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No. 176. Thursday, March 11, 2021
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Thursday, March 11
• TBA. Seaford Lodge. Double First Degree. At Frankston District Masonic Centre, Baxter.
• 7pm. Union Lodge of North Gippsland. Short open and close. Attire: Casual. Dinner at Bairnsdale Club. Partners and visitors welcome.

• 7pm. Gisborne Lodge. Open and close, business meeting. At Gisborne Masonic Centre. RSVP essential for catering.

• 7.30pm. Antient York Lodge. Short Talks. At Preston Masonic Centre.
Friday, March 12
• 7pm. Gregorios Lodge. 50-Year Jewels to  Terry Pampakas and John Skitzis. At Freemasons Melbourne. 8.30pm. Dinner at the Aegean Restaurant, Brunswick St, Fitzroy, with family and friends.
• 7.30pm. Altona Lodge. 2nd Degree Ceremony. At Williamstown Masonic Centre.
• 7.30pm. Sunbury Lodge. Obligation of the Master-Elect. Robert Hamilton, ‘Masonic Moment of Interest’. At Sunbury Masonic Centre.
Saturday, March 13
• 10am. Old Melburnians. Double First. Attire: Dark lounge suit. At Freemasons Bayside. Festive Board at Yagiz Turkish Restaurant: BOOK
• 10am and 1pm. Williamstown Lodge. Special Meetings. Two Double Initiation Ceremonies.
• 1pm. Graveside Service for RWor. Bro. Bill Lister. At Mildura Lawn Cemetery, Nichols Point. Sunraysia Funerals.
• 4pm. Lodge of Commerce visit to Gippsland Lakes Lodge. Second Degree. At Lakes Entrance. Meal at RSL.
Sunday, March 14
• TBA. Freemasons Victoria Cycling Special Interest Group. Fundraiser for Fiona Elsey Foundation at Ballarat. LINK
• 10am. Grand Ceremonial Team. Grand Installation Rehearsal. At Freemasons Bayside.
Monday, March 15
• 6pm. Melbourne St Clair Reunion Lodge. Installation by 2021 Team. At Freemasons Melbourne.
• 7pm. United Wimmera Royal Ark Mariner Lodge. 7pm. United Wimmera Lodge of Mark Master Masons. At Ararat Masonic Centre.

• 7.30pm. Lodge of Good Companions. 65-Year Jewel: RWor. Bro. A Ambrose. 60-Year Jewel: RWor. Bro R. Fuge. MM Certificate Bro. P. Varno At Waverley Masonic Centre.

• 7.30pm. Masonic Caravan Club. LINK Meeting ID: 763 8342 1746. Passcode: 4xYjAU
• 7.30pm. Ringwood Mark Lodge. LINK Meeting ID: 890 3753 6367 . Passcode: 886767 
• 7.30pm. St George Lodge. Resumption of Lodge Meeting. Members Only. Dunolly Masonic Centre.

Tuesday, March 16
• TBA. Brunswick United Lodge. Ballot, First Degree (double). At Brunswick Masonic Centre.
• TBA. Combermere (English Constitution). No meeting this month, meetings to start in April.

• TBA. Elrona Lodge. First Degree. Closed Meeting. At Greensborough Masonic Centre.
• TBA. Mildura Lodge. Second Degree. 
• 10am. Dallas Brooks Daylight Lodge. Talk: Peter Russell, The A-Model Ford. At Wangaratta Masonic Centre.
• 10am. Lodge of the Great Ocean Road. 60-Year Jewel to Alan Benson. At Torquay Improvement Association Building, 12 Price St, Torquay
• 6.30pm. Footscray St John’s Lodge. Installation by 2021 Team. At Sunshine Masonic Centre.
• 7.30pm. Moorabbin Lodge. Obligation of Master-Elect, Second Degree. At Freemasons Bayside.
• 7.30pm. St Andrews In The South. First Degree. At Geelong Masonic Centre.

Wednesday, March 17
• 7.30pm. Quarterly Communication. At Freemasons Bayside. Details TBA.
Thursday, March 18
• TBA.Albert Victor Lodge. Open and close, business meeting. At Ivalda Masonic Centre.

