Weekend Coach Trip to Mudgee Sat 27 Sun 28 Aug 2016

Mudgge Wine Tours

If you are a lover of rural charm, great food and first class wines, the Freemasons’ Association’s weekend in Mudgee on the 27th and 28th of August 2016 is for you.
The weekend includes a visit to the Blue Wren Winery, a perfect venue to enjoy a wine tasting of award winning wines followed by lunch and an inspection of the winery. Established in 1985, the winery covers 5.5 hectares and produces 4000 cases of wine annually.
Those who love pub food will love the ambience and music at Kelly’s Irish Pub. The food is great and the drinks are super cheap. Dinner is at own expense.
Overnight will be at the 3½ star, single level Ningara motel situated in a quiet location within a short walk to the main streets of Mudgee’s CBD. There are 14 smoke free double bed units with en-suites and two spacious three bedroom units each with a single bathroom and toilet. Breakfast is included in the cost.
Price $195 per person for a double room in the motel and $180 per person for those wishing to form a group of six and book one of the three bedroom units. Full payment is required by Thursday 30 June 2016. Surplus funds from this event will be donated to the United Grand Lodge Organ Fund.

Timetable:

  • coach pick up at 8am Sydney Masonic Centre;
  • second pick up TBA when bookings are finalised;
  • travelling to Leura for morning tea (at own cost);
  • then Blue Wren Winery for wine tasting & lunch;
  • Ningana Motel check in;
  • ready for dinner at 6.30pm for 7pm at Kelly’s Irish Pub (at own cost);
  • departing Sunday 9.30am;
  • lunch at the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens (at own cost);
  • returning home to the second TBA point;
  • then onto the Sydney Masonic Centre.

RSVP: 27 June 2016 to the Secretary PO Box 210, Caringbah, NSW 1495 or mail to afarrell@bigpond.net.au

Please click here for Weekend Coach Trip to Mudgge Booking Form and Flyer

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NOT FORGOTTEN

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Approximately 50 Masons, families and friends attended the Freemasons’ Association Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Martin Place Cenotaph on ANZAC Day. The parade, which formed on the corner of Pitt Street and Martin Place, was under the command of Parade Commander, VW Bro Colonel Stewart Grant, Ret’d, Lodge Army and Navy, No 517.
Wreaths were laid by the Deputy Grand Master, RW Bro Antoine Georges on behalf of the United Grand Lodge; the President of the Freemasons’ Association, RW Bro Ross McAlpine on behalf of the Freemasons’ Association and the Immediate Past President of the Freemasons’ Association, Dr Yvonne McIntyre and Mrs Jean Lilly, on behalf of service women of the Masonic family.
The Wreath Laying Ceremony was initiated by Dr McIntyre in 2009 during the term of MW Bro Dr Greg Levenston as Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of NSW and the ACT.
Senior Masons in attendance included MW Bro Levenston PGM, the Senior Grand Warden, RW Bro Philip Miller, the Grand Architect RW Bro Peter Zelik and the Grand Secretary, RW Bro Stephen Green PDGM.
Those attending the Ceremony returned to the NSW Masonic Club for morning tea compliments of the Club President, W Bro Stephen Bates and General Manager Paul Brasch. The Club has generously made the club available since the initial Wreath Laying Ceremony.

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Anzac Day 2016 Masonic Wreath Laying Ceremony – Monday, 25 April 2016

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ANZAC DAY 2016
MASONIC WREATH LAYING
CEREMONY
A cordial invitation is extended to brethren, their families and friends to attend the Freemasons’ Association (NSW & ACT) Annual ANZAC Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Martin Place Cenotaph on ANZAC Day 2016.
Wreaths will be laid by the Deputy Grand Master, RW Bro Antoine Georges representing the Grand Master, the President of the Freemasons Association, RW Bro Ross McAlpine, PJGW and the Immediate Past President, Dr. Yvonne McIntyre.
Please note that Masonic regalia will NOT be worn; however, service dress, if applicable would be most appropriate. Service medals should also be worn.
The Masonic contingent will assemble at the Martin Place/Pitt Street corner of the old GPO at 0700 hours under the control of the Parade Commander, VW Bro Colonel Stewart Grant, Ret’d, PDGIW, Lodge Army and Navy No 517 and March to the Cenotaph for the wreath laying ceremony at 0715 hours precisely.
The President, NSW Masonic Club, W Bro Stephen Bates, has again made the facilities of the Club available for light refreshments for those attending the ceremony. The Club will open at 0730 hours and it shall be appreciated if those intending to return to the Club would inform the secretary RW Bro Alan Farrell, email afarrell@bigpond.net.au; telephone (02) 9525.6391 by 22 April 2015.

