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Your host Lodge for this Gathering of the Clans (GOTC) 2018 is Southport Lodge No 62 UGLQ. Coincidentally it will be 20 years since we last hosted it and we are looking forward to making it a great event.

All events for the GOTC 2018 are being held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort Ross Street BENOWA QLD 4217

 

Meet and Greet on Friday Night 28/9/2018 at 6:30 PM

Meet and Greet on Level 21 for introductions, drinks and chit chat then dinner in a restaurant at RACV Royal Pines.  Costs to be borne by individual attendees.

 

1st Degree Ceremony followed by a Demonstration of “The Auld Scots Degree” on Saturday Afternoon 29/9/2018 at 1:30 PM

Benowa Ballroom 1st Degree Ceremony ( only for Freemasons) followed by a demonstration of “The Auld Scots Degree”.

 

Ladies High Tea Saturday Afternoon 29/9/2018 at 1:00 PM

Ladies High Tea on Level 21 Cost $36 per head (payment via the GOTC 2018 website booking page. Those Ladies that are wanting champers pay individually direct to RACV on the day).

 

Saturday Evening 29/9/2018 at 6-30 PM FOR 7-00 PM (Drinks available at the bar located outside the Grand Ballroom from 6-30 pm) Gala Banquet in Grand Ballroom.

“Authentic and Very Serious Address to the Haggiss”, entrée of Haggiss, Tatties and Neeps, Main course of alternate drop meals and desserts of alternate drop followed by tea and coffee. Cost is $120 per head (Payment via the GOTC 2018 website booking page) with attendees responsible for their own drinks, bar prices are very reasonable.. We will have entertainment featuring Scottish Pipers, Scottish Highland Dancers and a Professional DJ.

Our Nominated Not For Profit Charity for GOTC 2018

We have chosen The Sanctuary as our nominated not for profit charitable organisation for our fundraising efforts for GOTC 2018. It is a local Gold Coast organisation that provides refuge and assistance to woman and children who have been subjected to domestic violence.

The September Quarterly Communication will be held on Saturday 8 September 2018 at the Oakey Cultural Centre, Cnr McDonald & Campbell Streets, Oakey 4401.

Saturday 8 September (at Oakey Cultural Centre)

  • Ladies Afternoon Tea 3.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Quarterly Communication 3.00pm
  • Predinner drinks  6.00pm – 6.30pm
  • QC Dinner 6.30pm

Sunday 9 September

  • Farewell BBQ Breakfast 8.00am – 10.00am, held at the Toowoomba Masonic Centre, 58 Neil Street, Toowoomba 4350

If you are attending, you will need to send in the Registration Form to membership@uglq.org.au by 1 September 2018.

Please click here to access the registration form. 

We extend to Queensland Freemasons and their partners and ladies a cordial invitation to attend the Grand Proclamation, Winter Quarterly Communication and associated ladies’ afternoon tea at the Masonic Memorial Centre, 311 Ann Street, Brisbane on Saturday 7 July 2018.

The ceremony will consist of the proclamation of our current Grand Master Most Worshipful Brother Alan Maurice Townson and our Deputy Grand Master Right Worshipful Brother Paul Andrew Holland, and the investiture of our new Assistant Grand Master Right Worshipful Brother Campbell Denyer and Grand Officers.

If you wish to attend the Grand Proclamation banquet, please download and complete the registration form, then save and return it to membership@uglq.org.au by Friday 22 June 2018.

Combined Winter Quarterly Communication

This year, the Winter Quarterly Communication will be held prior to the Grand Proclamation on Saturday 7 July.

Ladies’ afternoon tea

A ladies’ afternoon tea will be held in Supper Room 2 from 2-4pm during the Quarterly Communication.

 

 

 

Charity is one of our pillars. Gatton Lodge wanted to engage more with their local community, so for Valentine’s Day, they visited the Lockyer Valley hospital and donated flowers to patients and staff.

The results were very humbling. Being up close and personal with an act of giving  brought tears of joy, sincere comments of appreciation,” said Wor Bro David Green, Master of Gatton Lodge.

