Recognition for Francey’s masonic role
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.
RECOGNITION: Ian Francey has been awarded a 40-year service medal from the Masonic Lodge.