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Published 15 January 2020

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From the Grand Master

Brethren, in the last edition of the Grand Master's Newsletter we outlined the Bushfire and Drought Relief and the Grand Master's Disaster Relief Appeal. I would like to congratulate all Freemasons who have already taken action and contributed to this important cause.

But our job isn't yet done. We need more donations and we need to make our presence felt on the ground. Many lodges have taken the initiative in different ways and I urge others to do the same. In this Newsletter there are good examples of what is being done and I encourage you and your lodge to do what you can to help those who need assistance.

To contribute financially, the best way is the Masonicare donate page on masonicare.org.au/donate

As always, it is my hope that this Newsletter can be used by the Lodge Secretary as an insert to your regular Notice Paper. I remind you that the best way to print the email Newsletter is to click on the 'Download print version' button on the bottom of the email.

Lodge Cessnock

Lodge Cessnock has kindly donated $1,500 to the GM's Disaster Relief Appeal. They have also held a meeting and formed a committee to organise more assistance.

Braidwood Masonic Centre

Lodge Queanbeyan St Andrew

Lodge Queanbeyan St Andrew opened their doors to provide relief for travellers and fire personal. They also held a meeting and formed a committee to organise more assistance for the GM's Disaster Relief Appeal. These are some of their initiatives:

  • Queanbeyan Masonic Centre (QMC) was opened over the weekend as an emergency respite centre. Drinks and food were put on for evacuees and firefighters. This was also extended to locals and those in the evacuation centre who didn't have air conditioning and needed a place to get out of the heat.
  • Members of the lodge reached out to the local council, Blazeaid and non profit organisations such as Vinnies and Red Cross to offer the lodge building as a distribution, staging and coordination point and source of temporary storage for donations should it be required if their current facilities were not able to cope.
  • Lodge members visited the Queanbeyan showgrounds to offer support for evacuees that have made camp there.
  • The lodge has also formed a plan to source its meals for the year (whenever possible) from the local towns, such as Braidwood, to enable commerce to be injected back into towns impacted not only by fire but also to support those who have lost substantial business through reduction of travellers passing through the town.
  • The lodge has made an event to go out to Braidwood on Saturday, 18 January with lodge members and community members to go shopping in the town and inject some of the lost business back into the town.
  • Lastly, the lodge is in the process of putting on a disaster relief variety show in Queanbeyan to support local response charities with the help of Dramatic Productions.

Wagga Wagga Masonic Centre

Lodge Wagga Wagga

Great night at Lodge Wagga Wagga Tuesday, 7 January where a goodly number of brethren from far and wide witnessed W Bro Owen Sandry raise his son Kristofor to the rank of Master Mason.

While visiting Lodge Wagga Wagga, the WM of Lodge Bland W Bro Ron Cooper and his Secretary RW Bro John Scascighini took the opportunity of presenting the Grand Master MW Bro Derek Robson AM with a cheque from the West Wyalong Lodge to help kick off his Disaster Relief Fund Appeal. Lodge Bland has further committed to donating the proceeds of this year's West Wyalong Masonic Debutante Ball in May to this fund. As well as the Lodge's contributions, individuals are also donating directly into the fund. There is a lot to be done but we are up for it!

Yarra Bay Sailing Club

District 37

District 37 will conduct a Scottish Haggis night at the Yarra Bay Sailing Cub on Saturday, 15 February at 6.30pm with proceeds going to the Grand Master's Disaster Relief Appeal. Contact RW Bro Sam Young for more details on 0439 622 272 or George Shenouda on 0411 579 009.

Lodge Ethos & Lodge Gowrie of Canberra

Lodge Ethos and Lodge Gowrie of Canberra are pulling together some working bees to support two of their brethren that have been out there fighting fires by undertaking work around their respective homes which they haven't been able to do themselves due to their fire fighting duties.

Send Your Story

Do you know of an interesting story? Has your lodge done something special? How about that recent fundraising, social activity you organised or visit from the Grand Master? Why not share it?

If you have something to tell, write a paragraph or two, add a good large photograph and send it to news@masons.org.au.

Your article will be considered for this newsletter, the next Freemason magazine and might even feature in our official facebook page. Just make sure you have permission from all mentioned and depicted for their image to be publicly published.

As Grand Master and as a mason I am truly humbled but not at all surprised at the wonderful assistance already being provided to our local communities by so many masons within our jurisdiction. What we are witnessing is something very special, it truly is FREEMASONRY at its best!

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