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Friday 23rd April 2010
From the Grand Master
MWBro Garry J Sebo
Brethren, the last quarter has probably
been the least busy quarter for me since
I became Grand Master, because I have
spent most of that time recuperating from
successful open heart surgery. I have been
totally overwhelmed by the messages of
concern for my well-being and the best
wishes for my recovery. Both Pat and I
are very grateful for your expressions of
concern and your best wishes. I am pleased
to inform you that my medical advisors
expect me to make a full recovery.
We are coming to the end of the Strategic
Plan for the triennium March 2007 to March
2010. A full report of the achievements will
be published at or about the time of the
completion of my term of office and it will be
made available for all Victorian Freemasons
to peruse. The Strategic Plan for the next
period is almost finalised. When that has
occurred this document will also be made
available to be accessed by those Victorian
Freemasons who wish to peruse it. This
Strategic Plan picks up on some of the
areas where we either underachieved during
the current Strategic Plan or alternatively
we set goals that were too ambitious to
be achieved in one period. The new plan
also includes new initiatives as well.
We have come to understand that it is not
possible with a purely volunteer organisation
to achieve everything that must be achieved
if we are to survive and prosper. The Grand
Secretary’s Office is staffed to carry out the
role of administering Freemasonry in Victoria.
It is not staffed to implement ambitious
strategic plans. Accordingly it has been
decided that additional paid resources are
necessary to drive the new Strategic Plan.
This plan focuses on four major areas
relating to our jurisdiction; Membership,
Communications, Buildings and
Philanthropy, Benevolence and Charity
The Board of General Purposes considers
it absolutely essential at this time in our
history that we establish challenging
objectives in each of the major focus
areas but with particular emphasis on
membership, and that we vigorously
implement strategies to achieve those
objectives. To this end a decision has
been taken to appoint a “Senior Manager
Administration – Strategic Programmes”
on a 12 month contract basis commencing
22 nd March 2010 to be the driving force
and full time support resource to our Senior
Grand Officers, District Coordinators
and Lodge leaders to make it happen.
I invite expressions of interest from
qualified brethren for this most
important and challenging position.
Brethren, as I approach the conclusion of my
final year in office, I look at our achievements
with a sense of satisfaction and our under
achievements with a sense of frustration.
Feedback I have received from countless
Freemasons throughout Victoria leads me
to believe that our brethren do understand
that we have made important changes,
and that those changes are necessary for
the future growth of Freemasonry in this
State. Our under achievements have been
caused in part by resistance to change
on the part of some of our brethren – by
not being prepared to embrace, or at
least consider, initiatives such as those in
Bendigo and Yarram. I am comfortable
that I have done the best that I could but
history will be the judge of that. I must
now leave it up to our Grand Master Elect
and his team to pursue their initiatives as
set out in the new Strategic Plan, and to
continue with the important task of ensuring
that we survive and prosper. They may be
assured that they will have my full support.
I hope they have your full support too.
Thank you Brethren�
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Getting to know
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A Grand Master Begins
When the young Constable Vaughan Werner
stood outside the door of the Diamond
Valley Lodge for the first time at the age of
24, he could only anticipate the journey he
was about to take over the next few hours.
Little could he have guessed however that
journey would result some 45 years later
with his obligation as Grand Master.
“I commenced work in a country town” now
RWBro Werner told Freemasonry Victoria,
“and almost immediately became conscious
that the community leaders, the ones who
got things done in the area, were also the
same people that I saw in dinner suits
going to Lodge of an evening. It convinced
me there was something in Freemasonry
that bonded these men together and I
resolved as early as my teens that I too
would one day become a Freemason.”
“I waited until Bev and I were settled
in our first home and then made
myself known at The Diamond Valley
Lodge. The following day an application
form arrived on our doorstep.”
RWBro. Werner would take the chair as
Worshipful Master in his Mother Lodge in
1974 as part of the Seven Siders Masters’
Group. He recalls that in his year tails were
still regularly worn by Masters, ladies were
not present at meetings even for the banquet
table and it was rare to visit a lodge without
seeing degree work carried out due to the
strong influx of candidates that still prevailed.
“Our Masters’ Group held a debutante ball at
the Heidelberg Town Hall over many years.
The late MWBro. Dr. George Bearham OBE
MD DGO GRACOG and his daughter had
the debs presented to them annually. Lodge
social events were held on a large scale in
those days and always involved Brethren
from neighbouring lodges. But it’s fair to
say that Freemasonry was very much “in the
closet” in that era and there were no signs
that opening the window to the public would
occur at any time in the immediate future.”
His career in the police force has been
well documented in previous issues of
Freemasonry Victoria and elsewhere,
particularly his years in command of the
Royal Police Air Wing, Water Police and
State Search and Rescue, State Criminal
Investigation, the Bureau of Criminal
Intelligence, the State Forensic Science
Laboratory and the darker periods of
Victorian Police history including command
at the Hoddle Street and Queen Street
massacres and the Walsh Street murders
of Constables Tynan and Eyre.
Along with being installed as Worshipful
Master of Diamond Valley in 1974, he has
also acted as it’s Organist, Director and
Secretary, and was conferred the rank of Past
Grand Standard Bearer in 1983 before being
appointed active Grand Sword Bearer in
Werner and wife Bev by
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2000 during the term of MWBro. Carl Stewart.
“I had an extended period as a PGStdB
because Bev and I resided in Port Moresby
for almost three years while I held that rank.
Upon our return to Melbourne, MWBro.
John Wilson, then DGM in 1999, saw me
perform at an installation ceremony and
encouraged me to apply for a position
in the next Grand Ceremonial Team.”
“I had previously carried out some voluntary
administrative work for Grand Lodge and
was afterwards appointed as the Deputy
Grand Superintendent of Education and
Senior Grand Warden the following year.
MWBro. John Evans then appointed me
as the President of the Board of General
Purposes in 2003 and I found that a tough
but enjoyable office. The hard administrative
problems fall into that area, but my broad
management training placed me in good
stead to deal with them. It was also a
period of structural change through our
First Strategic Plan and it was rewarding to
be involved in the modernizing process.”
Of his time in Port Moresby as manager for
the Australian Police Aid project, RWBro.
Werner says “Residency in a developing
nation can only be described as a character
building experience. The desire to assist
others is so much more difficult when the
national infrastructure is not strong, the socioeconomics
are limited and there is a prevailing
acceptance that less than the best will do.”
Freemasonry has seen many changes in the
years since that night in 1964 but the most
significant of them, according to RWBro.
Werner is among the most recent. “Without
doubt the formulation of the first, and
successive, strategic plans. The downsizing
of the Board of General Purposes is leading
to a more focused discussion about our
future. The strategic planning process is vital
in meeting the future needs of Freemasonry.”
“A key element of this change has been
the way in which brethren are placed on
our two Boards. Having now Chaired the
Board Electoral College on a few occasions
in the past three years, I can honestly say
that the elected brethren apply themselves
extremely diligently and seriously to the
selection process. The end result is that
vacancies are filled by brethren who are
the most suitable to meet the needs of
the administration at that time. Our Craft
is very well served by this process.”
Of course assuring the future of Freemasonry
is not only in the hands of its leadership.
“Only quality and excellence in people can
bring plans to fruition. The most effective
contribution that every Freemason across the
state can make at this stage is to talk to non-
Freemasons about the Craft and what it does
- for the community and for the individual.”
