Message from MWBro. Don Reynolds Grand Master
Mya and I wish to thank Peter and Maike Shellie and their team, for a great night at SEAVIC Lodge last Friday. An interesting lodge meeting preceded the Christmas function in the Great Gatsby style.
On Saturday, the members of Sturt-Buninyong Lodge hosted a gathering at which I was honoured to present a sixty-year jewel to MWor Bro Bruce Bartrop PGM and assisted him in the presentation to VWor Bro David Pratt PGIWks of his sixty-year jewel. Mya and I were once again well looked after by the brethren and ladies of the west. To read the whole story and see more, Click HERE.
On Wednesday, the Grand Secretary and I attended Marysville Primary School and on Thursday morning to the Strathewyn Primary School to present scholarships to students as part of a commitment by Freemasons following the devastating bushfires of 2009. These scholarships are supported by the Freemasons Foundation Vic. Ltd. for which I am grateful.
The end of year is fast closing and my masonic commitments have largely ended until the new year.
On behalf of Mya and I, we extend our wish that your Christmas is enjoyable, and the Festive Season is one which is safe and happy. We also wish to extend our thanks to FMV managers and staff, our volunteers and all members of this wonderful organisation, especially the members and their ladies and lodges for welcoming us so warmly. We look forward to enjoying your company in 2018 and along with RWor Bro Keith Murray DGM and Fiona, welcoming you to the Grand Installation festivities in April 2018.
Last Sunday, Mya and I enjoyed a wonderful Sunday afternoon with the 2016/2017 Grand Lodge Ceremonial Team at an end of year get together in Geelong before returning to Melbourne. It was great to see members of the team who retired in March 2017 being a part of the day.
Monday afternoon, Mya and I again travelled west to attend the 70-year jewel presentation of RWBro. Bob Knight PDGM. It was a personal privilege to present Bob with his jewel and to talk a little about this brother who is so revered in the west. Bob, true to his nature, thought it was all over the top. Interesting to note that whilst I left the country for the city, Bob, left the city for the country.
It was a fitting send off for the Sandringham Masonic Centre on Wednesday at the Quarterly Communications of Grand Lodge. It was also poignant that members of the other Orders of Freemasonry were in attendance as they had supported the Centre over its eighty-six years that it has existed.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our retiring District Coordinators, VWBro. Niel Thornton, PGIWkgs from the Wimmera District, VWBro. Clive Hardeman from the Bayside district and VWBro. Ken Crouch from the Loddon District for their significant contributions in their districts.
I would also wish to thank the Brethren of the Lodges meetings in the Bayside area for agreeing to be part of the ceremony that centered on the Masonic Chain, which I witnessed on my recent travels to Bath, England. At this time of year, I thought it important that we remember some of what our Organisation represents and stands for.
Tomorrow, Mya and I will again travel west, this time to the Ballarat area to present a 60-year jewel to MWor. Bro Bruce Bartrop. Next week I will travel, with the Grand Secretary, to present Scholarships to students at Marysville Primary School and Strathewyn Primary School. I wish to also express my appreciation to MWor. Bro. Hillel Benedykt for representing me at Middle King Lake Primary School last Monday where he also presented Scholarships.
The Consecration of The Bank Place Lodge No 942 was truly a memorable day last Saturday. Being held at the Savage Club in Bank Place created some logistical issues for the Grand Director of Ceremonies and the Team which were all overcome. The installation of RWBro John Molnar that followed and dining on a six-course meal, which had partially been taken from the original Savage Lodge Consecration in London, set the night off.
I look forward to meeting you in-person or via live-stream at the upcoming Quarterly Communication to be held at the Sandringham Masonic Centre on Wednesday 13th December.
As I noted last week, December and January are traditionally quiet months on the Installation front with Canterbury Lodge being held on Saturday 9 December 2017 and Lodge Amalthea being held on 27 January 2018.
This does not stop the various meetings with my attendance at the Foundation Board meeting last Wednesday. Once again, I appreciate the great work our Foundation is undertaking.
Grand Master’s Movements
Last Saturday was a special day in the diary of Freemasonry. Three Master Masons were installed into their Lodges. I attended my own Lodge to install Bro Harry Vagianos into the chair at Lodge Amicus, while the Deputy Grand Master was at Ivalda where he installed Bro David Foong into the chair at Admiral Collingwood. The Senior Grand Warden was at Box Hill installing Bro Henry Chan into the chair at Duke of Sussex Lodge. It is encouraging to see our Master Masons now leading so many of our Lodges.
