Central Division
NEWS FROM DIVISIONAL GRAND ALMONER - ADRIAN DOUGLAS
VWBro Adrian Douglas was appointed Grand Almoner for the Central Division in October, 2021 following the resignation in April of 2021 of VW Bro Paul Brittin. Adrian brings a wealth of experience to this important role and I am delighted to have him heading a team of busy District and Lodge Almoners and Charity Officers. Check back here often to read what your Charity is doing in the Central Division.
Divisional Grand Almoner Update - October 2022

Brethren and Ladies,

Welcome to my quarterly Divisional Grand Almoner Update

Charity Numbers – 2021/22 Financial Year

For the year from 1/7/21 to 30/6/22 the following amounts were dispersed to the Division from the Freemasons Charity:

Lodge and District Projects:         $70.842

Applications for Assistance:         $5,354

Critical Need Grants                       $4,000

When this $81,000 is added to the over $50,000 raised in the Division for the Special Olympics National Summer Games, it representant an excellent result for the year. This has been a difficult year for many Lodges with regular meetings unable to be held. Thank you for continuing the charitable work you are doing despite these challenges.

Since the end of the last financial year to date a further $18,483 has been distributed to organisations such as Blind Low Vision, Green Corridors, Young Musician of the Year Hawkes Bay, Gisborne Caravan Club, Taihape Volunteer Fire Brigade, Orange Sky NZ and the Wellington Shetland Society.

Thanks to all the brethren and ladies involved with these projects.

Critical Need Grants

Just a reminder that I would ask that all brethren and ladies keep a sharp eye out for anyone in distress. A Critical Need Grant is available if criteria are met to provide short term relief for those in financial distress. Please bear in mind that there may be some people out there who would not normally come within the criteria for assistance, but now do due to the particular challenges of the COVID pandemic. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your Lodge Almoner of District Charity Officer if you encounter or know of someone who is in need of assistance. They do not have to be a freemason to qualify. Applications of this type are kept strictly confidential.

Special Olympics National Summer Games – Hamilton - 8-12 December 2022

Volunteers are being sought for this event. If you are keen to help you van register via this link: Volunteer - Special Olympics National Summer Games Hamilton  

Request For Assistance/Sponsorship

We have had approached by a parent of two Wellington Based children travelling to  Australia in January 2022 to represent New Zealand at an international fencing competition. They are keen to secure sponsorship for this event. This is not an area the Freemasons Charity can assist with, but if your Lodge can, please let me know.

Uploading of Receipts in to SmartyGrants

Please bear in mind that receipts need to be uploaded in to the SmartyGrants system after completion of a charity application. These must be uploaded by the same person that made the application in SmartyGrants.

Lodge Almoners

Just a quick thank you for the important work you continue to do. I am working on an update to the Almoners Handbook, which I hope to have approved in the New Year.

Charity Strategy Document

A link to the Freemasons Charity One Page Strategy Document is here.

District Charity Officers – Central Division

 

Eastland Ruahine             WBro Geoff Waterworth              027 437 8063     henworth@xtra.co.nz

Hutt Wairarapa                 RWBro Gordon Reid                        027 471 6197     gareid@wise.net.nz

                                        WBro Neil McKee                            027 611 6020     nellymac@hotmail.com

Kapiti Wellington              WBro Malcolm Harfitt                    04 905 1658       suemalharfitt@gmail.com

Ruapehu                             WBro Craig Ancell                           027 552 1968      ancell36@gmail.com 

Taranaki                               WBro Roger Gregory                     027 975 7940      rogreg41@kinect.co.nz

Thanks for your support in this role brethren and ladies. I can assure you it is very much appreciated.                                                                                                              

Adrian Douglas – Divisional Grand Almoner – Central Division     021 540 865      divgalmcentral@gmail.com




Divisional Grand Almoner Update - June 2022

Brethren and Ladies,

Welcome to my quarterly Divisional Grand Almoner Update

Charity Numbers

Since my last update, some $29,000 has been distributed in the division to organisations such as Vincents Arts Workshop, Heart Kids Appeal, Cranford Hospice, Fareham Creative Space and Marton School. Two individuals have also been assisted with a confidential Critical Need Grant. I truly appreciated all of those individuals that have been involved in putting these projects together and identifying individuals in need. I have a coupe pf application pending also which will add substantially to these figures.

