Our Strategic Partners

The Blue Lounge Social Club is a member driven initiative that is independent from any grand lodge or administrative body. We are proudly by young freemasons for young freemasons. However, we are very excited to have established strong masonic and community partnerships that are outlined below. 

The Happy Masons Regalia Shop (Est 2016)

Check out the www.thehappymasonsshop.com.au

The Blue Lounge Social Club are proud supporters and partners of the Happy Masons Shop where we enjoy a special alliance for the purpose of enabling new and young freemasons to pursue excellence by wearing the very highest quality regalia available at the best possible prices.

Support both the Happy Masons Shop and the Blue Lounge Social Club by shopping via our unique link at the Happy Masons Store here.

The Eastern Rebels Netball Club Inc (Est 2016)

The Blue Lounge Social Club and the Eastern Rebels Netball Club are proud partners in supporting and promoting youth and community health. 

In 2016 the Blue Lounge Social Club, in conjunction with the Freemasons Foundation Victoria Limited, raised over $3000 for the Eastern Rebels to assist them with their efforts to promote active and healthy lifestyles for young women across Melbourne’s Outer Easter Suburbs. 

Together the Blue Lounge and the Eastern Rebels are working together to improve community activities and foster positive outcomes for youth mental and physical health. 

Former Strategic Partners

Freemasons Victoria (Est 2016 – Fin 2017)

Blue Lounge Social Club of Victoria Public Statement 

25th of May 2017

Decision of FMV to end Strategic Partnership with the BLSC

The Blue Lounge Social Club‘s strategic partnership with Freemasons Victoria has generated some great benefits for Victorian Freemasonry. We have been proud that relationship has resulted in the delivery of significant new initiatives by Freemasons Victoria, including the community gallery project, the current reform process of our masonic education system, the establishment of a new Victorian Virtual Lodge and many other initiatives that have provided positive impacts for the experiences of freemasons in our state.

Sadly, the Freemasons Victoria team have chosen to switch their focus internally and pursue their own internal programs targeted at young freemasons. As a result, we have been advised that our Strategic Partnership has come to an end. Whilst the Blue Lounge Social Club is disappointed, we have renewed energy to continue our work in the recruitment, retention, education, and support of young freemasons. Without the bounds of bureaucracy and administrative control, our club will continue to innovate and adapt to support our brethren and their families in today’s modern world.

The past fortnight has demonstrated to us that we maintain significant support from the grassroots membership of Freemasonry in Victoria. These passionate ordinary members have told us that our role in the craft is special and is appreciated. The Blue Lounge Social Club is and has always been an initiative created by ordinary members and for ordinary members and that has not changed.

We are very excited about the new prospects ahead both for our future growth and our stronger role as a more independent grassroots voice for young freemasons, their families, friends and communities.

Thank you to all our team, friends, supporters and brethren – local, domestic and international – that have indicated their ongoing support and passion for our continued mission to recruit, retain, educate and support young freemasons for a brighter future.

Transcript of the MW Grand Master UGLV, Donald Reynolds, Public Announcement of the Strategic Partnership between Freemasons Victoria and the Blue Lounge Social Club in November 2016

Brethren, I am delighted to announce a very special partnership between Freemasons Victoria and the Blue Lounge Social Club who is delivering excellent work in our community attracting and supporting many of our members under 50 years in their introduction to Freemasonry.

The Blue Lounge Social Club now has around 90 members and is dedicated to supporting Freemasons Victoria recruitment, retention, education and support of young freemasons, their families, friends, and the community. Brethren, our future depends upon embracing our next generations and working with them to pave the way for a vibrant 2025 and beyond. Today we have only 88 members under 25.

This partnership will be key in helping us to accelerate our vision and mission with younger members aspiring to become leaders and agents of change in our community, stepping up to emulate masonic behaviours loudly and proudly and challenging any forces that diminish our identity and render us irrelevant in today’s world. If we are to be an attractive proposition for new members and to retain our valuable existing members we must be an organisation in which to be proud. Being invited to become a Freemason must be an honour and one that prospective members hold in high regard.

Please join me in collaborating with our young members many of whom are also members of the Blue Lounge Social Club. Together, we will create a bright future.

(This is a transcript of the original public announcement of the Strategic Partnership between Freemasons Victoria and the Blue Lounge Social Club when it was established in October 2016 and prior to FMV’s decision to dissolve in May 2017.)

Public Media Release by Freemasons Victoria regarding the Strategic Partnership with the Blue Lounge Social Club released on 29th of November 2016

Media Release – 29 November 2016

Freemasons Victoria to Build a Brand for Today’s Man

A growing movement of young men within Freemasons Victoria known as ‘The Blue Lounge Social Club’ are set to play a major role as the organisation launches a campaign to build a brand for Today’s Man.

The move comes as Freemasons Victoria has an ageing membership of 9,400 members with an average age of 67 years, and in partnership with its Foundation and 250 lodges state wide gives over $2 million annually for charitable causes.  

Grand Master, Don Reynolds today said ‘I am delighted to announce a very special partnership between Freemasons Victoria and the Blue Lounge Social Club who is delivering excellent work in our community attracting and supporting many of our members under 50 years in their introduction to Freemasonry.’

Jane Sydenham-Clarke, the first woman to take on the role of Chief Executive of Freemasons Victoria, said ‘The Blue Lounge Social Club for the past three years has been organising events for their friends and families to introduce them to Masonic values and activities, will now have an expanded role.’

Ms Sydenham-Clarke said the purpose Freemasons Victoria – good men supporting each other, their families and the community remains important, and helping good men to become better men is extremely relevant in today’s world.