Throughout the week there were a number of meetings held at Freemasons Victoria but most notable was the honour of chairing a meeting of Members of the Freemasons Foundation Victoria Ltd. followed by chairing the Annual General Meeting of the Foundation. We should all be suitably proud of the work undertaken by the Directors of the Foundation in supporting our Lodges and the community.
Today will be a very bitter sweet day. It will be with a heavy heart that Mya and I attend the Funeral Service of MWBro. John Evans at St Andrews Anglican Church, corner of New and Church Streets Brighton, commencing at 2.30pm.
The cocktail function of the respective Boards and administration of FMV, the Freemasons Foundation and Freemasons Homes has been moved forward out of respect for John’s Funeral Service and Reception. This is an opportunity of showcasing the new Bayside Masonic Centre.
Tomorrow, the Ceremonial team will be Consecrating another Lodge, Bank Place Lodge No 942. This will be held at the Savage Club in Bank Place and will be a Dining Lodge. The Consecration commences at 1pm with the Installation of the Lodge immediately after. The Investiture of Officers will be an Open Invest.
December and January are traditionally quiet months on the Installation front with Canterbury Lodge being held on Saturday 9 December 2017 and Lodge Amalthea being held on 27 January 2018.
Grand Master’s Movements
I arrived home early on Tuesday 14th from the UGLE Celebrations and after a rest day I installed WBro Ramon Yodgee into the chair of Warrawee Park Lodge No 863 on Wednesday morning. It was a great pleasure on that morning to present a 60 year jewel to Wor. Bro. Stan Nelson. I then attended the Grand Mark Communications on that evening at Preston.
Thursday morning, I attended a PDGM meeting at Box Hill and a series of catch-up meeting at FMV followed by a rehearsal for United Schools Consecration rounded off the day.
Friday was back at the office and in the evening, together with Mya and in the company of the Deputy Grand Master, Fiona, the Grand Director of Ceremonies and Isabella and other senior Grand officers we attended the annual Blue Ribbon Ball in support of the Blue Ribbon Foundation.
On Saturday morning I attended the Lodge Engagement Conference at Box Hill before heading to Brighton Masonic Centre where the team Consecrated United Schools Lodge No 941. A fantastic day was had by all.
On Monday morning I headed down to Moorpanyal Lodge in Geelong where I conferred the rank of PGStdB on WBro Sid McGibbon who celebrated his 100th birthday on the 14th November and presented a 60 and 65 year service jewel. It was not lost on me that three Brethren had clocked up 197 years’ service in our organisation. After staying the night in Geelong I headed to Torquay on Tuesday morning to the Lodge of the Great Ocean Road where I presented RWBro Stan McKeown, PJGW with his 60-year jewel.
On Wednesday evening I was at Box Hill and attended the Prestonian Lecture on the Foundation of the Craft given by Dr Richard Burman as part of the 300th Anniversary celebrations of UGLE. Dr Burman had travelled from the UK to present this very informative lecture.
Thursday evening saw the coming together of a number of your Past Grand Masters from 1995 to current, together with the Deputy Grand Master and wives/partners for an annual get together and dinner. It was also a great opportunity to update the group on the current happening in FMV and reaffirm our appreciation to our wives/partners for the contribution they have made to our organisation.
Tomorrow I will install Bro Harry Vagianos into the chair of my own Lodge – Lodge Amicus at Oakleigh Masonic Centre with the banquet being held after at Huntingdale Golf Club.
Last Saturday. Mya and I, together with the Grand Director, Myles and Isabella travelled to Portland for an Open Investiture where Bro Russell Walder was installed into the chair of King Solomon at The Portland Lodge of Victoria. The hospitality was exemplary and the 120 freemasons, partners and guests who witnessed the ceremony was certainly a great way of introducing Freemasonry to the community.
On Sunday, together with Myles (GDC) and Isabella King, Mya and I attended The Freemasons 3MBS Victorian Young Performers Award which has been supported by the Freemasons for a number of years. Following a five-hour trip back from Portland for a 2pm start I think I speak for all that we were concerned about our concentration ability at the awards. At 2:07 when the first of the four finalists began his performance we knew we were going to have an entertaining afternoon. The degree of professionalism of the young performers surpassed all of our expectations. The Award presentation allowed me to promote Freemasonry to the audience and through 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne, to the wider community.
