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Published 27 August 2020

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Safe Return to Meetings

Brethren,

It has now been almost 6 months since the COVID-19 pandemic forced us into lockdown and there has been much research, work and thought gone into guiding us to a situation where we can, in some ways, meet and live with this insidious disease. While some lodges are now beginning to meet, others are still holding off and common sense is prevailing. Many lodges are making great use of ZOOM meetings and this is to be both encouraged and applauded. Some lodges are now meeting under strict safety guidelines, and I congratulate them on the way they have set the scene for those that may follow.

Brethren, over the next few weeks, we will continue to focus on what our lodges are doing both in the city and in the country. There is no doubt that some lodges will want to return to restricted meetings, while the majority will continue to meet online. Many will want to hold off their meetings for the foreseeable future, but they can still be active through Masonicare within their local community.

I encourage you to send us some photos and information showcasing what your lodge is doing.

Please look after yourself and your family.

Derek Robson AM
Grand Master

Blacktown Kildare

Lodge Blacktown Kildare 393, has held their first face to face meeting in over 6 months, with the work being a 1st Degree Tracing Board and a Passing. Great job and well done to the WM, officers, brethren, and a big congratulations to our newly passed brother.

Six months has been a long time, but this meeting was performed with meaningful ritual in an organised and controlled COVID Safe environment and I urge you all to maintain those standards moving forward.

Middle Harbour

Lodge Middle Harbour 85, has also held their first meeting. This too was conducted in a structured and safe manner, with the brethren re-enforcing the fact that, even in these COVID-19 times, with a solid, well thought out Safety Plan, and a common sense approach, face to face meetings can be carefully and safely enjoyed.

Twin Towns Daylight

Twin Towns Daylight Lodge 436, held their first meeting, with very close attention being paid to our UGL COVID Safe Stage 2 & 3 regulations. This meeting followed a short-structured agenda, with the lodge opening, lodge business, a short lecture and the close. Considering the age demographics and following the UGL advice, the brethren decided against having a South during the current circumstances. The result - all agreed it was great to be back.

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

Fellowcraft Freemasons Q&A
Masonic Education Network
Thu, 27 August 7pm
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Q&A run every Thursday alternating between EAFs and FCFs.


"1st AASR walkthrough"
Lodge France live from Turramurra
Saturday Zoom Room
Masonic Education Network
Sat, 29 August 3pm
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Saturday afternoon meetings run every week with a different topic of discussion.


"Final Charge 1st" continuation
Masonic Education Network
Wed, 2 September 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, 3 September 7pm
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Q&A run every Thursday alternating between EAFs and FCFs.


"TBA"
Saturday Zoom Room
Masonic Education Network
Sat, 5 September 3pm - Master Masons only
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Saturday afternoon meetings run every week with a different topic of discussion.

Are your contact details up to date?

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.

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.

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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Please submit your articles and photographs to news@masons.org.au and make sure you have permission from all mentioned and depicted for their image to be publically published.

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