No 64. Friday, July 10, 2020
From the Communications and Marketing Volunteer Action TeamFVNews Daily is also available at www.FVNews.com.au
Vale Peter Clifford
• We regret to advise of the passing to the Grand Lodge Above of RWor. Bro. Peter Clifford, PSGW onWednesday (July 8). He had been aFreemason for 53 years. His Grand Lodge Team involvement was in 1988-89 when he was Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. (Thanks toBob Pullin for this information.)
Positive COVID-19 test
• Tanya Connor, Chief Operations Officer of Royal Freemasons, has circularised: “A person who has worked at Gregory Lodge recently has returned a positive test for COVID-19. The Department of Health has been notified and we are working closely with them.
• “All residents are well and none are showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 at this time. As the situation evolves, we want to reassure you that we are, and will continue to implement all possible measures to contain the spread within the facility to protect our residents, staff and the wider community. The facility was recently closed to visitors due to its proximity to the local cluster of cases in Flemington and this visiting restriction will remain in place.”
The Numbers Game
• Victoria’s latest lockdown has been accompanied by a hunger for Masonic communication. Yesterday (Thurs.) was the first day of the tighter “stay at home” restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday also saw the biggest day ever of new opt-in subscribers for FVNews Daily.
• The Communications and Marketing Volunteer Action Team’s efforts in ‘cleaning up’ the online behaviour by members at Freemasons Victoria social media pages is showing encouraging results. Most members have grasped the push for ‘positive news only’. A statistical example: in the past 28 days, the Freemasons Victoria page on Facebook saw 11,368 people reached, up 188 per cent. Post Engagements were 5846, up 488 per cent. (Post engagements can include actions such as reacting to, commenting on or sharing, claiming an offer, viewing a photo or video, or clicking on a link.)
$500,000 defamation case
• The Courier Mail (Queensland) reports on a District Court defamation claim for $500,000: “The court case will centre on the monthly board meeting of the Board of Management of the United Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Freemasons of Queensland … Grand Treasurer Phillip Lawrence Cohen, a registered tax agent and former solicitor who lives in Tamborine, claims he was defamed by then-directorDamon Peter Fealy, a startup guru.” LINK
Four tablets arranged by Masons
• “Patients at St Giles Hospice in Lichfield (UK) will find it easier to keep in contact with relatives and friends thanks to the generosity ofStaffordshire Freemasons. Local freemason Stuart Wilton realised that patients might find it more difficult to stay in touch with loved ones due to self-isolation and social distancing measures introduced during the COVID-19 crisis and decided that he wanted to buy four computer tablets for the hospice so that patients could enjoy virtual meetings from their rooms. The idea was taken forward by the Staffordshire Freemasons Almoner,Tony Coates, who also works for IT company Terrafix, based in Stoke-on-Trent. Terrafix immediately agreed to supply the four tablets, free of charge,” reports the Birmingham Mail. LINKLadies of Freemasons Victoria
• Gabrielle Marabeliotakis advises of the new Facebook page, Ladies of Freemasons Victoria. LINK
• Stephen Carpenter, Past Master of Ivanhoe Grammarians Lodge,advises: “Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra have a streamed concert with soloist Netsuke Yoshimoto. LINK
• The program includes:
• Malcolm Arnold – The Inn of the 6th Happiness
• Granados – Goyescas : Intermezzo
• Mozart – Adagio for violin and orchestra
• Bruch – Concerto for violin and orchestra
• Tchaikovsky – Meditation for violin and orchestra
• Moncayo – Huapango
• Matt Cameron advises that food and stress strategies for Freemasons will be discussed at the Richmond Lodge meeting to be held by Zoomat 7pm Tuesday (July 14). “Bruce Cowie will share diet strategies, we will revisit Russell Barnards’s stress strategies which feature the role of making good food decisions and invite everyone to share their favourite healthy snack recipe. This online event is open to members and friends, meaning you don’t have to be a Freemason to join.” LINK
What’s On: online meetings
• “Ashmole, Elias (1617-1698) – Antiquary, astrologist, alchemist and politician, Elias Ashmole became a Freemason in 1647, being initiated intoWarrington Lodge, Warrington, Cheshire, England. Ashmole is the earliest Freemason thus recorded in England. He was a founder of ‘The Royal Society of London’ with Sir Robert Moray and King Charles II, and founded the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.” – Timothy Hudson
More Famous Freemasons
• Eddie Levey of the Mildura Lodge remarks: “We have our first cup of tea for the day, ‘Lipton Tea‘, created byBro.Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton,1st Baronet KCVO, (1848-1931) initiated in the “Lodge Scotia” No.178, Glasgow, Scotland. He was the oldest member on the roll of the lodge when he died in 1931.
• The new freemasonsvic.org.au website offers this: “Freemasonry is a principled way of life, offering a sense of belonging and of personal growth. The principles by which a Freemason is expected to conduct himself, are based on tolerance, equality, charity and honour. They strive towards spiritual enlightenment, and personal development as a way to moral perfection. Freemasons demonstrate these principles by showing tolerance and respect for the opinions of others, behaving with kindness and practising charity and care for their community.”
• “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” –Bro. Benjamin Franklin
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