Tuesday Mya and I flew to London to represent the United Grand Lodge of Victoria at the 300th Anniversary Celebrations and associated events of the Grand Lodge of England. The day after the Welcome Dinner will see the Grand Masters of those Constitutions attending being welcomed into the Grand Temple at Freemasons Hall by the Grand Master of England, HRH The Duke of Kent. That evening all members of our official party will be entertained at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor, Alderton Dr. Andrew Parmley. We will be welcomed by the Lord Mayor and Pro Grand Master, Peter Geoffrey Lowndes. The following day we will again attend Freemasons Hall for a live streaming and an evening reception. Mya and I feel extremely honoured to be representing FMV and to be accompanied by Keith and Fiona Murray (DGM) on this very auspicious occasion.
FAREWELL TO SANDRINGHAM
Quarterly Communication, Wednesday 13th December
The Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge will be held on Wednesday 13th December at the Sandringham Masonic Centre, as a farewell to this Grand Old Lady who has served our Craft for many years. The members of the Sandringham Centre as well as the Brighton and Moorabbin Centres will transfer into the new Bayside Masonic Centre in the new year. The event will be by booking only and is limited to 200. A light supper will be held after. Ample parking will be available on the Shorefront with buses to transfer the brethren to the centre. Brethren can book via try booking on https://www.trybooking.com/318361
The event will be web cast into our masonic centres throughout Victoria, and given we had over 800 at the various centres in September, I again look forward to a large turnout for our December Communication.
Ladies are invited to attend a dinner hosted by Mya details are HERE. Further details are available upon request and all booking are to be made by the RSVP date.
Grand Master’s Movements
Last Saturday, Mya and I were in Nagambie with the Senior Grand Warden to install WBro Trevor Hibbert, PJGD into the chair at Nagambie Lodge. The ladies enjoyed a wonderful riverboat cruise along the Goulburn River while the men were at the Installation.
On Monday, I was at Cranbourne Lodge to install Bro Michael Daly into the Worshipful Master’s chair. On Tuesday, I attended a Board Workshop meeting and on Wednesday I was present at the Grand Chapter Convocation.
Last night I travelled to Melton to install Bro Stephen Buckle as Worshipful Master of Melton Lodge.
Tomorrow Mya and I travel to Portland for an Open Investiture where Bro Russell Walder will be installed into the chair of King Solomon at Portland Lodge.
On Sunday, together with Myles and Isabella King, Mya and I will attend The Freemasons 3MBS Victorian Young Performers Award which has been supported by the Freemasons Foundation. The Award presentation will allow me some time to promote Freemasonry to the wider community.
On Tuesday Mya and I fly to London to represent the United Grand Lodge of Victoria at the 300th Anniversary Celebrations and associated Events of the Grand Lodge of England to be held at the Royal Albert Hall and other venues from Sunday 29th October to Tuesday 31st October. The Deputy Grand Master and I will also have a chance to not only interact with the leaders of Freemasonry in our region but also those in our wider Masonic community. I look forward to giving you a full report upon my return.
On Monday night I attended United Service Lodge at the South Eastern Masonic Centre where I installed Bro Lt Col Robert Haughton, into the Worshipful Masters chair ably supported by RWBro Peter Henshall PDGM. On Tuesday, a leisurely drive to Stawell and was ably supported by VWBro Peter Shellie GSuptWks to install VWBro Andrew Reading at Marnoo Lodge. It was an honour to also advance Wor. Bro. Neil Thornton to PGIWks. Neil has worked tirelessly in his district as the District Coordinator and secretary of Manoo lodge and is now looking forward to a little rest after stepping down. Congratulation to Neil on a job well done.
On Wednesday evening, I accepted an invitation from the Chairman of the Freemasons Foundation Victoria Ltd. to attend their Board meeting and meet with the Directors of the Foundation who do such a great job in a voluntary capacity.
Thursday, I attended the monthly meeting of the Board of General Purposes which was preceded by a Long Term Planning meeting.
