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Members of the Grand Lodge of Scotland in Bermuda outdid their superlative best last week for the installation of Right Wor Bro Travis Herbert O. Gilbert as the Right Wor Grand Superintendent (RWGS) of Scottish Lodges in Bermuda. He was installed by Past RWGS Bro Leslie T. Center, assisted by a Grand Delegation of Hon Grand Lodge officers, including the immediate past holder of the high office, Bro Lawrence M. Davis. Lodge Somers Isle, No 1503 on Hog Bay Level, the mother lodge of Bro Gilbert, was bulging with Brethren from near and far for the auspicious event. They presented a colourful tapestry in the distinctive regalia of their respective English, Irish and Scottish lodges from which they hailed. The ritual was flawlessly engaged. The attendant speechmaking was absorbing. Bro Gilbert lauded Bro Center for instituting a five-year succession plan at the start of his tenure a decade ago that enabled both Bro Davis and himself to reach the pinnacle earlier than might otherwise have been the case. Previously Grand Superintendents seemingly had life tenure, and became more reputable perhaps for “having died with their boots on” than anything else. Bro Gilbert promised a seamless transition, no autocratic rule on his part, he said. However, at the installation banquet following the ceremonies upstairs, the new MWGS asserted himself memorably with a radical break from tradition, enabling for the first time, wives and sweethearts to grace the banquet tables, join in the toasting, singing and locking of lock arms with the brothers to bring the festivities to a memorable conclusion. Among the fairer sex and friends making up the personal retinue of RWGS Gilbert were his wife Noreen, their daughter Lorie and son Travis Gilbert, Jr; Maurice and Cherlyn Nearon, friends who flew from in Florida especially for the event; Merle and Keith Battersbee; Vincent Francis of Canada, as well as Raul Tyrell, Joan Blades, Patrice Holder and Velda Smith.

Newly Installed Rt. Wor. Grand Superintendent of Scottish Lodges in Bermuda, Bro. Travis Gilbert, center, flanked by his Installing Master Bro Leslie J. Center and Immediate Past RWGS Lawrence Davis.
Masons from near and far in their distinctive regalia attended the ceremony.
Below the trio receive salutations from the Provincial Grand Master of Irish Lodges in Bermuda, Rt. Wor. Bro St.Clair Tucker, left, Bro. Harry D. Powell, Deputy Grand Master of District Grand Lodges under the English Constitution in Bermuda; and Bro. John J. Machos, Past Deputy District Grand Master of 10th Grand Lodge Masons of Massachusetts.
Members of the royal retinue of Grand Superintendent Travis Gilbert, including his wife breaking with long established tradition enjoying places of honour at a Scottish Masonic Grand Lodge Installation Banquet.
Somers Isle 1503 Hon Grand Lodge officers with their new Superintendent include Neville Tyrell, Marshall E. Minors, Body Smith, Walter Trott, Calvin Smith, Edward (Eddie) Robinson and Beldwin Smith.