Published 29 April 2020

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From the Grand Master

Brethren, there is no doubt that these are challenging times. But it is in the face of adversity that we surprise ourselves and rise up.

At the end of this, we will return to a different world than we had before and Freemasonry will probably change too. Change is good. I ask you to see the glass half full, to accept the challenge and to see the opportunities.

We always knew that the key to retention of our members is a good and healthy variety and quality of content. It is imperative our masonic events are memorable and exciting.

Online and virtual gatherings must also have a good variety of topics. I congratulate the Masonic Education Network on putting on several meetings a week with a diversity range of topics and welcome other districts and lodges who are also using their creativity, staying connected and keeping their Freemasonry flame alive.

So mote it be

Region 4 adopts video conferencing for a variety of events

In times of social distancing, Region 4 remains very well connected. Brethren from Lodge Cowra to Yass Lodge of Concord and from Lodge Federal United to Lodge Wagga Wagga have rapidly taken up video conferencing for lodge business meetings and educational events.

This form of presentation has assisted brethren to meet in this new environment and to conduct lodge administrative functions and, importantly, to check on the health and well being of all brethren and their families.

The technology has proven to be relatively easy to use and has seen masons of all ages participate and benefit from its use.

Masonic Education Network streaming live to Facebook

The Masonic Education Network continues to reach a larger audience every meeting and now is live streaming some of its meetings to Facebook.

The objective is to make it more inclusive for all masons and easier for all to participate.

The meetings live streamed to Facebook are the Saturday "Zoom Room" and Monday "North@Night". The Wednesday and Thursday meetings remain restricted to Zoom only.

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Masonic Education Network:
Facebook - MasonicEduNetDiscord - discord.gg/E3ZYbuy

Finley woman thanks Freemasons

L-R: Laurie Walsh, Coral Martin, Phil Wilkinson

Members of Lodge Riverina Thompson have come up with a novel way of assisting members in the community needing mobility assistance. They refurbish motorised 'scooters' for temporary use of members of the community who need that form of assistance when recovering from falls, or other events, which temporarily limit their mobility.

Once recovered the scooters are returned, refurbished, and used for the next member in need.

Earlier this year, RW Bro Laurie Walsh and W Bro Phil Wilkinson were able to provide such an assistance to Ms Coral Martin from Finlay who had had a number of falls and could not get up and walk properly and was otherwise housebound.

The scooter was hers to use as long as she needed it and once fully recovered it would then be picked up and handed to the next person in need.

Upcoming events

"NSW Ritual History - Understanding whence we came to determine whither our course"
Masonic Education Network
guest lodge: Lodge John Williams 148
Wed, 29 April 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, 30 April 7pm
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Q&A run every Thursday alternating between EAFs and FCFs.


"Reflections on Masonic Aprons"
Masonic Education Network
Sat, 02 May 3pm
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Saturday afternoon meetings run every week with a different topic of discussion.


"North@Night"
Live Stream to MEN Facebook Page with W Bro Jerry Madulid
Masonic Education Network
Mon, 04 May 7pm
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Fun and entertaining interactive night held every Monday night.


Masonic Education Network
guest lodge: TBA
Wed, 06 May 7pm
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Every Wednesday a guest lodge takes the centre stage and conducts the presentation on a topic of their choosing

Young Burrangong continued community support

Young High School

Lodge Young Burrangong has a long and proud history supporting a variety of local charities, community groups and educational institutions as well as the Grand Master's Disaster Relief Appeal and A Start in Life.

The lodge has given an annual donation towards scholarships at Hennessy Catholic College and an annual 'Dux of School' prize to Young High School.

The Young District Hospital Auxiliary as well as the Mercy Care auxiliary received donations as did the Cherry Capital Collectors Club (a Club mainly dealing with antique engines and tractors).

Over the year, Lodge Young Burrangong has so far donated $8,455 to these organisations - a great example of support to the local community across a range of organisations.

June Grand Communication

Due to the current imposed restrictions and to preserve the health and well being of the brethren the Grand Master has postponed the June Grand Communication as per Clauses 4.1 and 4.2 of the Book of Constitutions.

Masonic Quiz no 2 Answers

Question 1: Constitutions Clause 17.3.2

Question 2: Codification of Decisions of the Ritual Committee 11.5

Question 3: Membership Application form item 4C

Question 4: Lodge By-Laws

Question 5: Ceremony of First Degree ritual book. "Ceremony of Initiation"

Question 6: First Degree examination card

Question 7: Ceremony of First Degree ritual book - "Closing a Lodge"

Question 8: Ceremony of First Degree ritual book. "First Tracing Board"

Question 9: Codification of Decisions of the Ritual Committee 14.7

Question 10: Ceremony of First Degree ritual book - "Closing a Lodge"

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