• 11am. Samaritan Lodge (Daylight). Open and close, business meeting, vote for Master Elect. At Ivalda Masonic Centre.
• 7pm.Prospect Hill Mark Lodge. Talk: Ian Brown. Attire: Members – jacket and tie, Visitors – smart casual. LINK

Friday, March 19
• TBA. Diamond Valley Lodge. Second Degree (double). At Diamond Creek Masonic Centre.
• TBA.Army Lodge. Open and close, planning for ANZAC meeting in April. At Ivalda Masonic Centre.
• 10am.Bairnsdale Daylight Lodge. At Bairnsdale Masonic Centre.

Saturday, March 20
• 3pm. Star of the East Lodge. Installation by Gippsland Team with Richard Elkington. At Freemasons Omeo.
Monday, March 22

• 7pm. Metropolis Lodge. First Degree. At Brunswick Masonic Centre.
• 7.30pm. Masonic Caravan Club. LINK Meeting ID: 763 8342 1746. Passcode: 4xYjAU
• 7.30pm. South Gippsland Mark Lodge. Talk on Mark Masonry. At Wonthaggi Masonic Centre.

Tuesday, March 23
• 6pm. Lodge Amalthea. First Degree. Attire: Lounge Suit. Dinner: $100. At Australian Club. BOOK

• 7.15pm. Middle Park Lodge. 60-Year Jewel to John Hanby. At Freemasons Melbourne.

• 7.30pm. Admiral Collingwood Lodge. Second Degree. At Ivalda Masonic Centre.
• 7.30pm. Wimmera Lodge. First Degree. At Horsham Masonic Centre

Wednesday, March 24

• TBA. Weston Street United Lodge. First Degree. At Brunswick Masonic Centre.

Thursday, March 25

• TBA. Revival Lodge. First Degree. At Greensborough Masonic Centre.
• 7.30pm. Creswick Havilah Lodge. Second Degree. At Creswick Masonic Centre.

Friday, March 26
• TBA. Grand Installation Rehearsal. At Freemasons Bayside.
• NIL. Lodge of Research. No meeting this month.

• NIL. Endeavour Lodge. Online. No meeting this month.
Saturday, March 27
• TBA. Grand Re-Installation. 2021 Team. At Freemasons Bayside. Details TBA.

• 2pm. Huon Daylight Lodge. Installation by 108 Team. At Freemasons Wodonga.
Sunday, March 28
• 10am. Masonic Advancement Program. First Degree. 11.30am. Second Degree.1pm. Third Degree. At Greensborough Masonic Centre.
Monday, March 29
• 7.30pm. Masonic Caravan Club. LINK Meeting ID: 763 8342 1746. Passcode: 4xYjAU
Tuesday, March 30
• 6pm. St Andrews In The South. Special Meeting. Obligate Master-Elect. Geelong Masonic Centre.

Wednesday, March 31
• 7.30pm. The Great Debate. NSW v Victoria. ‘Is a belief in a god necessary to be a good Freemason?’ DETAILS Meeting ID: 889 1705 1154

Thursday, April 1
• 7.15pm. Ivanhoe Grammarians Lodge. Double First Degree. At Ivalda Masonic Centre.

Friday, April 2 – Good Friday
• All Day. Collections for Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
Saturday, April 3 – Holy Saturday
• Holiday Weekend

Sunday, April 4 – Easter Sunday
• Holiday Weekend

Tuesday, April 6
• 7.30pm. Masonic Advancement Program. MAP2. At Brunswick Masonic Centre.Wednesday, April 7
• 6.30pm. Glenroy Lodge. Installation by Team with Andrew McPhee. Essendon Masonic Centre.

Thursday, April 8
• 6pm. Gordon Lodge. Installation by 2021 Team with Tony Bucca, supported by John Rodrigo. At Essendon Masonic Centre.
Saturday, April 10
• 2pm. Gippsland Lodge. Installation by 2021 Team with Richard Elkington. At Sale Masonic Centre.

• 4pm. Benambra Lodge. Installation by 108 Team with David Keame. At Tallangatta Masonic Centre.
• 4pm. Duke of Connaught Lodge. Installation by 2021 Country Team with Chris Scott. At Korumburra Masonic Centre.
• 4pm. Stewart Lodge of St Arnaud. Installation of Neville Wharton by the 2021 Country Team. At St Arnaud Masonic Centre.
• 5pm. Lodge Concordia.  Installation by 2021 Team with Felix Pintado. At Latrobe Valley Masonic Centre.
Sunday, April 11

• TBA. Earl of Dunmore Lodge. Installation of Tony Meechan by Rob McGregor. Richard Elkington at Festive Board. At Freemasons Bayside.
Monday, April 12
• 5pm. Carisbrook Lodge. Installation by 2021 Country Team with John McTaggart. At Freemasons Carisbrook.