Tomorrow, sees Mya and I in Nagambie with the Senior Grand Warden to install WBro Trevor Hibbert, PJGD into the chair at Nagambie Lodge. The ladies will enjoy a wonderful riverboat cruise along the Goulburn River while the men are at the Installation. A busy day on Saturday as all four Ceremonial Teams will be working that day around Victoria. On Monday, I head to Cranbourne Lodge to install Bro Michael Daly into the Worshipful Masters chair and on Wednesday I will represent Craft Freemasonry at the Grand Chapter Convocation. Thursday, I will be in Melton to install Bro Martin Buckle.
Saturday, Mya and I travel to Portland for an Installation and Open Investiture where Bro Russell Walder will be installed into the chair of King Solomon.
Last Sunday I attended, with members of the Ceremonial Team, the Bayside District Church Service held at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Brighton. Afterwards some of the members of the team dined with local Bayside Brethren at Milanos. On Monday night, I installed Bro Keith Turner into the chair at Kyneton Lodge where I was ably assisted by RWBro Ken Cribbes, PDGM. What a great night with Brethren from various areas coming together including some non-Freemasons and partners.
On Saturday, Mya and I, will be supporting a ‘Night in New York’ in aid of accommodation relief at Northern Hospital, to be held in Tullamarine.
Whilst it has been a quiet week on the installation front, on Monday night I will attend United Service Lodge at the South Eastern Masonic Centre where I will install Bro Lt Col Robert Haughton, into the Worshipful Masters chair. On Tuesday, a leisurely drive to Stawell and to be supported by VWBro Peter Shellie GSuptWks to install VWBro Andrew Reading at Marnoo Lodge. Thursday, I will attend the monthly meeting of the Board of General Purposes which will be preceded by a Long Term Planning meeting.
Saturday, sees Mya and I in Nagambie with the Senior Grand Warden to install WBro Trevor Hibbert, PJGD into the chair at Nagambie Lodge. The ladies will enjoy a wonderful riverboat cruise along the Goulburn River while the men are at the Installation.
I am extremely grateful to all those Lodges who are continuing to support the Think Pink initiative. It is pleasing that not only have Lodges given of their raffle money but we have also received five cent coins from our Gippsland Brethren. I also appreciate VWor Bro Frank Jenkins taking pity on me and had his five cent coins converted to cash. We will soon publish those who have contributed so ‘get on board’.
Last Saturday I was honoured to be asked to open a function in Ballarat where Past Grand Master, Bruce Bartrop, presented his time as Grand Master of our organisation. Sam Fabry had also set up a masonic display at the library which gave insight and understanding into Freemasonry. I congratulate Sam and her team on putting together this worthwhile event.
On Monday night, I installed Bro David Dolling into the chair at Baden Powell Lodge at Inner East Masonic Centre at Box Hill. Tuesday, I met with the Heads of the Other Orders noted in our Constitution in the company of RWor Bro. Keith Murray DGM, GM elect. On Tuesday night I attended my own lodge, Lodge Amicus.
On Sunday I will attend with the Ceremonial Team the Bayside District Church Service at 10 a.m. at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Were Street, Brighton. All Freemasons are welcome to attend.
On Monday, I will install Bro Keith Turner into the chair at Kyneton Lodge where I will be ably assisted by RWBro Ken Cribbes, PDGM.
Last Tuesday I attended Henty Lodge where I installed WBro David Pearce. It was great to be back in a lodge which I was a member of in the 90’s and to see it in such good shape.
Last night, I was advanced as a Master of my Mark lodge. I wish to thank the members of Public Schools Mark and the Grand Team for a most enjoyable evening.
I am honoured to be asked to open a function in Ballarat on Saturday which will see Past Grand Master, Bruce Bartrop, present on his time as Grand Master of our organisation.
On Monday night, I will install Bro David Dolling into the chair at Baden Powell Lodge at Box Hill Masonic Centre on what will be a quiet week on the Installation front.
Tuesday, I will meet with the Heads of the Other Orders noted in our Constitution in the company of RWor Bro. Keith Murray DGM, GM elect. That night I will attend my own lodge, Amicus.
Last weekend, Mya and I headed to the RACV Resort in Inverloch to reconnect with the members of the 2015 team at a social weekend away. It was great catching up with all the team members, even though I was once again Deputy for the weekend.
