Masonicare December 2013 InTouch
 
 
  Masonicare   December 2013
InTouch
 
 
 
  Chairman's Message  
 
 

This year has seen a number of natural disasters in NSW to which Freemasonry through Masonicare, has acted positively by assisting those in need.

The actions of Freemasons in relation to these disasters have not only given us a positive public persona but has helped to focus on the fact that charity is one of the foremost tenets of Freemasonry.

On behalf of the Masonicare Board I would like to thank all Lodges and Masons for their extremely positive response to our Appeal and their support in our fundraising activities.

May I wish all Masons and their families a happy and holy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2014.

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  Masonicare Bushfire Appeal  
 
 

Thank you to everyone who kindly donated to the recent Bushfire Appeal launched as a result of the devastating bushfires in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Southern Highlands, Central Coast and Port Stephens areas. We have had an overwhelming response to this appeal, demonstrating the positive and significant impact Freemasons can have when we come together to support a worthwhile cause.

Masonicare will oversee the funding of a number of high tech thermal imaging cameras for the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) in each of these areas. This need has been identified following much research and discussion with relevant authorities in the affected areas.

These cameras can be life-saving when used by fire-fighting crews identifying whether any persons may be trapped within a structure that is on fire. The "square and compasses" will be proudly positioned on each camera to demonstrate how we, as proud Freemasons are actively supporting our local communities. Further donations are still be welcomed and your generosity, especially in the lead-up to the Christmas period, is greatly appreciated.

 
 
 
 
  InterAction Grants  
 
 

Lodge Nowra Unity organized a number of different fundraisers recently to help the Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra which will use the money to organise a concert for the community.

Masonicare presented a cheque for $1500, matching what had been raised, to the Orchestra on Tuesday evening the 19th November 2013.

The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra is based in Nowra which is the commercial and administrative centre of the Shoalhaven, a picturesque coastal region in New South Wales located 160 kilometres south of Sydney.

The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra was established in 2000 as an orchestra of string and woodwind players from many different parts of the Shoalhaven.

DecBro Laurie Ball the SW of Lodge Nowra Unity No 60, presenting the cheque from the Lodge to Mr Jacob Antonio from the Orchestra

 

decemberRW Bro Brian Willis MRM R3, Jacob Antonio & Karen Illesca from the Orchestra

 
 
 
 
  December Interaction Grants  
 
 

During November/December, the following Grants were dispensed:

Most Grant amounts match the Lodge/Association's fundraising dollar for dollar.

Key Activity Cause supported Who was involved Grant amount
Work to reduce and prevent crime by and against young people Port Stephens PCYC Youth Action Program Lodge Tomaree $4,000
Promotes the detection, relief, treatment & prevention of Fragile X Syndrome The Fragile X Association of Australia Hornsby - Kuring-gai Masonic Association $2,000
Help kids with special purposes - Intellectual Children Budawang Special School Royal Haven Court  - Order of Amaranth $5,000
Help kids with special purposes - Intellectual Children Haven Lee Special School Royal Haven Court  - Order of Amaranth $5,000
Catering for families of young children with disabilities or delayed development KU Starting Points - Macarthur Project Combined Lodges District 111 $5,000
Assist the development of children with special need up to age of 6 years  KU Starting Points - Macarthur Project Combined Lodges District 115 $5,000
Provide cover for Pree-School children in all weather Armindale Community Pre-School Incorporate Building Fund Armindale Combined Lodges Association  $2,000
Provite educational tolls for te kids Wood Burn Autism educational and Research The Hills Lodge

$3,000

Provide sailing experiences for people with disabilities Sailability Lodge Sir James Hardy

$4,600

Medical support for cancer patients. CAN Assist Oberon Lodge Oberon

$4,000

Transport of patients to the hospital from north and west NSW  United Hospital Auxiliaries - Tamworth Branch Combine Tanworth Masonic Lodges

$3,000

Provide assistance for patients duffering from Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fribrosis NSW - Tamworth Clinic Masonic Motorcycle Association of Australia - Tamworth Chapter

$1,000

 
 
 
 
  Masonicare Disaster Relief Car Raffle - Winner  
 
 

The Masonicare Disaster Relief Car Raffle was drawn at the Sydney Masonic Centre October 15th and the lucky winner was presented with the keys to his new Ford Fiesta LX at a presentation ceremony on Monday November 4th at Thomson Ford, Parramatta. Although tickets were sold throughout the jurisdiction to both masons and members of the community, one of our very own brethren from the Coffs Harbour region bought the lucky ticket.  All profits made from the Raffle go into the Disaster Relief Fund.

Masonicare’s Chairman, RW Bro Andrew Fraser MP, said he is most grateful for the efforts of the organising Committee and each and every brother who contributed to the running of the raffle as well as the sale of tickets.

IMG 0345L to R. RW Bro Lynden Norgate (Convenor-Regional Network), Ms Pam Miller (Convenor-Grants), RW Bill Driver (Organising Committee), VW Bro John Bertram MDR, VW Bro Tony Craig (Masonicare Deputy Chairman), Bro Leo Goodfellow – the winner, RW Bro Kevin McGlinn (Grand Secretary) and David Webster(Dealer Principal, Thomson Ford)

 
 
 
 
  Masonicare Caring Officers MCO  
 
 

The new MCO leaflet will be distributed by the beginning of next year and will be presented by each WM when he invests his MCOs.  The leaflet will also be made available to Lodge Secretaries as initial advice for any Brother thinking about becoming an MCO. More details can be obtained from attending the MCO Seminars ( keep an eye out for a seminar happening in your Region), or by contacting your MRM, MRR or MDR.

Masonicare will provide further support for MCOs and Lodges by uploading the updated Grand Charity Procedures Manual through the Members’ Area of the Grand Lodge website.

Graham Davies
MCO Convenor
Masonicare Board

 
 
 
 
  Masonicare Charity Jewels  
 
 

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If you would like to recognise someone in your Lodge for their contribution to the charitable aspects of Freemasonry, then one of these high quality jewels would provide the ideal way in which to show how the Lodge values their constant dedication.

Jewels can only be purchased by the Lodge and are not tax deductible in compliance with ATO ‘charity’ regulations. Funds raised from the sale of jewels will go to The Benevolence Fund.

Life Merit Award $500.00
Gold Appreciation Award $375.00
Silver Appreciation Award $250.00
Bronze Appreciation Award $125.00
 
 
 
 
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