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FV News

No. 201. Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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

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In This Issue

1. Grand Master’s Doings
2. Pithy Paragraphs

3. Fun Newsletter
4. Comms Success Stories

5. New Subscribers

6. Sincere Thanks

7. Please Send Your Summons

8. World News

9. Things To Do

10. What’s On (64 listings) – all listings subject to COVID rules

1. Grand Master’s Doings
• Grand Master Richard Elkington and Kathleen attended the NSW-ACT Grand Installation last weekend. Lesly Norman Hicks is the new Grand Master. The NSW-ACT jurisdiction has a membership of 7151. WATCH the Grand Installation video.
• New NSW-ACT Deputy Grand Master is Air Vice Marshal Dr Graeme Mollar who is originally from Sale and Albert Park Lodge. New Assistant Grand Master is Kris Albano, a 50-year-old of Filipino heritage.
Richard presented a 50-year jewel to Rick Cove at Union Lodge of North Gippsland in Bairnsdale last Thursday (Nov. 11). Rick and Richard grew up In Newborough and attended Scouts together.
Richard addressed the November Quarterly Communication. WATCH HERE

• Richard attended the Maffra Neighbourhood House at the former Freemasons Maffra building. Darren Chester MP was also in attendance.

2. Pithy Paragraphs
• The Grand Communication of the United Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Victoria is to be held tonight (Wed.) at 7.30pm. Promotions and Conferments in Grand Rank will be announced. The Election of Grand Master is to take place. There will be an address from Peter Crick, GM (Royal and Select Masters of Victoria).
A new WEBSITE to service Grand Mark, Royal Ark Mariners and Supreme Grand Chapter is now live. www.beyondthecraft.net.au
Membership numbers (as at October 1): Mark Degree 1314; Ark Mariner Degree 508.
• The total number of COVID cases at the Royal Freemasons Homes – Coppin Centre is 25 residents and 10 staff.
Freemasons Victoria and the Western Masonic Centre Association Inc (Sunshine) are to sign a Memorandum of Understanding.
• Junior Grand Warden John McTaggart delivered a Remembrance Day oration  about a Wimmera Lodge WWI Digger, Bro Captain Bertram Perry Military Medal, at the United Memorial Merbein Lodge last Thursday. Bro. Perry wrote a lecture titled The Art of Freemasonry in the early 1980’s and it was recently found amongst lodge records.
• Applications close this Friday (Nov. 19) for the position of Grand Secretary.
• The Education VAT has compiled a list of available guest speakers. READ HERE

3. Fun Newsletter

• Freemasons New Zealand have published another Fun Newsletter. our thanks to John McDonald. READ HERE

4. Comms Success Stories
Cr Angela Long and long-time Mason Barry Long are featured in The Local Paper – Greater Dandenong Edition (Page 5, Wed., Nov. 17) in a report about the former Dandenong Masonic Centre.
• The South Gippsland Sentinel-Times published a report featuring Freemasonry. Pictured were Rose Lodge op shop secretary Barbara Bambling, treasurer Lyn Martell and president Dianne Willshire, with RoseLodge’s Glen Richards. 
There were two more Sentinel-Times reports in the Nov. 9 issue, the major one being on Page 50. READ HERE
• Freemasons have come to the assistance of the homeless in Ballarat, reports The Courier. READ HERE (Courier subscribers only).

5. 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 Gil Lam-Hing

6. Sincere Thanks

• Amongst those who assisted with contributions and encouragement have included: Graham Berry, Stephen Measey, Wayne Smith, Don Reynolds, Richard Elkington, Ken Barnes, Steve Latimer. Jason Gribble, Rob Layton, John McTaggart, Richard Shelly, Neil Cripps, Rod Lavin, Richard Parkin, John McDonald, Neil Addison, Len Baker, Richard Skinner, Brendan Kyne, Alan Mitchell, Stewart Donaldson, Peter Bate, Keith Klooger, Arthur Tan, Craig Spendlove, Tony McDonall, Peter Cohen, Bob Orr, Anthony Borg, Spiro Perdikomatis, John ‘Nobby’ Forster, Ange Kenos, David Stewart, Ken Calder, Sam Lewin, Gary Edwards, Ian Samuel, Jeff Cripps
7. 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.

