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Masonicare February 2014 InTouch
 
  Masonicare   February 2014
InTouch
 
 
 
  Chairman's Message  
 
 

Sincere thanks to all those who contributed to the ongoing Bushfire Appeal launched as a result of the devastating fires in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Southern Highlands, Central Coast and Port Stephens areas.

There has been an overwhelming response to this appeal which demonstrates the positive and significant impact the Freemasons can have in times of need.

It has been suggestion that individual Lodges could assist their local Rural Fire Services by running fundraisers to purchase equipment such as thermal imaging cameras for their local brigades as these are not standard issue equipment.

As the Rural Fire Service is a designate gift recipient it is possible for the Lodges then to approach Masonicare for dollar for dollar funding for these purchases.

I would encourage all Lodges to develop a relationship with their local Rural Fire Service as these volunteers are the ones who protect your lives and property during times of bushfire.

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  Masonicare Bushfire Appeal  
 
 

With thanks and appreciation to the many Masons who recently donated to the Grand Master’s Bushfire Appeal, we are now in the position to purchase a quantity of specialist Thermal Imaging Cameras (TIC) for 5 areas identified by the NSW Rural Fire Services (RFS).The target areas for delivery are those districts affected by the October bushfires being Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Southern Highlands (Wingecarribee and Wollondilly), Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens.

The supplier has worked closely with the RFS to create a 'kit' to meet their operational requirements, the RFS fire fighting teams will receive full training on how to use this equipment, benefits of which include up to 4 hours of recording function, a laser pointer to assist in targeting and 3 modes of search, Fire (fire fighting), Persons (search and rescue) and ThermalScan (searching for hotspots in both structures and in the bush during mop up.)

The Masonicare logo will be proudly displayed on each of the TIC’s as a constant reminder of the most important assistance that your Grand Charity has been able to provide to local communities in their fight against the effects of natural disasters.

Many thanks Masonicare Board.

 
 
 
 
  Masonicare Caring Officers MCO  
 
 

MCO Seminars

Masonicare has assembled a one hour presentation which provides essential guidance for Masonicare Caring Officers. The course material is available from the Masonicare office and can be used by any experienced trainer.  Although some presentations have been held to test and refine the contents, it is now time for the seminars to be rolled out across every District in the jurisdiction.

The aim is to ensure that all MCOs have an opportunity to meet at a District level once or twice a year and receive training which supports them in their valuable work within their communities and lodges.

The Next MCO Seminar will be held at Wollongong Masonic Centre (Gwynneville) on 8th March, Gwyennville is a reasonably central location, easily accessible to Lodges in adjoining Districts and Regions.

You can obtain more information regarding the programme or venue from MRM Region 3 VW Bro Brian Willis ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Has your District organised a seminar yet?  Ask your MRM or MDR about providing the training – it only takes a couple of hours and will provide useful advice and an opportunity to network and share experiences.

 

New MCO Leaflet

The yellow MCO booklet which has been in use for some years has been redesigned as a leaflet and printed copies are now available.  The new leaflet will be presented by each WM when he invests his MCOs.  The leaflet will also be available from RGCs, DGIWs and MRMs as initial advice for any Brother thinking about becoming an MCO.  More details can be obtained from attending the MCO Seminars, or contacting your MRM or DGIW.

In the future, Masonicare will provide more ongoing support for MCOs and Lodges by making the updated Grand Charity Procedures Manual available through the Members’ Area of the Grand Lodge website as reference material.

 
 
 
 
  Masonicare Benevolence, Scott Young Trust  
 
 

The Scott Young Trust was specifically designed to assist families of deceased masons, who for one reason or another find themselves in financial difficulties and requiring assistance from Masonicare.

Lodge Secretaries are encouraged, when becoming aware of these situations and persons that may qualify for assistance from the Scott Young Trust to avail themselves of the forms for Benevolence from the Masonicare website www.masonicare.org.au

These applicants will be treated in strict confidence and given absolute consideration for grant approval.

 
 
 
 
  February Interaction Grants  
 
 

During January/February, the following Grants were dispensed:

Most Grant amounts match the Lodge/Association's fundraising dollar for dollar.

Key Activity Cause supported Who was involved Grant amount
Provide support and accommodation for country families who have ill children attending to Westmead Hospital Parramatta Mission  Holroyd Chapter nº 30  $2,000
Individual rescue and relief specifically to increase flight reserve of the service to cope with all regional emergencies Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter  Lodge Commonwealth of Australia nº 6 $5,000
To Purchase a Automatic External Defibrillator for the public use and to hold training sessions with the public Coffs Harbour Freemasons Association        Coffs Harbour Freemasons Association  $1,200
Assisting cancer patients attending Coffs Harbour cancer Institute who are having difficulty meeting their financial requirements CanDo Cancer Trust (music in the park) Coffs Harbour Freemasons Association $5,000
Assisting cancer patients attending Coffs Harbour cancer Institute who are having difficulty meeting their financial requirements

CanDo Cancer Trust

(music in the park)