For the Flyer of Anzac 2016 Masonic Wreath Laying Ceremony please click here

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October 2015 Luncheon – Tuesday, 13 October 2015

OCTOBER 2015 LUNCHEON

Sydney Masonic Centre – Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The Association is privileged to have Bro Simon Bouda, journalist and television presenter as its guest speaker at the October Luncheon.
Simon began1007_simonbouda his career in journalism in 1976 with News Limited. Over the years he has worked for the Daily Telegraph, the Northern Daily Leader, the Daily Mirror and The Sun covering everything from finance to police rounds
In 1990, he joined Nine News as an assistant chief of staff and in 1992, began an eight-year-stint as chief crime reporter for Nine News. He reported on high-profile stories including the Sydney bushfires, the Ivan Milat backpacker murders case and the Thredbo landslide tragedy.
In 2000, he moved to London to work as a Nine News correspondent and reported on all major news events in Europe and the Middle East including the war in Afghanistan, September 11, the deaths of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, the Manchester Commonwealth Games and the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.

Simon also at the moment is travelling across America on his motorbike in support to Black Dog Ride from Sunday 13th September – Saturday 3rd October 2015.

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Black Dog Ride across America – Channel 9, Today Show Live Cross 12th September 2015

“Black Dog Ride began in 2009 as one man’s ride to raise awareness of depression, developing into the national suicide prevention charity involving thousands of Australian motorcycle riders who’ve raised over $2,000,000 for mental health services, fostering mental health awareness around the country. Join us as we ride for awareness”.  For more info & to donate please visit: http://www.blackdogride.com.au/view/2015-usa/2015-usa

The Committee of Management hopes you are able to attend this very special lunch meeting.

DETAILS

  • Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2015
  • Venue: Sydney Masonic Centre.
  • Time: 12.00 for 12.30 pm.
  • Dress: Appropriate for the occasion (Coat and tie for men).
  • Cost: $35.00 pp includes a two course meal; tea/coffee; beverages.
  • RSVP: Thursday 7 October 2015.

Direct Deposit may be made through: NAB – BSB 082 445 Account No 392829386 Freemasons Association (NSW & ACT) – Please indicate: October 2015 Luncheon.

Please direct any enquiries to the Secretary, Alan Farrell, telephone (02) 9525 6391; email afarrell@bigpond.net.au

For Booking Form please click here

Photos & Video courtesy of Simon Bouda, Rich Moran, Ramindar Barr, Black Dog Ride & Chanel 9 Today Show.

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UGL NSW & ACT Grand Installation – 8 August 2015

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GM’S ADDRESS AT THE 2015 GRAND INSTALLATION

Before I begin my address, I would like to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and pay my respects to their Elders past and present.

Grand Masters, Past Grand Masters, leaders of concordat and associated orders, ladies gentleman and brethren.

I stand here before you, with the feeling of humility and pride as this month also marks my 23rd anniversary as a freemason.

I am honoured that the membership of the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory have placed their trust in me to lead this jurisdiction.

Seeing our Sydney Town Hall so full, makes me feel proud that Freemasonry today has made and is making a tremendous contribution to society. We should all be proud of our history, but also be excited about our future. I would also like to thank all of our friends and families that are here today to witness this wonderful ceremony.

The strength of any organisation is of course, it’s membership. Our biggest assets are our members, and I thank those brethren from New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory who have made the trip to be here today. Many masons have travelled great distances to be here, from Bondi to Broken Hill, thank you all.

Our grand lodge will continue to work with lodges across our state, recognising that some feel the tyranny of distance. We are a great fraternity, and geographical divisions between good brothers, must be bridged.

Our connection with our local community is something we have done well and community leaders after joining our ranks have become wonderful examples for us all. After travelling extensively within our state and being received by these leaders, I feel a great sense of pride on how our image is presented as a whole.

126 years ago we became known as the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales, several years later we included the words Australian Capital Territory. We originally became a United Grand Lodge, when the English, Irish and Scottish lodges came together to unite the different ceremonies and degrees that were being worked. Our society, the family unit and the way we lived our lives was so different to how we see things today.

