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2017-2018
DISTRICT DEPUTY
GRAND MASTER

R.W. Bro. Ross E. McOuat
44 Croxall Blvd.
Whitby, ON L1M 2E4
416-871-1384
ddgm@torontoeastdistrict.com

 

2017-2018
DISTRICT SECRETARY

W. Bro. Mark Ingram
20 White Elm Road
Barrie, ON L4N 8S9
705.252.3244 (Home)
416.420.0291 (Cell)
secretary@torontoeastdistrict.com

 

R.W.Bro. Ross E. McOuat


District Deputy Grand Master
Toronto East District

Brethren,
October was another busy month for Toronto East District. We had 6
Installations,  4 Receptions for our Grand Lodge appointments and our 1st Official Visit. You throw in Thanksgiving and that gives you a very busy
time. Our Installations have gone off wonderfully and I congratulate all of
the Worshipful Masters and Officers. You have all shown your dedication to your Lodges and the Craft. Keep up the good work. The 1st Official Visit was a great night for me. I thank the Worshipful Master, Officers and Members of Doric Lodge No. 424 for welcoming me and The District Secretary and making our 1st time go so smoothly. Maybe at the next one we won't have to send out a search party for Secretary, Treasurer and The District Secretary.

On a more sombre note in October we lost some cherished brethren.
V. W. Bro James (Jim) Crawford
V. W. Bro. Les Armitage
W. Bro. Gordon Ryder

We cherish their memories in our hearts.

November will see the 3 Remembrance Ceremonies. Scarborough and Claremont on Sunday November 5th and Markham's on Saturday November 11th. Brethren please plan to attend these Ceremonies to honour our men and women who have (and continue) sacrifice on our behalf. I will be in attendance at the Scarborough Ceremony (and Markham the following weekend) and I would love have the best turnout ever. A few hours out of your life is not too much to ask.

During this time of Remembrance let us reflect on our lives and Lodges. Look around the room the next time you are out. Is someone missing? Find out why. Does he just need a lift to Lodge? Is he ill? Take the time NOW before it is too late.

In November we will also have 2 more Installations and a reception. The
Reception for V. W. Bro. David Phelan will be on November 21st. Please come out and celebrate one of our own. Also Brethren please continue to come out and support the new Worshipful Masters and Officers at their
Installations/Investitures. Just a reminder to all of the Past Masters that
it is your duty to continue to guide and support your Fellows. They are the
future of our Lodges and Toronto East District.

There are also 2 other greats events taking place this November. The 300th Anniversary Gala (November 25th) and the 300th Anniversary Re-enactment (November 26th). These are shaping up to be a wonderful events and details can be found on our District website as well as our District Facebook page.

I have some tickets to sell so if you want to attend either the Saturday
November 25th Gala ($100 each) and/or the Sunday November 26th presentation ($70 each) please contact me via email. Tickets are going fast.

Looking through the various summons I see some Lodges making strides in bringing in new members. Growth is good and necessary. It leads to fresh enthusiasm, fresh ideas and shows that a Lodge is willing to move forward. Remember to make sure that you welcome our new Brothers with open arms. See that they get the support necessary to move through the degrees. Treat them well and guide them. One day you may be at their Installation and then you will look at them proudly and say "I helped get him there". I would be remiss if I did not caution to Guard the West Gate. There is a great tool for ensuring we are bringing in quality members. It's the 5 steps to Initiation. If you don't know about this then just ask.

I will close this month's message by saying that I am proud to be a Mason
and a member of Toronto East District.

May the Great Architect of the Universe continue to guide and protect you
and yours.

Fraternally,
R. W. Bro. Ross E. McOuat
District Deputy Grand Master - Toronto East District

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