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Published 16 March 2020

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COVID-19 Urgent Notice

Brethren, the Government is enacting a stricter set of guidelines to contain and manage the Coronavirus - COVID-19, and it is now for us to also take appropriate steps to manage our own circumstances. We must ensure that this virus is contained and not be transmitted across the jurisdiction.

The Public Health Authorities are now recommending that we all keep a social distance from each-other with around a metre to a metre and a half between ourselves. We need to recognise this, along with our no hand shaking, kissing or touching guidelines.

Accordingly, the following guidelines will be in place for at least the next three months.

From today, the Grand Ceremonial Team will not be available to travel to attend your Installation or other Lodge function. We cannot continue to expose this large number of brethren, and their ladies, as surely as one contracts any symptoms, there is too great a risk to the other members of the Team. Also, we should not be exposing any local brethren by bringing the Team members into their area, as there is no guarantee that one or either of them, or indeed the Team member, is not a carrier. Remember, even if you only think you might have the symptoms, it does take time to have the testing process completed, and if you find yourself in this situation, you must self-isolate immediately.

It will be up to the Lodge to consider its own risk factors and conduct or cancel their Lodge meetings, as they see fit, taking note that any further direction from government agencies must prevail.

If a lodge meeting is conducted in a large room where there are few members, good ventilation, and a healthy separation between everyone in attendance, the decision to go ahead rests with the Worshipful Master. If the meeting is in a small, humid environment where members are in close quarters, it should not go ahead. Worshipful Masters should consider the risk factors, and the age profile of the members expected to attend, before proceeding. If there is any doubt, the RGC and/or the DGIW should be consulted.

If the meeting is to be a Lodge Installation, the Lodge should only expect those in the immediate area to attend, with travellers attending at their own discretion, and risk. The Grand Masters Representative will also be appointed from the immediate area, unless otherwise preferred by the nominated Representative. In all cases, the Grand Director of Ceremonies, and any other assistance, will need to be sourced from the local membership.

District and Regional meetings are not to be conducted in this period.

If any Lodge would prefer to cancel their Installation or meeting, a simple email or correspondence to the Grand Secretary is all that is required. The Constitutional Rules setting out the requirement for lodges to meet at particular times will be set aside during this period.

Brethren, please take care, and always be mindful of the health of your family and those around you.

So mote it be.

D15 helping Hunter Cancer Research

Dr Matt Dun (HMRI) and MW Bro Derek Robson AM

The Hunter Freemasons and Masonicare are supporting the Hunter Medical Research Institute.

The money raised will be used to continue Dr Matt Dun's cancer research, specifically targeting diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a terminal brain tumour which normally affects young children.

"District and Regional meetings are not to be conducted in this period."

Grand Secretary Reminders

Board of Management & Grand Officers Applications

Expressions of interest for three positions on the Board of Management close on Wednesday, 01 April. Nominations for Grand Officers close at 4pm on Friday, 01 May.

Annual Financial Statements

There are lodges which have failed to submit their Audit Annual Financial Statements. It is important that all outstanding financial reports are lodged without delay.

Canberra Masons support Lifeline

Lodge Caledonia of Canberra is raising funds to help Lifeline's recent initiative to have more dedicated counsellors.

Lifeline provides great support to those who have been directly affected by the fires and are experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression, PTSD and or have suicidal thoughts.

"If any Lodge would prefer to cancel their Installation or meeting, a simple email or correspondence to the Grand Secretary is all that is required."

More help to those who need it

District 32 makes a donation to the Grand Master's Disaster Relief Fund.

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Thank you from Forster

On behalf of the members of Forster Great Lakes United I would like to thank our RBO VW Bro Bill Krantzcke for his assistance and I would also like to thank our contractors for their great work. We appreciate the efforts of Angelo Sanchez (Building Committee Secretary) and thank him for his understanding and cooperation in dealing with our grant applications. I also thank the Board of Management for their assistance and support.

I believe that without the joint cooperation of all concerned we could not have achieved the results which now place the Forster Masonic Centre in a good position to prosper well into the future.

VW Bro Robert McCallum PDGIW

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.

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?

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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.

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