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The Queensland Masonic Social Club, QMSC is a group run by Queensland Freemasons. It is open to all Masons, family members and friends to promote inclusive social activities and youth of the Craft.

QMSC plan regular monthly social events, with each month featuring something new in a different location. Social events include activities such as paintball, breakfasts, afternoon beers, motorbike rides, off-road outings, BBQs, cricket matches, dinners, barefoot bowling and more.

The last we heard from the Queensland Masonic Social Club, the group and their family and friends had gone 4WD’ing on Bribie Island. Most recently, the group journeyed to Double Island Beach for hiking and activities. The day was enjoyed by all.

Find out more or join the group on their Facebook page or see more snaps in our June 2017 magazine

Mrs Robyn Townson’s charity of choice is the Lady Cilento Childrens’ Hospital Foundation, supporting Queensland children of all ages, both in the cities and rural areas, who are cared for and nurtured back to health by wonderful team of doctors and nurses, carers, parents and volunteers.

Limited edition raffle tickets are being sold for $5 with all proceeds contributing to the Lady Cilento Childrens’ Hospital Foundation.

The first prize will be a beautiful coin pearl necklace with baroque pearl enhancer, earrings, silk scarf and a $100 voucher all to the value of $800 from Panda Pearls. The second prize will be a Bunnings voucher to the value of $250.

Entries close Friday 25 August 2017 and will be drawn at the September Quarterly Communications.

On Tuesday 25 April, Freemasons Queensland commemorated ANZAC Day, hosting a wreath-laying service in the morning, and an evening ceremony.

At the morning ceremony, lodge representatives gathered to pay their respects and lay wreaths at the Masonic Memorial Urn at Ann Street. The ceremony was followed by a procession to The Eternal Flame at Anzac Square where MW Bro Alan Townson laid a wreath.

The night ceremony was open to the public and featured guest speaker MAJGEN Retd Prof Darryl Low Choy AM MBE RFD. In attendance were representatives from government, scouts Queensland, the girl guides of Queensland, the State Chairman of the RSL, the Country Women’s Association and cadets from TS Paluma.

Lest we forget. 

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). 

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. 

Have you heard about our new Member Advantage program?

 

If you’re a member of Freemasons Queensland, you’ll now have access to a range of valuable discounts and benefits through the Member Advantage website.  

 

Use your Member ID number to log in and access your Digital Benefits Card. If you don’t know your Member ID number, email us at membership@uglq.org.au.

 

For any other enquiries, contact Member Advantage on 1300 853 352 or info@memberadvantage.com.au.

For the second year in a row, Freemasons Queensland was present at Brisbane’s Royal Queensland show, the EKKA festival.

 

Our Mobile Display Unit, equipped with a modern flat-screen, lots of brochures brochures and beaut new a sno cone machine, was located in the Emporium from 5 to 14 August.

 

Membership Manager, Malcolm Campbell, along with other volunteers sold hundreds of sno cones to raise funds for Mrs Robyn Townson’s charity of choice, the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Foundation (LCCHF).

 

The EKKA was a unique opportunity to increase the visibility of Freemasonry in the public sphere, reconnect with past members, and meet others interested in joining.

 

Our Mobile Display Unit is available to all UGLQ lodges. For bookings, contact Malcolm Campbell at mcampbell@uglq.org.au  or (07) 3229 3533.

Congratulations to Wor Bro Peter Fleming who was recently awarded the Australian Police medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honour List.

 

Superintendent Peter Fleming was recognised for his operational experience in the leadership and management of staff. He has served in a range of areas including intelligence, counter terrorism, major events, traffic operations, specialist crime commands, ethical standards and official corruption investigations. His roles include key management and investigative appointments and most recently as the Commissioner’s Chief of Staff.

Congratulations to our Job’s Daughter representative from Queensland, Miss Taila Gouge, who was recently crowned Miss International Job's Daughter for 2016-2017.

Taila was awarded the crown at the pageant hosted this year in the United States. As a lifelong member of Job’s Daughters, she was eager to support the youth group’s 12 000 female members who are closely tied with Freemasons Queensland.

She will take a break from her studies in primary education at Bribie Island University to travel the world as an ambassador for young girls.

Taila was a finalist on The Voice in 2014 and teaches guitar in her spare time. Those who attended our 2016 Grand Installation Farewell Luncheon had the opportunity to enjoy Taila’s musical talents.

We wish Taila all the best in her busy year ahead.

 

Job’s Daughters is an organisation for females aged up to 20 years old. You can find more information at www.jdiqld.org

If you'd like to support Taila's fundraising for her year-long trip, please contact Mrs. Fran Burns frangelina@bigpond.com

Thank you to our local and interstate guests who joined us for the 2016 Grand Installation of MW Bro Alan Townson.

We hope you enjoyed the celebrations. You can view pictures and read excerpts from the speeches given on our Facebook page.
 
Thank you to our sponsors, Regis Healthcare, for their support.

Congratulations to the Queensland Freemason recipients in the Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List 

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

Bro Geoffrey Alan Thomas, Connectivity Lodge No 537 on being appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to business, particularly finance and international trade, through executive roles with a range of organisations, and to the community.
 
