Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Algonquin Lodge Bro. Rautiainen Passing

The passing of Bro. Simo Rautiainen was conducted by Algonquin Lodge No. 536 on Tuesday, November 21st. R. W. Bro. Reg Daigle, District Deputy Grand Master of the Sudbury-Manitoulin District attended on a fraternal visit as did R. W. Bro. Harry Michael Thomas, District Deputy Grand Master of the Algoma East District.

Sudbury Double Passing 2017

Monday, November 20th, 2017 was the night Sudbury Lodge No. 658 passed Bro. S. Mantler and J. Zazulak. R. W. Bro. Reg Daigle, District Deputy Grand Master of the Sudbury-Manitoulin District visited as did R. W. Bro. Harry Michael Thomas, District Deputy Grand Master of the Algoma East District.

Monday, 20 November 2017

The Numbers are in

From a Northern Life article, "[t]his past growing season, the Westmount 4-H Club Community Garden donated more than 100 pounds of fresh produce to the Blue Door Soup Kitchen." Nickel Lodge has a plot to commemorate 300 years of Grand Lodge, so we contributed to that hefty haul. Many thanks go to Bro. John Leonard and his family that created this opportunity to further charitable efforts. More information on this 300 Year Anniversary Project is available MDCCXVII.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Floor Plaque 2017

On the evening of Tuesday November 14th, 2017, there was a Belrock Temple Board meeting. They made arrangements with Ms. M. Ashley to attend in the Lodge room where they showed Ms. Ashley the plaque commemorating Jason's contribution.

Gore Bay Official Visit 2017

Gore Bay's Official Visit, held on Friday, November 3rd, 2017, included the following speech by R. W. Bro. Reg Daigle, District Deputy Grand Master. The work of the evening was the of a passing of Bro. Kevin Smith.

Good evening Brethren.

As I continue on my speeches about supporting and helping out our newest members, for this evening I chose the Grand Lodge programme of Brother to Brother. Bother to Brother doesn't start at Grand Lodge but starts here in Lodge. Your Grand Lodge will assist through your District chairman if you ask. Now, I know a lot of you ask yourselves what does Brother to Brother do to assist a Lodge member? I even asked myself that same question recently, so I did some research and here it is in a nutshell.

Brother to Brother is a committee appointed by the Master of the Lodge and their duties consist of teaching new Master Masons the proper protocol and etiquette in the Lodge room -- for example, the floor work. Its duties will also include the investigating of why a member doesn't attend Lodge anymore -- perhaps there is something we can do to change that. Was he offended or at variance with another Brother or simply doesn't have the means of attending Lodge?

We also should contact suspended members or soon to be suspended. Call a demitted brother and talk to these individuals, keep in touch. Perhaps they will return if we show interest in them. Contact their sponsors. They know him best and may still be in contact with him. Perhaps we missed something when he was a member that we can easily rectify. Contact them by phone ... how is he doing, where is he and what is he doing? These little things may bring him back if we are showing interest.

Now for those who haven't been in Lodge for a period of time, in addition to the summons they receive, give them a call and personally invite him. Or perhaps hold a rusty mason night for them in order that they are more at ease with themselves. I personally know of members that pay their dues and haven't attended Lodge in over ten years. They might be interested in returning if we do things right. They probably forgot the protocol in Lodge and are uncomfortable. Think about it Brethren, and see if you can help a brother. Use your Lodge and Grand Lodge resources, and see if you can make a Brother return to Lodge.

Thank you

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Friendship Bruce MacNeill Initiation

The initiation of Mr. Robert Bruce MacNeill was conducted by Friendship Lodge No. 691 on Wednesday, November 8th. His sponsors were W. Bro. Pattison and W. Bro. Rowe.

Java Guild

Below are pictures of most of the participants of the Tuesday November 7th Java Guild.

National Last Regular Meeting

National Lodge No. No. 588 had their last regular meeting on Tuesday, November 7th. It was a fun and upbeat meeting. The masonic education was the reading the Friendship Lodge No. 691 Master's Message as published in the November summons.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

V.A.N. 2017

This year's Veterans Appreciation Night was held on Friday, November 3rd, 2017. It was hosted by Sudbury Lodge No. 658 at Belrock Masonic Temple. Preceded by an Eastern Star dinner, there was a presentation by Major Wiss followed by a ceremony in the lodge room. A second guest, a retired sergeant of the Sudbury Police force, participated in the ceremony with the placing of the roses.