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Grand Master's Newsletter - Freemasons NSW & ACT

Published 18 November 2020

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Derek Robson AM Grand Master

Is it right for me?

There has been much discussion over the past few weeks about the merit of meeting or otherwise.

Please be assured that while some lodges are meeting for a purpose, the majority are not.

There is no obligation on anyone to feel that they need to attend an actual lodge meeting. Sure, we all took an Obligation which in part requires us to attend regularly, but that part is now set aside until we can be confident that a vaccine has had a positive difference to the health of the broader community.

Almost every lodge has a generational mix of members and the age profiles differ immensely. Some of our members are clearly at greater risk of contracting this virus and they should not feel that they are obliged or that they are letting the team down by not offering to physically attend. But remember that it is not just the more mature who might be at risk. The younger brethren who in their normal daily work are freely mixing in the community are clearly at risk of bringing the virus back into our fold and putting all of us and our families at risk.

As your Grand Master, I have already indicated that it would not be my intention to undertake a normal visit to any lodge with the Ceremonial Team, as I do not think it is appropriate that we should cross each-other's boundaries and risk moving the virus about.

Importantly also, please be wary of anyone visiting unannounced from another district. Unless you are sure of where he has been in the past 14 days, and who he might have been associating with, treat him with extreme caution. It is very important that we each take some responsibility and stay safe.

As always, please continue your online meetings for all lodge business, and only attempt face to face meetings with small numbers where necessary.

Please take care of your community, your lodge, and yourself..

Derek Robson AM
Grand Master

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St George Open Day a Success

St George Open Day a Success - St George Brass Band at the St George MC, Bexley

St George Brass Band at the St George MC, Bexley

Lodge St George and St Andrew No 7 which meets in the historic St George Masonic Centre in Bexley held their annual Open Day on Sunday 8 November with over 250 people passing through the Centre.

The lodge teamed up with the St George Masonic Museum Society to present a Spring Fair Open Day in the Bexley Manor Hall in the ground floor. Stalls were set up by the Bexley Chamber of Commerce, Bendigo Bank, St George Historical Society, Kogarah RSL Youth Club, Royal Freemasons' Benevolent Institution, Australian Wildlife Society, cake stall, lolly stall, book stall and other local community groups to raise funds for a new local Educational Scholarship.

The St George Brass Band played brackets of band music on the front lawns to entertain and encourage the members attending the activities. Two local members of parliament Chris Minns MP, Member for Kogarah and Stephen Kamper MP, Member for Rockdale attended and supported the day and unveiled a new War Memorial plaque dedicated to a former high-profile member of the lodge Bro Sir Asher Joel KBE KT AO who died in 1998.

The lodge also launched the new Lodge Educational Scholarship at the local Sydney Technical High School to encourage a great public awareness of Freemasonry.

St George Open Day a Success - L-R: Stephen Kamper MP, Bro Grant Layland, W Bro Wayne Greenwood, RW Bro Sam Young, Chris Minns MP and RW Bro Patrick W Medway AM

L-R: Stephen Kamper MP, Bro Grant Layland, W Bro Wayne Greenwood, RW Bro Sam Young, Chris Minns MP and RW Bro Patrick W Medway AM

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Planting another Jacaranda

Planting another Jacaranda - Team Jacaranda: W Bro Otavio Martins, Bro Thiago Garcia, Bro Gerry Gimenez, Bro Dal Dudalski and Bro Allan da Silva

Team "Jacaranda": W Bro Otavio Martins, Bro Thiago Garcia, Bro Gerry Gimenez, Bro Dal Dudalski and Bro Allan da Silva

Mosman's Lodge Middle Harbour planted another Jacaranda in November. "Team Jacaranda" has become the nickname for the lodge's Brazilian members - on the logic the Jacaranda is another popular import from South America.

In the lodge's current line-up of officers, the IPM, SW, SD, and JD are all "Jacarandas" and in November the lodge's sixth Brazilian - Bro Gerry Gimenez - was initiated.

"Just as the Jacaranda adds colour and lustre to our streetscapes, team Jacaranda has given a real boost to Lodge Middle Harbour," said WM Anthony Sulengkar.

"It is truly international Freemasonry when men from many nations come to Lodge Middle Harbour and find a home among equals.

"This was highlighted at my installation. I was installed as an Indonesian Muslim by a Brazilian Christian, and our lodge brings together many beliefs and nationalities: all existing in brotherhood in the grand design of being happy and communicating happiness.

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Upcoming events

"MM Taylors Ritual - MOP"
Masonic Education Network
Wed, 18 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


"What is Masonic about the Rose and Cross"
Saturday Zoom Room
Masonic Education Network
Sat, 21 November 3pm
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Saturday afternoon meetings run every week with a different topic of discussion.


"Topic to Be Advised"
Masonic Education Network
Wed, 25 November 7pm
Register Now
Every Wednesday a guest lodge takes the centre stage and conducts the presentation on a topic of their choosing


"Topic to Be Advised"
Saturday Zoom Room
Masonic Education Network
Sat, 28 November 3pm
Register Now
Saturday afternoon meetings run every week with a different topic of discussion.


The Masonic Education Network events will stop Saturday 12 December and will return on Wednesday 20 January with a special event featuring an International Guest Speaker.

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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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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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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.

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