Di Jamieson has been around Freemasonry her whole life. Her father joined Freemasonry the year she was born and was an active member until six months before he passed away at the age of 89. “Freemasonry was one of the most important elements for Dad, outside his family and work. It was his “third place” as it is now referred to, long before there was a documented theory.”
Di has very fond memories of growing up in the country attending lodge social functions with many other families. These included barbecues, picnics, pool parties and the highlight every year was the annual Christmas party which Father Christmas always attended. Her parents’ closest friends were couples and families that they had met through lodge.
“There is much more to Freemasonry than just the social and intellectual interaction of the men. There are many good works that are often carried out anonymously or behind the scenes such as philanthropy, particularly to improve health and fund research, and through the assistance of scholarships, and the many volunteers that give so freely of their time to various causes.”
In 2012, Di’s father was particularly pleased when her husband, Felix Pintado became a Freemason. Felix says that her father was a significant influence, among many good men, in his decision to become a Freemason. Di’s father lived his life according to the three grand principles of Freemasonry. The tenets of brotherly love, relief, and truth were clearly expressed in his quiet demeanour as a true gentleman, steeped in honesty and integrity, exemplifying a lived Freemasonry.
Apart from helping her husband learn and prepare for lodge meetings, much like she helped her father all those years ago, her involvement in Freemasonry now is more through social functions associated with the lodges of which Felix is a member – Middle Park No. 206, SEAVIC No. 8, and Sunshine Wisdom No. 226.
“It is fair to say that, while we attend these many events as a couple, it is immensely fulfilling when we each try to make our own sense of the unique and enriching experience that is Freemasonry.”
Di is also involved with Felix’s work through Royal Freemasons, and the many activities organised by and through Freemasons Victoria which they both attend. This involvement has meant that Di has met many new and interesting people from all over Australia and overseas. In fact, even her volunteer work with the Philippine Consulate in Melbourne has led to many interactions with Freemasons of different nationalities and from various walks of life.
“In one way or another, Freemasonry has helped us through difficult times. From what I have observed, Freemasonry provides a workable framework for understanding the purpose of life and for living it properly. Today's world needs this more than ever. It provides a guide and a measure for men, a time to pause, reflect and engage with one’s self and to focus on the improvement of their true selves, without the cover of their professional lives.”