Grand Registrar