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Published 12 August 2020

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Prioritise Safety

Brethren,

While some lodges have completed Stage 3 and may now decide to consider meeting under strict Stage 1 and Stage 2 COVID-19 guidelines, the 1 person per four square metre rule continues to be the accepted measure to reduce the risk of infection. Please continue listening to the advice from our health experts and government authorities on the most effective ways to keep us all safe. The pandemic is not over, the virus will be a part of our lives for quite some time, and we must all play our part in reducing the risk of further outbreaks.

We are regularly hearing that physical distancing measures, good hand hygiene and, most importantly, staying at home if we are unwell are the main points for us to consider. It now seems that the fourth line of defence is face masks - particularly for those who are unable to physically distance in their daily activities. We must now be ready for a time when the Chief Health Officer may recommend the wearing of face masks at all gatherings and I encourage your support.

Rest assured, myself and the Board of Management will continue to provide regular advice aimed at protecting our brethren and their families from the devastating impacts of this virus. Brethren, you and your loved ones are our number one priority.

For those lodges who have completed Stage 3, it is now open for you to consider how you might best return to some form of meetings with your brethren. If you have a candidate and you wish to commence his progress you may consider it appropriate to have a small meeting, with appropriate distancing. For all other reasons you may consider it best to continue with Zoom or small social gatherings. Effectively any decision will need the support of your Masonic Centre Management Team in the first instance and then the support of the brethren of your lodge. We accept that many lodges may choose to delay any return, and this is quite acceptable. All our efforts have involved the Board of Management, and I thank them for their contribution.

Brethren, I thank you all for your understanding and assistance in getting to this stage, clearly, we will be operating under strict Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3 guidelines for many months to come.

Derek Robson AM
Grand Master

From the Chairman

Brethren, well done to those lodges that have already attained Stage 3 certification, much work has been done by all of us and we now see our hard work paying off, but please be mindful of the Grand Master's message and look after each other if you are considering having any kind of meeting.

Brethren, the Board of Management has begun a much needed, high end upgrade of the Membership Database Reporting System. Our aim is to reduce the reporting workload placed on our lodge secretaries and treasurers by streamlining our reporting systems and giving them more transparency and control. This project will be driven by our Board of Management, the Grand Treasurer and the Deputy Grand Secretary and I am pleased to say that this process has already commenced. The new upgrade will provide all facets of the organisation with access to precise and detailed reporting, giving us accurate information that will streamline the organisation and benefit us all moving forward.

We will keep you all well informed of the progress and benefits of this much needed project in future editions of this newsletter and I thank all those involved for their ongoing assistance. I especially thank our Grand Master for his great support over the past few difficult and challenging months and for allowing us to use this wonderful form of communication to keep Freemasons well informed during our isolation.

Look after yourselves.

Les Hicks
Chairman BoM

Cooma Masonic Centre

STAGE 1 - PREPARE THE BUILDING

All Masonic Centres are required to register as a COVID Safe business and prepare the building in accordance with steps that will be provided to them by the Grand Secretary.

NOTE: Once all buildings have been prepared we can then move on to Stage 2.

STAGE 2 - PREPARE YOUR LODGE

Once all Masonic Centres have completed Stage 1 it will then be necessary for each lodge to prepare their meeting place (lodge room) in accordance with further steps provided to them by the Grand Secretary.

NOTE: When lodges have completed Stage 2 and following further directions from the Government Health Authorities we can then move on to Stage 3.

STAGE 3 - RETURN TO LODGE

Once lodges have completed Stage 2 requirements and after ensuring we comply with all regulations directed by the authorities, the Grand Secretary will advise those lodges that they may consider their return.

NOTE: The Grand Secretary will provide further advice on any meeting restrictions that may apply as a result of further directions from the Government Health Authorities.

Upcoming events

"Lodge Antiquity - 200th Anniversary"
Presented by: Bro Paul Wilson
Masonic Education Network
Wed, 12 August 7pm
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Every Wednesday a guest lodge takes the centre stage and conducts the presentation on a topic of their choosing


Fellowcraft Freemasons Q&A
Masonic Education Network
Thu, 13 August 7pm
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Q&A run every Thursday alternating between EAFs and FCFs.


"What is Initiation?"
Saturday Zoom Room
Masonic Education Network
Sat, 15 August 3pm
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Saturday afternoon meetings run every week with a different topic of discussion.


"TBA"
Masonic Education Network
Wed, 19 August 7pm
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Every Wednesday a guest lodge takes the centre stage and conducts the presentation on a topic of their choosing


Entered Apprentice Freemasons Q&A
Masonic Education Network
Thu, 20 August 7pm
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Q&A run every Thursday alternating between EAFs and FCFs.

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To continue to receive the Freemason magazine, emails and invitations to online meetings it is important your contact details are up to date.

Please update your details on the Grand Lodge website or with your lodge secretary and urge your fellow brethren to do the same.

How is your lodge staying connected?

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

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Hosting a zoom meeting?

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

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