FROM THE EAST
DDGM OFFICIAL VISIT
Happy New Year to all the brethren, and may the New Year bring you all good health, happiness, and wealth for many more years to come.
I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season. December was an active month for our Lodge. We organized a successful Christmas and Holidays’ dinner, and received an influx of new inquiries from potential candidates to join Freemasonry and our Lodge in particular. As a team, we will continue to nourish these new inquires. We shall give it the attention it deserves in order to admit quality applicants into our gentle craft. The future of our Lodge is heading in the right direction. I recommend that you try to get to know them to see if you would be willing to sponsor and mentor some of them.
January is a special month for our lodge. We will be welcoming the DDGM of Ottawa District 2, R.W.Bro. John Hawkins on his Official Visit to our Lodge. On this special evening of fellowship and comradery held on January 20, 2020, we will be welcoming many visiting brethren from the various jurisdictions and districts. To name a few, Grand Lodge of Quebec and Prince Hall Grand Lodge. Lastly, we will be initiating a worthy candidate into our gentle craft. We wish Mr. Hareth T. a fruitful Masonic journey.
See you all in Lodge.
-W.Bro. Sam S.
The month of Remembrance has now passed and as we go into the holiday season, we shall continue to keep the falling in our hearts. Lest we forget.
I would like to congratulate our Brother Nick S. of Waterloo Lodge on being passed to the degree of a Fellowcraft. I hope you will continue to make daily advancements in your Masonic Education.
Winter is quickly approaching with several snowfalls under our belt, and 2019 is slowly coming to an end. While the New Year is upon us, the month of December brings out the Holiday mood that unites us with our family and friends in good spirit.
I want to thank all the brethren, their families, and friends for joining us at our annual family Christmas and Holidays dinner. It was one to remember with over forty people in attendance. The bond of community and friendship is still very strong in our Lodge.
This month, we lost a dear brother, friend, and a devoted mason at the age of 97 years old. V.W.Bro. Lorne Hooper has passed to the grand lodge above. May the GAOTU bless his soul. May you rest in peace.
Lastly, this month, Bro. Moh. will be proving himself in the 3rd degree. We will also be balloting on Mr. Hareth T. for his application of initiation into our lodge, followed by a very interesting lodge of discussion.
See you all in Lodge.
-W.Bro. Sam S.
What an interesting month October was for our Lodge. A worthy candidate was initiated in to our gentle craft. We passed a motion to begin official discussions with Chaudière Lodge for potential amalgamation, and celebrated Halloween with our family and friends. Not to mention, Bytown Lodge turned 50 years old. On behalf of all of us we congratulate them on this important milestone.
Another meaningful November is upon us, and as we commemorate those falling soldiers who have fought to safeguard our democracy, let us also remember those who are nearest and dearest to us who have passed to the grand lodge above. We will remember them in our hearts. God rest their sole – Lest we forget.
To all the Officers and participants who did outstanding degree work, I see you! The sky is the limit. Your continued commitment and effort will only make our lodge stronger and better. Let’s continue to be better than yesterday.
November is also a very busy month packed with Official Visits and other activities. The Builders Loge will be performing a second degree for Bro. Nick S. who will travel all the way from Waterloo Lodge #539 of Waterloo Ontario. He is the brother of our respected member Sampson S. The honor will be bestowed on both brothers participating in the degree work. The degree will take place on our regular meeting held November 18th, 2019 at 7:30 pm, festive board is at 6:30 pm.
Last but not least, on November 7th, 2019 we will be delivering the Traveling Gavel to Pembroke Loge. I hope the brethren of The Builders Lodge will show up in a perfect number of (7) or more to display the important symbolism behind this district initiative. See you all in lodge.
-W.Bro. Sam S.
Brethren, the month of Harvest has passed. The leaves on the trees are changing, autumn is here and winter is upon us. In October we celebrate Thanksgiving. We have many things to be thankful for. Let us always be thankful to the GAOTU for giving us good health, present family, and good friends. Enjoy the celebration with those nearest and dearest to you.
I would like to thank the brethren of The Builders Lodge for reelecting me into King Solomon’s chair for another Masonic year. I accept the responsibility with reverence and humility.
This month, we will be initiating a worthy candidate into our gentle Craft. Mr. Eric P. is a proper and fit candidate to be made a Mason. For the last year and a half, he showed a lot of interest in our Craft and our Lodge in particular. We couldn’t be more pleased to have him join our Fraternity.
Bytown Lodge is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this month. Let’s congratulate them on this important milestone. If you are interested in attending the banquette on October 18, 2019, get in touch with W.Bro. George Ingraham for tickets. There may only be a few tickets left.
Finally, I plan to attend the DDGM official visits this month. Luxor Day Light Lodge will be held on October 16, 2019 at 10:30am at 2140 Walkley Road, Masonic Center. See you all in Lodge.
-W.Bro. Sam S.
SEASON KICK OFF
Brethren, I hope you all had an enjoyable and restful summer and are looking forward to the upcoming year filled with degree work, education, fellowship and charity.
Once again I look forward to serving as your Worshipful Master and I hope that you will give me your support to make it a very enjoyable and successful year.
On behalf of the Lodge I would like to congratulate our brothers, the Junior Warden, the Phoning Committee, and The Builders’ Lodge planning team for organizing yet another successful annual family BBQ. It was well planned and very enjoyable. Let’s keep this tradition going.
“Masonically, we frequently speak of harmony. The word is present in our degrees, used when opening and closing our business meetings, and considered the strength and support of our fraternity. We pledge the concept of Masonic harmony in all our doings within, and hopefully without the lodge.” Let us always remember these things when we conduct ourselves in peace and harmony.
Finally, in our September regular meeting we will be receiving R.W.Bro. John Hawkins, District Deputy Grand Master of Ottawa District 2 on his fraternal visit. In addition, we will be balloting on a worthy candidate.
See you in lodge.