The new Royal Freemason's building in Moubray Street.

‘The Homes’ Open Day 29 March 2014

A small group of residents and relatives of residents from Monash Gardens Hostel and Individual Living Units accepted an open invitation from Royal Freemasons to attend their Open Day on 29 March.

Visitors from Monash Gardens, Elizabeth Gardens and Monash Gardens Village received a special welcome as the proceedings began.

As Mr Ian Buckingham, the Chairman of the Board, launched The Strategic Growth Plan 2013-2018 he said the Freemasons seek to be the best at what they do. The purchase of the Monash properties was a step toward the achievement of a strategic direction set in February 2013: namely to triple the size of Royal Freemasons in 3 years.  The purpose of the expansion is to meet the need for aged care services for the increasing numbers of ageing ‘baby boomers’: a trend Ian described as looking like a ‘pig in a python’.

Awards for fundraising and staff performance were presented.  The stunning window in Coppin Hall was an eye catching backdrop to the proceedings.

Royal Freemasons staff member receives an award from the Board Chairman, Ian Buckingham.
Royal Freemasons staff member receives an award from the Board Chairman, Ian Buckingham.

Noeline Brown has been Ambassador for Ageing for six years.  The position was established in response to public requests. She talked of the need for a positive image for the ageing process.  Her work includes much travel, including visits to country towns where elderly citizens often receive volunteer awards.

Noeline had high praise for volunteers telling us volunteering adds 9 years to your life!    Programs introducing iPads for elderly people were commended as an excellent way to keep people connected.  Noeline is working to dispel the myth ‘older people are afraid of technology’.

Monash Gardens Residents and relatives with Noeline Brown, Federal Ambassador for Ageing
Monash Gardens Residents and relatives with Noeline Brown, Federal Ambassador for Ageing
Monash Gardens relatives and residents enjoy the BBQ luch.
Monash Gardens relatives and residents enjoy the BBQ lunch.
Monash Gardens visitors with Royal Freemasons staff
Monash Gardens visitors with Royal Freemasons staff
The old Freemasons cottages
The old Freemasons cottages

Thank you to the Royal Freemasons for inviting the people of Monash Gardens and Elizabeth Gardens to join you at your Open Day.  It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know you better.

The Royal Freemasons are due to take over the Monash Council aged care residences on 1 May 2014.

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  1. Reblogged this on Save Monash Gardens & Save Elizabeth Gardens and commented:

    Visiting the Royal Freemasons Open Day was one way of preparing for the change of ownership of our loved ones homes. There have also been meetings with Royal Freemasons in the facilities. Are there other ways you have been preparing yourself or your relatives for the transition? Do you have any concerns? Please share your feelings – positive or not – by using the ‘Insert a Comment’ button on this post .

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