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Published 27 May 2020

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Staying Connected

Brethren, the NSW government has announced a few changes to the current restrictions to take effect on 1 June 2020.

These changes include the opening of museums, galleries and libraries under certain conditions and our Museum of Freemasonry will reopen next Monday.

It has also been announced that pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants can have up to 50 customers. This rule does not apply to our meetings or even south events.

It is my wish and desire to return to lodge as soon as possible, but we must observe all restrictions carefully and, above all, consider the safety of our brethren and their families.

Many lodges are taking advantage of the current conditions and hosting very interesting online events. Some of these are featured in this newsletter.

As you are aware, we are working on guidelines for lodges to follow when lodge meetings are allowed again. This Wednesday I will be expanding on this topic on the presentation "Turning the current restrictions into Advantages" which will be hosted online by Lodge Wahroonga.

So mote it be

Turning the current restrictions into Advantages

Tonight, Lodge Wahroonga will be hosting a Masonic Business Meeting and I am honoured to be the guest speaker.

In this presentation I intend not only to highlight how we can take advantage of the current scenario, but also shed light on the process ahead that will lead us to Freemasonry post pandemic.

The meeting will be conducted via Zoom and brethren will have to email the link below to request an invitation prior to attending the meeting.

Turning the current restrictions into Advantages
by MW Bro Derek Robson AM
Wed 27 May 2020 7pm
Email link to request invitation

BoM provides LED Square & Compasses

RW Bro Bruce Arnol and RW Bro John Jacobson presenting an LED Square and Compasses to the Macksville Masonic Centre.

The Board of Management has been very active and continues to support the jurisdiction in many ways.

Members of the Grand Master's Task Team recently went on a road trip delivering LED Square & Compasses, Freemason Flags and advertising banners to various Masonic Centres. Macksville, Forster Masonic Centre, Cessnock, Maitland, Kensington and many others are now benefiting greatly from these efforts.

Simple advertising material greatly enhances Freemasonry's profile within each local community. It reflects a sense of enthusiasm, excitement and pride while at the same time projecting a positive image to the community.

I congratulate all involved.

RW Bro Les Hicks
Chairman Board of Management

Museum of Freemasonry Reopening

The Museum of Freemasonry will reopen from Monday 1 June.

Conditions of opening are quite strict at this stage and only pre booked guided tours of no more than 10 people are allowed.

When the number of visitors allowed in museums increases, conditions will be adjusted accordingly.

Bookings can be made via email at

Observant Masonry

In a special event the Masonic Education Network will feature the renowned masonic author Andrew Hammer presenting direct from Washington DC on Wednesday 3 June 2020.

Observant Masonry is based on the principle that brothers must know, study, and communicate the intentions of our historical founders, so that our lodges can do the best Masonry they can manage to do, in accordance with what is permitted in their respective jurisdictions. Simply put, this is not some other kind of Masonry; it is our own Masonry as it was intended to be.

Bro Andrew Hammer
Andrew Hammer is author of Observing the Craft: The Pursuit of Excellence in Masonic Labour and Observance.

Andrew is the founding Master of Alba Lodge No 222, in Washington, DC, and the Deputy Grand Lecturer of the Grand Lodge F.A.A.M. of the District of Columbia. He is President of the Masonic Restoration Foundation, a Fellow of the Philalethes Society, and a Fellow of the Masonic Society. He is a published member of the Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle.

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Expanding the Horizons

This Thursday, lodge Horizons will be having a meeting via ZOOM and the topics are not to be missed.

Ancient Masonry by W Bro Robert Jurukovski from The Lodge Of Tranquillity.
As an experienced architect Robert will be sharing insights on masonic symbolism in stone masonry.

MacBride Ritual by W Bro John Brash. John will be joining us from Scotland to speak about the Scottish MacBride Ritual written by Bro Andrew Sommerville MacBride in 1870.

All brethren are welcome to join in before 7pm on Thursday 28 May.

Zoom meeting link

Hosting a zoom meeting?

If you are hosting an online meeting and want to invite other brethren, send the meeting link to and we will publish it in the next GM's Newsletter.

Upcoming events

"Turning the current restrictions into Advantages"
guest speaker: Grand Master, MW Bro Derek Robson AM
Lodge Wahroonga - District 23
Wed, 27 May 7pm
Email link to request invitation

"Sectional Lectures"
Masonic Education Network
guest lodge: The Sir Walter Scott Lodge 123
Wed, 27 May 7pm
Register Now
Every Wednesday a guest lodge takes the centre stage and conducts the presentation on a topic of their choosing

"Ancient Masonry"
guest speaker: W Bro Robert Jurukovski
"MacBride Ritual"
guest speaker: W Bro John Brash
Lodge Horizons
Thu, 28 May 7pm
Zoom meeting link

Entered Apprentice Freemasons Q&A
Masonic Education Network
Thu, 28 May 7pm
Register Now
Q&A run every Thursday alternating between EAFs and FCFs.

"Masonry in the Philippines - Saturday Zoom Room"
Masonic Education Network
Sat, 30 May 3pm
Register Now
Saturday afternoon meetings run every week with a different topic of discussion.

Live Stream to MEN Facebook Page with WBro Jerry Madulid
Masonic Education Network
Mon, 1 June 9:30pm
Register Now

Museum of Freemasonry reopens for controlled tours
Mon, 1 June
Email booking request

"Observant Masonry"
guest speaker: Bro Andrew Hammer
Masonic Education Network
Wed, 3 June 7pm
Register Now

Fellowcraft Freemasons Q&A
Masonic Education Network
Thu, 4 June 7pm
Register Now
Q&A run every Thursday alternating between EAFs and FCFs.

"Saturday Zoom Room"
Masonic Education Network
Sat, 6 June 3pm
Register Now
Saturday afternoon meetings run every week with a different topic of discussion.

Masonic Quiz no 4 Answers

Question 1: Constitutions Clause 17.17

Question 2: Latest version of the ritual books

Question 3: Codification of Decisions of the Ritual Committee 2.5

Question 4: Ceremony of First Degree

Question 5: Codification of Decisions of the Ritual Committee 1.10

Question 6: Codification of Decisions of the Ritual Committee 31.4 and 34.7

Question 7: Codification of Decisions of the Ritual Committee 3.3

Question 8: Quality South & Festive Board page 3

Question 9: Ceremony of First Degree "Opening a Lodge" rubrics

Question 10: Ceremony of First Degree ritual book - "Glossary"

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