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May 2014 | Issue 2 Governor Opens Sir John Lavarack Visitors Room Geriatric Medical Irish

May 2014 | Issue 2

Governor

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Contents May : July 2014 Masonic Memorial Centre 6 Feature Stories   311 Ann Street,

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May : July 2014

Masonic Memorial Centre

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In this issue we have some really interesting articles

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Dr Gary John BACON Deputy Grand Master Alan Maurice TOWNSON Assistant Grand Master David GRAY Grand Secretary John William RAWLINSON grandsec@freemasonsqld.org.au Deputy Grand Secretary Graham Richard SCHULZ dgsec@freemasonsqld.org.au Grand Librarian Stephen ROWLISON

and I hope they do prove interesting to all of our readers throughout UGLQ.

One thing about this magazine is that it provides every reader with a great variety of news and happenings about Freemasonry all over the State. Of course much of it comes from those who are anxious to show readers the amount of good work they achieve in their respective lodges.

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You will notice that in this issue we have not included any news about the Anzac Day activities. Although it may be late when it appears in the August issue, I am sure you will enjoy reading about the various Anzac Day Memorial Service gatherings that take place on an annual basis.

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The Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC attended a function in the UGLQ Memorial Building in Ann Street Brisbane, where she officially opened the recently refurbished Sir John Lavarack Visitors Room designed to allow visitors to relax when visiting the building. The picture on the front cover shows Her Excellency with the Grand Master, MWBro Dr. Gary Bacon. Both the Grand Masters address and Her Excellency’s opening address are shown on Page Four of the Magazine.

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DISCLAIMER: Unless otherwise indicated, the views expressed in this magazine are those of the authors and do not neccessarily reflect the opinions or policy of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland. The Editor reserves the right, due to limitation of space, to accept, reject, sub-edit and rearrange material submitted for publication. No photographic or editorial contained herein may be reproduced without prior consent of the Editor. It is the responsibility of the advertiser to ensure that all advertisements comply with the Trade Practices Act 1974 as amended. All advertisements are accepted for publication on the condition that the advertiser indemnifies The Queensland Freemason, The Editor, the United Grand Lodge of Queensland and all its servants against actions, suits, claims, loss and/or damage s resulting from anything published on behalf of the advertiser.

From the Grand Master

From the Grand Master Greetings Brethren Since my initial communique in this journal (August 2013 issue)

Greetings

Brethren

Since my initial communique in this journal (August 2013 issue) the subsequent hard copy and e-print runs (all 124 pages) have presented a splendid canvas mapping the energetic doings of all branches of our Fraternity. Embracing a plethora of ceremonial, social and community connect activities the elongated suite of endeavours makes for uplifting reading. The energy descriptor borrowed from the physical sciences (E=mc*2) is truly apt for applying to the members of this constituency.

A number of our lodges, both regional and city sited, now experience

the welcome challenge of a pulse of recruits. The Membership (M*3) Committee have embarked on a compilation of a folio of best practice turnarounds that might be useful in assisting other lodges escape dry gullies and re-enter bucolic landscapes. Well- planned Open House/ Nights, well- advertised stalls/booths at local shows, markets and retail outlets, targeted bursaries and bountiful charitable giving have provided lodges with much success in profiling Freemasons Queensland within local communities.

Every successful organisation has at its core an entrepreneurial business model. UGLQ can be no exception. The ‘Copernicus’ model

that I have been presenting to the constituency under the banner of Organisational Development (OD) = Change has at its sun - core the Parliament of UGLQ, ie Grand Lodge. All Master Masons and above in rank are voting members of Grand Lodge. Subtended and reporting to

it are various proposed structural components, including a new General

Board of Directors with access to an existing Freemasons Queensland Pty Ltd, the existing Board of Benevolence, the existing Board of the Geriatric Medical Foundation, a new Masonic Ceremonial Group, a new Masonic Jurisprudence Group linked to an Appeal Tribunal and a new Nominations Panel. The intent of these structural changes is to permit undiluted focus of the core business function, ie the General Board of

Directors, on membership growth, financial stability and infrastructure enhancements. Past distractions of ceremonial and jurisprudence issues will be quarantined separately. Modern managerial practices of performance review against negotiated key indicators will apply to all Board and paid administrative positions. There will be no changes as a consequence to the existing sovereignty of individual lodges, Landmarks

of the Order, Ritual and Ceremony. Constitutional reform in alignment

with structural changes will be necessary.

To date I have had the opportunity of communicating these proposals for change to over 250 members who have attended the distributed presentations. There has been unanimous support by the constituency for change. I trust that members will avail themselves of future presentations and the updates provided by the Implementation Task Force.

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Cover Story Governor Opens Sir John Lavarack Visitors Room On Tuesday 28 January 2014, the MW

Governor

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Sir John Lavarack Visitors Room

On Tuesday 28 January 2014, the MW Grand Master Dr Gary Bacon welcomed the Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC and invited guests to perform the official opening of the Sir John Lavarack Visitors Room at the Masonic Memorial Centre at 311 Ann Street, Brisbane. In welcoming Her Excellency and esteemed guests, MWBro Bacon said:

“When a man joins his local lodge he joins not just a cohort of like-minded men of his immediate community but additionally he also receives a national and international passport to fraternise within a truely global fraternal institution. From the earliest days of our Craft it has been a noteworthy characteristic and custom that masons visit other lodges both near and distant.

In operative times, well before the emergence of the Speculative Craft as we now know it at the start of the 17th century, masons were itinerant workers who were forced to travel to renew their employment as each building project was completed. This fluid nature of the Operative Craft led to the formation of locality based trade associations, known as lodges, to protect the professional integrity of their occupation, and to enhance the moral and social practices of their members. It is surmised, not without some evidence, that the modes of recognition were originated in the operative period as a means of identifying the genuinely skilled mason who came to visit a lodge in search of work. Some of the oldest extant masonic manuscripts contain charges associated with visiting, and the reception of visitors. The pulse of visiting has never ceased, indeed, with improved modern transport availability and options the extent of visits especially to Grand Lodge headquarters centres from distant locales has been facilitated. We have observed this trend here in Brisbane.

“The desire to receive our intra-State, inter-State and international visitors to our Queensland headquarters in comfortable and ambient surrounds led to this project, the establishment of a visitor reception room.

“Then followed the questions of theming and naming.

“This Masonic Memorial Centre rests on a Foundation Stone laid on Anzac Day 1928 by Grand Master MW Bro Justice Charles Stumm. In the vestibule stands the Urn of Remembrance to Brethren who had paid the supreme sacrifice in the Great War. This was unveiled and dedicated on 9 December 1930 by His Excellency Bro Sir Thomas (John) Goodwin, Governor of Queensland, later Grand Master of UGLQ. Thus, the memorial theme was clear from the start and a Queensland born soldier, statesman and Freemason in the person of Lieutenant General Sir John Dudley Lavarack, Governor of Queensland 1 October 1946 until his death in office 4 December 1957 seemed most appropriate for naming rights.

“Sir John joined the Craft in Victoria and was a foundation member of Army Lodge No.478 UGLV at its consecration on 5 December 1929. In addition to the then Colonel Lavarack other foundation members included Lieutenant General Sir John Northcott, then a major, who would later become Governor of

New South Wales, and Major General H.E. “Pompey” Elliott, a legend among First AIF soldiers, and later a Senator for Victoria.

“Sir John was welcomed into Lamington Lodge No.110 UGLQ (named after Baron Lamington, Governor of Queensland 1896-1901) as a joining member on 1 May 1947. Lamington Lodge then as now meets here at Ann Street. All officers of the lodge agreed to hold their progressive positions to permit him to serve a year as Senior Warden to meet the prerequisite for election to Master. Sir John was installed as Worshipful Master of Lamington Lodge and served 1950-51. His Past Master’s jewel and Installation card can be viewed in the adjacent display case. One presumes that he was asked to lead this Grand Lodge as Grand Master as had previous Governors, viz. MW Bros Sir Thomas Herbert John Goodwin (1931 -32) and Sir Leslie Orme Wilson (1934-46). In any event we now have his portrait on show, complementing those hanging in the vestibule.

“I wish to record grateful thanks to the ladies who made items for this visitors room, Mrs Elaine Williamson and Mrs Jan Kirby; donors of furniture etc, the two Boards, the Grand Officers Association, the Lamington Lodge and Bro Ian Davies; providers of military memorabilia, particularly Bro Ian Tomlinson and the hands-on project team comprising Bros Russell Hancock, Tony Anderson and Geoff Walker.

It is now my certain privilege to welcome to the lectern Her Excellency, Ms Penelope Wensley AC, Governor of Queensland, and the grand-daughter of Wor Bro Thomas Wensley, foundation member and principal benefactor of Barrine Lodge No. 298 UGLQ at Yungaburra on the Atherton Tablelands, to officially open the Sir John Lavarack Visitors Room.”

Governor’s address and Opening

“I thank Grand Master Dr Gary Bacon for his warm welcome and for his invitation to me to join you today for the official opening of this refurbished and upgraded space, located within the magnificent Masonic Memorial Centre of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland.

“Given my strong family connections with Freemasonry, of which I have spoken on a number of occasions (and which, I noted happily, feature in the November 2013 edition of The Queensland Freemason) it comes as no surprise to me that this project exhibits the admirable hallmarks that I associate with Freemasons (in this State). The refurbishment of the room is, in the first instance, a gesture of hospitality. The room, with its up-to-date facilities, including Wi-Fi, is for use by Freemasons visiting from other parts of Brisbane

and further afield. Also in keeping with the ethos of masons, the room is designed to encourage fellowship by providing a comfortable space in which visitors can choose to chat, meet, read, work or network in an informal club-like atmosphere free, I am sure, from the modern habit of ‘socialising’ while glued to the screen of a smart phone.

“Given that the room is cheek-by-jowl with the Centre’s library, it should also encourage self-improvement and education through access to knowledge, another characteristically Masonic principle.

“I was delighted to learn that a room

designed for these admirable purposes, in fulfilment of an undertaking made by the Grand Master at his Grand Installation in 2013 (I have seen his “bucket list”), was to be named after Queensland’s sixteenth Governor, Sir John Lavarack. Deputy Grand Master Alan Townson has already spoken of the highlights of Sir John’s distinguished military career, and the Grand Master has given us a few

glimpses of Sir John’s ‘career’, as it were, as

a mason. (It would be interesting to know

more. I am sure there would have been interesting contacts with fellow masons afforded by his travels around the world, during his military service).

“The third important element in Sir John’s service to his country and community is his eleven years as Governor of Queensland, from 1946 until 1957.

“In accepting the appointment and discharging the duties of Governor, Sir John recorded a number of ‘firsts’. He was, of course, the first Australian-born Governor of this State --- not only an Australian but, better yet, a ‘Brisbane boy’- whose appointment was received with great enthusiasm in the local press. A Courier-Mail headline of the day announced: One of Ours Now Our Governor.

“As far as we can tell, Sir John was also the first Governor to arrive in Brisbane by aeroplane for his swearing-in. (He arrived at Eagle Farm aerodrome in a Trans Australian Airlines (TAA) DC3 Aircraft, escorted from Sydney by 3 RAAF Liberator bombers!). More importantly though, Sir John had the signal honour of hosting the first ever visit by a reigning British monarch to this State, that of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 1954, undoubtedly one of the most remarkable and memorable events in the State’s history

to that point. Given the visit’s historic status, the huge crowds and the punishing program, that must have been an extraordinary experience for Sir John and Lady Lavarack.

“While Sir John’s personality was definitely not of the ‘hail fellow well-met’ variety (he was variously described as “reserved” or “withdrawn”- even “dour”- “never at ease and relaxed”; someone who did “not win affection”, but he was admired and respected, both because of his military record and the office he held (and I would judge also because he WAS the first Governor to be a true local - born in Brisbane and educated at Brisbane Grammar School -Queenslanders love their own!) and he did serve as Governor for over a decade, making him the second longest serving Governor after Sir Leslie Orme Wilson. Apparently he enjoyed visiting rural and regional Queensland and he was reportedly also both more comfortable and more popular with those groups and organisations with which - as a military man - he felt a natural affinity or empathy, or whose ethos he understood well - returned service men and women, Legacy groups, the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides organisations - and I would venture to add to that, the Freemasons. While there aren’t many references to Sir John in the book 150 years of Freemasonry in Queensland I did find one that said that on 1st October 1946, the Grand Master presented an address of loyalty to his Excellency Sir John Lavarack on the occasion of his swearing-in as State Governor in the Legislative Council Chamber (it would be interested to see the text of that address) and that within two weeks of that ceremony, Sir John had accepted the invitation of the Grand Master to visit the Ann Street Temple, where Grand Lodge Officers were presented to him.

“Reporting this visit to the Quarterly Communication in December 1946, the Grand Master said that Sir John was a Freemason and that “an early affiliation with the lodge was expected”.

“Apart from these important connections with the Freemason community and his links with some other organisations and networks whose members were, in a sense, his “natural constituents”, Sir John had another asset. His natural reserve was balanced by the outgoing and energetic Lady Sibyl Lavarack, who was an active Patron of a number of community organisations and who must have

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provided invaluable support in helping him to meet the demands of community engagement and outreach that the Governor’s role involved.

“If there is a watchword for Sir John’s distinguished contributions to his country, to this State, and to Freemasonry, it is “service”. This, then, is an eminently appropriate name for this facility because Sir John was an exemplar of the service and support that Freemasons seek to provide to one another and to their communities. I hope there will be some means of apprising new generations of Freemasons who use this room of that inspiring connection.

Before I move to the ceremonial words that will officially open this room, I take this opportunity, as Governor, to reiterate my great admiration and gratitude for the work that Freemasons in Queensland have done and continue to do in support of communities in this State and elsewhere. I mentioned earlier a particular edition of The Queensland Freemason, which outlines my grandfather’s contribution to Freemasonry and to the community in North Queensland. But a glance at any edition of the newsletter will give an excellent sense of the depth and breadth of Freemasons’ strong connections with their communities and the wonderful work they do within those communities and in support of community causes.

“Every donation to charities or disaster relief, every act of support, large or more modest, for local organisations and individuals, every aged care facility established or upgraded - to cite just a few examples - makes a positive difference to many lives, and therefore to the wellbeing of this State. That is a record of which Freemasons in Queensland can be very proud, and of which all Queenslanders need to be more aware.

“I congratulate the Grand Master on this excellent initiative. I thank all of those who have supported the project and contributed to its realisation. I wish all United Grand Lodge members and visitors to this historic Memorial Centre every enjoyment of this new facility.

“And it is with great pleasure that I now declare officially open the Sir John Lavarack Visitors’ Room.

“Thank you”.

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Annual Bursary Presentation Night

CraftCraft NewsNews Annual Bursary Presentation Night This picture was taken at the UGLQ Bursary Presentation. It
This picture was taken at the UGLQ Bursary Presentation. It shows the recipients with the

This picture was taken at the UGLQ Bursary Presentation. It shows the recipients with the Grand Master and members of the Bursary Committee. Seated in the centre are (l to r) RWBro Charles Reich, MWBro Gary Bacon GM and MWBro Emmanuel Anthony PGM (chairman of the committee). Standing at the back (l to r) are Christopher Schaffer and Mark Paterson (committee members).