Coffs Harbour Freemasons Association $5,000
Assisting cancer patients attending Coffs Harbour cancer Institute who are having difficulty meeting their financial requirements CanDo Cancer Trust (annual Rottnest Channel Swim)  Coffs Harbour Freemasons Association $5,000
Assist Down Syndrome NSW in giving support to people with down syndrome, their parents and carers Down Syndrome NSW  Lodge Woronora nº414 $5,000
New dental clinic purchase an oxygen mixer unit Assist Young District Hospital Lodge Young Burrangong nº20

$1,500

The rescue helicopter service provides emergency rescue coverage for 40.000 square kilometers, providing the only means of accessing patients to higher levels of medical care Westpac Rescue Helicopter Northern District  Tweed Valley Masonic Welfare Associatio

$1,000

Enhance the training needs of crews and new volunteers enabling improved response times and effecting outcomes when responding to emergency callouts from the community Rural Fire Service North Rocks (Hills Shire)  Lodge Resurgo nº 223

$3,000

 
 
 
 
  Interaction Grants  
 
 

On November 10th Masonicare and Twin Towns Masonic Welfare association – Tweed Head donated $2,222 to Tweed Heads Hospital.

Presentation photo sent 020214L. to R. are Rob Davies, Dir of Emergency Tweed Byron Health Service Group, Tony Lochead, Nurse Unit Manager, Bruce Arnol from Tweed Valley Masonic Welfare Assoc, Alasdair Arthur, Dir of Emergency, Graham Barrett Masonicare District Representative, Bernadette Loughnane, Executive Director Tweed Byron Health Service Group and Bruce Smith Engineering Manager Tweed Hospital

 

A simillar event  happened on January 31st when members of Tamworth Combined Lodges and Masonicare  presented a cheque to Tamworth Base Hospital
 
Presentation Tamworth Hospital 310114L. to R. sited:Maureen Sampson, President, Fiona Ellicott, Nurse Educator, Dr Matt Shepherd, Emergency Specialist, David Robertson MRM L.To R. Standing: Jan Robertson, Les Taylor MDR, Marie White, Annette Lowe, Beth Larkham
 
 
 
 
  Masonicare Charity Jewels  
 
 

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If you would like to recognise someone in your Lodge for their contribution to the charitable aspects of Freemasonry, then one of these high quality jewels would provide the ideal way in which to show how the Lodge values their constant dedication.

Jewels can only be purchased by the Lodge and are not tax deductible in compliance with ATO ‘charity’ regulations. Funds raised from the sale of jewels will go to The Benevolence Fund.

Life Merit Award $500.00
Gold Appreciation Award $375.00
Silver Appreciation Award $250.00
Bronze Appreciation Award $125.00
 
 
 
 
  Interaction Grants, Disaster Relief and Benevolence Grants   Level 4 Sydney Masonic Centre
66 Goulburn St Sydney NSW 2000
PO Box A1114
Sydney South NSW 1235
  Phone 02 9284 2838
Fax 02 9284 2828
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www.masonicare.org.au
 
 
 
 
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Masonicare December 2013 InTouch
 
 
  Masonicare   December 2013
InTouch
 
 
 
  Chairman's Message  
 
 

This year has seen a number of natural disasters in NSW to which Freemasonry through Masonicare, has acted positively by assisting those in need.

The actions of Freemasons in relation to these disasters have not only given us a positive public persona but has helped to focus on the fact that charity is one of the foremost tenets of Freemasonry.

On behalf of the Masonicare Board I would like to thank all Lodges and Masons for their extremely positive response to our Appeal and their support in our fundraising activities.

May I wish all Masons and their families a happy and holy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2014.

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  Masonicare Bushfire Appeal  
 
 

Thank you to everyone who kindly donated to the recent Bushfire Appeal launched as a result of the devastating bushfires in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Southern Highlands, Central Coast and Port Stephens areas. We have had an overwhelming response to this appeal, demonstrating the positive and significant impact Freemasons can have when we come together to support a worthwhile cause.

Masonicare will oversee the funding of a number of high tech thermal imaging cameras for the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) in each of these areas. This need has been identified following much research and discussion with relevant authorities in the affected areas.

These cameras can be life-saving when used by fire-fighting crews identifying whether any persons may be trapped within a structure that is on fire. The "square and compasses" will be proudly positioned on each camera to demonstrate how we, as proud Freemasons are actively supporting our local communities. Further donations are still be welcomed and your generosity, especially in the lead-up to the Christmas period, is greatly appreciated.

 
 
 
 
  InterAction Grants  
 
 

Lodge Nowra Unity organized a number of different fundraisers recently to help the Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra which will use the money to organise a concert for the community.

Masonicare presented a cheque for $1500, matching what had been raised, to the Orchestra on Tuesday evening the 19th November 2013.

The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra is based in Nowra which is the commercial and administrative centre of the Shoalhaven, a picturesque coastal region in New South Wales located 160 kilometres south of Sydney.

