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.