September 2020 Message
I hope that both you and your families continue to remain healthy as we come to the end of the summer.
First and foremost, I want to apologize for the last-minute cancellation of the district meeting on August 22nd due to technical problems with GoToMeeting. I will not get into a long explanation, but please be assured it has been resolved. I am now rescheduling the meeting for Saturday September 12th at 10:00 am. Notification with the new link will be distributed to all lodges.
As you are already aware, the cancellation of all Masonic meetings and events, including social functions have been extended until at least October 31, 2020. Grand Lodge will continue to monitor the situation.
misses the personal contact more
than I do, but Masonry has not
ceased to exist. With the
technology available to us there
is no excuse for lodges not to
meet online. Many of you already
hold monthly meetings on a
regular basis and I encourage
you to continue to do so. For
those that have not done so, I
will be making available, a
remember the policy regarding
• No ritual
is to be performed (this
includes openings and closings)
• Dispensation is not required
(unless specified by your lodge
• If you hold a
Committee of General Purposes
meeting, Minutes must be kept,
and all business discussed and
approved must subsequently be
presented to the Lodge for
• And finally,
make sure that every effort is
made to allow all members,
wishing to participate, to do
so. In other words, make sure
that all members get proper and
timely notice of the meeting.
• If your meeting is going to be
a social gathering only, this
would be a good opportunity to
invite prospective candidates to
participate and I’m sure they
will have interesting questions.
The District Secretary did send
a survey to all Lodges
requesting information as to
which Lodges were holding online
meetings, if you did not
respond, please do so. I would
also like to remind you the
Education Committee continues to
hold their online lectures every
third Wednesday of the month.
The next is scheduled for
September 16th at 7pm.
I am now in the process of distributing to the Masters of all Lodges, R.W. Bro. Gordon Crutcher’s latest P&E articles on Head Table Protocol, which should be distributed to the Brethren and hopefully utilized as education pieces on your online meetings. Links to this P&E material will also be available on Hiram’s Lighthouse.
As you are all aware, my focus last year was on the Mentorship Program and it will continue to be so this year.
I want to thank the District Committee Chairmen for their dedication and hard work, and I look forward to the upcoming year.
May the Great Architect of the
Universe continue to protect and
guide us in all our endeavours.
R. W. Bro. Gilbert L. Carreiro,
Toronto East Distict. 2019~2021