Raphael Lodge presented their Peter & Joan Pascoe Raphael Lodge Masonic Bursary to five worthy recipients. This was the lodge’s 16th annual presentation, with Raphael Lodge now having assisted 75 students in total, most years with a grant of $2000 to each student to help further their studies.

The bursary is made possible due to the generosity of Mrs Joan Pascoe & the late Bro Peter Pascoe of Raphael Lodge.

Master Masons are invited to attend a special lecture hosted by Barron Barnett Lodge on Wednesday 21 March 2018 7.15pm at the Ann Street Memorial Masonic Centre. 

Travel back in time with Wor Bro Kevin Roberts, formerly of Madang Lodge No 380 UGLQ, as he recalls an important chapter of Australian maritime history when the Burns Philp fleet provided the link between Australia’s eastern seaboard and the myriad Papua New Guinea island ports; an era where Freemasonry held sway in our northern neighbour and aboard the interesting Bulolo, who morphed into a WWII Royal Navy Ship before returning to calmer pursuits.

Families with young children with disabilities on many occasions struggle to cope with the constant care that is required to support the child in their everyday living. The child can become lonely and bored while the family becomes exhausted and despondent.

BestLife Foundation makes it possible for children with disabilities to build a more independent future. With the support of BestLife they can make friends, build networks and become more independent, benefiting from opportunities to be away from home.

A high level of organisation is required and specialised care essential to achieve the desired outcomes. Understandably, it is expensive.

BestLife provides high level away-from-home experiences for children who live with a disability from 6 to 19 years of age. This includes sleepovers in a purpose-built house within the grounds of Mackenzie Special School. The children are overseen by paid education and healthcare professionals. Every effort is made to match the children by age, interests and ability. At the sleepover, the children can play, share meals (which they help prepare), watch a movie, laugh, sleep and interact with others.

Not all children are up to a sleepover so BestLife also offers daytime programs.

In many cases, the children experience their first taste of independence through these expeditions. 

BestLife was founded in 2013 by families of young people living with disability. It’s management is largely run by volunteers. However, money is required to train teachers, healthcare and allied professionals to provide the high-level support needed for the children. Funding is also required to hire the venue, provide food and resource materials, etc.

A lack of government funding in this area severely restricts the number of children who can be accommodated in the various programs and the ability of the programs to operate successfully.

Dunellan Lodge set about fundraising to support BestLife in its programs and believe any assistance that can aid our children with a disability is a valuable and much needed contribution to this specific section of our community. Dunellan Lodge applaud BestLife for the dedication and work it is undertaking to help make a better life for the families and children placed in this situation.

The Lodge raised $600, and with the valuable assistance of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland dollar-for-dollar scheme, four children with disability were able to be covered by the program from the $1200 contribution.

Dunellan Lodge is proud to be associated with Hand Heart Pocket and BestLife in supporting families and children with disability.

As President of the Australian Medical Association Queensland, Queensland Freemason and columnist for our quarterly magazine, Dr Bill Boyd had a chance meeting.

“I had the privilege of meeting Dr Wylie Gibbons and his wife Erica at a special presentation,” he said. The AMA Queensland presented Dr Gibbons with a bound copy of his impressive scientific work on Gastric hypothermia as a treatment for catastrophic bleeding.

“It happened that Dr Gibbons mentioned Freemasonry in passing and after that we got on extremely well indeed.”

Dr Gibbons wore a Royal Order of Scotland lapel pin. He celebrated his 90th birthday in January.

Looking to do something for their community, Dalby United Lodge No 180 chose to contribute to Karingal Nursing Home. Secretary of the Lodge, Wor Bro David Wheelehen’s wife works at the nursing home, so the lodge asked what they really needed. The Home gave them a list of options, and the Lodge decided two recliner chairs would be most valuable, raising funds through a local cent sale auction and tickets, giving away fun prizes.

The recliners chosen are transportable, with wheels that allow nurses to collect less-mobile residents from their rooms and move them to the common areas. They have special pressure points and a generous amount of foam to help make residents comfortable. The recliners are made in Queensland and while manufacturing took some time, as they are in high demand, the wait was worth it.

