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The March edition of The Queensland Freemason magazine shared an article about Bro Troy Wolgast preparing to take part in the Leukemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave Event.

The opportunity was a great way to have a bit of fun and do something meaningful. After growing his long curly hair for 12 months, he took part in the shave in March at the Railway Hotel in Imbil, with the Hotel sponsoring him a generous $1000.

Troy’s wife, children and in-laws joined him on the day to show their support. Cheryl from the Golden Apple, an Imbil hairdresser did the honours, shaving off all of Troy’s 32 plaits done by his wife, and storing them carefully to be sent to a special company that creates wigs for cancer patients.

“I’m used to getting my hair shaved off,” said Troy. “I kind of miss it though, because it helps when I work in the hot weather.”

The World’s Greatest Shave also promotes colouring hair to raise funds. Many members in the local community came together to participate. Mad House, a local discount store, donated 12 cans of hairspray paint for the event. Motorbike riders got their beards spray painted, some with beards down to their waist! One local man got a purple mohawk. Troy’s children also joined in and spray-painted their hair too.

Lynette Wolgast, when asked what she thought of her husband’s new look said, “It’s different, but I’m used to it. It’s Troy.” She was proud of him for raising money for such a good cause.

Troy would like to thank his lodge, Telford Lodge No 291, and Braemar Lodge No 89 for the generous donations. Braemar Lodge donated $100 getting him over the $2000 line to a total of $2078. Special mention to Wor Bro Phil Jensen, VW Bro Dave Downing and VW Bro Geoffrey Taylor who made private donations. 

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland has donated $80 000 to the Joyful Foundation. Funds were raised through the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal though its network of Masonic Lodges throughout the State.

The donation will allow the Joyful Foundation to support North Queensland’s disadvantaged primary school students to reach their full potential by providing them with basic essentials like stationery packs, uniforms and the cost of extra-curricular activities and excursions for those who might normally go without.

Read more on the Hand Heart Pocket website.

 

Photo: Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark with Joyful Foundation Founder, Ron Donnellan. 

 

The Haz Beanz Charity Cricket Team was founded in November 2015 by Bro EJ Starkey from Johnston River Heritage Lodge No 135 to raise money for local organisations in Innisfail. In its inaugural season, the team combined with another charity cricket team to commence the initial competition, raising nearly $5000 in three appearance for local charities and organisations.

 

Johnstone River Heritage Lodge, of which five players from the team are members, sponsored their bright green and gold uniforms.  The team plays once a month and were part of the Goldfield Ashes Series with over 300 teams, placing 66th in their division.

 

This year, they dedicated the 2017 Goldfield Ashes games to support a local family and contribute funds toward medical expenses.

 

“Our charity slant on cricket is really catching on,” said EJ. “Two teams asked to travel to Innisfail from Ingham and Charters Towers to play us.”

 

The cricket team have some largescale projects in progress. Local organisations and groups are encouraged to contact them to arrange an events at: secretary@charitybigbash.com

 

Stay up to date with the Haz Beanz cricket team through their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/hazbeanzcricket/

Meals on Wheels Mackay has received a donation just shy of $1000 from Star of the North Lodge in conjunction with a Dollar for Dollar Subsidy from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.

Lodge Secretary Ron Simon said the funds were used to purchase a commercial stick blender which will assist the chef prepare large amounts of blended food in a shorter period of time.

“It was important for the Lodge to support the local Meals on Wheels as they provide an essential service that many in the community depend on,” Ron said.

Read more on the Hand Heart Pocket website

Founded in Cooktown, Far North Queensland in 1875, Endeavour Lodge No 26H is one of Queensland’s oldest lodges, celebrating its 140th anniversary last year.  Despite moving to Cairns, the Lodge maintains strong links to Cooktown and many local residents are engaged as members. The Lodge inherits its name from the Endeavour, the British Royal Navy research vessel in which Captain Cook landed in Australia at what is now known as Cooktown.

 

Enjoying the freedom that its travelling warrant allows, the Lodge always meets at least once a year in Cooktown to celebrate its foundation and maintain its strong links to the community.

