Hon­our earned for ded­i­ca­tion

Bill gets 50-year jewel for freema­sonry mem­ber­ship

Central and North Burnett Times - - HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE... 50+ - ❏ Erica Mur­ree

IT­WAS an emo­tional moment as Bill Mel­lor re­ceived his 50year jewel at the Gayn­dah Ma­sonic Lodge.

The jewel rep­re­sents half a cen­tury of de­voted mem­ber­ship to freema­sonry.

Wor Bro Mel­lor first joined the freema­sons on July 3, 1962, with Prince of Wales Lodge in Bris­bane be­fore join­ing Star of the East in Mary­bor­ough on May 5, 1966, Raphael Lodge at Roma on March 13, 1971, Gayn­dah on July 10, 1976, and Lee Bryce at Mt Perry on July 19, 1991.

Very Wor Bro Don Dowl­ing said he was hon­oured to make the pre­sen­ta­tion.

“When you joined Gayn­dah Lodge in 1976 I was the wor­ship­ful master at Biggen­den Lodge,” he said.

“We’ve been great mates since then.”

‘With­out Eileen over al­most 50 years, life would not have been the same.’

Cricket also played an im­por­tant part in their as­so­ci­a­tion.

“We played cricket to­gether for many years,” VW Bro Dowl­ing said.

“In those days we trav­elled to Gayn­dah, Mun­dub­bera, Eidsvold and Monto.”

In re­sponse Wor Bro Mel­lor thanked VW Bro Dowl­ing for his friend­ship and sup­port.

“What I do re­mem­ber from our crick­et­ing days was your medium pac­ers and scat­ter­ing of the wick­ets,” he said.

Wor Bro Mel­lor turned back the clock, rem­i­nisc­ing about the time be­fore he joined freema­sonry and met men­who are now his life­long friends and fel­low freema­sons.

The first was brother John in 1941who, although not a freema­son, was there to give his sup­port and con­grat­u­la­tions.

“Also here is John Jensen, whom I met in 1943 when we started school to­gether in Bund­aberg.

“In 1949 Frank Pet­ter­son and I went on a YAL tour to Syd­ney and he just hap­pens to be or­gan­ist here tonight.

“In 1956 I met David Mun­gomery, and then in 1960 Har­vey Bam­ford when I went towork for the rail­way.

“I first met Rob Mered­ith when I joined Gayn­dah Lodge in 1976 and the an­nual visit to the Gabba started.”

He gave his thanks for his “good lady” for her sup­port.

“With­out Eileen over al­most 50 years, life would not have been the same,” he said.

And when asked what he had got out of freema­sonry, Wor Bro Mel­lor’s re­ply was sim­ple – “plenty”.

“Lots of good friends and fel­low­ship, but most im­por­tantly im­proved con­fi­dence,” he said.

PROUD MOMENT: Eileen Mel­lor con­grat­u­lates hus­band Bill on his 50-year jewel from the Gayn­dah Ma­sonic Lodge.

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