Tuesday, April 13
• 10am. Allara Lodge. Installation by Magenta Team with Leonard Kelly. 
Thursday, April 15
• 9.30am. Sale Daylight Lodge. Installation by Gippsland Team with Chris Scott. At Sale Masonic Centre.
Friday, April 16
• TBA. South Australian Grand Installation.
Saturday, April 17

• TBA. South Australian Grand Installation.

• 4pm. Koo Wee Rup Lodge. Installation by South Gippsland Team with Paul Vassil. At Koo Wee Rup Masonic Centre.
• 4pm. Rupertswood Numurkah Lodge. Installation by North East Team with David Blake. At Shepparton Masonic Centre.
• 4pm. Zetland Lodge. By 2021 Country Team with Bob Jones. At Freemasons Kyneton.

Sunday, April 18
• TBA. South Australian Grand Installation.

• 7.30pm. Masonic Advancement Program. MAP3. At Greensborough Masonic Centre.

Monday, April 19
• 10am. Eureka Daylight Lodge. By 2021 Country Team with John McTaggart. At Ballarat Masonic Centre.
Tuesday, April 20
• 6.30pm. Ballarat-Yarowee Lodge. Installation by 2021 Ceremonial Team. 75-Year Jewel to Bill Messer. 65-Year Jewel to Max Matters. At Ballarat Masonic Centre.
• 6.30pm. Moorabbin Lodge. Installation by 2021 Team. At Bayside Masonic Centre.
Friday, April 23
• TBA. Lodge of Research. Truncated Version.
Saturday, April 24

• 3pm. Garibaldi Lodge. Installation by 2021 Lodge with Matt Donato. At Essendon Masonic Centre.
• 4pm. Prince of Wales Lodge. Installation by 2021 Country Team. At Smythesdale Masonic Centre.

Sunday, April 25 – ANZAC Day

• Throughout Day. Dawn Service, Marches across Victoria.

Monday, April 26

• 9.30am. Derrimut Daylight Lodge. Installation by 2021 Team with Richard Elkington. At Freemasons Sunshine.

• 6.30pm. Baxter Lodge. 2021 Team with Tony Bucca. At Frankston and District Masonic Centre.

Tuesday, April 27

• 6.30pm. Mt Franklin St George Lodge. Installation by 2021 Country Team with John McTaggart. At Freemasons Daylesford.

Tuesday, May 4

• 7.30pm. Masonic Advancement Program MAP3. At Brunswick Masonic Centre.

Sunsday, May 16

• 10am. Masonic Advancement Program MAP1. At Greensborough Masonic Centre.


• Freemasons Victoria: Mentor Training. (04:28) WATCH

Published Information

• Freemasons Victoria. Re-Opening Lodges: The Manual. Version 2. READ
• Freemasons Victoria. COVID-19 Modifications for Lodge Ceremonies. LOG INat Freemasons Victoria website

Vale Mac Christensen

• We regret to advise of the passing to the Grand Lodge Above of Wor. Bro. Mac Christensen PJGD on February 28 in Perth. He was a Freemason for over 62 years and was 97. Mac was initaated in the Sutherland Lodge No. 691 and became Worshipful Master in 1979. He was a Foundation Member of the Traralgon Lodge. He was also member of several orders in Gippsland

Vale Bill Lister

• We regret to advise of the passing to the Grand Lodge Above of RWor. Bro Bill Lister PJGW. Nov. 22, 1930-Mar. 8, 2021. Member of Mildura Lodge No. 170, 66 years a mason. Passed away peacefully at Chaffey Aged Care, Merbein. Husband of Betty (deceased) for 63 years. Father of Ros and Wayne, Alan and Sharon, Rod and Liz, Ken (dec) and Meg. Much loved Poppy to 20 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

A Graveside Service will be held at the Mildura Lawn Cemetery, Nichols Point, at 1pm on Saturday (March 13). Sunraysia Funerals.

Vale Karl Polchow

• We regret to advise of the passing to the Grand Lodge Above of Wor. Bro Karl Polchow PJGD. Aged 86. 52 years a Mason. Karl Polchow passed away peacefully in his sleep at 2pm, Wednesday, March 10. He was an active member of Belgrave Lodge No. 439 for many years until it was re-formed into a new combined Lodge, Braedale Lodge. Karl was an active Trustee of the Belgrave Masonic Centre and volunteered much of his time and talents in improving the existing Masonic Centre.  Karl was Wor. Master of Belgrave Lodge in 1978-79.