Critical Need Grants

Just a reminder that I would ask that all brethren and ladies keep a sharp eye out for anyone in distress. A Critical Need grant is available if criteria are met to provide short term relief for those in financial distress. Please bear in mind that there may be some people out there who would not normally come within the criteria for assistance, but now do due to the particular challenges of the COVID pandemic. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your Lodge Almoner of District Charity Officer if you encounter or know of someone who is in need of assistance. They do not have to be a freemason to qualify. Applications of this type are kept strictly confidential.

Broken Column Badges

These badges are provided for widow of a deceased brother to wear. They are available by contacting me on a case by case basis using the contact details below. Please email me with the name of the widow and lodge name and postal address when ordering.

Charity Jewels

Charity Jewels are now available on applications for long standing good service as Lodge Almoner, and also for involvement in charitable projects and/or roles. The criteria for these awards are contained here. Applications are reviewed by myself and forwarded to the Freemasons Charity Management Committee for a decision.

University Scholarship Presentations

I was delighted along with many brethren and VIP's to attend the Central Division University Scholarship presentation ceremony last month to witness the scholarship presentations made by our Grand Master. This was a successful event and the keynote specker was Dr Ben Hancock – a previous recipient. Photos of the event are available here: http://gofile.me/4se1u/UkYyucOPZ

Charitable Activity

Since 30 April 2021 over $70,000 has been distributed for Lodge and District Projects and more than $12,000 has been distributed for Critical Need Grants and Applications for Assistance.\

Organisations Requesting Assistance

We have had approached from two different organisations for assistance. If any Lodge wishes to put together a Lodge or District Project involving these organisations, please let me or your District Charity Officer know.

Wellington City Mission

Mountains To Sea Wellington

District Project Criteria

I am sometimes asked what the criteria are for District Projects. These are as follows:

  1. They are conducted with the knowledge of the District Grand Master
  2. They involve more than one Lodge
  3. The contributions are reasonably “balanced” (so not one lodge putting in $5000 and then another putting in $50.00.

On the last point, it is recognised that Lodges do have different levels of ability so a ruling on this point will require discussion.

Making Applications via SmartyGrants - New Round Commenced

A new application round has commence on 1 July. This willl mean you will need updated SmartyGrants application links to make applications to the charity. Please contact Debbie Mellett the Charity Administrator at National Office or your District Charity Officer for the new links. SmartyGrants support is available through Debbie during business hours on 04 385 5748.

Uploading of Receipts in to SmartyGrants

Please bear in mind that receipts need to be uploaded in to the SmartyGrants system after completion of a charity application. These must be uploaded by the same person that made the application in SmartyGrants.

Lodge Almoners

Just a quick thank you for the important work you do. I am aware the recent issues we have faced have increased workloads on Lodge Almoners. I would ask all brethren to offer assistance to your Lodge Almoner as it is often said we are all almoners. I have heard of some wonderful work by almoners throughout the country. I have been attending the occasional Ruapehu Almoners Association meetings and will be attending an Eastlands Ruahine meeting soon.

Charity Strategy Document

A link to the Freemasons Charity One Page Strategy Document is here.

District Charity Officers – Central Division

Eastland Ruahine   WBro Geoff Waterworth 027 437 8063 henworth@xtra.co.nz
Hutt Wairarapa WBro Neil McKee 027 611 6020 nellymac@hotmail.com
  RWBro Gordon Reid 027 471 6197 gareid@wise.net.nz
Kapiti Wellington WBro Malcolm Harfitt  04 905 1658 suemalharfitt@gmail.com
Ruapehu WBro Craig Ancell  027 552 1968 ancell36@gmail.com
Taranaki  WBro Roger Gregory  027 975 7940 rogreg41@kinect.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for your support in this role brethren and ladies. I can assure you it is very much appreciated.                                                                                                              

Adrian Douglas – Divisional Grand Almoner – Central Division     021 540 865      divgalmcentral@gmail.com

 




Divisional Grand Almoner Update - March 2022

Brethren and Ladies,

Freemasonry is again this year facing a challenging period as we saw with our Grand Master taking the necessary decision to close lodges for a period and then the recent reopening of lodges in the new environment we face. This will remain a theme.

