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Rockhampton Freemason, Ted Cordell is the sixth Queensland Freemason to receive the prestigious Order of Service to Benevolence Jewel (OSB) in the last few months.

Presented by Board of Benevolence Chairman, Tom Wiltshire at the Board’s new Offices in Brisbane, on Monday morning, Tom said the OSB Jewel was awarded to Ted in recognition of his efforts in taking care of the 12 Unit Complex (previously owned by Masonic Care Queensland) at Gracemere, outside of Rockhampton.  

Ted began actively volunteering at the site over 10 years ago dividing his time between maintaining the grounds, coordinating other volunteers, coordinating capital works and tenancy agreements on behalf of Masonic Care Queensland as well as being the local contact for residents. In addition to his duties as a volunteer, Ted has also been the Secretary and Treasurer of the Rockhampton and District Committee since 2006.

Hand Heart Pocket is appreciative to Ted for his dedication and is delighted to hear that he will continue his volunteer duties into the future with the new owners. 

Photo: Rockhampton Freemason, Ted Cordell with Board of Benevolence Chairman, Tom Wiltshire shortly after receiving his OSB Jewel. A special morning tea was held to mark the occasion.

 

The 71st Annual General Meeting of Board of Benevolence was held on Monday night with more than 80 Freemasons, stakeholders and members of the general public in attendance.

Board of Benevolence Chairman, Tom Wiltshire, was the first to address the meeting, where he spoke about the strong financial results for the 2015/2016 financial year and the organisation’s increase in benevolent and charitable activities over the past 12-months, making a $1.73 million difference to Queenslanders. He also endorsed the recently launched Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal urging guests to donate. To conclude his presentation, he launched the organisation’s Interim Strategic Plan, sharing why it was developed, what it involved and that it would form the base for a longer term plan.

Next to address the meeting was Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark, who communicated Masonic Care Queensland’s financial results for the 2015/2016 financial year and how these results were achieved through the turnaround of the business, making it robust and attractive. He also spoke about how the management team of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland plans to deliver on the Interim Strategic Plan, before launching the long awaited keepsake book about Masonic Care Queensland, ‘A legacy built on caring 1925-2016’.

A number of guest speakers from various community and charitable organisations who have been working with Hand Heart Pocket also took to the stage. They included Ron Donnellan and Grace Vigar from the Joyful Foundation Inc., whose organisation will benefit from the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal; Robert Carmichael from Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge whose bursary program for local school students will continue in perpetuity after having recently signed an agreement to allow Hand Heart Pocket to manage funds of $100,000 in trust and administer from 2017 and; Youngcare Connect Manager Shane Jamieson, who spoke about the impact of Hand Heart Pocket’s support to the At Home Care Grants 2016 and the outdoor area at the Wooloowin Share House.  

Board of Benevolence wishes to thank all those who attended the momentous evening and for their ongoing support of the work of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland. 

Photo: Board of Benevolence Chairman Tom Wiltshire addresses the crowd at the 71st Annual General Meeting of Board of Benevolence. 

Find out more about the important work of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland.  

After obtaining a Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar SubsidyLogan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge recently donated three specialised chairs to Beenleigh Special School, which will allow students with multiple disabilities to sit securely whilst participating in the classroom.

Logan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge Secretary, Ken Rose, said that the Lodge was committed to making a difference locally and hopes to do more for the school in the future.

“I am also a member of Redlands Lodge which has done a lot for special schools in their local area. Having seen firsthand the impact it can have, we were inspired to do something for the special school in Beenleigh too,” Ken said.

Beenleigh Special School, Physiotherapist, Jessica Bentley said these chairs would make a huge difference to the students’ learning outcomes, many of whom find it difficult to sit upright whilst at their desks.

“The specialised chairs are adjustable to facilitate the students’ growing needs and will be able to be shared between many students, for many years to come,” Jessica said.

“We sincerely thank Logan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge for partnering with the Special School, and investing in our students’ futures.”

Throughout the year, Logan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge combines with neighbouring Thespian Lodge to put on sausage sizzles to raise funds, sharing what they raise to support a variety of local initiatives such as the Beenleigh Special School, Logan and QEII Hospitals.

Photo: A student at Beenleigh Special School tries out one of the new speicalised chairs donated by Logan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge. 

Find out more about other education initiatives to have benefitted from a Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar subsidy.

For many years Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge has raised and donated funds to provide local school students at Noosa and District High School, Cooroy State Primary School and Eumundi State Primary School with bursaries, as their way of giving back to the local community.

Earlier this week Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland and Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge entered into an agreement which will see these bursaries continue in perpetuity.

“Hand Heart Pocket will manage funds of $100,000 in trust and administer the bursary program from 2017 on behalf of the Lodge, through investment returns,” said Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark.

Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge’s, Rick Templeton said the $100,000 was the result of several years of fundraising and is delighted to see the local school students continue to benefit from their efforts for many years to come.

“We are grateful to Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland for helping the Freemasons of Cooroy and Eumundi maintain a lasting legacy in the region for many more years to come,” Rick said.

Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland, Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark said he was appreciative to Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge for entrusting the $100,000 with the organisation and allowing it to administer the bursary program which would have a lasting impact on the region.

Photo: Frank Hiscock, Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark, Rick Templeton, Robert Carmichael and Des Soley. 

Find out more about how Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland, supports Educational initiatives.

 

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, was last night awarded Runner Up Boss of the Year at the Executive PA Magazine Awards in Sydney.

Previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Benevolence’s aged care and retirement living business, Masonic Care Queensland, Gary was recognised for his role in leading the business turnaround of Masonic Care Queensland over the past 3 years, along with the organisations transition from being predominantly an aged care and retirement living business to the charity known as Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland. 

Recognised for displaying strong leadership and his ability to give clear direction, vision and purpose, Gary earnt the trust of his management team and staff and empowered them to perform to the best of their abilities. 

“He changed the culture of the organisation through regular communication and inclusiveness.  Staff realised they were part of a bigger picture and he took everyone on the journey with him,” said Board of Benevolence Chairman, Tom Wiltshire.

“On behalf of the Board of Benevolence I congratulate Gary on this achievement and am pleased that he will continue to play a significant role in the Board’s charitable and benevolent work into the future under Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland,” said Tom.

Find out more about who Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland helps.  

United Tradesmen’s Lodge with the support of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland recently hosted the 4th annual Dining in the Dark event in Ipswich raising vital funds for Guide Dogs Queensland.

Close to 130 guests were treated to a two course meal blindfolded, giving them a taste of what it is like to be blind or vision impaired.

Following the meal, guests took part in a sensory exercise with each table given a box of items to solve and the winning table taking home a prize. The live auction and raffles also saw guests take home a range of wonderful prizes.

Lodge Secretary Ian Brown said proceeds from the evening went towards helping to provide Guide Dogs and other mobility and support services to blind and vision impaired children and adults in Queensland.

‘We are grateful to all the businesses and people who supported us on the night,” Ian said.

“We will no doubt be back next year,” he said.

Photo: All blindfolded, guests had to rely on their other senses to get through the two course meal. 

Find out more about how Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland, supports Health initiatives.

 

Rockhampton Freemason, Ted Cordell is the sixth Queensland Freemason to receive the prestigious Order of Service to Benevolence Jewel (OSB) in the last few months.

Presented by Board of Benevolence Chairman, Tom Wiltshire at the Board’s new Offices in Brisbane, on Monday morning, Tom said the OSB Jewel was awarded to Ted in recognition of his efforts in taking care of the 12 Unit Complex (previously owned by Masonic Care Queensland) at Gracemere, outside of Rockhampton.  

Ted began actively volunteering at the site over 10 years ago dividing his time between maintaining the grounds, coordinating other volunteers, coordinating capital works and tenancy agreements on behalf of Masonic Care Queensland as well as being the local contact for residents. In addition to his duties as a volunteer, Ted has also been the Secretary and Treasurer of the Rockhampton and District Committee since 2006.

Hand Heart Pocket is appreciative to Ted for his dedication and is delighted to hear that he will continue his volunteer duties into the future with the new owners. 

Photo: Rockhampton Freemason, Ted Cordell with Board of Benevolence Chairman, Tom Wiltshire shortly after receiving his OSB Jewel. A special morning tea was held to mark the occasion.

 

The 71st Annual General Meeting of Board of Benevolence was held on Monday night with more than 80 Freemasons, stakeholders and members of the general public in attendance.

Board of Benevolence Chairman, Tom Wiltshire, was the first to address the meeting, where he spoke about the strong financial results for the 2015/2016 financial year and the organisation’s increase in benevolent and charitable activities over the past 12-months, making a $1.73 million difference to Queenslanders. He also endorsed the recently launched Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal urging guests to donate. To conclude his presentation, he launched the organisation’s Interim Strategic Plan, sharing why it was developed, what it involved and that it would form the base for a longer term plan.

Next to address the meeting was Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark, who communicated Masonic Care Queensland’s financial results for the 2015/2016 financial year and how these results were achieved through the turnaround of the business, making it robust and attractive. He also spoke about how the management team of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland plans to deliver on the Interim Strategic Plan, before launching the long awaited keepsake book about Masonic Care Queensland, ‘A legacy built on caring 1925-2016’.

