HEATHCOTE’S Masonic Lodge threw open its doors on Saturday to allow members of the public to get a rare glimpse of the investiture ceremony, which is usually held in private.
During the ceremony members of the Lodge were appointed into roles and given symbols to represent their new responsibilities.
This year Alan James Sewell was appointed as ‘Worshipful Master’, the highest position in the lodge’s hierarchy.
The lodge also awarded him with a medal ordinarily given only to worshipful masters who had successfully finished serving their one-year term.
“It is such a great honour,” Alan said. “They gave it to me in advance because they said they have confidence that I will look after the lodge for 12 months.”
Alan already has his calendar packed with plans for the next 12 months, including social activities, rehearsals and charity events for the freemason members.
Before Alan joined the freemasons he had been an active volunteer in the community, spending 30 years in the Country Fire Authority and building fences to replace ones destroyed by natural disasters.
“After I left the CFA I was looking to help the community in a way that wasn’t quite as physically active,” he said.
“That’s one thing freemasonry is very good for. It’s all about helping others.”
The lodge’s secretary Wayne McKay said he was confident Alan would do a good job.
“Alan has got the full support of every member of the lodge. He’s not just active in this lodge but in the general freemason community in and around Victoria.”
Wayne said the open investiture was a great opportunity for the community to join with past and present freemasons to learn about freemasonry.
“We wanted to involve our friends, family and wives who don’t get the opportunity to come in and see what’s going on,” he said.
“It’s also a good opportunity for us to recruit. It’s an organisation that’s based around giving back to the community, so the more members we have the more we can do for the community and look after each other.”