The opening remarks by W.Bro. David Purdie commented on the success of the team in the evidence that we had experienced an increase of 55 members in the Mark Degree with an additional 25 Mark Men joining the Royal Ark Mariner Degree.  He went on to recognise the continued challenges ahead and also that some Lodges were in need of greater support than others.  He noted that by being forward thinking in our approach to recruitment and retention to the Orders would be the tangible proof of continued success.

W.Bro. Brian Martin commented on the statistic that nationally between 2008 and 2018 we experienced a loss of 1 in 5 members; in Devon the figure was nearer 1 in 3.  However, with the programme of regeneration and re-invigoration we were stemming the losses.

W.Bro Mick Carter gave thanks to the local teams and went on to outline the last years work and the highlights for the next 12 months. [Detailed presentation is available by following the link below]

The work undertaken in Devon by the Executive, DMST and general membership of the Mark Degree has not gone unnoticed at Mark Masons Hall, home of all the progressive orders in Freemasonry, and has been openly 'tweeted' by the Grand Secretary R.W.Bro. Ryan Williams as an example of good practice.

In the closing comments by R.W.Bro. Peter Balsom the DMST team and area managers were congratulated for their efforts thus far and with hopes for the next year.

Well done everybody!