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Published 22 January 2020

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From the Grand Master

Brethren, there has been some rain in the past few days bringing relief to some areas, but I urge you to realise that, while this rain helps fighting the fires, it marks the start of our rebuilding efforts. The media will turn its attention to other matters, but we, as Freemasons, will not forget our communities that need help to restore their homes and lives.

I thank the Masonic Charitable Foundation, Freemasons' Hall in London for their amazing pledge to donate the sum of $50,000. An amazing gift from our international brothers. We truly are all of one company.

I have been made aware of masons and others that, while already being severely impacted by the drought, have now been devastated by the fires as well. Wherever possible we will make every attempt to provide some direct relief to those that are suffering.

I know that, as masons we are all working extremely hard to raise funds and provide much needed relief to those that are doing it tough. Again I congratulate you all. I am a proud mason and I am privileged to be in your company.

DeMolay Blacktown Phoenix Chapter

The Blacktown Phoenix Chapter Order of DeMolay together with the Cumberland Chapter of the International Rainbow for Girls have had a Charity BBQ at Blacktown International Sports Centre along with a tree planting fund raising. They will be donating $2,000 to the Grand Master's Disaster Relief Appeal.

Lodge Jose Rizal

Lodge Jose Rizal recently held a management meeting and have pledged $3,000 of it's share from District 25/25a Charity BBQ.

Grand Master in his visit to Braidwood

Grand Master with Pring Reynolds and Thelma Gladys

What a great surprise for RW Bro Pring Reynolds and his wife Thelma when our Grand Master, MW Bro Derek Robson AM, whilst visiting Braidwood, paid them a visit.

Pring will be 94 soon and, in another milestone, will be celebrating 72 years of marriage.

Working Bee for the RFS volunteers

L-R: Bro Ronaldo Pilapil, Bro Jason Washington-King, RW Bro Graham Davies, Bro Louie Sales, W Bro Patrik Nilsson, Bro Mitch Buckley, Bro Steve Apostolou and RW Bro Dr Graeme Moller AM (RGC 4)

Brothers Dean Colwill and Phil Klein have been very busy lately assisting with the current bushfire crisis as volunteer firefighters.

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

The lodges have been made aware that Bro Colwill has been undertaking some landscape renovations and has been unable to complete this work. Brethren from Lodge Ethos and Lodge Gowrie of Canberra attended the home of Bro Colwill last Saturday afternoon to assist in various tasks.

"Thank you for volunteering. It truly affirms my faith in the Freemason principle of charity, and I want you to know I am appreciative of your offer of service. I'm glad we were able to assist our Brother, but also show his wife the type of community that her husband has joined."

Brother Buckley's motivation was to say thank you to those who have done so much for others. With that approach he has also approached the Rural Fire Service to offer similar support to members of the RFS who may not be able to attend to their own homes.

GM helps Braidwood

A large group of Lodge Queanbeyan St Andrew brethren, accompanied by MW Bro Derek Robson AM, paid an impromptu visit to the small country town of Braidwood in order to assist in the financial recovery of the township.

Several members of Lodge of Truth were there to thank the brethren and ladies for their efforts and for their kindness. There are many ways that we can assist our members and the communities affected by the recent disasters, the local shopkeepers were very appreciative and thanked all concerned for their efforts.

Turramurra

VW Bro Brian Samson DGIW D23 recently collected goods at Turramurra Masonic Centre, those goods have already been distributed.

Lodge Warragamba

The Worshipful Master of Lodge Warragamba, W Bro Adrian Wall and brethren from District 26 did a collection of goods during the Christmas and after the new year at Orchard Hills Masonic Centre.

Artarmon

The Board of the Artarmon Hall Company recently approved the following donations:

  • $5,000 to the Grand Master Disaster Relief Appeal;
  • $5,000 to Wires;
  • $5,000 to Country Women's Association for Farmers;
  • $5,000 to A Start in Life (yearly donation).

Lodge Woronora

Lodge Woronora held a fundraising last Friday 17 January in Oatley in support of the Grand Master's Disaster Relief Appeal.

Support the Grand Master's Disaster Relief Appeal

The best way to contribute financially to the Disaster Relief fund is via the Masonicare donate page on masonicare.org.au/donate.

A tax deduction receipt for all donations of $2 or more will be automatically provided to you.

Coming Up

Lodge Blacktown Kildare

Bushfire Charity Gig 6pm, Friday, 31 January at Lava Bistro Grill, Seven Hills. Contact W Bro Jay Tayag on 0404 635 283.

District 37

Haggis Night Disaster Relief Appeal 6:30pm, Saturday 15 February at Yarra Bay Sailing Club, Phillip Bay. Contact VW Bro George Shenouda on 0411 579 009 or RW Bro Sam Young on 0439 622 272.

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