Messages from the Grand Secretary

RWBro. Garry Runge JP

Grand Secretary

2 November 2018

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