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  Lodge of Rapport  
  Lodge No. 920
A. F. & A. Masons of Victoria
Tick An Accredited Lodge of Freemasons Victoria
 

 
Charity

Freemasons practise charity and care, not only for their own fraternity, but also for the community as a whole - both by charitable giving and by voluntary work as individuals.

Lodge of Rapport is a keen supporter of charity and each year donates significant funds to local charities. Funds are raised by members at our meetings through the year as well as special functions such as our annual Spit Roast social night.

Each year our Social Committee makes recommendations to the Lodge as to charities that they feel worthy of support and funds raised during the year are donated accordingly.




2015-2016 Donations:
The following donations have been made by the Lodge for the 2015-2016 Lodge Year (total: $1,500):
$ 500
 Waverley Benevolent Society - for the purchase of a Refridgerator
$ 500
 East Burwood State School - to assist with the provision of wheelchair access to the Students Garden
$ 500
 Waverley Industries
Submissions for matching grants are in the process of being lodged with the Freemasons Public Charitable Foundation.



2014-2015 Donations:
The following donations have been made by the Lodge for the 2014-2015 Lodge Year (total: $1,900):
$ 1,000
 Waverley Benevolent Society
$ 500
 Waverley Industries (Disabled Workshop)
$ 400
 Interchange Outer East (District Charity)
The Waverley Benevolent Society and Waverley Industries were the recipients of matching grants from the Freemasons Public Charitable Foundation.We thank the Foundation for it's ongoing support.



2013-2014 Donations:

A fantastic special bike for Mount View Primary School

In September 2013, the Lodge's Assistant Secretary received a phone call from Mount View Primary School's Social Worker, asking if the Lodge were able to assist with the purchase of a special bicycle for use by the School's students. She advised that the school had been prompted to make the contact as a result of viewing "Freemasons The Inside Story".
Late in 2013, Freemasonry Victoria and the Lodge of Rapport responded to the request to fund the special bicycle.
The Lodge of Rapport donated funds, which were matched dollar-for-dollar by the Freemasons Victoria Board of Benevolence. Total cost for the bicycle was $729.50.

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This photograph shows the cheque being presented by Jack Simpson to Principal Colin Dobson (left), Assistant Principal John Kennedy (right) and Social Worker Ellen Kennedy at the school in November.
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It took some time but, on Monday 26th May 2014, the school was presented with a fantastic new bike made by Solve Victoria.
This photo shows Master of the Lodge of Rapport Barrie Wain (right) and Assistant Secretary Jack Simpson (left), representing the members of the Social Committee that raised the funds for the bike.
The bike will enable children like Kenisha (pictured), to take past in the Physical Education program at the School.



2012-2013 Donations:
The following donations have been made by the Lodge for the 2012-2013 Lodge Year (total: $1,800):
$ 1,000
 Waverley Benevolent Society
$ 400
 Monash Gully District Charity - Interchange Outer East
$ 400
 Mount View Primary School - Purchase of a special bike for use by disadvantaged students



Application has been made to the Board of Benevolence to match the Grants we have made to the Waverley Benevolent Society and Interchange Outer East.
If these Grants are approved, total donations made under the auspices of our Lodge for the 2012-2013 year will be $2,800.
We sincerely thank the Board of Benevolence for their support of our Lodge Charity program.
 
2011-2012 Donations:
The following donations have been made by the Lodge for the 2011-2012 Lodge Year (total: $2,900):
$ 1,500
 Wesley Neurological Society
$ 1,500
 Waverley Benevolent Society
$ 400
 Monash Gully District Charity - Interchange Outer East



Application has been made to the Board of Benevolence to match the Grants we have made to the Wesley Neurological Society and Waverley Benevolent Society.
If these Grants are approved, total donations made under the auspices of our Lodge for the 2011-2012 year will be $6,400.
We sincerely thank the Board of Benevolence for their continued support of our Lodge Charity program.
 
2010-2011 Donations:

Alexandra and District Hospital Palliative Care Unit 

At the June 2011 meeting of the Lodge we were presented with a demonstration of a Scottish First degree by the members of “The Caledonians Scottish Demonstration Team”. The team asks any Lodge that they carry out a demonstration Degree for to make a donation to a Charity of the Lodge’s choice.

At that meeting, it was decided to donate the proceeds of a collection to the Alexandra and District Hospital Palliative Care Unit and - as a result of that collection - our Lodge was able to present a cheque for the sum of $208-45.

 
2009-2010 Donations:



Wesley Neurological Support Services Donation
One of our donations this year provided a resident at the Wesley Neurological Support Services home in East Burwood with a special chair designed to enhance his mobility.
The chair is demountable allowing it to be easily transported in the boot of a car for use when he is off-site.
The presentation took place on Monday 28th February at the Home and Frank, the new "owner" of the chair, is very happy with the freedom it provides.

