Messages from the Grand Secretary

RWBro. Garry Runge OAM JP

Grand Secretary

9 June 2020

Brethren,

The Grand Master-Elect, RWBro. Richard Elkington is very pleased to announce that RWBro. John Rodrigo PJGW has accepted the appointment of Senior Grand Warden-Designate in the 2020-21 Grand Team. We welcome John and his wife Shanti to the team and look forward to many happy installations.

Fraternally,


RWBro. Garry Runge OAM JP
Grand Secretary

Brethren,

As we execute the Constitutional Change that was approved at the September 2019 Quarterly Communications, it is important that every member be afforded the capability to vote on matters that impact our organisation.

Electronic Voting requires a process that will enable every member to receive the voting material and electronic means to be able to vote.  This requires a personal means of communication, and to ensure a simple, repeatable and controlled process, the Board of General Purposes has approved the use of your email address as the communication process.  Although an email address is used, your vote remains secret – no one can ascertain how and if you voted!

Therefore, I ask all members of the Craft, especially Secretaries and District Coordinators, to encourage members to register their email address in Salesforce (if they have not already done so).  As per the Freemasons Victoria Privacy Policy, this will be only used for Masonic Communications, but is essential to ensure that your right to influence the Craft is in place.

 Each of us has a responsibility to govern our craft; to be able to have our voices heard and influence the decisions being made in Freemasons Victoria.  As members, you have a right and expectation of Open, Honest and Transparent Communications, and the right and ability to vote is key to these outcomes.

Therefore, as Freemasons we ask:

  1. Lodge secretaries to assist members in obtaining their member numbers and logging into the Freemasons Victoria website.
  2. We will run a trial vote before the next Quarterly Communications for selected brethren, so that we are fully prepared to have all brethren to be able to vote when required to do so.
  3. That the current circumstances, especially with the COVID-19 complications, makes is critical that every step is taken, for as many members as possible, to not just have the right to vote, but the ability to exercise this.
  4. Email addresses are free and services such as mail.google.com provide a simple, convenient and easy method for obtaining your own, unique email address.

This is a process that must be implemented.

At the September QC last year 96% of the membership who voted, voted for this critical change to our organisational governance to be implemented, and the Grand Master, Bro Keith Murray and Past President of the Board of General Purposes, Bro Justin Stark are actively driving this outcome to ensure the rights of all Freemasons are protected.

Brethren, these updates, and addition of email addresses must be done at least 7 days before a vote, to ensure your details are correct and loaded into the systems for voting. 

You can access your own member record at, https://freemasonsvic.force.com/members/login, where you can updated your personal details, recover and change your password, and access many other Freemasons Victoria resources. Alternatively, please liaise with your lodge Secretary, as I am sure he will give you every assistance on this.

Fraternally,


RWBro. Garry Runge OAM JP
Grand Secretary

Dear Brethren,

NOTICE OF QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION

At a recent meeting of the Board of General Purposes it was unanimously agreed that Grand Lodge meetings be postponed for an indefinite period of time in accordance with Rule 87 of the Book of Constitutions. 

Further updates in relation to future Quarterly Communications will be issued via the Grand Secretary’s Bulletin and our E-Newsletter as the situation unfolds.

 

GRAND MASTERS DISPENSATION OF 18 MARCH

On 18 March the Grand Master, Bro Keith T. Murray advised in his communique titled “Important Update regarding the Coronavirus’;

“All Lodges have dispensation from the Grand Master to conduct business electronically, including all Lodge voting and the reading of applications for membership. For those Lodges due to conduct an Installation during this time, all Officers are to continue in office until future notice.’

Responding to the COVID-19 situation, this means that virtual lodge business can proceed electronically, possibly via email but with a preference for video conferencing using tools such as ZOOM or Microsoft Teams etc. In this fast-moving environment, additional information may be supplied in the future. Lodge Secretaries are to adhere to the spirit and intent of the Constitution and to its Rules when taking advantage of this Dispensation.

When taking advantage of the Grand Master’s Dispensation, Lodges should submit Lodge Meetings Reports (LMRs) via Salesforce to record events such as attendance, apologies,  readings and votes.

Secretaries should also note that in that same communique, the Grand Master encouraged all to focus on the efforts of the Almoner, asking that every Lodge appoint additional  Almoners with the view of contacting every member of your lodge, especially those in higher risk demographics at least fortnightly.

