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THE CANTERBURY DISTRICT No. 25 PAGE

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CANTERBURY DISTRICT PAGE- what's COMING UP, what's BEEN HAPPENING & what do you NEED TO KNOW in our NEW CANTERBURY DISTRICT No.25? 

It can all be found here!

(This first page lists the highlights or any changes to the various postings on your webpage.  They are listed here in the order that they appear below on the main page.  Just scroll down to find the latest information or article you wish to view).

PLEASE KEEP US INFORMED ON WHAT YOU AND YOUR BRETHREN ARE UP TO:  If you or your Lodge have a Special Masonic Event, Social Occasion or Charity Event coming up and you wish to let all our brethren know about it, please email the details to me at:  distgm.dist25@freemasonsnz.org  so that the information can be posted on your website. 

 

Upcoming Lodge Events:

25th June:         District Grand Masters Visits:  Unity Lodge No. 271 on the occasion of their 1000th meeting

CHARITY FUNDRAISER - NETBALL PARKING.  Please check the Roster - some Lodges have been short of their required number of volunteers!

Remember; Your lodge needs a minimum of 4 voluntreers for your allocated shift, if your Lodge can't provide brethren for the date set in the roster, contact Dai to arrange to switch days with another lodge.  Please check the latest news noting the funds raised so far!

3rd June 2019 - The Master Masons Education Programme - Next meeting – Laws & Regulations, Book of Constitution,

                           Differences between Lodges and Constitutions.

 

6 July:  GRAND  SCOTTISH  CEILIDH - an evening of fun and entertainment!

 

Future District Grand Master visits:

9 July:            United Forces Lodge No. 245 - TBC

6 August:       Lincoln Lodge No. 33- TBC

 

Recent Lodge Events:

The Pegasus Daylight Lodge No 450 assists The Christchurch YWCA Women’s Refuge

 

Freemasons Marching Proud on Anzac Day

 

Southern Division Conference Heartland Bank awards.photos

 

Southern Division Conference photos

 

 

United Forces Lodge No. 245 - ANZAC Commemoration Service - Tuesday 9th April 2019.

 

Fraternal Message from a UK brother to the brethren and families of the Canterbury District No. 25.

 

Dedication of the new Woolston Lodge Rooms & Greetings from our Southern Divisional Grand Master:

 

Latest Charity Projects & Events:

 

Richard Baldwin Empty Stocking Fund - How the money is spent.

 

Charity projects supported by our Netball Car Parking Project:  Total funds donated to date:  $40,402  

 

The Pegasus District No.25 “Spud in a Bag for Charity” - Weigh-in & BBQ - Sunday 2rd December 2018.

 

Articles of Interest from our Members:

 

Freemasonry on TV in New Zealand

 

Freemasonry in New Zealand has a regular show “Speak Up"  on Sky Channel 083 FACE TV.  Tune in to “Speak up" on Thursday’s at 8pm.

 





Upcoming Lodge Events




Unity Lodge No. 271 1000th meeting: District Grand Masters’ Canterbury District Lodge Visit:

To the Masters and Brethren of the Canterbury District No. 25,

 

District Grand Masters’ Canterbury District Lodge Visit

 

To the Masters and Brethren of the Canterbury District No. 25 and all other Masters and Brethren of the other sister constitution lodges who meet in the greater Canterbury area,

 

District Grand Masters’ Canterbury District Lodge Visit

 

On behalf of VW Bro. DN McCliskie and myself we wish to thank the brethren and Masters who attended this months combined District visit to The Canterbury Kilwinning Lodge No. 23 where we were treated to a wonderful 2nd degree ceremony preformed in the very unique way that CK23 carries this out.

 

We now extend a cordial invitation to all Masters, Brethren and in particular any Entered Apprentice Freemasons to accompany us when we attend our fifth combined District visit.  This month we will be visiting the Unity Lodge No. 271 on the occasion of their 1000th meeting which will be held at the Riccarton Freemasons Centre on Tuesday 25th June 2019.  The work of the evening will be a double 1st degree, which will be a very special degree for the two brethren being initiated together.