The United Grand Lodge Bursary Presentation night held on March 13 this year attracted a large crowd of relatives and friends to witness a well-presented program relating to successful recipients of bursaries to further their education in different fields.

The Grand Master, MWBro Gary Bacon was present with the Bursary committee and selected speakers gave an insight

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The Bursaries were presented by the Chairman of the Committee, MWBro Emmanual Anthony PGM, In his address MWBro Anthony expressed the committee’s sincere appreciation of the Grand Secretary, RWBro John Rawlinson and his personal assistant, Mrs Pam Wheatley for their excellent administrative efforts, year after year which made the work of the Committee very pleasurable and ultimately, evenings such as the Bursary presentation a reality. All applications were this year of a particularly high standard, and the Bursary Committee was delighted that sufficient funds were available to award Bursaries to all who applied.

Other speakers at the presentation night were the Grand Master, MWBro Dr Gary Bacon, the Deputy Grand Secretary who provided a brief overview of the Grand Hall and the Masonic Centre, Associate Professor George Mellick (a Bursary recipient in 1982), Ryan Spence (a Bursary recipient in 2012) and Sophie Ryan (a Bursary recipient in 2014).

Photographs were taken and a delightful supper was served following the presentation.

a delightful supper was served following the presentation. Picture by Stephen Jones, Arana Photography, Brisbane. 6

Picture by Stephen Jones, Arana Photography, Brisbane.

RWBro Doug Wells PSGW and his wife, Ros.
RWBro Doug Wells PSGW and his wife, Ros.
RWBro Doug Wells PSGW and his wife, Ros. AGM – designate: RWBro Doug Wells, DipT., BEd.,

AGM – designate:

RWBro Doug Wells,

DipT., BEd., MEd. PSGW.

It was announced at the last Quarterly Communication that RWBro Doug Wells PSGW has been appointed Assistant Grand Master for the period 2014-2015. He will be invested at the Grand Proclamation in July this year. The following is RWBro Wells' profile:

Having made a casual comment to two Bundaberg TAFE teacher colleagues that both his grandfather’s were once Freemasons, Bro Doug was then approached by them and joined Lodge Athole in October 1982. On transferring back to Brisbane he affiliated with Lodge Lord Saltoun in October 1987 and progressed through every office, being installed WM in 1993 and later became the DC for five years. He entered Grand Lodge in 1996 as a Grand Sword Bearer and progressed to Senior Grand Deacon, Deputy Grand Director, Grand Director and Senior Grand Warden, sometimes for two and three years in that particular office. He was a PZ of Lord Saltoun RAC and currently third Principal of Sunshine Coast Daylight RAC. Doug

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commenced a Plumbing apprenticeship in 1967 to become a tradesman and later a foreman in the Queensland Public Works Department, completing 10 years service. He worked the last four years as a Designer in the Architectural Branch. After two years in private enterprise he joined TAFE in 1979 and worked in teaching and administrative roles in various TAFE campuses around Queensland concurrently acquiring educational qualifications culminating in a Masters degree at QUT. He worked as a content specialist on many Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) and AusAID projects developing Competency Standards , Assessment Guidelines, curriculum and learning resources. The most fascinating of all projects he said, was a research project for the Ross Trust (Victoria) to trace 183 Pacific islanders who had completed their teacher training in Australia and ascertain where their life’s-direction had taken them. The majority were Tongan and Samoan and he undertook his research in those countries.

He completed the last four years of his career working in the development phase and later as the Plumbing Principal Teacher for the Australia Pacific Technical College (APTC), another AusAID funded project. Based at the National University in Apia, Samoa he undertook workplace training and assessment of his students in Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and PNG. “It was a unique opportunity to experience the life of Pacific islanders away from the tourist treks”, he said. He returned to Australia in early 2010 and affiliated with Mooloolah No. 339 where he has been the Lodge Secretary for the past three years. He retired in late 2011 and enjoys family history research, gardening, travel and crabbing/fishing. Doug says he is forever grateful for the support of his wife Rosslyn (Ros) throughout his working and Masonic career. The AGM designate greatly supports the organisational change and restructuring of UGLQ and believes it is critical to the survival our beloved Craft in Queensland.

“Change is the only constant in life” is a quote attributed to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus over 2,500 years ago. Heraclitus is famous for his insistence on ever-present change and is also quoted to have said, “No man ever steps in the same river twice". The AGM designate believes we should all think about this concept when considering the necessity for change and to move away from an organisational structure that suited a bygone era.

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Geriatric Medical Foundation producing results

NewsNews Geriatric Medical Foundation producing results Some of the Foundation directors watching Professor Len Gray
Some of the Foundation directors watching Professor Len Gray – Director, Centre for Research in

Some of the Foundation directors watching Professor Len Gray – Director, Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine at UQ (seated), communicate live via the internet with Dalby Hospital. Standing L to R: RWBro Stephen Young, MWBro Dr Gary Bacon - Grand Master, RWBro Robert Savage AM, Mr Ian Russell AO, OBE, Mr David Whitman.

Joan, an elderly patient in Dalby, was required to have a consultation with

a geriatrician but it was difficult physically and financially for her to travel

to Brisbane.

consultation with a geriatrician in the Dalby local hospital without having to travel. It was made possible by the research and advances in technology led by Professor Len Gray, who is appointed to the Masonic Chair in Geriatric Medicine at The University of Queensland.

However she was able to have an internet based “telehealth”

The Geriatric Medical Foundation of Queensland was formed in 1986 on the initiative of UGLQ as a 1988 bicentennial project of Freemasons in Queensland. The Craft in Queensland donated an initial $1million capital, and the Foundation now has some $5.7million invested, producing income that funds its current support of the Masonic Chair at UQ and of the Parkinson’s Disease research at the Eskitis Institute (Griffith University).

Since Professor Gray was appointed to the Masonic Chair in 2002, the initiative and funding by your Foundation has facilitated some rewarding results –

• A successful Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine has been established within UQ.

• The Centre has supervised 7 PhD students of whom 3 have completed their studies.

• The Centre is directly involved in providing telehealth services to 4 rural hospitals and 5 aged care facilities. Another 13 aged care facilities will start telehealth services by June 2014.

• The Centre has leveraged over $9 million in competitive research grants, including $4 million in the past 2 years. These grants have enabled research in dementia care, mobility promotion, software systems, quality control systems and telehealth - all in aged care.

Associate Professor George Mellick at Griffith University leads a research team looking for the causes and potential cure for Parkinson’s Disease,

as part of the Queensland Parkinson’s Project

(QPP). Formally established in 2006, the QPP is

a study cohort of over 4,000 people who have

agreed to participate in research into Parkinson’s disease and related disorders; this unique data base is of great benefit to Australian and international researchers.

Since Dr Mellick’s first involvement in this research in 1998, when there was very little Parkinson’s research being conducted in Australia, he has worked in conjunction with Brisbane based neurologist Dr Peter Silburn AM to develop one of the largest study cohorts of its type worldwide. This cohort is now collaborating with groups internationally to perform some of the most significant ever studies of risk factors for Parkinson’s disease. These developments, at both UQ and Griffith, provide just a partial glimpse of the wonderful “dividends” or “return” on capital provided through the Foundation by the initiative of Queensland Freemasons 28 years ago. These “dividends” demonstrate that more important and fruitful work can be undertaken if additional capital were available to produce the income to fund them.

The board of The Geriatric Medical Foundation of Queensland is therefore considering avenues to significantly increase the Foundation’s invested capital to enable it to, inter alia –

• Facilitate geographic expansion of the telehealth consultations.

• Increase the funding currently provided to the Parkinson’s Disease research project.

• Sustain an adequate annual contribution to the cost of the Masonic Chair.

• Provide funding for other worthwhile projects in the field of geriatric medicine.

To be sustainable, your Foundation relies on donations and bequests, the latter being a relatively easy way to provide significant financial support.

For information about how to donate and/ or include a bequest in your will, go to the Foundation’s web site at www.gmfq.org.au or contact the Foundation Secretary at PO Box 219, Redcliffe Qld 4020; email: gandrews@andrewassoc.com.au

219, Redcliffe Qld 4020; email: gandrews@andrewassoc.com.au (By Robert Savage, Foundation Chairman) 8 THE QLD

(By Robert Savage, Foundation Chairman)

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Irish Heritage Lodges Celebrate the 50th Consecutive Year Since Their First Regular Combined Meeting to Mark Saint Patrick’s Day in Queensland

Highlighting the Duke of Leinster’s Sesquicentenary Year By RWBro R. L. Grimshaw PJGW

Many Australians remember the Irish settlement and culture on St Patrick’s Day. The Irish were among the first Europeans to settle in Australia. They comprised a portion of the convict settlement population in the late 1700s. More than 300,000 other Irish settlers, not convicts, migrated to Australia between 1840 and 1914. Many Irish immigrants came to Australia to escape famine in their homeland. About 30 percent of Australians are believed to have some Irish ancestry today. On St Patrick’s Day it is customary to wear shamrocks and, or, green clothing or accessories – the “wearing of the green”. St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three- leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.

plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. It was in this tradition that

It was in this tradition that the Duke of Leinster Lodge No 8 UGLQ, consecrated 283 IC on 24 June 1864, hosted the 2014 Combined Irish Heritage Lodges Night in Brisbane in their sesquicentennial year. The banquet hall was decked out with emerald green table cloths which were complimented with various Irish memorabilia; shamrocks abounded along with green festooning all of which was set off by beautifully crafted placemats designed and printed by Bro Neil Herdegen – a Steward with “The Duke”, as the old Lodge is affectionately known.

“The Duke”, as the old Lodge is affectionately known. Officers of the “Duke” were ably assisted

Officers of the “Duke” were ably assisted in conferring a First Degree on Mr. Christopher James Potts by the four other lodges of the Irish Lodges Association namely – United Tradesmen’s No. 12 (288 IC 1865) – Southern Queensland No. 29 (312 IC 1878) – Theodore Unmack No.60 (337 IC 1889) – Wynnum No.81 (342 IC 1894).

The Grand Master was in attendance and was invited to share in the division of the work by investing Bro Potts with the apron of an Entered Apprentice Freemason. This will no doubt remain a landmark in Bro Potts’ Masonic career.

By dispensation, an additional charge, extracted directly from the Irish Ritual, was presented by WorBro Richard Num of the Duke of Leinster Lodge No. 363 IC South Australia: and was delivered immediately after the Obligation. This charge drew the candidate’s attention, and his responsibilities, to certain aspects of his Obligation.

This was a unique diversion from the strict rules relating to the approved forms of ritual in Queensland and added a daily advancement in masonic knowledge to the occasion.

At the Festive Board the MWGM, MWBro Bacon, recounted that Freemasonry in Australia was without doubt amongst those of the

First Fleet, however, the record remains silent as to whether it was practiced during those difficult times. The first recognized record of regular Freemasonry being practiced in the colony was in 1814 by

a military lodge holding an Irish Ambulatory or Travelling Warrant.

lodge holding an Irish Ambulatory or Travelling Warrant. MWBro Gary Bacon GM – RWBro Peter Wickins
MWBro Gary Bacon GM – RWBro Peter Wickins WM of “The Duke” – Bro Chris

MWBro Gary Bacon GM – RWBro Peter Wickins WM of “The Duke” – Bro Chris Potts EA – RWBro Lou Grimshaw DC of “The Duke” and Rep of the GLI at the UGLQ.

In 1820 the Grand Lodge of Ireland issued a Warrant to erect a

civil lodge in Sydney Town – Australian Social Lodge No. 260 IC

– which lodge is still practicing today as Lodge Antiquity No. 1

UGLNSW&ACT. It is interesting to recall that its first Worshipful Master was WorBro Matthew Bacon. In 1822 this lodge received

a Warrant under a Charter from the GLI to issue dispensations

to form new lodges in NSW and its dependencies through their self-styled Leinster Masonic Committee. Besides those Irish Warranted lodges established in NSW and Van Diemen’s Land through this Committee, another was also granted a dispensation in New Zealand – Auckland Social Lodge (renamed Ara Lodge) 348 IC. The first Warrant under the English Constitution was issued in 1828 and failed to get traction for several years – Scotland was next in 1844 at the Port Phillip Settlement (Melbourne) following the Irish who established in 1843. Irish freemasonry came to Queensland in 1863 with the erection of the St Patrick Lodge of Queensland 279 IC with the Duke of Leinster 283 IC six months later. This was 150 years ago.

The traditional handing over of the shillelaghs by WorBro Shane Bass of Wynnum Lodge No. 81 to RWBro Lou Grimshaw (L), the Director of Ceremonies of “The Duke” No.8 brought the evening to a close. The four shillelaghs carry a tag recording the name of the host lodge over each of the past fifty years.

carry a tag recording the name of the host lodge over each of the past fifty

Men’s Health

Men’s Health Could this be someone you know? Depression is a condition that can be found

Could this be someone you know?

Depression is a condition that can be found in various ways in different people. It could be as serious as major depression with suicidal thoughts or simply a rise in anxiety attacks, change in sleeping patterns, or change in appetite (loss or gain). The person may become withdrawn, sad, irritable, frustrated and be thinking negative thoughts such as, “I’m a failure”, “It’s my fault”, “I’m worthless”, or “nothing good ever happens to me”, to list just some of the symptoms.

They may show a tendency, for example, to not want to be with family or friends, or they may stop doing things they enjoyed, or show an inability to concentrate, or show a drop in work performance. They often show physical signs as well, such as, increased tiredness, slowness of movement and thinking, headaches, sleep disturbance, or muscle/stomach pains. Sometimes perceived change of status in the family can be interpreted as anger.

Depression is a known high risk factor in Australia and about 1 million men and women live with depression each year. About 1 in 8 men and 1 in 5 women will experience depression in their adult life. It is vital for anyone who may suffer from depression to get assistance preferably from their GP first who is more likely to know the family history. The good news is that depression is treatable and can be cured! People showing symptoms of depression will probably require different treatments. This may include physical exercise, medication, or therapies.

Like the Freemasons, many organisations are continuing to fight to remove the stigma associated with depression. The stigma associated with depression comes mainly from times gone by with people’s lack of understanding of depression and its association with mental health issues. It is vital that as many people as possible become familiar with the modern understanding of depression and the bright future that can be created with appropriate treatment. You should always access professional advice first for correct treatment.

Professional advice should always begin with making an appointment with your GP. Others that your GP may refer you to for assistance include: psychologists, occupational therapists, personal counsellors, family counsellors, health care workers or other professionals in the field.

Other symptoms of depression are often first seen by family

members and therefore the knowledge of the range of symptoms across the community is valuable information for detection of the need for assistance.

Some symptoms are easily observable, and some are more difficult to detect because they are harder to recognise. It is therefore important to realise that every individual who suffers from depression may show a varied range of symptoms. It is best to get professional help early under these conditions to determine the extent of the condition. Some common symptoms result in the sufferers withdrawing themselves from family life, over or under eating, deterioration in personal hygiene and habits.