 

GRAND SECRETARIAT AND STAFF

A top priority remains the health and safety of our staff.

On Monday 17 March we announced the closure of the office at East Melbourne and advised that the staff would commence working from home. We understand this is an unprecedented step, but these sadly, are unprecedented times. We continue to do all that we can to support our staff so that they can continue to support our members.

Our staff are available to you during business hours and can be contacted via the usual channels.

We thank you for your patience, understanding and support during these uncertain times.

 

ZOOM MEETINGS

If any Brother would like assistance setting up a Zoom account or information on how to schedule a Zoom meeting please contact Julia Edwards onjulia.edwards@freemasonsvic.net.au or 03 94110103.

Fraternally,


RWBro. Garry Runge OAM JP
Grand Secretary

Dear Brethren,

The Victorian Masonic community is in deep shock following the tragic Eastern Freeway accident on Wednesday night (22 April) which claimed the lives of four Police members.
 
Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graeme Ashton accurately described the four as “heroes.” Young members who put themselves in harm's way to protect the community. The Freemasons of Victoria join in extending the deepest sympathy to the families and colleagues. They are in our prayers.
 
As a retired police officer and Grand Secretary, I know how close the Masonic family is to the members of the Victoria Police community. Freemasons Victoria has been a close and active supporter of the Blue Ribbon Foundation for a number of years.

No doubt I speak for the leadership of Freemasons Victoria regarding this distressing incident in sharing our heartfelt condolences to the families of those lost. 
 
I join with my Masonic and former Police colleague, Myles King, in recommending that Victorian Freemasons demonstrate their support by displaying a virtual blue ribbon https://twibbon.com/support/in-their-honour. In a more practical way, donations to the four families may be made at this address by listing the reason for donating https://remember.org.au/donate/

Fraternally,


RWBro. Garry Runge OAM JP
Grand Secretary

Dear Brethren,

In consultation with the Grand Inspector of Workings, the following information is provided.

In these difficult times we understand Lodges may wish to continue their traditional monthly meetings. This is understandable and would certainly continue the engagement of members within Freemasonry, however the Board of General Purposes took the action that for the health of our membership, Masonic meetings are suspended, and the use of Masonic facilities is not permitted.  That recommendation has now been confirmed in Stage 2 Restrictions as set by the State Government.

Lodges may conduct a style of meeting inclusive of business discussions and lectures, however performing ritual is prohibited. Lodges have also been given dispensation to conduct votes via circular resolution. For example, applications for membership or affiliation can be deemed to have “read” out loud in Lodge in accordance with rules 217 and 222 if the information has been distributed to all members of the Lodge by the Lodge Secretary.

Further information can be provided by the Grand Secretary on the operation of these rules in Lodge meetings. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the Grand Secretary at grandsec@freemasonsvic.net.au.

It is important we emphasise that Freemasons Foundation Victoria has a benevolence fund which is specifically set up for Brethren facing financial hardship. If there are Brethren finding themselves in difficult circumstances, they should send an email to enquiries@freemasonsfoundation.org.

With Fraternal Regards,


RWBro. Garry Runge OAM JP
Grand Secretary

Dear Brethren,

On behalf of the team at Freemasons Victoria, I would like to wish you and your loved ones our warmest wishes this Christmas and we hope that the New Year sees your home filled laughter, love and good health.

This time of the year should bring joy to all, however we must remember that it can be challenging for some. One of our Masonic principles relates to Brotherly Love and in this festive season, we should remember the importance this holds. While many of us will be celebrating, there may be some of our Brethren who may benefit from a small act of kindness, whether it be a message or phone call. So don’t wait until tomorrow, reach out to your fellow Brethren and let them know you care.

Thank you for your continued support and on behalf of Freemasons Victoria, I would like to wish all our Brethren, partners, friends and families a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year in 2020.

With Fraternal Regards,


RWBro. Garry Runge OAM JP
Grand Secretary

Brethren,

Our Grand Master, Bro. Keith Murray, and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Relations Committee, is again looking for interested Brethren to volunteer to act as the Grand Representative of one of the nearly 200 Grand Lodges around the world with which we have fraternal relations. Currently, there are 80 vacancies.

The role is not time-consuming, and mostly involves ‘keeping in touch' with the Grand Lodge you are appointed to represent, specifically your ‘opposite number' at that Grand Lodge.

