September is here. That means back to school and back to Lodge.
August was a relatively quiet one. The Quarrymen (our Senior Wardens group)
did a fantastic job at WindReach Farms. They raised over $1900 that day.
Thankfully the rain held off for them. Well done Quarrymen!! The Junior
Wardens group (The 300) have their work cut out for them next year.
On a sadder note I must announced the Passing to the Grand Lodge Above of R.
W. Bro. Bruce T. Goff. .He was a Past Master of Scarboro Lodge # 653 in 1968
and Past D.D.G.M. of old Toronto District #4 in 1972-1973.
We cherish his memory in our hearts.
As we roll into September we have 4 Installations.
Coronati 520 - September 14th. Banquet at 6. Visiting Brethren at 7:30pm.
Acacia 430 - September 18th. Visiting Brethren at 7:30pm with a Banquet
Riverdale J R R 494 - September 19th. Banquet at 6:30. Visiting Brethren at
Alpha - Tuscan 384 - September 21st. Visiting Brethren at 7:30. Banquet
Installation is a time of renewal for a Lodge so I encourage each of you to
try and attend to support our fellows.
In September we will be also be having 2 receptions:
On September 15th Wexford Lodge will be having a reception for V. W. Bro.
Gordon McHallam - Grand Steward. Lodge opens at 7:00pm. Wexford meets at the
Whitby Masonic Hall.
On September 27th Markham Union lodge will be having a reception for well
me. Lodge will open at 7:00pm. Visiting Brethren to be admitted shortly
after Lodge opens. Non-masonic visitors are invited as well. There will be a
Also in September we have a special evening at Scarboro Lodge. This evening
will be the unveiling of M. W. Bro. Donald A. Campbell Past Grand Master's
portrait. Start time is 7:30pm. As seating will be limited please register
I would be remiss if I did not mention that the Mechanics of The Works
sessions recommence in September. These classes are open to all Masons and
are held at East Toronto Masonic hall. The dates for these classes are
September 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th and they start at 9am. I strongly urge
all officers in the District to try and attend.
A lot of people have been asking about the District Trestle Board. I am
pleased to announce that it is in final review and will be sent out after
the Labour Day weekend.
In September we will be having our fall District meeting. This will take
place on Sunday September 24th at East Toronto Masonic Hall at 9:30am.
I would like to take a moment to share with you a thought. Each of our
Lodges as some great experienced members. These gentlemen have put in a lot
of time an effort to learn The Work as well as other Masonic knowledge. Use
them. Rely on them. They are there to help and guide.
To these experienced members I would say: Encourage your younger brethren.
Trust them that they too have your Lodge and The Craft's best interests at
heart. Get to know them. They have some great ideas and thoughts on how to
strength our wonderful Craft.
I look forward to seeing you in September and the months to come.
May The Great Architect of the Universe watch over you and yours.
R. W. Bro. Ross E. McOuat
District Deputy Grand Master - Toronto East District