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FV News

No. 193. Thursday, August 19, 2021

• From the Communications and Marketing Volunteer Action Team, Freemasons Victoria

• Email: editor@FVNews.com.au or Ash@Long.com.au

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In This Issue

1. Editor’s Opinion

2. White pillars await new home

3. Pithy Paragraphs

4. New Subscribers

5. Sincere Thanks

6. Please Send Your Summons

7. Videos

8. What’s On (23 listings) – all listings subject to COVID rules

1. Editor’s Opinion• The black-and-white squares of a Lodge Room pavement tell the story. They denote dark and light. Night and day. Worse times and better times.

• Over the decades of my Masonic membership (70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s and now 20s), I reckon I might have seen ‘just about’ it all.

• My own Lodge Summons once had 80+ members listed. I didn’t know who some of the Brethren were. At our lowest level, there were about 20 names. Now, our numbers are back in the 40s, and growing.

• In some years of the past, some of the Lodge pessimists predicted we would be handing in our Warrant. A few years down the track, we are in the best condition ever, financial and otherwise. We just celebrated our 75-year anniversary of Consecration.

• Even though we are in on again-off again Lockdown times, we can be optimistic about our Masonic future: locally and across Victoria.

• There are a handful of loud critics amongst us in Victoria. They are entitled to their opinion, as I am to mine. The difference is years of Masonic experience. Many of Freemasonry’s critics are young and new, some yet to experience much of life.

• My hope is that we all continue to grow in our Freemasonry. FVNews is about positive messaging: listing our What’s On calendar of events (even during COVID lockdown), celebrating the achievements of brethren, and together building the best possible fraternity.

• When the critics say negative things, they are really revealing more about themselves than our great Brotherhood. If their message is negative, that generally reflects their own personality. Our Society has prospered for centuries, before any of us arrived on the scene. And it will continue to prosper for centuries ahead. 

• I invite you to enjoy your Freemasonry with great confidence.

Ash Long, Editor, FVNews

2. While pillars await new home
• White pillars from the burnt-out Lincoln Masonic Centre await a new home, reports the Chicago Tribune. READ MORE

3. Pithy Paragraphs
Alan Neal writes about the Yarrawonga Lodge of St David Installation (Aug. 21) being cancelled: “This event was cancelled over two weeks ago because of COVID restrictions. It was again confirmed when NSW state made further restrictions – not allowing members to cross the Murray River. Half the active members live in NSW — a border problem we live with.”
Freemasons New Zealand has published some Lockdown puzzles. DISCOVER
Lodge Epicurean has postponed its meeting at the Geelong Club until Tuesday, October 26, says David Webb.

4. 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 Maurice Rotblat, Jonathan Evans, Robert Hetherington, Robert Lewis

5. Sincere Thanks

• Amongst those who assisted with contributions and encouragement have included: Richard Shelly, Alan Neal, Garry Runge, Vincent D’Angelo, Paul Brennand, David Webb

6. 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.

7. Videos

• Grand Master’s Video (August 13). WATCH

8. What’s On (23 listings)

Please notify us about your event. 
Please include date, time, talk details, attire, and a link or location.
Email: editor@FVNews.com.au

Lodges are unable to meet in Greater Melbourne.
Lodges are currently able to meet in Regional Victoria.
Details below are published in good faith, according to latest available information.
Because of COVID-19, arrangements are subject to change at short notice.
Please check with Lodge Secretaries.

Saturday, August 21

• 4pm. Seymour Lodge. Installation by David Blake and North-East Team. At Freemasons Seymour.

Monday, August 23
• 7.30pm. Baden Powell Lodge. Virtual Meeting. LINKMeeting ID: 998 5318 6048. Passcode: 669949

Tuesday, August 24

• 6.30pm. Sir John Quick Lodge. Installation of Dwayne Stevenson. At Freemasons Bendigo.

• 7pm for 7.30pm. Admiral Collingwood Lodge. Meeting. ZOOMMeeting ID: 892 884 6121. Passcode: ACL13

• 7.30pm. Middle Park Lodge. Attire: Casual, no Masonic Regalia. ZOOMMeeting ID: 827 5044 1591. Password: 636558.

Wednesday, August 25

• 4pm. Lodge Belvoir. Installation of Martin Bohum. At Freemasons Wodonga.

• 7.30pm. Wimmera Lodge. Double Second Degree. At Freemasons Horsham.

Thursday, August 26

• 5.30pm. Senior Grand Officers Meeting. By Zoom.

• 6pm. Cobram Lodge. Installation of Craig Hall. At Freemasons Cobram.
• 7.30pm. Creswick Havilah Lodge. First Degree. At Freemasons Creswick.
• 7.30pm. Morwell Lodge. First Degree. 

Friday, August 27

• 6.30pm. Sturt Buninyong United Lodge. Installation of John Dunstan. At Freemasons Buninyong. 

• 7.30pm. Victorian Lodge of Research. Talk: John Molnar, Neo-Platonism and its Influence on the Craft. By Zoom.

Saturday, August 28

• TBA. Cobram Lodge. Reconsecration. At Freemasons Cobram.

• 2pm. Timboon Lodge. Installation of Cliff Pert. At Freemasons Timboon.

• 4pm. Motorcyclists United Lodge. Installation of John Reygars by John McKernan and 108 Team. At Freemasons Rutherglen.
• 4pm.
 Zetland Lodge. Installation. Unanimity Team. Banquet at Shamrock Hotel, Kneton. $45 per person. RSVP: Ken Porter, 0427 571 961.

Sunday, August 29

• TBA. Freemasons Victoria. Change Management Meeting. By Zoom.

Tuesday, August 31

• 7.30pm. Warragul Lodge. Talk: B. Dowal, Second Degree Tracing Board. At Freemasons Warragul.

Tuesday, September 7

• 7.30pm. Mitchell River Lodge. 50-Year Jewel (WBro. Bowden) and 60-Year Jewel (VWBro. Goodman). At Freemasons Bairnsdale..

Wednesday, September 15
• 7.30pm. Quarterly Communications. At Freemasons Bayside.

Monday, September 6
• 7.30pm. Garibaldi Lodge. At Freemasons Melbourne.

Friday, October 29

• 5.30pm. Maryborough Highland Society. Charity Night to support Freemasons scholarships for primary schools. “Funds raised are doubled by Freemasons.

FVNews is published by VWor. Bro. Ash Long, Chair of the Communications and Marketing Volunteer Action Team of Freemasons Victoria. Phone: 0450 399 932.
Web: www.FVNews.com.au 
Email: editor@FVNews.com.au

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