The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra was established in 2000 as an orchestra of string and woodwind players from many different parts of the Shoalhaven.

DecBro Laurie Ball the SW of Lodge Nowra Unity No 60, presenting the cheque from the Lodge to Mr Jacob Antonio from the Orchestra

 

decemberRW Bro Brian Willis MRM R3, Jacob Antonio & Karen Illesca from the Orchestra

 
 
 
 
  December Interaction Grants  
 
 

During November/December, the following Grants were dispensed:

Most Grant amounts match the Lodge/Association's fundraising dollar for dollar.

Key Activity Cause supported Who was involved Grant amount
Work to reduce and prevent crime by and against young people Port Stephens PCYC Youth Action Program Lodge Tomaree $4,000
Promotes the detection, relief, treatment & prevention of Fragile X Syndrome The Fragile X Association of Australia Hornsby - Kuring-gai Masonic Association $2,000
Help kids with special purposes - Intellectual Children Budawang Special School Royal Haven Court  - Order of Amaranth $5,000
Help kids with special purposes - Intellectual Children Haven Lee Special School Royal Haven Court  - Order of Amaranth $5,000
Catering for families of young children with disabilities or delayed development KU Starting Points - Macarthur Project Combined Lodges District 111 $5,000
Assist the development of children with special need up to age of 6 years  KU Starting Points - Macarthur Project Combined Lodges District 115 $5,000
Provide cover for Pree-School children in all weather Armindale Community Pre-School Incorporate Building Fund Armindale Combined Lodges Association  $2,000
Provite educational tolls for te kids Wood Burn Autism educational and Research The Hills Lodge

$3,000

Provide sailing experiences for people with disabilities Sailability Lodge Sir James Hardy

$4,600

Medical support for cancer patients. CAN Assist Oberon Lodge Oberon

$4,000

Transport of patients to the hospital from north and west NSW  United Hospital Auxiliaries - Tamworth Branch Combine Tanworth Masonic Lodges

$3,000

Provide assistance for patients duffering from Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fribrosis NSW - Tamworth Clinic Masonic Motorcycle Association of Australia - Tamworth Chapter

$1,000

 
 
 
 
  Masonicare Disaster Relief Car Raffle - Winner  
 
 

The Masonicare Disaster Relief Car Raffle was drawn at the Sydney Masonic Centre October 15th and the lucky winner was presented with the keys to his new Ford Fiesta LX at a presentation ceremony on Monday November 4th at Thomson Ford, Parramatta. Although tickets were sold throughout the jurisdiction to both masons and members of the community, one of our very own brethren from the Coffs Harbour region bought the lucky ticket.  All profits made from the Raffle go into the Disaster Relief Fund.

Masonicare’s Chairman, RW Bro Andrew Fraser MP, said he is most grateful for the efforts of the organising Committee and each and every brother who contributed to the running of the raffle as well as the sale of tickets.

IMG 0345L to R. RW Bro Lynden Norgate (Convenor-Regional Network), Ms Pam Miller (Convenor-Grants), RW Bill Driver (Organising Committee), VW Bro John Bertram MDR, VW Bro Tony Craig (Masonicare Deputy Chairman), Bro Leo Goodfellow – the winner, RW Bro Kevin McGlinn (Grand Secretary) and David Webster(Dealer Principal, Thomson Ford)

 
 
 
 
  Masonicare Caring Officers MCO  
 
 

The new MCO leaflet will be distributed by the beginning of next year and will be presented by each WM when he invests his MCOs.  The leaflet will also be made available to Lodge Secretaries as initial advice for any Brother thinking about becoming an MCO. More details can be obtained from attending the MCO Seminars ( keep an eye out for a seminar happening in your Region), or by contacting your MRM, MRR or MDR.

Masonicare will provide further support for MCOs and Lodges by uploading the updated Grand Charity Procedures Manual through the Members’ Area of the Grand Lodge website.

Graham Davies
MCO Convenor
Masonicare Board

 
 
 
 
  Masonicare Charity Jewels  
 
 

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If you would like to recognise someone in your Lodge for their contribution to the charitable aspects of Freemasonry, then one of these high quality jewels would provide the ideal way in which to show how the Lodge values their constant dedication.

Jewels can only be purchased by the Lodge and are not tax deductible in compliance with ATO ‘charity’ regulations. Funds raised from the sale of jewels will go to The Benevolence Fund.

Life Merit Award $500.00
Gold Appreciation Award $375.00
Silver Appreciation Award $250.00
Bronze Appreciation Award $125.00
 
 
 
 
  Interaction Grants, Disaster Relief and Benevolence Grants   Level 4 Sydney Masonic Centre
66 Goulburn St Sydney NSW 2000
PO Box A1114
Sydney South NSW 1235
  Phone 02 9284 2838
Fax 02 9284 2828
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
www.masonicare.org.au
 
 
 
Fact Sheets

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pdf 216.21 Kb Benevolence

pdf 236.40 Kb Disaster Relief

pdf 219.88 Kb interACTION Grants

pdf 213.19 Kb Regional Grants