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This is the "Main Page" on which new articles appear each month along with a new QUIZ each month. Then they are moved to the "Archive Page" so this Main Page doesn't get clogged up. To see all the pages available to you click in the drop-down box in the grey rectangle called "...select a page to view " top left of the photo above.

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We now have a Masonic Education Course on this website: the "Introduction" is now on the Archive Page, the 1st degree material is under the 1st degree page, the 2nd and 3rd degree materials are under their relevant pages. Have a look and make your daily advancement in Masonic knowledge.

We need your questions about Freemasonry, any points you want clarified, any issues you want discussed - send them to me at drgeorgeallan@gmail.com and through this webpage we will find answers for you.




Quiz for September 2017
  1. The Earth constantly revolving on its axis around the sun - does the Earth revolve from East to West or from West to East?
  2. In which country was Hirum Abif born?
  3. In one of our prayers we use the term 'supplicate' - what does this mean?
  4. Only two of our original Grand Masters were kings, one was Solomon King of Israel, the other was Hirum, King of Tyre - in which modern country is Tyre?
  5. Think of the three grand principles on which our Institution is founded - what is the middle one and how would you demonstrate it in modern life?
  6. How would you describe 'a cowen' to a non-masons?
  7. We know that the three immovable jewels were big and heavy, but why are the movable jewels so called?
  8. What constitutes the ‘Ornaments' in a Lodge?
  9. What are the Grand ranks that entitles the holder to be called Right Worshipful Brother?
  10. What does the word ‘inculcate’ mean?



 An Inspirational Story

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.  

There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death. 

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.  

'I want to repay you,' said the nobleman. 'You saved my son's life.'  

'No, I can't accept payment for what I did,' the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.  

'Is that your son?' the nobleman asked.  

'Yes,' the farmer replied proudly.  

'I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.' And that he did.  

Farmer Fleming's son attended the  very best schools and in time, graduated from  St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London,  and went on to become known throughout the world  as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the  discoverer of  Penicillin..  

Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia.  

What saved his life this time - Penicillin.  

The name of the nobleman was Lord Randolph Churchill and his son's name was Sir Winston Churchill.  

Someone once said: What goes around comes around.  Work like you don't need the money.  Love like you've never been hurt.  
Dance like nobody's watching.  Sing like nobody's listening.  Live like it's Heaven on Earth.  

The author of the story is unknown. It is worth noting however that both Sir Alexander Fleming and Sir Winston Churchill eventually became Freemasons.

 

R.W. Bro Robert Taylor




A Mason Visiting from abroad

Many of you will know that every second year (and 2017 is that year) we invite a scholarly Freemason from abroad to visit New Zealand to meet with us and teach us something about Freemasonry we didn't know before. Our visitor this year is Bro John Belton, an English Freemason with a number of tales to tell.  I give you the information about the coming visit as best I can: his itinery as as follows so do try to get along to one of his presentations and make a daily advancement.

John Belton – Itinerary 6th August 2017 he departs from Manchester, England to Melbourne for presentations to the Australian Lodges.

Sept 4 – Sunday arrive Invercargill – Host: Research Southland ready for (date to be arranged) presentation for Southland – “Cappadocia”

Sept 7 – Thursday    Dunedin – Host: Research Otago presentation   “Society & Freemasonry”

Sept 13 – Wednesday presentation in Christchurch – “English Masonic Union 1813”

Sept 14 – Thursday arrive Blenheim – Host: Top of the South Research date to be arranged presentation in Blenheim - “Garibaldi”

Sept 20 - Wednesday presentation in Wellington “Cappadocia” & “Freemasonry in France”

Sept 21 – Thursday arrive Hastings – Host: Hawke’s Bay Research    Sept 22 – Friday presentation in Napier – “Cappadocia: Rev Duncan: Bone Box”

Sept 24 - Sunday arrive New Plymouth – Host: Research Taranaki       Sept 25 – Monday presentation in New Plymouth – “International Compact 1814”  

Sept 27 – Wednesday arrive Gisborne – Host: Combined Gisborne lodges  Sept 28 - Thursday presentation in Gisborne – “Garibaldi”

Oct 2 – Monday arrive Palmerston North – Host: Research Ruapehu       Oct 2 - Monday presentation in Palmerston North – TBA

Oct 4 – Wednesday arrive Hamilton – Host: Waikato Research            Oct 7 - Saturday presentation in Huntly – TBA

Bro Belton then returns to Engalnd via more presentation in Australia

posted 15 July 2017




A View Point on Freemasonry

by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy

The following paper can be found in the September issue of the newsletter from the Lodge of Discovery (known as LOD), adapted from a paper by Francis G. Paul 33* Northern Light, May 1990

Reproduced from Masonic Bulletin October 1990, Vol. LIII No. 2

To discover more, try this link

http://www.lod8737.org/newsletter.html

The majority of our membership derives its satisfaction by simply belonging. Most Masons do not feel a need to attend Lodge meetings or to be “active” in the life of our fraternity in order to reap the benefits of membership.

It is easy to conclude that this type of passive participation is a serious problem. We lament the fact that so few seem interested enough to attend meetings and even fewer are ready to take on leader- ship responsibilities.

At the same time we must never lose sight of the fact that the primary goal of Freemasonry in mak- ing Master Masons is to challenge men to achieve moral and ethical excellence in life and start him on his own Personal Spiritual Journey. This is why the Ceremonies of the degrees of Symbolic Masonry are the bedrock of Freemasonry.

By the time a man becomes a Master Mason, the vision and the expectations are (or should be) crys- tal clear! At that point, he is ushered to where he belongs – on the streets of life.
It is there where his Masonry will make a difference. “In the long run,” writes James Fallows, the au- thor of More Like Us, “a society’s strength depends on the way that ordinary people voluntarily be- have.”

This has been the message of Freemasonry down through the centuries. And it’s our message to men today. It is what’s inside a man that determines how he thinks and acts every day of his life, and that’s what our fraternity is all about.

We must never allow ourselves to forget that it is the Masonic message, planted deep within a man that makes him a Mason. Not the attending of meetings; the holding of office; not having accolades piled upon him.

We are concerned about how he lives on Main Street, not how many times he attends lodge meetings. The power of Freemasonry rests in the mysterious fact that once a man has received the Light, he can never forget what is expected of him by, most importantly, himself!!

Of course we need to make our meetings more interesting & educational.

Of course we need to offer opportunities for Masonic service that make sense to our members.

Of course we need to foster more of a family atmosphere.

Of course we need to challenge men to shoulder the responsibilities of keeping our fraternity alive and active.

Nevertheless, it is the Masonic spirit in a man’s heart and life that makes Masonry work. What does all this mean? Where is it taking us? We should be neither surprised not shocked that a majority of our members achieve satisfaction from “simply belonging” to our fraternity. Their quiet pride and im- mense loyalty send a powerful message – Masonry is doing its work in their lives!

At the same time, our work is cut out and waiting for us: To make it possible for more men to dis- cover the immense and profound mystery that is Freemasonry.

From an Individual Masons Perspective adapted by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy from a paper by Francis G. Paul 33* Northern Light, May 1990 Reproduced from Masonic Bulletin October 1990, Vol. LIII No. 2




A Useful Link for Making a Daily Advancement in Masonic Knowledge

Here is a useful link from Brother Gary Hulst of St Andrew Lodge No.418 SC. They meet in the Auckland area (I think - someone correct me please if I'm wrong).

https://www.standrew418.org.nz/blog     Have a go and see what you can see.

Gary is also a member of the Royal Arch (St Andrew Kilwinning Chapter No. 564) and a Cryptic Mason (Ponsonby Kilwinning Council No. 394).

For those of you who do not know what the Royal Arch or Cryptic Masonry are all about - ask someone or read your FReemasons' MAgazine of a few issues ago.

When we close the Lodge in the 3rd Degree we are told that the genuine secrets were lost and we have to use substituted ones. The Royal Arch tell the story of finding those genuine secrets. The Royal and Select Degrees tell of the building of the crypt in which the genuine secrets were hidden.

So, over to you to find out more.

George Allan - Chairman of National Education Committee

posted on 23 July 2017




Training - The Forgotten Masonic Art

As Freemasons we use the building of King Solomon's Temple as the basis of our teachings to make good men better. We know from the many accounts of the erection of not only that structure, but also the cathedrals and castles that are dotted around the British Isles and Europe, that the men who conceived, designed, and supervised those constructions were clearly not only well educated but that they also properly trained the thousands of workmen whom they employed on those projects. Notice the two key words here - "educated" and "trained".

Education is defined as the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university. Training is the action of teaching a person or persons a particular skill, skills, or type of behaviour.

In our modern world there has been a trend for accountants, Chief Executive Officers, and "Managers" to replace training with new buzz words called "team building". A CEO or other dignitary often abseils in to the event from a helicopter, or flying fox, (mind the earrings Christine) amid a laser light display and loud music. The participants are expected to stand up, clap and cheer, eat unusual food (e.g.locust pies) talk about their most harrowing experiences at school or on Facebook (usually in Group Dynamic sessions after "drinkies" and dinner). At the end of the weekend (or week), everyone fills in an "anonymous" evaluation sheet (online of course so they can track your IP address) which promises to make sure that the next event will be improved. Attendees go home full of the enthusiasm to do better - however this usually wears off after about a week. The facilitators go home with lots of money in their bank accounts. The accountants and CEO's/Managers are happy because they have apparently saved heaps of money (when the finances are getting low), by getting rid of "In House" training department staff (along with IT Help Desk and front of business and telephone answering people for good measure and replacing them with robotic press button 1 or 2 or 3 for service systems which cost a fortune and frequently break down requiring contractors to be called in at $$$$ per hour + + +.

