Award marks 50 years of fundraising
Half a century of selfless community service and Freemasonry fundraising was recognised with a special award to a dedicated member last week.
Mooroopna's Rodney Park Village resident Bob Francis was honoured for his 50 years of service with Goulburn Valley St George Lodge at an award ceremony on Friday.
Past deputy Grand Master and senior Goulburn Valley Freemason Geoffrey Thompson said Mr Francis' service record was outstanding.
"This award recognises contributions that go beyond the usual Freemasonry work.
"I've known him for 60 years and he's always been a genuine down-to-earth and sincere man," Mr Thompson said.
During his years of fundraising , Mr Francis helped raise thousands of dollars for the Freemasons Hospital in Melbourne, as well as money for local hospitals including $20,000 for GV Health's Oncology Unit.
Fellow Goulburn Valley Sts George Freemason Richard Green said Mr Francis had been a well-known figure around Shepparton supermarkets selling tickets, badges and poppies to raise money for worthy causes.
He also spent many years entertaining children as Father Christmas.
Mr Francis said he was honoured to be recognised for his 50 years of Freemasonry service.
"What we do is for the good of the community in Shepparton. I can now go around the hospital and see all the people we've worked for," he said.
By John Lewis
As published in the Shepparton News, Tuesday, April 8, 2014