Back (L-R): Lodge of Rapport members Roberto Paggi, Andrew Lee (Worshipful Master), Jack Simpson and Fred Egan
Front: "Frank" - the recipient of the donated Chair.



The following donations have been made by the Lodge - making a total of $3,120 donated:
$ 1,620
  Wesley Neurological Support Services
$ 1,000
  Waverley Benevolent Society Inc.
$ 500
  Interchange Outer East (District Charity)
 

The Board of Benevolence of Freemasons Victoria has also generously matched the following donations made by our Lodge:

$ 1,620
  Wesley Neurological Support Services
$ 1,000
  Waverley Benevolent Society Inc.

This has taken the total donations made under the auspices of our Lodge for the 2009-2010 year up to $5,740.
We sincerely thank the Board of Benevolence for their assistance to these worthy local charities.

 
2008-2009 Donations:
The following donations have been made by the Lodge - making a total of $3,000 donated:
$ 1,895.50
  Yooralla (for Indiana Teao)
$ 1,000
  Grand Master's Bushfire Appeal
$ 500
  Multiple Sclerosis Society
$ 500
  Waverley Benevolent Society Inc.
$ 400
  Thornton Rural Fire Brigade
$ 250
  Ionic Coaching Service
$ 500
  Monash Gully District Charity - Interchange Outer East
 

The Board of Benevolence of Freemasons Victoria has also generously matched the following donations made through our Lodge (a total of $2,500):

$ 1,100
  Yooralla (for Indiana Teao)
$ 500
  Multiple Sclerosis Society
$ 500
  Waverley Benevolent Society Inc.
$ 400
  Thornton Rural Fire Brigade
We thank the Board of Benevolence for their generous donations to these very worthwhile charities.
 

Thornton Rural Fire Brigade Donations

In 2007 the Lodge made a donation of $1,400 to the Thornton Fire Brigade to assist them purchase a “Slip On” Unit for a back up fire truck. The Fire Brigade had been steadily working to raise money for this important back-up vehicle. Under the current CFA regulations, if the Local Brigade has an existing Unit the CFA pays for the purchase of the new truck and the Local Brigade is responsible for raising the money to outfit it.

In addition to the donation made by our Lodge, the following amounts were donated by others to the Thornton Fire Brigade: Alexandra Mark Lodge ($200), Albert Edward Lodge ($200), United Grand Lodge ($800) and Breakfast in April ($96).

The Brigade raised over $19,000 from donations - from Freemasonry and from Alexandra Rotary, Eildon Lions, Rotary Oakleigh and town residents. The CFA has provided Thornton Fire Brigade with a new truck chassis and the Brigade has purchased a new “Slip On” unit to complete the vehicle.

On 5 July 2009 some of the members of Lodge of Rapport attended a showing of the new “Slip On” Unit and all who attended commented that it is a great addition to this small and dedicated Brigade’s strength.

Lodge Members, Family and Friends at Thornton Fire Brigade
Side view of the new "Slip On" Unit of the Thornton Fire Brigade
Front view of the new "Slip On" Unit of the Thornton Fire Brigade
 
2007-2008 Donations:
$ 1,500
  Waverley Benevolent Society *
$ 1,000
  Strathdon Nursing Home *
$ 500
  Freemasons Homes
$ 400
  Ionic Coaching Service (Click here to find out more about this excellent Masonic community service) *
$ 750
  Monash Gully District Charity (Click here to find out more about the recipient of this donation)
$ 100
  Illuminators Masters Group - for their Wheelchair appeal
* We particularly thank the Board of Benevolence of Freemasons Victoria for their generous donation - that has doubled the original Lodge donation to each of these charities.
 
Other Donations made by Lodge of Rapport during the last 5 years:
$ 500
  Waverley Benevolent Fund
$ 500
  Royal Childrens Hospital
$ 500
  Angel Flights Australia
$ 500
  Rotary Club of Mitchell River
$ 500
  Royal Freeemasons Hospital
$ 500
  Royal Freemasons Homes
$ 500
  Monash District Charity
$ 500
  Strathdon Community Village
$ 1,100
  Yooralla Society for second skin splint
$ 1,400
  Darvall Lodge (Freemasons Homes)
$ 300
  Royal Freemasons Hospital
$ 300
  Children First Foundation
$ 1,500
  Very Special Kids
$ 700
  Thornton Rural Fire Brigade
$ 700
  Monash Gully District Charity – Monash SES Unit (The District has raised approx $43,000 and have purchased a new Quick Response Vehicle for this SES Unit)
$ 700
  Cottage by the Sea
     

Members have also provided unpaid work for the Masonic Task Force on projects such as “Tools for East Timor” which involved collection of unused tools such as saws, hammers, axes etc from the general public (with the fantastic support of Bunnings stores around the state). These tools were then cleaned at regular working bees and packed in shipping containers for delivery to East Timor.