With a dollar-for-dollar subsidy from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, they were able to present two recliners, valued at $2190 each. Representatives Wor Bro David Wheelehen, Wor Bro Jeffrey Parkes and VW Bro Peter Horn attended the presentation.

The Consecration of Bennu Lodge 538 on 29 October 2016 brought Sunnybank and William McLeod Lodges together. The Lodge was pleased to celebrate their one-year anniversary in October last year. Work continues to strengthen their position in the coming year, with two new candidates in the wind.

As a new Lodge under the UGLQ banner, they are proud of the Bennu Project, what the two combined lodges have achieved as one. They have been delighted that The Gulf Lodge No 539 is now the newest Lodge on the role of the UGLQ, where both Sir William Wallace and Norman Lodges decided to follow the Bennu Lodge model—not just by merging, but by creating a brand new lodge. They will continue with their “traditionally modern” approach to membership and Freemasonry, and continue to grow.

 

The Bennu Project

The Bennu bird is the mythological Phoenix of Egypt; it is the allegory or archetype of transformation and renewal, of creation and of life. The Bennu is emblematic of the strategy behind this project – creating vibrant and viable Lodges via transformation and renewal. The creation of a life as out of the ashes came Passion, Purpose and Pride.

 

Your host Lodge for this Gathering of the Clans (GOTC) 2018 is Southport Lodge No 62 UGLQ. Coincidentally it will be 20 years since we last hosted it and we are looking forward to making it a great event.

All events for the GOTC 2018 are being held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort Ross Street BENOWA QLD 4217

 

Meet and Greet on Friday Night 28/9/2018 at 6:30 PM

Meet and Greet on Level 21 for introductions, drinks and chit chat then dinner in a restaurant at RACV Royal Pines.  Costs to be borne by individual attendees.

 

1st Degree Ceremony followed by a Demonstration of “The Auld Scots Degree” on Saturday Afternoon 29/9/2018 at 1:30 PM

Benowa Ballroom 1st Degree Ceremony ( only for Freemasons) followed by a demonstration of “The Auld Scots Degree”.

 

Ladies High Tea Saturday Afternoon 29/9/2018 at 1:00 PM

Ladies High Tea on Level 21 Cost $36 per head (payment via the GOTC 2018 website booking page. Those Ladies that are wanting champers pay individually direct to RACV on the day).

 

Saturday Evening 29/9/2018 at 6-30 PM FOR 7-00 PM (Drinks available at the bar located outside the Grand Ballroom from 6-30 pm) Gala Banquet in Grand Ballroom.

“Authentic and Very Serious Address to the Haggiss”, entrée of Haggiss, Tatties and Neeps, Main course of alternate drop meals and desserts of alternate drop followed by tea and coffee. Cost is $120 per head (Payment via the GOTC 2018 website booking page) with attendees responsible for their own drinks, bar prices are very reasonable.. We will have entertainment featuring Scottish Pipers, Scottish Highland Dancers and a Professional DJ.

Our Nominated Not For Profit Charity for GOTC 2018

We have chosen The Sanctuary as our nominated not for profit charitable organisation for our fundraising efforts for GOTC 2018. It is a local Gold Coast organisation that provides refuge and assistance to woman and children who have been subjected to domestic violence.

The September Quarterly Communication will be held on Saturday 8 September 2018 at the Oakey Cultural Centre, Cnr McDonald & Campbell Streets, Oakey 4401.

Saturday 8 September (at Oakey Cultural Centre)

  • Ladies Afternoon Tea 3.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Quarterly Communication 3.00pm
  • Predinner drinks  6.00pm – 6.30pm
  • QC Dinner 6.30pm

Sunday 9 September

  • Farewell BBQ Breakfast 8.00am – 10.00am, held at the Toowoomba Masonic Centre, 58 Neil Street, Toowoomba 4350

If you are attending, you will need to send in the Registration Form to membership@uglq.org.au by 1 September 2018.