 

Since 1992, Endeavour Lodge has sponsored two bursaries at Cooktown State School. Last year, Junior Warden of the Lodge, Bro Lieutenant Commander Ian Jackson, attended the school on its awards evening to present two students with certificates and bursaries. The school’s highest performing students, Dylan and Jaymie, who were awarded, stated they will use the $250 bursaries to further their studies.

 

The students were selected by the school staff, as they actively participate in and contribute to a wide range of school activities and exemplify a high standard of industry, reliability, initiative and sociability.

 

Bro Lieutenant Commander Jackson commented, “It was an absolute privilege to represent Endeavour Lodge and Freemasonry on this wonderful evening. The students were highly recommended by the principal and very deserving of the bursaries. Some of the fundamental principles of Freemasonry are charity and to foster good citizenship and values within society, and it was tremendously rewarding to be allowed to represent the Lodge and justly reward two young people for their efforts.”

Mooloolah Lodge, in conjunction with a Dollar for Dollar Subsidy from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, has donated over $2500 to the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) in Caloundra.

The funds were used to purchase a LAERDAL Resusci Baby with QCPR – a lifelike manikin of an infant which transmits real-time information to a computer to help paramedics hone their CPR skills. 

Lodge Secretary Doug Wells said the Lodge was proud to fund such an innovative piece of equipment that will directly benefit the Sunshine Coast community.

“When responding to an emergency every second counts, so supporting our paramedics and making sure they have the latest training equipment is vital,” Doug said. 

This is the third year Mooloolah Lodge has donated Laerdal equipment to the QAS at Caloundra.

Read more on the Hand Heart Pocket website.

 

Photo: Representatives from the Queensland Ambulance Service at Caloundra Michael Metcalfe and Toni Careless (carrying the new Resusci Baby) with Mooloolah Lodge’s Norrie Morris (centre). 

Each year, technological advances uphold the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race’s reputation as the most challenging and prestigious ocean race in the world. Last year was no different.  

On Boxing Day, navigator and yachtie Bro Damon Fealy and a crew of 12 others set out to complete the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2016 on Extasea, pronounced “Ecs-ta-sea”, a Mills Design DK46 IRC Racer.

As the boat’s navigator, Damon was responsible for ensuring the best position of the boat to take advantage of wind and current, getting it from point to point as fast as possible.

“Words can’t describe what completing a Sydney to Hobart feels like,” said Damon. “But finishing it with my good mate who has had three other starts but only one finish drives home how hard this thing is, and how awesome it is when you share it with mates.”

Damon is a Senior Warden for North Australia Lodge No 1, a member of the General Board of Directors, the Membership and Marketing Committee and the Property Committee for UGLQ.  

Read more in The Queensland Freemason March magazine.

 

Recently, RW Bro Gary Young, our Masonic Choirmaster and Deputy Grand Organist for over 17 years, had his profile featured in the local Gatton newspaper.

Over his lifetime, Gary ran, managed and was a pilot for his own charter flight business in the early 1990s, later developing a flight training school. He has studied engineering and industrial chemistry at a tertiary level, is a talented musician and has developed his own lavender farm with his wife, Anne.

Read more about his outstanding career and achievements on the Gatton Star website.

Congratulations Gary. 

Join Argyle Lodge for a day of fun at Laidley Bowls Club this weekend on Sunday 26 February.

The event begins at 10am for a 10.30am bowls start and will have a sausage sizzle and great prizes to be won in a multi-draw raffle. All funds raised will contribute to Blue Care, supporting aged care.

Teams of four players can register for $15 which includes a meal, and single players are also welcome.

To register your interest, contact membership@uglq.org.au ATTN Peter Hooper.

Over the Christmas break, Bro Ben Kelly from Tewantin Lodge 355 competed in the 38th Nacra nationals at Boreen Point. After a hard week of racing, he managed to land third place overall in his Nacra 16 square, called “on the square”.

The boat was originally purchased and named by Wor Bro Robert “Bob” Rechenberg from Mulgrave Lodge No 44.

