MOVEMBER & SEAVIEW FREEMASONS LODGE
One of the aims of Freemason Lodges is to support charity. Seaview Freemasons Lodge (www.seaviewfreemasonslodge.org) situated in Doubleview has forty six members who participate in fundraising activities for charity. Funds are raised through sausage sizzles, raffles and donations.
With the assistance of some matching contributions from the Grand Lodge of Western Australia, Seaview Freemasons Lodge has contributed about $16,500 over the last two and a half years to charity. Beneficiaries have been Princess Margaret Hospital ($11,600) Wheelchairs for Kids ($2000), Scarborough Surf Life Saving Club ($2800), Newman SES ($500) and Movember ($1000).
Movember is a global charity committed to men’s health. It is about raising funds in support of men’s health issues focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. The shaving of moustaches (The Mo) from several of our members took place on the 26 November in support of this cause. The moustaches had been grown over the last few months. The shaving took place at Joe- n- Co Hairdressing Shop at 20 Duncraig Shopping Centre. It is anticipated that approximately $2000 dollars will be collected through this activity and its associated sponsor-ship this year.
VW Bro. Lloyd Little [our Charity Steward] looking very astute having his turn
WM Ross Newton getting the Full Monty – Mo & Goatee [ I hear Judy was really looking forward to this day]
RW Bro Ian Mansfield also getting a good working over with the Full Monty Plus
W Bro Shane Sadler looking forward to a refreshment and a pie after his turn with the cut throat [Sweeney Todd 2015]
The Lodge organised an Open Night for prospective candidates at the November meeting. In all, five visitors attended getting an insight into how Freemasonry works and especially the Seaview Lodge in particular.
The lodge was opened in the first degree and general business dealt with then closed. The visitors were escorted into the Lodge Rooms and welcomed by our WM. Ross Newton. The Director of Ceremonies the VW Bro. Ian Mansfield conducted the night’s activities with RW Bro. Trevor Arbuckle giving a very informative presentation on the history of Freemasonry, the symbolism of the working tools, the wearing of the Aprons/Gauntlets their use in Operative times and how they apply to Speculative Masonry today, and general workings of the Lodge and it’s officers. Three of our newest members – Bros. Nick Covich, Mike Maxwell and Jamie Holloway spoke about their reasons for joining and what their thoughts were about the Craft to this time.
All enjoyed a terrific night at the Festive Board with Brethren engaging with our special visitors and answering questions, this was accompanied with a fine meal supplied by our caterer and enjoyable refreshments were had by all. A special presentation was made to the President of the Scarborough Surf Life Saving Club (SSLSC) Mr Alan Carville for a cheque of $2800 for the purchase of two new rescue boards – monies being raised from the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle and the Raffle at the WM’s installation last month. This will be an ongoing engagement with the SSLSC where the Lodge supports such organisations within our local district. The boards will have the Square and Compass along with our Seaview Lodge emblem displayed on them for all to see.
VW Bro. Lauder Coomber presenting the cheque to Mr Alan Carville.
Mr Alan Carville responding with a summary of the club’s activities and how the rescue boards will be used.
A very enjoyable and successful night was had by all for the Installation of Bro. Ross Henry Newton as our new Worshipful Master and the investiture of Office Bearers.
There were a total of seventy five Brethren in attendance which included members of Seaview Lodge, the Grand Master + 15 Grand Officers and we were also thrilled to have in attendance the Worshipful Masters from Carrington, Justice, Hale, Swan, Western Districts, Lord Nelson, Golden Endeavour, Avalon, Wanneroo, Cambria and SEWA plus Past Masters from Wanneroo, Carrington, Capricorn, Cambrai, Cornucopia, Lord Nelson, Swan, Kingsley Day, Heritage, Scarborough Wembley Downs, Wannebe (NZ) and Unattached with a very special mention for the two Master Masons from Capricorn who travelled a long way to be with us. The ceremonial work was performed in an exemplary and heart felt manner by all involved and which all Brethren should be proud of. The Lodge was closed after greetings by W. Bro. Hughes of Heritage Lodge on behalf of all Visitors.
The Festive Board was a fun night with wonderful fare supplied by our caterers and enjoyable refreshments to wash it all down, the speeches and toasts were terrific and performed in a warm and very sincere manner – which of course is our want in the South. The raffle was also very successful and some excellent prizes were won, raising $1060 which will be presented to the Scarborough Surf Life Saving Club for the purchase of an extra rescue board.
A few happy snaps below courtesy of our official photographer W. Bro. Rodney Logan.