November 2020 Message
Brethren, once again I hope both you and your families are all doing well.
Please remember in these times of hardship it is essential that we all, “DO MORE NOT LESS”. Although we are unable to meet in person, much needs to done for the good of Masonry.
At this time half (9) of our Lodges meet on a monthly basis, utilizing the District GoTo Meeting site and the other 9 are using their own Zoom accounts. It is essential that you continue to meet and encourage all our Brethren to take part. These meetings are necessary in order to carry on the business and to keep everyone informed. They are also a perfect venue for education and social gatherings (without masks).
The Toronto East Education Committee holds a monthly meeting every third Wednesday of the month. We have hosted various notable speakers and have been privileged to have both the Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master with us on various occasions. These meetings have proved not only to be educational, but a perfect time to socialize with the Brethren; please join us. There are also numerous other meetings sponsored by other Districts and Lodges taking place online with the purpose of education, social gatherings and there is even a pub night.
I also want to advise you that the Deputy Grand Master on behalf of Grand Lodge has struck a task force to conduct an in-dept investigation into the condition of Masonry in Toronto and York Districts. The name of the task force is Toronto and York Districts/Buildings/Lodge/Membership Review Task Force. This task force is comprised of; a Past Grand Master, as well as myself and Past District Deputy Grand Masters from each of the other four Districts, supported by the current District Deputy Grand Masters from Toronto Don Valley, Toronto Humber Valley, Toronto West and York Districts. During the course of this review, I will be requesting, general information, such as statistics and possible surveys from our lodges. From the final report, a decision will have to be made as what to do with the Toronto and York Districts suggestions and how they will impact the rest of the Jurisdiction.
To all the District Committee Chairmen, I want to thank you for your continued hard work, which is more important now than ever.
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