The Name of The Story
03 Jul 2019 - 3:35pm
Here it is - the first edition of The Communicator !
We are a society that values a system
that illustrates the importance of high moral values to its members - that we should support and look out for other members and their families, and support the greater community through charity and benevolence.
Freemasons are men who value good but will you will never find them marketing their deeds to the world or knocking on doors. We do these things because it is right, not for publicity.
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Most people would never know
that in South Australia the Freemasons Foundation gives away some $500,000 a year through charities and scholarships, and that we have established a ground-breaking men’s health research centre, headed by Dr Vanessa Glennon. Or that we established over $330 million in aged care facilities for all South Australians (not just Freemasons). We are a not-for-profit organisation, in a world where profit and money seem to rule. All of this right here in our home town.
Many people overlook the key role Freemasons played in the founding of South Australia. The first SA lodge was actually created in London before the South Australian Company’s ships even set sail. Many of those founding fathers were Freemasons, and their legacy to the state can be found in street and place names – Gouger, Morphett, and Wakefield to name but a few, will be familiar to most South Australians.
This quiet achievement has been to our detriment over the years, as the media and ill-informed members of the public choose to focus on our perceived secrets. Our members do have secret passwords and handshakes, but these do no more than gain access to our meetings in the same a Crows or Power membership card gains its members access to the football games. Our lodges are open to the public and our Grand Lodge building in Adelaide runs free public tours every week to take in the heritage-listed architecture and lodge meeting rooms.