ANY Freemason is most welcome to express interest – particularly if he has any interest in, or connection to, any particular part of the world. We would still be delighted to hear from Brethren who are interested to assist, even if there are no direct ties to any Grand Lodge on the vacancies list. We encourage all Brethren, from the newly initiated to the senior Masons, to be part of building closer ties across the Masonic globe.

Please review the List of Vacancies herewith, and complete and return the attached Expression of Interest Form. We look forward to hearing from you.

A short piece on the Grand Representative System can be found here.

With Fraternal Regards,


RWBro. Garry Runge OAM JP
Grand Secretary

Dear Brother,

The Grand Master has approved a revised Grand Rank and Other Services Policy effective 1 November 2019.

The policy has two main components:

  1. Policy on Grand Rank (2019)
  2. Policy on Other Honours/Awards (2019)
  3. Policy on Grand Rank (2019)

The principal to be applied is that Grand Rank is a significant honour bestowed on a freemason and it should therefore be awarded based upon a brother having given meritorious service, based upon a qualitative, rather than a quantitative framework.  The guidelines are set out in sections 16 to 55 of the policy.  Recommendations must be received at the office of the Grand Secretary on the prescribed form by 30th November each year.  However, an extension has been granted until 15 December 2019 on this occasion.    

  1. Policy on Honours/Awards (2019)

It has been considered for some time that there must be a way of better recognising and celebrating the many brethren and non-freemasons that give great service to the fraternity. It has therefore been determined that a new awards system will be established, known as the Freemasons Order of Merit.  Such awards are to be divided into three categories; Member of the Order, Fellow of the Order and Companion of the Order. The guidelines around these awards are set out in sections 61 to 88 of the policy.  Any nominations for consideration for these awards must be submitted to the Grand Secretary on the prescribed form by the 30 November.  Again this date has been extended until 15 December 2019.

Information regarding years of service less than 50 years is set out in sections 91 to 98.

Information regarding the Award of a Lewis Pin is set out in sections 99 to100.

Below are the prescribed forms for submission of nominations and a copy of the Grand Rank and Other Awards Policy.

Download Nomination for Grand Rank.

Download Policy for Grand Rank.

Fraternally,


RWBro. Garry Runge OAM JP
Grand Secretary

Dear Brother,

In 2017, the Grand Master established a committee to investigate the future of the UGLV Fraternal Relations system.

This Grand Lodge currently maintains Fraternal Relations in excess of 110 Grand Lodges around the world. The UGLV recommends to other Grand Lodges the name of a Brother to act as the Grand Representative of their Grand Lodge in Victoria. The decision to accept our recommendation remains with those other Grand Lodges. The UGLV Grand Representatives then maintain contact with their counterparts overseas exchanging information about their respective Grand Lodges.

Following a review of the UGLV Grand Representatives, the Fraternal Relations Committee has recommended that all 110 Grand Representative positions be advertised as ‘vacant’ and calls for expressions of interest from brethren of Master Mason rank and above. 

This process has been put in place to re-invigorate the Fraternal Relations system by identifying Brethren who have family, heritage or general interest in an overseas jurisdiction.

Earlier this year expressions of interest were called for from Brethren.  In excess of 50 Grand Representatives have now been recommended.  A further 54 vacancies exist and the committee is keen to ensure as many as possible are filled.

If you are interested in becoming a Grand Representative and meet the selection criteria, please complete the online expression of interest form which will be sent to the Fraternal Relations Committee via the Grand Secretary.

Click here to complete the expression of interest form

Click here to download the position description

Fraternally,


RWBro. Garry Runge JP
Grand Secretary

Brethren,

REMINDER OF QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION

Worshipful Master, you are summoned together with your Past Masters, Wardens and all Brethren of your Lodge to attend the June Communication of Grand Lodge, to be held on Wednesday 19 June 2019 at Freemasons Bayside commencing at 7:30pm.

A reminder that all Brethren attending must register through Trybooking – https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=490087&bof=1

The Quarterly Communication will be live streamed to the below designated centres:

Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Baxter, Geelong, Bendigo, Box Hill, Greensborough, Horsham, Keysborough, Mildura, Mount Waverley, Pakenham, Portland, Shepparton, Sunshine, Swan Hill, Traralgon, Wangaratta and Warrnambool.