8. World News

• Cornerstone ceremony at a US county jail. READ MORE
• Freemasons
partner with UK men’s health charity. READ MORE
A UK Councillor wearing a mask with a Freemasons logo has caused a stir. READ MORE
• Freemasons
used mind control, a Canadian court has heard. READ MORE

9. Things To Do

• READ about a 168-year Scottish Rite temple in New Orleans.
about the London Freemasons who have donated £2.5M to the London Fire Brigade for them to purchase two of three 64m turntable ladders.
READ about London Freemasons donating towards young people’s mental health.
Freemasons Foundation Victoria is seeking expressions of interest from young Freemasons who might wish to serve as observer to the Board of Directors of the Foundation so as to further develop their understanding of governance and make an advancement in Masonic knowledge. The appointment would be for one year and the Board will welcome the participation in the delivery of the objectives of the Foundation. Please express your interest to Neil Cripps, Executive Officer, by email – Neil@freemasonsfoundation.org
RESEARCH American Freemasonry in this 606-page reference.
WATCH video (0:53) about Masons honouring Vietnam veterans.
READ about Freemasonry and the Holocaust.

10. What’s On (64 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 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.

Wednesday, November 17
• 5.30pm.Hand of Friendship Lodge. Official Visit. At Coppin Hall. Check with Royal Freemasons regarding entry restrictions.
• 7pm.United Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masters of Victoria. Grand Communication. REGISTER for Zoom meeting.
• 7.30pm.Traralgon Lodge. First Degree.

Thursday, November 18
• 11am.Samaritan Lodge. Talk: Gary Bevern, ‘Shrine of Remembrance’. 40-year pin to Eddie Hutchinson. At Freemasons Ivalda.
• 7pm.Central District. Secretary and Lodge Leaders Update and Social Drinks. Online Event. ZOOM

• 7pm.Central District. MAP2. At Freemasons Melbourne.

Friday, November 19
• 10am. Bairnsdale Daylight Lodge. Talk: Peter Andrewartha. At Freemasons Bairnsdale.
• 7pm. Army Lodge. Ceremony of Commemoration. At Freemasons Ivalda.
• 7.30pm. Monash Gully District. MAP1 Session. At Freemasons Oakleigh. Contact: Alan Ambrose, 0407 711 030.

Saturday, November 20
• 3pm. Gippsland Lakes Lodge. Installation of Peter Allsop by Richard Elkington and 2021 Team. At Freemasons Gippsland Lakes.

• 3pm. Warrnambool Lodge. Installation of Russell Porter by John Patterson and Bellarine-Otway Team. At Freemasons Warrnambool.

• 4pm. Mansfield Lodge. Installation of Pete Mahoney by John McKernan and 108 Team. At Freemasons Mansfield.

• 4.30pm. St George Lodge. Installation of Edward Dereki by John McTaggart and 2021-22 team. At Freemasons Dunolly.
• 6.30pm. SEAVIC Lodge. Installation of Barrington Brooks by John Rodrigo and Past Masters Team from SEAVIC. At Freemasons Bayside.

Monday, November 22

• 6pm. Grand Lodge Team Audition. At Freemasons Melbourne.

• 6.30pm. Lodge Euclid. Installation of Trevor Evans by John Rodrigo qat 108 Team. At Freemasons Shepparton.
• 7.30pm. Duke of Sussex Lodge. Ballot. At Freemasons Melbourne.

Tuesday, November 23
• 5.30pm. Middle Park Lodge. Installation of Peter Grounds by Richard Elkington. At Freemasons Bayside.
• 6pm. Lodge Amalthea. Double First Degree. Christmas Spectacular. At the Australian Club, 110 William St, Melbourne. BOOK
• 7.30pm. Admiral Collingwood Lodge. At Freemasons Ivalda.• 7.30pm. Wimmera Lodge. Double Second Degree. At Freemasons Horsham.

Wednesday, November 24

• 4pm. Wangaratta Lodge of St John. Installation of Roger Porter. At Freemasons Wangaratta.
• 6pm. Grand Lodge 2022 Team Audition. At Freemasons Melbourne.

• 6.30pm. Canterbury Lodge. Installation of Martin Somic by John Rodrigo and 2021 Team. At Freemasons Mt Waverley.
• 7.30pm. Keystone Mark No. 1. At Freemasons Melbourne.

Thursday, November 25

• TBA. Lodge of Rapport. Installation by Monash Gully Team. At Freemasons Mt Waverley. 

• 6pm. Cobram Lodge. Installation of Craig Hall by John McTaggart and 2021 Team. At Freemasons Cobram.
• 6.30pm. Creswick Havallah Lodge. Installation of Ray Jessup by Don Reynolds and 2020-21 Grand Lodge Team. 50-year jewel to Rudolph McAndrew.
• 6.30pm. Lodge Observance. Installation of Sashi Sammugathas by Richard Elkington and 2021 Team. At Freemasons Oakleigh.
• 7.30pm. Sir John Quick Lodge. Second Degree. At Freemasons Bendigo.

