Author Archive

Think Pink Day at the Western Masonic Centre

Please Come along and have fun plus help a worthy cause

Logo_think-pink

ART & CRAFT SALES

SAUSAGE SIZZLE

Plus great entertainment

Monster Raffle

12th Oct 2014

10.30am through to 4pm.

1a Ralph St Sunshine West

Enter from Callaway Blvd

This Fundraiser is a direct partnership with the Grand Lodge Think Pink fundraising and all

proceeds will be forwarded straight to our GL representative.

University of the 3rd Age

The University of the 3rd Age Brimbank is an organisation providing an environment for Senior Citizens of enjoyment and opportunities through Social Interaction, Physical Activities and Personal Development.

Find out more.

Go kart round robin challenge

Team Sunshine Wisdom (Ladies & Brethren) and talented conscripts to challenge teams from all other Lodges to a Go-Kart Round Robin followed by a BBQ at 234 Fun Galore.

Sunshine wisdom Go-Kart Invitation (PDF)

Van delivered to help SecondBite

Secondbite VehicleWestern District 117 provided funds and support so that a new vehicle could be provided to the Secondbite charity helping with food collection and deliveries.
In 2012, SecondBite collected 3 million kgs of fresh food that might otherwise have gone to waste.  With the generous support of over 600 volunteers, enough food to provide 6 million hearty meals was provided to over 500 community food programs across Australia.
Mark Patton of Logistics & Food Procurement Manager Victoria writes,

Your kind donation of the van has allowed SecondBite to collect and redistribute more fresh nutritious produce than ever before. We estimate that the van rescues and redistributes approximately 20 tonnes of fresh nutritious produce per month which equates to an extra 40,000 meals being providing to people in need via the agencies we support.

Since taking delivery of the van from the Freemasons, SecondBite has added more recipient agencies in the Western and North Western areas. These include the Braybrook Neighbourhood House, Wingate Community Health Services, and the Willing Older Workers. All these agencies are very thankful for the food they now receive from SecondBite. This is only possible now due to Freemason’s donation of the van.
As mentioned in our conversation last week Ted, the opportunity to ride the van is always available to you and all at the Freemasons so you can see first-hand the huge positive impact the van has made to SecondBite and the people we support.
Thanks again Ted to you and all at the Freemasons,

Special Olympics come to Werribee

The Special Olympics are an international voluntary programme of sports training and competition for people of all ages with an intellectual disability. Sports involved include aquatics, track & field, basketball, bocce, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis and ten pin bowling.

Special Olympics Volunteers

Special Olympics Volunteers

Starting in Victoria in 1975 the programme has been growing ever since, and Werribee was host of the latest competition over the weekend of April 16th and 17th. Freemasonry Victoria have been involved with the Special Olympics for many years and this event gave the freemasons of Western District 117 the opportunity to do their bit. They were asked to provide and help prepare lunches for approximately 200 athletes and volunteers on each of the two days of competition.

The task was to provide; 400 bread rolls, 400 muesli bars, 400 fruit juice drinks and 400 pieces of fruit which duly arrived on the Saturday morning.

A band of volunteers was formed to make up the ham and salad rolls and pack the lunch bags prior to delivering them to the respective venues. The weekend went off without a hitch and the volunteers all agreed that it was a fun occasion as well as providing some “hands on” benevolence to the local community.

David Seymour, District Coordinator Western District 117 would like to thank all the volunteers that gave freely of their time and also those companies that generously provided the rolls, muesli bars, fruit juice and fruit.

New initiates dinner

The Western District will host a dinner for all members initiated since January 1st 2010.

It will be held at the Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen Street, Yarraville on Friday October 15th at 7.00pm. Cost $40 a head for a three course dinner, drinks at bar prices.

New initiates are invited to bring their partners and non freemasons if they wish. Seats are limited so – first come – first served.

Looking forward to a great night and I have it on good advice that the Deputy Grand Master will be there!

Western District Tops the Charts in Good Friday Appeal

The Western Masonic District topped the charts with their collection of $11,988.60 at the annual Good Friday Appeal for the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Working in conjunction with Uncle Bob’s Club, the Masonic Districts in the greater Melboune area shake collection cans at 7-Eleven outlets in their respective Districts. Western District volunteers manned no less than 14 outlets and almost doubled their 2009 figure. In total the Masonic Districts collected almost $37,000, approximately a 30% increase on last year.

Western District Coordinator, David Seymour, praised the efforts of all the volunteers and paid special tribute to Steve Foss for his dedicated coordination of the volunteers, many of who were not freemasons. Family and friends of freemasons willingly gave up a few hours of their time to help raise money for this worthiest of causes.

“I am delighted with the amount we collected this year, but I guess we have set ourselves a huge challenge to improve next year”, David said, “but with the calibre of men and women who assist us each year I am sure we will be up to it”.

District To Host Charity Challenge

Western Masonic District will host a Charity Challenge at the Northern Masonic Centre, Station Road, Oak Park on Friday 24th September commencing at 7.00pm.

Lodges have been invited to make a presentation on behalf of their selected charity to members of the Grand Lodge Board of Benevolence. It is expected that six or more Lodges will make their presentations after which the members of the Board will adjudicate the best three presentations. The Board will have available the sum of $6,000 which is usually divided into three prizes of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000, although the adjudicators have the power to alter this if they deem fit. However, there are no losers on the night as those presentations that were not successful in winning one of the major prizes are encouraged to submit an application to the Board for funds based on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

The evening will begin with a two-course dinner at a cost of $20 per head including drinks. The presentations will be made between courses and the whole evening is on a casual and social footing, with everyone enjoying a convivial atmosphere.

Lodges have until September 1st to submit their intention to make a presentation and book tables for the evening.

Further details can be obtained by contacting the District Coordinator on dseymour@iprimus.com.au.