This was the title of a talk given by V. Wor. Bro. Rev. Tom Hall at the meeting of The Discovery Lodge of Research No.971 at the New Lambton Masonic Centre on Saturday evening, 7th October 2017.
The Discovery Lodge of Research regularly holds its meetings in Sydney but on this occasion it used its travelling charter to hold an emergency meeting in support of the Newcastle Masonic Study Circle.
The Worshipful Master of The Discovery Lodge of Research, Rt. Wor. Bro. Stewart Grant opened the lodge and welcomed all attending Masons, including the DGIW for District 14, V. Wor. Bro. Tom Muir.
He then gave a short talk on the history of the lodge in which he mentioned that they had come to Newcastle in support of the Newcastle Masonic Study Circle. He mentioned in his talk that he and his visiting members were very impressed with the Study Circle library.
Rt. Wor. Bro Grant then requested Bro. Ian King, President of the Newcastle Masonic Study Circle, to give a short talk on its history. Bro. King mentioned that the Newcastle Masonic Study Circle has a large library which has been in existence since 1957. After the Study Circle went briefly into recession about 5 years ago, the library was recovered and rehoused at New Lambton Masonic Centre with the help of volunteers. New bookcases were purchased, books catalogued, lending cards and members cards arranged. Slowly things have come together and the Newcastle Masonic Study Circle now meets on a regular basis with its own lending library.
Wor. Bro. Rev. Tom Hall was then introduced by the Worshipful Master and given the freedom of the Lodge to give a very impressive, studied and interesting talk on Jephthah the Gileaditish general and judge who, from the biblical Book of Judges, is seen to have also had a bad side.
At the conclusion of the talk, a number of questions were asked and V. Wor. Bro. Rev. Hall answered all to the satisfaction of the brethren.
The lodge was then closed and retired to the South for a fine meal and liquid refreshments provided by the Study Circle.
Another great night in Freemasonry was had by all.