Freemasons on the Central Coast are major sponsors of Surf Life Saving Central Coast and are here with the Mayors of Wyong and Gosford for the raising of the flags at the start of the 2015 - 2016 season.
In Australia, ten scholarships are making the world of difference to students thanks to the Freemasons. As part of the University Scholars Week, $5000 was donated by Freemasons on the Central Coast. Students enrolled in subjects unique to the University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah campus such as marine science, exercise and sports science, oral health, podiatry and food science were eligible.
Freemasons on the Central Coast have donated more than $6000.00 to further support Marine Rescue NSW at Norah Head.
Marine Rescue vessel crews turn out in all weather and conditions to respond to emergencies and other incidents. A day’s duties might include a Search and Rescue mission for people overboard, towing a disabled vessel back to port or transporting medical teams or firefighters to isolated and inaccessible locations.
Marine Rescue radio base volunteers monitor the airwaves for boaters in need of rescue or assistance.
Saturday 18th November 2017 saw the Freemasons on the Central Coast present a cheque to Surf Life Saving Central Coast to the value of $40,760. This vital funding will continue to assist us in maintaining the safety of our Nippers from all 15 surf clubs on the coast by continuing to wear high visibility vests whilst in the surf....
The Freemasons of Lodge Wyong Tuggerah Lakes held a “Roaring 20’s Black Tie Ball” at Soldiers Beach Surf Lifesaving Club earlier this year. The night was well supported both by local businesses in the area, and Freemasons on the Central Coast and their wives/partners and friends. All contributors were acknowledged on the night for their participation.
The entertainment was provided by Lucky Starr and his Band and a very good night was had by all.
The ultimate aim of the evening was to fundraise and $2,350.00 was raised on the night and this sum was matched $ for $ by Masonicare, making a total of $4,700-00 which was then handed over to The Geriatric Rehabilitation Ward at Wyong Hospital, these funds provide inpatient care to those 65 years and over who present as the result of an incident or illness that requires hospital care. Many of these patients are admitted with age-related chronic diseases that, as well as requiring rehabilitation, results in a complex, lengthy stay in hospital. Items purchased from previous donations include a refrigerator, television, DVD player and a Nintendo Wii.
These items are fundamental in assisting staff, particularly Occupational Therapists, to assist patients in their treatment to achieve a positive outcome in their rehabilitation by working on a patients stability and control of posture whilst moving and doing other tasks. This training is essential to assist in functional independence and to gain confidence before returning home, which is the ultimate goal of therapy.
Central Coast Local Health District has a long association with the Freemasons on the Central Coast and we look forward to continuing for many years to come.
It has arrived, being collected and already the goods are being placed in the Mary Macs Christmas Food Hampers.
All six Lodges on the Central Coast, under the banner of District 21, gathered together to assist Mary Macs provide Christmas Food Hampers to the many families on the Central Coast.
Many thanks to those organisations who assisted.
Sunday 18th March, members, wives and friends of Lodge Saratoga motored to Terrigal Bowling Club for a day of fun.
The precise stance, the right posture and sheer concentration.
This is how it is done!!
Sheer concentration on where the bowl was going to end up and the end was quite lengthy after much discussion of why the bowl was going that way.
And while we are talking of ends, the intermission took some time to complete.
Anyway, great fun and an even better yarn over lunch.
Last night at Lodge Toukley, DGIW Chris was surprised by the totally unexpected donation from Worshipful Brother Earle to The Smith Family luncheon being held on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at the Toukley Memorial Hall. In presenting his donation Worshipful brother Earle told the brethren present, ‘When Phyllis and I married many, many moos ago, we made a commitment to each other to help those in our community who were not as lucky as we are. Each year, they would put aside some of our savings to give to a charity within our community. This practice has continued even after Phyllis’s passing.’ - 04.04.18
After pounding the turf to raise for many of the charities on the Central Coast, the Central Coast Bulldogs decided to have some light relief. Several Members from The Freemasons on the Central Coast arrived with a donation to a charity that supports charities.
The Freemasons on the Central Coast have been able over the past few years been able to supply guernseys, travel bags and water bottles to assist. On Friday 29th March, this year the Freemasons were able to continue this assistance.
Presentation 29th March 2018
The winner of the Inaugural Freemasons Junior Athlete of the Year in 2014 was Brad Woodward of Shelly Beach SLSC.
Brad has continued to use his natural talent to develop as an athlete; however, the pathway he now prioritises is still water swimming over surf swimming because of the opportunity to race at the Olympic Games. He still does patrols at Shelly Beach SLSC and is an active member of the club, but his surf competition has taken a backward seat for the short term.