Some symptoms may involve complete denial and as a result it makes it more difficult for some family members to begin accessing the required professional assistance. The availability of information about the symptoms in the community to assist people with recognition on a day to day basis becomes very important. This valuable information is readily available to everyone from beyondblue on Ph: 1300 224 636 or on their website at www.beyondblue.org.au

I am from Enoggera Lodge in Brisbane, and I’m available

to present talks on depression at your lodge on request.

I have considerable experience with professional caring,

and I have been doing these talks, sometimes referred to

as beyondblue talks locally, for about two and a half years.

I know from personal experience how valuable the

information about depression can be and I am vitally aware of the importance of spreading the appropriate information widely in the community. My work in this area has been noticed by beyondblue and I have been asked to become a beyondblue speaker. I acknowledge the tremendous work that beyondblue does and the support they provide along with

the Grand Master, MWBro. Dr. Gary Bacon within Freemasonry. Beyondblue also provides me with materials to bring when

I do the presentations. The materials range from individual leaflets, booklets and brochures.

I can be contacted by telephone on 0437 029 714 or by email

at joludden@hotmail.com to make any arrangements necessary.

I look forward to a meeting at your lodge in the future.

I look forward to a meeting at your lodge in the future. (This article has been

(This article has been supplied by WorBro John Den Dulk PGSwdBr who has conducted lectures throughout UGLQ on the following subject)

Why I chose Youngcare

MWBro Gary Bacon's wife Carol explains why she chose to support Youngcare as her Charity for the three year term of her husband as Grand Master

"In 2005, a segment on the Sixty Minutes current affairs program caught my attention. I never forgot either the message or Shevaune who was being interviewed. She was battling with Multiple Sclerosis and struggling to find dignified care and accommodation. She was being forced into aged care as there were no other accommodation options. Thinking of my children who were a similar age to Shevaune and the thought of a young person with high care needs having to be in aged care made me question how I would feel if faced with the same issue.

"It was through this story that Youngcare, whose aim is to prevent young people from entering aged care, became familiar to me. Knowing that a disability could happen to a young person at any time – whether through a car accident resulting in an acquired brain injury or the diagnosis of MS – and the thought that aged care is the only option, made me want to support this cause. And I knew our wider group would want to support Youngcare too.

"For young people with 24/7 care needs who can no longer be cared for by their loved ones, aged care is often the only option available. In aged care the average age is 83 and the life expectancy less than three years. This is a terrible outcome for these young people who still have so much life left to live.

"Youngcare was established following Shevaune’s struggle. There are more than 7,500 young people between 18 and 65 living in aged care, simply because there are few alternatives. There are a further 700,000 young Australians being cared for at home, often with limited support.

"The role Youngcare plays is in building age-appropriate accommodation options, with apartments in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast and more on the way in south- east Queensland and the first will be built in Sydney. Youngcare provide a grants program to prevent young people from entering aged care, and offer a phone support and information service called Youngcare Connect for young people, their families and carers. Youngcare (in partnership with Griffith University) are also working more comprehensively to understand the needs and wants of young people with high care needs.

"Youngcare believes that every young person deserves to live a young life, and our support will help them achieve this. More information can be found at www.youngcare.com.au ".

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can be found at www.youngcare.com.au ". Craft News The picture above shows VWBro Bert Kingston AGSWks
can be found at www.youngcare.com.au ". Craft News The picture above shows VWBro Bert Kingston AGSWks
The picture above shows VWBro Bert Kingston AGSWks with Carol Bacon on his left presenting

The picture above shows VWBro Bert Kingston AGSWks with Carol Bacon on his left presenting a cheque for $1646 to Sam Kennerley, General Manager of Marketing and Fundraising for Youngcare. VWBro Kingston is a former champion motorcycle rider of the 1960’s and attended a Brisbane Exhibition Speedway “Oldies” Function which was held at the original speedway venue, Davies Park, West End. Money was collected for charity which he chose to donate to Youngcare.

Address by the Grand Master

Address by the Grand Master The following is the address given by the Grand Master, MWBro

The following is the address given by the Grand Master, MWBro Dr Gary Bacon at the Quarterly Communication held in the Grand Hall of the Masonic Memorial Centre in Brisbane on March 5, 2014.:

Brethren,

A hearty welcome to you all. Thank you for your company this evening and your continuing interest in the affairs of this UGLQ. I record also the presence of the many ladies who are sharing dinner together this evening in this centre and who support our Masonic family with gusto. The latter is an apt descriptor of the zest and vigorous enjoyment which characterised the latest assembly of Queensland masons and their ladies at the Tasmanian Grand Installation in Hobart last weekend. The esprit de corps of the fine 44 person delegation from UGLQ was palpable.

Now to Organisational Change. Let me first share two quotes:

The Challenge Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. —Dwight D. Eisenhower

Change or Die? It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. —W. Edwards Deming, driver of Japanese manufacturing success

Whilst we may not have had these quotes front of mind during life’s journey, we certainly have all experienced and lived with continuous change in our lives; on the work front, on the family front, on the community front, and not to forget the body and mind front associated with pure aging. It reminds me of that recently circulated ‘–less’ array:

Cooking - fireless Communication - speechless Cars - keyless Children - mannerless Tires - tubeless Dress - sleeveless Youth - jobless Relationships - meaningless Wives – fearless

Everything is becoming LESS but still our hopes are - Endless. Technology has been the singular most impressive driver of change in our collective lives and some commentators have placed it at the core of all sociological change that we have witnessed through the epochs and demonstrably in our own time and that of our fathers. The good news is that for better or worse, and mostly for the better, we have absorbed and grown with global and local change. It has not been a cancer of all culture and endeavour but an agent for individual growth and development and all those nice enhancements which make life comfortable and enjoyable, eg the interstate grandchildren on Skype, the fishing spots on GPS, the TomTom ease of traverse, the HD digital play back of Warners latest century et al.

Although technology grows in the exponential domain, we humans live in a linear world. So technological trends are not noticed as small levels of technological power are doubled. Then seemingly out of nowhere, a technology explodes into view. For example, when the Internet went from 20,000 to 80,000 nodes over a two year period during the 1980s, this progress remained hidden from the general public. A decade later, when it went from 20 million to 80 million nodes in the same amount of time, the impact was rather conspicuous. Today there are more nodes than people.

Organisational change is often stimulated by major external forces/pressures. Enterprises, for example, get hit by substantial cuts in funding, decreased market opportunity and a need for dramatic increases in services. UGLQ is an enterprise and is not immune to such external forces. If you thought that elements of my ‘bucket list’, delivered at term commencement, relating to membership, growth, corporatisation and commercialisation were random word assemblages, think again.

My UGLQ model of an equilateral triangle of strategic forces cum foci, presented to the inaugural GO Colloquium, recent

District Grand Lodge fora in Cairns and Townsville, and BoGP has Finances, Membership and Infrastructure at the three vertices.

I doubt that there are many Brethren who do not appreciate the

significant challenges that arise from these three pressure zones. To manage these pressure pulses we need as an organisation to adapt, and adaptation means change. We cannot just replicate yesterday’s practices and expect to achieve the success we have had in the past. Yesterday’s assumptions and approaches are most unlikely to be effective and valid today. Consequently,

if we are to grow a vibrant organisation with relevance in

the community, deliver on strategic objectives, attract and retain a thinking and passionate membership base then surely we must respond to testy circumstances in a proactive, entrepreneurial and agile manner.

I applaud the BoGP’s decision to act positively and creatively

to meet these current significant challenges. They have commissioned an external consultant to canvass staff and members, develop Vision/Mission/Value statements, develop a strategic plan for forward momentum and gains and to facilitate structural change. In addition financial and legal expertise will be accessed to ensure outcomes are compliance and governance bedded.

There will be no change in the core landmarks, tenets and rituals as practised by UGLQ. Changes are focussed on the introduction of best business/managerial practices and the

delineation of Board, Ceremonial and Legal responsibilities.

A most important feature of the change process will be

communication……with you. Regular updates on progress will be circulated and it is intended to present at country and city centres for two way personal interaction.

You can be assured that the implementation of this crucial change management must align with and actively demonstrate UGLQs values of:

Pursuing excellence in all that we do; Acting with fairness, integrity and responsibility;

Respecting the rights and responsibilities of freedom of inquiry and expression; and, Encouraging innovation, creativity and breadth of vision.

Once you are familiar with the scope of the restructuring exercise and the intended benefits of the outcomes sought I will seek your endorsement in this place.

Let me update further on my bucket list.

The Lavarack meeting room on the ground floor of this Centre was officially opened by the Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC, on January 28, 2014. Brethren this room is designated for you and your visitors to use. I note that AIF Memorial Lodge have conducted two Candidate interviews therein to date.

I thank Bro Ian Milne, Ambassador to the Youth Orders, and members of Jobs Daughters for resuming the practice of assisting on QC nights. I understand that the Rainbow girls will be present in June.

Finally, some advertisements. Your support in joining the UGLQ delegation to the Victorian Grand Installation in Melbourne 20 – 24 March 2014 will be much appreciated. AIF Memorial Lodge is seeking assistance from the younger cohort in particular in the conduct of the annual ANZAC ceremony. The Governor has accepted an invitation to attend. The organising team for the March 2015 Quarterly Communication to be held in Mackay have selected the prime venue, the Windmill Reception Centre. I acknowledge the Masonic choir, our organists and heralds for the musical ambience provided this evening and elsewhere. The GSWks and AGSWks are on a mission to seek additional volunteers for these important roles.

Audi Vide CLAMO.

volunteers for these important roles. Audi Vide CLAMO. Past Grand Rank Conferred – Wednesday 5th March

Past Grand Rank Conferred – Wednesday 5th March 2014

Salutation

First names

Surname

Lodge

No

Rank

RW Bro

Noel Norman

SHEPHERD

St George

246

PJGW

Previously Conferred – 13 December 2013

 

Wor Bro

Campbell James

CARMICHAEL

Tullibardine

227

PSGD

Wor Bro

William Wyld

LEVERITT

Baden Powell

505

PSGD

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Harold hits a Ton!

Another well-know Freemason has reached that magic age, 100 years. This time it is RWBro Harold Lane PSGW, who is the last remaining foundation member of Moorooka Lodge No. 405.

To celebrate this auspicious occasion Moorooka Lodge brethren, RWBro Bevan Christenson PSGW, OAM, WorBro Tom Gaddes PSGD and WorBro Len Gillespie PGStdBr travelled to Murwillumbah northern NSW to join with Harold together with his family, friends and other local Freemasons. Harold was in great spirit and was certainly excited and pleased to catch up with old acquaintances. The occasion included a luncheon held in the beautiful homestead of an Arab Horse Stud farm owned by his granddaughter Marissa and her husband Colin on the outskirts of Murwillumbah. Harold has been a staunch and enthusiastic Freemason for 68 of his 100 years, having been initiated into Rocklea Lodge No.341 UGLQ on February 16, 1946 and was passed and raised in that Lodge. He along with 29 other brethren, most of whom were from Rocklea Lodge, joined in forming and founding Moorooka Lodge No.405 UGLQ which was consecrated on November 27, 1948. He remains the last of those 30 foundation members and is still a current member being No.26 on the Lodge Membership Register. When he moved to the Gold Coast he affiliated with Coolangatta Lodge No.298 UGLQ on July 9, 1953 and was installed as Master of that Lodge in 1959. He also had a strong involvement with Burleigh Lodge No.307 and other Lodges from the Gold Coast area. For his outstanding service to the community and Freemasonry in general he was conferred with the Past Grand Rank of PDGDC on August 8, 1970, elevated to PJGW on November 30, 1975 and to PSGW on November 30, 1982. As quoted by Bro Harold during his birthday celebration speech, “Masonry has been my Life”.

Grand Conclave of the Order of the Secret Monitor for Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea

Grand Conclave of the Order of the Secret Monitor for Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea

In These PurPle Pages

Welcome to the Second Issue of The Purple Pages, an information resource of the Order of the Secret Monitor in the jurisdiction of Queensland and Papua New Guinea. Our first page gave some historical context to the core storyline of the Secret Monitor. This time we’ll look at two things. Firstly an office within each Conclave that defines our core characteristic - the importance of Friendship. Secondly a brief overview of the three Degrees conferred within the Conclave.

The ritual states that they should afford assistance and support to a brother in time of sorrow and distress and they should also search out and warn him if he is exposed to danger, secret or apparent.

Reflecting the sacred nature of their caring role they are seated at the corners of what is designated the Holy Ground in a Conclave - the central part of floor around the altar. Their chairs are turned inwards on an angle so that they are all facing the altar and in view of each other.

they are all facing the altar and in view of each other. T he V IsITIng

The VIsITIng Deacons

The fundamental tenet of our Order is Friendship. Unique to the Secret Monitor is the appointment of Officers called Visiting Deacons. Four of these are appointed. Each Visiting Deacon receives a contact list of approximately one quarter of the Conclave’s members. This list becomes their responsibility.

It is their duty to contact the members on their list between meetings and make sure they are well, if they have need of any assistance and if they will be attending the upcoming meeting.

The Visiting Deacons then report at every Conclave meeting on the status of each member so that any action which needs to be taken to relieve distress of any kind can be taken. They also carry the apologies of the members who are unable to attend. This occurs near the end of every meeting when a Roll Call of members is held.

end of every meeting when a Roll Call of members is held. T he D egrees

The Degrees of The orDer

First Degree. Secret Monitor. “Induction” - The legend related during the Induction Ceremony is the story of the remarkable friendship which existed between David and Jonathan. During the Ceremony the candidate is instructed in a certain course of action he should adopt when a brother is about to do anything which may prove injurious or detrimental to particularly himself, it also teaches a beautiful lesson of friendship and fidelity.

2nd Degree. Princes. “Admission” - The Admission Ceremony to an assembly of Princes is also derived from the book of Samuel and relates how Saul pursued and sought the life of David. It further relates an interesting legend of the methods contrived by David to thwart the efforts of a jealous King

3rd Degree. “Supreme Ruler” - The last named degree is unusual in that the Ceremony of Installation into the chair of the Conclave constitutes the Third Degree of the Order, pertaining to the Kingship of David and is fundamentally concerned with the Rulership of the Conclave.

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An information night on the Order will be held on Friday 8 August at the Stones Corner Masonic Centre commencing at 7.00pm. This session will be co-hosted by Stephens, David and Friendship Conclaves and will provide Master Masons with the opportunity to hear more about the Order and engage in conversations with members.

More information can be obtained by contacting the Grand Recorder at the email address at the bottom of this page.

Board Of Benovelence - Reports from the Board

Board Of Benovelence - Reports from the Board Report to the Quarterly Communication of The United

Report to the Quarterly Communication of The United Grand Lodge of Queensland

From the President of the Board of Benevolence and of Aged Masons Widows and Orphans’ Fund March 2014

Welcome to the third President’s report since the Grand Installation from the Board of Benevolence and of Aged Masons, Widows and Orphans’ Fund (your Board).

As mentioned in previous communications, your Board is of the belief that in order to have a sustainable business into the future, it must stay relevant and return an accounting profit. Your Board, along with MCQ’s Chief Executive Officer, has been implementing a number of strategies to ensure this is achieved. This quarter’s report provides you with an update on these strategies and the achievements to date, including the financial results for the six months ending December 2013.

