There are a lot of things that I truly enjoy about Freemasonry and one of them is the differences that exist within the fraternity. We often see them exist at the local level as we travel (and you should be traveling) but there are a great deal of other differences that can be seen if you look a bit further.
Take for instance our Brothers in Australia. An article posted today by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation announced that Freemason Victoria had appointed a new chief executive, Ms. Jane Sydenham-Clarke. Ms. Sydenham-Clarke is the first woman to be appointed to the post in 127 years – kudos to her. The article further stated that Ms. Sydenham-Clarke’s father was a Freemason and that she mentioned that she enjoyed getting to know the great men involved and was, “looking forward to working with the fraternity as a whole to build on the other fantastic work that’s been done to date and also to take Freemasons Victoria into the future.”
I think it’s a really great thing to see this type of move being done by the fraternity. While Ms. Sydenham-Clarke isn’t a member of the fraternity and can’t attend tiled meetings, having her as CEO will hopefully allow Freemason Victoria to be more in tune with the larger community.
The second item to take away, and this if more for my American Brethren, is the fact that Freemason Victoria has a business organization to support the fraternity. I know that many Lodges, from the Grand Lodge to the local level, also operate as a business. It might be worthwhile to take a look at how things are done in Australia and see if something similar should be done here. Would it be such a bad thing to have a separate organization that is focused on outreach, strategic planning, and governance?
It is definitely something to think about.
You can read the full news piece at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-19/freemasons-victoria-appoints-female-chief-executive/7767358
To read more about Freemason Victoria, check out their site at: http://www.freemasonsvic.net.au/