Chapter Chatter – South Australia

Sunday, September 24 2017

Hello Sisters and Brothers,

Hopefully “spring” as we used to know it is not too far away. We have all been busy with family and Chapter but sadly some of our Brothers & Sisters are still not well enough to attend.  We think of Sis. & Bro. Ford, Bro Eager, Sis. Brown, Sis. Callison, Bro. Lucas, Bro. Nelson, Sis. Margaret Watt & Sis. Dunlop. We hope all these members are progressing and will be able to attend in the near future.

A message from the Worthy Matron – Sunny South Chapter:

In June 2016 we celebrated Sister Ada Barclay’s 100th birthday.  In June this year Sister Barclay celebrated 70 years as a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. We thought that we would defer the celebrations until July and we invited the Most Worthy Grand Patron to the meeting. However, Sister Barclay was ill and could not attend the meeting. It was a shame but we still had a lovely meeting and welcomed the Most Worth Grand Patron, our own Brother Mick Struthers, into his Chapter, for his first meeting in South Australia after his Installation. We gave him a special service and the Worthy Matron asked him to present a Grand Representative Commission to Sister Helen Kelso. Everyone enjoyed the meeting and the supper. We invited the MWGP to our August meeting so that he would not miss out on our celebrations for Sister Barclay. At our August meeting Sister Barclay was escorted to a chair that had been placed in the East, a special service with some flowers, which were collected by Sister Marshal, was then presented. The WM then asked Sis Marshal to escort the MWGP to her in the East, where he presented Sister Barclay with her 70 years Diploma and the WM presented her with the Flowers. There was also a special cake for Sister Barclay at supper time. It was a lovely evening and we were all so pleased that we could celebrate this special milestone with Sis. Barclay!

We have 2 candidates who will be initiated at our October meeting and we are looking forward to welcoming them into our Chapter. At our August meeting we welcomed Sisters Rita Humber and Margaret O’Leary into our Chapter as affiliates, we wish them many happy years with us.  On the 27th August, we had a sausage sizzle at Cumberland Park Woolworths, the rain held off but the cold wind didn’t. We had to hold onto the canopy several times to stop it from blowing away but we survived the day and raised $512 for the Chapter, a great result and thank you to all those who came along to help. On the 10th September, we have a Brunch for the 2019 Sessions. We are keeping our fingers crossed that it will be a lovely Spring day with no rain. We are also having a Dolphin Cruise luncheon on the 5th November as a fundraiser so please put the date in your diary, I’m sure it will be a great day.  Sadly Karunda Chapter will have their closing meeting on Monday 23rd October. This will be a difficult day but we will all reflect on the wonderful contribution the Chapter has made to the local community, the many friendships made and life long memories. Karunda’s September meeting will be Monday 25th at 11.00am where they will make several presentations to worthy causes in particular a survivor of the Pinery bushfire who was very badly injured and requiring ongoing surgery in Victoria.

There will be a fundraising event for the updating of the Para District Masonic Centre on Saturday 23rd September. Sausage Sizzle & salads $5….D.J. with 60’s-90’s Music – $10 from 6.00 pm.  Great Auction Prizes Everyone welcome

The Garage Sale organised by the Rainbow Girls was successful with just under $600 raised by the girls and around $220 for the Sessions funds. It has been a good way to publicise the Hawthorn Masonic Centre and we thank everyone for their support.

The girls also had their annual quiz night in August and although numbers were down they managed to raise $1.50 more than last year…..$1375.50….a great effort and will assist the Worthy Advisors Service Project for Big Brother/Big Sister mentoring programme.

Rainbow has been fortunate with fundraising and have received a very generous donation from the PAC Lodge which will hold it’s closing meeting on 3rd October. We are meeting with Mr Robert Clyne, CEO of the Freemasons Foundation to seek assistance in setting up a “Scholarship Fund” to distribute small scholarships to year 7 students in the Mitcham area. We hope this will not only assist needy students but give us a profile in the community.

  • 2ND & 3RD FRIDAYS EACH MONTH – COFFEE MORNING – Sister Betty Dunlop’s
  • Lunch at the GRAND NORTH on 4th Wednesday each month – to book please contact Sis. Marnie Norsworthy
  • SUNDAY 5th NOVEMBER – DOLPHIN CRUISE – Port Adelaide – $25 adults $15. Children – 12 noon – proceeds to Sessions fund.

News on the next Middle Chamber Society meeting – This is an informal club for Freemasons and associated groups where we share ideas and thoughts and welcome potential members. The July meeting was very interesting with a visit to a Synagogue. I was impressed that the Rabbi was a lady……I am learning all the time.

In August a talk on “Alchemy”, again an interesting night. The next one will be on Thursday 28th September at the Coopers Ale House, Pulteney St, City from 6.00pm. Informal meet & chat, 7.00 pm “Talk on Metaphysics” 8.00 pm dinner (optional). Please email for interest to mcsachap@gmail.com and more information

Sister Lorraine Rayner