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
MW Bro Dr Gary Bacon, Tibrogargan Lodge No 305 on being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the forestry industry through a range of roles, from education to professional associations, and to the community.
 
 
Australian Police Medal
Wor Bro Superintendent Peter John Fleming, Vigilance Lodge No 494 on being awarded the Australian Police Medal.

Our annual Anzac Day ceremony was held on Monday 25 April at the Masonic Memorial Centre.

 

The Grand Hall was near capacity for this special occasion in the presence of both the MW Bro Dr Gary Bacon and H.E. the Governor of Queensland, Paul de Jersey AC.


 
Lest we forget.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system that affects the brain, spinal cord or optic nerve.  It is the most common chronic neurological condition affecting young adults in Australia. 

MS Queensland is a non-profit organisation that provides MS information, education, treatment, care and support across Queensland.
 
On Sunday 19 April last year, Dunellan Lodge No 480 held a fundraising event at the Sandy Gallop Golf Course. With the help of the community and the Ipswich City Council, the members raised $650 for MS Queensland.  The Board of Benevolence generously matched dollar for dollar taking the total to an amazing $1 300! 
 
As the Queensland heat affects people living with MS, particularly with fatigue, Dunnellan lodge chose to donate their money towards cooling vests. MS Queensland was able to purchase a total of nine vests to aid people living with MS. In February this year a special function was held to present the vests to MS Queensland.

Each year several tertiary students with Masonic family members are awarded a bursary to support them in their academic endeavours.

Congratulations to our 2016 bursary recipients. The above photo shows those students who were able to attend the presentation night on Thursday 10 March in the Grand Hall.

The Master of Victoria Lodge Wor Bro Rod Single served 20 years in the Australian Army as an engineer, so becoming involved with the RSL backed charity Mates4Mates is no surprise.

The charity was introduced to support soldiers who have suffered wounds and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after service in Afghanistan. Many soldiers saw three and four tours in the country.

Part of the fund raising, which includes a sailing program on an ocean racing yacht, is a series of long distance treks over a weekend by teams of four trekkers in relays through the ranges to the west of Brisbane.

Challenges are held in March, May, August and October. So far the challenge has raised some $27,000 for M4M. The October trek, in which Rod took part in with 118 others, raised $5,915 for the charity.

Rod joined three other friends for the trek. His leg of 38km started at 9.30pm on the Saturday night and didn’t finish until 8.15am the next morning.

“It was tough, not one for the faint hearted or unfit,” Rod admitted.

During the trek the teams carried a brick on which was engraved the name of a fallen WWI Queensland soldier. Rod’s team carried a brick with the name of 6511 Pte Joseph Raine MM who was killed in action at Passhendaele 4 Nov 1917. Following the Grand Master’s initiative of publishing the names of 113 fallen soldiers, who were members of Queensland Lodges, in the June edition of The Queensland Freemason, Rod is now challenging brethren from other lodges from which their brethren did not return from WWI to take part in the treks.

There will be four more walks every year until the end of 2018. Then on 11 November 2018 it is proposed to unveil a memorial at the Gap, built from the bricks carried in the treks. Each brick will carry the name of a Queenslander killed in action in WWI. The 100km trek starts at the Gap, off Waterworks road at Enoggera Reservoir, up through the D’Aguilar National Park to a check point at Mt Nebo State School.

The trek continues and extends into the early evening upwards to White Cedar. The next section is from White Cedar to Mt Mee. This is the hardest and longest part of approximately 36km and was the leg Rod challenged and completed. From Mt Mee the final leg is to the finish at Neurum Creek Bush Retreat; from there a bus collects the trekkers and takes them to the Woodford RSL.

The event is not a race. It is a physically testing, but empowering journey that commemorates Australia’s fallen soldiers of WWI and supports our ‘Mates’ in need.

Rod Single started his army career as an apprentice at Balcombe in Victoria. He retired 20 years later as a Staff Sergeant in the works office of 21 Construction Squadron.

 

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.

A personal invitation from MW Bro Allan Sangwell, MWGM, Grand Lodge of Tasmania:

 

I extend a cordial invitation to Freemasons of other jurisdictions together with their partners to join with Freemasons of Tasmania and their partners for the installation of RW Bro John William Slore as the 38th Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Tasmania.

The installation and associated social functions will be held in Hobart from Thursday, 23rd February through to Sunday, 26th February, 2017.

 

The programme of events will commence with a Civic Reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of Hobart, Ald Sue Hickey, at Hobart’s historic 150 year old Town Hall. The official events will conclude with a church service at St David’s Cathedral followed by a farewell luncheon.

 

Tasmania’s temperate climate makes February and March an ideal time to tour our scenic island. Experience its clean air, diverse landscapes, historic towns, and enjoy its fine food and wine.

 

Together with my wife, Pam, RW Bro Slore, and his partner Dot, I trust you will accept this invitation to join with us for this significant Masonic occasion in Hobart next February.

 

Allan Sangwell

Grand Master

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.