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