He recently made us all proud by coming second in the Australian Swim Championships in the 100m and 200m backstroke behind 2015 World Champion, Mitch Larkin. In doing so, Brad was selected in to race for Australia in the Commonwealth Games.
Brad then did us proud again by winning two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, once again behind fellow countryman, Mitch Larkin in the 100m and 200m Backstroke.
He actually led the 200m Backstroke for the first three laps and got piped on the finish.
I thought I would forward this on so that you can share this with your fellow members at Freemasons on the Central Coast as I am sure you are proud as we are of his achievements.
Recognition such as the Freemasons Junior Athlete of the Year award plays a big part in developing young athletes confidence, so it is fair to say the Freemasons helped Brad along the way.
[Acknowledgements – Compiled by CEO, SLS-CC; Tpo picture – Courtesy of SLS-CC and Bottom Picture – sbs.com.au]
Freemasons on the Central Coast invited the Chairperson of Save Our Kids (SOKs) – (A Rotary Club of North Gosford Project) to a quick cup of coffee at Mingara Club today. Lester, the Chairperson of the project, was for once, lost for words. The grin from ear to ear on receiving $ 10,000 which would enable many more teaching staff gain training in this field.
SOKs is a project conducted by the Rotary Club of North Gosford. In their involvement with schools, they found that many school-aged children due many and various circumstances and events surrounding them become so stressed, that they contemplated suicide as a means of relief.
The Project’s aim is to train school personnel to identify and approach a young person and provide immediate and short-term relief so that professional help can gained. These counsellors are trained and supervised by Lifeline.
If one would like to know more or even donate, please contact Lester on 0411 584 305.
Lester was even still smiling after finishing his cup of coffee.
With a Can of Soup in the left hand and a gavel in the right, soup ruled the day. The Freemasons of District 21 have started the
Soks and Soup Drive with the Central Coast Bulldogs. The Soks and Soup is this year’s charity project by the Central Coast Bulldogs. As Freemasons on the Central Coast are sponsors of the club, District 21 decided to assist the members of the Central Coast Bulldogs in their charity drive. The Soks and Soup will be donated to the Shoebox Revolution in early June.
With one night alone, the box was filled to overflowing.
25 Army Cadet Unit located at the Erina Army Training Depot were the recipients of a donation of $3873.09 from Lodge Saratoga No 937. The donation will be used to purchase items to assist the Army Cadets in the delivery of safety and training.
The Australian Army Cadets is a community based youth development organisation focused on the Australian Army customs, traditions and values. Army cadets learn leadership, team building and survival skills that prepare them for life.
‘The continued support of community organisations like the ‘Freemasons’ ensures that the cost to families for the conduct of Army Cadet training is kept to the very minimum, ensuring a greater opportunity for all children to attend’ said Captain Leonea Ward Officer Commanding 25 Army Cadet Unit.
Picture: Cadets from the 25 Army Cadet Unit at the Erina Army Depot.
Starting at 12 noon, and with some 60 people present – the afternoon began. Heralding the start, a quintet from the Wallarah Community Band opened the afternoon’s entertainment. Several jazzy numbers created the mood for the afternoon. Just a note, the Wallarah Community Band invites all members from the community – the young to the mature – to become involved with music. Any money raised goes to the purchase of music sheets and instruments for the members.
Dennis, the rose between two workers, and his small band of professional helpers provided a most ample luncheon - chicken and beef, with roast vegetables or a salad and a sweet.
Some notables who attended
Then further entertainment resumed.
Starring our very own local Elvis - Arthur Cromer
With profuse thanks to the efforts of many and their donations, over $ 3,000 was raised for the ‘The Smith Family’. This donation will greatly assist their programme based on the Central Coast - ‘Sponsor an Australian Child’. At our next luncheon on 1st July, this donation will be presented to the ‘Smith Family’ at the Wyong Masonic Centre. Tickets for sale are available by contacting Chris on 0424 723 355.
District 21 joined the Central Coast Bulldogs to collect Socks & Soup on behalf of the Shoebox Revolution. The Shoebox Revolution is a charity based at The Entrance.
The 6 Lodges within District 21 joined together over 2 months to raise awareness of those who are in unfortunate circumstances.
The items collected were presented to Paul, the President of the Central Coast Bulldogs, at Lodge Wyong-Tuggerah Lakes on Thursday 17th May.
Paul from Central Coast Bulldogs called in this week with over 400 items for our 2018 Socks and Soup Drive, these items will go a long way to helping the Central Coast homeless community this Winter.So huge thank you to the Bulldogs their Major sponsors Freemasons on the Central Coast, Budgewoi Soccer Club and everyone who donated.
