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Clutha Leader - - FRONT PAGE - MARY-JO TOHILL

The Otago Ma­sonic Char­i­ta­ble Trust South Otago branch will be pre­sent­ing Freema­sons Uni­ver­sity Schol­ar­ships to recipients at Clin­ton on Sun­day.

The branch will give out $14,000 in grants and also the El­wing Cer­tifi­cate for a yacht­bound ad­ven­ture at Ste­wart Is­land.

Last week the trust, which is the um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion of all Otago ma­sonic lodges, marked its 60th an­niver­sary since the first meet­ing on May 28, 1958. Freema­sons New Zealand Grand Master Mark Winger said it was quite a mile­stone.

‘‘So we are this year cel­e­brat­ing 60 years of char­ity in Otago. Over the years how this has been dis­pensed and or­gan­ised has changed as Freema­sonry has adapted and as the needs of the com­mu­nity have changed. To­day is a cel­e­bra­tion of our char­i­ta­ble links with the wider com­mu­nity of Otago.’’

This year, the trust has do­nated $134,260.86 within Otago, which in­cluded a $5000 grant to West Otago Health Trust for cot­tage re­fur­bish­ment.

The uni­ver­sity schol­ar­ship pre­sen­ta­tion will be held at the Clin­ton Lodge on Sun­day at 2pm.

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