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PEGASUS PAGE- WHAT'S ON IN YOUR DISTRICT?

THIS POPPY NEEDS YOU! - Request for assistance from our brethren.

 

LATEST DISTRICT CHARITY PROJECTS & EVENTS:

Alpine Scooter Safari 2018.

A personal message from our Divisional Grand Master RW Bro. R M Angelo & how do I make a donation.

 

IMPORTANT DISTRICT REFERENCES:

The Pegasus Page Content Manager & Pegasus District Communications Officer.

How to apply for funding from the Canterbury Masonic Charitable Trust - Three (3) easy steps.

 

PAST LODGE & DISTRICT CHARITY PROJECTS & EVENTS - 2017:

Christmas Dinner Cheer from Lodge Takahe, The Freemasons Charity and City Harvest.

Update on the Spud in a Bag for Charity Challenge.

"Spud in a Bag for Charity Challenge" - The Winners are?

 

PAST LODGE & DISTRICT EVENTS - 2017:

ANZAC Commemoration Service - United Forces Lodge No.245 - 10th April 2018

Lodge Doric Brighton No. 236 - CHRISTMAS THANKSGIVING SERVICE & LUNCHEON - December 2017.

Three Lodges for a 3rd Degree.

W Bro M Luxon, Master of the Avon Shirley Lodge.

Grand Master MW Bro. Mark Winger's Visit to the Avon Shirley Installation.

W Bro McGahey's 50 Year Service Badge presentation.

 

DEPARTED MERIT:

Passing of W Bro. S G Hunter McGahey - PGIG.

Passing of RW Bro B A Goodman - Past Divisional Grand Master.

Passing of W Bro. Bevan W Olsen - P G Swd B.

 




This Poppy Needs You!!

Képtalálat a következőre: „rsa poppy image”

 

Brethren, this poppy needs you!

In all areas across New Zealand, RSA’s are in need of your help!

Our two organisation have so much in common and as illustrated in the latest Freemason Magazine, we are forging links to bring us even closer together.

What is needed, is an army of willing volunteers to sell poppies on RSA's behalf.

This is a great opportunity for us as Freemasons, to show that we are an important part of the fabric that makes up our communities, that we are willing to stand up and be counted when needed.

Brethren, if you have a spare hour or so, please contact your local RSA and offer your assistance and service.

Thank you for your time!”

 

Képtalálat a következőre: „masonic poppy images”




Pegasus Corner - What's been happening in the District?

Lodge Idris No.452 - Wednesday 22nd November 2017

An alternative 3rd Degree for Lodge Idris Brother Johnny Hughes was ably assisted by Brethren of Lodge Takahe No.397.  Congratulations Bro. Hughes we look forward to your progress in the craft.

 

Lodge Takahe No.397 - Tuesday 21st November 2017

W Bro. J A Barlass (Jack) was presented with his 50 year service badge by the District Grand Master of the Pegasus District V W Bro. A M Gerken, on the evening of Lodge Takahe No.397 last regular meeting.  Jack received his 50 year service badge on the anniversary date of his being initiated into Lodge Takahe 50 years ago on the 21st November 1967.

 

Lodge Takahe members were not only privileged but were very happy to share this special evening with 15 members of W Bro. Barlass’s immediate family, who of course could not fail to be interested in the organisation that has been so important to Jack, that it has been such an integral part of his life for 50 years.  Congratulations Jack!

 

 




LATEST DISTRICT CHARITY PROJECTS & EVENTS:

Alpine Scooter Safari - 19th May 2018

You’re not here to enjoy yourself, you know!

A Freemason Team made up from the members of the Widow Sons (The Freemason Motorcycle Association) and guests from four different districts (including two divisional Grand Masters) will be taking part in this year’s Alpine Scooter Safari. The Scooter Safari is a charity event involving motorised Scooters riding 250kms Coast-to-Coast, up and over the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Hokitika to raise funds for the New Zealand Cancer Society. 

When is the Ride: May 19th 2018

It's not a race or for the faint hearted – The event is designed to be the coldest, longest, hardest, most gruelling and uncomfortable test of endurance (on a scooter) in New Zealand.

Why do we do it?

The event was started back in 2009 which saw 32 riders and raised $14,000 in donations for the Cancer Society. Since then the event has grown with over 250 scooters now taking part and to date it has raised just over $789,000. The 2018 ride will be the 6th event, where it hopes to reach the 1-Million dollar mark.