“When I was looking for a boat, the name jumped out at me and I just had to have it!” said Ben.

Well done and congratulations Ben.

 

Image by Julie Hartwig Photography

Over the Christmas break, Bro Ben Kelly from Tewantin Lodge 355 competed in the 38th Nacra nationals at Boreen Point. After a hard week of racing, he managed to land third place overall in his Nacra 16 square, called “on the square”.

The boat was originally purchased and named by Wor Bro Robert “Bob” Rechenberg from Mulgrave Lodge No 44.

“When I was looking for a boat, the name jumped out at me and I just had to have it!” said Ben.

Well done and congratulations Ben.

 

Image by Julie Hartwig Photography

Queensland Freemasons Bros Thomas Christensen and Luke Roberts are proudly supporting the Cancer Council by participating in this year's Cancer Council car rally, which goes by a more colourful name, for the second year in a row.

 

Enjoy a very humorous interview between Wor Bro Peter Ryan and Bro Thomas Christensen about the team's vehicle of choice, a 1960s Hillman Minx:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttLRFLvX2Bw

 

Peter's official car review will be featured in the upcoming March edition of The Queensland Freemason magazine.

 

If you're interested in following the team's journey, check out their Facebook page www.facebook.com/1616741505265027 and show some support by donating at www.everydayhero.com

Have you read the December edition of The Queensland Freemason magazine? In it, you’ll find pictures from the 2016 Carnival of Flowers in Toowoomba. The Toowoomba and Districts Masonic Council once again participated, raising $650 for charity in their sausage sizzle.  Well done Toowoomba Freemasons.

Freemasons Queensland aims to recognise the efforts of members who introduce new candidates.

Since 1 May this year, we have distributed “recognition pins”. The pins are in the shape of a bee, a symbol of teamwork and industry. Interestingly, there is a beehive on every lodge officer’s collar and it has been a common Masonic symbol for hundreds of years. So far, sixty-two members have been awarded pins.

On Wednesday 7 December at our Quarterly Communication, Deputy Grand Master and Chair of the Membership Committee, RW Bro Paul Holland, presented VW Bro Edward “Ted” O’Neil from Southport Lodge No 62 with a set of working tools. Ted was awarded for introducing the most new candidates in 2016 since the initiative commenced.

The United Grand Lodge of Queensland looks forward to continuing this tradition in coming years.

For the fourth year running, United Tradesmen’s Lodge No 12 hosted their annual Dine in the Dark event in Ipswich, providing awareness, fun, and information about Guide Dogs Queensland.

Guests were invited to wear blindfolds during a two-course meal to gain a sense of what it feels like to be visually impaired. This year they had more activities and prizes than ever before, as well as a special guest from Guide Dogs Australia. The Lodge also had the opportunity to promote their event through an article published in QT News.

Read more about the event in our upcoming December magazine. Sign up to receive a free electronic copy

On 1 November, Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland, launched its 2016 Christmas Appeal to lay the foundation for a brighter future for North Queensland’s most disadvantaged primary school students.

The 2016 Christmas Appeal will benefit the Joyful Foundation Inc., a Masonic initiative which supports North Queensland’s most disadvantaged primary school students to reach their full potential by providing access to basic essentials like stationery packs, uniforms and costs for extra-curricular activities and excursions which they would normally go without.

Read more on the Hand Heart Pocket website.

Freemasonry incorporates many symbols. The Bennu (“ben-oo”) bird is the mythological phoenix of Egypt, an ancient deity linked to the sun, creation and rebirth. Thus, it represents renewal, creation and life. The Bennu is emblematic of the strategy behind Bennu Lodge No 538 in creating vibrant and viable Queensland lodges via transformation and renewal.

The idea for Bennu Lodge was formed out of a commitment to look for ways to create viable lodges and possibilities for the future. The process for forming the Lodge was designed to reduce the discomfort and resistance that often accompanies change. Under the Bennu model, Sunnybank Lodge No 264 and William McLeod Lodge No 241 formed an alliance to create a new entity.