Although your Board’s total accounting result still shows a deficit of $876,000, financial results are steadily improving and compare favourably to a budgeted deficit of almost $1.71 million for the six months ending December 2013. This favourable result is largely due to the improved overall result from the Masonic Care Queensland (MCQ) business. Your Board has invested heavily into new building assets for MCQ over the past five years, to ensure it remains relevant into the future. In the last 6 months $4.7 million has been spent to complete the new retirement living apartments in Sandgate and to upgrade the services precinct in Townsville. As you can appreciate, new buildings carry large depreciation costs which account for this deficit. Although operating results are positive, your Board is committed to ensure this trend continues, allowing for an accounting profit and longevity in the delivery of its Mission.

Forecasted budgets for the remainder of the financial year indicate that the positive trend will continue with only a small accounting deficit and a favourable operational result expected to be recorded.

Your Board’s overall cash and term deposit investments as at December 2013 total $19.27 million, and an outstanding loan balance of $15.85 million from the National Australia Bank facility has also been recorded, which was used to develop MCQ’s new retirement living apartments. This loan balance will reduce as apartment sales continue.

One of the major strategies to improve business outputs for MCQ was a redesign of the organisation from regional to

product line management. Due to changes in legislation and competitive operating environments for both aged care and retirement living, this organisational redesign was imperative to allow for an expert focus on each product line and also to provide the best structure to address opportunities and challenges into the future. This restructure is well underway with an improvement in financial results already evident. Two pivotal new roles were created to drive the business focus of MCQ into a product line structure. Sue Beasley has now commenced in the new role of Executive Manager Residential Care and Nick Hansen to the new role of Executive Manager Retirement Living, Community Care and Strategy.

Sue has more than 20 years experience in senior roles within the health and aged care industry, is a registered nurse and holds a Diploma of Project Management. Sue has a record of achievement in the Aged Care Industry, where she has managed and developed aged care facilities across Queensland and New South Wales. She has considerable experience in developing and implementing process improvements and organisational change which have resulted in the provision of customer centric services, quality outcomes and ongoing financial sustainability and growth. Sue’s focus is on developing and implementing strategic initiatives and programs to ensure the delivery of the best quality care services across the residential business and will lead and direct MCQ’s senior clinical and care team to drive a culture of person centred care that meets the changing needs of residents.

Nick has over 13 years experience in senior roles within the community health and aged care industry and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management. In his most recent position Nick held operational responsibility for 42 retirement living sites across Queensland. Nick’s focus is on identifying business growth opportunities within the Retirement Living, Community Care and Health portfolio as well as managing the existing Retirement Living business for MCQ, including sales of new retirement living developments.

As part of a review of MCQ’s organisational structure, it was identified a higher level of clinical governance was required into the future to meet the increasing acuity of residents entering aged care. Also the increasing business complexities around

the care assessment process, and a need for greater knowledge around aged care funding were also determined. Subsequently

a new position, Business Partner Care and Clinical Services

was created, allowing for efficient and effective monitoring of

resident care needs and associated funding to deliver this care.

It was also identified during this review that a greater focus on

MCQ employee wellbeing and work health and safety initiatives was required to ensure a happy, healthy, efficient and injury free workforce. Thus a new position of Work, Health, Safety and Environment Manager was created.

The next stage of MCQ’s organisational redesign is expected to be completed by the end of March 2014 and includes middle management, support services at Sandgate and MCQ’s People, Safety and Culture department. Once this is in place, every facility and department across MCQ will undergo a rigorous review to meet the needs of the organisations new product line structure and the needs of our customers in an ever changing and competitive environment.

This new structure for MCQ will also be supported by a new volunteer program to be rolled out later this year. The Freemason community and our current volunteer base is inevitably subject to the same ageing population issues as the general community, so therefore a greater focus is required into the recruitment of new volunteers from not just the Masonic community but also the general community, with skill sets that meet the needs of MCQ’s residents. This new volunteer program will also capitalise on the services of existing volunteers by providing greater opportunities for reward, recognition and training.

MCQ’s operating results continue to improve favourably to budget, with an operating surplus of $1.539 million already being recorded this financial year. This is mainly attributed to an increase in income which exceeded budget by $1.215 million. Most of this income increase was from aged care funding subsidy and fee income increases across all facilities and an increase in occupancy levels.

MCQ’s organisational redesign has generated expenses that were not within budget for this financial year and therefore total operating expenses were unfavourable to budget by $387,000. However, the additional necessary resources and refocus of the organisation to a product line management structure has allowed for more efficient and effective care assessment and management of occupancy levels, thus contributing to an increase in income.

The balance of the gross Aged Care Accommodation Bonds and Retirement Village Loans increased by almost $9 million to

$74.14 million over the 6 months to December 2013, mainly as

a result of new retirement living apartment and villa sales at all major village sites.

Your Board’s Secretariat Account, which consists mainly of investment and donation income less Board expenses, shows

a deficit of $70,000 as at December 2013. This deficit is a result of management consultant costs which were required

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to develop some of MCQ’s strategies to ensure an operating profit into the future. These costs will be transferred to MCQ’s operating accounts.

The Fund of Benevolence which provides cost of living relief, education allowances, funeral and special grants to Freemasons and their families, shows a surplus of $141,000 which was favourable to budget due to the receipt of franking credits from 2012/13. Expenditure on relief allowances and other grants were in line with budget for the period. The Fund of Benevolence total cash and managed investments show a total market value of $6.19 million.

The Community Engagement Fund shows a deficit of $107,000 for the six months to December 2013. Income is favourable to budget by $226,000, largely due to a bequest received in October 2013. Expenditure is over budget by $54,000 due to higher dollar for dollar subsidies paid during the period and the $25,000 donation to the NSW Bushfire Appeal. Total expenditure includes the Board’s contribution to the Queensland Brain Institute of $233,334. The Community Engagement Fund, which provides dollar for dollar support to lodges for community projects and response to natural disasters, has a cash and investment total of $988,000 as at December 2013.

Donations and bequests are important to your Board to ensure the good work achieved through the Fund of Benevolence, the Community Engagement Fund and MCQ can continue into the future. Please also keep an eye out for the next edition of Insights newsletter which has a key role in keeping the craft informed on the benevolent and charitable work of your Board.

Your Board received a significant bequest from the Rex Elson Estate a number of years ago, which enabled it to support Horizons Respite and Recreation Association Inc., a disability service which assists families and the young adult son or daughter with intellectual or multiple physical disabilities, to remain in the family unit as long as possible. The overall cash and investments held on behalf of the Rex Elson Estate totalled $1.071 million as at 31 December 2013. These investments generated $28,000 in interest and dividend income for the period with total outgoings for property costs amounting to $8,000. Capital expenditure on the recent extensions to the facility at the Tramore Street, Redcliffe property which houses the Horizons Respite and Recreation Association Inc. was $225,000 during the six months to December 2013.

The past nine months has been an exciting, challenging and rewarding time and will continue to be as we position ourselves favourably for the future and continue to provide quality services to not only our stakeholders, but also to the broader Queensland community.

Fraternally

Bruce Milner

Board President

Board Of Benovelence - Reports from the Board

Strategic

Direction

Strategic Direction 2014-2023, the strategic plan of the Board of Benevolence, is focused on enhancing a proud heritage and investing in the future.

Your Board commends this plan, which provides details on its long term vision to develop into a robust, relevant and contemporary entity to meet the needs of future generations whilst also addressing short term activities that will lay the foundations for this journey.

Over the next three years the desired future of your Board will be shaped by a number of key components which include: a refreshed identity and brand; contemporary legal, governance and financial structures; a business model which focuses on core business; a clear position in the marketplace; transparent processes; and measures to assess our achievements against our strategic objectives.

This plan is available on the United Grand Lodge of Queensland website and has been distributed by email to lodge secretaries for brethren.

Hard copies are available on request to the Board Secretary WorBro David Roberts by phoning 07 38696075 or emailing boardsec@benevolence.org.au

phoning 07 38696075 or emailing boardsec@benevolence.org.au Pictured is The Hon Ian Walker MP, Minister for Science
Pictured is The Hon Ian Walker MP, Minister for Science Information Technology, Innovation and the

Pictured is The Hon Ian Walker MP, Minister for Science Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts launching the Freemasons Queensland Senior Research Fellowship in Learning and Memory for the Queensland Brain Institute at Masonic Care Queensland. Sandgate.

Brain Institute at Masonic Care Queensland. Sandgate. Future Directions Survey As the Board of Benevolence
Brain Institute at Masonic Care Queensland. Sandgate. Future Directions Survey As the Board of Benevolence

Future Directions Survey

As the Board of Benevolence prepares for achieving its desired future over the next three years, improving communication with brethren will be a key component. In February a survey was made available on the Grand Lodge website and distributed to Lodge Secretaries so that all brethren would have the opportunity to express their views.

Some Lodge Secretaries contacted the Board Secretariat requesting hard copies of the survey for brethren who did not have access to the internet. A total of 320 completed the survey and of particular interest to the Board was that 99 of these respondents offered their contact details for follow-up. These will constitute a core group of stakeholders for feedback.

Responses were encouraging and a summary of the replies includes:

• There was a high level of awareness (>85%) of the Board’s activities – investing in Masonic Care Queensland’s facilities, supporting residents of Masonic Care Queensland’s facilities, supporting local communities in times of disaster, providing individual support to Masons and their families in times of difficulty. Supporting community charities such as funding Qld Brain Institute’s Queensland Freemasons Senior Research Fellowship in Learning and Memory rated 67%.

• The majority of respondents were satisfied with the activities of the Board.

• The two areas identified for respondents to feel more satisfied with the Board’s activities were to improve communication and to improve corporate fundraising.

• Of equal importance to respondents were supporting residents of and investing in Masonic Care Queensland and providing individual support to Masons and their families in times of difficulty.

• The current balance of funding

distribution, i.e. supporting the needs of Freemasons and the needs of the community, is about right.

• The words which best describe the current impression and ideal impression of the Board into the future are identical – active, caring, responsive, professional – other than an additional current descriptor of low profile whereas the additional future word is inspiring.

• The majority answered in the affirmative to the question of whether the Board should change its public name to something shorter and more memorable.

• 50% of respondents offered to support the Board’s activities with fundraising and/ or volunteering. (New opportunities to promote Freemasons Queensland are being developed. More information will soon be available.)

RWBro Bruce Milner, President of the Board of Benevolence, thanks all respondents for taking the time to complete the survey and for the many comments that were included. Your continued input is invaluable and will be considered as we plan for the future. Brethren will be informed as decisions are made. Readers of The Queensland Freemason magazine would have noticed the Insights newsletter inserts which provides updates on the Board’s activities in addition to articles within the magazine. Additional copies of Insights are available on requests and may be distributed within your local communities.

The Grand Master (MWBro Gary Bacon) and the Board Secretary (David Roberts) having a chat
The Grand Master (MWBro Gary Bacon) and the Board Secretary (David Roberts) having a chat

The Grand Master (MWBro Gary Bacon) and the Board Secretary (David Roberts) having a chat to a resident and donor, Mrs. Pascoe, at the unveiling of the Masonic Care Queensland - Sandgate Remembrance Precinct

Freemasonry in action at MCQ Sandgate

Freemasonry is alive and well within Masonic Care Queensland. The unveiling of the Masonic Care Queensland Sandgate Remembrance Precinct and new name plaques for two residential care facilities was a lively occasion with attendance by many brethren who are residents. Grand Master MWBro Dr Gary Bacon expressed appreciation of the donor, WorBro Rod Sellin, and Scotia Lodge brethren for their thoughtful gesture. Grand Chaplain VWBro Brian Offen blessed the precinct. WorBro Maurice De Hayr PSGD of Lodge Tullibardine No. 227 was official piper for the ceremonies and the skirl of the bagpipes resonated throughout the precinct.

Morning tea at the MCQ retirement village clubhouse followed the event and guests had the opportunity to inspect the magnificent new outdoor furniture in the Heritage Precinct Gardens, which was made possible by a generous donation by our Jessie’s Place Volunteers. Many of the Jessie’s Place volunteers have been and continue to be members of the Masonic family including Order of the Eastern Star. Their $30,000

donation, which was gratefully received by CEO Gary Mark, was the latest from the proceeds of Jessie’s Place sales to residents, staff and visitors. Volunteers recently celebrated moving into the new café and gift shop in the heritage precinct. Tours of the new MCQ retirement living apartments and community facilities were enjoyed by many. Brethren who are now residents in the apartments mingled with other guests many of whom expressed delight at the landscaping, gentle sea breeze and the view from so many vantage points.

gentle sea breeze and the view from so many vantage points. WorBro Maurice De Hayr PSGD
WorBro Maurice De Hayr PSGD of Lodge Tullibardine No. 227

WorBro Maurice De Hayr PSGD of Lodge Tullibardine No. 227

Craft News

De Hayr PSGD of Lodge Tullibardine No. 227 Craft News Residents of MCQ Sandgate, Bro Des
Residents of MCQ Sandgate, Bro Des McWha with Ken and Margaret Stephenson, enjoyed morning tea

Residents of MCQ Sandgate, Bro Des McWha with Ken and Margaret Stephenson, enjoyed morning tea in the heritage precinct

Stephenson, enjoyed morning tea in the heritage precinct WorBro Doug Newton (left) presenting the donation from

WorBro Doug Newton (left) presenting the donation from Jessie’s Place to MCQ CEO Gary Mark from Jessie’s Place to MCQ CEO Gary Mark

the donation from Jessie’s Place to MCQ CEO Gary Mark MCQ resident WorBro Robert Phillips proudly
MCQ resident WorBro Robert Phillips proudly displays his military and masonic history at the Remembrance

MCQ resident WorBro Robert Phillips proudly displays his military and masonic history at the Remembrance Precinct event

Service Jewels Presented

Notified of presentation between 14 January 2014 ~ 9 April 2014

Jewels presented by M.W. Grand Master:

 
 

50

Year (9 Carat Gold) Lapel Pins and Jewels:

* WorBro

J. H. J. Brady PGStdBr

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Warwick Lodge No. 160 Warwick Lodge No. 160

* VWBro

L. T. G. Meiklejohn PDGDC

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OTHER JEWELS PRESENTED:

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Year Jewels:

WorBro A. W. Burridge

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Maroochy Lodge No. 168

 

60

Year (9 Carat Gold) Lapel Pin and Jewels:

WorBro R. J. Bates PGSwdBr

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Chelmer Daylight Lodge No. 528 Cooloola Lodge No. 524 Ashlar Lodge No. 127 Darling Downs Lodge No. 66 Ipswich Unity Lodge No. 215 Corinthian Lodge No. 71

*

WorBro R. M. Bolderrow

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RWBro C. H. Keding PJGW Bro J. H. Kirkpatrick VWBro D. C. Neilson PDGDC RWBro L. L. Seibold PDGDC

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50

Year (9 Carat Gold) Lapel Pin and Jewels:

* Bro A. R. Ambrose

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Jondaryan Lodge No. 350 Viking Lodge No. 394 Balonne Lodge No. 294 Mt Chalmers Lodge No. 184 Theebine Lodge No. 400 Calen Lodge No. 395 Thespian Lodge No. 268 North Australian Lodge No. 1 Ashlar Lodge No. 127 Freshwater Lodge No. 406 Thespian Lodge No. 268 Bribie Lodge No. 520 Halcyon Lodge No. 492 North Australian Lodge No. 1 City of Logan Lodge No. 529 Garden City Daylight Lodge No. 531 Thistle Lodge No. 490 Fuller Lodge No. 228 Bayside Daylight Lodge No. 523 Viking Lodge No. 394 Caloundra Lodge No. 387

* WorBro V. MacD. Bekkers

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* RWBro I. W. Bucknell PJGW

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* RWBro P. A. E. Carter PSGW

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WorBro G. B. Cartmill

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WorBro G. A. F. Clarke PSGD

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* WorBro R. F. Cook

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* Bro R. W. Crouch

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* Bro

D. M. Fardon

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WorBro

D. B. Gane

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WorBro M. K. Keene

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WorBro T. W. King

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* RWBro C. E. Leitch PAGM

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* WorBro J. R. Mahoney

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* VWBro C. J. Nantes PDGDC

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* VWBro B. J. O’Halloran PDGDC

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* WorBro D. C. Petersen

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* VWBro A. G. Reid PDGDC

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* WorBro I. D. Ross PSGD

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* Bro B. E. Shaw

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* WorBro L. A. Smith

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* Recipient has both Lapel Pin and Service Jewel

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The Foundation Funds - Through the University of Queensland:

• The Masonic Chair in Geriatric Medicine

• Research and establishment of effective geriatric video-conference assessment of patients in regional hospitals with no ready access to specialist geriatricians

Through Griffith University:

• Research into a cure for Parkinson’s Disease

The quest for knowledge and understanding of the ageing process is central to the role of the Foundation as it seeks support for this important field of medical research.