All money raised goes towards vital scientific research into the causes and treatment of all types of cancer, as well as providing health promotion and education programmes to reduce cancer risk, awareness campaigns and support and information services for people affected by cancer.

What we need is your help!

We would like to be able to make a sizable donation on behalf of New Zealand Freemasonry that will really make a difference in the fight against this terrible disease. If you would like to sponsor our efforts as a Lodge or as individuals any contribution would be gratefully accepted.

Any Donations/Sponsorship can be paid into the Widows Sons Charity Account BNZ 02-0876-0001948-003

We will be riding 50cc scooters with an average speed of 30kms per hour on the open road. The purpose of the ride is to endure some hardship in support of those living with cancer. We hope that an 8+hour journey on a 50cc scooter traversing the Southern Alps in the middle of winter is worthy of your sponsorship.

For further information please visit the Safari website at www.scootersafari.co.nz

Or Contact me at samrowntree42@hotmail.com

 

A personal message from our Divisional Grand Master RW Bro. R M Angelo:

Greetings to all Brethren & families,

As many of you know my wife has been unfortunate to be afflicted with a brain tumour.  She had an operation in October 2016 and subsequent radiation and chemo treatment which has to date maintained her life.  But with all such conditions, you never quite know what or how the outcome will emerge.

Therese is not the only one that has suffered from this medical issue and one of the things that I have realised when we make the monthly visit to the hospital to see the oncologist, is the line up of patients.  Not all for a brain tumour, but one of the many other forms of cancer that can invade the body.

From the very first diagnosis, the Cancer Society were there to give us support, help or just provide a kind word to guide us through the issues and when one sees the number of people that they help, their commitment is enormous.

As you also know, I enjoy a ride on a motorcycle and when I saw the “Scooter Safari 2018” project to support the Cancer Society, I just had to be in.  Not for the ride, but to be able to raise funds for a Society that helps so many people.

I provide this heartfelt message and ask that you consider supporting me or others taking part in the quest to raise a little for the Society through sponsoring our ride.  A ride from Christchurch to Hokitika on a scooter.  Yes, after 240 kms our backsides will be sore, but we trust it will be well worth the effort.

I will be riding with others from the “Widows Sons” our Freemason motorcycle group, and this is one of our projects to raise funds for others in distress.  I look forward to your support and help.

Kind & fraternal regards,

Rob Angelo

To donate to this cause, Rob's webpage is at:

https://scootersafari2018.everydayhero.com/nz/rob

Others taking part in this charity ride may have their webpage links listed, by emailing ithe link to the District Grand Master on:

distgm/dist25@freemasonsnz.org

 




IMPORTANT DISTRICT REFERENCES:

The new Pegasus District Communications Officer:

 Fraternal greetings brethren, I am Bro Zachary Renholder from The Crown Lodge No.138, if  you  don’t recognise me it’s probably because I am missing about 3 pounds of black dreadlocks!

 The Very Worshipful District Grand Master has asked me to be the Communications Officer and Content Manager for the Pegasus District web page on the Southern Division website.

I am a very active member of my lodge and love every aspect of Freemasonry. I am currently the Senior Warden of my lodge gearing to go up to Master in the next term of office... so things are starting to get a bit serious. I am also a trustee of the Canterbury Masonic Charitable Trust and over the last few years have enjoyed helping to make a difference in the community and getting to know as many of you as I can better.  Aside from Freemasonry I am a musician and artist, I trained as a graphic designer and am currently finishing off my master’s thesis in sociology at the University of Canterbury.  I have a young son and fiancé and enjoy spearfishing, bowhunting, and anything outdoors.

I will be working on making the District’s web presence a bit more interesting and trying to reach out to learn and share more about the interesting lives of our brethren, so if you think you or someone else in your lodge has an interesting story to share or any news or an event coming up please let me know.

I can be contacted at the email address azrenholder@gmail.com and look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks, Bro A Z Renholder

 

Welcome Bro. Renholder and thank you for taking up this most important communications task for our Pegasus District.  Brethren I ask that each and every one of you support Bro. Renholder in his role as Communications Officer and assist him in carrying out his important task by providing news, photos and videos of the latest happenings in your own Lodge to him, for consideration for publication, so that all of the brethren can be kept fully informed of what is happening in their District.

Fratenally, Marty Gerken, District Grand Master.