There will be a short “Q&A” session at the conclusion of the Communication and I remind you of the Grand Masters message of 5 April 2019 whereby members were invited to submit questions for this session to the office of the Grand Secretary.

Submissions are now open until close of business on Wednesday 12 June and should be addressed to grandsec@freemasonsvic.net.au or by calling the office on 9411 0103.

It is a requirement that those with questions be present at Freemasons Bayside for the Communication. The questions will be collated and published along with the answers.

DEPUTY GRAND MASTER – RULE 38

Nominations for the position of Deputy Grand Master opened on Wednesday 20 March and will close at the fall of the Gavel at the Quarterly Communication on Wednesday 19 June 2019. 

Rule 38 outlines the qualifications necessary for a Brother proposing to nominate for the position of Deputy Grand Master.

Rule 38 states: Brethren willing to be nominated as candidates for election as Deputy Grand Master must, at the time of nomination have served in an active Grand Lodge Team in an office which entitled him to the appellation “Very Worshipful” or “Right Worshipful.”

Application forms for this position can be obtained by contacting the office of the Grand Secretary on grandsec@freemasonsvic.net.au or by calling 03 9411 0103.

The names of the candidates for the position of Deputy Grand Master will be announced at the June Communication.

Fraternally,


RWBro. Garry Runge JP
Grand Secretary

Brethren,

It is with great delight that Freemasons Victoria recognise the outstanding service by several Freemasons who were recently awarded Honours in the Australia Day Honours list. The Brethren list herein certainly deserve our hearty thanks for the wonderful commitment they have made to Freemasonry and the community. On behalf of all Freemasons, thank you for a job well done, your awards are well deserved.

VWBro. Richard Alexander BURMAN OAM, PGIWkgs

For service to the community.

Gilbert and Sullivan Society Of Victoria Inc • Member, since 1954. • Performer and Director, 1976-2014. • Convenor, Concert Party, 1980-2016. • Treasurer, 1977-1980. • President, 1980-1985 and 1987-1991. • Life Member, since 1987. Victorian Drama League • President, 2007-2014. • Vice President, 1984-1996. • Treasurer 1967-1977 and 1988-1994. • Adjudicator of Awards, current. • Peer Reviewer of Production of Plays, current. • Life Member, current. • Volunteer make-up artist, Melbourne Grammar School, since 1967. Lord Somers Camp and Power House • Has attended every camp since 1961. • Camp Executive 2008-2013. • Department Head, 1985-1987 and 1963-1969. • Camp Bursar, 1980-1984. • Deputy Camp Chief, 1969-1979. • Musical Director, 1961-1962. • President Powerhouse Dramatic Club, 1961-1970. • Honorary Life Member, since 1981. Freemasonry • Member, Freemasons Victoria, since 1955. • Member, Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England, since 1956. • Master, Kingsale Lodge No 539, 1965-1966 and 1976-1977. • Secretary, Kingsale Lodge No 539, 1963-1964 and 1968-1978. • Master, Victoria Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 47 EC, 1977. • Master, The Old Melburnians' Lodge No 317, 1997-1998 and 2006-2007. • Secretary, The Old Melburnians' Lodge No 317, since 2012. • Member, Lodge of the Golden Fleece No 300, since 2015. • Director of Ceremonial, Lodge of the Golden Fleece No 300, since 2015. • Conferred Grand Rank, Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England, Past Grand Master Overseer, since 2010. • Conferred Grand Rank, United Grand Lodge Victoria, Past Grand Inspector of Workings, since 2008. • Choir Member, Parish of Saint John's East Malvern, over 50 years.

RWBro. Frank Charles David FORDYCE OAM, PJGW

For service to the community, particularly through Freemasonry.

Freemasonry: • Treasurer, The North Melbourne Lodge, since 1998. • Secretary, Maribyrnong Lodge of Mark Master Masons, since 2006. • 3rd Principal, South Yarra-Gardenvale Holy Royal Arch Chapter, 2018. • Director, Freemasons Foundation Victoria Limited, 2014-2016. • Chairman, Benevolent Fund Advisory Committee, 2015-2017. • Life Member, Masonic Club of Victoria, 1993; Treasurer, 1977-1981. • Freemasons Victoria Board of Benevolence: President, 2010-2014; Member, 2003- 2014. • Treasurer, Essendon Masonic Centre Board of Management Inc., 2018. Cinema Industry Benevolent Fund of Victoria • Council Member, 1983-2017. • Administrator, 1986-2013. • Convenor/Organiser, Annual Charity Fundraising Golf Day, 1993-2015. • Honorary Secretary, 1985-2013. • Life Member, since 2002. Other: • Official Scorer/Life Member, Grampians Cricket Association, 1977-1990.

