Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Letter of Invitation

Photo shows the facsimile of the letter of invitation for Foundation members for Lodge Jose Rizal being sent out by Secretary-designate, Bro Louie Reyes.

Minimum requirements are Certificate of Good Standing [CGS] from current lodge and AU$350.00 foundation member fee; which covers first year's dues and banquet fee. An interview and meeting with the officers of the lodge is also a requirement.

One of the main themes: "...friends and brothers, among whom no contention should ever exist, but that noble contention, or rather emulation, of who best can work and best agree."

If you are interested to become a Foundation member, please feel free to contact us via this web [use comment page]. Remember there is a limited number of brethren that can be Foundation members as per Grand Lodge of NSW & ACT requirements.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Cedars Lodge Receives Sponsorship

Bro Fidel Pamplona, Bro Rudy O'laco, and I [Bro Louie Reyes] attended The Cedars Lodge No 1041 meeting last night [Friday, 24 April] . The work was a first degree which was very enjoyable and in correspondence, our petition to them for sponsorship was read out.

Later, in general business, their secretary, Bro Gerry Semaan; read out the lodge response to us, very happy and honoured, and ready to assist if called upon.

Bro Fidel responded at the first visitors' response in the south, and thanked the Worshipful Master, VW Bro Garry Sayed, PDGDC; and brethren of The Cedars Lodge for their kind support and then gave a short but very informative biography of Jose Rizal for the benefit of the hosts and the other visitors.

The banquet was typically sumptuous, a Cedars tradition, and sets a benchmark for how festive boards should be conducted. An excellent evening with excellent results.

As emailed by Bro Louie Reyes


One person can set goals;
it takes a team to achieve them. – Saab ad

Tips for success:

· Plan ahead
· Share your enthusiasm
· Be persistent
· Start small
· Seek members who have something in common
· Be sure members are committed
· Think long term
· Be patient – most successful ventures wasn’t built in a day!
· Encourage positive and constructive discussions

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Foundation Officers Elected: 19 April

Photo above shows the suggested logo [in different formats] of Lodge Jose Rizal as designed by Sis Sen O'laco with the inputs of the brethren.

The organising committee of Lodge Jose Rizal, District 32 under the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory [UGL NSW & ACT] elected their Charter or Foundation Officers last 19 April at a meeting at Bro Manny and Sis Lourdes Santos's residence at Woodcroft.

The Immediate Past Master [IPM] and Installing Master elect is RWBro Rey Porras, the present Regional Grand Counsellor of Region 11.

While the Worshipful Master elect is VWBro Manny Maniago, Senior Warden elect is WBro Fidel Pamplona and Junior Warden elect is WBro Rudy Romerosa. Both VWBro Maniago and WBro Pamplona are United Grand Lodge of NSW & ACT officers [ceremonial team], while WBro Romerosa is on his second back to back term as sitting Master of Lodge Kildare.

Secretary is Bro Louie Reyes and Treasurer is Bro Manny Santos. Other officers are Bro Manny Placido, Senior Deacon; Bro Mario Baylon Jr, Junior Deacon; Bro Dan Elizes, Inner Guard and Bro Rudy O'laco is the Membership Officer.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009



My congratulations for selecting Lodge Jose Rizal. Like our national hero and brother mason, Lodge Jose Rizal will play a great role in the United Grand Lodge of NSW & ACT. It is our intention to be involved in the operational and ceremonial activities of our grand lodge.

Jose Rizal Lodge members will be urged to excel through training and education. We are trying to be selective on our membership because we would like HARMONY, PEACE and LOVE prevails in our lodge . We would like commitment not only from our members, but also from our wives, partners and children, it will be an extended family for every member.

More power to Lodge Jose Rizal!

Together Brethren.

WBro Manny Maniago