Sucess Stories

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value”

– Albert Einstein, Freemason

Ray Sutton – Jonadab Lodge

Meet Bro. Ray Sutton of the Jonadab Lodge. A Freemason of over fifty years’ standing, he has been integral to his Lodge, his community and Freemasons Victoria, playing a key role to digitise and streamline the Lodge Secretary tasks and processes. We are proud today to celebrate his contribution to his community, his Lodge and Freemasons Victoria.

“On the administration – one must be quite dedicated, and I am that. Dedicated to being a Freemason and making the Lodge run efficiently.”

WBro. Ray Sutton PJGD joined the Latrobe Lodge (in the Latrobe Valley) in May 1965.

A local country church ‘Elder’ and a couple of work colleagues at the State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SECV) ECV in Yallourn inspired Ray to become a Freemason.  Ray admits to having a great deal of respect for these men, and saw that they were pillars in the local society.

It wasn’t until he moved to the city and started working at Stanley Tools that a work colleague made it known to him that he was also a Freemason and invited him along to Jonadab Lodge with him.

On his initiation night, Ray discovered a further fifteen of his friends and work colleagues were also in the Fraternity, and this helped to solidify his reasoning for joining this society of men.

A constantly active member at Jonadab Lodge, Ray became Master in 1989, Treasurer in 1991 (an office which he held for 14 years), Master again in 2005, and in 2006 took on his current role as Secretary of Jonadab Lodge.

When Ray Sutton first became Secretary of his lodge he was spending around 2 days a week on Lodge work. Most of the documentation was hand-written and memberships were processed manually which took up a lot of unnecessary time and effort.  Spending his last 15 years of working life as an IT administration officer, Ray computerised all hand-written documentation and was successful in proving how time effective this was, cutting his 2 days’ secretarial work per week to around 2 days per month!

Ray is responsible for over 50 computerised Secretarial checklists and templates, some of which are associated with; Lodge Room Preparation, Attendance, Salesforce LMR, Standard Monthly Tasks, Minutes, Summons, Meeting Running Sheet, Ritual Work Allocated and Performed, Member Record Sheet, Member Outstanding Dues, Installation Info and more.

These documents help streamline the Lodge secretarial process, and provide assistance to PGPC members as necessary when dealing with the business of the Lodge under the direction of the Master.

“On the administration – one must be quite dedicated, and I am that.  Dedicated to be a Freemason and making the Lodge run efficiently”.

Ray has proven to not only be a dedicated Freemason and Secretary of his Lodge but actively involved as voluntary General Manager for 9 years at the Australian Jazz Museum in Wantirna, formally known as The Victorian Jazz Archive.

“My wife and I have always had a passion for jazz music” said Ray, and it was shortly after his retirement at the end of 2003 that he decided to contribute his time to the Australian Jazz community.

Ray was able to apply his skills in IT to change the way in which The Australian Jazz Museum managed much of its business including membership, and backing up all important hand-written information to a self-sufficient digital space.

Furthermore, he has involved himself in many charity events, particularly the ‘Treasured Babies’ Program, where, in 2016, he helped the Lodge to raise $2,200 for the charity.

An inspirational Freemason that we are proud to have as an integral member of our organisation.