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FVNews Daily. 
No 85. Wednesday, August 12, 2020
From the Communications and Marketing Volunteer Action Team
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UPDATED DAILY. What’s On (28 listings)
Please notify us about your event. Email: editor@FVNews.com.au
• Wednesday, August 12. 7pm. Monash Lodge. Speaker: Peter Gurr, First Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Victoria. All welcome. LINK
• Wednesday, August 12. 7.30pm. Ange Kenos, Grand Lodge Librarian. Monthly Presentation. All welcome. LINK
Wednesday, August 12. 7.30pm. Williamstown Lodge. Guest speaker: Garry Runge, Grand Secretary. All welcome. LINK
• Thursday, August 13. Board of General Purposes meeting. For Board members.
• Thursday, August 13. 7pm. Union Lodge of North Gippsland (Bairnsdale). All welcome. LINK• Thursday, August 13. 7.30pm. Central Highlands District. ‘Introduction to the Kabbalah’ presentation by Bro. Thomas Mikeska. All welcome.LINK
• Friday, August 14. 7.30pm. Gregorios Lodge. Business Meeting. Guest Speaker: Bro. Ioannis (John) Michanetzis on his Naval career, especially in the Hellenic Navy. All welcome. LINK
Saturday, August 15. 7.30pm. Lodge of Evolution. Speaker: John Molnar on ‘What Is Freemasonry For?’. All welcome. LINK
• Monday, August 17. 11am. Membership VAT Team Leads Meeting. Members.
• Monday, August 17. 7.30pm. Gippsland Lakes Lodge (Lakes Entrance). All welcome. LINK
• Monday, August 17. 7.30pm. King David Lodge. Speaker: Garry Sebo, ‘My Time as a Grand Master and a Freemason, A Retrospective’. All welcome. LINK
• Tuesday, August 18. 7pm. Earl of Dunmore Lodge.Speaker: David Gibbs (cousin of the Earl) will speak on the topic The WiderDunmore Clan. David is a director of the Freemasons Foundation. All welcome. LINK• Tuesday, August 18. 7.30pm. Membership Volunteer Action Team. Members only. 
• Tuesday, August 18. 7.30pm. Hamilton Grange Lodge. First Virtual Business Meeting on Zoom. Speaker: John Patterson, Freemasons Foundation Victoria Limited Board Member. LINK
• Wednesday, August 19. 10.30am. VAT Leaders’ Meeting. Members.
• Wednesday, August 19. 7.30pm. Senior Grand Officers. Zoom. Members.
• Thursday, August 20. 7pm. Prospect Hill Mark Lodge. Talk by Kent Henderson: ‘English Mark and Ark, different, but the same.’ MMM welcome. LINK
• Thursday, August 20. 7pm. Rupertswood Numurkah Lodge. All welcome. Link to come.
• Friday, August 21. 7pm. Bairnsdale Daylight Lodge. Including congratulations to David Provan on the presentation of his 60 years Service Award. All welcome. LINK
• Friday, August 21. 7pm. 
Lodge of the Golden Fleece. Chris Craven, Deputy Grand Secretary (NSW and ACT), will conduct an exclusive tour of the Museum of Freemasonry in Sydney LINK
• Saturday, August 22. 7pm. Victorian Lodge of Research. Open Lectures. ‘Freemasonry in the Colony of Victoria’ by Brendan Kyne. All welcome. LINK
Saturday, August 22. 7.20pm. Central and Western Districts. Ladies’ Lockdown Dinner Night. $25 per couple for fundraiser. BOOK
• Friday, August 28. 7.30pm. Victorian Lodge of Research. Talk: Brendan Kyne, ‘Foundations Stones and Early Lodge Buildings of Melbourne’. All welcome. LINK
Thursday, September 3. 7.30pm. Killara Lodge. Business meeting. Speaker: Barry Minster on Electric Cars, specifically Tesla. LINK
• Saturday, September 5. 10 am-12 Noon. Preparation for Master course. Limited positions. Contact: Geoff Newby. EMAIL
• Saturday, September 5. 9.30am-3pm. Secretary’s Course. By Barry Reaper and Eric Williams. Morning Session LINK and Afternoon SessionLINK
• Saturday, September 12. 10 am-12 Noon. Preparation for Master course. Limited positions. Contact: Geoff Newby. EMAIL
• Saturday, September 19. 10 am-12 Noon. Preparation for Master course. Limited positions. Contact: Geoff Newby. EMAIL