Please click here to access the registration form. 

Charity is one of our pillars. Gatton Lodge wanted to engage more with their local community, so for Valentine’s Day, they visited the Lockyer Valley hospital and donated flowers to patients and staff.

The results were very humbling. Being up close and personal with an act of giving  brought tears of joy, sincere comments of appreciation,” said Wor Bro David Green, Master of Gatton Lodge.

Raphael Lodge presented their Peter & Joan Pascoe Raphael Lodge Masonic Bursary to five worthy recipients. This was the lodge’s 16th annual presentation, with Raphael Lodge now having assisted 75 students in total, most years with a grant of $2000 to each student to help further their studies.

The bursary is made possible due to the generosity of Mrs Joan Pascoe & the late Bro Peter Pascoe of Raphael Lodge.

Families with young children with disabilities on many occasions struggle to cope with the constant care that is required to support the child in their everyday living. The child can become lonely and bored while the family becomes exhausted and despondent.

BestLife Foundation makes it possible for children with disabilities to build a more independent future. With the support of BestLife they can make friends, build networks and become more independent, benefiting from opportunities to be away from home.

A high level of organisation is required and specialised care essential to achieve the desired outcomes. Understandably, it is expensive.

BestLife provides high level away-from-home experiences for children who live with a disability from 6 to 19 years of age. This includes sleepovers in a purpose-built house within the grounds of Mackenzie Special School. The children are overseen by paid education and healthcare professionals. Every effort is made to match the children by age, interests and ability. At the sleepover, the children can play, share meals (which they help prepare), watch a movie, laugh, sleep and interact with others.

Not all children are up to a sleepover so BestLife also offers daytime programs.

In many cases, the children experience their first taste of independence through these expeditions. 

BestLife was founded in 2013 by families of young people living with disability. It’s management is largely run by volunteers. However, money is required to train teachers, healthcare and allied professionals to provide the high-level support needed for the children. Funding is also required to hire the venue, provide food and resource materials, etc.

A lack of government funding in this area severely restricts the number of children who can be accommodated in the various programs and the ability of the programs to operate successfully.

Dunellan Lodge set about fundraising to support BestLife in its programs and believe any assistance that can aid our children with a disability is a valuable and much needed contribution to this specific section of our community. Dunellan Lodge applaud BestLife for the dedication and work it is undertaking to help make a better life for the families and children placed in this situation.

The Lodge raised $600, and with the valuable assistance of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland dollar-for-dollar scheme, four children with disability were able to be covered by the program from the $1200 contribution.

Dunellan Lodge is proud to be associated with Hand Heart Pocket and BestLife in supporting families and children with disability.

As President of the Australian Medical Association Queensland, Queensland Freemason and columnist for our quarterly magazine, Dr Bill Boyd had a chance meeting.

“I had the privilege of meeting Dr Wylie Gibbons and his wife Erica at a special presentation,” he said. The AMA Queensland presented Dr Gibbons with a bound copy of his impressive scientific work on Gastric hypothermia as a treatment for catastrophic bleeding.

“It happened that Dr Gibbons mentioned Freemasonry in passing and after that we got on extremely well indeed.”

Dr Gibbons wore a Royal Order of Scotland lapel pin. He celebrated his 90th birthday in January.

Looking to do something for their community, Dalby United Lodge No 180 chose to contribute to Karingal Nursing Home. Secretary of the Lodge, Wor Bro David Wheelehen’s wife works at the nursing home, so the lodge asked what they really needed. The Home gave them a list of options, and the Lodge decided two recliner chairs would be most valuable, raising funds through a local cent sale auction and tickets, giving away fun prizes.

The recliners chosen are transportable, with wheels that allow nurses to collect less-mobile residents from their rooms and move them to the common areas. They have special pressure points and a generous amount of foam to help make residents comfortable. The recliners are made in Queensland and while manufacturing took some time, as they are in high demand, the wait was worth it.

With a dollar-for-dollar subsidy from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, they were able to present two recliners, valued at $2190 each. Representatives Wor Bro David Wheelehen, Wor Bro Jeffrey Parkes and VW Bro Peter Horn attended the presentation.

