On Thursday 7th March 2013 the Flash Rover Crew were presented the Ted Whitworth Award for Service to

Scouting and the Community.

 

The Flash Rovers were presented with the award by the Worshipful Master of Lodge Baden Powell 222 Alan Williams. Also present (please see photo displayed here) were the Branch Commissioner for Rovers, Paul Hutchins, the Chairman of the South Australian Branch Rover Council, Paul PJ Perry, the Chief Commissioner for Scouting in South Australia, Chris Bates, the Chief Commissioner for Scouting in Australia, Reg Williams, the Grand Master of Freemasonry in SA and NT, Most Worshipful Master Bob Parsons, Wor. Bro. Hon. Michael Baden-Powell (Grandson of The Founder of Scouting and Past Master of Lodge Baden-Powell No 488 Victoria Constitution) and many family and friends of the Flash Rover Crew.

 

The Ted Whitworth Award is awarded each year by Lodge Baden Powell to the Rover Crew who performs the greatest Service to the Community as decided by the Branch Rover Council and presented to the recipient of the award at the meeting of the Lodge immediately after the Founder of the Scout Associations birthday on the 22nd February, Lord Baden Powell.

 

In the ceremony, the Crew Leader of Flash Rover Crew, Heather Browett, was presented with the Ted Whitworth Award Pennant and Perpetual Shield. All members of the Crew were presented with certificates signifying the Crews accomplishments over the last year.  “It is a great honour and privilege to be here tonight with the other members of the Flash Rover Crew to accept the 2012 Ted Whitworth Award”.

 

All guests were then hosted by the Lodge Baden Powell brethren at a festive board supper as guests of honour and various toasts were made saluting the Rover Crew. Heather was invited to say a few words, and reflected on the achievements of the Flash Rover Crew during 2012, and highlighted some similarities of the Masonic Lodge and Scouting, and core values that they both share, Service and Fellowship.

 

This was the 11th time the Lodge Baden Powell has presented the Ted Whitworth Award to a Rover Crew and no doubt next year there will be another Crew worthy of it, and the bonds between Scouting, Rovering in particular and Freemasonry will continue to harness, grow and prosper.

 

Note: The proceeds of the raffle on the night totalled $493.00, which was rounded off to $500.00.

An application was made to the Freemasons Foundation to subsidize the amount. Subsequently a cheque for $1000.00 was presented to the Hutt Street Centre, being the nominated charity of the Flash Rover Crew.