On Monday, I attended Maroondah Daylight Lodge to present an update on Freemasons Victoria and a number of service jewels to members of the Lodge. I presented two sixty five year jewels to VWor. Bro. Neil Affleck, the Worshipful Master of the lodge and Wor. Bro. Malcolm Wildie. I was also pleased to present two fifty year jewels to Wor Bro Leslie Eggington and Wor. Bro. Ron Faulkner. Following the meeting I attended at the home of VWor. Bro. Allan Berkefeld and presented a 65 year service jewel to this very ‘with it’ 104 year old. It was a real pleasure to be in the company of all brethren attending the lodge on Monday but I could not help in reflecting that we all need to do much more in regenerating our great organisation.
On Tuesday morning, I attended Allara Daylight lodge and was pleased to advance VWor Bro Leslie Oakley to the rank of Past Junior Grand Warden and the conferral of Wor. Bro. Leo Harwood to the rank of Past Grand Standard Bearer.
That evening the team headed off to Bendigo where I Installed Bro Andre Clayton, into the chair at Golden and Corinthian Lodge. Andre is the Chairman of the Freemasons Foundation. I was supported on this occasion by RWor Bro David Blake, SGW and RWor Bro Ernie Bell PDGM, with RWor Bro Bob Layton and RWor Bro Jim Thompson both PDGM’s keeping a keen eye on the ceremony.
Wednesday evening I once again attended at the Ringwood Masonic Centre and assisted in the presentation of the Lodge self-determination Roadshow and to explain the upcoming Constitutional changes.
Thursday morning, I attended a gathering at the Melbourne General Cemetery to witness the result of the restoration of the Sir William John Clarke grave. Together with the Freemasons Foundation Victoria Ltd., FMV made a donation to restore this grave which is so important to our history and heritage as most of you will know that MWor. Bro. William Clarke was the first Grand Master of UGLV.
On Thursday, I joined the members of the Lodge of Australia Felix where I presented a 70-year jewel to RWBro Alfred Heuston, the father of one of our team members Robert Heuston.
This morning Mya and I, together with the Ceremonial Team headed to Swan Hill to install Bro Jefferson Smith into the chair at The Chisel Lodge. It will be a pleasure to once again be in the company of RWBro Jim Thompson PDGM who will support me on the evening. Tomorrow I will head back down the Freeway to install Bro Keith Salisbury into the chair at Duke of Abercorn Lodge in Bacchus Marsh. It will be great to be in the company of RWor. Bro. David Blake, SGW, who will support me on the evening.
On Tuesday, I will be at the Ringwood Masonic Centre and the members and visitors of Henty Lodge to install WBro David Pearce and on Wednesday I will be in Morwell for the very important Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge where the votes will be taken on the changes to the Constitution. A number of regional centres will be taking the live webcast and members will be able to vote from their centres, so please make an effort to get to your local centre that is taking the webcast. To all those brethren in the Gippsland area, I encourage you to attend the Quarterly Communication in your District and the forum before.
Thursday will see me at the Inner East Masonic Centre and the Public Schools Mark Lodge where I will be made a Master of the Order.
Last Friday night, I installed Bro Fritz Gunewardene into the chair at Lodge of Rapport at the Oakleigh Masonic Centre, ably assisted by RWBro Jack Simpson, PDGM and RWBro John Rodrigo, PJGW. It was also delightful to be in the company of MWBro Carl Stewart, PGM and his wife Pat. It was good to recant the involvement of MWBro Carl and me in the consecration of the lodge in 1997.
On Monday, I attended Garibaldi Lodge to witness a third degree of Bro. Jayden Manno, where MWBro Hillel Benedykt assisted in the ceremony. As always, a great night at Garibaldi.
On Tuesday, the General Committee convened to consider the agenda for the upcoming Quarterly Communications in Morwell. The Grand Director of Ceremonies and I attended Glenroy Lodge on Wednesday evening and presented a 60-year jewel to VWor Bro Bill Reid in the presence of his family which was particularly notable. Involving Bill’s son in this presentation will stand out as the making of a memorable evening. Last night I attended the monthly meeting of the Board of General Purpose.
Tonight, Mya and I will be heading to Inverloch to reconnect with the members of the 2015 team at a social weekend away. On Monday I will be attending Maroondah Daylight Lodge to give them an update on Freemasons Victoria as well as present a number of service jewels to members of the Lodge. On Tuesday evening the team will be in Bendigo where I will Install Bro Andre Clayton, into the chair at Golden and Corinthian Lodge. Andre is the Chairman of the Freemasons Foundation.
