Investiture Turkey 2016
A Report by „Spectator“
On September 22, 2016, in Antalya, Turkey 12, an Investiture of the Knighthood of Honour of the Lazarus Union was held in the amphitheater of the Magic Life Resort “Waterworld”. This was an exceptional location and setting for our Investiture ceremony. We chose this place carefully and for the following reasons.
First, we wanted to keep the Lazarus Union apolitical and non-denominational, and what is said there can rise and set standards which the Lazarus Union embraces. Holding this Investiture in Turkey was an important sign, among other things, that peace, reconciliation and charity are important to the Lazarus Union. This was reflected in the individuals who received Honorary Knighthoods, again helping to raise awareness of the Lazarus Union.
Originally it was planned that our Music Corps would support the Investiture ceremony, but unfortunately, for organizational reasons, this wasn’t possible this year. As the alternative, we had individual pieces of music, for the most part played by our Music Corps, taken from a CD and used to highlight “PowerPoint Presentations” of pictures from our work, our Investitures and our activities around the world. The technical execution of these presentations and music was carried out by the professional technicians from “Waterworld” who handled it all extremely well, with virtually no rehearsal the timings worked beautifully. Here again a big compliment and thank you!
The stage of the 1500 seat amphitheater was well prepared and the arrival of the Knights Aspirant and Postulants, with members of the Chapter was impressive.
As guest of honor we welcomed the Mayor of Belek and another three municipalities, Prof. Dr. Ramazan Calik to whom the “Gold Star of the Presidium of the Lazarus Union” was awarded.
After the playing of the Turkish National Anthem in honor of our host country, the Grand Master presented the new National Corps Standard of “CSLI Turkey” to Chief Prefect for Turkey, Chev. Ludwig Brunner.
This was followed by the Officer’s Pledge recited by the Lord Chancellor Chev. Christoph Ptak and all CSLI Turkey Officers present. It should be mentioned that CSLI Turkey already has well over a hundred members and is constantly growing. Caring for the disabled (see past reports) is the main orientation of CSLI Turkey, of which Mayor Prof. Dr. Ramazan Calik is also very supportive.
It must be said also that at Magic Life Resort “Waterworld” requirements for the disabled are particularly well provided for and it offers those with physical disabilities a great holiday experience in beautiful surroundings. The hospitality in Turkey is also more than worth mentioning! Particularly poignant for us is the sadness of the current international circumstances, which could come to damage many years of good relationships and friendships. In our mission points we in the Lazarus Union examined again and again ways to prevent this happening and seize opportunities of which this Investiture in Turkey constitutes a visible sign.
The first high point of the ceremony was the recording of the addition of five Knights Aspirant in the Knighthood of Honour by the presentation of “basic mantles” and the insignia of “Knight / Dame Expectant”. They were:
This was followed by a second high point, the inclusion of:
who were honoured as Knights in the Knighthood of Honour of the Lazarus Union by the taking of the Knight’s promise and presentation of the insignia (sword, mantle and Knight’s insignia) and the (symbolic) accolade by the Grand Master. Our Knight’s Fanfare was played to honour each and every Knight and Dame.
Since Turkey is a Muslim country, the Knighthood of Honour of the Lazarus Union respects this philosophy and the crosses and crossed swords (the sign of the Knighthood of Honour) are instead represented by a crescent and crossed swords. This gesture unites, not divides, as we all were able to experience for ourselves.
Members of the Lazarus Union present from Austria included: Grandmaster Senator H. C. Wolfgang Steinharst with his wife, Chief Prefect Chev. Ludwig Brunner and his wife, Grand Chancellor Chev. Christoph Ptak, Treasurer Dame Monika Gries and CIC CSLI Navy Corps Captain I.R. Chev. Hans-Rudolf Gries.
The following Guiding Officers of the “Turkey Prefecture of Knighthood of Honour of the Lazarus Union” were appointed by the award of Certificates:
General Manager Chev. Ismail Karslioglu appointed Prefect
General Manager Chev. Volkan Sak appointed Chancellor
General Manager Chev. Usar Murat appointed Marshal
The Investiture was terminated with handover of a friendship banner to General Manager Chev. Ismail Karslioglu and the departure of the flags that were on stage and then a small firework display.
It should be strongly emphasized that the Turkish members inducted into the Knighthood of Honour this time were in ratio of 50:50 “men to women”. This is a very rare relationship in and of itself in often “male-dominated knightly associations”. It is a feature of the Lazarus Union (through our laws) but nevertheless a matter of some pride!
We spent an exceptionally nice time with many new friends in Turkey and we were all sad when it came to say farewell. Happily, we are already preparing for the next Investiture in Turkey.
Investiture Turkey 2016
A (personal) report by Hans-Rudolf Gries
A promise is a promise!
Since a long time we discussed to carry out this event. The difficulties are known: our music corps of the Lazarus Union wanted to take part or should take part. The music instruments had been a difficult part of this but our Ambassador Ludwig Brunner found a great solution by negotiating with Turkish Airlines to take 30 kg free luggage on board plus additional free 10 kg, plus free transport of the music instruments. Obviously not many people were ready to make such a great journey but we don’t have to forget that the date was planned at short notice and many people had already planned their holidays etc.