A number of guest speakers from various community and charitable organisations who have been working with Hand Heart Pocket also took to the stage. They included Ron Donnellan and Grace Vigar from the Joyful Foundation Inc., whose organisation will benefit from the Hand Heart Pocket 2016 Christmas Appeal; Robert Carmichael from Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge whose bursary program for local school students will continue in perpetuity after having recently signed an agreement to allow Hand Heart Pocket to manage funds of $100,000 in trust and administer from 2017 and; Youngcare Connect Manager Shane Jamieson, who spoke about the impact of Hand Heart Pocket’s support to the At Home Care Grants 2016 and the outdoor area at the Wooloowin Share House.  

Board of Benevolence wishes to thank all those who attended the momentous evening and for their ongoing support of the work of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland. 

Photo: Board of Benevolence Chairman Tom Wiltshire addresses the crowd at the 71st Annual General Meeting of Board of Benevolence. 

Find out more about the important work of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland.  

After obtaining a Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar SubsidyLogan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge recently donated three specialised chairs to Beenleigh Special School, which will allow students with multiple disabilities to sit securely whilst participating in the classroom.

Logan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge Secretary, Ken Rose, said that the Lodge was committed to making a difference locally and hopes to do more for the school in the future.

“I am also a member of Redlands Lodge which has done a lot for special schools in their local area. Having seen firsthand the impact it can have, we were inspired to do something for the special school in Beenleigh too,” Ken said.

Beenleigh Special School, Physiotherapist, Jessica Bentley said these chairs would make a huge difference to the students’ learning outcomes, many of whom find it difficult to sit upright whilst at their desks.

“The specialised chairs are adjustable to facilitate the students’ growing needs and will be able to be shared between many students, for many years to come,” Jessica said.

“We sincerely thank Logan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge for partnering with the Special School, and investing in our students’ futures.”

Throughout the year, Logan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge combines with neighbouring Thespian Lodge to put on sausage sizzles to raise funds, sharing what they raise to support a variety of local initiatives such as the Beenleigh Special School, Logan and QEII Hospitals.

Photo: A student at Beenleigh Special School tries out one of the new speicalised chairs donated by Logan Beenleigh Daylight Lodge. 

Find out more about other education initiatives to have benefitted from a Hand Heart Pocket Dollar for Dollar subsidy.

For many years Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge has raised and donated funds to provide local school students at Noosa and District High School, Cooroy State Primary School and Eumundi State Primary School with bursaries, as their way of giving back to the local community.

Earlier this week Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland and Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge entered into an agreement which will see these bursaries continue in perpetuity.

“Hand Heart Pocket will manage funds of $100,000 in trust and administer the bursary program from 2017 on behalf of the Lodge, through investment returns,” said Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark.

Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge’s, Rick Templeton said the $100,000 was the result of several years of fundraising and is delighted to see the local school students continue to benefit from their efforts for many years to come.

“We are grateful to Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland for helping the Freemasons of Cooroy and Eumundi maintain a lasting legacy in the region for many more years to come,” Rick said.

Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland, Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark said he was appreciative to Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge for entrusting the $100,000 with the organisation and allowing it to administer the bursary program which would have a lasting impact on the region.

Photo: Frank Hiscock, Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark, Rick Templeton, Robert Carmichael and Des Soley. 

Find out more about how Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland, supports Educational initiatives.

 

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, was last night awarded Runner Up Boss of the Year at the Executive PA Magazine Awards in Sydney.

Previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Benevolence’s aged care and retirement living business, Masonic Care Queensland, Gary was recognised for his role in leading the business turnaround of Masonic Care Queensland over the past 3 years, along with the organisations transition from being predominantly an aged care and retirement living business to the charity known as Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland. 

Recognised for displaying strong leadership and his ability to give clear direction, vision and purpose, Gary earnt the trust of his management team and staff and empowered them to perform to the best of their abilities. 

“He changed the culture of the organisation through regular communication and inclusiveness.  Staff realised they were part of a bigger picture and he took everyone on the journey with him,” said Board of Benevolence Chairman, Tom Wiltshire.

“On behalf of the Board of Benevolence I congratulate Gary on this achievement and am pleased that he will continue to play a significant role in the Board’s charitable and benevolent work into the future under Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland,” said Tom.

Find out more about who Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland helps.  

United Tradesmen’s Lodge with the support of Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland recently hosted the 4th annual Dining in the Dark event in Ipswich raising vital funds for Guide Dogs Queensland.

Close to 130 guests were treated to a two course meal blindfolded, giving them a taste of what it is like to be blind or vision impaired.

Following the meal, guests took part in a sensory exercise with each table given a box of items to solve and the winning table taking home a prize. The live auction and raffles also saw guests take home a range of wonderful prizes.

Lodge Secretary Ian Brown said proceeds from the evening went towards helping to provide Guide Dogs and other mobility and support services to blind and vision impaired children and adults in Queensland.

‘We are grateful to all the businesses and people who supported us on the night,” Ian said.

“We will no doubt be back next year,” he said.

Photo: All blindfolded, guests had to rely on their other senses to get through the two course meal. 

Find out more about how Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland, supports Health initiatives.