“I love the fraternity and the camaraderie, and I particularly enjoy the ritual of Freemasonry.”
Freemasonry has taught me how to live as a man. I respect what the organisation stands for and I have tried to integrate that into how I act in society.”
Music has always been a big part of Barry Reaper’s life. Not only has he always loved music, whether listening to it or performing it himself as a singer, it is also how he and his wife first met all the way back in the 1960’s. As a member of the City of Sandringham Choral Society, Barry often took part in various musicals. “I could sing ok,” Barry explains, “but I was a pretty hopeless dancer!”. His lady love-to-be was a music teacher at Williamsdale High School and was the pianist for a performance of Oklahoma that the choral society put on. Barry had an inkling that she might be the one for him as soon as he saw her, although it would be over ten years before they would eventually get married. Through Freemasons Victoria, Barry has been able to continue with his passion for music, and 1995 was appointed as the Grand Director of Music. He conducted the Grand Lodge Choir, which had about 60 members at the time, and would take the group out into the community and sing concerts and christmas carols. These days he still conducts when they get the choir together, such as for a Grand Installation in Geelong, and is quite proud of the repertoire of music they perform. Freemasons Victoria has also given Barry some great opportunities to experience the global Masonic network. Over the years he has represented the society internationally in places including the United States of America and Britain. He recalls a particular fondness for the Grand Lodges he was able to visit in cities such as Boston, New York, Washington as well as various historic Lodges in England and Scotland. Barry is a strong advocate of the principles and moral values taught by the organisation, and also appreciates the way it has helped him become more confident and develop his public speaking abilities. Barry is proud of carrying the Masonic tradition forward with his two sons who are both rising stars in the Craft; his eldest is a Senior Deacon, and his youngest is currently serving as the Master of the Diamond Valley Lodge.