Grand Chapter – News
Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Victoria
25 August 2022
Supreme Grand Chapter’s First Grand Principal John Ives has facilitated a donation of $5000 from the Freemasons Foundation to Eastern Palliative Care (EPC). The donation will be used to purchase new syringe driver devices. A syringe driver is a precision electronic metering device that delivers very precise amounts of medication to palliative care patients, directly into their body.
This method of medication delivery is used when a patient is no longer able to take medication by mouth. Ms Jeanette Moody, the CEO of Eastern Palliative Care, pictured here with MEm Comp John, said that syringe drivers had a working life of 2 to 5 years, and that the donation from the Freemasons Foundation had come at just the right time.
10 new devices can now purchased. Ms Moody, shown holding one of the syringe drivers, said that the maintenance and annual re-calibration costs of each syringe driver was around $750 and that EPC relied on organisations like the Chapter and the Freemasons Foundation for donations to help them deliver community based palliative care to almost 700 patients at any one time.
Eastern Palliative Care is the largest community-based palliative care service in Victoria and provides specialist palliative care in the local government areas of Boroondara eastwards to Yarra Ranges, and Manningham southwards to Knox and Monash. Ms Peita Carroll, the Manager of HR and Communications at EPC and Em Comp Dr Andrew Barnden, Deputy Chairman of the EPC Committee of Management, were also present to thank Most Eminent Comp John Ives and the Freemasons Foundation.
25 August 2022
At the August meeting of Blackburn United Craft lodge our Grand Haggai, REm Comp Warren Gilbert, received his 50 year Craft jewel.
The presentation event was conducted by MWor Bro Richard Elkington in the presence of Warren’s family and a large group of visitors. Richard, in his inimitable fashion, conducted the assembled friends through a history of Warren’s personal, career and Masonic highlights. The honour of presenting Warren’s jewel was given to his great friend MEm Comp Graeme O’Donnell PGZ, and Warren’s family presented him with his certificate and lapel pin.
There also to congratulate Warren were MEm Comp John Ives GZ and REm Comp Len Lacey DGZ. Thanks to VWor Bro Barry Dyce for taking the photos.