Critical Need Grants

The pandemic we have all faced has seen some devastating effects on businesses and individuals. I would ask that all brethren and ladies keep a sharp eye out for anyone in distress. A critical needs grant is available if criteria are met to provide short term relief for those in financial distress. Please bear in mind that there may be some people out there who would not normally come within the criteria for assistance, but now do due to the particular challenges of the COVID pandemic. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your Lodge Almoner of District Charity Officer if you encounter or know of someone who is in need of assistance. 

Lodge Almoners

Your role has become even more critical in the last 2 years while we have been dealing with COVID 19. The work you have been doing in looking after the welfare of the brethren and ladies remains absolutely critical. Please remember to not take all of the responsibility on yourself – share the load with your fellow lodge members and keep in touch with the Master should you require any additional support.

Charity Projects

Central Division data for the period 1 July 2021 to 31 December 2021 was Critical Need Grants 2 @ $2000 total; Assistance Grants 2 @ $4675 total; and Lodge Projects 11 @ $39,940 total.

Great to see these trickling through and it will be great to see more as lodges now reopen. The Smarty Grants software has been going well, and I appreciate your understanding while it has been rolled out. Please bear in mind, support is available through the Charity Administrator (Debbie) during business hours on 04 385 5748.

District Charity Officers – Central Division

Eastland Ruahine   WBro Geoff Waterworth 027 437 8063 henworth@xtra.co.nz
Hutt Wairarapa WBro Neil McKee 027 611 6020 nellymac@hotmail.com
  RWBro Gordon Reid 027 471 6197 gareid@wise.net.nz
Kapiti Wellington WBro Malcolm Harfitt  04 905 1658 suemalharfitt@gmail.com
Ruapehu WBro Craig Ancell  027 552 1968 ancell36@gmail.com
Taranaki  WBro Roger Gregory  027 975 7940 rogreg41@kinect.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian Douglas – Divisional Grand Almoner – Central Division     021 540 865      divgalmcentral@gmail.com




Divisional Grand Almoner Update - Central Division – February 2022

Brethren and Ladies,

Freemasonry is again this year facing a challenging period as we saw with our Grand Master taking the necessary decision to close lodges for a period and the recent reopening of lodges in the new environment we face. Th8is will remain a theme.

Critical Need Grants

The pandemic we have all faced has seen some devastating effects on businesses and individuals. I would ask that all brethren and ladies keep a sharp eye out for anyone in distress. A crucial needs grant is available if criteria are met to provide short term relief for those in financial distress. Please bear in mind that there may be some people out there who would not normally come within the criteria for assistance, but now do due to the particular challenges of the pandemic. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your Lodge almoner of District Charity Officer if you encounter someone who is in need of assistance. 

Lodge Almoners

Your role has become even more critical in the last 2 years while we have been dealing with COVID 19. The work you have been doing in looking after the welfare of the brethren and ladies remains absolutely critical. Please remember to not take all of the responsibility on yourself – share the load with your fellow lodge members and keep in touch with the Master should you require any additional support.

Charity Projects

Great to see these trickling through and it will be great to see more as lodges now reopen. The Smarty Grants software has been going well, and I appreciate your understanding while it has been rolled out. Please bear in mind, support is available through the Charity Administrator (Debbie) during business hours on 04 385 5748.

District Charity Officers – Central Division

Eastland Ruahine   WBro Geoff Waterworth 027 437 8063 henworth@xtra.co.nz
Hutt Wairarapa WBro Neil McKee 027 611 6020 nellymac@hotmail.com
  RWBro Gordon Reid 027 471 6197 gareid@wise.net.nz
Kapiti Wellington WBro Malcolm Harfitt  04 905 1658 suemalharfitt@gmail.com
Ruapehu WBro Craig Ancell  027 552 1968 ancell36@gmail.com
Taranaki  WBro Roger Gregory  027 975 7940 rogreg41@kinect.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian Douglas – Divisional Grand Almoner – Central Division       021 540 865      divgalmcentral@gmail.com




Acting Divisional Grand Almoner Update 30 September 2021

Brethren and Ladies,

First and foremost and on behalf of your charity I am seeking your assistance to be on the lookout for brethren and widows who may be in distress generally, or particularly following the recent COVID related lockdowns. I am aware these lockdowns can have wide ranging effects on many businesses and individuals and we have processes and funding in place whereby for those meeting the criteria short term relief can be provided to those in distress. Confidentiality is maintained throughout this process. We are very much reliant on the “eyes and ears” of brethren to alert us of situations where this relief may be required. We would all really appreciate your assistance in this regard. I have also recently sent a note to all Lodge almoners soliciting their assistance in this area.

