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R.W. Bro. Gilbert L. Carreiro
28 Mansfield Crescent
Whitby, ON L1N 6T4
(416) 704-7551



W. Bro. Gerry Campbell
316 Rhodes Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 3A3
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DDGM 2019

R.W. Bro. Gilbert L. Carreiro
District Deputy Grand Master
Toronto East District

September 2020 Message


I hope that both you and your families continue to remain healthy as we come to the end of the summer.

First and foremost, I want to apologize for the last-minute cancellation of the district meeting on August 22nd due to technical problems with GoToMeeting. I will not get into a long explanation, but please be assured it has been resolved. I am now rescheduling the meeting for Saturday September 12th at 10:00 am. Notification with the new link will be distributed to all lodges.

As you are already aware, the cancellation of all Masonic meetings and events, including social functions have been extended until at least October 31, 2020. Grand Lodge will continue to monitor the situation.

No one misses the personal contact more than I do, but Masonry has not ceased to exist. With the technology available to us there is no excuse for lodges not to meet online. Many of you already hold monthly meetings on a regular basis and I encourage you to continue to do so. For those that have not done so, I will be making available, a GoToMeeting site.

Please remember the policy regarding virtual meetings;
• No ritual is to be performed (this includes openings and closings)
• Dispensation is not required (unless specified by your lodge bylaws)
• If you hold a Committee of General Purposes meeting, Minutes must be kept, and all business discussed and approved must subsequently be presented to the Lodge for ratification.
• And finally, make sure that every effort is made to allow all members, wishing to participate, to do so. In other words, make sure that all members get proper and timely notice of the meeting.
• If your meeting is going to be a social gathering only, this would be a good opportunity to invite prospective candidates to participate and I’m sure they will have interesting questions.

The District Secretary did send a survey to all Lodges requesting information as to which Lodges were holding online meetings, if you did not respond, please do so. I would also like to remind you the Education Committee continues to hold their online lectures every third Wednesday of the month. The next is scheduled for September 16th at 7pm.

I am now in the process of distributing to the Masters of all Lodges, R.W. Bro. Gordon Crutcher’s latest P&E articles on Head Table Protocol, which should be distributed to the Brethren and hopefully utilized as education pieces on your online meetings. Links to this P&E material will also be available on Hiram’s Lighthouse.

As you are all aware, my focus last year was on the Mentorship Program and it will continue to be so this year. I want to thank the District Committee Chairmen for their dedication and hard work, and I look forward to the upcoming year.

May the Great Architect of the Universe continue to protect and guide us in all our endeavours.


R. W. Bro. Gilbert L. Carreiro,
DDGM, Toronto East Distict. 2019~2021

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