“It may require every Freemason to
spend a little time alone thinking about
what benefit he personally derives
from membership of the Craft and the
benefit it provides to others. The most
potent advertisement for Freemasonry
is a Freemason who can confidently
and honestly discuss Freemasonry”
“I personally have never, ever been
disappointed in the Craft. I have been
privileged to work and associate with very
fine Freemasons at all levels of society;
men who share common philosophies
that have the good society and the
welfare of our fellow man at heart. It is a
human and a rewarding experience that
no amount of money can ever buy!”�
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MWBro. Vaughan Werner GM,
RWBro. Robert Jones DGM,
RWBro. Peter Henshall SGW,
RWBro. John Stapleton, JGW,
VWBro. Roy Alderton GTreas,
RWBro. Garry Bradd, PJGW, PBGP,
VWBro. Frank Fordyce PBB,
VWBro. Mark Eadon GDC,
VWBro. Wes Turnbull, PGDC, GSuptCom,
VWBro. Peter Clark, PGIWkgs, DGDC,
WBro. David Blake AGDC,
VWBro. Trevor Somerville, PGIWkgs, SGD,
WBro. Ron Goodburn SGD,
WBro. John McKernan SGD,
WBro. Steeve Moutia JGD,
WBro. John Reygers JGD,
WBro. Rex Thorburn JGD,
WBro. Phillip Bencraft GSwdB,
WBro. Christos Miras GSwdB,
WBro. Brendon Wallace GSwdB,
Pictured: New members
of the 2010 Grand
WBro. Les Elkin GStdB,
WBro. John Kisbee, PJGD, GStdB,
WBro. Rhys Watson GStdB,
WBro. Daryl Brennan, PJGD, GPurs,
WBro. Richard Green, PGStdB, AGPurs,
WBro. Bruce Keenan AGPurs,
WBro. John Wishart, PGStdB, AGPurs,
WBro. Ruary Bucknall GStwd,
WBro. David Carlin, PGStdB, GStwd,
WBro. Myles King GStwd,
WBro. Wayne Motton GStwd,
WBro. Neil Price, PGStdB, GStwd,
WBro. Scott Dando GStwd,
WBro. Reg Cooke, PJGD, GStwd,
WBro. Harry Blatt GStwd,
WBro. Tony Archer GStwd,
WBro. Neil Moehr GStwd,
WBro. John Freudenstein, GStwd,
WBro. Barry Cocks GStwd�
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RWBro Robert Jones, In Conversation
to the Craft,
elect speaks to
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At the September Quarterly Communication
last year the Grand Secretary announced
as Deputy Grand Master elect RWBro.
Robert Jones PDGM. RWBro. Jones is no
stranger to Freemasons Victoria, having
served as Grand Director of Ceremonies
in 1990 and Senior Grand Warden in 2003.
Outside the Craft he’s had a distinguished
career in racing and automotive repair, is
married to childhood sweetheart Kerry
and has two sons, Robert and Cameron.
Freemasonry Victoria caught up with the
incoming Deputy over email while he
was in Brisbane establishing and making
modifications to a new factory for his
business, Recar where he described the
labour involved as “working physically
harder than I think I ever have.”
FMV: Your website describes you
as a master panel beater for Recar.
What does that mean exactly?
RJ: Recar is one of Australia’s biggest
single owned repairers of heavy commercial
vehicles, all sizes of trucks, trailers, from
full cab and chassis rebuild after a roll
over to minor scuffs and bumps.
FMV: Are you still racing (or
is that just Robert)?
RJ: I drove my last Bathurst 1000 (total
of 7) in 2000 with Toll Racing, then Kerry
banned me from risking my life anymore.
Pictured: RWBro Robert
Jones, DGM elect
Actually, the time was right for Robbie to
take over the mantle, which he has done
with great success. His younger brother
Cameron also runs a Formula Ford in which
he won a State Championship a few years
ago. We go racing as a family; even Kerry
is very involved in the administration of
the team as well as the time keeping.
FMV: Have either of the boys joined
Freemasonry or expressed an interest?
RJ: When I was contemplating putting my
name forward for GM, we had a family
meeting where both expressed their
complete support of me in my Masonic
pursuits, but I think they are daunted by the
time commitment I have put in over their
growing years, and no amount of reassurance
that I am the exception to the rule has allayed
that concern. I think both are keen to a
degree, but both have very busy lives and are
not quite ready to commit the time required,
but I hope that in the next four years we
may have another two Lewises in the Craft.
FMV: You joined the Lodge as a third
generation Freemason and a Lewis and
lost your parents not long after. You
also credit Freemasonry for helping you
through that time. Quoting you in the 2004
magazine, “I’ll never stop repaying that
debt.” What was it the Lodge did for you?
RJ: My father went to my Initiation, was
in hospital when I did my Second, and
had passed away before I did my Third. I
would have resigned from this “old man’s
club” except for a steady stream of people
who I eventually realized were Freemasons
making sure mum and the family were ok.
About 18 months later, my mother died, and
I was a “typical” 19 year old redhead from
the western suburbs, cheeky, full of spirit,
and badly needing some direction at a time
in my life where I could have taken some
undesirable paths. I got that leadership
and direction from the members of my
Lodge, I became the Chaplain of Verdon
Lodge at 18 (replacing my father) which
started the journey, and so I continually
thank them for that. I know those same
Freemasons are really proud of my rise
through the ranks over the years, as I
am sure my father would have been.
FMV: You were made a Grand Sword Bearer
in 1983. What was that year like? How
has Freemasonry changed since then?
RJ: In Nov.1982, I ran in and completed
the Big M marathon. The following day I
was before the selection committee for the
1983 GL team, where I was judged on my
posture, fluidity of movement etc the same
as today. Only difference was that having
run the Big M marathon the day before, I
still had no feeling in my feet or knees or
hips. Heaven knows how I was chosen, and
if I hadn’t made it, where would I be today?
Anyone’s first GL team is always the one you
remember the most. I was very fortunate to
have served an iconic GM in Henry Nathan,
and Terry Bates as my first GDC (he scared
me!!). Those brethren (and quite a few others)
set the scene for my Masonic GL journey. I
don’t think Freemasonry has changed all
that much in the last 25 years, and I think
that is both good and bad for many reasons.
Most obvious is the numbers have fallen,
as well as many fine old Lodges have gone,
and the general condition of our centres
has gone backwards. But I firmly believe
Freemasonry is as relevant to society today
as it was 25 years ago, in fact, more so.
FMV: What is it that Freemasonry
offers the community today?
RJ: To be honest, probably many things
that are not traditionally Masonic. To help
improve social skills, to learn to carry on
a simple conversation, particularly older
men, to make young men more aware
of the society that they are part of.
FMV: Why is it relevant?
RJ: The slow but steady breakdown of
society’s values within the community over
the last few decades needs to be arrested;
Freemasonry can play a big part in that.
FMV: What would you like to see change
about Freemasonry in the next four years?
RJ: I will strongly continue with my
support of the implementation of the
Strategic Plan, I think it has most of the
answers if rolled out and pushed home.
FMV: How does Kerry feel about becoming
Freemasons Victoria’s new first lady elect?
RJ: I think she’s very honoured, excited
and looking forward to the next 4 years
with some trepidation, but her experience
at being a GDC’s wife will stand her in
good stead but I’ll let her answer that.
KJ: If the life Bob & I share is
prescribed & demanding, it is also
privileged and fascinating.
FMV: What are you most looking
forward to over the next four years?
RJ: Meeting and enjoying the company
of all the Freemasons throughout the
state, making sure that every Freemason
enjoys the experience of going to Lodge,
raising the level of fun had by all.
FMV: What do you think is the best
way every individual Freemason can
contribute to the future of Freemasonry?
RJ: Three words; Attend Attend Attend their
Lodge. If we get the Strategic Plan right,
attending Lodges will be a much happier
experience, and one that makes you want
to go back next month and contribute in
all the different facets of Freemasonry.�
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for the common
is the world
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From little acorns great oaks grow
RWBro. Jim Mitchell, PDGM.
It is now six years since the Freemasons
of Victoria organised the collection of three
shipping containers of mostly pre-used hand
tools and delivered them to the war-weary
people of East Timor. That imaginative
campaign crystalised the mindset of
members of the many organisations that
supported us and whose members brought
to the project their own specialised skills
and expertise. Groups ranging from the
Catholic Order of Don Bosco, that handled
the on-ground distribution in Timor, the
Knights of the Southern Cross, another
Catholic order who supported us with men
and materials and the Hand-tool Preservation
Society of Australia who auctioned the
real gems to the collectors of Australia
raising the $29,000 used to purchase
additional power tools and reference
books for trade schools in East Timor.
The Working Tools for East Timor campaign
was finalised in 2003 with representatives
of Freemasons Victoria attending devine
worship at St. Patricks Cathedral for their
annual service of thanksgiving. That
program brought about a great warming
of relationships between the Catholic
Church and the Craft in Victoria that could
yet result in another ‘head of steam’.
In the Dandenong Ranges, Lodge Arboreal
supports a Catholic Girl’s Orphanage in Laga
through their Doug Gibb Foundation and
since 2004 has forwarded $10,000 to them
in direct financial aid. It’s no exaggeration
to say that $10,000 goes a long way in East
Timor. Recently the Almoner for Lodge
Arboreal, WBro. Don Downie presented a
cheque to the value of $4,000 to Bro. Michael
Lynch, a Brother of the Don Bosco and
Freemasons Victoria contact in Melbourne.
Part of that financial support was made
available by the Board of Benevolence
through their Charity Challenge Program.
Sister Alexandrina Pinot from the Salesian
Training Centre in Fuilloro visited Melbourne
at the end of 2009 and is pictured here
with WBro. Doug Gibb of Arboreal
Pictured: WBro. Doug Gibb and Sister Alexandrina
Lodge, conferring upon him an honorary
membership in the order. The Salesian
Order, which is associated with Don Bosco,
maintains a training school for young women
at “technical school” level and members
and partners of Arboreal Lodge seized the
opportunity to invite Sister Alexandrina to
lunch in the Melbourne Botanical Gardens.
At an earlier function held in the Masonic
Centre to officially thank those who
participated in the Tools for East Timor
project, Bishop Hilton, Deakin of the
Church, began his address by exclaiming
with cheerful irony “My God, what is going
on here? Catholics and Freemaosns
working together for the common
good? What is the world coming to?”
The answer, of course, is “A better place.”
Travels of the Gaveliers
While a large amount of support was
provided to the human victims of the recent
Black Saturday bush fires by the community
including Freemasons, the plight of our native
animals was also of considerable concern.
The Southern Ash Wildlife Refuge
shelter in Rawson, became known
world wide as a result of the photograph
of Sam the Koala being given water
by a firefighter Bro. David Tree.
The shelter is run from the home of Colleen
and David Wood a member of the Walhalla
Lodge No. 69. Members of the Gaveliers
2008 / 2009 District
116 Masters’ Group
decided to make
this their initial
plus their partners
travelled to Rawson
November 14 th . This
gave them the added
opportunity to attend
the installation at
This was the first
time the Lodge Hall
had been used after
On the Sunday morning we attended
the Southern Ash Wildlife Refuge shelter
to make an official presentation of our
fundraising. Thanks to the assistance of the
Freemasons Victoria Board of Benevolence,
two cheques totaling $1,500 were presented.
Our group then retuned to the Walhalla
Lodge Hall. Members and partners were
then given a guided tour and details of
the extensive work carried out during
the recent renovations. A number had
visited the Lodge in the past and were
greatly impressed by the amount of work
achieved by the Walhalla members.�
Pictured: Gaveliers President, WBro.
Greg Norris presenting cheques to
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Two futures for Freemasonry
WBro. Robert Reid
Outside the glass and stone building the
last rays of sunset just catch the two pillars
which flank its entrance and the globes at
their top blaze orange. Trees line the wide
reflecting pool set before the building as a
memorial to absent friends and reminds the
approaching young man of his duty to the
poor and distressed as he walks alongside it.
Air conditioned to a temperate twenty three
degrees inside, the foyer is a high ceilinged
hall around which are floor to ceiling windows
that look out onto the garden and feature
walls on which hang carefully refurbished
and preserved portraits. Strong and dignified
men wearing intricately crafted regalia stare
out from these paintings, casting their gaze
from the depths of antiquity into the future.
On his way through the foyer, the young man
passes the ground floor public restaurant
where he greets friends he hasn’t seen
in months; a young couple who are just
finishing dining together before heading off
for the night, she to a movie in the city and
he to the meeting upstairs. The income from
this restaurant and the other businesses
operating out of the foyer, the young man
knows, is divided between the maintenance
of their building and supporting local schools.
Together the young man and his friend
head to the reception desk and check
their coats. There they each swipe a
membership card which at the same time
records their attendance for the evening
and informs the caterers that another two
members will be in attendance at the dinner
afterwards. Later the card will also record
the young man’s change in membership
status as the secretary will log on to a
member’s only administration site and
record the details of tonight’s third and final
ceremony. The young man is anticipating
the year ahead of him eagerly and already
has an idea for how his Lodge might partner
with other community groups to build a
playground in a run down part of the city.
With still a little time before they begin
his friend heads off to the Grand Officers’
room to change into his regalia and prepare
with the rest of the Visiting Team who are
carrying out tonight’s ceremony. The young
man takes a moment to look around the
exhibition of historical items displayed in the
foyer. This exhibition has been a great way
of educating the public, who come to dine
and shop, about the history and meaning
of this ancient organisation. He wonders
how many idle viewers of these displays
have filled in the “Tell Me More” forms by
the front counter, how many have signed
up to the mailing list and attended public
functions or contributed to the ongoing
benevolence drives, and how many more
have gone on to become members.
Above him there are discretely placed
screens that alternate between announcing
the start times and rooms for the meetings
being held tonight, promoting the
conferences and seminars being offered
by Grand Lodge this month and the
ongoing television and internet membership
campaign commercials that have become
so familiar now. Hard to imagine, he thinks
watching the smart, well spoken men
talking openly about the Craft, that only a
little while ago the rest of the community
knew nothing more about Freemasonry
than ridiculous stories of goat riding.
Even more amazing, it occurs to him as a
gentle voice announces twenty minutes until
his Lodge Tyles, is that although so much
has changed about the way it is managed
and practiced, tonight he is about to take
part in a ceremony that is centuries old
and that it’s essence and the principles it
teaches have not changed in all that time.
In another world, a young man sits on
a threadbare recliner in his living room,
the television on in front of him, his
laptop open on his lap. The last rays
of sunset slant between his broken
micro-blinds and paint orange slashes
over the broken air conditioner. A large
take away cup of something fizzy and
sweet nestles at his elbow and a bowl
of salty crisps on the floor rests against
the lever for tipping his chair back.
He types a password into his computer
and www.lodgeroom.com comes to life.
Here subscribers from all over the world
debate symbolism and history and share
“ancient wisdom” with each other. They
can even arrange to meet up off line, able
to recognise each other with a secret sign
and complicated handshake, though very
few members have the time or inclination
to make anything like social plans.
The fashion among subscribers to
LodgeRoom.com is to claim descent from a
“Real Freemason” but the young man is one
of the very few who can even describe seeing
the inside of an actual Lodge Room. He
remembers as a young boy his Grand father
taking him to a Hall, showing him the room
with the black and white floor and meeting
other old men his Pa had called Brother.
Of course, this was before the Lodges
stopped working the ceremonies and began
issuing them as pamphlets for candidates
to read when, and if, they get around to it.
Now it’s more of a club for thirty something
single guys who like to pretend they’re
part of a “secret society”. No, he corrects
himself with a grim sigh, not a secret
society, a society with secrets. The young
man wonders how many members drape
white bed sheets over their shoulders
and strap on cheap replica swords before
they log on. Too many, he suspects.
The familiar multi-tonal beep issues
from the lap top and it vibrates almost
imperceptibly, letting the young man
know he’s received an email.
It’s from Grand Lodge. They’re asking
for more money. Ever since the Grand
Lodges had amalgamated they’d done
nothing but hassle everybody for money.
The amalgamation was supposed to
stop this constant begging for funds.
Of course, there was a rumour on the
website at the moment that their sister
constitution, The Grand Lodge of the North,
might be in an even worse state, perhaps
even facing dissolution under financial
duress and that discussions are being held
with the original parent constitutions about
surrendering the remaining lodges back.
An odd thought, he muses crunching a
handful of chips in his mouth, though
administration and opperational duties
for most constitutions around the world
were handled out of living rooms and
garages anway. The almost weekly
demand for more money he supposes is
their way of staving off a similar fate.
Never the less, the young man fumes, he’s
paid his dues and even fronted an extra three
hundred, for which he received the automatic
promotion to Conferred Junior Grand
Deacon, what more do they want from him?
He’ll write an angry email to the Grand
Secretary, he thinks, but then thinks better
of it. What’s the point, he wonders. The
new Grand Sec’s little more than a number
cruncher and a paper pusher, anyway, and
it’ll take him days before he gets around
to doing anything about it. Provided that’s
if he can tear himself away from the online
multiplayer game he seems to be addicted to.
It’s not surprising though, he thinks as he
struggles to reach the remote control that’s
fallen into the chip bowl on the floor; it’s a
thankless task being Grand Sec. Most of
them just agree to it for the minimum six
months so they can be promoted to Grand
Master and then you never hear from them
again. There are so many Grand Masters out
there now it doesn’t really mean anything.
The young man wipes oil and salt from
the chips off the remote and points it at
the flat screen on the wall. It flickers to
life and fills the room with light from the
hundred other things he might be doing
instead. He closes the lap top back up.�
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Pictured: Easy Riders,
VWBro. Frank Fordyce,
PBB(e), RWBro. Vaughan
Werner DGM and RWBro.
Trevor Burkitt PBB
their first bike for
Christmas, but many
grow up without
this memory. For
families the reality of
such extravagant gifts
is out of their reach.
For seven years
running 3AW listeners
have opened their
hearts and wallets to
children the gift of
a bike in time for
who pledged funds
are invited to come
along to meet the
children at the annual
In 2009, 1,120
bikes were donated
by the people of
Melbourne and Freemasons Victoria, through
the Board of Benevolence, contributed
$10,000 towards the purchase of fifty
bikes, doubling their 2008 contribution.
Variety Victoria CEO Norm Hutton said
since its inception the relationship
with 3AW has netted disadvantaged
children more than 5,000 bikes.
“Many of these children have never owned
a bike,” according to Mr Hutton. “Variety
has long understood that disadvantage
can be more than going without. It can also
mean that children are disenfranchised from
their peers and the social implications of
this can be devastating. Since the program
began we have raised more than one million
dollars thanks to the wonderful support of
3AW and the generosity of its listeners.”
RWBro. Trevor Burkitt, President of the
Pictured: The Deputy Grand Master spreading christmas cheer on two wheels with Variety
Board of Benevolence was on hand at the
presentation of the bikes along with RWBro.
Vaughan Werner, Deputy Grand Master,
RWBro. Barry Reaper Grand Secretary
and VWBro. Frank Fordyce, President
Elect of the Board of Benevolence.
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out of style
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Culinary talent recognised
Lodge Amicus No. 928 recently established
the Lodge Amicus William Angliss Culinary
Academy Scholarship for a final year student
completing the Certificate 3 in Hospitality
(Commercial Cookery). Valued at $6,000
over three years the Scholarship is to assist
with the students many needs which include
reference books, travel, accommodation
and chef’s uniforms and special knives.
The inaugural Scholarship was presented
to Ms Sophie Ryan at a special awards
ceremony at the William Angliss Institute on
Wednesday 17 June 2009. The presentation
was made by VWBro Frank Fordyce
PGIWkgs., who was deputising for MWBro.
Garry Sebo, Grand Master, and a member
of Lodge Amicus. VWBro. Frank, Vice
President of the Board of Benevolence and
Chairman of Lodge Amicus Benevolence
Committee, was accompanied by WBro.
Graham Shotter PGStdB, WBro. Ron Fuchs
Worshipful Master and Bro. Phillip Bennett
who is himself a graduate of the Academy.
In thanking Freemasonry in general and
Lodge Amicus in particular for this generous
and most welcome initiative, the CEO of
A wonderful day of carols, entertainment
and Christmas cheer was provided
by the very talented students of
the Mater Christi College.
Brethren, visitors and their wives who
attended the December meeting of the
Blue Dandenongs Lodge No. 859 enjoyed
a visit from the students of Mater Christi
College, which is situated opposite the
Masonic Centre in Belgrave. The forty
or so students were members of the
school choir and orchestra and were
accompanied by several of their teachers.
Many of the students were in Year 12
Pictured: Members of Amicus and recipient of the
scholarship, Sophie Ryan
William Angliss Institute Mr Nicholas Hunt
was pleased to note that this scholarship
was the first ever such scholarship to be
offered to students of the Academy.
Sophie Ryan works as a chef at well known
Red Spice Road Restaurant located at
27 McKillop Street in Melbourne�.
Carols at Blue Dandenongs
and kindly gave their time by returning to
school just to be involved in the event.
For almost 2 hours they entertained
with a marvelous range of carols and
orchestral music. All that attended were
enthralled by the talent of the students
and grateful for their time and effort.
The Worshipful Master of Blue Dandenongs
Lodge, RWBro. Robert McGregor, PDGM,
commented “The future of the musical
arts in Melbourne is certainly in very
good hands and the local community
and their school should be very proud
of these young Australians.”
History and Knowledge
The Lodge of
on the early
The Craft, The Empire and the Irish Military
Bro. Brendan Kyne
The Grand Lodges of Ireland, Scotland
and England granted Travelling Warrants to
Naval ships and Army Regiments. These
Military Lodges travelled around the world
and when stationed in one place for a length
of time encouraged locals to join the Lodge.
These locals then set up their own Lodges.
A military Lodge is one whose charter
is granted to members of a military unit.
The Lodge is not limited to one city, but
moves about with the unit. Freemasonry
was spread through much of the world
by travelling military Lodges.
There were two types of military Lodge; Sea
Lodges (the only Lodges in ships of war
appear to have been held under English
Warrants.) The Royal Navy had three Lodges
warranted to ships, the HMS Vanguard in
1760 which became a stationary Lodge in
1768 and is now London Lodge No 108,
HMS Prince and HMS Canceaux in 1762.
Field Lodges (Military Land Lodges). The first
foreign Lodge under the Irish Constitution
The Duke of Wharton, a Past Grand Master
of the Grand Lodge of Ireland, was in Spain
in 1728 when he founded a new Lodge in
Madrid. The members of the Lodge were
mainly Englishmen and as the Duke had no
official authority to found this Lodge, it was
considered irregularly constituted and not
granted a warrant until a year later. The Duke
also founded Lodges in Gibraltar and Bengal.
During the first half of the 18 th Century a
considerable number of military Lodges were
formed. The first military warrant issued to
the the 1 st (British) regiment of Foot in 1723
by the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 1723.
By 1732, of the seven regimental lodges in
Gibraltar, six were under the Irish Constitution
and one under the Scottish Constitution. The
first Scottish military field Lodge was the 55 th
Regiment of Foot, founded in 1732. By 1734
another five military Lodges had received
warrants under the Grand Lodge of Ireland.
By 1743 another 8 warrants had been
issued and before 1755 another twenty
nine military field warrants had been issued
by the United Grand Lodge of Scotland
and the United Grand Lodge of Ireland.
The first English military field Lodge was
the 8 th regiment of Foot founded in 1755
by the United Grand Lodge of England.
At the time of the union of the Premier Grand
Lodge of England (moderns) and the Grand
Lodge of England (Antients) in 1813, 123
travelling warrants had been issued by the
Grand Lodge of Ireland, 18 by the Grand
Lodge of Scotland, 15 by the Moderns and
62 by the Antients. By 1886 these numbers
had declined to 15 (9 Irish and 6 English).
These itinerant military Lodges are believed
to have exercised a strong influence on the
development of ceremonial work during
the 18 th Century due mainly, one would
think, to the military Lodge members
having a high standard of discipline which
influenced their ceremonial work.
Prisoner of war Lodges working in Britain,
on the Prisoner of War Ships on the River
Medway, operated under the French
regulations during the Napoleonic Wars.
The Grand Orient of France worked on
a system of seven degrees, the three
traditional degrees and four other orders.
It is quite easy to see how Freemasonry
spread over the British Empire and beyond.
With civilians working for the government
and others setting up businesses
abroad and then being initiated into
Freemasonry or already being Freemasons
continuing where the Military left off. �
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All we need to
know is “Will
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From the Fence Line
WBro. Neil W Price, PGStdB
It is now over 12 months since Black
Saturday and still we have teams out there
working the fence line. In January a team
of four volunteers from Geelong and one
from Melbourne was raised to do fencing. A
total of 16 man-days was required.
The house had been damaged and sheds,
machinery, fences, gardens and majority
of trees destroyed. The owners had spent
11 months of hard work since 7 February
clearing the damage. The house was now
repaired and a new garage built, and the
work of repairing 800 metres of fencing had
to be faced. It was hard work, with burntout
redwood posts to be removed, bent
steel posts to be recovered where possible,
and remaining fencing wire in tangles of
long grass. Houses next door and for
several places along had been lost, their
owners living away or in caravans on-site.
Neither the owner nor his neighbours were
able to do the fencing, so the team set to
work untangling wire and discarding the
unusable. The owner slashed the long grass
along the fence lines to make this possible.
Burnet strainer posts were levered out and
new posts rammed in, and nine new strainer
assemblies built. New wire was patched
into badly burnt and corroded sections
and the old steel posts straightened, and
driven back in. About 25 new posts were
required. The longest fence needed all new
wire, being old and previously damaged by
horses and frequently repaired. All fences
were tensioned using gripples, so the owner
can easily re-tighten them in the future.
The final touch was to re-hang gates front
and back. All work was done with the
owner’s close involvement, the fencing crew
leader offering advice on what materials
could be retained and what could not, and
specifying new materials to be purchased.
The fencing crew provided all their own tools
and equipment, and their own food and
accommodation on site. One member also
acted as “quartermaster-chef” arranging
provisions and preparing all meals and
smokos, and with the owner’s marvellous
hospitality this all resulted in a great few
days of camping and productive work!
In the previous magazine the Licola project
was promoted as to be completed by the
end of the year but weather and other
problems have pushed this out to early May
this year. Brethren, this is now a Benchmark
project that has attracted the attention and
excited a number of people in the Natural
Resource Management industry. Supporters
of this project are the Maffra and Districts
Landcare Network, the public of Licola, Lions
Club members and Freemasons Victoria,
in all there will be a need for approximately
100 volunteers on the weekend. This is an
excellent opportunity for Freemasons in
Gippsland to show their willingness to be
involved in this community based venture.
As this magazine goes to press arrangements
are taking place as to accommodation,
transport, tools and social activities. All we
need to know is “Will you volunteer?”
Contact your District Coordinator
and/or the district Task Force
representative of further details.�
Neil W Price, PGStdB
10 Meaby Drive, Pakenham 3810
Phone 5941 9554 Mobile 0428 529 108
Dr Peter Prideaux
1/14 Parring Road, Balwyn 3103
Phone 9830 5019 Mobile 0418 136 243
Merv Dyer PJGD Mobile 0417 344 271
Ian McMurtrie Phone 9836 9463
Eddie Rodgers PJGD Phone 5244 3554
Malcolm Hurst Mobile 0407 088 088
Graeme Kitney PGIWkgs
It has been
have helped us
In the heart of the Ovens
Valley; only 100km from
Mt Hotham and Falls
Creek with Beechworth,
Bright and the winerys
only a short drive away.
Multiplying donations offer little Meg hope
Pam Zierk-Mahoney and Chris Wells
Community generosity will send Meg
Casley of Freeburgh to Europe to receive
stem cell treatment next year. VMMA
members heard of Meg’s condition, spastic
quadriplegic cerebral palsy, through local
members Rhonda and Barry Forster, and
decided on a donation to help out.
On Sunday 6 th December VMMA members
rode to Freeburgh to meet parents Kate and
Jason who were overjoyed – thanking the
Victorian Masonic Motorcycle Association
and Masonic Lodge Unity of Bright for
their $500 cheque donations, bringing the
total MegAid Trust appeal to $46,000. On
Monday 7 th Qantas donated four return
tickets to Europe valued at around $10,000
– helping reach the target of $50,000.
At the moment Meg cannot do
anything for herself – she can only
sit with the aid of a special chair and
movement is uncoordinated.
In May friends of the family launched
the MegAid Trust appeal to raise the
funds needed to enable Meg and
her parents to travel to Düsseldorf,
Germany. There Meg could begin
what could be several treatments.
“It’s amazing how this community has got
behind Meg and her plight and donated so
much in such a short time,” mum Kate said.
Meg needs to be two years old before she
can have her first treatment. She turns
two on Valentine’s Day in February and
it is planned to leave around that time.
“It has been amazing the different
organisations and private donations
that have helped us out for this appeal
and for much needed equipment Meg
needs just to get through each day.”
On Friday 18 th December the VMMA
was visiting Myrtleford Lodge No. 22,
during the VMMA presentation Rhonda
was invited to speak of Meg’s situation.
Immediately after Rhonda spoke the
WBro Mick Porter announced that the
Lodge would also donate $150.
Through word of mouth of Meg’s plight
three donations were made within weeks
from within Freemasons Victoria umbrella.
Donations to the MegAid appeal can be
made through any branch of the Bendigo
Bank MegAid Trust BSB 633000.�
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RWBro Murray Yaxley PDGM(Tas)
In May 2009
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Freemasonry in Central Europe
There have been interesting events in
Austria which in many respects is the hub
of Freemasonry in Central Europe. The
interests of the brethren are not entirely
focussed within the national boundaries.
They help their neighbours regularly.
In addition there is an awareness that
Freemasonry in Austria has had some well
known members such as Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart and the associated cultural impact
on freemasonry is seen to be significant.
In May 2009 an English language Mark
Master Lodge was consecrated at Hellbrunn
Castle (17 th century) in Salzburg, Austria. “The
New Quarries Lodge of MMM” #1903 is part
of the Grand Lodge of MMM of England and
Wales and its Districts and Lodges Overseas.
Nearly 40 brethren from a dozen countries
and eight Craft jurisdictions constituted
the new Lodge. This new lodge is seen as
a platform for traditional Mark Masonry
in and for central Europe. It will provide a
multi-national and transborder European
regional body to study and implement
aspects of traditional European Masonry.
Salzburg has been for centuries, even
millennia, at the crossroads of European
civilization and culture. It was ruled, as
many other regions of Central Europe, by
different sovereigns. Masonry was practiced
there more than 225 years ago. In 1783
Lodge Carefulness was consecrated under
the auspices or at least with the consent
of the Prince Archbishop Hieronimus
Count Colloredo. Two more lodges, Apollo
and Science, were active here in the
1780s. National and citizenship borders
did not play any role in the composition
of these Lodges - as they do not in the
NQL. Our Brethren Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart and Leopold Mozart lived and
worked in Salzburg at these times. In
1785 Thomas Walpole, Earl of Oxford,
the British envoy to Munich, is mentioned
in Salzburg in a Masonic connection.
The NQL will hold three meetings per
year in Central Europe. The first meeting
of the New Quarries Lodge of MMM was
held on September 26, 2009 in Vienna,
at Palace Franz Stephan von Lothringen
(1708-1765), Roman Emperor married
to Queen Maria Theresia of Austria and
himself a Mason, initiated in 1731 in
The Hague by a Deputation Lodge from
London headed by John Theophilus
Desaguliers, and raised in London within
Robert Walpole’s Maid’s Head Lodge.
Then on November 7, 2009 an English
language RA Chapter was consecrated in
Austria. RAC Sarastro on the register of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Austria was
established with the active participation
of the Supreme Grand Chapter of
England and the Grand Chapter of Italy
and the attendance of Companions
from other countries in Europe.�
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Boosting self esteem at VATMI
Summer will be even more enjoyable for
employees at Kew’s VATMI Industries
thanks to a $7,500 donation for new
outdoor furniture made by the Freemasons
Public Chartable Foundation.
VATMI Industries offers employment
opportunities for people with disabilities
and chief executive, Greg Wasmund said
the non-profit company often relied on
community support for capital expenditure.
“Work for people with disabilities is no
different than for you or I in that it’s all
about self esteem, wages, holidays and
participation,” said Mr Wasmund.
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here it’s not only work but one of
their biggest social outlets.”
VATMI provides jobs in areas such
as recycling, manufacturing and
contract packing, catering and art.
The Freemasons Public Charitable
Foundation is fully tax deductable and
accepts donations from the general public
as well as Freemasons. Contributions are
made to organisations and public bodies
that have no connection to Freemasonry.�
A bequest in your Will to the Victorian Scout Foundation
helps make sure young Australians will continue to learn
the values and principles of good citizenship
well into the 21st century.
The Scout Foundation can assist in the writing
of your bequest. We also welcome direct donations
and new members to the Foundation.
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Board of Benevolence
to attend your
lodge meeting in
order to explain
The Board of
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It’s Your Board
RWBro Barry Minster PJGW
The Board of Benevolence has investments
which produce well over one million
dollars for distribution every year.
The Board consists of the Grand Secretary,
the Grand Treasurer eight members
each appointed by the Electoral College
for a four year period and a President
appointed by the Grand Master. The
Board meets on the second Wednesday
each month except January and
considers applications and petitions for
assistance from members of Freemasonry,
Lodges and the general community.
Additionally, the Board is responsible
for funding the Masonic Task Force
which operates across Victoria.
Applications to the Board vary from
assistance in the form of loans, grants
to maintenance, welfare and support for
dependants of applicants. Additionally,
applications are received from non-
Masonic sources. These generally are
supported by a Lodge or a Masonic group.
i.e. Past Masters or a social group.
All applications are given consideration
provided they meet the rules that
control the Board’s abilities.
When applications are received by the
Grand Secretary’s office, a case officer, who
is a Board member, is appointed to further
examine each case. During the period prior
to the monthly Board meeting, the case
officer will generally contact the Lodge which
is supporting the
in order to ensure
that the information
is accurate up to the
time of the Board
meeting and in case
there maybe areas
in the application
which need further
At this stage
the case officer
cannot give any
the outcome of
as it will be considered by the
entire board at their meeting.
At the Board meeting, the President ensures
that there is no conflict of interest by asking
every member if he is associated with any
application being presented to them that
evening. Once this is done, the meeting
continues and each case is presented by
the case officer with a recommendation.
After due deliberation and often detailed
questioning, the vote of members is
sought and a result is achieved.
Over the past decade the Board of
Benevolence has assisted literally thousands
of people, through scholarships, grants, loans
and financial advice given free of charge.
Board members work tirelessly for the
benefit of all Freemasons, their wives
and widows, their dependants and the
cases which lodges bring for assistance.
The community of Victoria through
your Lodges has benefitted as well.
We welcome the opportunity to attend
your Lodge meeting in order to explain the
operation of the Board of Benevolence and
to assist you in applying for help for yourself,
your Lodge members and your community.
Please feel free to ask for a member of
the Board who will cheerfully accept
the opportunity of addressing your
members and their partners.�
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The 2010 - 2013
will focus on
Strategies towards 2013
RWBro Peter Henshall, GTreas
Strategic planning is an important tool
in shaping the future of any organisation
and focusing its efforts and directing its
resources in the achievement of programmes
fundamental to its survival and growth.
Since 2003 it has been the practice of the
Board of General Purposes to undertake
regular reviews of the progress the Craft
has made in achieving its vision of being
“an integral part of the community” Out
of those reviews, strategic plans have
been produced to guide progress.
Freemasons Victoria first entered into
a strategic planning process in 2003 to
focus its effort on a series of key result
areas aimed at better servicing the
needs of its members and providing for
the perpetuation of the Craft in Victoria.
Specific programmes of improvement
were created in a number of key result
areas, with broad performance measures
and responsibilities allocated to each.
Governance and administrative structures
have been streamlined and ongoing
management strategies introduced to
monitor and increase efficiency. There
has been a significant increase in our
public profile via contemporary media
such as the internet and we have made a
considerable contribution to the education
of our members. We are improving our
internal communication by working directly
with the districts and we have encouraged
and seen undeniable development in the
quality of a number of our lodges and
masonic centres. All these achievements
have been driven by the strategic plans.
The 2010 - 2013 strategic plan, which
builds on these achievements, will
focus on the fundamental areas of
membership, communications, masonic
buildings and benevolence.
Freemasons Victoria will continue to attract
and retain new and younger members
whilst supporting, satisfying and retaining
existing members. By March 2013 the
total membership will not have decreased
from March 2010 levels, but the age
profile will. have become younger
Freemasons Victoria will be widely recognised
and acknowledged as an iconic organisation
whose development of men has contributed
to the development of communities.
Increased community and internal recognition
of all aspects of Freemasonry in Victoria
evidenced by externally conducted surveys.
Freemasons Victoria will have established
a state-wide network of contemporary
Masonic Centres, which provide appropriate
environments and facilities suitable for
lodges, brethren and local communities.
Five new or renewed Masonic centres
commissioned by March 2013 and all class
2a & 2b Masonic centres renovated to meet
or exceed Masonic quality standards as well
as relevant government building codes”.
Freemasons Victoria will continue to develop
its benevolent and charitable, as well as
philanthropic activities & projects, to ensure
that all Brethren, their families and the
community are well supported. An integrated
structure and plan of giving, which will involve
all Victorian Freemasons and their strategic
partners, is well recognised and respected”�
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Uplifting events at Sandringham
Over thirty people attended a recent function
to celebrate the installation of a new lift that
will facilitate easier access for the elderly
or disabled between the ground and first
floors of the Masonic Centre in Abbott Street
Sandringham. The addition of the lift to the
hall premises significantly improves access
as well as ensuring the centre remains an
amenable gathering place for Freemasons
and members of the public across Bayside.
Grand Master Garry Sebo and the Mayor of
Bayside, James Long were among the invited
guests who spoke at the event. The master
of ceremonies George Mason and chairman
of the MALSET company John Evans also
addressed the gathering which included
Ken Moull the architect for the project. The
District Coordinator for Bayside, Ian Ewing
and representatives of various lodges based
at the Centre attended the informal function.
Following the demise of the old Hammond
Organ at the Bendigo Masonic Centre, the
Masonic Hall Board in Bendigo authorised
WBro. Peter Dillon-Shallard PGStdB, GLOrg,
and RWBro. David Skidmore PDGM to
recommend a suitable replacement. The
new organ finally selected was an American
Allen “Protégé L4” which is a 2-Manuel
church-type organ with full pedal board and
external speakers to enhance its sound. Its
tone is very similar to that of a pipe organ.
A feature of this instrument is that the
organist, with the touch of a button, can
alter the sound to four distinct stoplists
– American Organ, Symphonic, English
Cathedral and finally Theatre Organ
with realistic cymbal, glockenspiel and
chrysoglott sounds and the aggressive
reed stops and tremulants associated
with the theatre organ sound.
It is envisaged that the new Organ might
provide a platform for the Bendigo Masonic
Centre to present “Pleasant Sunday
Afternoon” recitals featuring guest artists
as a fund raiser for selected charities.
Pictured: Grand Master Garry Sebo with members of the
Sandringham Centre Committtee
The $113,000 project was generously
funded by the Morton Ray Lodge and
MALSET and a plaque has been erected
to acknowledge the support provided
by both these organizations.�
Bendigo’s new Protégé
RWBro. Skidmore commented “We are
confident that the rich sound of this new
organ will enable us to raise the standard
of Masonic music in Bendigo and will be
a welcome addition to the ceremonial for
all the Lodges meeting in our Centre.”�
TRY LODGE OUR WAY
BRING YOUR PARTNER
TYLE AT 4.30pm
DINNER WITH YOUR PARTNER
Home by 8.30pm
bright & happy South
Heartbeat Galen Lodge
For further information
Image and Marketing
Our next major
project is the
release of a
state of the art,
A Revolution in Communications
RWBro Garry Bradd, GSuptCom
As I come to the close of my term as
Grand Superintendent of Communication
I felt it would be appropriate to give a
summary of what has been achieved by
the Image, Marketing and Communications
Committee during that time, and also
give you a preview of the next stages
of development soon to be released.
The central focus of the Image and Marketing
Committee during the past three years
has been to support the Strategic Plan
by the development of two core projects;
establishing a professional brand identity
and launching an entirely updated website.
The Freemasons Victoria Brand identity of
“A Principled Way of Life” was released
as a style guide early in 2008 and its rollout
to all areas of Freemasons Victoria is
ongoing. All print publications and online
communications from the administration
of Freemasons Victoria have been
standardised in accordance with the new
brand guidelines, including the website,
the quarterly magazine, ten Freemasons
Victoria branded busses donated to
schools by the Board of Benevolence
and most recently the newly redeveloped
information pamphlets soon to be released.
One of the most important and successful
projects of the Image and Marketing
committee has been the new Freemasons
Victoria website. Launched late in
2008 the new website established a
strong contemporary presence online
for Freemasons Victoria and instantly
increased online membership enquiries
from a handful a year to an average
of just fewer than two per day.
As an added benefit the new website
offers significantly increased potential
functionality for members including online
tools for secretaries and other membership
benefits. Subsequent upgrades to the
website have included an interactive Lodge
and Masonic Centre finder and more
recently the release of dedicated Lodge
Portals that include pictures, information,
history and contact details available free
of charge to every lodge. I encourage all
lodges to contact our Communications
Officer Robert Reid to develop and organize
to have their lodge portal enhanced.
The management of this new brand identity
and the ongoing operation and maintenance
of our updated website required the
appointment of a full time Communications
Officer and this position was created
and successfully filled in mid 2008.
Our plans for the future are no less exciting.
Already work is under way for adding more
functionality to the website including an
expanded tool set for Lodge secretaries
and district coordinators and the ability for
every individual member to manage their
own personal contact information, a regular
ebulletin and an online store. We’re also
in the process of releasing an entirely new
suite of branded merchandise including
clothing and promotional items that will
be available through the online store and
from the Freemasons Victoria office.
Finally, the completion of our next major
project which is expected this year is
the release of a state of the art, fully
integrated Membership database that
will enable a level of detail in reporting
and forecasting membership statistics
and trends that have previously been
impossible and will be central to the new
Strategic Plan’s focus on membership.
I would like to take this opportunity to
thank my committee for their support
and efforts over the past few years. In
particular my thanks goes to WBro.
Robert Reid our Communications Officer
for his support and commitment.
I would also like to congratulate
VWBro. Wes Turnbull in being
appointed Grand Superintendant of
Communcation. He can be assured of
my continuing support in the future.�
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For every 14
at least one
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One for Fourteen
As we approach a new Masonic Year
with the installation of a new Grand
Master and Deputy Grand Master I
believe all members of the Craft will not
be surprised to hear that Membership
will feature as our greatest challenge.
The year 2010 sees the commencement
of another 3 year Strategic Plan with
membership our No.1 priority. As of now our
membership numbers total approximately
14,000, allowing for natural attrition and, we
hope, a decreasing number of resignations. If
we are to retain our numbers at approximately
14,000 at the conclusion of this strategic plan
we will need to recruit approximately 1,000
new members per year for the next 3 years.
Hence the challenge, for every 14
members we must recruit at least
one new member. ‘One new member
for every fourteen members’.
In an endeavour to assist Lodges and
Brethren in this challenging task I am
pleased to advise that the Grand Master
(Elect) will announce details of a Special
Membership Communication to be held
on the 16th April, 2010. During this special
communication we will be privileged to hear
an address on membership from RWBro
Gregory Goding, Assistant Grand Master,
Qld. RWBro Goding has developed a keen
insight into what the ‘modern Freemason’
wants and expects from his Lodge.
Given the challenges we have in front
of us it is expected that every Lodge
within the Victorian jurisdiction will be
represented with at least 3 members in
attendance if they wish to be vibrant and
progressive to attract candidates.
Now for some positive news. In late November
a special Open Night was conducted in the
Lord Somers Room in which an invitation
had been extended to those gentlemen who
had made contact with us expressing an
interest in Freemasonry with some potential
to join our Craft. Some forty five prospective
candidates, many accompanied by their
wives and partners, attended. As at the time
of printing this article I am pleased to say that
we have received a number of applications
for membership and these gentlemen
have been interviewed and allocated to
Lodges for initiation into Freemasonry.
In previous articles I have encouraged
Brethren to talk openly about
Freemasonry, as unless we spread the
word we will not achieve our goals.
I now encourage all Brethren to wear some
form of identification of the Craft when going
out. This could be a lapel badge, tie or cap
with the Masonic square and compasses on
it, this may well create an interest and become
a talking point for people to speak with us.
Our Grand Master Elect experienced this.
Whilst walking in the city streets and wearing
a cap with Masonic logo on it he was
stopped by a gentleman who happened to
be an unaffiliated brother. Suffice to say this
brother will now be returning to the craft.
If every brother is positive about our
Freemasonry we can achieve our goal.�
RWBro Alan Francis, PJGW, Grand
Superintendent. of Membership
of all that was
good in the
Continuing our series of short dissertations on
subjects of Masonic interest, the Education
Committee presents some thoughts on the
beginnings of established Freemasonry. As
always we hope these will inspire readers
to do some research of their own or act as
talking points to start a discussion in Lodge.
There are Masons, some of them eminent,
who have attempted to trace the lineage of
Masonry, as one would trace his ancestry,
back through the guilds and the Roman
Collegia, even to the Ancient Mysteries, and
they present substantial evidence in support
of their hypothesis.
But while their evidence is certainly plausible,
some of it even credible, there are links in the
chain of proof which
For while studies of
ancient peoples show
that their religions,
all had much in
is the inheritor of all
that was good in the
preceded it, and its
ritual clearly reflects
The Masons of those
days were actually
builders, and their
trade secrets were
handed down from
mouth to mouth, as
has been said. This
was true not only as
to the proper way
to do things, but it
was also true of a
upon the tools they
used, traces of which
persist in our conversations of today, such as
“On the square,” “On the Level,” “An upright
man,” etc. Because they were builders, we
call them “Operative” Masons. But gradually
there came about a change, following the
Dark Ages. At first it was scarcely perceptible,
but there came a day when someone sought
membership who was in no way connected
with the building trades, because he was
attracted by the philosophical teachings
of Masonry. Others followed in increasing
numbers and incidentally, this is the origin
of the term, “Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons,” these men though not builders,
were “accepted” as Masons.�
RWBro Mervyn Hallam, PSGW
Grand Superintendent of Education
Open Bowls Day
Sunday, March 28th, 2010
Mount Waverley Bowling Club,
Cnr Alvie Road & Wadham
Parade Mount Waverley
Start: 9.30 a.m. Morning Tea
served. Mixed Teams of Four
(Ladies required in each Team)
Bob Hillman, (03) 9878 4290,
or Tournament Director
as soon as possible as
entries are limited.
$60 or Single Entries $15.
Includes two games of 13
ends and lunch.
Presentation of prizes.
Entries close: 23rd March, 2010.
Open to everybody!
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on our new
137 bed, four
storey aged care
facility to be
built on Royal
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Moubray Street Construction Begins
Retaining a number of existing features,
including the façade of Coppin Hall,
the Chapel and formal gardens fronting
Punt Road, the facility, expected to
be completed in March 2011, will truly
set a new standard in aged care.
While the rooms will be flexible in regard
to their potential use, it is intended to
provide 48 low care places, 44 high care
New Development at Heidelberg
There is yet more exciting news on the
horizon in our Retirement Living division.
Following the success of Redmond Park in
North Carlton, we are delighted to announce
plans for a new retirement development in
Heidelberg. When complete, the development
on Vine Street will offer spectacular views
Gregory Lodge, one of Royal
Freemasons Residential Care facilities,
has hosted trainees in nursing and
personal care since 2004 and has
taken over 25 trainees in this time.
The Safety at Work category recognises
the efforts that Hosts make in the areas of
workplace safety, and those that go that
little bit further than the minimum legislative
requirements. It is a significant award for
Apprenticeships Plus. Our Occupational
Health and Safety requirements are rigorous
places, 28 transition care places, 17 secure
dementia places and 3 respite care places.
In addition, it will also accommodate the
Day Therapy Centre and Corporate Offices.
This new state-of-the-art aged care facility
underlines our commitment to providing
for the changing needs of the community
and will ensure our mission and values
continue to be met for the next 50 years.
from its stunning location, perched on the
banks of the Yarra River. Residents will be
able to enjoy all the benefits the surrounding
area has to offer with walking trails running
through beautiful parkland. Vine Street is
expected to be completed by late 2011.
Gregory Lodge – A Step Above the Rest
to protect our apprentices, and trainees.
Gregory Lodge has taken an active role in
mentoring Apprenticeships Plus trainees,
with each trainee allocated their own
preceptor with managers also having an
“open door” policy for any concerns.
Gregory Lodge has had several trainee
nominations in the past – 1 winner of the
Harry Atkinson Award, and this year’s Health
Trainee of the Year. They are clearly an
outstanding host employer at many levels�.
Pictured: Students participating
in the Festival of the Bands
which will now
be known as
of the Bands
Partnering Royal South Street
The Royal South Street Society conducts
Australia’s foremost Eisteddfod, promoting,
fostering and encouraging participation
and interest in the performing arts. It’s
run primarily by volunteers and its
members and friends give generously of
their spare time to encourage enjoyment
and excellence in the performing arts.
The Competitions have supported 5
generations of aspiring Australians. Untold
thousands of artists have made their
mark on the stage, and left a little piece of
their heart in Ballarat. They have shared
a moment of history with the likes of
James Scullin, Alfred Deakin, Mary Grant
Bruce, Amy Castles, Joan Kirner, Denise
Drysdale, Betty Pounder, David Atkins,
Robert Lempke, Kiri Te Kanawa and more.
The Society was granted “Royal” status
in 1962 for services to the community. In
recent times The Society was honoured
with 5 community service awards. They
also helped to develop national copyright
protocols for competitions, and established
the Australian Eisteddfod Association.
The Competitions currently run for 14
weeks each year. They cover 16 theatrical
disciplines of voice, music, and movements,
and provide some 40,000+ on stage
performance opportunities for artists from
all over Australia. They use Her Majesty’s
Theatre and three smaller venues.
There are eight committee persons,
plus partners, and four valiant office
staff, who organise the annual event.
The Society is assisted by theatre staff,
Fire Brigade, and over 220 amazing
volunteers who willingly help as writers,
ushers and back stage crew. The total
voluntary input to stage the Eisteddfod in
2009 was in excess of 15,000+ hours.
As of 2010 Freemasons Victoria has
agreed to support The Royal South Street
Society as a Platinum Crown Sponsor.
Contributing $5000 annually for the next
three years, Freemasons Victoria is proud to
be providing vital assistance to the Society
in producing the Royal South Street Band
competition which will now be known as the
Freemasons Victoria Festival of the Bands.
Freemasons Victoria Festival of Bands will be
staged at Her Majesty’s Theatre 17 Lydiard
Street Ballarat from 28th August – 4th
September. It will showcase approximately
3,500 Secondary School students throughout
the eight days of competition. The Advanced
Stage bands evening promises once again
to be one of the highlights during the
festival, with bands exhibiting extraordinary
talent from the very young musicians.
Freemasons Victoria is also providing
support for Adjudicators in Classical Vocal
and Contemporary Vocal which will assist
the Society in paying costs associated
with employing Adjudicators.�
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Peace and Loyalty No. 261
Sponsored by Lodge Sincerity No 179 and
formed with just ten foundation members,
Peace and Loyalty was consecrated on
the 22 nd May 1920 by MWBro F.T. Hickford,
Grand Master, in the Shire Hall in Ferntree
Gully. The ten foundation members came
from far and wide to start the first Masonic
Lodge in the hills, east of Melbourne.
It has been suggested that the name Peace
and Loyalty stems from the end of World
War 1, when the word peace was chosen
because the Lodge was formed during a
time of peace and the word loyalty from the
loyalty that is given to King and Country.
It is interesting to note that there were
seventeen initiates and eight joining
members in the first full year of the lodge.
All early meetings were held in the Shire
Hall until 1959, when it was arranged to
transfer to the Belgrave Masonic Hall.
Peace and Loyalty sponsored
four daughter Lodges and in turn
three grand daughter lodges.
During World War 2 many of the members
served their country in the armed forces and
some made the supreme sacrifice. During
the war there were many special meetings
held to initiate, pass and raise some of
the members who were in the services as
time was limited. Some were initiated,
passed and raised in a minimum of time,
the shortest being eight weeks in 1949,
the longest taking two and a half years.
Another event worth noting was the
special meeting held on the 5 th October,
1940, to raise Bro. D. K. Storrie, a Lewis
of the Lodge. He was at the Laverton air
base, so it was decided to invite as many
Freemasons as possible to attend from
the base. 99 visiting Freemasons from the
base attended, representing 80 different
lodges across Australia. Sadly, Bro.
Storrie was reported MIA in may, 1945.
The Ferntree Gully site, on which the centre
stands, Station Street, was purchased in
1956 but it wasn’t until 1963 that the present
centre and shops were built and occupied.
Tenancy of these shops gave the Lodge an
income which it still enjoys to this day.
Members of Peace and Loyalty have
included Bro. Alfred Elliot Chandler MLC,
one of the first three initiates and the man
for whom the Chandler Highway is named,
world champion cyclist and politician Bro. Sir
Hubert Opperman MHR, OBE, KBE and Bro.
Brigadier Sir George Knox KBE, CMG, ED,
MLA after whom the City of Knox is named.
Peace and Loyalty prides itself on it’s
ceremonial work and also maintains
an active visiting group called 261 On
the Road that makes regular monthly
visits taking between eight and fifteen
members, to other Lodges in the area.�
The Order of the Amaranth
The Order of the Amaranth is on the move in
The principles of the Order
Truth – Faith – Wisdom – Charity
On 3 July 2010, it will be my honour to install my successor,
RW Bro. Adrian Burton DGM as the 27 th Grand Master of the
United Grand Lodge of Queensland.
It is my pleasure on behalf of Regina, Adrian, Pam and myself to
extend to all members of our Masonic family the warmest fraternal
invitation to join us in Brisbane for the Grand Installation and
associated events from Friday 2 July to Sunday 4 July 2010. A
Sunday coach and steam train excursion will take us through the
Mary Valley, birthplace of the Grand Master elect.
We look forward to the privilege of welcoming you to Brisbane to
join us in celebrating this auspicious occasion.
Graeme A. Ewin
We are keen to open New Courts in
Melbourne and Country Victoria
Royal Victoria Court # 1
Moorabbin Masonic Centre
4 th Thursday at 7.30 p.m.
Endeavour Court # 2
Mornington Masonic Centre
3 rd Saturday at 2.00 p.m.
Want to become a member?
Ladies with a Masonic qualification* and Master Masons are invited to join
*Denotes: Wife, mother, daughter, sister, widow etc of a Master Mason.
Contact: Marie or Ron Cameron
free-call 1800 334 140
For more information go to our website
Graeme and Pam Ewin
Adrian and Regina Burton
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An extra service nursing home, operating
as a special unit within Centennial Lodge.
For an information package please contact
the Admissions Offi cer, Natalie Webb on
(03) 9210 9600 during business hours.
For those seeking exceptional care at an affordable
cost – our Extra Service fee is only $20.50 per day!
Windsor House in Wantirna, is operated by
Royal Freemasons to a standard designed to satisfy
the most discerning tastes. This includes an a la carte
menu prepared by our own chef.
13 Lewis Road,
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Telephone (03) 9210 9600
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