NEW. Videos
• Becoming A Mason (Part 1). Grand Lodge of Texas. WATCH
• Inside the Naperville Masonic Temple. WATCH
• Freemasonry and the Fabric of America. WATCH

Director applications sought (1)
• Neil Cripps, of the Freemasons Victoria Foundation, advises that there are vacancies on the Board of Directors. “Freemasons Foundation Victoria Limited (FFV) is inviting expressions of interest from Brethren who believe that they can make a worthwhile contribution to the philanthropic activities of Freemasons in Victoria in the role of Director. • “FFV is a public company limited by guarantee, and the trustee for both the Freemasons Public Charitable Foundation (FPCF) andFreemasons Benevolent Fund (FBF). • “FFV’s principal purpose is to undertake philanthropic activities in Australia.  Please visit our website for more informationwww.freemasonsfoundation.org

Director applications sought (2)
• Neil Cripps continues: “The Annual General Meeting of FFV will be held on Wednesday, November 18, on which date director appointments will be confirmed.  Applications, providing details of relevant experience and qualifications, should be emailed to the Company Secretaryneil@freemasonsfoundation.org  before September 15. • “This is a voluntary position and carries no stipend. Out-of-pocket expenses whilst on official business will be reimbursed. Board meetings are held six times a year, in addition you will need to make yourself available to attend Lodges and/or functions.”

Director applications sought (3)
• “Key responsibilities include:• Review and approve the strategies, plans and policies of the Foundation• Ensure the adequacy and efficiency of internal controls and reporting systems• Act at all times in accordance with the Constitution of FFV and Trust Deeds of FPCF and FBF• Comply with the minimum governance standards set by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)• To act with reasonable care and diligence.• To act in good faith in the best interest of the organisation and for proper purpose.• Not to improperly use information or position.• To disclose conflicts of interest.• To ensure that financial affairs are managed responsibly.Knowing and carrying out your duties as a Board member will help the organisation to achieve its charitable purpose and protect its resources against misuse. You can find more information about your duties as a Director on the ACNC’s website (www.acnc.gov.au) or from the Company Secretary.”

Membership on the move
• Despite the Coronavirus lockdown, Freemasons Victoria membership efforts are still on the move. Damien Hudson tells us that 21 so far 21 of approximately 100 recent applicants have returned a police check and have been sent to District Co-Ordinators this month. Some have already been “met” via Zoom.

Communications Projects
• The Freemasons Victoria Communications and Marketing Volunteer Action Team is expanding its Information Technology manpower. TheTeam is interested in speaking with Freemason volunteerswho have detailed IT experience. One project is blending an email ticketing process withOutlook. Knowledgeable volunteers are asked to contact the VAT by EMAIL or phone 0450 399 932.

World News
•The question of mandatory disclosure of Freemasons membership of UK Parliamentarians is discussed in this report. LINK

About our What’s On Guide
• Our aim is to construct a daily What’s On guide for Freemasons Victoria. The guide will initially be at this www.FVNews.com.au website, and we hope to then integrate it at the Freemasons Victoria website. As part of the ‘One Voice’ strategy plan of our VAT, we want to establish the organisation’s official guide to include every Lodge meeting and event. 
• Lodges can assist be sending emails about every lodge meeting and event to editor@FVNews.com.au Please include us on your Lodge Summons mailing list.
• Members across Victoria can assist by volunteering to work from their own home to proactively contact Lodges by email and phone so that we can present the most up-to-date and accurate information. To volunteer, please send an email to editor@FVNews.com.au

Famous Freemasons
• Bowell, Mackenzie (1823-1917) – The English-born, fifth Prime Minister of Canada (1894-1896), Bowell instigated the first meeting of British Colonies and territories (between Australia and Canada) in Ottawa in 1884. Bowell was a Freemason AND an Orangeman, becoming Grand Master of the Orange Order of British North America, 1870-1878.
– Timothy Horton

Masonic Knowledge
• The 14 US presidents known to be Freemasons are: George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Howard Taft, Warren Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford.

Masonic Wisdom
•  “You never heard of a comedy team that didn’t fight, did you?” – Bro. William ‘Bud’ Abbott (of Abbott and Costello).

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