Recog­ni­tion for Francey’s ma­sonic role

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IAN Francey has been a mem­ber of the Childers Ma­sonic Lodge for 40 years, and his ded­i­ca­tion hasn’t gone un­no­ticed.

Mr Francey was re­cently awarded both the 30-year and 40-year ser­vice medal from the Ma­sonic Lodge.

The 94-year-old has also re­ceived the “united grand lodge of Queens­land” af­ter his role as mas­ter of the

Paul Bartlett Ma­sonic Lodge The medal shows that he has worked hard.

lodge for two years.

The ser­vice medal from the Ma­sonic Lodge is awarded for a min­i­mum of 30 years of ser­vice.

“When I was the mas­ter of the lodge I pre­sented Ian with his 30-year award, now I’m pre­sent­ing him with the 40,” Ma­sonic Lodge ma­son Paul Bartlett said.

Mr Bartlett said at the ripe age of 94, Mr Francey had not “lost his mar­bles”.

“You can ask him any­thing about the Childers his­tory and he’ll an­swer it,” he said.

“Ian is deaf and you can’t re­ally talk to him, so he started most of the con­ver­sa­tion and once you got go­ing on the con­ver­sa­tion, he was fine once you knew what you were say­ing.”

The Ma­sonic Lodge is a char­ity that helps people who are go­ing through hard times and the less for­tu­nate.

When the lodge was in its ear­lier stages, the or­gan­i­sa­tion tried to stay hid­den to avoid recog­ni­tion.

“But you can’t do that these days,” Mr Bartlett said.

“The medal shows that he has worked hard.”

Mr Bartlett said when he pre­sented the award Mr Francey said the award meant a lot to him.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RECOG­NI­TION: Ian Francey has been awarded a 40-year ser­vice medal from the Ma­sonic Lodge.

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