Camp Hill lodge Christmas Meeting

On December 13, a fine night was enjoyed by all when we met to celebrate the festive season, and to entertain our ladies. Only Two of our much loved widows were able to be with us, with others sadly having either prior commitments or ill health.

A real milestone was created with the presentation, by RW Bro Merv Gray, on behalf of the GM, of a 70 Year Jewel to W Bro Alex Gibson.

2nd Term for W Bro Ross Barry

The Proclamation of W Bro Ross Barry went off without a hitch on 14th November. Notwithstanding the change of date, we received good support from visitors, so that more than fifty attended a pleasant supper, prepared and arranged by our ladies (for which many thanks). Also, to all those who attended in the morning to help set up, Ross wishes to convey sincere thanks for the support.

QLD Cancer Council Fund Raiser at RNA Showgrounds

QLD Cancer Council held its annual Relay For Life fundraiser at RNA Showgrounds on the 29th and 30th of October. This was the first time Camp Hill Lodge has participated in this very worthwhile venture. It was remarkable to see the very large numbers, from disparate community groups, who took part. The event raised well over $100,000. Camp Hill ranked 5th, in terms of money raised, out of more than 80 teams. The Camp Hill team comprised 13 members, who walked through the night, and finished the course in fine style...but good and tired!! Many thanks to the Golden Loaf Bakery in Coopers Plains for donating muffins for us to sell at the event. In total, Camp Hill Lodge raised $2692 for the QLD Cancer Council.

Below is a video from QLD Cancer Council explaining what happens at the event, and what its all about:

...and some pics of the Camp Hill Lodge team:

Impressive Send Off for Two Loved Brethren

On 10th October, the lodge held an open Remembrance Ceremony to show our respect and affection for our departed brethren Wor Bros Bob Dillon and Peter Mills. A fitting farewell, followed by a pleasnt festive board.

Charity Collection at Eagle Farm Markets

The Camp Hill team held a collection morning at the Eagle Farm racecourse markets on Sunday, 25th September. A strong group attended from 7.30am to just after lunch, shaking collection jars at all entrants to the market. This was our most successful collection day, ever! We raised over $1100, which has allowed the Camp Hill team to far exceed the base goal of $1000 for Queensland Cancer Council's Relay for Life.

Night Out at Sizzlers

This year Camp Hill Lodge decided to break with its long standing tradition of having a dinner at a COTAH restaurant, and on the 17th of August, decided to give Sizzlers a go. Despite it being the ekka holiday and Sizzlers not taking group bookings, we were kept waiting only a short time. A healthy number of brethren and their families met up for what turned out to be a successful night out.

Lunch at Buffet Garden

On 17th of July, our enthusiastic Bro Bill Gordon again organised the annual Social Club luncheon at Buffet Garden.

Numbers were a bit down this year from last year's record, but we were thrilled to have as the Lodge's guests six of our much loved lodge widows. A good time was had by all at this much enjoyed traditional outing.

Camp Hill Members Participate in Special Presentation

After hearing an address from W Bro Michel Fried entitled "From Candidate to Initiate in Europe"; Barron Barnett Lodge of Research resolved to put on a special presentation, re-enacting the First Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, as performed in W Bro Fried's mother Lodge in Belgium.

The performance turned out to be a significant theatrical effort, with volunteers from other Lodges called upon to assist. Amongst those volunteers, Camp Hill's Worshipful Master, W Bro Ross Barry also played a significant role (joined of course by other members of Camp Hill who are affiliate members of Barron Barnett Lodge). The presentation, held on the 21st of May, was well received, and would not have been possible with out the assistance of all involved.

Picnic at Yeo Park

On 15th of May, Lodge members, kids and guests gathered for a picnic breakfast at Yeo Park, Victoria Point, which overlooks Redland Bay. An encouraging turn out was accompanied by some nice weather, making for quite a pleasant morning.

Clean Up Australia Day

On Sunday, 6th of March, Camp Hill Lodge participated in ‘Clean up Australia Day’. Many Camp Hill members were able to answer the call, and, as is normal for Camp Hill, the work was combined with a strong social element, being followed by a relaxing cuppa and hot-cross buns. Thanks to all who helped out, especially Bro Mark for organising our team, and Bro Joe for catering.

Fraternal Visit to Morningside Lodge

On the 1st of February, our member, W Bro Joe Sirvent was asked to preside as WM in his other lodge, Morningside, for a third degree. In supporting Joe and Morningside Lodge's Candidate, our WM, Wor Bro Ross Barry headed a team of eight brethren. The performance of Bro Joe was exemplary, and all Camp Hill brethren enjoyed an excellent supper and fine hospitality.

Picnic at Slaughter Falls

On the 23rd of January our first lodge picnic for the year had long been arranged. It was to have been at the Nudgee Beach park, but considering that half the junk washed out of Brisbane is sitting on the sand flats up that way, and that Nudgee dump has the only access road in common with the beach, it was thought that a change of venue would be appropriate. Therefore a late notified change to the old faithful, Slaughter Falls, was made. Notwithstanding the unavoidable absence of several regulars, we had a very good roll-up. In spite of the rather depressing aftermath of the floods for most of us, we all managed to put off the gloom for a while and enjoy a very happy occasion.

Sandgate Volunteer Day

Once again Camp Hill lodge distinguished itself with helping out at Sandgate with grounds maintenance on the 8th of January. The grounds were very overgrown, and we could usefully have included twice the numbers. Notwithstanding, we got lots done, and once again made a difference. Thanks to all who turned up.