VWBro. David Cyril HEAZLEWOOD OAM, PGIWkgs

For service to the community through a range of roles.

Freemasons Victoria • Worshipful Master, Hiram Mark Lodge, current. • Worshipful Master, Admiral Collingwood Lodge, 2012-2018. • Worshipful Master, Lodge of Allegiance, 1982-1983. • Chair, Acting Chair and Member, Risk and Audit Committee, 2010-2018. • Member, Secretary/Treasurer and Lecture Master, Ivalda Lodge of Instruction, 2008- 2016. • President, Ionic Education Coaching Service, since 2017. • Inspector of Workings, Monash District, since 2017. • Assistant Coordinator, Northern District, 2013-2015. • Member, for over 41 years. • Treasurer for six lodges. • Liaison Officer for three lodges. • Attained Grand Rank, 1992. Community Service • Board Member and Vice-President, Glenallen School for Children with a Significant Disability. • Board Member, Treasurer and Company Secretary, Eastern Disability Access Resource. • Netball Manager and Coach, for athletes with a disability, Royal Park and Box Hill.

Bro. Brian Russell SAMUEL OAM, MM

For service to the Jewish community.

Jewish Community • Vice-President, Union for Progressive Judaism, since 2015. • President, Progressive Judaism Victoria, 2013-2015; Vice-President, 2011-2013. • Executive Member, Zionism Victoria, since 2011. • Executive Member, Jewish Community Council of Victoria, since 2011. Temple Beth Israel (TBI) • Chair, Board of Governance, 2003-2018. • President, Board of Governance, 2008-2010. • Vice-President, Board of Governance, 2005-2008. • Member, Board of Governance, 2000-2013. • Former Chair, Fundraising, Social Justice and Corporate Governance Committees. Neighbourhood Watch Victoria • President, 2005-2007. • State Secretary, 2011-2012. • State Treasurer, 2004-2005. • Member, State Board of Management, 2003-2014. • Member, North West Village Board of Management, 204-2012. • Former Area Leader, Glen Iris. Australian Marketing Institute • Victorian President, 2003-2004. • National Deputy President, 2000-2002. • Fellow and Certified Practising Marketer, 1997. Other • Treasurer, Victorian Division, White Ribbon Australia, since 2015. • Chair, Industry Advisory Board, RMIT University Business School, 200-2016. • Member, Parliamentary Social Inclusion Leadership Committee, since 2014; Parliamentary Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee, 2011. • Deputy Chairman Apparel Exporters Association 1987-1988. • Deputy Chairman Australian Confederation of Apparel Manufacturers 1987-1988. Education • President, Victorian Parent Council, 1997-1999. • Deputy President, Australian Parents Council, 1997-2000. • Board Member and Secretary, Victorian Parents Council, 1989-1992. • Acting President, Wesley College Parents Association, 2000-2001. • President, Auburn South Primary School Council, 1989-1990; member, 1984-1992.

Bro. Richard Alaster GOWER AM, MM

For significant service to the recreational and historical aviation sector through a range of roles.

Royal Victorian Aero Club (RVAC): Director, 1990-2011. Chief Theory Instructor, 1976-1979. Honorary Chief Flying Instructor, 1978, 1980. Founder, RVAC Satellite Flying School, Coldstream Aerodrome, 1996. Former RVAC Safety Officer, Vice-President, Chairman of Flying and head of maintenance and operations. Founding Flight Leader of Black Flight. Technical Committee Member, Royal Federation of Aero Clubs Australia (RFACA), current. Member, Honourable Company of Air Pilots (HCAP), current. Former President, Coldstream Flyers Club. Foundation President, Caulfield Institute of Technology Aircraft Cooperative, 1977. Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia (AAAA): President, 1990-1996. Committee Member, 1988-1999. Member, current. Victorian Branch Committee, Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP): Member, current. General Aviation Representative, 1989-1990. Regional Airspace Advisory Committee (RAPAC): Member, since 1989. Former Industry Convenor. Awards and recognition includes: Recipient, Col Pay Award, Australian Division, Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), 2017. Recipient, Bernie Saroff award for services to aviation, The Royal Federation of Aero Clubs Australia, 2014. Recipient, Honorary Life Membership, Royal Victorian Aero Club, 2012. Recipient, Les Mason Award for outstanding services to antique aviation, Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia, 2009.

