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Grand Master's Newsletter - Freemasons NSW & ACT

Published 28 October 2020

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Brethren - Are We There Yet?

Derek Robson AM Grand Master

There is no doubt that we are making some serious advances.

I am pleased to see that the majority of our lodges have now completed their 3 Stage (return to lodge) documentation and, while some are still holding off meeting at this stage, some are now slowly returning to highly modified COVID Safe meetings. Even if your lodge is not planning to meet just yet, I encourage you all to work with your building owner to complete the 3 Stage process in preparation for a return to face to face meetings at an appropriate time.

It also pleases me to report that our proposed technology improvements are now well under way. Over the next few weeks, the Board of Management, the Grand Treasurer, Finance and Audit Committee and others will be assisting the Deputy Grand Secretary in preparing and trialling many new improvements that are currently being made to our outdated iMIS system. This improved system will be of enormous benefit to our Grand Secretariat, and it will take our administrative practices to a whole new level. Once completed, we will have access to much faster and more up to date interactive reporting systems that will assist us greatly with membership, buildings, RGC and DGIW reports, etc. Lodge officers will have access to their own event management systems, online product sales, online training videos, provision of certificates, and much more.

Brethren, these improvements are exciting, and they will benefit all masons. I congratulate all those involved with this project and I look forward to its launch in the very near future.

These are exciting times Brethren, and we are well on the way.

Take care.

Derek Robson AM
Grand Master

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Fancy a swim to Rottnest Island to support cancer patients?

Fancy a swim to Rottnest Island to support cancer patients? - L-R: RW Bro Gary Chandler, Carmel Robertson, RW Bro Phil Robertson,
RW Bro Doug McCumstie, W Bro Joe Roach, Rebecca Price.

L-R: RW Bro Gary Chandler, Carmel Robertson, RW Bro Phil Robertson, RW Bro Doug McCumstie, W Bro Joe Roach, Rebecca Price.

CANDO Cancer Trust in association with Coffs Coast Freemasons held the annual Rottnest Island Charity Relay swim at the Coffs Harbour swimming pool.

The purpose was to swim the equivalent distance from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island. This is a distance of 19.7 KM, which is an annual event in Western Australia.

All money raised in the Coffs Harbour swim goes to the CANDO Cancer Trust to help out local people who are being treated for cancer.

Total amount raised on the day was $8,500.00 which included an interACTION Grant from Masonicare.

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Charity is back in Harden

Charity is back in Harden

L-R: Maree, "Teddy" and W Bro Graham (Yogi) Elliot, one very happy ticket buyer, Gael Knox, MW Bro Derek Robson AM, Helen George, W Bro Ken Donoghue.
Seated: Bro Wolf De Faux
Hidden and busily writing tickets: W Bro Tim O'Keeffe.
Photo by Bro John McAvoy.

The easing of COVID-19 restrictions has enabled the brethren of Lodge Federal United to return to their fundraising.

The lodge traditionally holds raffles in Neal St, Harden four times each year, these raffles are well supported by the local community with funds raised returned to the local community through targeting local projects. The raffle prize was a kettle BBQ and $100 meat voucher donated by Cooper's Choice Cuts Butchery. A total of $526 was raised and added to the lodge's charity fund.

The brethren welcomed the MW Grand Master, Derek Robson AM and his partner, Gael Knox who spent several hours supporting the brethren in promoting the work of the Freemasons in general and Harden in particular.

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Extension of Deadline

Freemason Fotos - See the light through the craft

The Freemason magazine is all about being fair. The COVID-19 situation has affected the postal service and a large proportion of magazines were received later than usual. This resulted in a short time frame to submit Stage 1 entries of their photo competition.

The deadline for Stage 1 will be the same as for Stage 2: 15 January 2021. This will give everyone a little more time to be creative.

The deadline for Stage 3 remains 15 April 2021.

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Upcoming events

"1st Tracing Board" continuation
Masonic Education Network
Wed, 28 October 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, 29 October 7pm
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Q&A run every Thursday alternating between EAFs and FCFs.


"What is Speculative Masonry?"
Saturday Zoom Room
Masonic Education Network
Sat, 31 October 3pm
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Saturday afternoon meetings run every week with a different topic of discussion.


"1st Degree Catechism" discussion
Masonic Education Network
Wed, 04 November 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, 05 November 7pm
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Q&A run every Thursday alternating between EAFs and FCFs.

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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.

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

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