‘This is a time in our history when men’s identity is deeply challenged and connection, mentorship and contributing to community creates pathways to individual and collective wellbeing, and support when addressing the issues men face today such as:

  • Relationship Management
  • Stress Management
  • Family Dynamics
  • Being a good Father, Son, Brother, Partner, Grandfather
  • Mid Life Crisis
  • Anger Management
  • Domestic Violence
  • Traumatic Incidents and PTSD
  • Suicide

Ms Sydenham-Clarke said Freemasons Victoria has appointed Brandhook, a leading local research and strategy company to undertake a major survey to obtain input from the membership and this is set to commence this week.

The Blue Lounge Social Club is contributing to delivering a major digital community gallery shining the light on Freemasons undertaking good work within the organisation or in their communities to provide a growing exchange of information and inspiration.”

Jack Aquilina, President of the Blue Lounge Social Club said the current revitalisation plans being undertaken to strengthen Freemasons Victoria is both innovative and vital for the future of the organisation.

“Through the Blue Lounge we aim to engage members with educational forums that maintain their interest in Freemasonry and provide social nights for Freemasons under the age of 55 where they have the opportunity to get to know each other outside of a Lodge setting.

“Importantly they can meet each other’s partners, friends and family and enjoy an informal social environment where questions of a Masonic nature can be asked freely,” Mr Aquilina said.

To see the Full Public Media Release click here

Public Media Release by Freemasons Victoria regarding the Strategic Partnership with the Blue Lounge Social Club released on 1st of January 2017

Media Release – 1 January 2017

Freemasons Targets $2 Million to Building Local Community Capacity

Freemasons Victoria will continue to focus on building local community capacity throughout Victoria with both philanthropic donations and undertaking work with the wider community as a major activity for 2017.

Grand Master of Freemasons Victoria, Don Reynolds said through its membership of 9,400, Freemasons Victoria, with the combined support of 254 Lodges and the Freemasons Foundation, has gifted $2 million to build community capacity across Victoria during the past twelve months.

“Masonic Lodges across Victoria have played a long historic role in assisting many smaller and vital community groups who help bind the community spirit together and struggle for funding, and in these hard economic times this will continue,” Mr Reynolds said.

“In the past year a range of projects have been funded including a $750,000 donation to Prostate Cancer Research, support to the Think Pink Living Centre, the provision of scholarships for local schools to help students complete their education and donations to local community groups to help them maintain their services.”  

Jane Sydenham-Clarke, CEO of Freemasons Victoria said, “Building community capacity and supporting community philanthropic activity is a pivotal activity for Freemasons Victoria as the organisation launches a campaign to build a brand for Today’s Man.”

Ms Sydenham-Clarke said the traditional values of Freemasons – good men supporting each other, their families and the community remains important, and helping good men to become better men is extremely relevant given the increasing alienating world.

“This is a time when men’s identity is deeply challenged and connection, mentorship and contributing to community creates pathways to individual and collective wellbeing.

“With suicide today taking eight Australian lives daily and disproportionately men, Freemasonry, with a strong history of symbolism, charity, personal growth and friendship is critical, is more relevant than ever to address the issues being faced today by men of all ages.”

Ms Sydenham Clarke said a growing movement of young men within Freemasons Victoria known as ‘The Blue Lounge Social Club’ are set to play a major role in attracting younger men to the organisation.

Jack Aquilina, President of the Blue Lounge Social Club, said the current revitalisation plans being undertaken to strengthen Freemasons Victoria is both innovative and vital for the future of the organisation.

“Through the Blue Lounge we aim to engage members with educational forums that maintain their interest in Freemasonry and provide social nights for Freemasons under the age of 55 where they have the opportunity to get to know each other outside of a Lodge setting.

“Importantly they can meet each other’s partners/friends/family and enjoy an informal social environment where questions of a masonic nature can be asked freely,” Mr Aquilina said.

To see the Full Public Media Release click  here

Public Media Release by Freemasons Victoria regarding the Strategic Partnership with the Blue Lounge Social Club and the effort to support the Eastern Rebels Netball Club, released on 6th of March 2017

Media Release – 6 March 2017

Young Freemasons Sponsor Outer Eastern Community Netball Club The Blue Lounge Social Club, a special group of young Freemasons, and the Freemasons Foundation have thrown their support behind the Rebels Netball Club Inc with a $3000 donation to purchase uniforms.

CEO of Freemasons Victoria, Jane Sydenham-Clarke, speaking at the presentation said, “The Rebels Netball Club is a not for-profit community netball club that has been set up to provide young women in the Outer Eastern Suburbs access to community sport and participatory activities through netball.

“The Club, its players, coaches, officials and volunteers play an important role in providing opportunities for girls and young women to participate in sport, which is reflected in the fact that they have about 80 members and are the fastest growing netball club in the region.” State President of the Blue Lounge Social Club, Jack Aquilina said, with the Club being a grass roots youth sporting group, the Blue Lounge Social Club felt it was important to support and encourage the Rebels Netball Club.

“The funds will provide equality of access to netball competitions for players from a range of socio economic backgrounds and will also pay for essential sporting equipment and costs to keep the Club functioning. “We are pleased, as a group of young men, to be able to support the fostering of youth health and women in leadership in the outer east that will be essential for a healthier local community,” Mr Aquilina said.

To See the Full Public Media Release Click here

BLSC Announces Partnership with Freemasons Victoria

The Blue Lounge Social Club State President Bro Jack Aquilina announces the new strategic partnership with Freemasons Victoria that will see both parties working together to implement a strategic plan focused on empowering grassroots freemasons to secure the future of the Craft.

Posted by Blue Lounge Social Club on Thursday, 1 December 2016

The original announcement of the Strategic Partnership between Freemasons Victoria and the Blue Lounge Social Club when it was established in October 2016 and prior to FMV’s decision to dissolve in May 2017.