Today I see the word “United” as embracing all cultures and religions that now make Australia their home. Our specialised and cultural masonic lodges are maintaining growth, and I will continue to support those lodges with the Freemasons Annual Multicultural Exchange nights (FAME).

One initiative in my statement to the jurisdiction when I nominated for Grand Master, was to have a Masonic Open House. A date in 2016 will be set to welcome the community inside our doors. I will encourage all city and country Masonic Centres to take part in this special day. Every centre will receive the literature and marketing tools which are readily available in our Grand Lodge. I want to encourage and involve other community groups to participate in this event. This is not only to assist Freemasonry, but to promote that community spirit many of us have. Our Chairman of the Board of Management, RW Bro Bruce Munro and the board members have already accepted the challenge in this and other programmes.

As masons, on the night of our initiation we are taught about the grand principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. Relief or charity is something that masons have done well and through our involvement with our Grand Charity, MasoniCare, we are now able to provide substantial donations to those nominated charities through our interaction grants.

During my term, it is my desire to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. This is a serious men’s health issue. Freemasons have supported this program through local initiatives and their involvement with the Movember campaign. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in males and will affect 1 in 7 men by the time they turn 75, this risk increases to 1 in 5 by the age of 85. I wish to thank the chairman of MasoniCare RW Bro Andrew Fraser MP PDGM and the board of MasoniCare for their support. The Prostate Cancer Foundation has also provided their support to Freemasonry. I wish to thank Mr Tony Sonneveld OAM and Miss Cassandra Birch from the Prostate Cancer Foundation for their attendance here today.

To assist in our fundraising efforts, it is my wish to have a Masonic Cruise. This cruise will be of a 5 to 7 day duration. Many masons I speak to have recently returned from or are going on a cruise, so I see this as an opportunity for further interaction. The cruise will include a masonic meeting and a number of group activities.

There are many people who I wish to thank for making today possible.

To our Immediate Past Grand Master MW Bro Derek Robson AM, I am honoured to have been a part of your leadership team. There have been many initiatives and programmes that have been undertaken and I intend to continue with this momentum. I have my own directions that I wish to pursue during my term which I hope will inspire masons to higher endeavours and shake any thoughts of masonic apathy. On behalf of all the membership, I would like to thank you for your guidance and leadership of our Grand Lodge over the last four years. To both you and Gael, I thank you for your friendship.

To our retiring Grand Secretary, RW Bro Kevin McGlinn PDGM, I thank you for your commitment having served this Grand Lodge for the past 11 years, the role of Grand Secretary involves many aspects and your skill and expertise has provided great leadership and stability for the staff within Grand Lodge. I wish you and Irene all the best for the future.

To our outgoing Chairman of the Board of Management, RW Bro Greg Mason, I thank you for you dedication and commitment to Freemasonry, the board has worked well under your leadership. I wish both you and Barbara all the best in your move to Victoria.

I would like to acknowledge our retiring Senior and Junior Grand Wardens, RW Bro Peter Ratcliff and RW Bro Peter Howlett. Thank you for your service and commitment to the Ceremonial Team.

To our Grand Director of Ceremonies, RW Bro John Begbie, I thank you for continuing in your role, I particularly would like to offer you and the ceremonial team my congratulations for the way they performed today. The rehearsals started many weeks ago and involved many people, thanks for putting it all together and making this possible.

To all the staff and volunteers in the Sydney Masonic Centre who have worked so hard to put the events over the weekend together, I thank you for your dedication and many hours that you have spent for us all.

I would like to thanks the ladies, I thank you for the time you dedicate to Freemasonry. I would especially like to thank my partner. Yuana has always been a great support to me and I thank her for being there with me in this journey. Finally, I am excited to be your 38th Grand Master, thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the craft.

I wish to announce my theme during my term will be:

FREEMASONRYDIVERSITY, UNITY, MATESHIP

Thank you all

MW Bro Jamie Melville
Grand Master

 


For GM’s Address in pdf please click here


 

Video of Grand Installation 2015:


 

Photos of the Grand Installation of UGL of NSW & ACT on 8 August 2015 at the Sydney Town Hall and GM’s Team 2015-16 (click to enlarge):

Photos & Video courtesy of Robbie Pesiwarissa & UGL of NSW & ACT.

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