Some people come to Freemasonry as the first of their line. Others, like Andrew Power, have a much richer family history to draw upon. “My Dad an avid genealogy researcher,” Andrew explains, “found our family went all the way back to the Templars, and that my ancestors were involved in three crusades!”
Andrew, who is a member of The Brighton District Lodge, also has a proud family history in the Armed Forces; a family of a whopping 13 generations of military service. This includes his father, who is ex-Navy, cousins in the Australian Army, and both his brothers, who were with the Royal Australian Air Force. It also includes Andrew himself, who served with the RAAF.
After his time with the Australian military, Andrew went on to lead a successful career as a personal change expert and therapist. Here, in his own words, he was able to “truly learn the value of life” and be able to help others unlock results that improved their entire life. Following this, Andrew transitioned to the more public sphere where he has worked in marketing and digital platforms ever since.
On the home front, Andrew is a happily married father of five, with children ranging from ages 8-15. He relishes the fact that his whole family are fully supportive of his involvement in Freemasonry. An organisation he describes as one that “is full of people who have morals and care about society”.
His advice for anyone interested in joining would be to research many different lodges, “they all have different cultures, it’s important to find the right fit”, Andrew states. He also suggests aspiring candidates go to events outside the lodge, meet the people involved and “see if it is truly right for you”. He warns that not everything you read on the Internet is true – “It’s not about any of that rubbish you might read online – it is truly about good men wanting to make the world a better place.”