Freemasons Support Creswick Municipal Band
Worshipful Brother Michael of Creswick Havilah Lodge on the right (in Lodge regalia) and Mr Rob Ohlsen, President of the Creswick Municipal Band on the left.
The Freemasons of the Creswick Havilah Lodge presented a grant of $5,000 to the Creswick Municipal Band to purchase new band instruments.
In making the presentation, Lodge member Michael Clark commented on the parallels between the two organisations; both being amongst the oldest in the town, both meeting in some the oldest buildings in the town and their meeting places being opposite one another on Creswick’s Albert Street.
“Charity has always been a core value of Freemasonry” said Bro. Michael Clark. From its earliest days the Havilah Lodge has provided “relief” to those in need. This was particularly important in the days before government welfare as we know it today. While the band, by its very nature is very public, Freemasonry has generally done its good works very quietly. The Creswick Band and its work with young people with its highly successful Youth Band has particularly impressed the Masons, who arranged the grant through the Victorian Freemasons Charitable Foundation. In addition to the $5,000 grant from Freemasons Foundation, the Lodge members supplemented the grant from their local funds.
In accepting the grant the Band President, Mr Rob Ohlsen, stressed the importance of bands to communities and the costs associated with keeping them going. “Finding the money for instruments and uniforms is not easy”, Mr Ohlsen said. “Especially as we are growing. The Band recently had to pay $18,000 for just one instrument.”
“The $5,000 grant will be well applied”, Mr Ohlsen said in thanking the Freemasons for their generous donation.
After the presentation, members of the Lodge and the band joined together for refreshments and some music in the Lodges’ supper room.
The presentation was made in the Creswick Havilah Lodge Meeting Room on the evening of Thursday 28 February 2019.
For more information contact Michael Clark, 0409 421 547.