Brethren and Ladies,
Welcome to my first update since being appointed as Acting Divisional Grand Almoner in early May this year. I hope to send these updates out quarterly and will do my best to restrict them to one page.
There have been many worthwhile Lodge Projects approved in the last 3 months. Recipient organisations have included Freedom to Learn, The Wairarapa Community Centre, The SPCA, Scouts NZ, Big Brother Big Sister, Palmerston North Hospital Oncology Ward, Sailability and the Wellington Children’s Hospital. I am also aware that some $20,000 was raised recently at the 12th Annual Whisky Tasting event in Wellington hosted by Empire Fergusson Lodge. Thank you to all those brethren and ladies involved in organising and participating in these projects. Two Fast Track Applications have also been approved to assist brethren in distressed circumstances.
The Freemasons Charity Special Olympics National Summer Games – Hamilton - December 2021 - Project Update
I am advised by our Divisional Treasurer that the total donated to this worthy cause to date is $20,028.60. The Divisional Conference dinner raised $40,000 inclusive of the Freemasons Charity contribution. It is absolutely fantastic to see Lodges from throughout the Division coming up with some great ideas for fundraising for this National Project. Remember, no forms are required to be filled in for this project. Simply bank the funds you raise into the Central Divisional Account – as detailed in the Freemasons NZ Circular dated 21 May 2021. The funds will then have the appropriate subsidy applied from the Freemasons Charity and be forwarded through Special Olympics head office to a Club local to the Lodge(s) involved. It is certainly by no means too late to contribute, and I am aware of quite a few ongoing projects to support this worthy cause. Again. Thanks to those lodges involved in these projects.
More information on this event here – including an opportunity to volunteer at the games if you wish to: Special Olympics New Zealand.
Hawkes Bay Seminar
A very successful seminar was held at Hastings on Saturday the 26th of June. Some 22 brethren and ladies attended to find out some more about our Charity and also to hear an address from Margaret Baker ONZM from Hawkes Bay Special Olympics. It was very pleasing to see a good number of ladies present, some who were assisting lodges with benevolence and almoning duties. These seminars will be continuing in the future, so keep an eye out for the next one near you.
District Charity Officers – Central Division
Details are below of your District Charity Officers. I highly recommend they are your first point of contact when you are considering a charitable project and you intend to apply to the charity for assistance. They are able to give you valuable guidance and assistance with the application process:
|Eastland Ruahine||WBro Geoff Waterworth||027 437 email@example.com|
|Hutt Wairarapa||Bro Neil McKee||027 611 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|RWBro Gordon Reid||027 471 email@example.com|
|Kapiti Wellington||WBro Malcolm Harfitt||04 905 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ruapehu||WBro Craig Ancell||027 552 email@example.com|
|Taranaki||WBro Roger Gregory||027 975 firstname.lastname@example.org|
Adrian Douglas – Acting Divisional Grand Almoner – Central Division 021 540 865 / email@example.com