WBro. Colin James FLATTERS OAM, MM

For service to veterans and their families.

Returned Services League of Australia Maroubra Sub-Branch • Acting State Councillor, 2016-2017. • EMDC President, since 2015. • Youth Club President, since 2014. • State Congress Delegate, since 1999. • Sub-Branch Trustee, since 1999. • Pensions Officer, since 1999. • Elected EMDC Vice President, 2000-2015. • Youth Club Secretary,1999-2014. • Sub-Branch Secretary, 1999-2014. • Delegate to EMDC, 1997-2000. • Member, Sub-Branch Committee, 1995. • Member, since 1994. Wentworthville Sub-Branch • Member,1967. Freemasons NSW and ACT Lodge of John Williams • Honorary Treasurer, since 1996. • Honorary Trustee, since 1996. • District Grand Inspector of Workings, 1992-1994. • Member, since 1987. Lodge Cosmopolitan Queenscliff • Member, Lodge Cosmopolitan Queenscliff, 1985-1987.

WBro. Robert Bruce McIVOR OAM

For service to veterans and their families.

Victorian Branch of the National Servicemen's Association

  • State President, since 2008.
  • Former State Vice-President.

Monash Sub-Branch of the National Servicemen's Association

  • President, since 2006.
  • Life Member, current.
  • Former Vice-President.
  • Member, since 1998.

South East Sub-Branch

  • President, 2002.
  • Member, 1997-2002.
  • Observer, Waverley Returned Services League Committee, current.
  • Volunteer, ‘Hand Brake Turn', 20 years.

Fraternally,


RWBro. Garry Runge JP
Grand Secretary

Brethren,

In late 2018 the Grand Master established a committee to investigate the future of the UGLV Fraternal Relations system.

This Grand Lodge currently maintains Fraternal Relations with almost 105 Grand Lodges around the world. The UGLV recommends to other Grand Lodges the name of a Brother to act as the Grand Representative of their Grand Lodge in Victoria. The UGLV Grand Representatives then maintain contact with their counterparts overseas exchanging information about their respective Grand Lodges.

Following a review of the UGLV Grand Representatives, the Fraternal Relations Committee has recommended that all 105 Grand Representative positions be advertised as ‘vacant’ and calls for expressions of interest from Brethren of Master Mason rank and above. 

This process has been put in place to re-invigorate the Fraternal Relations system by identifying Brethren who have family, heritage or general interest in an overseas jurisdiction. 

Some UGLV Grand Representatives have held the position for many years and may feel inclined to relinquish their role in favour of younger Brethren, however, those who wish to retain their position and can demonstrate an active contact with their counterpart overseas may be considered favourably.

If you are interested in becoming or continuing as a Grand Representative and meet the selection criteria, please complete the attached expression of interest form which will be supplied to the Fraternal Relations Committee.  

Click HERE to apply.

Fraternally,


RWBro. Garry Runge JP
Grand Secretary

 

Brethren,

The Board of General Purposes has approved the same streaming centres used for the September 2018 Quarterly Communication for the December 2018 Quarterly Communication.

Proceedings of Grand Lodge will be streamed to: Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Baxter, Geelong, Bendigo, Box Hill, Greensborough, Horsham, Keysborough, Mildura, Mount Waverley, Pakenham, Portland, Shepparton, Sunshine, Swan Hill, Traralgon, Wangaratta and Warrnambool.

I remind Brethren and Lodges that in accordance with Rule 59 of the Book of Constitutions, the Grand Secretary is the proper conduit when corresponding with the Grand Master. The Grand Secretariat will ensure that all correspondence is recorded and when appropriate responded to in a timely manner. My office seeks to provide continuous improvement in communications with Brethren and Lodges, and your support with this process is appreciated.

Fraternally,


RWBro. Garry Runge JP
Grand Secretary

Dear Brother,

The Board of General Purposes has reopened nominations for eligible Brethren to express interest in becoming members of the Board Selection Panel. This invitation is in accordance with rules 300 to 308 of the Book of Constitutions.

