Visit to Australia by Grand Reps. from Oregon USA

Sunday, November 26 2017

Bernard and Helene Philpott who reside in Wellington NZ are dual members of Porirua Chapter NZ and Hervey Bay Chapter Qld and are both UGCA Grand Representatives.  I first met the Philpotts when several Australians attended Porirua Chapter’s 10th anniversary meeting in 2012.  Since then Allan and I have met with them on the two occasions we have visited Wellington and also when they attended the Biennial Session in Melbourne in 2015.

Bernard and Helene phoned when they were in Hervey Bay last month and, with great excitement, Bernard told me about his counterpart making the journey from Oregon to Hervey Bay to meet them.  He also mentioned a meeting Sis and Bro Bateman during their stop-over in Wellington on their way to the Biennial Session in Perth last June.  I suggested to Bernard he might like to send some photos and information for inclusion on the UGCA site. 

Pam Patterson

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I was indeed fortunate to be given, & thus still hold, the Commission as the UGCA Grand Rep. for Oregon, USA and over the past 2 years have regularly communicated with Bro. & Sis. Rolfe via skype, emails and telephone calls.

When I mentioned to the Rolfe’s that us Kiwis would again be visiting Hervey Bay, they made the decision to also fly out to Queensland to meet us all.  For them, a trip of 18 hours flying each way!! What a tremendous occasion for us to meet in person, and they thoroughly enjoyed the friendship of all OES members they met. My Commission has another year to run and Bro. Cleve & I continue to communicate on a regular basis.

OES History etc:

  • Sis.Della was initiated in 1977; and is currently a member of 4 Chapters, 2 in Oregon & 2 in Washington State; she has been W.M. 6 times, was Grand Ruth in Oregon 2 years ago, and is currently Conductress in Forest Chapter #42 in Forest Grove Oregon; and Pro-Tem Ruth in any other Oregon Chapter she visits.
  • Bro.Cleve was initiated into Freemasonry in 1979, and into OES in 1980.  He has been W.P. 4 times, (plus a Lodge Worshipful Master 3 times), and Chaplain, Marshall, Warder, Sentinel, and A.P. off & on; and both Lodge & Chapter Secretary for most of 10 years. He is currently Warder in Forest Chapter in Oregon; and most importantly, Grand Representative of Australia in Oregon.

Attached, please find 2 photographs: Bro. Cleve & I, & also Helene & I with Sis. & Bro. Della & Cleve Rolfe. Both were taken at Hervey Bay Chapter’s Installation on 23.09.2017.  Also, attached a photograph of Helene & I with Sis. & Bro. Janet & Don Bateman from Ontario, Canada.  This was taken when they visited Wellington in May this year on their way to Australia for the Biennial Sessions in Perth.  Helene is Grand Rep for Ontario, Canada.

Kindest regards.

Bernard.