As with all applications to the charity, first contact should be made with your District Charity Officer.  Their contact details are available on this page, or feel free to contact me directly if required.

Similarly, if you are considering a Lodge Project, early contact with the District Charity Officer will provide you with some valuable guidance. District projects should be co-ordinated through your District Grand Master.

Special Olympics

The great news here is that the Division has raised over $45,000 for this project so far – an excellent effort and one we should all be very proud of. I would like to thank all Lodges and Districts that have contributed and those that are about to. Your efforts are very much appreciated.

No doubt you have caught up with the recent announcement of the postponement of the National Summer Games until 2022. An unfortunate but understandable decision. The main message for you here is that we remain 100% behind this project. The games will go ahead, albeit at a later date – and our Grand Master has made it clear our support for the event will continue. With this in mind, we are definitely still accepting donations for this project to the Divisional account. 

 

Regards

Adrian Douglas – Acting Divisional Grand Almoner – Central Division     021 540 865 / divgalmcentral@gmail.com

 




Acting Divisional Grand Almoner Update - August 2021

Brethren and Ladies,

Welcome to my first update since being appointed as Acting Divisional Grand Almoner in early May this year. I hope to send these updates out quarterly and will do my best to restrict them to one page.

Charitable Activity

There have been many worthwhile Lodge Projects approved in the last 3 months. Recipient organisations have included Freedom to Learn, The Wairarapa Community Centre, The SPCA, Scouts NZ, Big Brother Big Sister, Palmerston North Hospital Oncology Ward, Sailability and the Wellington Children’s Hospital. I am also aware that some $20,000 was raised recently at the 12th Annual Whisky Tasting event in Wellington hosted by Empire Fergusson Lodge. Thank you to all those brethren and ladies involved in organising and participating in these projects. Two Fast Track Applications have also been approved to assist brethren in distressed circumstances.

The Freemasons Charity Special Olympics National Summer Games – Hamilton - December 2021  - Project Update

I am advised by our Divisional Treasurer that the total donated to this worthy cause to date is $20,028.60. The Divisional Conference dinner raised $40,000 inclusive of the Freemasons Charity contribution. It is absolutely fantastic to see Lodges from throughout the Division coming up with some great ideas for fundraising for this National Project. Remember, no forms are required to be filled in for this project. Simply bank the funds you raise into the Central Divisional Account – as detailed in the Freemasons NZ Circular dated 21 May 2021. The funds will then have the appropriate subsidy applied from the Freemasons Charity and be forwarded through Special Olympics head office to a Club local to the Lodge(s) involved.  It is certainly by no means too late to contribute, and I am aware of quite a few ongoing projects to support this worthy cause. Again. Thanks to those lodges involved in these projects. 

More information on this event here – including an opportunity to volunteer at the games if you wish to: Special Olympics New Zealand.

Hawkes Bay Seminar

A very successful seminar was held at Hastings on Saturday the 26th of June. Some 22 brethren and ladies attended to find out some more about our Charity and also to hear an address from Margaret Baker ONZM from Hawkes Bay Special Olympics. It was very pleasing to see a good number of ladies present, some who were assisting lodges with benevolence and almoning duties. These seminars will be continuing in the future, so keep an eye out for the next one near you.

District Charity Officers – Central Division

Details are below of your District Charity Officers. I highly recommend they are your first point of contact when you are considering a charitable project and you intend to apply to the charity for assistance. They are able to give you valuable guidance and assistance with the application process:

Eastland Ruahine   WBro Geoff Waterworth 027 437 8063 henworth@xtra.co.nz
Hutt Wairarapa WBro Neil McKee 027 611 6020 nellymac@hotmail.com
  RWBro Gordon Reid 027 471 6197 gareid@wise.net.nz
Kapiti Wellington WBro Malcolm Harfitt  04 905 1658 suemalharfitt@gmail.com
Ruapehu WBro Craig Ancell  027 552 1968 ancell36@gmail.com
Taranaki  WBro Roger Gregory  027 975 7940 rogreg41@kinect.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regards

Adrian Douglas – Acting Divisional Grand Almoner – Central Division     021 540 865 / divgalmcentral@gmail.com