Algonquin Lodge No. 536's final meeting was Tuesday, May 15th, 2018. It was a celebration of the history of the lodge as they looked forward to their amalgamation with Sudbury Lodge No. 658. Two brethren, Bro. Nelson Conroy and W. Bro. Norman Hore, received their 50 Years a Mason pin and the IPM Jewel was presented to W. Brother David Marshall. R. W. Bro. Reg Daigle, District Deputy Grand Master of the Sudbury-Manitoulin District attended on a fraternal visit.
Monday, May 14th marked the day of the final closing of Sudbury Lodge No. 658 ahead of their amalgamation with Algonquin Lodge No. 536. The work of the evening was the raising of Brother Joel Eugene Zazulak. R. W. Bro. Reg Daigle, District Deputy Grand Master of the Sudbury-Manitoulin District attended on a fraternal visit.
At their 611th regular meeting, which was also their official visit, the initiation of Mr. Andrew D. Nesbitt was conducted by Friendship Lodge No. 691 on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018. R. W. Bro. Reg Daigle, District Deputy Grand Master of the Sudbury-Manitoulin District addressed those in attendance with the following:
Good evening Brethren and thank you for your kind words and hospitality. Well, here I am at my last official visit of the year. It feels like it has only started and in a flash it is over. It's quite a rewarding experience, and I encourage anyone who is aspiring to become district deputy to do so. I assure you, you will enjoy it.
Well..... for this evening my speech is about how we are boring our members to death. Years ago, the only thing that our membership would suffer from was our members dying off. Now, our greatest decline in membership is not death of our members, but demits or suspensions of members. Why is that you ask? You only have to ask our 50 or 60 year members why. They will tell you that when the membership was at it peak, there were frequent dances, BBQ at the lake or parks, and general gatherings of families with children running around, Christmas parties and group trips. People where lined up waiting to be attended to the lodge then.
Now, what do we offer?
Very few things.
They join the lodge, and they are bored. Same ritual over and over and nothing new. I comment Friendship Lodge, they still have their ladies night, Christmas party and their annual road cleaning amongst other things. We need to do more of these events to keep our new members interested and staying in lodge. Nickel Lodge has started a meeting of the brethren every Friday evening where new members and old attend a local restaurant after hours and share ideas and discussions about masonry. Another member tries to organize a hockey tournament between districts. These are spear headed by young members. We need to support them. They are doing a great thing for the retention of members, but there is more work to be done. Lets make it less boring and increase or retain our membership.
The evening began with an excellent meal and much frivolity.
On Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018, Nickel Lodge No 427 entered a new year with the Installation and Investiture of Officers ceremony. They were very pleased to welcome R. W. Bro. Reg Daigle, District Deputy Grand Master and two visiting Masters of the Sudbury-Manitoulin District on a Fraternal Visit.
The 2018 Officers with the D.D.G.M.:
Bro. Jordan Douglas, Bro. Clayton Pearson, R.W. Dave Innes, Bro. Kevin Hawley, W. Bro. Greg Newson, Bro. Mike Lalonde
R.W. Bro. Rob Fleming, Bro. Chris Carr, R.W. Bro. Clive Stephenson, Bro. John Leonard, W. Bro. Stephen Fleming
Bro. Larry Paguandas, Bro. Angus Morris, W.M. John Reynolds, R.W. Bro. Reg Daigle, Bro. Tom Morris, Bro. Johnathon Levesque
Full Line Up:
W. Bro. John Reynolds W.M.
R.W. Bro. Dave Innes I.P.M.
Bro. Tom Morris S.W.
Bro. Angus Morris J.W.
W. Bro. Steve Fleming Chaplain
Bro. Mike Lalonde Treas.
R.W. Bro. Rob Fleming Sec.
Bro. Jordan Tizzard Assist Sec.
Bro. John Leonard S.D.
Bro. Larry Paguandas J.D.
R.W. Bro. Clive Stephenson D. of C.
Bro. Johnathon Levesque S.S.
Bro. Jordan Douglas J.S.
Bro. Kevin Hawley Organist
Bro. Clayton Pearson Inner Guard
W. Bro. Greg Newson Tyler
Bro. Chris Carr Historian
The evening started with an excellent dinner with both the incoming and outgoing J.Ws. working hard on it. Bro. Paguandas assisted by taking several pictures: