The prestigious Order of Service to Benevolence Jewel was recently awarded to Norm Souter-Smith of Cleveland Masonic Lodge for his dedication to the community.
Having been a Freemason for over 26 years, Norm has excelled in his role as the coordinator of the annual Townsville Masonic Charity Debutante Ball.
Initially taking on the role of publicity officer, over the years Norm has made every effort to help keep this tradition alive for the region’s youth.
He ensures that the whole community is engaged with this event through fundraising activities such as raffles, ticket sales, sponsorship and general volunteer engagement.
Thousands of dollars have been distributed to local charities, with the help of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.
More recently, during the Townsville floods in February, Norm went out of his way to make sure others in his community were ok.
He became Hand Heart Pocket’s liaison on the ground, helping those in most need to apply for Disaster Relief funding.
In the weeks after the floods, Norm was still checking in with members of the community to make sure they were alright. Congratulations Norm!
Photo from left: Order of Service to Benevolence Jewel recipient Norm Souter-Smith and his wife Beryl who was also recognised by the then Grand Master Alan Townson (now immediate Past Grand Master).
20 August 2019