The Master of the Howick Masonic Lodge in its 75th year is Kerry Otto of Mellons Bay.
He was elected by the members and installed in office in the annual ceremony in July.
Recently retired as a self-employed insurance advisor, Otto and his wife Carol have been resident in the Howick district for more than 35 years. He joined the Lodge seven years ago. Any spare time is now devoted to his family and grandchildren’s welfare and to some home renovation.
To mark the history of the Lodge, formed in 1945, some 75th Anniversary celebration events are being planned. These are highlighted with a meeting in September hosting a rare visit to Howick by the Grand Master of New Zealand Freemasonry, Graham Wrigley currently of Christchurch.
“Otto is an enthusiastic Freemason enjoying its strong personal principles and quiet charitable aims,” a spokesperson said.
“As Master for his one-year term he will continue to press for lifting the public profile of the organisation through the current national campaign to Speak Up for Freemasonry which has been successful in reversing the slow decline in membership.”
“Don’t wait to be asked. We welcome membership enquiries,” said Otto.