Thursday I will be at Lodge of Australia Felix to present a 70-year jewel to RWBro Alfred Heuston, the father of one of our team members Robert Heuston. On Friday Mya and I together with the Ceremonial Team head to Swan Hill to install Bro Jefferson Smith into the chair at The Chisel Lodge. It will be a pleasure to be in the company of RWBro Jim Thompson PDGM who will support me on the evening. Saturday we will head back down the Freeway to install Bro Keith Salisbury into the chair at Duke of Abercorn Lodge in Bacchus Marsh. It will be great to be in the company of RWor. Bro. David Blake, SGW, who will support me on the evening.
Last Friday Mya and I travelled to NSW to represent Freemasons Victoria at the re-installation of the first Grand Principal and Grand Master of the United Supreme Grand Chapter of Mark and Royal Arch Masons of NSW and the Australian Capital Territory, Most Excellent Companion Robert Peattie. Rob and his wife, Janelle have been great supporters of Victorian Freemasonry and it was time we reciprocated that support. We certainly spent a fantastic couple of days with brethren who were welcoming, gracious with their time and engaging in conversation.
We were particularly proud to hear how the members of the Mark and Chapter in NSW were caring about those struggling on the land. The ‘Buy a Bale’ project received a cheque for $12,500 on the night to ensure that the stock of farmers did not perish. However, by the time the night was over and with the assistance of the Benevolence Fund, other Orders in NSW and brethren this swelled to more than $30,000.00. We were even advised that Grand Chapter and Grand Mark of Victoria had donated to the cause showing that Freemasonry does not have boundaries. It is clear that Men’s Health and Suicide Prevention also has no boundaries.
On Wednesday, I met with the brethren at Geelong Masonic Centre, where I assisted in The Lodge Self Determination Roadshow and answered questions on the upcoming suggested Constitutional changes. I then travelled to Horsham on Thursday evening where I met with the brethren of that region on the same subject. What is clear is that the Board of General Purpose is listening and more that we welcome the feedback from the members. Can I also express my appreciation for the respect in which Freemasons treat each other at these gatherings.
Tonight, I will install Bro Fritz Gunewardene into the chair at Lodge of Rapport at the Oakleigh Masonic Centre. I look forward to being ably assisted by RWBro Jack Simpson, PDGM and RWBro John Rodrigo, PJGW and being in the company of MWBro Carl Stewart, PGM.
Next Monday will see me at Garibaldi Lodge to witness a third degree. I believe MWBro Hillel Benedykt will assist in the ceremony. On Tuesday, the General Committee will convene to consider the agenda for the upcoming Quarterly Communications in Morwell and on Thursday I will attend the monthly meeting of the Board of General Purpose.
The coming weekend will find Mya and I reconnecting with the members of the 2015 team at a social weekend away in Inverloch.
On Wednesday, Mya and I were in the company of the Leaders of Mark and Chapter, their wives and members of each of the respective ceremonial teams and their partners, at the Combined Teams Dinner at the Savoy in Brighton. It was great to continue this long held tradition and further cement working towards the closeness of all the Orders in our Constitution.
Today, Mya and I are flying to the Hunter Valley, NSW, to be in the company of Most Excellent Companion Robert Peattie and his wife, Janelle, for the re-installation ceremony as First Grand Principal of the United Supreme Grand Chapter of NSW and his proclamation into the other Orders under his jurisdiction. Robert and Janelle have been great supporters of Freemasonry in Victoria and Mya and I now have the opportunity to return their support. I look forward to updating you on this trip when we return.
In my absence RWBro Richard Elkington will be representing me at The Great Priory of Victoria tomorrow at South Eastern Masonic Centre for their re-installation. Tomorrow night the Senior Grand Warden will be in Cobram for Cobram Lodges installation and on Monday night the Deputy Grand Master will install Bro Stanley Aombar at Lodge of Quest in Ringwood.
I arrive back from NSW on Tuesday afternoon and on Wednesday will meet with the brethren at Geelong, to assist in The Strategic Plan Roadshow and answer questions on the upcoming suggested Constitutional changes. The Roadshow moves to Horsham on the Thursday evening and I will again have a chance to meet with the brethren of that region. On Friday, I will install Bro Fritz Gunewardene into the chair at Lodge of Rapport at the Oakleigh Masonic Centre. I look forward to being ably assisted by RWBro Jack Simpson, PDGM and RWBro John Rodrigo, PJGW.