Foundation expenses are low, less than 3% of income for the last few years,Your tax deductible donation or a bequest in your will (see wording below) will help improve the quality of life for older members of our community.

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Craft News

The North East Corner

Craft News The North East Corner Saturday the 22nd of March 2014 saw 16 young like-minded

Saturday the 22nd of March 2014 saw 16 young like-minded brethren coming to share each other’s company and a great breakfast at the Craft Restaurant in Milton.

With an average age of 34, there was not only a great representation from different lodges but different occupations as well. There was even a new potential candidate brought along to experience the brotherly mateship.

One of the great aspects of the breakfast is the great diversity of brethren that it attracts. Of the brethren that attended, there was a track and field coach, IT systems engineer, lawyer, electrician, accountant but to name a few.

There was a great variety of brothers there, some who had just completed their first, some waiting to do their third, and even one who had just affiliated with Dennistoun from Tasmania. The monthly breakfasts are organised and promoted through the Young Freemasons Group on Facebook. You can either request to join the group directly, or have another brother recommend you into the group.

Family has a history in Freemasonry

you into the group. Family has a history in Freemasonry Bro Doug Campbell has a long

Bro Doug Campbell has a long and very steeped connection to Freemasonry.

His great grandfather Frederick Alfred Schuler was born in 1903 in London and joined the Craft on 3 May 1930. Frederick participated in many war time efforts which saw him spend six months in Changi followed by 3½ years on the infamous railway. Frederick also obtained the one of the highest achievements in the craft as the Supreme Council 33o for England, Wales the Dominions and Dependencies of the British Crown and the Sovereign Grand Inspector General, Western

Australia (Southern)

Schuler was initiated into Old Guildfordian’s

Lodge in WA, and spent just over 30 years in

Doug’s grandfather Roy

the craft before his passing. The picture on the left is a very old one showing Bro Doug’s great grandfather, Frederick Schuler and his grandfather, Roy Schuler.

Doug is now following in his grandfather’s footsteps and decided to join the craft . He was initiated in Northern Rivers Lodge on November 16, 2011, and after completing his Master Masons degree affiliated with Southern Queensland Lodge at Beenleigh.

Why is Bro Doug a mason? “Honest friendship, acceptance and support whilst doing our part for our families, our friends and our society. It has given me the tools to be the man I knew I needed to become.”

me the tools to be the man I knew I needed to become.” Masonic Flavour on
me the tools to be the man I knew I needed to become.” Masonic Flavour on

Masonic Flavour on one of these Watches

Here are a couple of interesting timepieces, especially the one on the left. Notice the Masonic Symbols in place of the figures.

iPad edition available

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iPad edition available Head to the app store and search: Freemasons QLD

Freemasons QLD

iPad edition available Head to the app store and search: Freemasons QLD

Lodges in Action

Kennedy Lodge aids RFDS and RACQ CQ Rescue

Lodges in Action Kennedy Lodge aids RFDS and RACQ CQ Rescue Shown in this picture left

Shown in this picture left to right are WorBro Stan Coleman (Worshipful Master of Kennedy Lodge), Bhakti Saraswati from RACQ CQ Rescue who received the cheque for $5000, and WorBro Alf Pearce.(Kennedy Lodge).Lodges in Action Kennedy Lodge aids RFDS and RACQ CQ Rescue Kennedy Masonic Lodge No 11

Kennedy Masonic Lodge No 11 which meets at the Bowen Masonic Centre in North Queensland has provided two well-known organisations with money to assist them in purchasing specialised equipment and to relieve expensive running costs.

It is all accomplished by the collection of aluminum cans and batteries by members of the lodge. The two organisations are the Royal Flying

Doctor Service and the RACQ CQ Rescue. Over the past six months the lodge has been able to provide $5000 to each organisation. Both provide rescue and recovery work within all areas of the Shire in the Bowen area. WorBro Alf Pearce of Kennedy Lodge expressed his thanks to the volunteers who help each week to collect the cans and batteries.

who help each week to collect the cans and batteries. Further assistance in this voluntary work

Further assistance in this voluntary work would be appreciated by contacting Kennedy Lodge or phone 07 4786 1542.

by contacting Kennedy Lodge or phone 07 4786 1542. WorBro Alf Pearce (on the right) visited
WorBro Alf Pearce (on the right) visited the Royal Flying Doctor Service base in Townsville

WorBro Alf Pearce (on the right) visited the Royal Flying Doctor Service base in Townsville to present a cheque for $5000. With him in this picture are the RFDS pilot Marty Cram and base manager Gail Hills.

Tibrogargan Fellow Crafts addressed by Camp Hill Mentors

Tibrogargan Fellow Crafts addressed by Camp Hill Mentors A striking picture of the six Fellow Craft

A striking picture of the six Fellow Craft accompanied by the two Camp Hill members who addressed Tibrogargan members. Left to right: RWBro Richard King (Camp Hill Lodge), Bro Tye Polson, Bro John Delgardo-Smith, Bro Oliver Walker, Bro Paul Owen, Bro George Brischetto, Bro Mark Ridge, and WorBro Andy Fowle (Camp Hill Lodge).Tibrogargan Fellow Crafts addressed by Camp Hill Mentors The Master of Tibrogargan Lodge, Wor Bro Alan

The Master of Tibrogargan Lodge, Wor Bro Alan Carter, recently invited the lodge mentor and deputy mentor of Camp Hill Lodge to address members of Tibrogargan. As Tibrogargan has six Fellow Craft members, the event revolved around a Fellow Craft

tutorial for those men. RW Bro King (Camp Hill Lodge No 388 mentor) spoke generally on the Fellow Craft degree, its history, lessons and symbolism, while Wor Bro Fowle (deputy mentor) spoke specifically on the Orientation materials and tutorial given to all Fellow

Craft members of Camp Hill. Each FC member received a CD-ROM of Second Degree materials.

MW Bro Gary Bacon, GM, Secretary of Tibrogargan, is keen that his own lodge, as well as the wider Masonic community should engage in a meaningful Masonic Education programme, and encourages everyone to think about making all members more Masonically knowledgeable.

The Camp Hill model is, he says, a good starting point. Interested brethren are referred to RW Bro Richard King, PJGW, on 3202 7413, or 0419 673323, or online at rsmgking@bigpond.com

Scout Camp Gateway at Maryborough

Scout Camp Gateway at Maryborough Fraser District Scout Camp at Aldershot near Maryborough now has a

Fraser District Scout Camp at Aldershot near Maryborough now has a brand-new ceremonial gateway to the camp chapel.

Twelve members of Baden-Powell Lodge, No. 505, travelled up from Brisbane on the weekend at the beginning of the year to construct the gateway. The plan dates back to the Australian Scout Jamboree held in Maryborough twelve months ago. During the Jamboree, the lodge held a special meeting in the Maryborough Masonic Centre and the decision was made to contribute something to the local Scouts to mark the occasion.

The Board of Benevolence funded half of the cost from its Community Projects Fund and the lodge covered the rest. The design was drawn up by the lodge Senior Deacon, Bro. Karl Lingard, who is also an active Scout Leader. The plaques on the gateway denote, on the right, the

gift to the local Scouts by the Masonic fraternity. The World Scout Badge is in the centre and the Baden-Powell Lodge emblem on the left. Materials used in its construction were sourced from local businesses which had also benefited from the Jamboree.

The chapel was also given a complete refurbishment – seats sanded and painted; the altar and other memorials cleaned and the flagpole re-painted. WorBro Wayne Warry, Master of the lodge, said that it was a wonderful activity for the members to go and spend the weekend at the camp and to see something positive from their efforts. The Wide Bay-Burnett Regional Scouts Commissioner, Mrs Carole Howlett, stated how delighted she was for the project to enhance the campsite and what a great effort it was by the lodge.

Lodges in Action

what a great effort it was by the lodge. Lodges in Action The above picture shows
The above picture shows the four Scouts from the Brisbane Central Scout Troop. The Worshipful

The above picture shows the four Scouts from the Brisbane Central Scout Troop. The Worshipful Master of Baden-Powell Lodge, WorBro Wayne Warry is shown with them.

Baden-Powell Lodge Founder’s Night

For the first time, Scouts from the Brisbane Central Scout Troop took an active part in this year’s Baden- Powell Lodge Founder’s Night Ceremony held at Stones Corner Masonic Centre in February.

They, along with lodge officers, carried out the commemoration of the 1907 camp at Brownsea Island in England, which led to the foundation by Lord Baden-Powell of the Scouting and later the Girl Guide movements.

This year’s Founders Night was attended by The Deputy Grand Master, RW Bro. Alan Townson, and a fine team of Grand Officers.

Another special guest was the Chief Commissioner of Scouts Queensland, Mrs Kirsty Brown OAM. Mrs Brown spoke of the values of Scouting and their similarity to those of Freemasonry. She also led those present in the reaffirmation of the Scout Promise.

The Guest Speaker, Mr Paul Parkinson, Deputy Principal of Scouts Australia Institute of Training spoke about Scouting as Education for Life.

The Deputy Grand Master drew these themes together in a Masonic context.

The annual Rover Service Award was presented to the Rockhampton Rovers through Ms Libby Smith, who also reported on Queensland Rover activities during the past year. Scouts from the Wonargo Revue at Northgate delighted all present with several vocal items.

Lodges in Action

“PJ" now a Master Mason

At the Redlands Lodge No 252 meeting held in February at Stones Corner a Third Degree was performed on behalf of Northgate Remembrance Lodge when their candidate was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. He was Bro Pedro Cruz of Northgate Remembrance Lodge ("PJ" to all his friends). He now has many similar friends in the Redlands Lodge. Bro Cruz was a well-prepared candidate and Redlands members were very proud to play this important part in his advancement through the degrees. They were also appreciative of the request made by Northgate Remembrance members for Redlands to conduct the ceremony.

Remembrance members for Redlands to conduct the ceremony. Picture taken after the ceremony (left to right)

Picture taken after the ceremony (left to right) are: WorBro Kane Ward (IPM Redlands Lodge), “PJ” (Bro Pedro Cruz) and WorBro Rob Hyde (Worshipful Master Northgate Remembrance Lodge)Remembrance members for Redlands to conduct the ceremony. Joyful Foundation receives $3000 The District Board of

Joyful Foundation receives $3000

The District Board of Benevolence N.Q. last year presented a cheque for $3000 to the Joyful Foundation. The Foundation is a local charity in Townsville which attends to the needs of disadvantaged children so that they are socially accepted and able to have a better education.This Foundation was formed to continue the work of Joylene Lynette Donnellan, a special needs teacher, Guidance Officer and Psychologist who passed away in 2011. She was the daughter of VWBro Ron Donnellan.

away in 2011. She was the daughter of VWBro Ron Donnellan. The picture shows VWBro Doug

The picture shows VWBro Doug McBride, President of the District Board of Benevolence N.Q., Clayton Carnes, Principal Hermit Park state school and President of the Joyful Foundation Inc., VWBro Robert Milne, board member and Erin Stafford, teacher and secretary of the Foundation. The presentation also included board member and Erin Stafford, teacher and secretary of the Foundation. The presentation also included a Certificate of Appreciation and a medal to the District Board Members. Donations can be made to the Foundation and are tax deductable.

can be made to the Foundation and are tax deductable. Pictured left to right are: WorBro
Pictured left to right are: WorBro Raymond Martin (Maranoa), VWBro John Leithbridge (Marona), AGSWks for

Pictured left to right are: WorBro Raymond Martin (Maranoa), VWBro John Leithbridge (Marona), AGSWks for District 25 VWBro Don Stiller (Wandoan), newly raised South Burnett brother Jason Frecklington, WorBro Ross Olson (WM South Burnett), Wor Bro Bob Gunning (WM Wandoan) and IPM of South Burnett WorBro Noel Corbett. Picture by Bro James Barclay (South Burnett Lodge No. 427)

Lodges head for Wandoan for a Third Degree

Early this year, brethren from Burstow, Duke of Stratheren, Boonie Doon, Boonara, Blackbutt, Kilkivan, Lowood, Maranoa, Miles, South Burnett and Wandoan Lodges, gathered at Wandoan Masonic Centre to raise Bro Jason Frecklington, (South Burnett Lodge No 427) as a Master Mason.

Once the Wandoan Lodge was opened in the Third Degree by the Worshipful Master (WorBro Bob Gunning) control of the lodge was handed over to South Burnett Lodge Worshipful Master (WorBro Ross Olsson), who performed the third degree ceremony assisted by other South Burnett Lodge officers.

Bro Jason’s father-in-law is VW Bro Bob Stiller, AGSWks for District 25, who was proud as punch to see his son-in-law become a Master Mason

At the festive board Jason’s copy of

the VSL and a card, was signed by the 40 brethren in attendance. The camaraderie, fellowship and harmony on the day was in line with what Freemasonry is all about.

on the day was in line with what Freemasonry is all about. Worshipful Master of South
Worshipful Master of South Burnett Lodge 427 ( WorBro Ross Olsson) presents a gavel to

Worshipful Master of South Burnett Lodge 427 ( WorBro Ross Olsson) presents a gavel to the Worshipful Master of Wandoan Lodge No 455 (WorBro Bob Gunning) during the festive board to celebrate raising Bro Jason Frecklington as a Master Mason. Picture by Bro James Barclay (South Burnett Lodge No 427)

Grand Proclamation

The Proclamation of MW Bro Dr Gary John Bacon Will be held in the Grand Hall, Masonic Memorial Centre, 311 Ann Street Brisbane on SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014

Grand Proclamation Dinner

SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014 Ann Street Masonic Memorial Centre following the Proclamation. $40 per person, Gourmet Buffet, Cash Bar. Payment by Cheque, Money Order or Credit Card. RSVP: Thursday 26 June 2014

Quarterly Communication

Job’s Daughters volunteers assisted at the United Grand Lodge Quarterly Communication in March. It was good to see the Masonic Family working together and the girls were well received as they welcomed Freemasons and handed out programs for this special meeting.