The Consecration of Bennu Lodge 538 on 29 October 2016 brought Sunnybank and William McLeod Lodges together. The Lodge was pleased to celebrate their one-year anniversary in October last year. Work continues to strengthen their position in the coming year, with two new candidates in the wind.

As a new Lodge under the UGLQ banner, they are proud of the Bennu Project, what the two combined lodges have achieved as one. They have been delighted that The Gulf Lodge No 539 is now the newest Lodge on the role of the UGLQ, where both Sir William Wallace and Norman Lodges decided to follow the Bennu Lodge model—not just by merging, but by creating a brand new lodge. They will continue with their “traditionally modern” approach to membership and Freemasonry, and continue to grow.

 

The Bennu Project

The Bennu bird is the mythological Phoenix of Egypt; it is the allegory or archetype of transformation and renewal, of creation and of life. The Bennu is emblematic of the strategy behind this project – creating vibrant and viable Lodges via transformation and renewal. The creation of a life as out of the ashes came Passion, Purpose and Pride.

 

Freemasons are invited to register and attend the 2018 Grand Installation of Freemasons South Australia & Northern Territory on Friday 20 – Sunday 22 April 2018.

Jenny and I have the pleasure to extend (on behalf of all Freemasons in South Australia and the Northern Territory), our very warm invitation to all Freemasons, their partners, families and friends to join us in celebrating the Grand Installation of RW Bro Dr Neil Jensen as the 35th Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of South Australia and the Northern Territory together with RW Bro Arnie Narayan as Deputy Grand Master and RW Bro Robert Clyne OAM as Assistant Grand Master.

This important event will be held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday 21st April. Please refer to the program guide below for a listing of all associated functions that have been purposely designed to heighten our enjoyment of each other’s company, enrich the ties we have with existing friends and open opportunities for us to make new friends in surroundings that radiate welcome.

We will all look forward to welcoming you and ensuring that your stay with us will leave you with warm and unforgettable memories.

MW Bro Stephen Michalak

Grand Master

To view the programme of events and to register, access the full brochure on their website.

Please be advised the UGLQ business office will close at 1pm on Friday 22nd December and will reopen on Monday 8 January 2018. 

UGLQ – Closes 1pm Friday 22nd December, reopens Monday 8th January 2018

DGLCA – Closes 12.30pm Thursday 14 December, reopens 9.30am Tuesday 16 January

DGLNQ – Closes 18 December 2017, reopens 8 January 2018.

Royal Arch – Closes Tuesday 19 December 3pm, reopens 15 January 2018.

The DGLCA Office will reopen in the New Year at the Freshwater Masonic Centre, 90 Old Smithfield Road, Freshwater. Business hours will be Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am–12.30pm. Their new contact number is 0488 512 712.

We wish you and your families all a very Merry Chistmas and a Happy New Year. 

We extend to Queensland Freemasons and their partners and ladies a cordial invitation to attend the Grand Proclamation, Winter Quarterly Communication and associated ladies’ afternoon tea at the Masonic Memorial Centre, 311 Ann Street, Brisbane on Saturday 7 July 2018.

The ceremony will consist of the proclamation of our current Grand Master Most Worshipful Brother Alan Maurice Townson and our Deputy Grand Master Right Worshipful Brother Paul Andrew Holland, and the investiture of our new Assistant Grand Master Right Worshipful Brother Campbell Denyer and Grand Officers.

If you wish to attend the Grand Proclamation banquet, please download and complete the registration form, then save and return it to membership@uglq.org.au by Friday 22 June 2018.

Combined Winter Quarterly Communication

This year, the Winter Quarterly Communication will be held prior to the Grand Proclamation on Saturday 7 July.

Ladies’ afternoon tea

A ladies’ afternoon tea will be held in Supper Room 2 from 2-4pm during the Quarterly Communication.

 

 

 

Master Masons are invited to attend a special lecture hosted by Barron Barnett Lodge on Wednesday 21 March 2018 7.15pm at the Ann Street Memorial Masonic Centre. 

