3992 – President of St. Kilda Bowling Club, Elmay Acklin, gratefully thanked the OFC for their donation of $800 for towards the cost of replacing the plinth boards around their bowling green. Elmay is pictured collecting the grant from Councillor Andrew Noone, who represented Dunedin City Council at the awards.
3995 – Orokonui Bird Sanctuary Director, Christine Baillie, was fulsome in her praise for the $2,590 grant that she obtained from the OFC. This funding enabled the sanctuary to purchase a large water tank to ensure that the high country has an all-year-round water supply. Councillor Andrew Noone does the honours.
3997 –Diabetes NZ-Otago representative, Gwenda Farquarson, was very grateful to receive a Grant
for the purchase of a computerised image projector for educational purposes. Gwenda thanked the OFC and addressed the audience, informing them that the Region
would benefit enormously from the use of the projector to better inform the populace regarding this debilitating, yet too common, disease. Councillor Andrew Noone presented the cheque.
4015 – Rt.W.Bro. Olly Laytham PM has forgotten more about the satisfaction that ‘charitable giving’ brings than most of us will ever learn in a lifetime. Here Olly is seen introducing
‘the Elwing Adventure’ course – Now an annual part of the Otago Freemasons’ Charity’s Youth Development Programme.
(‘Elwing’ is a large, ocean-going, live-aboard yacht, kitted with a plethora of inflatable boats, diving equipment and ‘sea-stuff’.)
4016 – Government Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, presented Georgia Buxton with a New
Zealand Coastguard’s certificate for having successfully completed the Elwing Adventure course. during her high seas experience, Georgia obtained qualifications as both a Dayskipper and as a Radio Operator.
(Based in Stewart Island, the ‘Elwing’ is a large, ocean-going, live-aboard yacht.)
4017 – Michael Woodhouse MP, was delighted to present Shay Robson with a New Zealand Coastguard
certificate, announcing that Shay had successfully completed the Elwing Adventure course off the coast of Stewart Island. During his time aboard, Shay gained qualifications as a Radio Operator and a Dayskipper’s certificate.
(‘Elwing’ is a large, live-aboard, yacht carrying a variety of diving and deep sea equipment.)
4018 – Caitlyn White took part in the OFC’s 2016 Elwing Adventure course – 7-days on the ‘High Seas’, During which she learned about the beauty and the dangers within the turbulent waters around Stewart Island. She also qualified as a Radio Operator and obtained a Dayskipper’s certificate. Caitlyn received her New Zealand Coastguard certificate from Government Minister, Michael Woodhouse.
4019 – On behalf of ‘The Fred Staub Trust,’ Dunedin MP, Dr. David Clark presents Professor Leoni Schmidt with a cheque for 10,000 dollars. Professor Schmidt is the Head of the Dunedin School of Art and explained to the audience how the Trust’s continued funding had assisted the art school with more initiatives for study than its normal annual fiscal allocation might have allowed.
4026 – Dr. Maria Saito-Benz, Gloria Dainty and Rebecca Harding proudly display their Postgraduate Fellowship in Paediatrics certificates, while Paediatrics Professor Dawn Elder, NZ Freemasons’ Charity Controller, Sheila Hicking and (seated) Labour MP, Clare Curran look on.
Gloria Dainty’s certificate was special in that it marked the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the New Zealand Masonic Constitution.
4033A – Invercargill girl, Shannon Tumataroa, received a University Postgraduate Scholarship to
assist her studies the field of ‘Financial Decision-making in Low-income Populations’ NZ Freemasons’ Charity Controller, Sheila Hicking presents the award while, in
the background, District Grand Master, Ron Hunter; Catholic Church representative, Monsignor John Harrison; and Members of Parliament, Dr. David Clark and Clare Curran offer their congratulations.
4040 – brilliant minds – New scholarship holders, Postgraduates Dayle Keown, Conrad Goodhew, Anna Charles-Jones and Shannon Tumataroa are flanked by Sheila Hicking (L) and Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith,
Scholarships Manager, University of Otago.
The Postgraduates each hold a gift of ‘The Perfect Ashlar,’ the allegorical Masonic emblem of “making good people better”.
4041 – Sometime during the day, poor Dayle Keown ‘drew the short straw’ and was ‘volunteered’ to speak in reply on behalf of the other Undergraduate Scholarship recipients. It was obvious that Dayle was genuinely thankful of his scholarship and his kindly comments were not lost on several of the distinguished Freemasons present at the event…
…it is nice to be acknowledged.