 

Please note that as visitors we will be received at 8pm.

 

For those brethren who have yet to attended one of these special combined visits, the intention is to have all the brethren of our new Canterbury District meet and spend more time together forming bonds of brotherhood across our District.  As District Grand Masters we will not be received by the lodge officially, but instead we will enter the lodge along with as many brethren of our District, united as various brethren of the Canterbury District No.25.

 

To assist the Unity Lodge with catering for the evening, we ask that you acknowledge your intention to attend on the evening or otherwise to VW Bro. McCliskie  via email on:   DistGM.Dist26@freemasonsnz.org

 

We look forward to as many of you as possible joining us, on what will be another great evening of fellowship and fraternity in our new District.

 

Fraternally,

Marty Gerken & David McCliskie

District Grand Masters – Canterbury District No. 25.




GRAND SCOTTISH CEILIDH

GRAND  SCOTTISH  CEILIDH

An Evening of Scottish Entertainment & Dancing

Music by:  KRAKKAJACK

   Pipers & Highland Dancing  

Scottish Vocalists

Address to the Haggis

Everyone Welcome  -  Dress Highland or Casual

Supper Provided  -  BYO Refreshments

Venue:  SHIRLEY  FREEMASONS'  CENTRE

Date:  SATURDAY  6th  JULY  2019

Time:  7.30pm.

Tickets: $25.00 per person are available from:

Jim Gilmour 0210 724 607  |  Ross Cornish 03 329 9771

    Paddy Meldrum 021 358 187  |  Alvyn Finlayson 0273 393 170

         Kevin Down 0272 994 778  |  Gerald Robertson 0211 704 179

Proceeds to Crohns & Colitis Association.




Netball car parking update: 4 May 2019

Metball carparking update 18 May 2019:

 

Another excellent day at the car park, with takings of $1,261.40 this will be banked tomorrow. Great support from United Forces and Masters & Past Masters today.

 

Total takings after 4 weeks of $5,788.

We have sold 80 season passes and have now closed off the season pass.

 

Netball carparking update; 11 May 2019

 

On saturday 11 May we collected $1546.00, which means we have collected $4517 so far.

 

Netball car parking update 4/5/2019

 

On Saturday 4 May 2019, we collected $2,000.00

 

Netball car parking update:  28/4/2019

 

This week, Doric Brighton and The Crown Lodge assisted with week 1 of the Netball Car parking.

 

As it was the first week of the season, the junior teams were not playing, so it was slow to medium. We have taken the initiative this year and started selling Season Passes, so this helped our first weeks takings.

 

Total for week 1: $960.70

 

(This includes $450 worth of Season Passes ie 15 passes x $30.)




Charity Fundraiser - Netball Parking

District 25 - Hazelden Business Park Car Park / Netball Parking

Project: The District is raising funds by providing car parking at the Hazelden Business Park Car Park on Saturdays during the netball season. To make the event successful, the project requires 4 people in the morning and 4 in the early afternoon to man the gates and direct traffic.

Location: 14 Hazeldean Road, Addington. It’s off Lincoln Road, not far from the Hagley netball courts.

Roster: The District Grandmasters are supportive of a Roster system and based on the netball season, each Lodge is requested to complete the roster spot or spots. This spreads the load and provides the opportunity for all to participate.

The Cause: Last season we managed to raise funds and with the support of The Freemasons Charity, and the Canterbury Masonic Charitable Trust, we were able to donate over $40,000 back into the Christchurch community. We are now looking for new causes to support.