Travel back in time with Wor Bro Kevin Roberts, formerly of Madang Lodge No 380 UGLQ, as he recalls an important chapter of Australian maritime history when the Burns Philp fleet provided the link between Australia’s eastern seaboard and the myriad Papua New Guinea island ports; an era where Freemasonry held sway in our northern neighbour and aboard the interesting Bulolo, who morphed into a WWII Royal Navy Ship before returning to calmer pursuits.

You are invited to attend a remembrance ceremony hosted by Northgate Remembrance Lodge on Friday 10 November 2017, 7pm at the Kedron Masonic Centre. 

The ceremony will honour Freemasons who paid the supreme sacrifice for Australia as well as those others who served. 

You are invited to a rare event hosted by Thespian Lodge UGLQ and Thespian Lodge UGLNSW where they will raise two entered apprentices to the second degree.

Come for a night of entertainment and delicious catering on Saturday 9 December at the Stones Corner Masonic Centre. 

See the lodge flyer for more details and bookings

 

Gympie District Lodges are hosting an open day this Sunday 22 October at 37 Channon Street, Gympie. 

Take a peak inside the Lodge building build in 1901 and be treated to an afternoon tea and refreshments.

Partners and family welcome. 

 

Freemasons Victoria invite you to attend their 2018 Grand Installation in Melbourne, Victoria.

This event will be held on the weekend of Friday 6 – Sunday 8 April 2018. An early bird discount offer on registrations is available until Thursday 30 November 2017.

On behalf of Freemasons Victoria, I take great delight in inviting you to join us for the 2018 Grand Installation of Deputy Grand Master, Bro Keith Murray as Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria,” – MW Bro Donald Reynolds.

For more information, see the installation booklet. To register, download and complete the registration form and reserve your accommodation.

It is with pleasure that we extend an invitation to you for the upcoming Formal Opening of the Jurisdictional Guardian Council on Friday 22 September at Stones Corner Masonic Centre, 17 Cleveland Street, Stones Corner at 6pm for a 7pm start.

 As this is a formal occasion, please wear formal wear, full regalia, robes, capes & crowns.

 

Installation

The installation of the Jurisdictional Guardian Council will be held on Sunday 24 September at the Stones Corner Masonic Centre at 10am. Please submit RSVPs to this event to Olivia at aoascjafferius@gmail.com

North Australia Lodge No 1, Northgate Remembrance Lodge No 285 and AIF Memorial Lodge No 289 cordially invite all Freemasons, soldiers, family and friends to celebrate a Gathering of Soldier Freemasons held on the Battlefield of France 100 years ago on Sunday 17 September 2017, 3pm at the Masonic Memorial Centre, Ann Street, Brisbane.

For more information, view the invitation.

To RSVP, please contact Carl Emmett North Australian Lodge Secretary at carlemmett@live.com.au by 7 September 2017 with numbers for attendance. Dress: smart casual.

Members, family and friends are cordially invited to the Battle of Long Tan Memorial Dinner, hosted by Beaudesert Lodge at the Beaudesert Civic Centre on Thursday 17 August. 

The Lodge commemorates the service personnel who served in the Vietnam War and all conflicts around the world, past and present. 

For further details and to register, please complete the registration form and submit it to beaudesert379@gmail.com. 

We extend to Queensland Freemasons and their partners and ladies a cordial invitation to attend the September Quarterly Communication and associated ladies’ afternoon tea in Bundaberg from 2-3 September.

On Saturday 3 September, the events will consist of a Ladies’ High Tea at the Bundaberg Civic Centre from 3.00pm-5.00pm, and the Quarterly Communications at the Anglican Parish Hall at 3.30pm, followed by predinner drinks and dinner at 6.00pm at the Bundaberg Civic Centre. On Sunday 3 September, there will be a farewell barbeque breakfast from 8.00 – 10.00am.

If you wish to attend, please download and complete the registration form, then save and return it to membership@uglq.org.au by Friday 18 August 2017.