Brethren, I hope you and your families are safe and well.
Who would have thought that a year on from the original lockdown, we would still be going through all the stress and anxiety caused by the covid 19 virus?
I along with many of you, felt deeply saddened at not being able to show my respects to Brethren and friends who passed away during the restrictions. I am sure that once we are back to normal, their passing will be remembered by the Province in a most suitable way.
Despite the difficulties of the last year, it must be acknowledged that wonderful things have also happened. Talented and dedicated people have given us hope by creating a vaccine.
Talented and dedicated people have also been busy in the world of Freemasonry. Brethren have worked together to help not only themselves, but members of our communities who desperately needed assistance. I am humbled by the acts of charity shown by Lodges throughout Scotland. Every day, there were reports on social media showing Lodges donating to worthy causes, and this was not confined to our Province. Lodges from other Provinces distributed foodstuffs and clothing across Scotland while their members supported us in our charitable endeavours. They had it, and they gave it.
I know many of you will donate to charity, satisfied you have done your bit to help. I did during the Grand Lodge fundraising for Prostate Scotland but it was only at the start of lockdown in 2020, when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, that I realised just how important research is.
It has been a long year but thankfully, the diagnosis was discovered in the early stages of the illness and through treatment and radiotherapy I am on the mend. The advice from the excellent medical staff at the Beatson was that when going online to look for advice regarding symptoms for prostate cancer, do not end up on sites that will mislead you. They recommended using the Prostate Scotland site which can be accessed at https://www.prostatescotland.org.uk
As I am slowly but surely recovering, I hope to resume the responsibilities as Provincial Grand Almoner in the near future and I would like to use this opportunity to thank those who have taken over my duties during my illness.
Stay safe and well.
Frederick G. Quinn
Provincial Grand Almoner