Vale Karl Polchow

• We regret to advise of the passing to the Grand Lodge Above of R Em Comp Raymond George Whittaker, PGJ, on Friday (Mar. 5).

Personal Pars

• Paul and Pam Brennand are in our thoughts.
• A cheerio to Len Jinnette of Samaritan Lodge, currently in hospital.
• Good wishes to Howard Purcell, of Ivanhoe Grammarians Lodge, admitted to Austin Hospital this week.
Rob Body, Lodge of Australia Felix, has passed on FVNews to his cousin in the UK, “especially about the work of the Hertfordshire Freemasons and the article showing his lodge room”.
Trevor Burkitt received his 50-year jewel last night (Wed.) in a presentation by Garry Sebo at Keysborough.
}• Tim Bensley was initiated at Ivanhoe Grammarians Lodge last week. A photo page appeared in The Local Paper.

VIDEO: Mentor Training

• “Last week Paul Brennand gave us an update on the activities of the Membership Team and indicated that each of the team leaders would tell us what is occurring in each of their portfolios. This week Peter White, leader of the Mentor Team, gives us an update on what the Mentor Team has achieved so far and invites all Freemasons to support one another and enrol in the Mentor Training Program.” WATCH

Laptops for children

• “A Freemason has played his part to help thousands of children across Cambridgeshire access online learning,” reports the Ely Standard (UK). Clive Webber, a member of a lodge which meets in Ely, has been collecting and arranging for laptops to be processed so they can be used by young people with little or no access to technology.” READ MORE

Masonic Mailbag

George Entwistle writes: “The members of Gippsland Lodge No. 51, a number of years ago, assisted with obtaining solar panels. It proved a very successful venture. We were able to keep yearly dues at a sustainable level and able to look at other projects and improvements. It still continues to be of benefit today, since all Lodges have been closed for a number of months but the solar benefits kept on going.”

World News

• Buckinghamshire Freemasons have donated £5000 fo a new ‘spa experience’ bath to Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, reports The Bucks Herald. READ MORE

Next Issue on Monday
•  FVNews will now be published twice weekly, on Mondays and Thursdays. We will review this decision after Easter.

New Subscribers
• We are building FVNews to be a vital guide to Masonry in Victoria. You can have your free copy emailed to your inbox. Use the ‘Subscribe’ option at www.FVNews.com.au We welcome Robert Hocking, 

Sincere Thanks

• Amongst those who assisted with contributions (and encouragement) to this edition of FVNews have been: Peter White, Graham Paulin, John Hann, Iain Nicolson, Neil Gannon, Wayne Smith, Richard Shelly, Nobby Forster, Keith Klooger, Keith Calder, Andrew Karaconstantis, Glen Richards, Tony McDonall, Colin Randall, William Ellis, Robert Pullin, David Webb, Ange Kenos, James Jolly, Ross Martin, Max Paulet, Kent Henderson, John McTaggart, Colin Peterson

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Famous Freemasons
Sir James Hardy, of Hardy’s Wines, a fourth generation winemaker, became a Freemason when he moved from South Australia to Sydney in 1962. “My great grandfather was a Freemason and my father was a Freemason so when I transferred to Sydney to look after the NSW branch I made a couple inquiries from one of my late father’s friends about Freemasonry,” Mr Hardy said. “So when I got to Sydney I got involved in a lodge, the City of Sydney Lodge.” After more than 50 years as a member Mr Hardy still has a great passion for the fraternity and attends meetings every two months. “A lot of messages are straight from the Christian bible … but Freemasonry is not about beating your chest like Tarzan, instead doing things quietly and hoping people respect it,” he said. “There’s no cloak and dagger thing that people try to read into. From my own point of view, if you were to tell me something that I don’t want you to tell anybody; the test for Jim Hardy is that I don’t tell anybody about it.” – Daily Telegraph, April 2, 2015.

Masonic Knowledge
•  The Symbolism of the Gloves and the Apron. READ MORE

Masonic Wisdom
•  “Who knows but that England may revive in New South Wales when it has sunk in Europe.” – Bro. Sir Joseph Banks

The Last Word
•  An unashamed plug. Formal Wear of Melbourne, 1191 High St, Armadale, currently offer a discounted rate of $165 per for the hire of tails. Speak with Alex, and mention Freemasons Victoria.

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