Bennu Lodge No 528 is Queensland’s newest lodge. The Lodge was consecrated on Saturday 29 October 2016 at the Stones Corner Masonic Centre. It was open to the public and was the first consecration The United Grand Lodge of Queensland has held in fifteen years.

Read more about Bennu in our upcoming December magazine

On 17 August 2016, Queensland Freemason VW Bro Peter Horn was awarded one of the nation’s highest honours for heroic conduct in the face of peril.

 A Group Bravery Citation was awarded to Senior Constable Peter Horn and other members of Queensland Police who assisted in the apprehension of a man armed with two knives at Dalby, Queensland on 29 November 1997.

 Congratulations Peter.

 Find out more on the Queensland Government House website.

Following the tradition of the UGLQ ladies group, Mrs Robyn Townson has chosen the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Foundation (LCCHF) as a most worthy Queensland charity to raise funds.

Queensland children of all ages, both in the cities and rural areas, are cared for and nurtured back to health by wonderful team of doctors and nurses, carers, parents and volunteers working for the LCCHF.

Through selling sno cones at the EKKA festival in Brisbane, Freemasons Queensland managed to raise $2000 for LCCHF. Bro Michael Rooney, a representative for the numerous Freemasons Queensland volunteers, presented a cheque for the funds raised at the September Quarterly Communications event.

Read more about Robyn’s charity choice in the September edition of the Queensland Freemason magazine.

Any lodge interested in raising funds for LCCHF would be most welcome.

 

Construction of the townhouse development at Skew Street, Sherwood has been completed.

 

RW Bro Duncan Walker, RW Bro David Carter and Mr Mark Jackson enjoyed their visit to the townhouse this week.


 
“Hopefully this will be the first of more income generating opportunities to come.” – RW Bro Duncan Walker, President General Board of Directors.

 

For more information or to submit an expression of interest, please contact Peta at Trendall’s Real Estate, Tarragindi, (07) 3848 0202

On Saturday 22 October 2016, United Tradesmen’s Lodge will host their unique annual “dine in the dark” event in Ipswich.

Guests are invited to enjoy a meal … blindfolded!

“Some guests, who are really committed, blindfold themselves for the duration of the event. Other guests choose to be blindfolded just during their meal. Either way, it is a unique experience,” says Wor Bro Ian Brown, secretary for United Tradesmen’s Lodge No 12.

Tickets are available for $35 each and include a two-course dinner and entertainment. All proceeds go towards Guide Dogs Queensland.

For bookings and more information, contact:

Ian Brown 0431 034 852

Steve Palmer 0414 078 909

Murilla Lodge No 265 will be hosting the annual MAN-UP! Prostate Cancer Awareness Night on Tuesday 26 July at 6.00pm at the Miles Golf Club. 

There will be drinks and fellowship followed by a free BBQ. The MAN-UP! team will speak about how prostate cancer is one of the main killers of men but is not difficult to detect or to fix if caught in it’s early stages. The night will be one of good cheer with raffles and the opportunity for brethren, friends and ladies to catch up and enjoy a social night.

You are invited to the Masonic Family Expo, a free event that offers the chance to see all the different Orders associated with Freemasonry besides the three degrees in a Craft lodge.

 

The event will be held at our Masonic Memorial Centre at 311 Ann St, Brisbane, and the event is open to the public. 

We extend to all a cordial invitation to attend the Grand Installation and associated functions in Brisbane from Friday 1 July to Sunday 3 July 2016.

Traditionally the venue of focus is the Grand Hall of the Ann St Memorial Centre and this ornate and cloistered space creates the appropriate ambience for our core event. Accommodation and most social gatherings are all central to the CBD.

Our Grand Master Elect is Right Worshipful Brother Alan Maurice Townson, Deputy Grand Master for the previous three years and who has the added experience of previously serving the Fraternity as an Assistant Grand Master and as President of the Board of Benevolence. Alan is a most experienced Mason.

This is another splendid opportunity to meet your fellow masons and extended family.  For those who have added time available why not consider a longer stay with multiple scenic attractions within easy travel distance of the capital.

All our visitors can be assured of a hearty and warm Fraternal welcome from the local Brethren.