Compassion & Community
“Freemasonry taught me to be a better person, and to build up the community in the same way that we build ourselves”
– Felix Pintado
“Being a good person is more than just “being good”, it is about focusing on what makes you good. Freemasonry encourages introspection and self-improvement.”
– Jack Aquilina
“As a Mason I have gained an enormous amount of compassion for other people.”
– David Hazelwood
Compassion & Community
Freemasons are active in their communities, on a local, state and national level. This underpins our belief that co-operation, caring and trust is demonstrated by actions. Victorian Freemasons contribute to their communities as individuals, as businesses & as Masons at all levels.
Established in 1952, the Ionic Coaching service has an impressive record of success including winners of the Premiers Award for Academic studies, specific school award winners and an impressive rate of Year Twelve students gaining their VCE and being accepted into the Tertiary institute of their choice.
Ionic tutors focus on improving student's performance, regardless of background or circumstances, in Mathematics and English Literacy skills as well as improving general learning skills and gaining academic and social confidence from years 6 to 12. For coaching dates and more information visit http://www.ionic.org.au
Royal Freemasons Ltd
Care, compassion and respect have been at the heart of Royal Freemasons since it was founded as a charitable organisation in 1867. Only the second aged care provider in Victoria, the vision of the organisation was to serve the community, following a philosophy of care that continues to guide them to this day.
Consistently at the forefront of research and innovation, Royal Freemasons ensures best practice service, and today operates a Victorian-wide network of accommodation, services and facilities in retirement living, community care and aged care.
For more information please visit our website, www.royalfreemasons.org.au
The practice of benevolence, or universal charity, is a core belief of Freemasons everywhere. Freemasonry was founded on the principle of universal charity and has a proud history of assisting those in need.
The establishment of Freemasons Public Charitable Foundation aids in these endeavours. Established in 1989 The Freemasons Public Charitable Foundation raises funds from the general public as well as from Freemasons and makes grants to Deductible Gift Recipient charities.
The Freemasons Benevolent Fund also offers a range of scholarships.
For further information on Freemasons Foundation Victoria click here.
Victorian Masonic Motorcycling As
The VMMA was initially developed in 2000 by a small group of Freemasons who shared a passion for motorcycles and Freemasonry to raise money for charity.
They have supported community aid groups such as the Ionic Coaching service, Mansfield Historical Society, the Pink Ribbon Ride for Breast Cancer, TLC for Kids, and the Bendigo Radiotherapy Centre. The VMMA annually supports the CanTeen organisation conducting the CanTeen Ride. If you would like to become a member of the VMMA click here.
Freemasons Task Force
Since 1983, the Task Force has been a Community Support Program that exists as a supporting arm of Freemasonry. Our more recent work includes planting at the Ellimata Pony Club as a continuation of the Grand Master's Bush Fire Appeal work. We have also done planting at the Licola Wilderness Village; fence repairs to farm in Avoca; support for the rebuilding of the Rough Riders Hut in the Victorian High Country as well as local support within Districts and Lodges in supporting Masonic widows.
The Task Force is also actively involved with a large number of Children's Charities.
For more information contact the Freemasons Task Force.
Blue Lounge Social Club
The Blue Lounge Social Club is an initiative to allow Freemasons between the ages of 18-55 come together with friends and family in a social setting where they can enjoy each others company.
The club actively supports members by attending ceremonies and helping Freemasons throughout their journey.
For more information on the Blue Lounge Social Club click here.
Freemasons are active in their communities in more ways than collecting money for charities. Some of our Masonic activities and groups include:
Masonic Bicycle Users Group
Masonic Caravan Club
Ceylon Masons Association
The Victorian Masonic Bowls Club
Masonic Widows Association
Masonic Unique Vehicles Group
Friends of Freemasonry
We are pleased to acknowledge the support of the following Friends of Freemasonry.
Alan Kinkade, Group Chief Executive, Epworth Medical Foundation · Antony Chinanni, KPMG · Bill McAuley, Vice President, Royal Society of Victoria · Bob Taylor, Chief Commissioner, Scout Association of Australia · Brother Michael Lynch, Salesian Missions Australia · Bruce Trengove, BJT Consulting · Charles Windeyer, Associate Director, Charter Keck Cramer · Clarke Forbes, Program Director, Radio 3AW Melbourne · David Robertson, Masonicare Regional Manager · Dr Kathy Alexander, Chief Executive Officer, City of Melbourne · Emma O'Hallaran, Markeing and Communications Manager, The Big Issue · Father Bob Maguire, The Fr Bob Maguire Foundation · Frank Cresia, Chief Executive Officer, Waverley Industries · Frank Hinoporos, Senior Associate, Hall & Wilcox Lawyers · Grant Cashin, Executive Director, JBWere · Irene Hendel, Think Pink Living Centre · Katy Barfield, Chief Executive Officer, Second Bite · Kathryn Wallace, Think Pink Living Centre · Kevin Butler, BlazeAid Inc. · Larry Sengstock, Basketball Australia · Major General David McLachlan, AO State President · Victorian Branch RSL · Mark Bolton, General Manager, Ladder · Mark Finnis, Chief Executive Officer, AFL Player's Association · Michael Fox, Director, Little Property · Mitchell Toy, The Herald & Weekly Times Pty Limited · Neil Soullier, Chief Executive, Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation · Phil Wheatley, Executive Officer, Operation Newstart Victoria · Rob Charlesworth, Executive Officer Strategic Partnerships, Scout Association of Australia · Ryan Webb, Marketing and Commercial Department Manager, WorkSafe Victorian Country Football League · Scott Bulger, Executive Director, Epworth Medical Foundation · Tori Anderson, Fundraising and Business Development Manager, TLC For Kids · Pauline Robert, Marketing and Communications Manager, Melbourne Youth Music · Angelo Ferrara, Torquay Cluster Manager, Torquay Police · Peter Murie, Secretary, Acclaim Opera
Freemasons come from all walks of life. We're proud to showcase that diversity by presenting our Community Gallery, which introduces many of our Masons and their works to the community. Each of our members has their own story to tell, and has benefited from their involvement in Freemasonry in all sorts of ways. For the full Gallery, please click here.