When Mike migrated from England to Australia in 1964, it didn’t take him long to join Freemasonry after a friend introduced him to the charms of the venerable organisation. Whilst he may not have known many people when he first arrived in the country, thanks to Freemasonry, Mike and his wife were able to gain many friends, and even people they now consider part of their family.
According to Mike, Freemasonry has different meanings for every member. These vary depending on what you are interested in, what your goals are, and what you want to get out of it. Ultimately, however, it is a fellowship, and everyone learns something from the experience. For example, Freemasonry taught Mike to be more tolerant, to accept others and to accept the fact that you can’t please everyone all the time.
For many years now, Mike has been part of the Sausage Sizzle fund-raising activity, which is a great way for Masons to share what they do with the community whilst raising vital funds for charities such as the Lort Smith Animal Hospital and Shelter. Mike is also proud to visit patients in Freemason Hospitals, taking the time to get to know them and to be there for them in difficult moments. In his role as Lodge Almoner, he is charged with checking in on the well-being of various members, particularly those of ailing health. He goes to great efforts to remind his fellow Brethren when they are unwell, that they ‘aren’t alone. We’re always here for you.’
Apart from its charitable enterprises, Freemasonry is also a great social channel. Not only has Mike been able to keep in touch with the people he cares about, he has also been able to reconnect with old friends: “it is just a matter of being involved in their activities”, he explains. Mike also enjoys meeting and spending time with the younger crowd, and feels he can be a role model for them, which is one of the reasons he involved himself so eagerly in the Blue Lounge Social Club – a space for young current and prospective Masons to socialise and learn more about the Craft.