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Issue 4 - April 2019

Freemasons involved with Police and the Public in the Far North!
Freemasons of Lodge Whitianga have donated two Defibrillators $6,000 (start you heart machines), to the local Police for two of their vehicles,  with assistance from The Freemasons Charity through its 1 for 1 subsidy.

Not content with this, last night the Lodge was host to a community Open Day for the public and families alike. Considering the comedy of events
that occurred - an oil slip and torrential rain in Whitianga, the event sparked interest in the community. One candidate was signed with a couple more expressing a keen interest. John Hoyte, Master of the Lodge reached out to local media resulting in announcements on the local radio and an article which can be found below. National Office provided support by creating a Facebook event to target the public nearby, along with reaching out to Stuff reporters. John spoke with the reporter today who is keen to stay connected and follow up on future events. John plans to hold another Open Day closer to the summer months. Look out for the Stuff article in the coming weeks.

The Freemasons from Whitianga involvement with the Community, their Families and employing their Compassion through the charity, ‘Speaks Up’ for Freemasonry in more ways than one.
Speaking Up in its truest form
Our Grand Master Mark Winger met Evan Donnelly casually and, true to his own "Speak-Up" campaign, spoke of Freemasonry to him.

After giving Evan time to consider, Mark asked him if he was interested in joining. He was, and Mark duly proposed him into Lodge Kauri. Evan then moved to Taumaranui and joined Lodge Nau Mai before he had completed his 3 degrees.

Our Grand Master Mark Winger met Evan Donnelly casually and, true to his own "Speak-Up" campaign, spoke of Freemasonry to him.

After giving Evan time to consider, Mark asked him if he was interested in joining. He was, and Mark duly proposed him into Lodge Kauri. Evan then moved to Taumaranui and joined Lodge
Nau Mai before he had completed his 3 degrees.

Mark asked the Waikato District Grand Master, Don Seath to keep an eye out and advise him when he would be raised. This was done and on Wednesday 6th March 2019, Mark travelled from Auckland to Taumaranui to witness Evan's raising to the 3rd Degree.

Mark was formally received as Grand Master with appropriate dignity and the 3rd degree ceremony was well performed by Lodge Nau Mai with assistance from the visiting Officer of Grand Lodge.

The Grand Master invested Bro Donnelly with his Master Mason's Apron.

In the Refectory, where the traditional warm Nau Mai hospitality was enjoyed, the Grand Master charged the Brethren to continue to ‘Speak Up for Freemasonry’, and most importantly to take good care of new members.

The Official Visit by The Grand Master to the Waikato District at Lodge Nau Mai was a great occasion. It was also a good example of our Grand Master's leadership qualities.

He is prepared to go out of his way to practice "Speak Up" to ensure growth within Our Family. Furthermore, our Grand Master will be ensuring that Bro Donnelly receives ongoing mentoring support.

#WorldImmunologyDay
For this years #WorldImmunologyDay we want to highlight the ground-breaking immunology research that is underway at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research with the help of Freemasons New Zealand. Our donation of $600,000 over two years is already proving its worth.

The recognition that comes with naming rights has allowed Freemasons New Zealand to be in the light of National Media in a positive way,

Click the image to the left to watch a short video from the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research.

Speaking Up through supporting Our Community, and employing Our Compassion.
Air or Land the Freemasons are helping to get you there!
Freemasons from the Midland District, together with Sophia Street Car Park Trust have made two substantial donations to assist related community organisations. The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust ($22,500) and St Johns Ambulance ($22,500). Both assisting people to get to medical assistance in the greater Canterbury Region and beyond. A new Rescue Helicopter for Canterbury-West Coast Region and the other a Health Shuttle between Timaru and Christchurch.
This speaks directly to our new Strategic Direction especially Our Community and Our Compassion. Our Community with engagement with local organisations and building up our relationships with local and national organisations. Our Compassion by demonstrating our Charity, Values and Goodwill as Freemasons.

We have continuing relationships with both organisations with the Freemasons of the West Coast supporting Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust helicopter with night vision goggles and all Freemasons through The Freemasons Charity previously providing GPS to all St John Ambulances throughout New Zealand.

Freemasons of the Midland District are definitely ‘Speaking Up for Freemasonry’!
Per Ardua ad Astra; "Through Adversity to the Stars" or Ara supports the Air Training Corp
The Ara Lodge No 1, with assistance from the Auckland District Almoner’s Association, have supported the No. 30 (Hobsonville) Squadron of the Air Training Corps. The lodge raised money to purchase a new base radio charger, which the cadets will be using on 2-day camps on Rangitoto Island and other outdoor experiences.

The lodge also assisted the squadron in purchasing an updated projector for their classroom, which has enabled the leaders to improve the delivery of their lessons for the

cadets, and a new storage cupboard was purchased so that the squadron could ensure that the general appearance of their unit remained at a high standard.

The Air Training Corps is an organisation that gives boys and girls from ages 13 to 18, opportunities to learn and participate in flying skills, bush crafts, drill and ceremonial parades. The squadron also takes part in community events, fosters leadership in young people and takes part in international events.
One point of difference for this squadron is that in 1987 Mr Murray Ball, the author of the cartoon "Footrot Flats", officially authorised the use of "Dog" as the Squadron Mascot.  Dog took on the honorary rank of Flight Sergeant and is still very much part of the Squadron today.

No matter how big or small the project or who it is for... people remember who helped... and it may just be a conversation on Freemasonry just waiting to happen in the future - supporting Our Community.

 
 
 
 

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