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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 31st December 2016 there are 710 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 977 lodge memberships, (267 members belong to more than one MARK Lodge. E.g. Mark Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge No. 1726 or Surrey Installed Mark Masters Lodge No. 1219).

In the RAM there are 594 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 729 lodge memberships, (135 members belong to more than one RAM Lodge. E.g. Surrey Enthroned Commanders Lodge No. 1219).

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

MARK Lodges 01.09.2016 - 31.08.2015 01.09.2015 - 31.08.2014 01.09.2013 - 31.08.2014 01.09.2012 - 31.08.2013
Advancements 35 53 31 35
Joining Members (i) 34 46 20 15
Resignations (ii) 37 38 37 58
Exclusions 4 2 8 2
Deaths 19 19 15 16

RAM Lodges 01.09.2016 - 31.08.2015 01.09.2015 - 31.08.2014 01.09.2013 - 31.08.2014 01.09.2012 - 31.08.2013
Advancements 30 26 25 27
Joining Members (i) 18 24 15 11
Resignations (ii) 25 25 25 37
Exclusions 0 2 7 2

There are 117 MARK Grand Officers who are subscribing members of MARK Lodges in the Province of Surrey and 115 holders of RAMGR. There are currently 42 MARK Lodges in the Province of Surrey. Of these, 38 have Royal Ark Mariner Lodges attached to them. 84% of subscribing members of a Surrey MARK Lodge are also subscribing members of a Surrey Royal Ark Mariner Lodge, (80% last year). There are 3 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 preserve our “data” alignment and reconciliation with GLMMM’s Keystone Online Database such that the number of discrepancies in the Membership Records remains low. However, as it is the duty of every Lodge Secretary and Scribe to review the Keystone Online Data for accuracy and precision, we are grateful for their efforts in doing that. I should also like to thank you all for continuing to provide me with your support and assistance and for sending in accurate and timely information on your Annual Lodge Returns, so that the Provincial Records and Database can be maintained up to date.

Year Book
The 2016-17 Provincial Year Book was again distributed on schedule in September, (in batches of 5 per Lodge). Once again, my sincere thanks to all the Secretaries and Scribes who ensured that their Lodge documentation was returned to me in time to achieve the print deadline.

Lastly, it would be appreciated if members could let me know before 31st May 2017 of any errors or omissions in the Year Book – so these can be corrected in time for the printing of the 2017-18 Year Book.

Tim Ford
Provincial Grand Registrar