The Jobs Daughters who were present were Honoured Youth, Miss Queensland Jobs Daughter Natasha Turpin, Jurisdictional Bethel Honour Queen Shannon Burns along with other members of Bethel No. 4 Sunnybank. Accompanying them on the night were the Jurisdictional Guardian Beth Kirk and Associate Jurisdictional Guardian David Kirk who are well known in Masonic circles and Ian Milne Youth Ambassador. It was a great night and the Daughters were happy to be involved in positive conversation about their Order. Hopefully this may assist in increasing membership in Job’s Daughters in Queensland.

Other Orders Job’s Daughters News

in Queensland. Other Orders Job’s Daughters News The above picture was taken with the Grand Master
The above picture was taken with the Grand Master present from left to right: Youth

The above picture was taken with the Grand Master present from left to right: Youth Ambassador Ian Milne, Kirsten Burns, Associate Jurisdictional Guardian David Kirk, Miss Queensland Natasha Turpin, the Grand Master, MWBro Dr Gary Bacon, Jurisdictional Bethel Honoured Queen Shannon Burns, Sharon Turpin, Jurisdictional Guardian Beth Kirk.

The Job’s Daughters Swimming Carnival

Guardian Beth Kirk. The Job’s Daughters Swimming Carnival This photo shows the “Jobie to Bee’s”, about

This photo shows the “Jobie to Bee’s”, about to start their backstroke event. All of these girls are under ten years of age.

The Job’s Daughters Swimming Carnival was held in February this year at Runcorn State School, Sunnybank much to the delight of the girls because of the hot weather at that time.

To make it a little easier for everyone concerned and to try and beat the heat, the carnival started at 3pm in the afternoon for registration and a pre swim, with the swimming competition events starting at 4pm.

There were a large number of

competitors including “Jobie to Bees” (the girls not old enough to be full members just yet). They were from all Bethels and everyone tried their hardest for their teams. There was everything from Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke, Butterfly to relays and novelty events, with each competitor gaining a point for every event they swam in, which led to some fierce competition.

The three top finishers received more points and there was also age champion for each age group

to compete for. The events ran very smoothly due to the efforts of the volunteer officials and also many thanks must go to the organiser Ian Milne and the volunteers for a great swimming carnival.

The food that was available to everyone on the day was also good, which was due to the efforts of the Vice Jurisdictional and Vice Associate Guardians, Fran Burns and Ross Kirk who cook up a storm, with burgers, chips and also cold drinks.

The carnival however was cut short due to an electrical storm in the area that evening, but the main events had been completed and the scores were very close. The winners on the day were Bethel #2 Chermside closely followed by No. 4 Sunnybank.

The age champions will be announced at a later date, but there was enough time on the day for the Jurisdictional Guardian Beth Kirk to make the presentation of the winner’s trophy to the Chermside Champions who accepted it very noisily.

Other Orders

Created Knights of Malta

Other Orders Created Knights of Malta Pictured back row left to right: R.E.Kt. Des Soley, K.C.T.,
Pictured back row left to right: R.E.Kt. Des Soley, K.C.T., M. E. & S., M.E.

Pictured back row left to

right: R.E.Kt. Des Soley, K.C.T., M. E. & S., M.E. Knight David Stewart G.C.T. (Grand Master), R.E. Kt. Dr. Donald Gifford K.C.M. (Great Prior of Malta)

and R

three candidates, front row, left to right: Bro. Kts. Mark Hewitt, Shayne Potter, Fr. Don Davey.

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A ceremony for three candidates has been conducted by The Great Priory of Queensland at the Leichhardt Encampment Preceptory at Sherwood, Brisbane. The Malta Degree ceremony was conducted by The Great Prior of Malta and Great Priory Officers.

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Lunch and Fashion Show by OES

Recently a Fund Raising Lunch and Fashion Show was organised by the Worthy Matron and ladies of The Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 111 in Maryborough. Worthy Matron of the organisation is Sister Vickie White. It was very well attended by brethren and ladies, and quite a large number from the general public

The total amount of money raised by the OES

was $799.60. This money was donated to Palliative Care” in Maryborough. The response for attendance at this event was so high that many were disappointed when they found they could not attend as the maximum limit for people in the hall was 150. The hot Lunch and dessert was enjoyable and it was served at the tables by the “Rainbow Girls”. This was a truly valiant effort by all concerned.

Girls”. This was a truly valiant effort by all concerned. Rainbow For Girls Installation The Installation

Rainbow For Girls Installation

The Installation Ceremony for Alexandra Assembly No. 63, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, was held in Toowoomba in February. It is believed that the number of girls participating in this Installation

was the largest for many years which in the opinion of the officers reflects a resurgence of interest in the Order by the young ladies of this modern era. The group picture shows 36 girls involved in the ceremony. Thirty-two

of them were from Alexandra Assembly and the other four were visiting girls from Ipswich and Maryborough Assemblies.

were visiting girls from Ipswich and Maryborough Assemblies. This picture shows the principal officers who officiated
This picture shows the principal officers who officiated on the day. They are (left to

This picture shows the principal officers who officiated on the day. They are (left to right), WorBro Tom Green (“Poppie Tom”, Rainbow Dad); Mrs Denise Dickson (“Mum D”, Supreme Deputy in Queensland) and Mrs Pat Green (“Nanna Pat”, Mother Advisor).

Order of the Amaranth

Order of the Amaranth Members of the Order of the Amaranth (from left) Larry Dobbins, Supreme
Members of the Order of the Amaranth (from left) Larry Dobbins, Supreme Royal Matron Lynda

Members of the Order of the Amaranth (from left) Larry Dobbins, Supreme Royal Matron Lynda Dobbins, Supreme Royal Patron David Ekren, and Carol Ekren visited the American Diabetes Association home office in 2013. “Their goal is the same as ours: to get rid of diabetes,” David Ekren says.

Do donations raised through golf outings, bake sales, and 90-year-olds shaking contribution cans outside discount stores add up? Prepare to be impressed. Such efforts, coordinated by the Order of the Amaranth, have raised almost $14 million for diabetes research.

The order is a social, fraternal, and philanthropic Masonic organisation dedicated to “truth, faith, wisdom, and charity”— and supporting the search for a cure for diabetes. Since 1979, the order’s Amaranth Diabetes Foundation, its philanthropic arm, has raised money exclusively for the American Diabetes Association’s diabetes research program. “There is no volunteer organisation with a longer history with the American Diabetes Association that has given at the level of the Order of the Amaranth,” says Association CEO Larry Hausner.“The members set an incredible example, and we are so grateful for the impressive contributions they are making to our mission.”

The Order knows that diabetes touches everyone. “There isn’t anybody who isn’t affected by diabetes, whether personally or a relative or a friend,” says Lynda Dobbins, the supreme royal matron of the Order. Dobbins, of Hartville, Ohio, should know: She has type 2 diabetes, which developed after she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in 1983.

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As supreme royal matron, Dobbins travels North America to meet with local courts and support their fund-raising efforts, from grand galas to “kiss-a-pig” events. “Right now we have

356 courts across the country and around the world that are

all focused on finding a cure,” she says. Each member’s personal story provides even more motivation. Whenever George “Stoney” Pavlik, the president of the Amaranth Diabetes Foundation, travels beyond his home in Mount Union, Pa., he brings along a copy of a 1986 American Diabetes Association book, Children with Diabetes. On the cover is a picture of his daughter, Audra, when she was a little girl. The book is a visual reminder of why he has dedicated his life to raising funds for diabetes research.

Audra died in 2012 of complications related to type 1 diabetes, at the age of 34. “This is the reason why I’m so dedicated to this,” he says, his voice catching. “There’s an impending tsunami, a puzzle that is pressing the whole medical community. Finally, we might get all the pieces together.” Dobbins says that with every effort, big or small, members of the Order hope they’re one step closer to finding the “golden dollar” that funds the research that will find a cure. Typically, the money the Order gives to the Association supports from three to five researchers each year—more than any other organisation working with the ADA. Current researchers funded by Amaranth are looking into helping people with neuropathy regrow nerves and identifying how inflammation may trigger type 1 diabetes, among other topics. This and other research focuses on improving the lives of people living with diabetes and the ultimate goal—finding a cure.

Last fall, Janel Wright, then vice chair of the American Diabetes Association’s Board of Directors; Latino Diabetes Action Council member Irene Smith; and fellow volunteers

Marybeth Lacy, Ann Rathbun, and Janice Wall joined more than

200 advocates from across the country in Washington, D.C.,

to meet with their members of Congress to urge a greater federal investment in the National Institutes of Health. These advocates acknowledged the many advances in treatment and tools to manage diabetes because of NIH research, especially at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. They also made the case that additional investments in NIH and NIDDK are critical to further improve prevention and

treatment methods, and ultimately end the diabetes epidemic.

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$6000 in donations to Joyful Foundation

Serving the Community $6000 in donations to Joyful Foundation The picture shows the presentation of a

The picture shows the presentation of a $3000 cheque just recently. Those in the picture are (left to right): VWBro Doug McBride (President of the North Queensland District Board of Benevolence), WorBro Evan Evans (District Board member), VWBro Herb Wilder (District Board District Board of Benevolence), WorBro Evan Evans (District Board member), VWBro Herb Wilder (District Board member), Kieron Heilbronn (Trustee of the Foundation) and Erin Stafford (Secretary of the Foundation).

Two cheques worth $3000 each have been presented to the Joyful Foundation Inc. by the North Queensland Board of Benevolence in the last twelve months.

The Joyful Foundation is an organisation formed in memory of a Townsville teacher, the late Joy Donnellan, by her father, WorBro Ron Donnellan (Mylne Lodge No 61 N.Q.) It provides disadvantaged students with basic needs and educational support. It was created to see the efforts of the late Joy Donnellan (who died of kidney cancer in 2011) continue in a manner that would benefit the community. The first donation by the North Queensland Board of Benevolence was made in July last year. Another $3000 has been provided by the Board in February this year.

$3000 has been provided by the Board in February this year. The Worshipful Master of Palmwoods
The Worshipful Master of Palmwoods Lodge (WorBro Graham Lyttle) left, is shown presenting the post-

The Worshipful Master of Palmwoods Lodge (WorBro Graham Lyttle) left, is shown presenting the post- hole digger to the Chief Executive Officer of Compass (David Dangerfield) along with Walvery Palmwoods lodge members and Compass staff and clients.

$2150 donation to Compass Institute

The Members of Waverley Palmwoods Masonic Lodge No: 249, Woombye have over the last few months raised funds from various activities and in conjunction with a dollar for dollar subsidy given by The Board of Benevolence of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland, were delighted to donate $2150 in support of the Compass Institute, Palmwoods enabling the purchase of vital equipment for their farm activities.

At a morning tea attended by members of Waverley Palmwoods Lodge, Compass Institute staff and clients, CEO David Dangerfield gave an insight into the workings of Compass which is a locally based charity dedicated to providing real futures for young Queenslanders with a disability. Graham Lyttle, Master of Waverley Palmwoods Lodge presented Compass with a post-hole digger purchased with the funds raised. Worshipful Bro Lyttle said that the lodge was privileged to be able to support the Compass Institute and looked forward to a continued association with this local organisation.

DGLQ supports St. Vincent dePaul

this local organisation. DGLQ supports St. Vincent dePaul Pictured (left to right): RWBro Barrett, Graham Kiehne,
Pictured (left to right): RWBro Barrett, Graham Kiehne, Fr. Dave Lancini.

Pictured (left to right): RWBro Barrett, Graham Kiehne, Fr. Dave Lancini.

The District Grand Master of North Queensland, RWBro Ian Barrett has presented a cheque for $2800 to the

President of Good Shephered Conference of St Vincent dePaul (Graham Kiehne).

Fr Dave Lancini was also present for the presentation. The District Grand Master’s Christmas Appeal has for a number of years supported St. Vincent dePaul. Recently they were able to deliver 110 sizeable hampers. The reason for that support is that, St. Vincent dePaul members are dealing with the needy in their homes every week and know where the hampers would be most required. Fr. Dave Lancini ensures that the

Freemasons involvement is recognised in the Parish Newsletters and in Mass, with a round of applause in recognition of the Freemasons’ contribution. The Cheque was presented to Graham Keihne, President of Good Shepherd Conference of St. Vincent dePaul with Fr. Dave Lancini by R.W.Bro Ian Barrett, Dist. Grand Master. The District Grand Master’s Christmas Appeal has for a number of years supported St. Vincent dePaul, this year they were able to deliver 110 sizable Hampers.

this year they were able to deliver 110 sizable Hampers. Picture supplied by RWBro L. W.

Picture supplied by RWBro L. W. McGrath PDGM.

Serving the Community

Tyrian Lodge assists Bundaberg Hospital with donations

The Bundaberg Health Services Foundation, which purchases non- government funded equipment recently received $5600 from Tyrian Lodge No. 27 towards the purchase of two Specialist Recliners for patients.

The amount contributed by the lodge came from funds donated by the Colin Lovell Trust managed by Tyrian, and also included a dollar for dollar subsidy from the Masonic Board of Benevolence. The Foundation also contributed to the new recliners which cost $7700.

Foundation manager Maria Burnet said Masonic Lodge members in the region had been very generous with close to $19,000 having been donated to assist in the support of patient services at Bundaberg Hospital during the past four years.

Acting Nurse Unit Manager of ICU (Intensive Care Unit) Cheryl Byrne said the chairs were very good for patients especially during unexpected events like a cardiac arrest or seizures as they can lie flat for resuscitation.

“This allows prompt management rather than waiting for wards men to come and lift them back to bed, while someone is trying to prevent them from falling,’’ she said.

The chairs also allow renal patients in intensive care to have dialysis and patients with respiratory problems can sit upright maximising the use of muscles for breathing.

“We encourage our critically ill patients to mobilise out of bed into chairs to reduce their risk of blood clots and chest infections and it is wonderful we now have two new ones on the unit to enhance patient care,’’ Ms Byrne said. When Michael Manthey developed clots in his lungs and spent eight days in Bundaberg Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, he had no idea he would be among the first to use new equipment purchased through a community donation.

Mr Manthey, from Biggenden, was rushed to hospital after clots developed in each of his lungs.

He spent five days in an ICU bed and once able to move around took advantage of the use of one of the two new specialist recliners.

Mr Manthey, who is now back home, praised the staff in ICU saying they had saved his life and that the recliner had been very comfortable.

“I wasn’t allowed to move for a few days but once I could it was great to be sitting upright in the chairs and they were so easy to get in and out of, I’m very grateful,’’ he said.

to get in and out of, I’m very grateful,’’ he said. Pictured is one of the

Pictured is one of the Specialist Recliners purchased. Standing left to right in the picture are: ICU Clinical Nurse Kay Boisen, ICU Nurse Manager Cheryl Byrnes, ICU Director Sunil Singh, and Freemasons Malcolm Finnis and John Dexter.

