Extract from the Grand Superintendent's Address
It is a great pleasure to be here with you this evening to pay tribute to a very special man and mason and to celebrate Vernon Howell Williams 40 wonderful years as a member of Abergwaun Chapter.
E Comp Vernon, you were Initiated in to Kemes Lodge on 17th October 1969, and you served Kemes Lodge as Master in 1980 and again in 1998. You held many lodge offices, including Charity Steward, Mentor and Assistant Secretary. When Kemes Lodge amalgamated with Strumble Lodge, you transferred to Peter Drewett Daylight Lodge of Progress, where you are currently serving as a Steward.
In the Province you served as Provincial Grand Registrar in 2005 and your service to your lodge was further recognised by the province when you were promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2012.
In the Holy Royal Arch, you were exalted in Abergwaun Chapter in 1980 and you served the Chapter as MEZ in 2004. You have been Scribe E of the Chapter since 2015.
In Provincial Grand Chapter you were appointed to the rank of Past Provincial Assistant Grand Sojourner in 2005. In 2012 you were promoted to the rank of Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer and in 2019 you were further promoted to the rank of Past Provincial Scribe Nehemiah, a very high rank indeed.
E Comp Vernon, it is no surprise to anyone that you have had an illustrious career in freemasonry, having previously had a distinguished career in Round Table, serving on both Area and National Councils.
E Comp Vernon, a certificate and badge for 40 years’ service seems a little inadequate after all your achievements in freemasonry coupled with your commendable business career. You are proof of the adage, “if you want something done, ask a busy man” You are a fine example to us all and it is with great pleasure that I present you with this certificate to mark 40 years continous service to the Royal Arch and pin on this lapel badge which I trust you will wear with pride.