Organiser: W.Bro Dai Eveleigh is organizing the event and Lodges are requested to make contact with the names of volunteers (and phone numbers in case of bad weather or cancellation). Please contact Dai on 0220200750 or dai.eve@gmail.com

 

ROSTER:

Date

8.30am – 11.30am

11.30am – 2.30pm

27th April

Doric Brighton

Crown

4th May

Avon Shirley

Pegasus Daylight

11th May

Concord

Idris

18th May

United Forces

Phoenix

25th May

Takahe

Masters & Past Masters

1 June

No Play

No Play

8th June

Unity

Lincoln

15th June

Canterbury Kilwinning

Southern Cross

22 June

Unanimity Sumner

Crown

29 June

Endeavour

Progress

6 July

Doric Brighton

Tawera

13 July

No Play

No Play

20 July

Idris

Avon Shirley

27 July

Pegasus Daylight

Ashley

3 Aug

Concord

Unity

10 Aug

Masters & Past Masters

United Forces

17 Aug

Lincoln

Unanimity Sumner

               




The Master Masons Education Programme

The Master Masons Education Programme

 

The following programme is provided by the Masters’ & Past Masters’ Lodge No 130 for the education of the brethren in the Canterbury District.

 

Each session is held on the first Monday of the month from March to October, at the Shirley Freemasons Centre starting at 7.30pm.  Brethren will be reminded of the session by email the night before.

 

4th March                           John Worsfold - Protocols, Regalia and Research Lodges.

 

1st April                              Neville Patrick – Structure of the Lodge, Roles of the Officers

 

6th May                              Marty Gerken – Expectations of the Craft (a) of the new Master

Mason to the Craft and his Lodge and (b) from the Lodge to the

new Master Mason.

 

3rd June                              Stan Barker – Laws & Regulations, Book of Constitution,

Differences between Lodges and Constitutions.

 

1st July                                Graham Wrigley – Structure of Grand Lodge, Benevolence.

 

5th August                          Terry Carrell – Extended questions of the three Degrees, Tracing Boards.

 

2nd September                  Bob Wright – Appendant Degrees and Orders

 

7th October                        Callum MacLeod – Ritual Presentation and Refectory Speeches

 

Please note that it is advised, but not a requirement for attendance every month.  Brethren are able to attend these education sessions over a period of 1 or more years, so that they are able to gain access to all the topics of education.  This also allows for any master mason to begin to attend sessions as soon as he has been raised to the third degree.

 

Any master mason wishing to attend the “Master Masons Education Programme”, can register their interest with their lodge secretary or directly to RW Bro. J F Worsfold at the following email address or phone:

 

sue.john.worsfold@xtra.co.nz   or   Phone: 03 338 4953

 

Comments from previous attendees:

 “I took part in what I think was the first Master Mason's Education Programme.

Looking back, I recall feeling a sense of anticipation about attending the sessions.  I found myself mixing with my peers, outside of the normal lodge situation, and I got to know several of whom are still in the Craft today.  More importantly, I found the content interesting and illuminating, and I credit that programme with helping to kick-start my masonic career (along with the training I received in my own Lodge).  I think that the combination of the two prepared me to take office earlier than I might have been able to do, had I relied solely on my training from my own lodge.  I would still have taken office, but I would not have felt so capable and I might not have been so well prepared had I not attended this programme.

 

Do I remember every session and everything I learned?  No.  But I remember many things that have stood me in good stead; saluting in ritual, protocol, ranks and where they fit, how to Prove a visitor and how to prepare myself to be proved, etc.

I would recommend every Master Mason to attend as many of these sessions as possible”.

W Bro Dennis Lyons

 

“Looking at the areas covered by this programme, it is easy to see that the course gives a well-rounded insight into all aspects of the Craft.

 

I found the programme to be well planned and professionally executed, with the content covering a very broad spectrum of masonic knowledge within a short timeframe.

 

The guest speakers on each lecture are well chosen and offer a great depth of experience and insight.  The existence of this programme is also well advertised, so no master mason should miss the opportunity to attend”.

W Bro Sam Rowntree

 





Recent Lodge Events




The Pegasus Daylight Lodge No 450 assists The Christchurch YWCA Women’s Refuge

 

Further to the article in March NZ Freemason magazine (issue 1 Vol 47), The Pegasus Daylight Lodge No 450 (Daylight Gold The Lodge for The Old & Bold) has come to the party and further assisted The Christchurch YWCA Women’s Refuge.

 

W Bro Malcolm Johnson and his wife Margaret recalled their childhood days racing home-made carts, and after Malcolm had successfully prototyped a couple for his grandchildren, he decided to create 2 more for the refuge by recycling golf trundlers and an office chair.

