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Published 26 March 2020

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Staying Connected

Brethren, as we continue to adapt to a new routine and way of life it is important we remain positive.

As Freemasons we are to lead by example and support our communities anyway we can. Our masonic duties don't end when we leave the lodge room and now, more then ever, we need to put our principles to use.

Please listen and adhere to the announcements from our governments and remain positive. Together we can make a difference and this is exactly what we will strive to do.

I hope this newsletter and some new content on our website will help us all remain connected. Right now, the GM's Task Team and the BoM are working hard to make this content available as soon as possible. But it is also important that we hear from you. Send us your stories and remain connected.

So mote it be.

Yass Lodge of Concord Virtually Unstoppable

The Yass Lodge of Concord held a virtual business meeting using "Zoom" last Wednesday 25 March.

These meetings are the most innovative and exciting step forward in embracing technology in the Craft. The meeting involved brethren from across the whole jurisdiction.

This event establishes an initial, yet very convincing, first step in creating an agile solution and capability that our lodges may choose to replicate, or use as a baseline model to help mitigate many of the current COVID-19 challenges including: maintaining continuity, inclusion, sustainment, safety and duty of care.

Clearly we look forward to news of other lodges and masonic groups holding similar meetings. This is the kind of innovation that sees us lead the way during these challenging times.

Connecting With Culture

W Bro Jason Edwards presenting the didgeridoo to Parramatta City Daylight Lodge

Mental Health is a big concern that affects many within our communities.

W Bro Jason Edwards has recently presented a personalised didgeridoo to Parramatta City Daylight Lodge. The instrument carries much symbolism representing his journey in Freemasonry and how it helps him to overcome depression and anxiety.

Bro Jason joined the Guriguba-Ngurra Mens Shed at the Werin Aboriginal Corporation in Port Macquarie. It is run by Koori Uncle Steve Donovan, a teacher, mentor and elder who has provided Bro Jason encouragement and guidance in his culture, but most importantly, the tools to get on with life and make a new start.

After being initiated at Port Macquarie Daylight Lodge, Bro Jason joined and was installed at Parramatta City Daylight Lodge.

Bro Jason draws a strong connection between his Koori culture and Parramatta which commonly translated as 'the place where the eels lie down'.

Looking back, Bro Jason also remembers how his mother lodge has always been there working with him to come to this new enlightenment which has always been ever present.

Freemasonry for Mental Health

Harden Murrumburrah comes to the rescue

RW Bro Geoff Bunn presenting the cheque to the MW Grand Master Derek Robson AM

On behalf of the brethren of Lodge Federal United and the community of Harden Murrumburrah, RW Bro Geoff Bunn presented a cheque to the Grand Master as a donation to the Disaster Relief Fund.

It is great to see these funds distributed to those in need, such as a B-double loaded with hay to help fire and drought affected landholders in the Braidwood district.

Books to the school library

W Bro Andrew Kfoury, a pupil and Mr David Day

Woodport Public School at Erina, Central Coast was the recipient of a donation from Lodge Saratoga to purchase books for their Library.

The presentation was done by W Bro Andrew Kfoury on 6 December 2019.

'Freemasons are proud to support our local schools and provide money that will contribute to greater learning opportunities for our children' said W Bro Kfoury.

'The donation by the Freemasons will provide new books to the library that will enhance the reading development of all our students and we thank Lodge Saratoga for their kind donation' said Woodport Public School Assistant Principal Mr David Day.

The Freemasons on the Central Coast have a long tradition of fund raising for the benefit of the local community and support many worthwhile organisations.

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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