The White Ribbon Club, Leicestershire & Rutland's club for newer Royal Arch Masons teamed up with the Light Blue Club to invite interested members to a presentation of the Royal Arch, Rose Croix and Red Cross of Constantine Orders.
The morning was well attended, with over twenty-five interested brethren taking their seats for an interesting and informal presentation of the Orders. First at the podium was Richard Barnett, to welcome everyone to Freemasons' Hall Leicester, and to introduce the main speakers to the audience.
The head of the Ancient & Accepted Rite Rose Croix, Inspector General Henry Kukiewicz then took the stage to give an excellent account of the Rose Croix degree, from where the Order originated from, to how to join.
Above (left to right): Head of the Red Cross of Constantine John Manby, Head of the Rose Croix Henry Kukiewicz, and the Chairman of the White Ribbon Club Samuel Harris.
Henry then finished by inviting his volunteers into the room to display the different types of regalia, past and present that are worn in the Order, and the significance of each symbol and piece.
Above: The different regalia of the Rose Croix Order on display.
Next to the podium was the Head of the Red Cross of Constantine, Intendent General John Manby, who gave a detailed description of the founding of the Order, its structure and place within Freemasonry. In a similar way, John was helped by members of the audience to demonstrate the regalia of the Order, and how it is worn by the different officers.
Questions from the audience were then taken, which showed a keen interest from everyone present for more information on both the Rose Croix and Red Cross of Constantine.
Also taking questions, as well as asking a few, were the Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire & Rutland Freemasons, Peter Kinder, and the Deputy Grand Superintendent of Royal Arch Masons, Paul Wallace.
Afterwards, everyone adjourned to the dining room to enjoy a full English breakfast, where the conversations continued until lunchtime.
The Chairman of the White Ribbon Club and organiser Samuel Harris thanked all of the speakers for giving up their time, as well as everyone in the audience for their time and attention.