Organisations which deal with "people" such as the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, and Search and Rescue to name a few still "train" their employees using "In House" staff. They utilise Kinaesthetic programs (no more lectures) that have been developed based on a proper "Training Needs Analysis" rather than the best guess of a CEO or Manager who usually has no idea of how to conduct such an important study. Input to well conducted research comes from many sources including users, owners, customers/clients and yes - even the accounts department.

With the devolution of some authority from "Fortress Wellington" to the Divisional Grand Masters and District Grand Masters, such training programs are obviously needed in modern Freemasonry in New Zealand. Simply giving someone a "handbook" and saying "go get em" is not going to work. We once had training programs for Wardens and Masters of Lodges. What has happened to these? We must never forget that the "Lodge" is the engine room of the Craft. As our Lodges disappear - so does the Craft. Without training this is an almost inevitable event. Read the 1987 paper attached to this newsletter. Some fascinating predictions in that. Seemingly even then some Grand Lodge Officers and some members of Board of General Purposes were blinded by the reflections from the gold braid on their regalia. What has changed?

We have in our organisational structure an "Education Pillar". There are some very competent Brethren who are members of this pillar. Why are their skills not being called upon when they are most needed? Why is the Board of General Purposes not addressing this training need as part of the significant restructuring process that is being undertaken? A training needs review should be running in tandem - not left as an afterthought or worse just ignored.

Training does not have to be horrendously expensive. Universities, Polytechnics, and schools are using technology to help provide structured programs to meet the needs of industry and commerce. Video conferencing, interactive quizzes, video's and role playing, all meet the kinaesthetic requirements of modern training. Qualified Education Advisors can facilitate programs in their Districts and Divisions under the guidance of the Divisional Grand Lecturers. Has anyone in Grand Lodge or the B.O.G.P thought of that and done anything to get programs underway in 2018?

If we are serious about stemming the decline in membership then it seems pretty obvious that we need to return to our roots. For too long, far too many of our leaders have been seemingly oblivious to anything but a singlar focus on ceremonial activity. Freemasonry is much more than that. Read our Mission Statement here. Not one word about ceremonial. Let's stop being just ageing thespians. Let's get training and deliver what we promise!

Fraternally

John MacDonald

District Education Advisor and Editor Northtalk

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We Need Your Help

Keeping this website lively needs new questions to be asked by masons like you. Questions that need someone to research and answer in a short article.  

We also need questions for our quizzes.

So, please let me know of interesting questions we can use in our monthly quizzes and as a basis for research.

Send them to me at drgeorgeallan@gmail.com

If you want to write and submit an article, or you know of a good one written by someone else please contact me at the same e-mail address, and let me know about it. Then we could get it published on this site for everyone to see and share in the knowledge. 

Fraternally Yours,

VW Bro George Allan

Chair of National Education Committee

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Calling All Recent Masters and Wardens

Are you a relatively new WM, SW or JW of your Lodge?

Are you likely to be WM, SW or JW of your Lodge next year?

The Education Team in your Division are planning workshops  to help Masters and Wardens share best practice, and thereby gain in confidence for running their Lodges. It will last for 3 hours or so, and be held in a geographic location convenient to you.  You will learn about your duties and ways to deal with difficulties in Lodge and committee.

Are you interested? Then contact me by e-mail on drgeorgeallan@gmail.com

Remember to include your Lodge name and location (Division and District) your current Lodge Office




Calling All Master Masons

Are you interested in improving your masonic performance?

Do you want to learn the signs, token and words correctly?

Do you want to get your masonry right and thereby develop your confidence?

Lodge of Instruction is a teaching and training ground where Master Masons can learn their Masonry correctly according to the New Zealand book of Ritual with the proviso that, back in your own Lodge you ovserve Lodge customs. A Lodge of Instruction (sometimes know as a Lodge of Improvement) is for all Master Masons in any Lodge who want to know about Freemasonry, no EAs, FCs because all three degrees will be discussed and practiced. 

At the end of each meeting MMs can volunteer to learn a role/Charge in the degree to be performed at the next meeting in one month's time. Performance will be guided by the Preceptor V.W.Bro. George Allan and his two assistants who will give friendly guidance. One assistant Preceptor guides floor work including foot positions and the giving and receiving of signs/tokens: the other assiatant teaches the best way to deliver the words and phrases used. We will give you encouragement and help you build your confidence in performing Lodge work.

The Lodge of Instruction will be held every month, tyling at 7:30pm to be finished by 9:00pm. It is the place where Master Masons can practice their movements around the Lodge.

If you are interested in improving your masonry, finding out why we do the things we do, and having a go - please e-mail George Allan at drgeorgeallan@gmail.com




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I realise that "education" is not every Mason's cup-of-tea but there is a ground-swell that indicates that many Masons join with a thirst for knowledge and then walk away when they can't find that knowledge. So, this website aims to fill that gap on a regular basis with articles to inform you of masonic learning, masonic educational events that are happening or going to happen in all three Divisions and ideas to try for yourself and your Lodge.
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