On Wednesday, July 5, at the Masonic Centre in Piper Street, Yarrawonga, the Yarrawonga Lodge of St David hosted a very successful evening which included the presentation to that wonderful local cancer-support group, Friends in Common, of a donation of $2100.
This amount came from two Masonic sources. The Lodge, by member donations, raised $1050, which sum was matched by the Freemasons Victoria Foundation which was presented at the presentation by W.Bro. Ted Finch, a Director of the Foundation (formerly known as the Board of Benevolence) who travelled from Melbourne for the occasion.
Known now in Masonic circles simply as The Foundation, this charitable arm of Freemasonry has a huge impact for good throughout Victoria, a recent gift of ¾ Million dollars towards the control of prostate cancer, and an ongoing commitment towards that end, being only one of The Foundation’s gestures.
The Foundation’s activities are too many to mention here but the matching of amounts raised by the individual Lodges acts as a great incentive to those Lodges as well as benefitting the communities involved.
Director Ted Finch gave those present a general overview of the work of the Foundation.
In reply, Secretary Leon Porter, explained the activities of Friends in Common, a local group funded solely by our community, and extended sincere thanks to the Lodge, and to the Foundation, for their support.
The 65-70 people present then enjoyed the hospitality of the Lodge, the night being the occasion of the Master’s last “working night”.
Grumpy old Stan thanked his team for their support, the ladies and visitors for honouring him by their presence, and invited all to participate in the festivities of the evening.
Additionally he advised that the Lodge, following a successful garage sale, will be making a further donation to Friends in Common in due course. All is good.
And if this report reads rather stilted, it’s simply because I am not, nor do I aspire to be, a journalist.
Stan Clarke OAM
WM Lodge of St David.