On 19th April, 2018, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of NSW, RFBI Patron, accompanied by his wife Mrs Linda Hurley, officially opened the RFBI Dubbo Masonic Village. The Dubbo Masonic Village, which
was completed in May, 2017, is a 70 bed complex offering residential aged care for the western region.
The Official Opening by His Excellency was witnessed by the GM elect MW Bro Derek Robson AM and AGM RW Bro William Driver, and His Excellency’s Honorary Aide deCamp Major Andrew Kfoury ADC JP.
(L to R) VW Bro Graeme; Bro Noel; VW Bro Chris, DGIW
Bro Noel, aged 20 years, continued the family tradition by being initiated into Lodge Aberfeldie No 309 (Victorian Constitution) on 7th September 1948, with his father and uncles in attendance. During the following year, he was passed on 3rd May, 1949 and raised on 6th September 1949. In 1950, he moved to Sydney, joining Lodge Frank Widdon No 739 at Haberfield and upon retiring, relocating to the Central Coast, joining Lodge Gosford No 742 which in turn became The Central Coast Lodge No 2001. In 2015, Noel affiliated with Lodge Saratoga 937.
On locating to Sydney, Noel joined the NSW Fire Brigade. Noel rose to become a Training Officer based in the city. Whilst based at the Sydney headquarters, Noel joined the Lodge Fire Brigade No 940. Brethren from Lodge Fire Brigade, led by their WM, W Bro Gary, joined Lodge Saratoga in congratulating Noel on this rare achievement.
Before receiving his Certificate from VW Bro Chris, DGIW, Noel spoke of the two pleasures he had received from Masonry; one, joining the fraternity in the presence of his father and the friends that he had gained and two, the initiation of his son, Les, who is a member of Lodge Saratoga. Initially, he found Masonry to be somewhat strange as the brethren of Lodge Aberfeldie all belonged to the same congregation that he was a member and that the lodge was DRY.At the South, it was further celebrated with a birthday cake (but no candles), together with a video from Bro David on Lodge Kilwinning No 0.
L to R – Bro Les and his father, Bro Noel
Brethren of Lodge Fire Brigade No 940, with Bro Noel (Certificate) and to his left – W Bro Gary.
On Sunday 1st July, over 80 people attended a luncheon conducted by District 21 at the Wyong Masonic Centre.
A sumptuous buffet luncheon, which was laid on W. Bro Dennis, was devoured with gusto, just disappearing before one’s eyes. After dessert, a bell rang which immediately drew the attention of the children – Santa had arrived.
The highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of $ 6,000 to Mrs Morna Tasker - The Smith Family Learning for Life Leader. The money was raised at a previous luncheon held on Sunday 22 April at Toukley Masonic Centre. Masonicare supported this donation.
On Thursday 27 September, the money raised at the luncheon held at Wyong Masonic Centre was presented to Mrs Christine Newell.
At the Annual Christmas Party for the volunteers assisting at Camp Breakaway, the Freemasons of District 21, together with financial assistance from Masonicare presented a cheque to the value of $ 3,000.00.
On Sunday 21st October, over 50 people attended the luncheon held at the Wyong Masonic Centre. W. Bro Dennis, as per his usual self, produced a luncheon fit for a king as he did for this evening for the volunteers at Camp Breakaway. Camp Breakaway is a voluntary organisation, which provides respite for children with disabilities and their carers. VW Bro Graeme congratulated the organisation on its complex and the services they provide to the community and, whilst the needs of the children were great, it was equally important to attend to the needs of the carers. He also informed the volunteers that the money raised at the luncheon was doubled by the generous support of Masonicare. The funds raised would be used to replace the mattresses in the carers’ section of the complex. VW Bro Reg, a member of Lodge Wyong Tuggerah Lakes, and who has provided his volunteering services since 1990, made this presentation to a very worthy organisation which is very dear to his heart.
Lodge Wyong Tuggerah Lakes No 247
At the regular meeting of Lodge Wyong Tuggerah Lakes in August, Ms Cheryl Dally-Danaher, a representative from Angel Flight Australia was on hand to receive a cheque for $1,000 on behalf of the lodge and with the assistance of a Masonicare Interaction grant.
Cheryl gave a very informative presentation explaining the many facets of the vital work these volunteers do for regional Australians in need of medical support transportation.
The photograph below shows the master of Lodge Wyong Tuggerah Lakes, W Bro Stuart Butler and Angel Flight volunteer driver, Ms Cheryl Dally-Danaher.