Sunil Singh, and Freemasons Malcolm Finnis and John Dexter. Carinya CEO Sue Nicholls is shown kneeling
Carinya CEO Sue Nicholls is shown kneeling and in the background are WorBro L. Aldridge,

Carinya CEO Sue Nicholls is shown kneeling and in the background are WorBro L. Aldridge, WorBro L. Simpson and Carinya Staff.

Further donation to Carinya Home for the Aged

Once again members of the combined Masonic Lodges of the Atherton Tablelands have donated much needed equipment for the patients at the Carinya Home for the Aged.

This donation consists of three flotation chairs and one patient hoist valued at $10,935.The previous donation was two deluxe bed/chairs. The members and their ladies raised the money which was subsidised by the Board of Benevolence under the dollar for dollar subsidy scheme.

The Chief Executive Officer of Carinya Home for the Aged, (Sue Nicholls) said that this equipment would greatly assist Carinya staff with the care of frail and vulnerable residents at the home and ensure safe manual handling by them. The Tablelands Freemasons have expressed their thanks to the public and Carinya for their support in supplying items for the cent sale, garage sales and street stalls.

items for the cent sale, garage sales and street stalls. Left to right in the picture

Left to right in the picture are WorBro Brian Lee (Secretary of the lodge), Councillor Pardon, WorBro Eddie Forth, Ms Trish Ridge and RWBro Soley.

Donation to Life Education Australia

Tewantin Lodge No 355 has given a donation towards sound equipment for a new van purchased by Life Education Australia. The amount given was $3400 which included a dollar for dollar subsidy from the Board of Benevolence. The fund raiser for the Association (Ms Trish Ridge) and Councillor Frank Pardon gave a talk to the lodge

members about the activities of Life Education Australia and the role they play in educating the children of the Sunshine Coast. Drug and health education is an important part of the Association. The picture shows the cheque for $3400 being presented to Councillor Frank Pardon by the Master of Tewantin Lodge, RWBro Des Soley.

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50 years to the day!

WorBro Don Blunden (left) Worshipful Master of Bayside Daylight Lodge 523 is shown congratulating WorBro Ian Ross after presenting him with his 50 year service jewel on February 10 this year.

The presentation on February 10 was exactly 50 years to the day that WorBro Ross was initiated into the Earl of Kildare Lodge 422 at Ann Street. WorBro Ross is also a member and past master of Pioneer Lodge in Gympie.

is also a member and past master of Pioneer Lodge in Gympie. Left to right: VWBro

Left to right: VWBro Norgate (Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies), Bro Don Fardon, Mrs. Joan Fardon, RWBro Greg Short.

Two Service jewels Presented at Ashlar Lodge

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most enjoyable evening was spent

at

Ashlar Lodge No 127 (Oakey) in

February when service jewels were presented to two members of the lodge.

Following the closure of the lodge after its regular meeting, the doors were opened and family members and friends were admitted. The presentations were made by RW Bro Greg Short, PAGM, representing the Grand Master (MW Bro Dr Gary Bacon). The recipients were RW Bro Clarrie Keding, PJGW (60 years) and Bro Don Fardon (50 years). RW Bro Short delivered an interesting and well researched biographical address to each

interesting and well researched biographical address to each 60 year jewel Daniels WorBro Eldred Cecil Daniels

60 year jewel Daniels

WorBro Eldred Cecil Daniels (Providence Lodge 144, Mt. Morgan) is shown on the left holding his 60-year

Service Jewel certificate after receiving the Service jewel at his home in Rockhampton. Making the presentation

is RWBro James Alexander Wyatt.

WorBro Daniels was initiated in the old Dee Lodge No 144. He served for many years as the School Principal at Hamilton Creek Primary School until his retirement.

of the two brethren. RWBro Keding was raised on a farm at Evergreen where he lived at the time of his initiation into Ashlar Lodge 60 years ago. Bro Keding worked with automotive and agricultural machinery all his working life. Now retired and 94 years of age, he lives in Toowoomba. Bro Fardon is a retired magistrate, serving in the Oakey Court of Petty Sessions office at the time of his initiation 50 years ago. He remained a member of Ashlar Lodge despite many subsequent postings, and in retirement, now lives in Brisbane. Both Bro Fardon and RW Bro Keding show a quiet pride in the fact that they were initiated into Ashlar Lodge and have only been members of one lodge. Following the presentation, all assembled repaired to the ante-room where a celebratory festive board was held and toasts duly honoured.

celebratory festive board was held and toasts duly honoured. RWBro Clarrie Keding PJGW is shown with

RWBro Clarrie Keding PJGW is shown with his god daughter Tallulah. On the left is the Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies VWBro Norgate and on the right, RWBro Short PAGM.

Ceremonies VWBro Norgate and on the right, RWBro Short PAGM. 50 year jewel Carter At a

50 year jewel Carter

At a recent meeting of Mt Chalmers Lodge No 184, RWBro Peter Carter, PSGW, was presented with a 50 year service jewel by RWBro Ray Boyle, PDGM. Peter was initiated in Pymble Lodge No 635, UGLNSW in 1958 and, in 1961, affiliated with Mt Chalmers and was WM on four occasions. In 1985 he also affiliated with Mount Morgan Lodge No 57, occupying the Chair on three occasions. Peter’s extensive contribution to Freemasonry in Central Queensland was highlighted during the presentation.

Pictured after the jewel presentation are Barbara Meiklejohn, VWBro Les Meiklejohn, MWBro Gary Bacon GM,
Pictured after the jewel presentation are Barbara Meiklejohn, VWBro Les Meiklejohn, MWBro Gary Bacon GM,

Pictured after the jewel presentation are Barbara Meiklejohn, VWBro Les Meiklejohn, MWBro Gary Bacon GM, WorBro John Brady and Gloria Brady.

Double 50 year Jewel Presentation

The February meeting of Warwick Lodge No 160 was certainly the place to be at for a presentation of 50-year jewels to two of its well known members.

The meeting closed early to allow families and friends of VWBro Les Meiklejohn and WorBro John Brady to gather upstairs in the lodge room for the presentation. There were 86 people present for the event. The Grand Master, MWBro Dr Gary Bacon was present with RWBro Wally Lock PDGM, RWBro Nigel Steven PAGM, RWBro Percy Cutmore PAGM and 22 Grand Officers. The Grand Master gave an interesting address on the origins of Warwick Lodge No 160 and then addressed the recipients of the jewels in a dignified but humourous manner to the delight of all assembled. He then requested that the wives of the recipients pin the jewels on their lapels.

the wives of the recipients pin the jewels on their lapels. 70 Year Jewel for Sir

70 Year Jewel for Sir Walter Burnett PGM

The presentation of the 70 Year Jewel was made to Sir Walter Burnett PGM by the Grand Secretary RWBro John Rawlinson in company with the Grand Master and members of Viking Lodge.

company with the Grand Master and members of Viking Lodge. 50 year jewel QC Cyril Leitch

50 year jewel

QC Cyril Leitch

At the Quarterly Communication held in the Grand Hall on March 5, MWBro Graeme Ewin PGM (left) presented RWBro Cyril Leitch PAGM with his 50 year jewel. RWBro Leitch is a Grand Herald.

PAGM with his 50 year jewel. RWBro Leitch is a Grand Herald. 50 year jewel QC

50 year jewel

QC John Nantes

VWBro John Nantes PDGDC (right) is shown receiving his 50-year jewel from Past Grand Master, MWBro Alan Wright PGM at the March Quarterly Communication in the Grand Hall.

The presentation took place on the actual anniversary date of his Initiation 70 years ago on Saturday 8 March 2014 at his home at Clayfield.

Sir Walter is the last remaining Foundation member of Viking Lodge. He was Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland from 1983 to 1986.

Pictured at the presentation are (left to right): RWBro John Campbell AM PJGW, Mrs. Leighton, Mrs Campbell, RWBro Peter Dixon PJGW, Lady Judith Burnett, RWBro John Rawlinson (Grand Secretary), MWBro Dr Gary Bacon (Grand Master). Seated is Sir Walter Burnett PGM

Jewel Presentations

Seated is Sir Walter Burnett PGM Jewel Presentations Pictured left to right are RWBro J. Dexter
Pictured left to right are RWBro J. Dexter PSGW ( AGSW), Bro G. Williamson, WorBro

Pictured left to right are RWBro J. Dexter PSGW ( AGSW), Bro G. Williamson, WorBro F. Baker (Master of Sir Augustus Lodge), RWBro Ben Lathouras PDGM and WorBro Gordon Nicoll PGStdBr.

Double Jewel Presentation in Bundaberg

A double jewel presentation took place at a Bundaberg Combined Lodges meeting hosted by Sir Augustus Lodge No 154 in March this year.

WorBro Gordon Nicoll PGStdBr travelled from Toowoomba to present a 50 year service jewel to his old friend, RWBro Ben Lathouras PDGM. Also RWBro John Dexter PSGW (AGSW) presented Bro Gordon Williamson with his 60 year service jewel. The evening was well attended with over 55 members being present.

Fashion Restrictions in the 1920’s.

members being present. Fashion Restrictions in the 1920’s. I realise this has nothing to do with

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A “First” for many years

Quick News A “First” for many years For the first time for many years the members

For the first time for many years the members of Lodge Lowood No 194 performed

a ceremony of initiation on

a candidate in their lodge

room at Lowood just east of Toowoomba.

The candidate, Mr. Gene Ganzeria is shown with the Lowood Worshipful Master, WorBro Ken Martin following the ceremony.

Worshipful Master, WorBro Ken Martin following the ceremony. Picture by RWBro Ted Sharp PJGW. Please Say

Picture by RWBro Ted Sharp PJGW.

following the ceremony. Picture by RWBro Ted Sharp PJGW. Please Say “Yes”! What a wonderful way

Please Say “Yes”!

What a wonderful way to make an Installation Festive Board something to remember. Newly installed Worshipful Master of Robert Burns Lodge No. 431, WorBro Mark McKenzie accomplished this by getting down on one knee and proposing to his partner Beth Clarke at the Festive Board in Toowoomba on Saturday, April 5. Mark is well-known to many Freemasons for his prowess in handling the bagpipes. The Installation and Festive Board were both very successful. Incidentally, Beth did say "yes".

very successful. Incidentally, Beth did say "yes". "The Captain" celebrates his 90th birthday "The

"The Captain" celebrates his 90th birthday

"The Captain", WorBro Monty Edmonds PJGD is shown with local Mackay Freemasons on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Really it was his 22nd and a half birthday, as he was born on February 29 in 1924.

Monty served two terms as Master of Walkerston Lodge No 482 - 1974/75 and

1988/89 - and is shown in the second row from the front wearing his Naval Officers cap with his son-in-law WorBro Wayne Sommerfeld (blue shirt) on his right, and brother-in -law VWBro Allan McLean AGSWks (red shirt) further on Monty's right. Monty also served with the 2/12th regiment during world war two.

Ladies’ Dinner popular

regiment during world war two. Ladies’ Dinner popular The ladies’ dinner which is usually held on

The ladies’ dinner which is usually held on the night before the Quarterly Communication is always a popular event for those partners and friends of Freemasons in UGLQ. The dinner held before the March Quarterly was certainly popular with Pam Wheatley, the personal assistant to the Grand Secretary who won a set of pearl earrings at the function.

Pam is shown on the right with Amanda Stein from Panda Pearls who presented her with the earrings. Amanda was guest speaker and generously donated the earrings and also a bracelet which was won by Erica Gibbons.

The major prize for the June Raffle will be an exquisite silver and tanzanite bracelet, kindly donated by Herman Kleiner. A pearl and silver necklace from Panda Pearls will be second prize. Proceeds go to Youngcare, the charity group supported by the ladies.

Ladies Afternoon Tea

During the Ceremony of the Grand Proclamation being held on Saturday, July 5 at 3.20 p.m. in the Grand Hall an afternoon tea will be provided for the ladies in Supper Room 3 hosted by Mrs. Carol Bacon.

Fourth Generation Master

Fourth Generation Master Pictured is a proud father, Ken Guldbransen with his son Brett on the

Pictured is a proud father, Ken Guldbransen with his son Brett on the night of Bretts installation as Master of Haughton Lodge No. 348.

It was a memorable night for Wor. Bro. Ken Guldbransen when he installed his son Brett into the Chair of Haughton Lodge No. 348 Giru, North Queensland. Brett is continuing a very long tradition of Freemasonry in his family. His father had been secretary of Haughton Lodge for a number of years before returning to the Chair to enable him to install Brett. Brett’s Grandfather, the late VWBro. Alf Guldbransen and his great grandfather, WorBro. Walter Pratt were both members of Hopetown Lodge, Kilcoy. The Guldbransen family have been well known and respected in Masonic circles for a number of years. Six brothers (now all deceased) Jack, Alf, Henry, Walter (Gully), Norman and Len were members of various Lodges in Queensland.

Murgon Royal Arch Chapter

Pictured is a group at the Murgon Royal Arch Chapter No 74 meeting when Bro Don Davey received his advancement to Mark Master Mason.

Bro Don Davey received his advancement to Mark Master Mason. Left to right, front row: Bro
Left to right, front row: Bro Don Davey, RT.Ex. Comp. Robert Glasgow, Rt.Ex.Comp. Trevor Hindley,

Left to right, front row: Bro Don Davey, RT.Ex. Comp. Robert Glasgow, Rt.Ex.Comp. Trevor Hindley, First Principal, Rt.Ex. Comp. Wally Dugdell, V.Ex. Comp. Arthur Hawthorn DGE. Back Rows, Companions of the Murgon Royal Arch Chapter.

Hard Workers on election day

the Murgon Royal Arch Chapter. Hard Workers on election day Members of Yeppoon Lodge No 316

Members of Yeppoon Lodge No 316 and wives are shown in front of their sausage sizzle stall erected in front of the lodge building which was used as the Barmaryee Booth in the seat of Capricornia at the last federal election. The proceeds from this stall were used to purchase equipment for the Bondoola Rural Fire Service.

Cutting the Cake

for the Bondoola Rural Fire Service. Cutting the Cake Millennium Lodge No 534 members held their

Millennium Lodge No 534 members held their installation in the Masonic Centre at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast during March when Bro Matt Porter was installed as Worshipful Master for the next 12 months.

RWBro Athol Harding PAGM represented the Grand Master at this meeting and he was accompanied by RWBro Col. Mander PAGM and 12 Grand Officers.

At the Festive Board a beautifully iced cake in the shape of a Masonic apron was traditionally cut by the Worshipful Master in this case with the assistance of his wife Sam. while RWBro Harding looks on.

assistance of his wife Sam. while RWBro Harding looks on. Picture by RWBro Ted Sharp PJGW.

Picture by RWBro Ted Sharp PJGW.

