For the love of learning
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.