Glen Richards' advice to anyone interested in joining Freemasonry is quite simple: “ask yourself two questions,” he says, “firstly: why do you want to join? Secondly: what’s keeping you?”
Glen, of Powlett Lodge in Wonthaggi, is a great believer in the character building opportunities provided by the Craft. “You get to use your memory through ritual and ceremony,” Glen explains, “you get involved in the community and take a bunch of messages with you that you can use in life.” He is particularly proud of the way the Masonic Brotherhood lifts the individual up and supports them: “it doesn’t drop you if you are incapable,” he states, “it encourages you, and there is room for everybody”.
Glen’s background is in retail, having owned a Newsagency in Melbourne for forty years. At 59, however, he felt it was time for a change and left the city life for the country, where he bought a modest farm. It may not have been as lucrative for Glen, but the important thing for him was how much he enjoyed what he did. In all matters he has been supported by his loving wife and two children, and their support certainly extends to his association with Freemasonry; “I’m about to be installed in the Chair of the Mark, and they are all coming to cheer me on,” Glen says with a smile. His view on the Craft is tempered by his 53 years of membership. For Glen, slow and steady improvement and accomplishment over time is what is most important. “Nothing crucial can be learned in five minutes”, he explains, “you have to work at it, to improve your character along with your fellow men. It’s about having fun, but it’s also about learning.”