 

 

How to apply for funding from the Canterbury Masonic Charitable Trust in three (3) easy steps:

Brethren, have ever wondered how to apply for funding from the Canterbury Masonic Charitable Trust?  Here's how in 3 easy steps:

1. Email cmct.christchurch@gmail.com for the application form.

Complete the application form with as much information as possible. Remember to tell a story about the project, provide information about the organisation, who will benefit and why it will be of assistance.  You should include other additional information about the organisation, (eg. you may be able to cut and paste from their website).

 

2. Obtain two (2) quotes for the items that you want to fund.

This is important and shows that the price is fair and reasonable.

 

3. Provide the application form, the quotes and any additional supporting information to the Secretary of CMCT for submission to the trust.

 

If in doubt or need assistance, discuss it with your District Almoner or contact the Canterbury Masonic Charitable Trust secretary on Phones:  03 351 1404  or  0212 102 917.

Yours fraternally

W. Bro Dai Eveleigh

Trust Chairman




PAST LODGE & DISTRICT EVENTS - 2017:

Lodge Idris No.452 - Wednesday 22nd November 2017

An alternative 3rd Degree for Lodge Idris Brother Johnny Hughes was ably assisted by Brethren of Lodge Takahe No.397.  Congratulations Bro. Hughes we look forward to your progress in the craft.

 

Lodge Takahe No.397 - Tuesday 21st November 2017

W Bro. J A Barlass (Jack) was presented with his 50 year service badge by the District Grand Master of the Pegasus District V W Bro. A M Gerken, on the evening of Lodge Takahe No.397 last regular meeting.  Jack received his 50 year service badge on the anniversary date of his being initiated into Lodge Takahe 50 years ago on the 21st November 1967.

 

Lodge Takahe members were not only privileged but were very happy to share this special evening with 15 members of W Bro. Barlass’s immediate family, who of course could not fail to be interested in the organisation that has been so important to Jack, that it has been such an integral part of his life for 50 years.  Congratulations Jack!

 




ANZAC Commemoration Service - Tuesday 10th April 2018

The Master of United Forces Lodge No. 245, W Bro. B J O'Neil, has stated that as this year marks 100 years since the end of WW1, it is his intention to have a special photograph taken of all Lodge Master's attending on the evening of this years ANZAC Commemoration Service, to be held as listed in the open invitation below.

Please Note: This service is open to public attendance and the Master of United Forces Lodge No. 245, along with his lodge brethren express their wish to welcome all freemasons, family and friends to attend this very special occasion of commemoration.

 

 




PAST LODGE & DISTRICT CHARITY PROJECTS & EVENTS - 2017

Christmas Dinner Cheer from Lodge Takahe, The Freemasons Charity and City Harvest

This Christmas the brethren of Lodge Takahe No. 397 along with the Freemasons Charity and City Harvest joined forces to help the hungry. Together they provided a Christmas meal to 50 needy families through Christchurch, so that they quality food items to cook in their own homes. Some of the food was collected from South City New World while the other items came from the City Harvest food bank. The packages contained a frozen chicken, stuffing, gravy, Christmas pudding, Lindt chocolates and fudge.

Christmas has come and gone for another year and for many this time of joy and togetherness is often marred by stress and hardship. We have all heard of those heart wrenching stories of parents who want nothing more than to provide their children with a truly magical Christmas. Stories of mothers trying to protect their children from the social stigma of poverty turning to the last bastions of charitable services to ensure that their children don't go without the bare necessities.

In an attempt to provide a little bit of Christmas joy and relief to those most vulnerable in our communities, the Brethren of Lodge Takahe No. 397, with the assistance of The Freemasons Charity, partnered with City Harvest to provide a Christmas meal in the homes of 50 families throughout Christchurch. Working with Janice – from City Harvest –  and the owners of South City New World, we were able to acquire food items that would allow these families to make a Christmas meal in their own homes (e.g. frozen chicken, stuffing, gravy, Christmas pudding etc). Purchased by Lodge Takahe this food was then supplemented with various luxury items (e.g. Lindt chocolates, plunger coffee) that had been collected by City Harvest in the weeks preceding Christmas.

To ensure that these hampers were distributed directly to the homes of those most in need throughout the entire city, the community centres who work closely with City Harvest provided Lodge Takahe with the names of families they serve. Whereby allowing Lodge Takahe to remove ourselves from the process in determining where these hampers would be gifted. This blind charity ensured that the Christmas hampers were to be delivered to those most truly in need. Even before the first of these hampers had been delivered we were already receiving fantastic feedback from the community centres, with one family who we had contacted calling the team at their local community centre to say how grateful she was that we had contacted her and that she “is now able to provide her children with a Christmas meal.”

