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No. 178. Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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What’s On (78 listings)

Please notify us about your event. 
Please include date, time, talk details, attire, and a link or location.
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Wednesday, March 17

• 7.30pm. Quarterly Communication. At Freemasons Melbourne. Booked Out. Video to Streaming Centres across Victoria.
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

• 10am. Funeral Service. Karl Polchow. Heritage Funerals, Wantirna. Burial at Springvale. Video link available.

• 7pm. Metropolis Lodge. First Degree. At Brunswick Masonic Centre.
• 7.30pm. Duke of Sussex Lodge. First Degree. At East Melbourne.
• 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.
• 7.30pm. Spring Vale Lodge. First Degree. Attire: Dinner suit and regalia. RSVP Essential,

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

• 7pm. Mount Scopus and Collegians Lodge. Double First Degree. At Freemasons Bayside.

• 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. Lodge Amicus. Ballot for candidates. At East Melbourne.
• 7.30pm. Wimmera Lodge. First Degree. At Horsham Masonic Centre

Wednesday, March 24

• TBA. Weston Street United Lodge. First Degree. At Brunswick Masonic Centre.
• 7.30pm. Keystone Mark Lodge. At Preston 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.
• 7.30pm. Morwell Lodge. First Degree. At Masonic Centre, Traralgon.
• NIL. Lodge of Amity. Not meeting in March.

Friday, March 26
• 6pm. 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. Booked Out.

• 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.

• 7.30pm. Warragul Lodge, Presentation of 50-Year Jewel to Graham Dorling and Bert Rance by Richard Elkington. At West Gippsland Masonic Centre, Warragul.

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.

• 7.30pm. Victorian Naval and Military Chapter. At East Melbourne.

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
Monday, April 5 – Easter Monday
 8am-4pm. Ivanhoe Grammarians Lodge. Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings Mernda. Volunteers required, please EMAIL
 7pm. North Melbourne Lodge. Social Meeting.

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.
• 7.30pm. Dimboola Lodge. Ceremony of the Vacant Chair. At Dimboola Masonic Centre.
• 7.30pm. Old Scotch Collegians Lodge. First Degree. At East Melbourne.

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.
Sunday, April 11

• TBA. Earl of Dunmore Lodge. Installation of Tony Meechan by Rob McGregor. Richard Elkington at Festive Board. At Freemasons Bayside.

• 8am-4pm. Dimboola Lodge. Bunnings Sausage Sizzle. At Bunnings Horsham. 
Monday, April 12
• 5pm. Carisbrook Lodge. Installation by 2021 Country Team with John McTaggart. At Freemasons Carisbrook.
• 7.30pm. City of Abbotsford Chapter. At Collingwood.

Tuesday, April 13
• 10am. Allara Lodge. Installation by Magenta Team with Leonard Kelly. 
• 7.30pm. Marnoo Lodge. Second Degree. At Stawell Masonic Centre.
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.
• 4pm. Melbourne High School Lodge. First Degree. At Melbourne High School.

• 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.

• 6.30pm. Warragul Lodge. Installation by Gippsland team with Chris Scott. At West Gippsland Masonic Centre, Warragul 

Tuesday, May 4

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

Sunday, May 16

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

Friday, May 22

• 7pm. Bayside District Lodges. 160th Anniversary Ball. Entertainment: Wilbur Wilde and the Troubleshooters, Kingsfords. Talk: Richard Elkington. In aid of Les Twentyman Foundation. BOOK


• Freemasons Victoria. Grand Master’s Chat. (33:15) WATCH
The Masonic Leader’s Mindset – Purposeful Action. (02:00). WATCH
• Beyond The Third Degree – Secrets of Inspirational Leadership. (40:51) WATCH

Essential Information

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

TONIGHT: Watch the Quarterly Communication

Garry Runge, Grand Secretary, advises: The Freemasons Victoria Quarterly Communication is being held tonight (Wed.) at 7.30pm.

• You can watch at home from 7.30pm. LINK
• Another way to view the live streaming is: Visit https://freemasonsvic.org.au and click Member Login. Click Events from the main menu. Click Quarterly

• If you want to watch the Quarterly Communication live with fellow Masons, please visit one of the following centres: Bairnsdale, Bendigo, Geelong (Belmont), Greensborough, Horsham, Mount Waverley, Portland, Traralgon and Warrnambool.

TONIGHT: How The Voting System Works

• A motion will be put to tonight’s Quarterly Communication.
• You can vote from home (or anywhere). You will need a smartphone, tablet or computer to vote.
• You can vote from a Streaming Centre. “You can vote on your phone, tablet or desktop from home, a designated centre or anywhere you can get an internet connection.” 

The motion is:”This Grand Lodge hereby extends the term of office of MWBro. Richard Elkington, Grand Master, from two to three years because there are compelling reasons for so doing.” Reasons for the Notice of Motion are HERE

All members who have an email address registered with Freemasons Victoria should receive an email this morning (Wed.). The email will include a link to vote. You will not be able to vote until after the motion has been debated (after 7.30pm tonight).
• The link will direct voters to the Vero Voting portal where the online voting form will appear. The form will be live during the Quarterly Communication.
• Members cast their vote securely and receive a confirmation of their vote.
• Even though you will receive the link in the morning, you cannot vote until the Grand Master declares the vote is open during the Quarterly CommunicationWhen can we vote?

• The vote at the upcoming Quarterly Communication will be live. That means that if you wish to participate, you must vote during the meeting.

