November 2022 Message
First, I hope this message finds everyone well. October was a eventful month with one Official Visit at Doric Lodge No. 424, one Installation at Caledonia Lodge No. 637 and numerous Lodges & other Masonic bodies resuming labour and catching up on presentations after the COVID shutdown. There have been a plethora of 100th and 150th Anniversay celebrations and even one 200th Anniversary, along with several amalgamations in the Jurisdiction. Congratulations to everyone who has achieved a significant milestone in their Masonic journey.
Coming up in November we only have three Installations, Wexford Lodge No. 683 on Nov. 4th, Markham Union Lodge No. 87 on Nov. 9th and the Ceremony of Amalgamation Canada Friendship Lodge No. 532 on Nov. 16th, conducted by M.W. Bro. Thomas Hogeboom, Grand Master. Following the amalgamation will be the Installation & Investiture of the new Worshipful Master and his Officers. If it is within the length of your Cabletow please support our new Masters and officers.
November 11th is Remembrance Day a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our armed forces for all of us. Recall the words of our dear Bro. Rudyard Kipling… “Lest we Forget” from the poem “Recessional”, which was encapsulated from “Lest thou Forget” in Deuteronomy 6:12.
The following are the Remembrance Day Services in our District:
• November 5, 2022 – Markham Veterans’ Hall, 7 Washington St. Markham – Assembly at 9:30am
• November 6, 2022 – Claremont Legion (south of the Lodge building) – Assembly at 1:45pm
R. W. Bro. Bruce Grimbleby will be at Markham, W. Bro. Wayne Lord at Claremont and I will be at both services. We hope to see all of you there.
On November 12th is the 100th anniversary of Birth Cliff Lodge No. 612, in which the Grand Master will conduct the
I want to continue to emphasise the importance of the Mentorship Program. W. Bro. Benzion Benjaimin is Mentor Program Chairman. It is now up to you to support the Chairman and assist him in implementing this program at the Lodge level, which I feel can only assist you in making your new members feel needed, welcomed and appreciated. It is imperative that every new member be assigned a sponsor and it needs to be someone he is comfortable with. Do you remember your first time in lodge how nervous you were? Next time you open lodge look around and if you see an EA or FC sitting by himself, your guidance is required. The impression you make on him is vital for the success of not only your lodge but also of his Masonic career.
The Mechanics of the Works had a very successful fall session and I look forward to seeing everyone in the Winter session, starting at the end of January.
I want to thank all the lodges and members for their hospitality and genuine warmth which you have afforded both to me and The District Secretary.
Brethren, I am looking forward to greeting you all personally.
May the Great Architect of the Universe continue to protect and guide us in all our endeavours.
R.W. Bro. Robert Kliaman,
DDGM, Toronto East District 2022~2023