The Parndana Masonic Lodge Installation was held at the Lions Hall in Kingscote on Saturday, October 5, followed by a celebratory dinner at the golf club.
Peter Crispe, a former teacher here on Kangaroo Island, was installed as the Master of the Lodge for the next 12 months.
Peter's first association with KI was as head teacher of Karatta Rural School for the school year of 1961, at which time he joined the then two-year-old Parndana Lodge.
In 1970 he returned to KI with his wife, Bev, and two girls Cathy and Sue, as deputy principal of Kingscote Area School, spending the next six years enjoying the Island lifestyle and raising two more children, Andrew and Sally.
While here, Peter's masonic career continued with Parndana Lodge, then meeting at Parndana, but not attaining the mastership.
A transfer to the mainland to Nangwarry then later to Birdwood and Mount Barker South schools diminished his contact with KI Lodges, but the family was able to return for occasional holidays.
After full retirement in 2006, Peter was able to attend Parndana lodge meetings more frequently, culminating in his installation as Senior Warden in 2018 and as Master last Saturday.
The installation ceremony by members of the lodge, in part assisted by members of the Grand Lodge of SA and NT, was a happy and relaxed occasion with the appropriate protocols and procedures being well presented.
Among the visitors was Stephen Michalak, the immediate past Grand Master, and Andrew Charlton, a past Assistant Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, both of whom thoroughly enjoyed our "Island hospitality".
During the afternoon installation ceremony, local and visiting ladies were entertained at the Kingscote golf club by Heather Buck, owner of The Bay Window, who recounted some of her family history and her passion and dedication to her craft work. This was very well received by all.
A celebratory dinner for all followed at the golf club, with nearly 60 members, wives, partners and guests including the Mayor Michael Pengilly, and Leonie Bell, a long-time supporter of the KI Lodges.
The sumptuous three-course meal was provided by Lucy's KI Kitchen and the compliments paid to Lucy and her team were well deserved.
On Sunday, October 6, a social gathering at the Birchmore Bowling Club was well attended by members, local guests and visitors.
The barbecue ably cooked by Terry Bennett and Trevor Davis was well received by all as a fitting conclusion to Parndana Lodge's Installation activities.
For many years Parndana Lodge has provided scholarships to students and young adults to further their employment and community service opportunities.
In recent years, the KI Lions Club has concentrated its support to providing school student scholarships, while Parndana Lodge has assisted mature students, particularly in the health sector, to further their expertise.
Mature age students needing support to continue their studies are invited to apply for consideration and application information is available from Drakes supermarket Kingscote, the post office at Penneshaw and the post office and general store at Parndana.
For further details, contact Fred Willson on 0488 061 399 or Terry Bennett on 0427 847 883.
Freemasonry supports our community, and is alive and well on Kangaroo Island! - Peter Crispe