Editor Wor Bro David Wacks’ Note:
The HOD Special will long be remembered in the annals of the HOD. Train
reservations were made to take brethren from Johannesburg, Germiston,
Boksburg, Benoni and Springs to Witbank for the Consecration of the new Lodge
in Witbank. Here is an account by Wor Bro Talekinsky:
"THE HOD SPECIAL"
MEMORIES OF A UNIQUE JOURNEY
One of the most outstanding Consecrations it has
been my pleasure to attend was that of the Witbank Lodge. There were no
passenger trains on Sundays in 1924, to Witbank, and Grand Lodge hired a
special train. A huge Magen David and a banner, entitled "HOD Special", was
stuck on the engine and the train stopped at Germiston, Boksburg, Benoni and
Apex stations to pick up HOD members, their wives and children who,
altogether, were about 170 strong. Among the Grand Lodge Officers present was
Sir Harry Graumann.
When we arrived in Witbank we found the Mayor,
Mr. Tom Spencer, and numerous prominent Witbank personalities to welcome us.
African Theatres took films and these were later shown on the "African
After all the formalities had been completed we
were taken by car to a beautifully decorated hall and served a most
outstanding lunch. After lunch we attended to HOD business, did the
initiations, raised the principal officers to the Second Degree, and were
entertained to tea and music in Bro Jacob Dembo's magnificent garden. After tea we
installed the Officers.
We were invited to the Witbank Club, where we
changed into evening dress for the banquet. I remember a humorous incident
that occurred as we were dressing for that function. One of our brethren bent
down to tie up his shoelaces; I could not resist the temptation and gave him a
resounding clap on the back. When he turned round to see who had greeted him
in this unorthodox manner, I discovered, to my horror, that it was none other
than Sir Harry Graumann. But the genial Knight took my action in the best of
spirits, and stretching out his hand, he gave me the HOD grip and said, "I
admire your brotherly spirit."
The banquet itself proved a magnificent social
success, with an excellent supper and speeches. Dancing took place till
midnight and when our train left Witbank Station at 12.30 there was a huge
crowd to see us off. It was an occasion to be remembered.