Saturday, November 27
• 10am. Zetland Lodge.Installation by Proclamation of Steve Latimer. At 3 Piper St, Kyneton. Installing Master: Bob Jones. For those wishing to visit if numbers allow please contact Ken Porter on 0427 571 961 or email mporters@msn.com as the Lodge room is restricted to 25 people (first in, first served). After the proclamation, members will be retiring to Shamrock Hotel in Mollison St, Kyneton for lunch (pay as you go); numbers will be limited- Please book with Acting Secretary-Ken Porter on 0427 571 961 or email mporters@msn.com for reservations and further details.
• 2pm. The Sir Dallas Brooks Daylight Lodge. Installation of Neville Wiggins by Bill Schultz and 108 Team. At Freemasons Wangaratta.

• 3.30pm. Lodge Amicus. Installation of Geoff Paton by Anthony Bucca and 2021 Team. At Freemasons Melbourne.

Sunday, November 28
• 10am. MAP1. At Freemasons Greensborough.

• 12 Noon. Grand Lodge 2022 Team Audition. At Freemasons Melbourne.

Thursday, December 2
• 6.30pm. Ivanhoe Grammarians Lodge. Installation of Milton Tsaksiras by Richard Elkington and 2021-22 Grand Team. At Freemasons Ivalda.
• TBA. Clifton Hill Lodge. 50-year jewel at Peter Cohen. At Freemasons Box Hill.

Friday, December 3
• 5.30pm. The Bank Place Lodge. At The Savage Club.

Saturday, December 4 – ‘Super Saturday’

• 9.30am-12.30pm. Mental Health First Aid Course for Rotarians and Freemasons. Online. Contact: Richard Skinner, 0417 320 376.
• 10am. Golden and Corinthian Lodge. First Degree.
• 2pm. Victoria Mark Lodge. Installation of Ian Corless. At the Kelvin Club.
• 4pm. Victoria Royal Ark Mariners Lodge. Installation of Ian Corless. At the Kelvin Club.
• 4pm. Powlett Lodge. Installation of Ken Barnes.

Sunday, December 5

• 2pm. King David Lodge. First Degree. At Freemasons Bayside.

Monday, December 6

• 6.30pm. St George Chapter. At Freemasons Ballarat.

Saturday, December 11

• 9.30am-12.30pm. Mental Health First Aid Course for Rotarians and Freemasons. Online. Contact: Richard Skinner, 0417 320 376.

Sunday, December 12

• 12 Noon. Central District. Social Christmas Barbecue by the Yarra. BYO food and soft drinks.

Monday, December 13
• 6.30pm. Southern Cross Chapter. At Freemasons Baxter.

• 7.30pm. City of Abbotsford Chapter. By Zoom.
• 7.30pm. United Ararat Lodge. Walk through rehearsal of Second Degree. At Freemasons Ararat.

Tuesday, December 14
• 7.30pm. Prospect Hill Chapter. At Freemasons Box Hill.
• 7.30pm. West Wimmera Chapter. At Freemasons Dimboola.

Wednesday, December 15

• 7.30pm. Quarterly Communication. At Freemasons Bayside.

Thursday, December 16

• 7pm. Central District. MAP 1. At Freemasons Melbourne.

• 7.30pm. Naval and Military Chapter. At Freemasons Melbourne.

Sunday, December 19

• 4pm. Melbourne High School Lodge. At Freemasons Bayside.

Saturday, January 8
• 4pm. Bairnsdale Chapter HRAC. At Freemasons Bairnsdale.

Thursday, January 13
• 6.30pm. Dandenong Apex Chapter. At Freemasons Keysborough. 

Tuesday, January 11
• TBA. Lodge Amalthea.

Wednesday, January 19
• TBA. SGCV Grand Convocation. At Freemasons Bayside.

Wednesday, January 26 – Australia Day
• TBA. Freemasons Victoria Statewide ‘Australia Day’ Celebration. By Zoom.

• 11.30am. Combined Grand Teams Australia Day Barbecue. At Freemasons Baxter,

Friday, February 4
• 6.30pm for 7pm. Freemasons Victoria and Australian Rotary Health. Gala Charity Event. ‘Hand In Hand We Will Lift The Lid On Mental Health’. Four-course sit-down dinner. Attire: business suit, ladies After 5. At L’Unica Receptions and Convention Centre, Parkville. skinner.rd@gmail.com

Saturday, February 19
• 4pm. Lodge Bharat. Consecration by Richard Elkington and 2021-22 team. Cost: $75 per person. Freemasons Bayside.

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