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Masonry has no boundaries

RWBro Ted Sharp PJGW. Quick News Masonry has no boundaries Left to right: Back row, WorBro
Left to right: Back row, WorBro Colin Hughes, VWBro Allan McLean (AGSW Dist. 53), Front

Left to right: Back row, WorBro Colin Hughes, VWBro Allan McLean (AGSW Dist. 53), Front row, WorBro Doug Bryant (Sarina Lodge 286), VWBro Neil Wales (Calen Lodge 395)

This photo was taken at Waverley Creek south of Mackay when Members of Calen, Walkerston and Sarina Lodges manned a “Driver Reviver” stop for a long weekend, raising money for St John’s Ambulance. Wor Bro Colin Hughes from the United Kingdom introduced himself to the brethren working there. Wor Bro Hughes is Master of Chorlton Lodge 1387 United Kingdom.

UGLQ to the forefront for visiting State Installations

UGLQ to the forefront for visiting State Installations This picture shows our team of brethren and

This picture shows our team of brethren and ladies who really enjoyed each others company at the Grand Installation in Tasmania which was held from Thursday, February 28 to Sunday March 2.

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New Fellow Craft

An Entered Apprentice from North Australian Lodge No 1 in Brisbane was recently passed to the second degree in Warwick Lodge No 160. He is Bro Kostyantyn Ukrayinets who is shown in the picture being congratulated by the Worshipful Master of Warwick Lodge, VWBro Robert Swaine while the Worshipful Master of North Australian Lodge (WorBro Tim Sullivan) looks on.

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COMMUNICATION

The next Quarterly communication of Grand Lodge will be held on Wednesday, June 4 in the Grand Hall, 311 Ann Street Brisbane at 7.30 p.m.

4 in the Grand Hall, 311 Ann Street Brisbane at 7.30 p.m. Freemasons donate to Spinal

Freemasons donate to Spinal Injuries Unit

In July last year when the Aircraft Carrier USS George Washington was moored in Brisbane for a visit, a group of travelling Freemasons from the ship visited lodges with the assistance of UGLQ and AIF Memorial Lodge No. 289.

They also visited the Spinal Injuries Unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital as part of their community outreach while at liberty in port. March this year was the culmination of that visit when a donation of furniture to be utilised by visitors and families, was made to the

Spinal Injuries Unit by the AIF Memorial Lodge members, from funds raised by the travelling Masons and the AIF Memorial Lodge.

Enjoying the furniture in this picture are patients and staff of the PA Hospital Spinal Injuries Unit, with (standing at the rear) WorBro Brian Mitchell (Worshipful Master of AIF Memorial Lodge), VWorBro Graham Schulz (Deputy Grand Secretary), and RWBro Mike Muirhead (AIF Memorial Lodge), behind the Grand Master MWBro Gary Bacon seated at the front with SIU staff.

Brethren from Mylne Lodge and Haugton lodge, officers of the District Grand Lodge and some
Brethren from Mylne Lodge and Haugton lodge, officers of the District Grand Lodge and some Caravan
Club brethren are shown outside the building after their annual combined meeting in Ravenswood.

Mylne and Haughton lodge members

An instance of the fellowship between brethren of different lodges is highlighted in North Queensland where Mylne Lodge No 61 and Haughton Lodge No 348 members get together once a year for a combined meeting in the town of Ravenswood.

Which is located approximately 45 km south of Mingela, and about 100 km from Charters Towers. This has been going on for the past 15 years. Giru is a small town in Queensland situated on the Haughton River 54 km south-east of Townsville. It is at Giru where Haughton Lodge meets. The building at Giru was originally the Masonic Temple at Ravenswood. Meetings for the first three years were held in the billiard room of the Imperial Hotel where the host is a member of Mylne Lodge.

In later years the meetings are now being held in the old School of Arts building which is now the Community Hall.

Craft Lodge Directory Revisons

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St Andrew Lodge Ian Wylde, 12 Eleanor Avenue, Underwood 4119

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Prince Leopold Lodge Email should read – greenbuilders@y7mail.com

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Braemar Lodge Post Code 4563.

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Nambour Lodge Email should read – marjean1@optusnet.com.au

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Bribie Lodge Email should read – nevell.krogh@bigpond.com Installation now held at 25 Banya Street, Bongaree, Bribie Island (not Caboolture)

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Garden City Daylight Lodge Ken Stephen, 19 Butler Street, Rangeville 4350. Ph. (H) 4635 4673 (E) kstep@icr.com.au

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(Under District of QLD Gold Coast Tweed Valley)

District Commander – V.Ill.Bro. A. E. Smaller 33°, 6 Sir Bruce Small Boulevard, Benowa 4217. Ph. (H) 5539 4394 District Recorder – Ill.Bro. B. Arnol 31°, 177 Botanical Circuit, Banora Point 2486. Ph. (H) (07) 5524 6006

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Northern Rivers

No Longer in Recess- 4th Saturday April (I), October.

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(Under Province of North Queensland) Remove title Administration for Providence of N.Q. and replace with Provincial Grand Secretary - Ill. Bro. Ken Guldbransen 31°, PO Box 87, Giru 4809 Ph. (H) 4782 9185 (E) keneischa@bigpond.com Secretary for the 18° & 30° - Ill. Bro. Stan Kolb 31°, PO Box 35, Giru 4809 Ph. (H) 4782 9125 (E) stanley.kolb@bigpond.com

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Thank you Milford Have you ever thought how much work goes into the preparation of
Thank you Milford
Have you ever thought how much work goes into
the preparation of a Lodge Warrant displayed in the
Lodge Room?
The attractive Old English font used in the wording
and the way it is all laid out make it something
worthwhile studying. Well, we have in our midst the
man who prepares that wording on UGLQ Warrants using
calligraphy pens for the job. He is RWBro Milford Eyres
PJGW, who has been doing calligraphy ever since he
was at school many years ago. Milford says that much
of the work these days can be done on a computer for
small certificates, such as A4 or A5 paper size, but the
big Warrants need special machines which can be very
expensive. So he does this by hand.
The style Milford specialises in is Old English.
Grand Lodge and the Grand Master are very grateful to
Milford for the work he accomplishes in this important
part of Freemasonry.
Pictured is Milford who is a member of Broadwater Surfers Paradise and
Gold Coast Daylight lodges, displaying an example of his work.

Brisbane Open House

Brisbane Open House will be on Saturday 11 October 2014

The Grand Master has asked that Lodges which might have been planning Installations or Proclamations on that day seek alternative dates, so all Grand Officers will be free to assist in presenting the Ann Street Building to greatest advantage. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

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Bro Don Davey (centre) being congratulated by the Worshipful Master of Kingaroy Lodge No 189
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Bro Don Davey (centre) being congratulated by the Worshipful Master of Kingaroy Lodge No 189 (WorBro David Scrimgeour) with VWBro Stan Whalan AGSWks on the left.

Recollections and Feelings

These are the words of Bro Don Davey, a newly raised Master Mason in Kingaroy Lodge No 189 who was asked by his Worshipful Master if he would give an address to his Lodge meeting on his feelings on becoming a Freemason. This is what he said:

“When the Worshipful Master asked if I would give a brief account on how or what I have experienced since I joined the Craft, I struggled for some time with how I could put into a few words what to me has been, and continues to be, such an all-encompassing experience. Commencing from the approach to

our lodge Secretary, filling out the application form to commence the process,

it has felt right. That feeling you are comfortable with your decision at the

right time and place. I have not found any cause to regret my decision.

“I will remember that first night for a number of reasons, approaching

a new venture with some uncertainty and reservation, but knowing I was

treading a path that many had walked before. Trying to maintain some dignity and stop my trousers from falling, to at a particular point worrying what I had done so wrong that I had caused this man to have a heart attack. I am most grateful that it was not as bad as first thought and that WorBro Clifford is still with us.

“After that first night I then started to attend lodge meetings and I wondered what I had got myself into. Was I an imposter? For the first time

I was a member of a group or organisation, and I had no job. It seemed

I had nothing to do but just sit there; a most unusual experience for me.

The next few months seemed to crawl by, during which we had our Installation. I continued to try and learn everything I could about the Craft and had the privilege and pleasure of visiting a number of lodges, and meeting a large number of interesting people.

“Then came the next goal; Fellow Craft. I was comfortable by making sure I

knew the questions and answers I had been given and was ready for the next step. It was about this time I began to appreciate that it was exactly that, the next step on a journey. I was realising that as I learnt more and more, the less

I knew. I had so much more to learn and looked forward to doing so.

“We completed the night, thinking just a step along the way, and then I started to anticipate the next phase for which I had to wait a few months again. It was during this time, on reflecting on what had transpired so far, that I started

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to think about each step and better appreciate some of the meanings within them. And that in some ways each is complete within itself.

“Eventfully the anticipated night came. I was going to complete my journey. I was going to be

raised to the Sublime degree of a Master Mason. On the successful completion of the ceremony

I came face to face again with the realisation

that in fact it was but another part of the journey.

An important part, but just that. I faced this realisation not with disappointment but with anticipation of the continuing journey. Since I have commenced, many things seemed to have fallen into place. I have for many years had, or practised, an ethos in life: Know your God. Always try and be on the level with people. Treat them with respect and be square with them. Treat others as you would wish to be treated. These and others all without really knowing where these sayings originated or their full meaning.

“For a number of years I have worked/ volunteered in the Welfare/Pensions area with Service Veterans and their families. Upon joining the Fraternity there was no conflict with those principles I strove for; caring for your fellow man in different ways which is closely aligned with those of Freemasonry, including becoming

a member of the homes committee, you are

working towards the same goals. Every day is

a revelation to me, and reinforces to me that

Freemasonry is a progressive science. I have not

gone to sleep one night to date disappointed that

I

have not learnt something.

“I

continue to visit as many other lodges as and

when possible and continue to be surprised at

whom I meet. I am proud and pleased to be a member of such a Fraternity as ours.

“One thing that does strike me is: As I visit other lodges, we have and work only one ritual, and yet, just about everywhere there is something different in each one. I have no conclusion on this yet as

I have much to learn, but I do wonder, has it always been so? I try to absorb our history, appreciate each day where we are at present, and where we are going, as we continue into the future.

“Let me just finish now with the fact that I believe that there is no end. As I continue to enjoy and appreciate the friendship and camaraderie of our fraternity, each day writes a new chapter or page. As I learn more, I appreciate more, and trust that will continue.

“Even this, I feel, is unable to fully express how I feel each day in the Craft. So Mote it be”

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Remembrance Precinct unveiled at Masonic Care Queensland

Masonic Care Queensland in Sandgate recently unveiled its Remembrance Precinct, in honour of those who made the supreme sacrifice for their country in all wars and conflicts.

The ceremony included the planting of two sapling pines, propagated from a tree presented to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, which grew from seeds brought back from Gallipoli in 1916, from the original Lone Pine at Gallipoli. The two sapling trees were donated by Scotia Lodge No 263 United Grand Lodge of Queensland.

“This Remembrance Precinct will serve as a wonderful outdoor area for our residents and their families to enjoy, and provide them with an official location to honour our returned service men and women on ANZAC and Remembrance Days,” said Gary Mark, CEO, Masonic Care Queensland.

New name plaques for two residential care facilities at Masonic Care Queensland in Sandgate were also unveiled – Griffith Cottages (previously named Special Care Unit) and Musgrave (previously named Hostel).

Masonic Care Queensland aspires to continually enhance an older persons’ lifestyle through the provision of contemporary aged care, retirement living and community health services.

“This unveiling ceremony of our new Remembrance Precinct, Griffith Cottages and Musgrave, marks a step towards ensuring our Sandgate facilities are contemporary and adaptable to deliver innovative and sustainable services to suit the individual needs of retirees into the future, whilst ensuring our proud heritage is preserved” said Mr Mark.

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Scotia Lodge No 263 UGLQ plant the Lone Pine sapling trees at the Remembrance Precinct

Scotia Lodge No 263 UGLQ plant the Lone Pine sapling trees at the Remembrance Precinct unveiling.

Masonic Family Expo

Masonic Memorial Centre, 311 Ann Street, Brisbane 10am to 3pm Saturday 6 September 2014 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
10am to 3pm Saturday 6 September 2014 Masonic Memorial Centre, 311 Ann Street, Brisbane OPEN TO THE PUBLIC OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

All Freemasons, their Familes and Friends are invited to this historic and informative event.10am to 3pm Saturday 6 September 2014 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC The Masonic Orders operating in

The Masonic Orders operating in Queensland, including Ladies’, Youth and Men’s Orders, will showcase their organisations and provide colourful displays of regalia and other related materials. regalia and other related materials.
Men’s Orders, will showcase their organisations and provide colourful displays of regalia and other related materials.

Over twenty information booths will be run by members of the respective Orders.colourful displays of regalia and other related materials. There will be presentations and activities by the

There will be presentations and activities by the Youth Orders.

The Grand Master will open the event at the magnificent Masonic Memorial Centre of Queensland.

by the Youth Orders. The Grand Master will open the event at the magnificent Masonic Memorial
by the Youth Orders. The Grand Master will open the event at the magnificent Masonic Memorial

Age of historic Jewel misinterpreted

On Page 13 of the February edition of the Queensland Freemason there is an article referring to an historic Masonic Jewel in the care of RWBro Norm Nash PAGM. Your Editor has made an error in estimating that the age of the jewel would be 296 years.

RWBro Nash has advised and suggested that the jewel could have been struck in 1917, the actual bicentenary of the Grand Lodge of England, making it 96 years old when it was shown recently. He is at present having research done by Northern friends.

Since that article was published VWBro Jock Sullivan PDGDC has advised that he has one of the same type of jewels in his possession. It was handed down to him from his father, who was Worshipful Master of Mitchell Masonic Lodge No 149 during the 1917-1918 period.

It was his understanding that the Duke

of Connaught was Grand Master of the Ireland and England Grand Lodge during 1914-1918 and he assumed the jewels were sent to all sitting Masters in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth to celebrate the bi- centennial of the formation of the lodge.

VWBro Sullivan and his wife visited Northern Ireland where his father came

from and they visited Leslie Castle. They were taken to a room which had been used by the Duke of Connaught. There was a portrait of the Duke which had been painted by Lady Leslie who was

a talented artist. He said the Duke's

portrait was similar to that on the jewel in his possession.

VWBro Sullivan is honoured to have been a member of Mitchell Lodge for the past 60 years.

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Gathering of the Clans 2016

The next Gathering of the Clans Meeting where a third degree is conducted by representatives of Scottish Working Lodges throughout the United Grand Lodge of Queensland, will be held in 2016 and the host lodge for this important event will be Celtic of Ithaca Lodge No 84.

The ceremony of the third degree will be conducted in the Grand Hall at the Masonic Memorial Centre in Ann Street Brisbane on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

At this stage the venue for the banquet to follow the meeting has not yet been finalised. There are a number of venues being short listed and once a final decision has been made the selected venue will be announced.

Practice meeting dates have already been allocated. The practices will be

held on the following dates and at the following locations:

1. Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the Kedron Masonic Centre, 393 Gympie Road Kedron

2. Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the Kedron Masonic Centre, 393 Gympie Road Kedron

3. Friday, April 29, 2016 at the Grand Hall in the Masonic Centre 311 Ann Street Brisbane.

Times for the practice meetings and for the actual ceremony will be advised in due course.

The convenor for the Gathering of the Clans is WorBro Brian Delgarno of Celtic of Ithica Lodge. He can be contacted by e-mail at gatheringoftheclans@gmail.com or by phone at (07) 3265 4967, or Mobile: 0417 613 936

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