New Venue for Education Nights
Recently the lodge conducted a trial training evening at the Sinnamon Park Masonic Centre. All new officers attended, and the venue proved to be quite satisfactory. Accordingly, our clever and hard-working secretary, RW Bro Mervyn Gray, has procured a permanent arrangement of the foreseeable future for all our educational evenings to be held there. After the withdrawal by UGLQ of the arrangement for accommodation at Stones Corner, it is a considerable relief to know that we are now well settled.
On the 18th of February, Camp hill hosted a multi-lodge discussion evening at the Sinnamon Park Centre on the very general topic "How to improve your lodge." It was gratifying that visitors from 6 lodges attended and contributed to a lively discussion.
2013 Australia Day Seafood Extravaganza
The Camp Hill Australia Day Seafood Night was a spectacular success. We had as our guests the Grand Master, and the Deputy Grand Master, and their respective wives. Also the First Grand Principal, M Ex Companion Jon Nantes attended. Camp Hill especially appreciated the strong support of City of Logan members. The evening will show a small surplus, a welcome addition to lodge Charity funds. The Wor Master expresses sincere thanks to the whole team who worked so hard to make everything run so smoothly.
Clean Up at Sandgate HomesOn 12th January a small but enthusiastic team from Camp Hill attended Sandgate for the summer clean up of the grounds. Our efforts were much appreciated, although the necessary work seems to shrink with every visit. Many thanks to those who were able to be there.
2012 Christamas MeetingOn 10th December, Camp Hill once again celebrated the year past with a Christmas party. At the meeting prior, we balloted for a new initiate, and IPM Wor Bro Ross Barry was asked to present certificates to two brethren - A Master Mason’s Certificate and an Affiliation Certificate.
On Saturday 17th November, members of the lodge installed Wor Bro Ian Proellocks into the Chair of Camp Hill Lodge and invested new officers for the 2013 year.
We were particularly pleased to have as our guest for the night MW Bro Adrian Burton, Grand Master, who was attended by a full team of Grand Officers. Their presence added much splendour to the evening, a real eye-opener to our younger members.
Our Bro Secretary was able to arrange with Guide Dogs Queensland that we could use our donation for plaqued hard goods, and this enlivened the Board of Benevolence ‘dollar-for-dollar’ subsidy. The lodge rounded our collection up to $2,000 from the Charity account, thus attracting the Board’s generous subsidy in the amount of $2,000 - a total of $4,000. Not only that, but our $4,000 gets added into the total for Regina Burton’s chosen charity which is, of course, Guide Dogs Queensland. So, on the night of the Installation, not only did Regina accompany the Grand Master, but we also had from Guide Dogs Qld the senior administrator, Mrs Aileen McGregor Lowndes, promotions volunteers, Neal and Joan Ritchie, and of course Iggy, the most famous guide dog in the State, as our honoured guests.
Another Record Breaking Camp Hill Lodge Fundraiser
Camp Hill Lodge has started a tradition of support for the Queensland Cancer Council. Each year they run a fund-raiser at the RNA showgrounds called the Relay for Life. Last year was the first time our lodge participated, and of all the teams, Camp Hill was the leader of those without corporate sponsorship. We are hoping to do it again this year over the weekend of 3rd and 4th November. In support of private donations, we arrange to collect at the Eagle Farm Sunday market, which we did on 16th September. Once again we set a record of $1652.25!!
Clean Up @ Sandgate Homes
Sandgate workday for spring was Saturday, 13th October. A beautiful morning, and plenty of contribution to make in ‘tidy-up’ mode. Doing something useful with good friends, and then tackling the world’s problems at smoko, is really very satisfying.
Change of Venue for Education NightsOn the third Monday of most months, Camp Hill Lodge has been in the practice of having an informal meeting for educational purposes. Typically it would be an orientation night for a new member, or a Degree Workshop for members who had recently received a degree ceremony, although general masonic education and discussion also takes place. Historically these have been held at members' residences, but recently the United Grand Lodge of Queensland has kindly donated the use of a room in their masonic centers at Wynnum and Stones Corner free of charge. While this was only a short term offer, Camp Hill Lodge will be exploring the option of using masonic centers for these nights in the future.
Breakfast Picnic at Slaughter FallsOn 29th July, on a beautiful winter morning, members of Camp Hill met for another of our picnic breakfasts. The occasion was simply idyllic. Some of the food was even well cooked. Be that as it may, no-one went away hungry. A sweet occasion coloured by traditional Camp Hill warm camaraderie.
Dining with Camp HillCamp Hill has a long tradition of dining out together a couple of times per year. On 16th May we went for the first time for many years to the College of Tourism and Hospitality training restaurant at Mt Gravatt East. Those who went reported that it was a good-value and pleasant gathering. We may do it again on a more suitable night; sooner rather than later, too. On the 19th August members and their families attended our annual luncheon at Buffet Garden in Sunnybank. As usual it was incredibly well attended and enjoyed by all.
Collection for Guide Dogs Queensland
On Sunday, 15th April, Camp Hill Lodge collected for Queensland Guide Dogs and received donations of more than $1,330 from the generous market patrons. Our presentation was greatly enhanced by the presence of Neil and Joan Ritchie who brought Iggi, a fully trained guide dog, who was tremendously popular.
The lodge wishes to thank Mrs Aileen McGregor-Lowndes (Guide Dogs Admin), Ms Hollie Jocumsen (Eagle Farm Markets coordinator), and Neil and Joan (long-term Guide Dogs volunteers) for their help in making the day such a success.
Clean Up Australia Day
In what is becoming a regular event for Camp Hill Lodge, members and their families assembled at Whites Hill Reserve to participate in Clean Up Australia Day on the 4th of March.