On April 16, 2014 Jamshed R. Ghadiali, former Vice President of ZAGNY, was honoured at a special “Homecoming” by Service City Geba Lodge. He received a great welcome back to his lodge after the completion of his term as Grand Sword Bearer at the Grand Lodge of New York. In addition he was awarded a specially created Mason’s apron and citation for having completed 50 years of loyal support and dedication to the Masonic Fraternity.
Jamshed’s freemason activity started in Bombay in 1964 and he was appointed Worshipful Master of Lodge Khurshedjee Cama in 1972 and of Lodge Dawn of Peace in 1973. After moving to New York, Jamshed has been Worshipful Master of Lodge Service City Geba in Queens in 1981, 2004 and 2005. From 2010 to 2012 he was the President of the Queens Masonic Association and from 2012 to 2014 he was appointed Staff Officer for Queens District and Grand Sword Bearer.
Over the years Jamshed has been very involved with the Masonic Blood Program and has personally donated blood 286 times! (This is not a typo). Currently he is Chairman of the Masonic Organ & Tissue Donor Awareness Program.
The ceremony was conducted with pomp and old-world tradition with a little bit of humour thrown in. The Masons were resplendent – attired with their traditional regalia which included sashes, aprons, gloves, cuffs and gavels. There were numerous moving tributes paid to Jamshed by his peers and leaders including Most Worshipful James E. Sullivan, Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York.
On this momentous occasion, as a surprise to Jamshed, his wife Yasmin presented a cash contribution to the Masonic Brotherhood Fund on Jamshed’s behalf and his daughter Aysha presented Jamshed, a diehard Yankee fan, with tickets for Derek Jeter’s final home game.