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Published 02 April 2020

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From the Grand Master

Brethren, last week, Yass Lodge of Concord held an online meeting and we know several other lodges or masonic groups are staying connected with the aid of technology.

In these challenging times it is crucial that we remain connected and keep the flame of Freemasonry well lit in our hearts and minds. To assist you, the Board of Management has produced the Procedures for Digital Lodge Business Meetings and Additional Guidelines document. I recommend that you download it and use it as a guide to your next online meeting

Brethren, these difficult times require us to be vigilant. I recommend that you follow the instructions from our governments and stay at home as I have done. This is a tough period, but, if we all do our part, we can and we will see the end of this. United we will prevail.

So mote it be.

How to create an account and host a Zoom meeting

By now you have probably heard about online platforms where groups can meet. Here is a quick basic tutorial on how to create a free Zoom account and host your first meeting.

Create a Host account

1 - visit zoom.us and enter your email address.

2 - click on the email link to activate your account.

3 - you will be taken back to zoom to create your account.

Your free account will allow you to host unlimited 40 minutes meetings up to 100 participants.
You don't need a Host account to participate and join a meeting.

Host a meeting

1 - Login to your Host account and click on Host a Meeting.

2 - Install (if prompted) and open the zoom.us.app

3 - Allow access to your computer camera and microphone and invite your participants.
You can also copy your meeting invitation and share it with your guests.
On the right hand side you can manage all participants.

Freemasons supporting Central Coast Kids

Freemasons on the Central Coast together with Central Coast Bulldogs presented cheques to Central Coast Kids In Need (CCKIN) and Save Our Kids From Suicide (SOKS) on Friday 6 March at the Wallarah Bay Recreation Club.

This follows the successful fundraising event on Saturday 16 November 2019 attended by over 130 guests at the Wyong Leagues Club.

The event organised by Freemasons on the Central Coast together with Central Coast Bulldogs (Masters Team) and Gosford North Rotary raised the funds to support Central Coast Kids in Need (CCKIN) and Save Our Kids From Suicide (SOKS). The organisers were supported by Masonicare who added to the funds raised.

These are two well-known local charities and both provide an enormous contribution to the welfare of youth and their families on the Central Coast.

The event was hosted by well-known local radio personality, Sarah King. A live auction was conducted by local identity, Rod Amos with many items, including a variety of raffle prizes, being donated by generous donors. The Jamie Lindsay Band provided live music.

During the evening, guests heard from a young couple who had been the beneficiary of assistance from CCKIN following the premature birth of their child. CCKIN put them up in accommodation near the Prince of Wales Children's Hospital during the entire period their baby was receiving intensive care. Distance limitations meant that Government Health Care financial assistance would not cover these costs.

Guests also heard from Gosford North Rotary about the work the SOKS program and Lifeline were providing to youth on the Central Coast in preventative suicide education. The Committee was extremely grateful to the Wyong Leagues Club for providing the venue and assistance with artwork and programming.

In a postscript to the event, a young boy from the Coast who is receiving treatment for cancer donated a signed Socceroos jersey as an auction item for the event. As it happened the Wyong Leagues Club made the successful bid for the Jersey. As the ultimate act of generosity, the Club had the Jersey framed and donated it back to the young boy. Following its success, the Committee has agreed to host another event at the Wyong Leagues club on Saturday 12 September 2020.

Procedures for Digital Lodge Business Meetings and Additional Guidelines

When lodges are unable to meet in person, they may choose to hold Digital Lodge Business meetings to maintain fellowship and strengthen the bonds of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.

To support lodges and guide them in these meetings, the Board of Management has prepared a concise manual and some guidelines.

Please follow this link to download the new document from Resources/UGL Publications at the Members Area of the Grand Lodge website.

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.

How are you and your lodge staying connected?

Write a paragraph or two, add a good large photograph and send it to news@masons.org.au.

Your story 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.

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