On what would have been our usual Standing Committee evening the Brethren and wives of Lodge Takahe assembled at the City Harvest premises to pack these food hampers for distribution directly to the recipients during the second week of December. The pure sense of joy and heartfelt gratitude that flooded across the faces of the recipients when we greeted them at their door was truly moving and humbling. It is proof that charity is twice blessed, for I am sure that all those who participated in some act of giving over the holiday season has received some joy from it.

 

 

Update on the Spud in a Bag for Charity Challenge

Those Brethren that took part in, and those who supported it will be pleased to hear that both the potatoes and donation have gone to good homes. As detailed in a letter on behalf of the trustees, staff and volunteers of City Harvest Food Rescue, expressing their sincere thanks, the spuds made their way to those who needed them, and the financial aid has gone into helping keep their van on the road rescuing food and getting it to the needy.

This year they have rescued, sorted and redistributed food to provide in excess of 250,000 meals to the needy and at-risk whanau, individuals and children of Christchurch and reduced Landfill emissions by 48,000kgs!

The support of all those involved is sincerely appreciated and City Harvest Food Rescue hope to be involved with the District again and together fight hunger and food wastage.

 

City Harvest Food Rescue puts surplus food to good use in a sustainable way.

They get quality surplus food safely to the hungry

While too many people - and children in Canterbury go hungry each day, safe, healthy and usable food is being disposed of into our landfills as waste.

 

City Harvest Food Rescue works with food retailers, supermarkets, wholesalers, restaurants, caterers, universities and other food providers to rescue un-sellable but perfectly good food. It is their goal to reduce the negative impacts of food waste on our environment by redistributing excess food; helping to create lasting positive social change by nourishing those in need. And it is not just providing food, it is providing community nourishment.

The food they recycle is diverted from going to landfill where it would release gases toxic to the environment. A major sustainable advantage!

 

To find out more or how you can help go to www.cityharvestnz.org

 

 

The Pegasus District No.25 “Spud in a Bag for Charity”

Potato Growing Challenge.

The official potato Weigh-in & BBQ was held

on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at the Shirley Freemasons Centre

And the Winners are???

LARGEST INDIVIDUAL CROP @ 2.084kg - W Bro. Dale Brown - Southern Cross Lodge No.6

SMALLEST INDIVIDUAL CROP @ 0.027kg - W Bro. Mark Luxon - The Avon Shirley Lodge No.185

LODGE WITH LARGEST TOTAL CROP @ 7.371kg - 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 Pegasus District Charity - "City Harvest Food Rescue".

To the masters and brethren of the participating District lodges, thank you for your efforts.  We've had some fun and laughs and at the same time donated 45kg's of new potatoes and hand over cash in excess of $500.00 for John and Jan's team of volunteers at

 "City Harvest Food Rescue".

 Well done to all who took part!

  

 

To the 40 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 our 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 better their efforts of this year.

Maybe as one brother suggested, Sheep Nuts are just the thing needed for a winning crop!

 

 




DEPARTED MERIT

 

W Bro.  S G H (Hunter) McGahey - PGIG

25th January 1934 - 21st November 2017

May you Rest in Peace Hunter.

 

It is with sadness that we note the passing of or beloved Brother,

Worshipful Brother Samuel George Hunter McGahey - Past Grand Inner Guard,

to the Grand Lodge above, on Tuesday 21st November 2017, aged 83 years.

Dearly loved husband and best friend of Faith for 57 years.

Hunter was initiated into The Crown Lodge No.138 on 7th September 1967,

and Installed as Worshipful Master 7th December 1993.

 

 

Passing of RW Bro B A Goodman - P Div GM

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RW B A Goodman P Div GM

1940-2017

 On behalf of the Divisional Grand Master Southern RW Bro R M Angelo, it is with sadness I report that RW Bro Brian Goodman ID 7335, Past Divisional Grand Master Southern,  after a short illness, passed to the “Grand Lodge Above” on the evening of Sunday 15th October 2017. 

 

 

W Bro. Bevan William Olsen - P G Swd. B

4th July 1929 - 2nd September 2017

Initiated - The Crown Lodge No.138 - 21st January 1954

Master - The Crown Lodge - 5th December 1967, 5th December 2000, 3rd December 2002

Farewell Brother may you R.I.P.




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