The Sir Andrew Fraser Lodge No.72 G.L.I

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The Sir Andrew Fraser Lodge was formed in honour of Sir Andrew Henderson Leith Fraser, KCSI who was the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal between 1903 and 1908. Sir Andrew Fraser was very actively involved in the foundation of a several Lodges in Bengal during that period. He was also instrumental in the historic Initiation of His Majesty Habibullah Khan the Emir of Afghanistan along with R.W. Bro. Lord Kitchener and officiated as Senior Warden in the ceremony on 2nd February, 1907 in Freemasons’ Hall, Calcutta.

This Lodge was sponsored by Lodge Concordia No. 3102, E.C. which now meets in England. Our Lodge was constituted on 28th January, 1908 and was consecrated in the Burdwan District of Bengal on Monday the 30th of March, 1908 as 3289 E.C. by W.Bro George Lane Anderson, Deputy District Grand Master of Bengal. The first Worshipful Master was W.Bro Atal C. Sen, another eminent Freemason of the day, who later had a Lodge named in his honour, with W.Bro Sir Andrew Fraser, Lt. Governor of Bengal as his I.P.M. Other illustrious Founder Members included W.Bro Maharajadhiraj Bahadur Sir Bijay Chand Mahtab, KCSI, GCIE of Burdwan, W.Bro Raja Bahadur Lalit Mohan Singh Roy, CIE, JP, MLC and W.Bro Raja Bahadur Manilol Singh Roy,CIE among several others. This Lodge has initiated many distinguished Masons. R.W.Bro Shyam Kinkor Ghosh, P.Dy.GM, an illustrious Mason was the Secretary of this Lodge from 1918 to 1942. W.Bro Rai Bahadur S.N.Mukherjee, PDGJW, deserves special mention for his continuous support to the Lodge over a period of three years in which he occupied the Eastern Chair. This Lodge opted to join the Grand Lodge of India AF & AM in 1961. The Lodge was in abeyance from 2002 to 2005 and was revived on May, 2005 with 2 original members remaining on it’s rolls. Since 2005, despite a few initial years of strife, the Lodge has seen a steady growth, both in terms of it’s membership and it’s number of working. The Lodge Celebrated it's Centenary on 30th March 2008.

Lodge Charities

In 2006 the Lodge participated in the ‘Adopt a child’ programme of Child Relief and You (CRY) as a part of it’s charity programme. We have continued to sponsor our adopted child ‘Gaurav’ for the 3rd year through the R.C. Chauhan Charitable Trust, Rajasthan. We have also continued to sponsor 4 villages under the Anganwadi Scheme for the 5th year in succession. We also support children of a school run by the Jyoti Kiran Foundation with a monthly contribution. We have extended financial support to an ailing ex-employee of the Region, W.Bro. R.K. Rakshit. We have also contributed a sum to Ramakrishna Mission for the welfare of orphan children. We have also extended financial support to the staff of Freemasons’ Hall, Calcutta as and when they have approached us. We have formed a Committee for identifying charitable projects, who are doing a commendable job.