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Worshipful Master's End of Term Lunch

Added on by Sam Sala.

A crowd of over 60 gathered at the Glenroy Bowling Club on Sunday 25 June to mark the end of the first term of Worshipful Brother Don Wilkin PGStdB as Worshipful Master ofBrunswick United No 924 and to welcome him as Master-elect for 2017/2018.

Very Worshipful Brother Philip Scharp PGIW, the Lodge's Director Ceremonies, acted as Master of Ceremonies, performing his duties with the polish we expect of him and thus ensured a smooth transition to the many activities on the agenda.  He did, however, appear to  have some difficulty with the difference between his afternoons and evenings; MC –“afternoons”, DC –“evenings”.

Listening to Don?

Listening to Don?

The usual delicious lunch (3 courses) was presented by the Wizards, Kevin and Marie and nobody should have  left unsatisfied or feeling the need for dinner.

Brother Don spoke about his first year in the Chair of King Solomon and thanked his Office Bearers for their support during the year.  He is looking forward to his next 12 months in the chair and the challenges that lay ahead.

Ceremonially, 2016-2017 has been 'full on' for the Master and his Team, with a Degree ceremony at every meeting.  Even the traditional 'night off' in December was a Degree ceremony.  However, relief is in sight - there may be at least one 'free night' in 2017-2018 (but no promises!!!).

Don with wife Lorraine by his side addressing the luncheon attendees

Don with wife Lorraine by his side addressing the luncheon attendees

A highlight of the afternoon was the entertainment provided by two 'unknowns' playing string instruments.  Additionally, there was a traditional bush yarn, raffle prizes including baskets of fruit and vegetables for good health, door prizes, surprise presents and other activities to round out the day.  One of the winners was Worshipful Brother Bill Schoof and wife Val; they left with a large roast leg of lamb in a “tucker bag” courtesy of Brother Tom Ioannou.

Paul O'Dea demonstrating some of his (previously hidden) talent with the banjo along with story telling that 'wowed' the audience

Paul O'Dea demonstrating some of his (previously hidden) talent with the banjo along with story telling that 'wowed' the audience

But perhaps the star of the day was Makayla Scharp.  Makayla (just 10 years of age but growing up fast)  gave a professional performance on the violin and enthralled the audience (especially proud grandparents and parents) with 3 beautiful tunes from her extensive repertoire.  She had all of the “Matildas” waltzing in their chairs with the last one.



Philip also took the opportunity to speak to all brothers present about the men’s health checklist; provided by Grand Lodge at the last Brunswick United Lodge meeting.  He reiterated the key elements listed and some of us are already receiving assistance from our partners with some elements!

A special thanks to the behind-the-scenes crew (Mike, Val, Colin, Yvonne, Don and Lorraine) who helped set up, purchased prizes, handled the finances to ensure we all had a great day!.

New Members Night

Added on by Sam Sala.

The Blue Lounge Social Club is excited to announce that it will cohost the New Members Night of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria alongside the Membership Team at Freemasons Victoria on the 22nd of June.

If you are a new member that has joined within the last two years you, interested fiends and family are welcome to attend a night that will be all about welcoming you to our amazing fraternity. Drinks and Nibbles will be available and more importantly it is free to attend!


Added on by Sam Sala.

I am delighted to advise that the MW Grand Master has promoted to the rank shown the following Grand Officers of the Lodge:

  • Right Worshipful Brother Robert Lawrence (Bob) FoundPast Junior Grand Warden
  • Very Worshipful Brother Peter WoodPast Grand Inspector of Works
  • Very Worshipful Brother Robert Gorton (Bob) MalcolmPast Grand Inspector of Works

I am sure the brethren of the Lodge will offer to each of them their hearty congratulations on the promotion bestowed on them for service to Freemasonry and the community.




VALE WBro William Darryl Glasson

Added on by Sam Sala.

It is with much regret that I have been advised by RWBro Bill Wilkinson that our esteemed Brother, William Darryl Glasson, has passed to the Grand Lodge above, while in Sydney visiting his daughter.

Darryl, as he was widely known, has been a well regarded and staunch member of our Lodge.  A Foundation member of the Lodge, his pleasant personality, willingness to assist and share experiences and knowledge along with renown ritual ability has inculcated to all that knew him the very essence of what a good Freemason should be.

He will be sorely missed by all those who knew him.

Funeral  details will be advised as soon as they are received.

We will Remember him!


Past Masters Meeting

Added on by Sam Sala.

Past Masters,

Your presence at a Past Master's meeting to be held at the Brunswick Masonic centre at 7pm Tuesday 11th August is requested. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the report of the Lodge's Grand Lodge Rank Review Committee on the three applications - two for promotion and one for conferral - submitted to the Committee for review and recommendation.


Nick LeRay-Meyer


Added on by Sam Sala.

It with great pleasure I invite you to a BBQ that will be a farewell for Bro Colin Kirwan. 

As you know Colin is a real asset to the Brunswick United Lodge and has made many friends throughout the Northern District. 

Colin is about to embark on a new journey in his life, that will unfortunately see him depart from Australia in late April. 

As a consequence the Brunswick United Lodge Social Committee has agreed to host a BBQ to say farewell to our friend and Brother Colin Kirwan

This is an opportunity for our younger and older members to spend time together, whilst enjoying a wonderful afternoon farewelling our friend.  

Date: Sunday 12th of April 2015

Time: 12:30pm

Cost: Free of Charge

Location: Brunswick Masonic Centre

RSVP: 6th of April 2015

Bring Your Own Meet and Drinks

I strongly encourage you to attend and to help make this a special day for Bro Colin and the Lodge. 

Fraternal Regards, 

Jack Aquilina

Lodge Organists for Northern District Lodges Needed

Added on by Sam Sala.

Dear Brethren

Music is as important to our Ceremonies as Ritual.

Is it because of this I am asking you to please have a search within your own Lodge and amongst your Members to see if there are any Brethren who can play a musical instrument of any type.

Organists are our primary concern as we have a very small band of hard working Organists within the District, who are not getting any younger.

If there is any Brother within the District that can play an instrument or more especially a keyboard and would like to assist and have some training to become a lodge Organist we need their help now.

This is a problem that is here with us now. Not in 5 years but NOW.

Please let me know if you have a Brother who can help.


Ross Broad P.M.

District Co-Ordinator ND116

P O Box 6190 VERMONT SOUTH 3133  

Mobile: 0418342840