 

These were presented to Karen Baas of the YWCA at Pegasus Daylights May Regular Meeting, where 40 brethren and wives were present.

 

Karen told us of the joy these simple fun contraptions would bring, and how many of the children residents never had a birthday party or knew what Christmas presents were. Due to health and safety regulations parents will be involved when the carts are in use, which will involve them and create more fun in an environment none chose to end up in. Another great community involvement whilst Speaking Up for Freemasonry.

 

2 carts

 

W Bro Jimmy Anderson (80+) & RW Bro ACH Fussell PGW (70+) testing a cart 

 

Karen Baas YWCA, Malcolm & Margaret Johnson [Cart Creators]




Freemasons Marching Proud on Anzac Day

 

Freemasons Marching Proud on Anzac Day

As part of the Speak Up for Freemasonry campaign, for the first time in living memory, Freemasons of the Canterbury District were granted permission to parade through the streets of Rangiora wearing their masonic aprons. Hosted by The Ashley Lodge, members from across the District [which included all of the other constitutions] gathered at the Rangiora RSA on ANZAC Day.

With the time approached eleven o’clock we line up in rank and file behind a Masonic flag. Being particularly carful to step of with the left foot, and with military precision, the large group of members marched proudly through the town. As Freemasons made up a significant percentage of the parade we really made a large impact in the public eye as part of the Anzac ceremony.

The wreath part, which consisted of two sitting Masters, moved forward presenting a Freemasons New Zealand wreath to a cadet at the cenotaph, then stood heads bowed in the sign of fidelity in respect for those brothers who had sacrificed so much. With the last post sounded and the national anthems sang it was time for the parade to march back to the RSA.

It was satisfying to be approached by several council members as well as members of the general public who wanting to express their feelings, that it was great to see that Freemasonry being part of the parade. They were impressed that Freemasonry had evolved over the past few years from an organisation shrouded in mystery, to an outspoken intuition which is a proud part of the community.  

It is hoped that our participation in this event will be repeated for many years to come, to show that as Freemasons we will never not forget the sacrifice made by so many in times of need.

“Lest we forget”




ANZAC Day Parade

W Bro S. Rowntree and W Bro G Ridell with the wreath, prior to seting off

Forming up to march.

Our Flag-bearer

W Bro G Ridell and W Bro S. Rowntree, after laying the wreath




Southern Divisional Conference 2019 Heartland Bank Award

Andrew Wilson, from Heartland Bank, presnting the scholarship award 

 




Southern Divisional Conference 2019

VW Bro J Elston, Div G Alm 




United Forces ANZAC service

Mr Colin Averill, son of 2nd Lieutenant Leslie Cecil Lloyd Averill MC.

RW Bro N. F. Patrick, OSM,  P Dep GM, Master of United Forces Lodge, No. 245

 

 




Message of Fraternity to the Brethren of The Canterbury District No.25

To: Marty Gerken <DistGM.Dist25@freemasonsnz.org>

Subject: Christchurch

 

Morning from the UK Marty,

 

Just a quick message, hoping that you and the Canterbury Brethren and their loved ones are all safe after today’s atrocities in Christchurch.

 

Sincerely & Fraternally,

 

Pete

W Bro. Peter Anderson




Dedication of the new Woolston Lodge Rooms

Greetings from our Southern Divisional Grand Master:

 To the Brethren that took part in the Dedication Ceremony of the new Woolston Lodge Rooms on Saturday 19th January 2019, may I thank you for your participation and being there on the day.

 

The reaction from New Zealand resulting from the TV presentation has been overwhelming and humbling as it continues to put Freemasonry and our efforts out there for the world to see and appreciate

 

This was not a one man performance but you all contributed to the success and so you can all be proud of the impact it has had in “Speaking Up” for Freemasonry.

 

 

The TV link is:

 

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/exclusive-look-newly-opened-freemasons-lodge-in-christchurch?auto=5991298303001&variant=tb_v_2

 

So let us all build on this success as we continue to progress and “Prosper the Craft” through communication and speaking up.