Then we cancelled the whole event. Of course two reasons were the terrorist attacks in Ankara and Istanbul or certain instability. I recognized nothing of this nor did I see any danger when I visited Kemer and Alanya in June. After many meetings between Ludwig and me in which we discussed some scenarios, like life-music or not and who does what and many other things, Monika and I came to the decision to fly to Turkey in any case.
We’ll work it out somehow.
Promised. We were relieved when our Senator Wolfgang Steinhardt and his wife Vera and also our Grand-Chancellor and Vice President Christoph Ptak decided to come with us. On Sunday Ludwig picked us up at the Airport – great service. Also our President and his entourage who arrived on Monday were carried by VIP-bus to the resort TUI Magic Life Waterworld.
Temperature at this day was 35 degrees, even in the evening still 29 degrees; magnificent to sit together and talk. Immediately the details of the investiture were discussed. We agreed to make a rehearsal on Tuesday. On Wednesday the following day the investiture should take place. Although the weather was great the whole time with up to 38 degrees and sunshine – what more do you want – on Tuesday we had thunderstorms – it poured in flow – and so we decided to postpone everything for one day.
Our good mood was gone. On Wednesday the weather was great again, we had our rehearsal with the new bearers of the banner in the amphitheatre. Learning commands, banner to and from salutation and the large greeting of the flag – everybody was amused. We drafted a seat plan and also a plan where for example the swords and the insignias should have their places. I for myself was named to be the bearer of the sword and Monika as assistant to Christoph.
Here I want to concern that all our wishes were fulfilled by Magic Live and its managers and technicians – we were completely satisfied, again many thanks in hindsight.
Thursday – the great day. Almost everybody had a sinking feeling in the stomach because we worried about many things. Whether everything goes without any differences, and whether the technique works. Senator Wolfgang and Ambassador Ludwig were very worried and nervous, Ludwig himself even could not eat anything, he was not hungry and this situation is rare – I know him.
At 7 o’clock p.m. we met at the Turkish restaurant Sofra with all participants. Here the knight coats were handed out to the new knights and dames of honor and the postulants who took them with great pride and a big grin. At 8 o’clock p.m. the marching-in into the theatre should take place but the southern way of living is not so accurate and so we had half an hour delay with the marching-in under the sound of the ”Erzherzog Albrecht March”.
Our Grand-Prefect and Ambassador Ludwig Brunner made the opening speech and the President Senator W. Steinhardt inaugurated the 12th investiture, further conducted by the Grand-Chancellor and Protocol-Officer Christoph Ptak – who did a great job.
As guest of honor we welcomed the Mayor Prof. Dr. Ramazan Calik. Here I don’t want to write about any further details, just the fact that some postulants have been so proud of their coats and that they did not want to release them in the hand-over, haha. Everything was fine and as a big surprise General Manager Ismail Karslioglu presented us the music group of the Janissaries who enriched this celebration with traditional sounds. At the end we all could leave the theatre fully satisfied and we could move on the cozy part.
On Friday we visited the Expo in Antalya which is the highlight of the year 2016 in Turkey. The motto was: The world as guest of friends. This world exhibition will be open for 6 months under the motto “Children und Flowers” and introduces itself to an international audience.
The exhibition is so great that it was impossible to see everything at one single day. First we visited the Congress Centre und some of the pavilions, then the tower with 18 floors which could only be conquered with Turkish money but thank goodness I had some. It was a fantastic view and now it was possible to see how great the area was.
Back on floor I saw a Store Rent the Bike. Go for it! We hired 3 bikes (15 Euro per hour) and we became “racers”.
Now it was easy to explore the exhibition. The coolest guy was Christoph, the most daring one was our Ludwig – you don’t give him credit for it. Anyway it was a big fun for us, exhausted but happy we returned to the hotel.
In the evening there was Ludwig’s birthday party at the restaurant Sofra with grilled Turkish delights and music. It was a little party and as surprise 4 female belly dancers gave their skills to the best and they realized immediately that Wolfgang and the birthday boy were wonderful dancers.
After my little speech the president handed out the birthday gifts and honored him by handing out sash and medal for the first time and now Ludwigs eyes shined and full of pride and emotion Ludwig received all the gifts.
Saturday was the day to chill. Everybody was satisfied and relaxed, we pulled a summary on the things done. Theoretically there are no problems and so we just enjoyed the day.
On Sunday Wolfgang, Vera and Christoph turn back home.
On Monday Monika and Hans-Rudolf finish the holiday and go back home. Flight home with no care. Everything is “roger”!!!
Afterwards: First of all I say “thank you” to our “Uncle Ludwig, the Roi Soleil” for his commitment, then to Magic Life Waterworld and all its employees who made everything to our well-being and who never give rise for any cares that we could come into danger or other inconvenient situations. I know this land for 40 years and each time I was satisfied and despite the prophets of doom we had no worries – we will come back with pleasure. A promise is a promise.
Picture impressions of the Magic Life Waterworld Resort: