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Freemasonry

Victoria

ISSUE 122

SUMMER 2010

4

Meet the next

Grand Master

We talk with RWBro Vaughan

Werner about the challenges

facing a new Grand Master

23

Towards 2013

The Grand Treasurer shares

with us the details of the

next Strategic Plan

Our Principles Make a Difference

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Contents

3 From the Grand Master

4 - 6 A Grand Master Begins

7 The New Grand Team

8 - 9 In Conversation with Bob Jones

12 – 13 Main Feature - Two Futures of Freemasonry

17 The Craft, The Empire and the Irish Military

18 Task Force

19 VMMA

20 International

22 Board of Benevolence

23 Strategies towards 2013

28 Royal Freemasons

30 Featured Lodge

It is understandable that an organisation as

long established as Freemasonry will develop

various “unwritten” customs and practices.

Though these customs may have served a

specific purpose at one time, they must be

constantly re-evaluated and assessed in order

to ensure that they continue to demonstrate

the principles of support, acceptance and

honour that are the bedrock of Freemasonry.

Though tradition connects us to our

past, it should not be confused with or

override the essence of Freemasonry, the

values it demands its members share.

A convincing argument can be made that

these “unwritten rules” have a powerful

tendency to obscure the principles

Freemasons cherish. Too close an adherence

to protocol or custom can precipitate

a gradual and eventually catastrophic

drift away from our foundations.

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In such cases it is worth recalling that

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of Freemasonry and it is neither the Book

of Constitutions nor the Book of Lodge

Workings. It is the Volume of the Sacred

Law and the principles it contains are those

of forgiveness, tolerance and understanding.

When procedure is put before these

principles Freemasonry becomes more

than meaningless, it is made farcical.

Considerations of administration,

protocol and custom, of necessity, must

be secondary to those of compassion,

acceptance and love. It is only in this way

that every Freemason can ensure that our

principles really do make a difference.

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From the Grand Master

MWBro Garry J Sebo

Grand Master

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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News

Getting to know

the Grand

Master Elect

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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


Pictured: RWBro.

Werner and wife Bev by

Banyule Wetlands

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News

Interview

with RWBro.

Vaughan

Werner cont.

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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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Freemasonry

Victoria

congratulates

the new

members of

the Grand

Ceremonial

Team listed here

Your Grand Ceremonial

Team for 2010

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

Ceremonial Team

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�

Freemasonry Victoria SuMMer 2010

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News

RWBro Robert Jones, In Conversation

No stranger

to the Craft,

the Deputy

Grand Master

elect speaks to

Freemasonry

Victoria

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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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News

Catholics and

Freemasons

working together

for the common

good? What

is the world

coming to?

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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.”


Gaveliers

Masters return

to Southern

Ash Wildlife

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

charity target.

Eleven Gaveliers

plus their partners

travelled to Rawson

on Saturday

November 14 th . This

gave them the added

opportunity to attend

the installation at

Walhalla Lodge.

This was the first

time the Lodge Hall

had been used after

the renovations.

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

Colleen Wood.

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Featured Story

RWBro. Peter

Lazar’s book

“It’s No Secret,

Real Men

Wear Aprons”

proposes a

number of

potential futures

for Freemasonry.

With this

article we offer

two more.

12 Freemasonry Victoria SuMMer 2010

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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Main Feature

e

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Pictured: Easy Riders,

VWBro. Frank Fordyce,

PBB(e), RWBro. Vaughan

Werner DGM and RWBro.

Trevor Burkitt PBB


News

Board of

Benevolence

doubles its

donation to

Variety Bikes

100 Wheels

Every child

remembers receiving

their first bike for

Christmas, but many

grow up without

this memory. For

disadvantaged

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

give disadvantaged

children the gift of

a bike in time for

Christmas. Donors

who pledged funds

are invited to come

along to meet the

children at the annual

bike presentations.

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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News

Good taste

never goes

out of style

Mater Christi

young musicians

bring harmony

to Blue

Dandenongs

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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

Research shares

some thoughts

on the early

international

spread of

Freemasonry

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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Task Force

All we need to

know is “Will

you volunteer?

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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!

Licola

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.�

Chairman

Neil W Price, PGStdB

10 Meaby Drive, Pakenham 3810

Phone 5941 9554 Mobile 0428 529 108

n.w.price@bigpond.com

Secretary

Dr Peter Prideaux

1/14 Parring Road, Balwyn 3103

Phone 9830 5019 Mobile 0418 136 243

peterpx@bigpond.net.au

Members

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


VMMA

It has been

amazing

the different

organisations

and private

donations that

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.�

Myrtleford Masonic Centre Holiday Units.

Fishing, Cycling, Tennis,

Snow and Water sking,

Bushwalking, Golf,

Bowls, Winerys and 4

Wheel Driving available.

Conact Mrs Lorraine Webster, PO Box 344 Myrtleford 3737, 03 5752 1710

An Excellent Holiday Opportunity for Brethren and Friends

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International

RWBro Murray Yaxley PDGM(Tas)

In May 2009

an English

language

Mark Master

Lodge was

consecrated

at Hellbrunn

Castle in

Salzburg

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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.�


News

It’s all about self

esteem, wages,

holidays and

participation

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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

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“For many of the people that work

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

We welcome

the opportunity

to attend your

lodge meeting in

order to explain

The Board of

Benevolence

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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

application, primarily

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

explanation.

At this stage

the case officer

cannot give any

assurance regarding

the outcome of

the application

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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News

The 2010 - 2013

strategic plan

will focus on

the fundamental

areas of

membership,

communications,

masonic

buildings and

benevolence

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.

MEMBERSHIP

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

COMMUNICATONS

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.

MASONIC BUILDINGS

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”.

BENEVOLENCE

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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In Brief

Important

upgrades to

historic centre

24 Freemasonry Victoria SuMMer 2010

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.”�

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Image and Marketing

Our next major

project is the

release of a

state of the art,

fully integrated

Membership

database

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.�

Freemasonry Victoria SuMMer 2010

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Membership

For every 14

members we

must recruit

at least one

new member

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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


education

Masonry is

the inheritor

of all that was

good in the

organizations,

which

preceded it

Masonic Foundations

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.

Our Lineage

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

remain hypothetical.

For while studies of

ancient peoples show

that their religions,

philosophies and

social systems

all had much in

common, Masonry

is the inheritor of all

that was good in the

organizations, which

preceded it, and its

ritual clearly reflects

that ancestry.

Operative and

Speculative

Masonry

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

philosophy based

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

Mixed Charity

Open Bowls Day

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Where

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)

Contact

Bob Hillman, (03) 9878 4290,

or Tournament Director

Helen Steel,

email: regsteel@mail.com

as soon as possible as

entries are limited.

Entry Fee

$60 or Single Entries $15.

Includes two games of 13

ends and lunch.

Presentation of prizes.

Entries close: 23rd March, 2010.

Open to everybody!

www.freemasons.net.au

Freemasonry Victoria SuMMer 2010

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Work has

now begun

on our new

contemporary

137 bed, four

storey aged care

facility to be

built on Royal

Freemasons

original Moubray

Street site

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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

The competition

which will now

be known as

the Freemasons

Victoria Festival

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.�

Freemasonry Victoria SuMMer 2010

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Featured Lodge

30 Freemasonry Victoria SuMMer 2010

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

www.masonsconnect.com/amaranth

The Order of the Amaranth is on the move in

Victoria

The principles of the Order

Truth – Faith – Wisdom – Charity

Invitation

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

Grand Master

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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Windsor House

An extra service nursing home, operating

as a special unit within Centennial Lodge.

Admission

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.

Windsor House

13 Lewis Road,

Wantirna South, Victoria 3152

Telephone (03) 9210 9600

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