 

To you all and to the Master and brethren of The Canterbury Kilwinning Lodge No 23, I wish you all well.  A job well done.

 

Fraternal and kind regards

 

Rob Angelo

Divisional Grand Master

Southern

 

Email:  divgm.southern@freemasonsnz.org

 

One Island – One Division – One Team

 





Latest Charity Projects and Events




Richard Baldwin Empty Stocking Fund - How the Money is Spent

Richard Baldwin Empty Stocking Fund - How the money is spent.

 

 

For many years I have been querying how the money collected annually for this charity is actually spent and understand that the last two years a donation has been made to Pillars a charity supporting the children of those incarcerated and has been well received by a worthy cause.

 

This year we are assisting the Christchurch Y.W.C.A Womens Refuge in Hereford Street which until recently I knew very little about.  We had a working bee there recently and over a cuppa discovered the wonderful work of this organisation in assisting women with a “Hand Up” in life.  These women and their children have suffered in many ways and are at a very low point in their lives.

 

I appealed to lodges for unused toys suitable for reuse here and whilst delivering a bundle put foot in mouth and got volunteered to be Santa at their Christmas luncheon today.  Wow!!!  I later discovered our donation purchased all the children a gift as well as the parent which included a $50.00 Warehouse voucher.  Santa duly made his grand entrance and the children (from babes in arms to 8 year olds male & female were awe struck.  The looks on their faces said it all.

 

A little humour and some Christmas Carols and songs made laughter and simple fun enjoyed by all.  Not one child needed prompting to thank Santa. The women were overcome with pleasure and some I am sure smiled and laughed for the first time in a while. After Santa had disappeared and Gerald reappeared, a young lass came up to me with a pack of chocolates and said “I think you were Santa Claus Mr and this is to thank you” I felt most humbled.  A 3 year old received gumboots and when he excitedly pointed this out, we burst into song singing Fred Dagg’s gumboot song.

 

This experience really made me appreciate our own children and grandchildren.  Please give yours and their Mum an extra hug and feel proud of being able to love your own and bring a little ray of happiness to someone not as well off as you this Christmas, by your small donation to The Richard Baldwin Empty Stocking fund, assisted by the Canterbury Almoners Association.

 

My only regret is there were no photo’s for security reasons. What sort of world do we really live in?

 

V W Bro Gerald F. Robertson GDC




Charity Projects supported by our Netball Car Parking Project:

Charity Projects supported by our Netball Car Parking Project: 

Greetings Brethren, to keep you informed our District Charity projects, the following is a sample of some of the charitable causes supported by way of the funds raised from the Netball car parking and also utilising the Grand Masters District Charity support fund.

•         Big Brothers Big Sisters – One on one mentoring for children identified as in need.  Funding to assist with activities during the year.  Total of $5,000 in conjunction with the Canterbury Masonic Charitable Trust.

•         Cancer Society Christchurch – Funding of meals for cancer patients living at home and petrol vouchers for volunteer drivers.  In partnership with The Widows Sons motorcycle group and The Freemasons Charity.  Total $6,000

•         YWCA – Transitional accommodation for women and children. Funding for a new washing machine and dryer to assist the residents.  Total $3,631.  Supported by the Freemasons Charity.

•         Womens Refuge – Assistance to purchase emergency alarm bracelets.  Total $1,455 supported by The Freemasons Charity (application pending).

Total funds donated to date March 2019:  $40,402 

It is expected that the District can support another 2 to 3 projects in the coming months before the netball car parking funds are exhausted.  If you have a cause to support, please contact  W Bro. Dai Eveleigh,  RW Bro. Bob Wright  or  W Bro. Graeme Wakelin to discuss.




PAST CHARITY PROJECTS & EVENTS
The Masonic Lodge's “Spud in a Bag for Charity” Potato Growing Challenge 2018

The official potato Weigh-in & BBQ was held

on Sunday 2rd December 2018 at the Shirley Freemasons Centre

And the Winners are???

