January 2021 Message
I hope your holiday season was filled with joy. I want to wish you and your families a Safe and Happy New Year.
As advised by the Grand Master, on December 15, 2020 the moratorium on all in-person Masonic gatherings has been extended to at least April 30, 2021. The 2021 Annual Communication will be held virtually. Voting for the DDGM’s, other Grand Lodge Officers and Constitutional Amendments will be done on-line.
Toronto East District on-line meetings (held on the third Wed. of each month) have been very successful and well attended by many of our Brethren throughout our jurisdiction. Please take advantage of these meetings and join us.
• January we will have a presentation by our Grand Master M.W. Bro. David J. Cameron.
• February our presenter will be our Deputy Grand Master R.W. Bro. Thomas W. Hogeboom.
• March our presenter will be W. Bro. Massoud El Baine from St. Paul’s Lodge 374 Montreal under UGLE.
The link remains the same. However, it will be sent to all Lodge Secretaries for distribution.
As many of you are already aware, I have decided to hold Virtual Official Visits. There will be no ritual. The main focus for these meetings is to encourage visitation between all our Lodges.
Because the Travelling Gavel has been sitting on my desk since March of last year, I have decided to award a “Virtual” Travelling Gavel to the Lodge with the most visitors at each meeting. To the Lodge that wins the Virtual Gavel the most times, I will present a framed Virtual Travelling Gavel when we meet again in person.
All the Virtual Official Visits will be at 7:30pm.
January 13, 2021 – The Imperial East Gate Lodge 543
January 14, 2021 – Coronati Lodge 520
January 19, 2021 – Riverdale John Ross Robertson 494
Please join your Brethren, for these meetings. The links will be sent to all Lodge Secretaries for distribution.
The last nine months have not been easy for any of us. Like I have said before, this is a time for us to do more not less. You have the opportunity to visit with your Brethren and you do not have to worry about the weather, it’s a short walk to your computer or laptop.
The lights at the end of the tunnel may not be visible yet, but they have been installed and we are just waiting for the switch to be turned on.
May the Great Architect of the Universe always protect and guide us in all our endeavours.
R. W. Bro. Gilbert L. Carreiro,
DDGM, Toronto East Distict. 2019~2021