50 years in the Royal Arch
E Comp Peter Rogers PProvGReg
Chapter of Walmley St John No 6504
On Monday October 9th 1972 many people might have been watching Z Cars, or even Opportunity Knocks, but for Bro Peter Rogers it was the night of his Exaltation. 50 years and one day later, on Monday 10th October his chapter celebrated this in some style when he was presented with his certificate celebrating this meritorious service.
Described as quiet, reliable, and unfailingly charming by his Companions, he proved the adage that still waters run deep. At the age of 26 his interest in the age of enlightenment had stimulated his interest in Freemasonry. He mentioned this to his Father who, rather to his surprise, told him that he was a Freemason! Initiation into the Lodge of Walmley St John duly followed, and shortly afterwards, exaltation. This was the start of a journey of knowledge, which built on the spiritual foundations of the Royal Arch, and, eventually, led to membership of some 11 further orders, with significant achievements along the way, including in Royal Arch as an acting Provincial Grand Standard Bearer. Much of all of this was unknown to his Companions!
In his summary of his fascinating story Peter reflected that the advice he would give to anyone joining today would be “Stay the course”, and that “It’s not about promotion.” Having finally finished a long career as an electrical engineer (more enlightenment?) Peter and his wife now spend quality time in their country garden and Peter continues to build on the precepts of his Freemasonry.
E Comp John Starley presented Peter with his certificate and Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, E Comp Geoff Walker gave a typically faultless and impressive proclamation which was greeted with delight by all present.
Congratulations E Comp Peter!