LARGEST INDIVIDUAL CROP @ 2.185kg - W Bro. Ted van der bel - Southern Cross Lodge No.6

LODGE WITH LARGEST TOTAL CROP @ 6.6kg - Brethren of The Southern Cross Lodge No.6

 

We trust that the real winners in this are the individuals and families in need, who are assisted by our chosen Charity - "City Harvest Food Rescue".

To the masters and brethren of the participating District lodges along with our English counterparts of the Conyers Lodge and a large team of 130 "Sparkie Spudsters" from Spark, under the guidance of W Bro Frans Van Zoggle, thank you all for your efforts.  We've had some fun and laughs and at the same time donated 168kg's of new potatoes and handed over cash in excess of $1350.00 for John and Jan's team of volunteers at

 "City Harvest Food Rescue".

 Well done to all who took part!

 

To the 70 or so brethren, partners and families who joined in the celebratory social hour and BBQ lunch held at the completion of the official weigh in, thank you and I trust you all enjoyed your time together.

By the sound of some of the discussions I heard on Sunday during our BBQ lunch, there are some brethren who are already planning their next years challenge, to try better their efforts of this year.

Maybe as suggested, we will look to run this event next again year, but target a later dig date of February 2020 for the weigh-in to try to avoid the overly busy period before Christmas.

Our fraternal thank you,

Marty Gerken & Dave McCliskie

Disrtict Grand Masters of the new Canterbury District No.25

 





Articles of interest from our members




TRUE REFLECTIONS - By W Bro. Sam Rowntree

 

True Reflections- W Bro. Sam Rowntree

 

How do we gauge the strength of our organisation and indeed our lodges themselves?  Looking at freemasonry as a whole, it is great to see that a combination of inspired leadership and new initiations our membership is gaining strength.  But are the numbers on the role a true reflection of the strength of an organisation?

 

I suggest that the numbers held within the lodge attendance register are a better and true representation as to the health of the lodge.  Only by looking at the membership in attendance combined with the number of visitors can we really see the truth.

 

During my visits I have come to realise that most lodges have a far greatest membership than there are brethren in attendance.  It is not uncommon for lodges which show membership of 30-40 on the books, to see only half that number as active members, some may even struggle to fill the officer’s positions for their regular meetings.  It is not unheard of for some lodges to have to call on the help of others outside of their lodge to enable them to perform simple workings.  Whilst this is great to see the bonds of support between the relevant lodges, it is a sad reflection as to the true state of the individual lodge concerned.

 

Yes, there may be members that have moved away and yet still cherish the connection to their mother lodge that continued membership can provide.  Some members may not be able to attend due to sickness (themselves or a family member), or old age may have simply caught up with them.  However, this only accounts for a certain percentage.  The simple fact is that we have members within our organisation who simply don’t attend and their reasons may vary, from lack of transport or a personal disagreement which happened so long ago that no-one can remember what it was about.

 

So, how do we reconnect with these brethren?  It’s all too easy to say it’s the Master responsibility or the Almoner job to contact these lost brethren.  But it’s not, it’s the responsibility of all of us.  It may take no more than a simple phone call to rekindle the connection and spark the interest, an extra three minute drive on the way to the lodge to pick someone up.  The Lodge secretaries could simply send out a contact list to all of the members, if there is a brother that you haven’t seen for a while, why not give them a call. You could even just contact the brother below you on the list, whether they regularly attendees or not (even if you don’t know them particularly well), what better way to strengthen the bonds of fellowship.

 

How do we limit the loss in the future?  We need to build the bonds of fellowship beyond the walls of the lodge, develop and promote teamwork within the lodge, encourage happy banter in the refectory (fun and enjoyment without poor jokes), make the effort to partake of Lodge socials functions, working bees and charity events.  The more you put in, the more you will gain from this wonderful organisation.

 

As we move forward into a new era, we must build and strengthen the bonds of friendship and fellowship, which “since time immemorial”, has been the cement which binds us together.




THE STORM

The Storm -  by W Bro. Warren Duff

Whilst this winter has not been as severe as others, I have recently experienced a hard frost that brought back to me a story that my mother told many years ago.  Her father, my maternal Grandfather was a Freemason at the St Bathans Lodge Central Otago.