18 August 2017
Last Saturday, I installed WBro. Clint Crout as Worshipful Master of Seymour Lodge. We were all impressed with the work that has been completed on the Masonic Centre and enjoyed the evening with local members of Freemasons Victoria. Whilst I have had a number of meetings with members of FMV it was good to be part of the Webinar last Monday and to talk to the President of the Board and the Deputy Grand Master about the upcoming proposed changes to the Constitution. Last Wednesday I was an invited guest to Grand Mark communication and Mya and I enjoyed the evening with Mark brethren and their ladies.
Tonight, Mya will attend a function when SEAVIC LODGE GOES PINK. The girls are intending to support the Think Pink Foundation by launching Freemasons “GIRLS supporting GIRLS Pamper Party” campaign. I look forward to receiving an update. I congratulate the Lodge on a great initiative and in particular Mrs. Maike Shelley – wife of the Worshipful Master of SEAVIC, VWBro. Peter Shelley the Grand Superintendent of Works.
Due to another commitment on Saturday 19th August, the Deputy Grand Master, RWBro. Keith Murray, will attend The Army Lodge for The Battle of Long Tan Meeting at Ivalda. The Army Lodge will be hosting this event since the decision of The Vietnam Veterans Lodge to hand in their warrant.
Next week is another quiet week for the team ahead of a busy month in September.
Wednesday, Mya and I will be in the company of the Leaders of Mark and Chapter and their wives, at the Combined Teams Dinner to be held at the Savoy Brighton.
On Friday Mya and I will fly to the Hunter Valley, NSW, to be in the company of Most Excellent Companion Robert Peattie and Janelle, for the re-installation ceremony as First Grand Principal of the United Supreme Grand Chapter of NSW and his proclamation into the other Orders under his jurisdiction. Robert and Janelle have been great supporters of Freemasonry in Victoria and Mya and I now have the opportunity to return their support. I look forward to updating you on this trip when we return.
11 August 2017
On Tuesday, I was to attend the Mooroopna Lodge to confer on RWBro. Allan McCormack the rank of SGW. Unfortunately, Allan took ill last week and the visit was called off. The Worshipful Master of Mooroopna, WBro. Ken Wratten decided to inform Allan of the reason for my trip in order to lift his spirits. So, given that the cat is out of the bag I congratulate Allan on his conferral and I wish him a speedy recovery so that I can present it to him in person.
On Thursday, I attended the Board meeting before catching up with the members of the Task Force to discuss the future direction and their involvement with the members of FMV and the community. Their involvement in achieving our strategic direction is important.
Tonight, Mya and I, together with Myles and Isabella King, will attend the Bayside Masonic Masquerade Ball, to celebrate the coming together of the Grand Lodge of England at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern, London, in 1717.
Saturday, I will install WBro. Clint Crout as Worshipful Master of Seymour Lodge.
Next week, other than some meetings planned with members of FMV my only masonic function is to attend the Grand Mark communications on Wednesday evening.
However, I have been informed that Mya will attend a function next Friday when SEAVIC LODGE GOES PINK. The girls are intending to support the Think Pink Foundation by launching Freemasons “GIRLS supporting GIRLS Pamper Party” campaign. Well done on a great initiative.
4 August 2017
Last Thursday I had the pleasure of installing Bro Simon Browning into the Chair at Ivanhoe Grammarians Lodge and I also presented RWBro Geoffrey Davey, Grand Steward with his 70 year jewel. This was a great night of Freemasonry for the Lodge and was well supported by the members of the ceremonial team and their ladies.
Tomorrow I will Consecrate a new Lodge in Berwick, Lodge of Progress No 940, the first Lodge we have consecrated since 2013 and the team are certainly looking forward to the event. The Consecration will be followed by the Installation of WBro Graham Whiteside the first Master of the Lodge. The Lodge doors will then be opened to the ladies and friends of Freemasonry for an Open Investiture of Office Bearers. My best wishes go the Lodge for a long and healthy future.
A quiet week follows with regard to installations. I will however be present at the Ball which has been organised by the Brethren of the Lodges of Brighton. Next Saturday I will install WBro Clint Crout into the Chair at Seymour Lodge.
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