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Maleny Freemasons
need new members

by Cameron Outridge

For many years now the number of Freemasons in Queensland has been slowly decreasing. The United Grand Lodge of Queensland and its members have at last said “no more”. Maleny Lodge, along with many other Masonic Lodges, is taking a good hard look at its situation.

Its members must decide whether to continue in Maleny or to combine with a nearby lodge to gain the strength and impetus to institute the educational and promotional systems a 21st century organization requires.

A meeting to consider this question will be held at 7.30pm, September 2 at the Masonic Centre, Tamarind Street. Maleny Freemasons Junior Warden Ross Stewart said all Freemasons, financial or unattached, were urged to attend and be heard.

Mr Stewart said the tenets and principals of Freemasonry were as sound now as they had been for the last three and a half centuries, and the ritual that teaches them would never be changed. However Mr Stewart said the internal education systems and the way Masonry presented its public face in the search for quality new members was under scrutiny.

Mr Stewart said the publicity surrounding the Masonic funding of around $4.5 million worth of recent building projects for The LeukemiaFoundation in Queensland, was evidence of anew approach.

From left, Maleny Freemasons Acting Master Keith McLeod,
Secretary Brian Allen and Junior Warden Ross Stewart call for
members to attend an upcoming meeting.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.