The winter of 1920, I was told, was especially severe in Central Otago, moreover the tiny settlement of Drybread did not escape the heavy fall of snow and the eventual ice cap.  It was in these conditions that twin boys were born, premature.

  The house had no heating other than what was provided by the ubiquitous Shacklock Orion  coal range.  The mid-wife knew the premature babies would not survive unless they had constant and steady supply of warmth.

 

She saw the coal range as their incubator, there was nothing else; they would surely die in the extreme cold.  The mid-wife suggested they be placed in the coal range oven. 

 

 

This would require constant monitoring of the heat 24 hours per day, and that demanded responsibility.  Plenty of people to make it happen.

My Grandfather being a neighbour heard of the manpower plight and quickly put in train a roster of Freemasons, their wives and neighbours who all joined in the monitoring of the babies 24 hours per day.  I was told many walked many miles across the snow to the homestead to perform this life saving act.

The baby’s survived and grew into strong men surviving well into their 80’s.  I have actually met them.  It is a wonderful story of human endurance, of survival, of community spirit and neighbours being neighbourly and the local Lodge being seen to expose their tenet of service.

Following a storm in Auckland several months ago, the news covering the event caused me to shake my head as the TV interviewer asked a lady beside her badly damaged home.  “How did she manage to get along without power for 48 hours?  Yes two days without power.  The lady smiled and told the interviewer that she was a country girl and knew how to survive.  She knew how to cook a meal and live until the cavalry arrived.  That flick of spirit confused the TV interviewer who simply could not continue with any further questions.  She was knocked off her perch with the simplest of replies.  Adversity was a challenge not a problem so what if she did not have power, “there were others worse off.” Came the reply.

Today we have a large number of agencies established to assist those in need.  One of them is the benevolence of a Freemasons’ Lodge.  The trouble as I see it, few people know of its existence unless they are introduced to the convenor.  We seem to miss out on all media coverage, never mentioned not even in dispatches.

Perhaps the Speak Up Campaign will tell people who we are and put our name in the forefront of the their mind and make a call on us. But in saying this as Freemasons we need to be aware of situations that require our aid then, maybe, just maybe; we are worthy of comment.

That is when the meek, and unprotected require sustenance, succours and financial help then it will it become our finest hour.




MANY FLAGS UNDER ONE BANNER & A DAILY ADVANCEMENT

Képtalálat a következőre: „scottish flag”Képtalálat a következőre: „new zealand flags”Képtalálat a következőre: „british flags”Képtalálat a következőre: „irish flag”

 

Many flags under one banner

Here in New Zealand we have a unique situation where we find that, not only do we share our districts, but in many cases we share our towns with other masonic constitutions. When the home of The Ashley lodge was destroyed in the Christchurch earthquakes little would we know that it would create an opportunity to develop a strong and lasting relationship with our brothers in The Amberley Lodge (English constitution)! This relationship has grown far beyond the simple use of their lodge building, we now share social functions on a regular basis, we have a joint church service once a year, and we have even used members of their lodge to provide catering and stewards for our installations.

 

With our eyes now open to the larger masonic family that our brother in the sister constitutions can provide, we have established relationships with the other constitutions within the Canterbury area. These regular visits and joint support has seen benefits in many different aspects of masonic life and have strengthened the craft in general across the Canterbury district. The recent ANZAC parade in Rangiora showed the strength of our masonic organisation within the town, when four different lodges from two districts and two constitutions assembled and marched together under a single Masonic flag. The variation in ritual and the different styles of regalia and dress make each visit a voyage of discovery. Being present at the English Tercentenary ceremony and subsequent banquet was one of last year’s highlights, “it’s just a shame that I will be a little over two hundred years of age by the time New Zealand Grand Lodge has the opportunity to reciprocate”.

 

In these days were membership is relatively low across freemasonry, I am reminded of that old proverb;  "That a single stick may break easily, but by gathering many together, it has a strength greater than the whole".  We should endeavour to embrace the opportunity to establish connections with both the blue lodges and red lodges from the other constitutions.  Together we can forge a strong and positive future for freemasonry here in New Zealand.