• Voting will begin after the opening of Grand Lodge once the motion has been debated – approximately 7.30pm – 9pm. Please note that these times are not exact. You do not have to watch the meeting to vote, but it is encouraged.
If you don’t receive the link

• All members are encouraged to have their details up to date in our central FV database. If you find out that one of your fellow Brothers has not received the voting link, you can send them this link: http://freemasons.verovoting.com.au 

• The link directs members to a portal. To fully access this portal, members will have to contact Vero Voting on 1300 702 898. 

• Please check all junk/spam/inboxes before contacting Vero.

• If your details are up to date and you receive the initial email on Wednesday morning, you will not need to go through this process. 

Vale Jim Gloster

• We regret to advise of the passing to Grand Lodge Above of Wor. Bro. Jim Gloster, aged 93 years. 53 years a Freemason  It is my sad duty to advise of the passing of our esteemed WBro James Albert (Jim) Gloster Member on Saturday, March 13. Funeral service arrangements are yet to come to hand.

Vale Fred Treble

• We regret to advise of the passing to Grand Lodge Above of RWor. Bro Fred Treble OAM, PJGW. March 28, 1927-March 15, 2021. Aged 93. 73 years a Freemason. Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in January. Noelle and Col Mason write: “Just a short while ago we received a phone call from Fred’s son Peter informing us of Fred’s death.  Fred has been in hospital these past weeks and Fred passed peacefully to the Great Architect. Our thoughts and the many, many memories of Fred and Joan will be close to everyone who knew them and in particular Fred. A son, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, musician, Mayor and Master of the Maryborough Lodge No 22. And many, many other Lodges. Happy, contented and keenly aware of his surroundings, softly spoken and always with a twinkle in his eye. Please think of Lindy and Peter and their families at this very sad time. May there be many blessings Fred for a long life well lived.”

50-Year Jewel for Graeme Price

• Rhys Webb writes: “After 13 months without ‘physical’ meetings, Nhill Freemasons were able to hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 16. The special event saw the presentation of a 50-year jewel and certificate to Wor. Bro Price by District Co-Ordinator RWor. Br.o John McTaggart. Graeme joined Cobram Lodge No. 381 on  April 1, 1970, and stayed a member of that lodge until it closed in 2002. Graeme joined Lowan (Nhill) Lodge in 1988 and has been an  active member ever since. He was Worshipful Master of Lowan Lodge in 2013 and has been a Grand Steward in the Victorian Grand Lodge team 2016-17. Graeme states he was invited to join by a friend and he had uncles who were members so that’s why he joined. He also stated that being a shy man Freemasonry has helped him develop his communication skills.  Any man who wants to enhance and develop communication skills and become a better person in their community should think of joining. Graeme thanked his wife Brenda and his family for the support they have shown him over the 50 years as a Freemason.”

VAT nominations close 5pm Friday

• Volunteers seeking to join the Freemasons Victoria Communications and Marketing Volunteer Action Team for 2021-22, to start from Saturday, March 27, are invited to lodge their expression of interest with Garry Runge, Grand Secretary, or Ash Long, VAT Leader, by 5pm Friday (Mar. 19). EMAIL

World News

• The Ross-Shire Journal (Scotland)reports: “Freemasons in Ullapool are using the proceeds of an endowment policy which matured last year to help good causes locally. In 1995 the members of Lodge St Martins No. 1217 took out a 25-year investment plan which they were going to use to finance their centenary celebrations in 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic the centenary party was cancelled. The brethren were left with around £9000, which was no longer required.” READ MORE

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

Sincere Thanks

• Amongst those who assisted with contributions (and encouragement) to this edition of FVNews have been: Garry Runge, Kelly Leventis, Mike King, Richard Elkington, Barry Minster, Rhys Webb, David Aubrey, Warren Dorling, John McTaggart, Harry Adlerstein, Tony Matern, Haydn Gregson

Please Send Your Summons
• Lodges can assist FVNews by sending emails about every lodge meeting and event to editor@FVNews.com.au – please include us on your Lodge Summons mailing list.

Famous Freemasons
• Solomon, also called Jedidiah, was, according to the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament, Quran, and Hadiths, a fabulously wealthy and wise king of the United Kingdom of Israel who succeeded his father, King David. The conventional dates of Solomon’s reign are about 970 to 931 BCE, normally given in alignment with the dates of David’s reign. He is described as king of the United Monarchy, which broke apart into the northern Kingdom of Israel and the southern Kingdom of Judah shortly after his death. Following the split, his patrilineal descendants ruled over Judah alone.
• According to the Talmud, Solomon is one of the 48 prophets. In the Quran, he is considered a major prophet, and Muslims generally refer to him by the Arabic variant Sulayman/Suleiman, son of Dawud/Daud.
• The Hebrew Bible identifies him as the builder of the First Temple in Jerusalem, beginning in the fourth year of his reign, using the vast wealth he and his father had accumulated. He dedicated the temple to Yahweh, the God of Israel. He is portrayed as great in wisdom, wealth and power beyond either of the previous kings of the country, but also as a king who sinned. His sins included idolatry, marrying foreign women and, ultimately, turning away from Yahweh, and that led to the kingdom’s being torn in two during the reign of his son Rehoboam. – Wikipedia

Masonic Knowledge
•  Masonic Leadership. READ MORE

Masonic Wisdom
•  “Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent.” – MWor. Bro. King Solomon. Proverbs

The Last Word
•  “Empty vessels make the most noise.”

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