Those Brethren who have submitted nominations have been accepted as applicants and need not further apply. There are currently vacancies in the below Districts, which need to provide 3 applicants for this important panel.

Nominations from the below Districts are required:

  • 101 – North West Vic
  • 102 – South West Vic
  • 103 – Loddon
  • 104 – Goulburn
  • 105 – Gipps East
  • 106 – Central Highland 
  • 107 – Wimmera
  • 108 – North East
  • 111 – Central 
  • 112 – Bayside
  • 113 – South East Mornington
  • 114 – Monash Gully
  • 116 – Northern
  • 117 – Western

Your participation in the selection of the Board of General Purposes is encouraged.

Application forms can be obtained by clicking ‘download' below.

All applications are to be submitted to the Grand Secretary at grandsec@freemasonsvic.net.au

Applications close on 26 October 2018.

If you have any further enquiries please contact Ms Julia Edwards on 9411 0103 or julia.edwards@freemasonsvic.net.au   

Fraternally,


RWBro. Garry Runge JP
Grand Secretary

Dear PJGWs,

The Board of General Purposes is inviting eligible Brethren to express interest in becoming members of the Deputy Grand Master Selection Panel. This invitation is in accordance with rules 27 to 44 of the Book of Constitutions.

A notice was previously distributed on 6 August 2018, and those Brethren who have responded to that notice have been accepted as applicants and need not further apply. 

There are currently vacancies in all Districts, which need to provide three applicants for this important panel.

Brethren of or above the rank of Past Junior Grand Warden are eligible to apply.

Your participation in the selection of the DGM, who may potentially become the Grand Master, is encouraged.

Please click below to download a copy of the application form.

All applications are to be submitted to the Grand Secretary at grandsec@freemasonsvic.net.au

Applications close on 23 October 2018.

If you have any further enquiries please contact Ms Julia Edwards on 9411 0103 or julia.edwards@freemasonsvic.net.au     

Fraternally,


RWBro. Garry Runge JP
Grand Secretary

Greetings Brethren,

It is with great pleasure I write to you in my capacity as Grand Secretary and thank all those who have wished me well in the role. As many of you will be aware, my background is in law enforcement and politics. I enjoyed 30 years of service to the community in Victoria Police and the Office of Police Integrity followed by service as a municipal Mayor, Justice of the Peace and finally working for a Federal Member of Parliament prior to taking up this appointment.

I joined Freemasonry in the Berwick Lodge in 1984 and have enjoyed contributing in Ceremonial Teams, committees and portfolios as well as being a member of other orders.

Now as Grand Secretary, I see my role as one of leadership for the staff located at the Grand Secretariat and as a conduit between the membership and the Grand Master.

Freemasonry is all about making good men better men and I have found our fraternity to be a wonderful guiding light during my professional and personal life. Freemasons are good, upright men who value certain principles and maintain a high level of appropriate behaviour. I have a strong belief that we should all respect one another and treat each other as we would like to be treated. It is time to call out bad masonic behaviour and work on rebuilding respect for others.

I encourage Brethren to express a different opinion when necessary, however it is the manner in which this is done at times that concerns me. I encourage you to gather information about a subject and express your views but ask that you keep an open mind and be factual.

Recently a potential candidate contacted my office seeking advice on how to join our fraternity. The young man logged onto the Freemasons of Victoria Facebook page and read a number of comments. He later commented to the office that all the infighting and negative comments he saw, which were posted, had unfortunately caused him to reconsider his desire to join.  In his words the page was “pretty eye opening.” Brethren, I ask you to reflect on what you post on social media as those comments are there for all to see and have the potential to discredit our fraternity.

The Masonic Services team I lead are dedicated and customer focussed. My team will be pleased to assist you or your Lodge with any matters and will endeavour to provide a quick response to your needs. We are opening the lines of communications with the Brethren and Lodges to better serve our membership.

I personally, am happy to hear from any Brother wishing to contact me.

Brethren, our fraternity is cherished by the membership. I encourage you to continue building the membership, call out bad behaviour and above all be happy and communicate happiness to others.

Let’s continue to make the world a better place, one man at a time.

Fraternally,

RWBro. Garry Runge, JP
Grand Secretary