 

A Daily Advancement: - reproduced here by permission of Lodge Doric Brighton No. 236.

"APRON"

 The words of men, like all their possessions and activities, are subject to accident.  This word came into existence as the result of that type of verbal accident which etymologists call elision, which means the dropping out of something.  For centuries the word napron meant a white square of cloth, and from that term came such others as napery, napkin, and map; the phrase “a napron” was used so frequently that at last, and through elision, this became changed into the more easily pronounced “an apron,” and afterwards the “an” was dropped.

The Operative Mason’s apron was made of leather, and was designed to receive hard wear (usually it hung from his neck to his ankles); why was it then that a Speculative candidate is given a white apron?  When William Preston wrote his monitorial lecture he acted on the assumption that the colour symbolized innocence.  Historians of the Craft would not quarrel with Preston, but they might add the comment that it is white in the same sense that a sheet of paper is white before a writer begins to set down words upon it; which would mean, that it is white because he is a beginner.

 




A TOKEN SYMBOL

A Token Symbol

offered for consideration and discussion,

by W Bro. Sam Rowntree  - PM Ashley Lodge No. 28.

 

Képtalálat a következőre: „masonic pins”                           Képtalálat a következőre: „masonic pins”                            Képtalálat a következőre: „masonic pins”

 

The symbols that are associated with Freemasonry are known across the globe;  They have been used by Hollywood and countless authors to sell their films and books, but how often are these same symbols used by us individually to promote freemasonry here in New Zealand.  How many members wear a masonic symbol on a regular basis?  A couple of people may wear a masonic ring, there may even be the odd embroidered jumper out there, but are we utilising symbolism to its full potential?  Just imagine if every freemason used a masonic emblem of some description to advertise more often?

 

It could be as simple as a masonic pin on your collar.  There are numerous versions of pins and badges on the market (most of them seem to originate from the USA), they come in all shapes and sizes and use various materials.  The history of pins dates back almost as long as the craft itself. During the second world war, freemasons within occupied Europe would wear the forget-me-not pin (allegedly Hilter’s favourite Flower), to secretly show that they were members of the craft, this in a time were membership of Freemasonry meant certain imprisonment and possibly death.  The broken pillar pin is traditionally given to the widow of a lodge so that they may be recognised as such.

 

Pins cost as little as $5 to $10, this has to be the simplest and most cost effective way to heighten the profile of Freemasonry within New Zealand.  When people recognise that you are wearing a masonic symbol their reactions can be mixed, but this is a perfect opportunity to educate the misinformed and to provoke a conversation with the curious.  There may well be times that you are approached by someone who you have known for some time and yet neither had any idea that you were both members of the craft.  So many times I hear that “oh that’s a freemason pin isn’t it, my father (or my grandfather) was a member of that”;  In this situation you might ask a simple question like ‘have you not thought of becoming a member yourself’?

 

You will be surprised by the number of people who notice that you are proudly wearing a masonic emblem and we should be proud.  It may be a small display, but it can make a big difference in promoting the Craft.

 

I invite you to make wearing a masonic pin part of your normal public routine and so be proud to "Speak up for Freemasonry".

 

 





Freemasonry on TV




Freemasonry in New Zealand: On TV

 

 

Freemasonry in New Zealand: On TV

 

Did you know that Freemasonry in New Zealand now has a regular show  "Speak Up"  on Sky Channel 083 FACE TV?

We do  -  and you can tune in to  "Speak up"  on  Thursday's  at  8pm.

Don’t have SKY?  Don’t panic  -  you can still view the programme using the “on demand” facility at www.facetv.co.nz   Be sure to tune in and enjoy this wonderful opportunity.

 

Speakup Weekly Interviews if you have missed a "Speak Up" programme and would like to view it, just click on the links listed below:

Episode 5 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-c9Xt52zcg&feature=youtu.be

Episode 4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzG_GnbGH04

Episode 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE-cRpe9WpI&feature=youtu.be

Episode 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33bG7BDSqE4

Episode 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl6SGVgu5BY&t=2s

 




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