Christmas Party and Ladies Night

The lodge's traditional Christmas Party and Ladies Night was held on December 14th. As well as over 30 members and visitors in the lodge room, we were joined by over 20 ladies and guests of the lodge in the festive board. Amongst them was CareFlight representative Glen Kolpak to accept a cheque from the lodge for $600. We raised $558 of this money earlier in the year at a charity sausage sizzle, and passed a motion at this meeting to top it up to a round $600 from the lodge funds. Thanks to everyone who helped organise and prepare for this evening.

Camp Hill Lodge's Installation

On Saturday the 15th of November, W. Bro. Don Barry, PGSwB, was installed as Worshipful Master of Camp Hill Lodge for 2010. The night was well attended, with 68 members and visitors in the lodge room who later joined even more guests and ladies at the festive banquet. The installing team, fresh from a 'full-dress' rehearsal the previous Wednesday night (see below), did an excellent job under the expert care of our Director of Cermonies, W. Bro Bill Gordon. Don's plans for the year ahead are sure to make his term in office an exciting and encouraging one. Congratulations to Don and the installing team.

Camp Hill Perform Barron Barnett Lodge's Installation

Camp Hill Lodge had the honour of being invited to perform an Installation ceremony for Barron Barnett Lodge, Queensland Freemasonry's premier research lodge, on Wednesday the 18th of November.  19 Camp Hill brethren were present, and our team carried out an excellent ceremony which drew praise from all present.
Camp hill members now form a significant portion of Barron Barnett's membership, with RW Bro Neal as the Immediate Past Master, RW Bro Richard King PJGW now installed as Worshipful Master, W Bro Don Barry as the Senior Warden, and Bro Andy Fowle as the Junior Deacon.
The members of Camp Hill Lodge would like to congratulate Richard on being installed as Worshipful Master of Barron Barnett Lodge, and wish him all the best for his term in office. 

Master Elect's BBQ

On the 18th of October, Master Elect and lodge mentor W. Bro. Don and wife Jill hosted a barbeque for Lodge members prior to his upcoming installation. The afternoon was extremely well catered, and all those who attended went home several kilos heavier! Don, we look forward to your mastership in 2009/2010. 

Music Beneath the Stars

"Music Beneath the Stars" is an annual event held in the grounds of Historic Ormiston House. This year's event took place on the evening of Saturday the 3rd of October, and included performances by some of Queensland's finest opera singers, The Cleveland Symphony Orchestra and Ormiston Heritage Pipes and Drums. As has become a Camp Hill Lodge tradition, the lodge booked a table and a number of our brethren and their ladies attended. Despite cold and wind, a good time was had by all. 

Collection For CareFlight

Saturday the 19th of September: Camp Hill Lodge members once again descended upon the BBQ outside Patton's Big Gun Butchers for a charity sausage sizzle. This time we had the pleasure of raising money for the nice folks at Careflight. It was quite a "seat-of-the-pants" affair, with many of our regular attendees unable to make it, and Bro Jack who usually organises these collections unable to do so, as he was recovering from heart surgery. Many thanks to those who were able to make it along, and a special thank you to Bro Mark, who stepped in to organise the whole thing. Thanks also to Careflight who have been extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with. We managed to raise $558, which will be presented to Careflight at our Christmas party.  

Picnic at Yeo Park

On Sunday the 13th of September, Camp Hill Lodge members and their families turned up at Yeo Park in Victoria Point for a morning picnic. Due to its popularity, this is becoming a regular event for the lodge. Below is a picture of the view of the bay from Yeo Park, taken by R.W.Bro. Richard King:

Joint Meeting

Camp Hill Lodge was privileged enough to host a joint meeting with City of Logan Lodge No.529, and Redlands Lodge No.252 at our regular meeting in August. The work for the evening was to perform the Third Degree on Bro. Jeremy from City of Logan Lodge. The night was a spectacular success, utilising the talents of members from all three lodges. Congratulations to Bro. Jeremy, and well done to all involved. Lodges working together like this can only help to strengthen freemasonry in Queensland. 

Sandgate Volunteer Day

On Saturday the 1st of August, Camp Hill Lodge members turned up at the Masonic Aged Care Centre at Sandgate for their second rostered working bee for the year. Our numbers were a bit down due to some unavoidable absences, but nevertheless a lot of valuable work was able to be done.
In a display of very considerable generosity, Bro. Peter and wife Nani turned up for the work day with a personal donation to the Homes. Having noted the lack of sufficient line trimmers in the equipment shed, they gave a brand new Honda 'whipper-snipper' which was received by Bros. Hughes and Clarke, the Board's long-time Saturday organisers, on the Board's behalf. 

Fort Lytton Living History Pageant

Lodge history buff (and lodge mentor) W.Bro. Don Barry was the convenor of a lodge day out at the Fort Lytton annual historical pageant on Sunday the 26th of July. Several members and their families attended the event, the high light of which was the firing of the "64 pounder" pictured below. 

Collection For The Smith Family

Saturday the 30th of May was a busy day for a lot of Camp Hill Lodge members. Despite being quite ill, Bro Jack went to a great deal of trouble to set up a charity sausage sizzle at Patton's Big Gun Butchers, for The Smith Family. Between the BBQ and the collection tins being carried around, we managed to raise over $780. The Worshipful Master would especially like to thank those who were able to stay to the end and do the clean up.

Mount Pleasant Lodge's Installation

On the same Saturday as our Collection for The Smith Family (above), our member Bro Stuart was installed as Master of Mount Pleasant Lodge in its 80th year. A large delegation of Camp Hill Lodge members headed off to Stones Corner Masonic Center after helping out at the sausage sizzle, to show Stuart their support. The members of Camp Hill Lodge would like to congratulate Stuart and wish him well for his term in office.  

World's Greatest Shave

Queensland freemasons have been strong supporters of the Leukaemia Foundation in recent years. In keeping with this tradition, on the 14th of March, Bro. Andy Fowle participated in the Leukaemia Foundation's "World's Greatest Shave". Given that he had been growing his hair for around five years, and that it hung half way down his back, a lot of people were keen to sponsor him. Thanks to their generous donations, Andy was able to raise over $1500 for the Leukaemia Foundation, and render himself unrecognisable! Have a look at the before and after photos for yourself:

Sandgate Volunteer Day

Saturday the 17th of January saw Camp Hill Lodge members roll up their sleeves for a working bee at the Masonic Aged Care Centre at Sandgate.  It hardly seemed like work at all. With so many hands making light work, the day felt like more of a social event. Its little wonder Camp Hill Lodge volunteers for an extra rostered day at the homes each year.